In 1956, Jack Schwencke, with Dick and Bob Ross, and Jay White, developed and founded the Village of North Palm Beach. On May 9, 2012, Mr. Schwencke passed away at the age of 95.
In this photo, left to right, we see Jack Schwencke, Charles Cunningham, and Albin R. Olsen.
Interestingly, many of Mr. Schwencke’s land deals were honored by a mere handshake. That alone should tell you what a trustworthy man he was. He served on the Village council with Albin R. Olsen, the Village’s very first manager. For the following two decades, he was president of North Palm Beach Properties, and the managing partner of Northlake Properties, and Lake Park Development. Mr. Schwencke operated and sold the North Palm Beach Country Club, as well as North Palm Beach Utilities. He developed the Gemini and Aquarius condominiums, along with numerous other properties.
“When all is said and done, Jack was a decent man, a true gentleman, an ethical business partner, a loving husband, a fabulous father, a fun uncle and a devoted grandfather. At one time, he was asked, ‘what were your greatest accomplishments in life?’ He named his children.” –from Jack Schwencke’s obituary.
Above, we see Charles Cunningham on the far right, with Jack Schwencke. At the front, looking debonair and casual, is Dick Ross. Behind him is his brother, Bob. Both photos in this post were taken on February 19, 1958, at the North Palm Beach elementary school groundbreaking. Please note: These photos are property of the Village of North Palm Beach. Do not distribute.