Old News – Stewardess

At this time a stewardess had to be single and meet height and weight requirements. It also appears that there is an age restriction. Also I don’t think that the starting wage was very good even for 1967.


Thursday, Nov. 9, 1967

Miss Trenholm Gets Stewardess Wings

A Honeoye Falls girl has become a United Air Lines stewardess and is serving aboard aircraft flying from Newark.

Miss Cynthia A. Trenholm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Trenholm of 380 Lanning Road, was graduated from United’s stewardess school near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after successfully completing a 5½ week training course.

Cynthia, 20, is a graduate of the Academy of Sacred Heart in Rochester and attended the Chandler Business College in Boston, Mass. She was employed as a steno by the Department of Commerce in Juneau, Alaska, prior to becoming a stewardess.

Cynthia has joined a profession pioneered by United in 1930 with a staff of eight girls. The nations largest airline plans to train 2,000 girls in 1967, boosting its stewardess corps from 3,200 to 3,800. The increase is designed to compensate for the annual 33 percent loss caused primarily by marriage.

Cynthia’s training covered several study areas to prepare her for duty aboard United’s DC-8, Boeing 720 and 727 and Caravelle jet planes plus piston-engine aircraft.

Major courses involved flight duties such as meal service, ticketing and plane interiors; appearance counseling taught by trained instructors; United’s 18,000 mile route system serving the continental United States and Hawaii; the theory of flight; and emergency training. Observation trips on regularly scheduled flights also were included..

Following the colorful wing-pinning ceremony, the new United stewardess left for her domicile city. There are 10 such cities across the country, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Denver, Miami and Los Angeles.

The starting salary is $345 per month for 70 flying hours, but more than $100 in incentive pay is received for all hours flown between 70 and 85.

During their training, the fledgling stewardesses share modern apartment suites in the training center which adjooins the airline’s executive offices. On a handsomely landscaped 55 acre tract, there is a year-round swimming pool and tennis courts. There is ample opportunity for weekend visits to Chiicago’s loop only about 30 minutes away.

Young women interested in stewardess careers must be single and at least 20 years old but not yet 27. Height and weight restrictions are 5 feet two to five feet nine with proportionate weight not exceeding 140 pounds. Although a high school diploma is required, college or business training is desired.

Future stewardesses are not expected to be beauty queens, but appearance is important.

Holy Name Church is marked by four domes, done in thin-shell concrete, which are supported by external buttresses. The graceful bell tower rises directly above the main altar. Four reinforced concrete columns support this dome and the bell tower above it. A sky light enclosure affords a flood of natural lighting above the altar. Three carillon bells grace the open tower.

Built with modern liturgical requirements in mind, the new church will accommodate 700 persons.

A schedule of Masses at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.am., 12:30 and 5 p.m. has been established to take care of the 1,000 families in the parish. C. Pate Hutchens, United’s manager of placement and employment, said “We are looking for girls, who are charming and personable, have a desire to serve and travel, and most important, are motivated by an interest in people.

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  1. Over-the-hill at 27. Yes, I remember the requirements although I never did that job. In 1967 I was making $1.68 per hour which I just figured out was around $67 per week. Probably tax lowered that amount. Makes me wonder how I lived on that.

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