On November 14- 1944, something out of the ordinary appeared to be happening.
In the village of Montgomery, planes were heard circling around the village. It was very foggy and it was not very long before an explosion was heard, from what seemed to be north of town. Lowell Gibbney, local Deputy of Hillsdale County at this time, was called to the scene. A plane had crashed and was burning in a field at the corner of Hakes and Poats Roads.
Deputy Gibbney had things under control, He called the Navy and they identified it as a Navy Corsair, the pilot as 2nd Lt. Alfred Jack Stout of Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Jack’s parents were notified, and his remains were taken to Fort Laramie, by escort of the Navy. His funeral was held there.
In January of 1945, Jack’s parents visited Cherry Point, North Carolina, the home station where Jack was serving in the Marine Corps. Then they visited the Gibbney’s and the Dickinson’s (whose field the plane crashed in) and told them that a number of planes had left Cherry Point to fly to Chicago. They were to put on an air show to sell war bonds, before leaving for overseas duty.
As they reached Montgomery, one plane radioed Cherry Point, saying the fog was too thick to continue, They were advised to return to base. Some turned around to return, One returned to base, One crashed somewhere in Ohio, and one here, (Jack’s). They figured a faulty altimeter. Jack’s parents visited the scene. They gave money to buy a memorial to be erected at the scene of the crash, A fence was erected around the stone to protect it from livestock in the pasture.
The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stout, have visited a number of times in Montgomery, They had a second son who was killed in service overseas, also in a plane. They have one other son living in Rawlins, Wyoming.