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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 to 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 Bleakly of the Beneist Company and Beckwith Havens of the Curtiss Copmany.
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 was enrolled as Chief Quartermaster on January 21, 1918 from active duty there November 30, 1918, in the Reserves. Eells received an honorable discharge on September 30, 1921 as Chief Radioman, from the 9th Naval District, Greak Lakes Illinois.
Eells returned to the state of New York where he became a machinist and tool maker for the American Can Company of Geneva, New York. During this time he owned and operated an Aeronca light plane for sport. Upon retirement he moved to Florida and settled at Tavaris 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, Eustis, 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.
Fred G. Eels was one of the more capable pioneers of American Aviation history. A good mechanic, he built his 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 Curtiss, he was the first to fly over Bath and
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