The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 141
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 141

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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Palm Beach Post-Times. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968-J15 Got The Flying Bug? Youll Find Company Here j,.r..,:.vt.Tr. ,,,.,,,, g jfwmmy T'Z .jf ii7T""ffr' 'f"'t":''"'' '"" 'J "' , gi a winter season, aside from rentals and charters, is taking care of the private planes of many Industrial and business companies sending their executives to Florida for their vacations in the sun. In the registration of private planes Palm Beach County ranks fourth In 67 counties of Florida, it Is revealed In figures obtained from the State Motor Vehicle Commission. The county's total of 159 licensed private planes for the year 1967 was exceeded only by Dade, Pinellas and 5" Suzuki makes it! Private flyers find the sunny skies of Florida as enticing as do the earthbound and four airports in Palm Beach County provide complete servicing and parking facilities for their aircraft. They are located at West Palm Beach, Lantana, Boca Raton and Pahokee. All of them provide servicing and parking facilities for private aircraft and, except at Pahokee, flight instruction and planes for rent and charter are available. The major field, also handling all sizes of today's jet liners, is Palm Beach International Airport (PB1A) owned by the county and operated by the County Board of Commissioners. The Lantana and Pahokee fields are also owned by the county. Lantana and the state-owned airport at Boca Raton are operated under lease by Florida Airmotlve, Inc. This company is also maintaining the Pahokee Airport for the county until the Commissioners make permanent arrangements. At PBIA three private companies provide the services for private aircraft Butler Aviation, Tilford Flying Service and Palm Beach Aviation as well as teach flying to prospective pilots. It was at PBIA less than a year ago that William Shat-ner, who for the last two years has "piloted" a space ship to outer planets on NBC's television show "Star Trek," really learned to flv. Some of his experience in "flying" the U.S.S. Enterprise In a television studio must have rubbed off, for Shatner soloed after one day's instruction by five flight Instructors ofTUford's. Beginning students can start taking flying lessons at any age they are able to reach the controls, but under federal law they may not solo until they are 16. A year later when they are 17 they can obtain a private flyer's license and at 18 a commercial pilot's license. One student at Tilford recently celebrated his 16th birthday by making his first solo flight. Butler Aviation, while providing complete servicing of private planes as does Tilford, Florida Airmotlve and Palm Beach Aviation, specializes in the installation of sophisticated electronic navigation equipment and modifying executive and other planes. It just recently completed installing special navigational aids and automatic pilots on two of the famed work horses D.C.3's, still In service in the U.S. Army. Butler was the low bidder nationally; Internationally actually, Inasmuch as a Canadian firm was among the many bidders. In Boca Raton the airport is adjacent to part of the campus of Florida Atlantic University and a flying club of 20 students and two members of the faculty keep their plane at the field along with many private aircraft. Florida Airmotlve said its principal business in the NEW 305 CC RAIDER 37 hp 7,500 rpm 6 ipHd tranimiuiM Dmp chrom front ind rur ftndtrt Poti-Forca lubricitiM Tsp tpMd rtngi 105-110 mph SS'4 ... 14 mcwkU RAIDER, T-305 JAN BLOSER IMPORTS, m, 501 S. OllVt Wf I PH 131-4391 Private Aircraft At Lantana Airport Receive Cood Care 'The Cracker Historian ' Lawrence Will Records The Glades' Past FOR . . . LOCAL . . . OR . . LONCi DISTANCE MOVING ANT PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES I CANADA o i r lil Z IN WEST PALM IEACN 848-2503 DELRAY . . 271-1155 BOCA RATON . . 3S1-CSCS called, "Hurricane at Okeechobee and Belle Glade, 1928." Nominally retired, Will still supervises his auto purts store in Belie Glade and oversees his Okeelanta farm, reduced in 1947 trom 1,(X)U acres to its present .'