The centennial of Wilbur Wright’s death was this week.  Wilbur, age 45, died from typhoid fever on May 30, 1912.  His funeral was held at Woodland Cemetery, June 1, 1912.

Yesterday, members of the Wright family, astronaut Neil Armstrong, Dayton’s mayor, Kettering City Councilman Ashley Webb, Ohio State Representative Jim Butler, several historians – Betty Darst, Rick Young & Dawne Dewey, and several hundred interested folks gathered around the Wright family graves to celebrate the life of this great visionary.

The Wright brothers were two of seven children born to Milton Wright (1828–1917) and Susan Catherine Koerner (1831–1889). Wilbur Wright was born near Millville, Indiana in 1867; Orville in Dayton, Ohio in 1871. The brothers never married. The other Wright siblings were named Reuchlin (1861–1920), Lorin (1862–1939), Katharine (1874–1929), and twins Otis and Ida (born 1870, died in infancy).

The Wright family members present:

  • Amanda Wright Lane
    • her great grandfather was Lorin Wright, an elder brother of Wilbur
  • Stephen Wright
    • his great grandfather was Lorin Wright, an elder brother of Wilbur
  • Marianne Miller Hudec
    • her mother was the daughter of Lorin Wright, an elder brother of Wilbur
  • Margaret Steeper Brown
    • her mother was Bertha Ellwyn Wright, daughter of Reuchlin Wright, the eldest brother of Wilbur 
    • Margaret’s husband & daughter were also present at the service

Bishop Milton Wright wrote of his son Wilbur:

“In memory and intellect, there was none like him. He systemized every thing. His wit was quick and keen. He could say or write anything he wanted to. He was not very talkative. His temper could hardly be stirred. He wrote much. He could deliver a fine speech, but was modest.”

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