||Born in Kansas
||Sells his favorite sheep for $10 and pays $7.5 for his first airplane ride with WWI pilot, Preacher Smith
||Came to Alaska after M.D. "Kirk" Kirkpatrick, president of Cordova Air Service offered him a job as a pilot
||Glacier Pilot Bob Reeve gave Merle Smith the nickname "Mudhole" after Smitty hit a hole on takeoff and his
Stearman C3B biplane nosed over into the muddy runway. The nickname would stay with him for life.
||Became president of Cordova Air Service after Kirkpatrick was killed in an accident
||Works for Morrison-Knudson and Harold Gillam flying mail and cargo, mostly in support of the war effort.
||Returns to Cordova to rebuild the Cordova Air Service
||Is grounded because of health problems but continues to build Cordova Air Service into one of Alaska'a
most successful airlines.
||Cordova Air Service merges with Christensen Flying Service and becomes Cordova Airlines
||Cordova Air Service merges with Alaska Airlines, Mudhole serves as director and vice-president of
Alaska Airlines until mid 1973
||Merle K. "Mudhole" Smith dies on June 16