Originally Published: December 5, 2003 3 p.m.
Today is the 108th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Alexander Love. Many know his name, since it graces our airfield and the local chapter of the American Legion post. There is a scholarship in his name at Stanford University and his mother donated a pipe organ to St. Luke's Episcopal Church in his memory. Beyond that he may be known as a Prescott High School football star and a pilot who lost his life in World War I.
Recently, through the guidance of Alan Roesler (an aviation historian), Fred Lindquist, Al Tecero, and the board of the Ernest A. Love Post 6 American Legion, the Sharlot Hall Museum archives have acquired a wonderful collection of correspondence by Love. More than letters, certificates, photographs, and even sheet music round out the fascinating life of Ernest A. Love. His personal letters, which his mother probably gave to the American Legion post before her death,\ mostly describe his training as one of the few early military aviators, his travels through New York City and three different countries in Europe, and his last few weeks as a fighter pilot over the battle lines as the Americans were on the offensive during the closing months of the war. This new collection, coupled with articles in local publications, reveal a young man who was bright, charming and fearless.