AKA "Uncle Jack"
E. Kenneth Jaquith
E. Kenneth Jaquith
Photo by Lida Hall
Courtesy of Chester Perkowski, 1-30-05

A Trip Down Memory Lane
via email from Mr. Bridgewater, 3-26-06
Dear Mr. Cooper;
     My ex-wife Candace (Donahue) Bridgwater told me of your web site on Uncle Jack (as he was known to most people to differentiate from his son Ken). I read it with interest,and am responding to your invitation to add information about him. I was married to Candy in the 1960's when Uncle Jack was in his vigorous 70's. When we went on holiday, we would frequently travel to where He and Marion, his wife lived (In the summer months he rented a lovely home from the headmaster of a local private school in Bar Harbor ME). The home overlooked the harbor and we would frequently walk down to a small skiff and spend the day fishing in the bay in sight of the palatial estates (founder of IBM is the only one I remember)that overlooked it. The only fish of note that I remember catching rather than a bunch of sand sharks was a flounder, which we ate for dinner. This was before the days of "catch and release", If we were not going fishing in the morning, we would frequently go down to the area where the fishing boats were docked and buy fresh tinkers (Mackerel that were less than a foot long). We would return home and broil them whole with lime juice squeezed over the top. The fact that then were so young made them taste less strong, and the lemon or lime juice cut the oiliness. Quite a tasty and hearty breakfast.
      In the winter Uncle would go to Bonita Springs. I don't remember much about where he & Marion stayed, but I do recall that we again fished a lot again in a small flat bottomed boat so we could maneuver among the mango roots in the shallow water. I can only remember catching Sheephead Fish. I wish I had taken notes on what we discussed on these fishing forays. It was not much about Jack himself, but more about life in general. He was quite a philosophical and very interesting person.
     Jack maintained an apartment in Washington DC, because he was a lobbist for the oil industry. I never saw his doing much work at this point in his life, but Candy and I, on a trip to DC, visited his apartment which was small and quite dark with all the window shades closed and sheets over the furniture. I don't think he used this location, much except to claim a DC address.
     This is about all I can remember, but thanks for taking a trip with me down memory lane.

E. Kenneth Jaquith
Jaquith and his Aeroplane
Photo by Lida Hall
Courtesy of Chester Perkowski, 1-30-05

Flying Sportsman is Fined in Jersey Court
Knoxville Journal and Tribune
Knoxville, Tennessee: November 7, 1914,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 3-13-07
Atlantic City, N. J., Nov. 6. - A Chicago aviator named Jaquith was fined $22.50 here tonight by a magistrate for gunning for wild ducks from his flying boat.

Sportsmen had sent a petition to Trenton charging that Jaquith's actions were causing game birds to desert this locality and asked for his prosecution. Jaquith will contest the fine.

     If you search for "E. K. Jaquith", using the Google search engine, (2-1-05), you will find about 43 links. Perhaps the most helpful is the following.

E. K. Jaquith
     This is the entry point for a very comprehensive story of the life and career of Jaquith. It also offers links to many other pages which offer stories of contemporary aviators and their exploits. The stories are revealed in an extensive collection of newsclippings and photographs. This wonderful website is a must for anyone interested in Jaquith and the many other aviators who shared his time in history. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

E. Kenneth Jaquith
     This page on Carroll Grays The Early Birds website displays three very nice photographs of Jaquith, including one of him receiving his Early Bird Plaque in 1963. You can access the page, as archived on the waybackmachine.org website, by clicking on the title above.

E. Kenneth Jaquith died in 1984
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1993

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this Early Bird,
please contact me.
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