Gustav O. Imm
1900 - 2002
Gustav Imm was born in Astrovo, Poland, and came to Minnesota in 1922. He worked as a printer in Jordan, Minnesota, and took flying lessons from Lawrence Sohler at Mankato. He bought a Jenny before he had soloed and, after he received his license (number 14 in Minnesota), he moved north to establish the Northern Airport on a farm near Maynard, Minnesota. He held a Waco sales franchise and took part in local air races. In 1927, he was lured to Fergus Falls and flew powerline patrol for the Ottertail Power Company. Imm took over operation of the airfield at Fergus, built a hangar, and did some barnstorming on weekends. In 1937, Imm moved to the St. Paul Airport, taking a job in the insurance industry. He instructed at the 29 Palms Air Academy in California during World War II. He quit flying in 1953 following the crash of the plane he usually flew. The crash had taken the life of his cousin, State Representative Val Imm.
Brigadier General Clayton M. Isaacson
1919 - 1996
Isaacson, who was born in Mahnomen, Minnesota, enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941 and went on to fly 50 B-25 missions for the 321st Light Bomb Group. After he transferred to fighters he became an ace, scoring five aerial victories. He flew 82 combat missions in P-38 airplanes in the South Pacific. After World War II he flew 123 jet combat missions in Korea. He became commander of the U.S. Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base and held several other commands.
Isaacson also commanded a joint American-Belgian paratroop task force that rescued 2,400 hostages held by rebels in the Republic of Congo in 1964. Even at the age of 64, he jumped with the other troops. He earned over 40 awards and citations by the time he became brigadier general in 1967.