50 years ago, the
Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, now simply the
Metropolitan Airports Commission, approved a motion to build the Lake Elmo
The commission determined the need for a public use airport east of
St. Paul. A site was selected along what was than U. S. Highway 12, aka
Hudson Road, north of 12 east of Manning. Two additional sites were selected as alternatives.
Both of the alternate sites were toward Stillwater and known logically as B
& C. Hearings on the sites began in February and continued until
November when site B, current location, was approved. On November 28, 1949 the commission ordered acquisition of the
property for $38,300.00.
A.R.Metzger from Northport applied for a commercial lease. Maxwell
Aircraft Services applied for space at Lake Elmo Airport.
On July 10 the commission applied for development funds from the
Federal Government for a NW/SE runway 75 ft. wide and 2,300 ft. long.
Craig Alexander won the bid for development work. Cost to be
$94,614.43. (Presumable work was started soon after the bid was accepted.)
On September 10th, the development work by Craig Alexander contractor
was accepted and final payment made on the contract. Maxwell
Aircraft Services submitted a proposal for space at Crystal Field, superceding
their request for space at Lake Elmo. A.R. Metzger again applied for a
lease at Lake Elmo Field to conduct a general aviation fixed base
operation. The lease would allow for nine T-hangers, one hanger 36'x150'
which could house nine airplanes, and office 18'x36', and a 18'x36'
workshop. The lease was approved in October. Mr. Metzger's estimated
investment was $10,000.00.
Stillwater Manufacturing Company requested a lease for a hanger area at Lake
Elmo Field, and the lease was approved, but not completed until June 1955.
White Bear Flying Service requested their lease amended to reduce their space
and rent. Their request was approved.
Ward Holliday applied for a standard lease and was approved. White Bear
Flying Service again requested an amendment to their lease to have it increased
(and increase the rent by $120.00 per year). The request was approved.
White Bear Flying Service requested more space for an additional hanger to be
leased by the Clinton Company. The request was approved.
The lease assigned to Pankhurst and Moulton was transferred to White Bear
Ward Holliday requested lease for a 5 place T-hanger. Request
approved. A lot assigned to Howard Lake was transferred to Ward Holliday
for construction of an additional hanger.
A standard commercial lease was approved for Joseph O. Michaud. A standard
commercial lease was also granted to Ward and Paulie Holliday.
The lease held by R. Mtezger as White Bear Flying Service was transferred to
James A. and Raymond J. Moe.
The commision recognized the name of Elmo Aero Inc. by transferring the leases
under the names of Ward and Paulie Holliday to Elmo Aero Inc.
A commercial lease was approved for John P. Foy.
Lease held by Raymond J. and James A. Moe was transferred to Lake Elmo Aviation,
The lease of Robert Little and Edgar Nill was transferred to Decca Aviation,
The lease with Lake Elmo Aviation was changed to Lester E. Fournier. Later
the lease with Lake Elmo Aviation was changed to Mr. Rex Myers.
Between 1967 and today, lots of things happened. Among them: Ed Mayer
arrived and set up Mayer Aviation. Bob Twet arrived and left. Gatis
Valters built a maintenance hanger and opened up Valters Aviation. Some of
the details of the past thirty years still need to be filled in.
Thanks to Paulie Holliday for the memories.