The City of Reading administration initiated efforts to establish a Reading airport in the late '20s but, like many cities, had no money to proceed with the project. In the mid '30s the Council of Civic Clubs undertook a site selection study for a new airport. Efforts to name a site for the airport on the County Poor Farm, near Shillington, failed due to local opposition. The U.S. government, thinking of national defense, allocated money for airport construction through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Local sponsors were required to provide land. From a list of 18 possible sites, Lieutenant Paul E. Meyers, U.S. Bureau of Air Commerce, recommended the former Shearer-Althouse tract of land because of its "...excellent elevation, natural drainage and absolute obstructionless approach." In 1935, Albert W. Gotch, City Planning Engineer, sketched what was to become Reading Municipal Airport.