William Carlyle Olson (1899-1982) of Ovid, Idaho, was serving as president of the Alabama Conference of the Southern States Mission in 1921, when he took advantage of unusual circumstances to preach the gospel:
“I’m going to tell you of the best open-air meeting I have ever held or attended. Elder Ivan R. Howell and myself arrived in Scottsboro (the county seat of Jackson County) Monday night. We learned that the next day there was to be an aeroplane exhibition.
“The people came to town just like it was a circus. The plane appeared at 10 a.m. and did a few stunts, then retired to a field at 11o’clock, to reappear at 2 p.m. Here was our opportunity. We went to the mayor and received permission to hold a street meeting. As the majority of the people were gathered on the Court House Square we decided that it would be the proper place to hold forth. So, mounting the steps of a small tower, we commenced our meeting. By the time we had finished the second song, over 500 men, women and children had gathered on all sides of us. And for an hour we spoke on the first principles of the Gospel. I don’t think I ever felt better in my life. After the meeting, we sold 11 small books, two Books of Mormon, and passed out 500 tracts.”