Hank-Moffett Field check

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SAN JOSt£ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRIGIBLE FUND I'.Vt TO THE (IKOEKOF .."•"l.yoH r.itjruet i. Tit'< U.....I.; •i\N 11*1 |l ; ll.\\Cn >.lr; AMERICAN TRUST COMPANY S" Photo of Henry Plymire's canceled check for purchase of dirigible base land that became Moffett Field. Henry Plymire The canceled check for $476,065 and 90 cents which purchased purchased one thousand acres of the Yniga ranch on the banks of the South Bay for the construction of an airbase — Moffett Field — is a possession of Henry M. Plymire of Ridgewood, in Willits. Plymire, a 20-year veteran of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Commerce, acquired the canceled check when a new chamber of cpmmrerce manager was cleaning house and tossed it into a pile of junk. Recognizing its significance, significance, Plymire rescued the piece of paper dated July 30, 1931. The check represents the work of many Bay Area communities to bring lighter than aircraft to the bay. The counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Alameda set up financing to provide provide the land for the field. San Francisco raised $330,000. Santa Clara County comunitics contributed contributed most of the remaining $100,000. Others made smaller donations. Once the land was purchased it was sold to the U.S. Navy for $1. The purchase funds were raised during the heart of the depression when many people were having a hard time finding employment. The $5 million authorized by Herbert Herbert Hoover for construction of the new air field and 211-foot high dirigible hangar meant an average of 500 construction jobs a month. The 500 or so people housed at the base also provided a boost to the Bay Area economy. A photo of Plymire's souvenir appeared on a bookmark during the 50th anniversary of the field. It was printed by the University National Bank and Trust Company. Burton Pinoli One of the proud possessions of Norris and Grace Pinoli, who reside on the Boonville Road, is a copy of Outstanding Young Men of America in which the name of their son, Burton Arthur Pinoli, appears. The former Ukiahan is an international international management consultant in China. He is employed by Northwest Airlines as a city manager manager in Beijing. Pinoli served as credit analyst and commercial loan officer for the farm .credit bank system in Ukiah from 1986 to 1987. He returned to school for a master's degree in his field, and received it in May, 1988, from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Ariz. This is not Pinoli's first experience experience in China. From 1981 to 1986, he traveled extensively in China, Hong Kong, and Africa as manager of sales and business development for Transamerica Airlines. Pinoli is proficient in Chinese. He was married in 1987 to So Yen, a native of Hong Kong. His mother-in-law, Madam So Lai, is Francis this cino plans p.m. activities

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  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 30 Mar 1989, Thu,
  3. Page 5

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