Photo credit: Library Special Collections, WKU
Mary Lucas, Gilbert Calhoun and Dr. Jonathan Jeffrey have published a fascinating look at one of our local aviation heroes. The book is entitled That Perfect Feeling in the Air, the Life of Victor Herbert Strahm.
Victor Herbert Strahm was born in 1897 to German immigrant and distinguished musician Franz Strahm, who had immigrated to Nashville in 1891 and married a local girl, Alice Jones. In 1910, the family moved to Bowling Green, when Franz was hired by Henry Hardin Cherry to head the music department at the new Western Kentucky State Normal School (at a salary of $2,000 per year). The Strahm family purchased a house at 1349 College St., and Franz played the organ at The Presbyterian Church on State Street. Bowling Green had a population of about 9,000 at this time. Much of what we know about Strahm’s life comes from a fascinating collection of letters and other memorabilia donated by his mother to the Kentucky Library in 1945.