Friday, March 1, 2013

Looking for Elsie - NWA Crew House/Midway Airport

Good Morning!
This morning's activities brought to mind the woman who owned and operated the NWA crew house at Midway Airport in Chicago in the 1950s.
Her first name was Elsie - does anyone remember her last name?
Elsie also managed the Marshall Fields Coffee Shop at Midway Airport, Fred Ellsworth, (NWA Captain, ret.) reminded me. I'd love to hear any stories about Elsie, whether as crew house manager or coffee shop manager.
I spent many a night at Elsie's. And one Thanksgiving day, Elsie took pity on me and shared her Thanksgiving dinner with me in her small kitchen.  I'll always remember her fondly for that.
Although I have many photos from my flying days, I have none of the NWA Crew House (Elsie's).  If you have any in your photo collections I would be ever grateful if you would share them with us.
Here's a photo of Midway Airport in the 1950s to joggle your memories  I may even have been working on that NWA B-377 in the foreground. :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never did get to the crew house but in Aug.1959 I flew in a B-377 from MDW to MSP for my pilot job interview. I was very impressed at the time about what a huge and complex aircraft it was and how friendly the stewardesses were. As I recall the NWA GO was on University Ave. and that was where we attended ground school. Aug and no air conditioning but the windows opened so we had fresh air.

May 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Andrea Hamlett said...

Such a nice person! Elsie is beautiful at heart woman. She reminds me the owner of As well a very good person.

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