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A native of Hatton, North Dakota, Carl Ben Eielson graduated from UND in 1921. This photograph was taken in 1928 and depicts Mrs. Harold McCue, Eielson, and an unidentified woman (left to right). The photograph was taken in front of an airplane with an advertisement reading "Richfield Gasoline of Power" on the nose.
Known as the "Father of Aviation in Alaska," Eielson piloted the first airmail route there in 1924 and was the first person to fly over the North Pole in 1928. He died in 1929 while attempting to rescue passengers and cargo from an ice-bound ship in the Bering Strait.
Carl Ben Eielson, Mrs. Harold McCue
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota