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[[stamped]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[/stamped]] week at Monessen, Pennsylvania in early September at an "Old Home Week" celebration. From there Eells flew the hydro at the Perry Centennial Celebration at Put-In_Bay, Ohio September 19th-26th. This was a water flying event held by the Inter-lakes Yachting Association in commemoration of Perry's victory in the Battle of Lake Erie. Also flying at this event were Walter Johnson and Frank Burnside of the Thomas Bros. Company, Tony Jannus and William Bleakley of the Benoist Company and Beckwith Havens of the Curtiss Company. Eells' aviation activities are unknown through 1914 to 1916, but reportedly he was in France at the start of World War I, at which time he returned to the United States and became a Naval Aviation Instructor at the Hampton Roads Naval Air Station, Virginia. There he was also engaged in some bomb dropping experiments. During this period he enlisted in the Navy and enrolled as Chief Quartermaster on January 21, 1918 and was released from active duty there November 30, 1918, but remained on Reserve Duty. Eells received an honorable discharge from this assignment on September 30, 1921 as Chief Radioman, from the 9th Naval District, Great Lakes, Illinois. After World War I Eells became "fed up" with aviation and returned to New York State where he became a machinist and tool maker for the American Can Company of Geneva, New York. He remained there until retirement and during this time owned and operated an Aeronca light plane for sport flying. Upon retirement he moved to Florida and settle at Tavaria where he continued to do neighborhood repair work at times and enjoyed fishing. After gradually failing health Eells passed away at the Waterman Memorial Hospital, Eurstis, Florida on November 6, 1965 at age 78. He was survived by a sister and a niece, both of Hammondsport, New York. His remains were returned to Bath for burial in Nondaga Cemetery. Flying Pioneer Fred G. Eells was truly one of the early birds of American aviation history. A good mechanic, he built his own first planes and taught himself to fly them. One of the first to join the aviation movement in the United States, a close lifetime friend of Glenn Curtis, he was the first to fly over Band and 3
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