17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, October 3, 1912: I really did go after all my doubtings, but now I feel just as tired as there is any use in being. Saw a flying machine whirling aloft in the air for at least 10 minutes. I think twas quite a sight to see.
Biplane at 1912 Milton Fair. (Source: Chronicles and Legends of Milton by George Venios. Used with permission.)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma went to the fair in the nearby town of Milton. She wrote the previous day that she planned to go.
Whew—I can hardly believe it, but I found a picture of the flying machine Grandma saw.
George Venios, in his book titled Chronicles and Legends of Milton, writes about the Milton Fair. And, he includes a picture of the plane that was at the 1912 fair.
The photo caption in the book says:
The photo, taken in 1912, is a pusher type biplane and is believed to be one of the first aircraft to land here while on a hair-raising “barnstorming” tour.
I contacted George and he generously gave me permission to include the photo in this post, so that you could see it. Thank you!
When I found the photo, I got my magnifying glass out to see if I could find Grandma in the crowd; though, of course, I couldn’t.
George also sent me a picture of a mural in Milton that reflects the history of transportation in the town. The mural includes an image of the 1912 biplane.
Transportation mural in Milton (Source: George Venios. Used with permission.)
Chronicles and Legends of Milton is an awesome resource that tells the story of Milton, and is full of wonderful photos. Milton has a really interesting history—and I’d encourage anyone interested in its story to get a copy of the book.
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