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Wright: Katherine 1926



Sister of Aero Inventors Did
Much to Achieve Their
Final Victory


Oberlin, Ohio, Nov. 20 (By A.P.)
Miss Katherine Wright, of Dayton, who perhaps was as much responsible for the invention of the airplane as her noted brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, was married here today to Harry J. Haskell, associate editor of the Kansas City Star.

The surroundings of their college 
days of 30 years ago formed a setting for the ceremony. Both bride and bridegroom attended Oberlin in the 90's, and there grew to be friends. Dr. Henry C. King, president of Oberlin, read the marriage service.

The story of Miss Wright's connection with the invention of the airplane is little known outside of Ohio. She sacrificed youth and pleasures that her brothers might subsist while they worked and the day came when Wilbur and Orville had only their sister Katherine to encourage them to continue their experiments.

Soon after the Wright brothers conceived their idea of a successful heavier-than-air flying machine their funds were wholly consumed in experiments and neighbors and friends refused them support. Miss Wright then decided to hold on to her job as teacher in the Dayton school and she gave liberally of her salary to "keep the boys going." After a hard day in the classroom she would spend most of the night sewing on large bolts of silk, cotton, canvas and other materials to make covering for the wings of the model gliders her brothers were testing.

On every occasion since the famous 
flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., when the Wright brothers have been honored for their achievement they have given public credit to their sister.

Mr. Haskell was born at Huntington,
Ohio. He joined the Kansas City Star as assistant telegraph editor, becoming, successively, city editor, chief editorial writer and assistant editor.

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