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    The Wright factory as Orville saw it-from the air

    Aerial photo of Wright Company Factory Site in Dayton, OhMaybe it's because I'm simply a poor planner, but some of my most memorable experiences have resulted from coincidences—and sometimes several coincidences piled up in a big heap of serendipity.

    That's exactly what happened yesterday evening (Thursday, Sept. 25) when I found myself high in the lovely fall sky over Dayton's most historic area—the West Third Street corridor where the Wright brothers invented the airplane and started America's aviation industry.

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    Story of Wright factory seamstress rediscovered

    One of the most enigmatic pictures in Wright State University's collection of Wright Company photographs is one of a woman at a large table, sewing fabric for a Wright Flyer. The picture is interesting I included it in my book. Her name was Ida Holdgreve, but for decades little else was known about her.

    Photo of Dawne Dewey, Head of Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives; Theodore (Ted) Clark of Beavercreek, and Gerald (Jerry) Jacobson, a friend of Ted Clark, with a photo of Ida Holdgreve. (NAHA Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney.)

    Dawne Dewey, Head of Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives; Theodore (Ted) Clark of Beavercreek, and Gerald (Jerry) Jacobson, a friend of Ted Clark, holding a photo of Ida Holdgreve. (NAHA Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney.)

    Today we know a lot more about one of the world's first female aircraft manufacturing workers, thanks to a reader who attended my book launch at Books & Co back in June.

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