Edith Hitchman lived in Des Moines for 55 years. Her husband was an early Des Moines physician for many years.THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS INTERVIEW:One of my memories of Des Moines is when a fully loaded commercial passenger plane ditched in the water between Des Moines and Vashon Island. My husband was called down to the beach. At that time, it was just a beach. There was no marina, no buildings of any kind, except a few small homes. He stayed on the beach with the fire department waiting for cases to come--emergency cases. But it just so happened that they were sent elsewhere. But it was a big experience. It was both exciting and yet frightening. We could see the water from our house, but it was so foggy that morning we could not see anything. My parents were visiting from Chicago, and we were all frantically looking out the window, but we couldn't see anything in the home. That was exciting.