|In anticipation of the Celebration to follow on Thursday and Friday, the Wednesday June 16th issue of the Dayton Daily News pictures how Dayton's skyline may appear in the years to come, with Wright Flyers a common sight.(5)|
|Dayton Daily News June 17th, 1909 news of Dayton Wright Brother Home Celebration. Keys of City are Presented To Her Distinguished Sons.(5)|
|Dayton Daily News June 18th, 1909, Nation, State and City Unite in the Bestowal of Tributes Upon Wrights.(5)|
|June 18, 1909 Dayton Journal "City Goes Wild Over Deeds of Talented Sons"; from page in scrapbook assembled by O. B. Kneisly.|
Below, is a photograph of the fireman's parade perhaps taken from the upper floor levels of the United Brethren Publishing House. The scene is looking north on main street. The old Courthouse can be seen at the area with the two sets of four columns, center left. Furthermost north, the Soldier's Monument can be seen, just beyond which is the main street bridge crossing the Great Miami River. I believe Andrew Iddings was standing just beyond the two sets of four columns on the west side of Main Street as he took the pg 14 photo mentioned above. The photo below likely captures Iddings on the street taking the photo of page 14, and it would be fun investigative work to identify him if possible, as the resolution of this scene is quite high. The photo below is signed "Complements of Edward E. Burkhart." Burkhart served as Dayton's mayor from 1908 to 1911. Page 46 of Mark Bernstein's book, he writes "In presenting the city's medals (to Wilbur and Orville Wright), Mayor Edward Burkhart stated, 'With the perfect development of aeroplanes, wars will be only an incident of past ages.'" Ok, so Burkhart wasn't the greatest prophet.....
|Wright Brother's Home Celebration, June 17, 1909, 2:30pm, signed Complements of Edward E. Burkhart.(4)|
|Crowds on the sidewalks and seated in the windows during June 17th parade and drill by the Dayton Fire Department.(6)|
|Crowds on the rooftops and in window balconies, June 18th. Can you imagine allowing this today? I am not aware of any report of anyone falling during either day of the celebration.(6)|
|June 17th fireman's parade heading south on Main Street. I don't know the identity of the people in the carriages. I assume Fire chiefs, or people of importance in Dayton. Anyone with more information, please comment, and I'll add to this post.(6)|
"It was a lovely day. Went at 10:30 to Fairground. Children sing. 'Star Spangled Banner' made the invocation. Lieut. Allen spoke and presented the Congressional Medals. Gov. Harmon the Ohio Medal, Mayor Burkhart, presented the City medal. Return home. Attended the parade in afternoon. Also auto-mobile parade at night. Grand stand, 1st & Monument Ave."(7)
I took the following photographs of Main Street in Dayton, from the upper level of the Centre City Building in November of 2011. Centre City Building was originally known as the United Brethren Publishing House, the location of the Wright Brothers Exhibition office in 1910 and 1911, and the location for the publication of the Religious Telescope. Comparing the two photographs of 1909 and 2011, two points of reference common to each are the Old Court House, and Soldiers Monument.(The Court House construction was completed in 1850; in 1859 Abraham Lincoln stood at those front stone steps during his presidential campaign.)
|2011, looking north from upper level of Centre City Building, known as the United Brethren Publishing House in 1909.(1)|
|Close up of Old Court House, 2011, location of "Court of Honor" during 1909 Wright Brother Home Celebration.(1)|
|Close up of Old Court House, and "Court of Honor", 1909.|
|August 2018 view of "Court House Square", photo by author.|
|Post card at left shows view from steps of Court House looking north down Main Street, March 26, 1913, during the Dayton Flood. Postcard to right shows same street section during 1909 Wright Brother Home Celebration. Click photos to enlarge.(3)|
|2011, looking south down Main Street from upper level of Centre City Building, view of "Flyover" Sculpture.(1)|
|"Flyover", unveiled in 1996, commemorates Orville Wright's December 17, 1903 12 second flight, actual arc of flight(1)|
|Northern view of Centre City Building, August 2018, photo by author.|
|Postmarked June 14, 1909, "If possible, come down Wednesday with Hazel for the Wright Bros. celebration."(3)|
|Postmarked July 2, 1909, "Dear Grace, I just returned from the Dayton Celebration, I saw this living flag...."(3)|
|Postmarked June 11, 1909, "I would like to know if you can come over for the Wright Brothers, the 17 & 18..."(3)|
|"Here are seven scenes which were taken during the Wright Bros. Celebration. The Court of Honor was from Third to Monument Ave. It was just beautiful especially at night."(3)|
|Joseph Adelbart Horchert statue pair, 12-foot each, each holding a Wright Flyer model.(3)|
|Message on rear of postcard (3)|
|From scrapbook assembled by O.B. Kneisly, who served with Lorin Wright on Dayton City Commission.(2)|
|Wilbur and Orville's father, Bishop Milton Wright delivered the Invocation during the Metal presentation ceremony.(2)|
The Unofficial Program for The Wright Brothers Home Celebration included pictures of the Wright Family members, of Charlie Taylor, and of their home. Also included were the events planned for the two day celebration, Dayton attractions, and local business advertisements. Perhaps because this was not the "Official" program, the correct spelling of the Wright family members wasn't deemed necessary......
|Katharine and Reuchlin's names are misspelled.|
|Lorin's name is misspelled.|
|Wright Family home at 7 Hawthorn Street (moved to Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan and opened to public, 1938).|
|One of the many attractions available throughout the two day event.|
Recommended Reading on this subject-
- Wright Brothers' Home Days Celebration, 1909, Dayton Salutes Wilbur, Orville and Itself. Photographs by Andrew S. Iddings, Text by Mark Bernstein. Carillon Historical Park, 2003.
- Ohio Home of the Wright Brothers, Louis Chmiel, 2013- Part 7, Chapter 78 Welcome Home.
1. Photo by author, taken 2011 from penthouse level of Centre City Building, former United Brethren Publication Building.
2. Program from author's collection.
3. Postcard from author's collection.
4. Framed photo signed by 1909 mayor of Dayton, Edward Burkhart, and presented to the Wright family. From author's collection.
5. Newspapers from author's collection.
6. Close ups of photos from author's collection. The resolution in these period photographs is pretty amazing.
7. From Diaries 1857-1917, Biship Milton Wright, Wright State University, 1999.
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