Ellen Church

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ellen Church was born in Cresco, Iowa back in 1904.  She graduated from Cresco High School.  After graduation she addended the University of Minnesota graduating with a degree in nursing.  After graduation, she worked at a San Francisco hospital.  Not only was she a registered nurse, she also was a licensed pilot. 

She was hired by Boeing Air Transport in 1930.  She was expected to attend to the passengers, help with hauling luggage, fueling and assisting pilots to push the aircraft into hangars.  At the time her salary was very good at $125.00 a month.  She was involved in an automobile accident that ended her career just 18 months into it.  During WWII she served in the Army Nurse Corps as a captain and flight nurse.  A horse-riding accident ended her life in 1965, she was 60.

What you may not know about Ellen is that she was the first documented flight attendant.

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Comments (24)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I wonder if Ellen still holds some kind of a record for being the only flight attendant who was a qualified pilot?

Mar 19, 2021 04:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Ellen was a pioneer. You would not get that degree of cooperation from today's unionized flight attendants. Enjoy your day.

Mar 19, 2021 05:25 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I never really wondered who the first flight attendant was, but now I know, haha.

Mar 19, 2021 05:33 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Smiles are easy, we need to do more.  Great information, thanks for sharing.  Make it a great one.  Bill Salvatore

Mar 19, 2021 05:36 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Ellen sounds like she was a very hard worker... and accident prone.  I really appreciate Barbara's photo as it truly captures the time of Ellen's era.

Mar 19, 2021 06:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... enjoyed reading about Ellen, as I always do reading about the women you feature. Also loved learning a bit of history about the airline industry at the same time.

Mar 19, 2021 06:19 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What an interesting story about Ellen Church, and I love the photo that Barbara Todaro found of here.  Happy Friday.  A

Mar 19, 2021 06:41 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

The role of the steward and stewardess has changed!

Now they're doing mask patrol and  stopping arguments,instead of assisting in flight safety and passenger comforts.

Mar 19, 2021 06:44 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

I would say none of her jobs were easy.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 19, 2021 07:44 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is interesting that she was a pilot but ended up a flight attendant. Sign of the times I guess.

Mar 19, 2021 08:00 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Great biography once again on an interesting person from our past

Mar 19, 2021 08:03 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James,

Barbara Todaro answered the one question I had.  It looks like it was United that made that distinction to call her a Flight Attendant, AKA back then...stewardess!

Mar 19, 2021 12:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- what a remarkable woman!!! She did not let any grass grown under her feet!!!

Mar 19, 2021 01:27 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James, great accomplishment by pioneer Ellen Church.

Mar 19, 2021 01:59 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You bring up the most interesting facts about people that I have never even thought of James... 😃

Mar 19, 2021 07:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

We have certainly seen a lot of variety of people and personal histories from you, James. Yet another unknown...to me at least...who made a mark on the world!

Mar 19, 2021 10:49 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Heinrich Kubis was the world's first flight attendant, in 1912. Kubis first attended the passengers on board the DELAG Zeppelin LZ 10 Schwaben. He also attended to the famous LZ 129 Hindenburg and was on board when it burst into flames. He survived by jumping out a window when it neared the ground

Apr 05, 2021 12:12 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

INDIANA JONES predated both Kubis and Church as most talented blimp waiter, attendant, bouncer.  He threw any one OFF the blimp without a ticket. "NO TICKET NO RIDE" !

Apr 05, 2021 12:15 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Sounds like she was a leader for her time. A real go getter!

Apr 06, 2021 06:08 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What an amazing and adventurous individual Ellen Church was. The tragedy of her untimely death undoubtedly deprived us of more stories about her adventuresome live.

Sep 18, 2021 11:50 PM