!2U acres. The mainstays ot "Pioneer Ranch" are sugar cane and cattle. His live books were written tions. I wanted to show the great agricultural work going on here now. "Long ago, I realized that the Everglades was changing very fast. There is nothing like 'this place In the whole world. "I saw it changing. I have collected material and wrote about It with the intention of helping other historians." in the last eight years. A twinkle In his eye, he tells his numerous stories of the Everglades in a slow drawl, not quite Southern. His most recent book Is "Belle Glade From Swamp to Sugar Bowl." "It is mostly about the early days," he says. "But I also brought in present farm condi first lake shore levee around Lake Okeechobee. This was the levee that broke during tire 1H2H hurricane. The building housing the "Pioneer Auto Sales Company" was one ot the lew to survive the hurricane. Will's book on that devastating storm " written an hour at a lime in his spare time, is WILLIE UHIFE1DER OWNER ONE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY'S MOST MODERN FACILITIES. OFFERING COMPLETE MOVING & STORAGE SERVICES. NO JOB IS TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL WE'VE GOT THE KIND OF "KNOW HOW" YOU WANT. irS NOT HOW BIG IT IS, IT'S HOW YOU HANDLE ITI IS . ' .' .- V. I 'ij I' v ' ' """ ; m - ci : ' ! 1EAUTIHCATI0N OF -tlll, AlZisJ&li BELLE GLADE SSm ':x. A NEW ULTRA MODERN WAREHOUSE AND OFFICE PHONE TODAY FOR FREE ESTIMATES AND PLANNING Lawrence Will hud just opened lor business when the 192S hurricane struck the Kv-ernladcs. leaving death and destruction in its wake. Will letl his newly-opened auto parts store in Belle (Hade when the tool blew oil. He tound rciuyc in a barge docked in the llillsboro Canal. It was a tuny niglit as he listened holplessK to the screams ol drowning men and women. The next morning Will surveyed the Everglades: a sea ol water. The death toll: 2,o(J0 people lost, drowned. It was another chapter In the life of Everglades pioneer Lawrence Will. Nicknamed 'Cracker Historian ot the Everglades," he has lived man ot the stories he wrote about in five books. KeanV; ,r, Wasmngion. D.C.. he wus um 2u wnen ne went into the Everglades "And 1 don't think I've ever come out," says the pioneer-historian. "It's like getting Florida sand ir, your shoes, except in ;his case, it ' (Hades muck. . . and it's probably gotten to my soul." Wiil. now T.j wars old. wanted to be a tarmer in 1!1 when he and his lather home-steaded the small agricultural comtiuinrv ol Okcelunta. south 01 South Bay. The latin was covered with ten toot high saw grass, matted thkk. With a push plow and a couple of heavy hoes, the grass was dug up by the roots, dried and burned. It Iook one man a month to clear one acre ut land. Unsuccesstul a.s a tarmer. Wiii lomed ;nc army, serving as a second lieuienant in I hi intaniiA at Camp Gordon, (.. Alter the war. Will did not ties itate. He immediately wen back iolile Everglades. He oecame a licensed operator ot Height and passenger boa;s piied tne canals trom Belle (iijiie ;o East Coast cities, lie nelped to build the Tamiaini Trail, worked on the dredge that threw up the r i . t j a r -Ik OHi kZJ - . , MjWMf WHfN ITS YOUR MOV CALL I I TRANSFER & STORAGE -J&grp M LOCAL 4 IONC OISTANCI I ' m MOVING PACKING STORAGE CRATING WILLIE UXLFELDER, OWNER. IURNIUI VU SOVICE One of the Palm Beaches moil reliable mown SINCE 1946 1305 HILl STREET, WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (MANGONIA PARK) PIONEKK RESIDENT -Lawrence E. Will surveys the town he helped build from the squishy muckland of Lake Okeechobee's south shore. Now, it's an area and an era he remembers and commits to history. The kHig Lake' Lake Okeechobee, with 740 square miles, is the second largest fresh water lake within the United States. DESIGNED ESPECIALLY for YOU al the jewelry from the smallest to the "most" designed and hand carved to meet your requirements and please your taste - revitalize your jewels of yesterday, come in for a visit and see our collection otunusuais VLLolOuJl Gifts & Novelties Willow Wicker Bamboo . 1 I Ml 1 yoM yoin TREE HI - f ' i r FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES FOR CASUAL LIVING U.S. HWY. 1 JUPITER. ...JUST NORTH OF JUNO OUR SHOP SOUNDS KINDA ORIENTAL BUT IT REALLY ISN'T TRUE WE HAVE GLASSWARE FROM ITALY AND CARVINGS FROM PERU. WE SHOP AROUND MOST EVERYWHERE AND BUY MOST EVERY PLACE WHEN TRAVELING GETS EASIER WE'LL BUY FROM OUTER SPACE 363 I. PALKSTTO FX. CD. GIFTS FOR HOME, PATIO, SUN DECK, POOL SIDE AND YACHT. 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