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Newspapers recount everyday life at Morrison Field

Last week we told you about newsletters from 1941 for Morrison Field, now Palm beach International Airport. They were loaned by retired Lantana teacher Ed Sheedy.

You can read every page here on HistoricPalmBeach.com.

Here are some highlights:

Aug. 30: The picnic, held last Saturday by the 54th Material Squadron, seemed to be a big success. The boys all had a nice time out there on the beach during the afternoon, and then came back to spend a quiet evening in camp — it has been said.

Sept. 13: When the Woman’s Club offered the use of the main portion of their beautiful club house on the lake front to be used as a service club for the personnel or Morrison Field Air Base, the idea was so new and novel that the generous offer was slow of acceptance, both from the men and the public.

Sept. 20: Every seat in the handsome new chapel was filled at the impressive dedication services Wednesday, with a dozen ministers from the Palm Beach section, a number of prominent citizens and several ladies in attendance.

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Sept. 27: (Cover photo above) Seductive surf and sirens — super magnets that attract millions of visitors to the Florida bathing beaches and of course fascinate the personnel of Morrison Field Air Base, at Palm Beach.

Oct 4: Fun and pranks of an innocent nature are essential to this as well as any camp but unfair methods, dishonesty and dissipation will be frowned up and those who indulge in these infractions of the rules will eventually lose the respect and friendship of their associates as well as that of their super officers.

Nov. 1: The three weeks since the final appearance of Morrison Field AIR, which has been replaced by FLIGHT, were crammed with activity and events. While Morrison Field personnel scampered about in the night making preparation for a storm of unusual proportions, one that actually blew ships from the water onto the streets of Nassau, a big hurricane changed its mind just north of Miami, turned westward, and lost itself in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nov. 8: The cage squad made its last appearance Friday night a week ago when it outclassed the Montgomery-Ward team from West Palm Beach by a 66-27 score.

NEXT WEEK: The mood changes.

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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg and Morrison Field September 30, 2010 at 6:30 am.

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