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Celebrating 100 Years of Flight


Katharine Wright, 1898.
(Photo courtesy of the Wright State University Archives and Special Collections)


Katharine Wright Haskell (A.B. 1898; Oberlin College Trustee, 1924-29) was the younger sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright. She was a schoolteacher in Dayton, Ohio. Although she was not recognized as a major participant in her brothers’ work on the airplane, she did work “behind the scenes” to ensure that they had both the time and money to achieve their goal.
She married Henry J. Haskell (A.B. 1896), Associate Editor of the Kansas City Star, in 1926. Katharine Wright Haskell died of pneumonia in Kansas City on 3 March 1929.

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>> Letter from Katharine Wright to William F. Bohn (Presidential Assistant), 29 Feb. 1916

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