James E. Plew

James E. Plew (July 3, 1862 – April 16, 1938) was a successful Chicago businessman whose early interest in the development of aviation eventually led him to acquire the initial leasehold in 1934 on the Valparaiso, Florida property that would evolve into Eglin Air Force Base.wikipedia
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Valparaiso, Florida

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James E. Plew (July 3, 1862 – April 16, 1938) was a successful Chicago businessman whose early interest in the development of aviation eventually led him to acquire the initial leasehold in 1934 on the Valparaiso, Florida property that would evolve into Eglin Air Force Base. He settled on the sleepy fishing town of Valparaiso, Florida "as the most likely spot for development. He founded the Bank of Valparaiso, constructed the Valparaiso Inn [in 1924], organized the Chicago Country Club which constructed the Valparaiso Country Club golf course and was instrumental in many other development activities in the community.
Chicago businessman James E. Plew, who relocated to the Panhandle of Northwest Florida in 1922, became "one of Northwest Florida's pioneer developers," and settled on Valparaiso "as the most likely spot for development. He founded the Bank of Valparaiso, constructed the Valparaiso Inn [in 1924], organized the Chicago Country Club which constructed the Valparaiso Country Club golf course and was instrumental in many other development activities in the community."

Harold Fowler McCormick

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He held this post until succeeded by Harold F. McCormick in 1912.
As an officer of the Aero Club of Illinois, founded February 10, 1910, McCormick became the third president in 1912, following Octave Chanute and James E. Plew.

Allan Lockheed

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Plew briefly employed the Loughead half brothers, Victor and Allan, to work on two of his aircraft during which time both joined the Aero Club.
Victor Loughead, who was interested in automobiles and airplanes, moved to Chicago, where he became associated with James E. Plew, an automobile dealer.

Valparaiso Inn

He settled on the sleepy fishing town of Valparaiso, Florida "as the most likely spot for development. He founded the Bank of Valparaiso, constructed the Valparaiso Inn [in 1924], organized the Chicago Country Club which constructed the Valparaiso Country Club golf course and was instrumental in many other development activities in the community.
The Valparaiso Inn was built in 1924 on the shores of Boggy Bayou in Valparaiso, Florida, by developer James E. Plew.

History of Eglin Air Force Base

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James E. Plew thought a military payroll would boost the economy.

Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport

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The newly constructed James E. Plew Terminal Building of the Okaloosa Air Terminal, located on State Road 85, opened its doors in mid-February 1975, with a dedication ceremony held on Saturday, February 22.
February 1975: The new James E. Plew Terminal Building of the Okaloosa Air Terminal, on State Road 85, opened in mid-February 1975, with dedication on 22 February.

Chicago

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James E. Plew (July 3, 1862 – April 16, 1938) was a successful Chicago businessman whose early interest in the development of aviation eventually led him to acquire the initial leasehold in 1934 on the Valparaiso, Florida property that would evolve into Eglin Air Force Base.

Brown County, Illinois

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James E. Plew was born on July 3, 1862, in Brown County, Illinois.

White Motor Company

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Plew became the agent in Chicago for the White Motor Car Company, and in 1909, opened a dealership to sell Curtiss airplanes as well.

Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company

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Plew became the agent in Chicago for the White Motor Car Company, and in 1909, opened a dealership to sell Curtiss airplanes as well.

Midway International Airport

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By 1910, he operated a Curtiss machine out of a small flying field at 65th Street and Major Avenue in the Clearing Industrial District just south of where Midway Airport now stands.

Octave Chanute

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As an officer of the Aero Club of Illinois, founded February 10, 1910, he succeeded Octave Chanute when the first president of the club died November 23, 1910.

Regional airline

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In 1914, McCormick, Plew, and Bion J. Arnold attempted to form a commuter airline which they announced would begin service in May, "using seaplanes to ferry passengers between various North Shore suburbs and Grant Park and the South Shore Country Club. Lake Shore Airline, which had two seaplanes, was intended to be a profit-making venture charging a steep twenty-eight-dollar round-trip fare between Lake Forest and downtown Chicago on four daily scheduled circuits. However, Chicago's irregular weather, especially the crosswinds, made a shamble of schedules, and the airline disappeared before the end of the year."

Grant Park (Chicago)

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In 1914, McCormick, Plew, and Bion J. Arnold attempted to form a commuter airline which they announced would begin service in May, "using seaplanes to ferry passengers between various North Shore suburbs and Grant Park and the South Shore Country Club. Lake Shore Airline, which had two seaplanes, was intended to be a profit-making venture charging a steep twenty-eight-dollar round-trip fare between Lake Forest and downtown Chicago on four daily scheduled circuits. However, Chicago's irregular weather, especially the crosswinds, made a shamble of schedules, and the airline disappeared before the end of the year."

Lake Forest, Illinois

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In 1914, McCormick, Plew, and Bion J. Arnold attempted to form a commuter airline which they announced would begin service in May, "using seaplanes to ferry passengers between various North Shore suburbs and Grant Park and the South Shore Country Club. Lake Shore Airline, which had two seaplanes, was intended to be a profit-making venture charging a steep twenty-eight-dollar round-trip fare between Lake Forest and downtown Chicago on four daily scheduled circuits. However, Chicago's irregular weather, especially the crosswinds, made a shamble of schedules, and the airline disappeared before the end of the year."

Lockheed Corporation

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When Plew withdrew from the aircraft sales business following the crash of one of his planes, both stayed in aviation, with Allan moving to California to co-found what would become Lockheed Aircraft Company with his other brother, Malcolm.

Malcolm Loughead

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When Plew withdrew from the aircraft sales business following the crash of one of his planes, both stayed in aviation, with Allan moving to California to co-found what would become Lockheed Aircraft Company with his other brother, Malcolm.

Okaloosa County, Florida

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"...[T]hrough the continued development of that particular area by both Mr. and Mrs. Plew, the whole area boomed into a vacating spot for many Northerners, mostly from Chicago, lured to Okaloosa county [sic] by the Plews."

Northwest Florida Daily News

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The headline in the Playground News announcing Nettie Plew's death in 1951, described her as the "Widow of [the] Valparaiso Founder."

Aerodrome

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He leased from the City of Valparaiso the Valparaiso Airport, an arrowhead-shaped parcel of 137 acre cleared in 1933 as an airdrome.

Pensacola, Florida

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"In keeping with the life he lived, the simple funeral rites were held on the lawn of his home. Rev. F. H. Fox, pastor of the Valparaiso Community church [sic], conducted the services which were in charge of Fisher-Pou of Pensacola. The remains were sent to Jacksonville for cremation."

Jacksonville, Florida

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"In keeping with the life he lived, the simple funeral rites were held on the lawn of his home. Rev. F. H. Fox, pastor of the Valparaiso Community church [sic], conducted the services which were in charge of Fisher-Pou of Pensacola. The remains were sent to Jacksonville for cremation."

Choctawhatchee Bay

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His ashes were dropped from a plane and spread across the Choctawhatchee Bay.

Eglin Air Force Base

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James E. Plew (July 3, 1862 – April 16, 1938) was a successful Chicago businessman whose early interest in the development of aviation eventually led him to acquire the initial leasehold in 1934 on the Valparaiso, Florida property that would evolve into Eglin Air Force Base.

Leesburg, Florida

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A Defense Housing Project at Eglin Field for civilian and military personnel, erected between May and October 1941 by the Paul A. Miller Construction Company of Leesburg, Florida, at a cost of approximately $800,000, was named Plew Heights in honor of the developer.