Farewell to Isra, the Archives Puppy

Every spring (and sometimes fall and summer!), we have to say good-bye to one or more someones in the Archives. Usually, these someones are students, as our student workers and Public History graduate students receive their degrees and head off into the next phase of their lives.

Today is much the same, as we say good-bye to someone who has been a fixture in the Archives since January: a service-dog-in-training named Isra.

Karis and Isra, April 17, 2014

Karis and Isra, April 17, 2014

One of our graduate assistants, Karis, is involved with the student organization  4Paws4Ability WSU, a branch of the larger 4Paws4Ability, which socializes and trains future service dogs for people with disabilities. The dogs live with a foster for a semester, and the foster and co-handlers take the dog with them everywhere they go (work, class, restaurants, shopping, etc.), to help acclimate them to the many people, places, and situations they will encounter in their work as a working service dog.

This semester, Karis has been helping to socialize a Golden Labrador puppy named Isra. And, as part of her socialization, Isra has been accompanying Karis to work in the Archives. You may have even seen Isra at the reference desk sometimes.

Isra "working" the reference desk, Jan. 30, 2014

Isra “working” the reference desk, Jan. 30, 2014

We have loved having Isra here in the Archives, just as we loved having A’Kos last semester. We’ll miss having Isra around.  It’s been like having Fuzz Therapy every week! (By the way, Fuzz Therapy will be back at the Dunbar Library on Monday, April 28, from 10-2!)

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Aviator Atwood and Lieut. Milling

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter, you have probably noticed the posts containing passages from Bishop Milton Wright’s diaries, 100-years-ago-today style. The passages are very short and usually comprise the entirety of that day’s diary entry. (Very few of the Bishop’s diary entries are longer than a few sentences.)

The Bishop often mentions activities involving acquaintances with very little explanation—partly because the entries are so brief and partly because, as he himself knows the person(s) of whom he speaks, no further explanation was necessary for his own record. But for most of us, these references are not always clear.

For instance, Bishop Milton mentions “Aviator Atwood” and “Lieut. Milling” in two entries from April 1914. The entries read as follows:

Saturday, April 11. Reuchlin supped at Lorin’s. Katharine supped with Mrs. Hubard, at 1st & Main Club. Orville went [to the] Algonquin [Hotel] to see Aviator Atwood. It is a rainy day.

Wednesday, April 15. Lieut. Milling visited Dayton, on his way to St. Louis. He did not call at our house, but sent his regards to me.

So who were Aviator Atwood and Lieut. Milling?

The Bishop is almost certainly referring to Harry Nelson Atwood (1883-1967) and Thomas DeWitt Milling (1887-1960). Both men were pilots who learned to fly at the Wright Flying School at Huffman Prairie.

Atwood learning sense of balance at Simms (Station), 1911 (from MS-216)

Atwood learning sense of balance at Simms (Station), 1911 (from Ivonette Wright Miller Papers, MS-216 8:1, also available in MS-355 Charles Wald Collection 1:65 available in CORE Scholar)

After learning to fly with the Wright Brothers, Atwood briefly taught others to fly, then turned his attention primarily to making exhibition flights.

Harry Atwood at the controls of a Wright Model B Flyer, 1911 (from MS-355)

Harry Atwood at the controls of a Wright Model B Flyer, 1911 (from MS-355 Charles Wald Collection 1:61, also available on CORE Scholar)

Milling, along with others including Henry “Hap” Arnold, had been sent to the Wright Flying School by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to learn to be trained as pilots for military purposes. In 1911, Milling won the second Harvard-Boston Aero Meet Tri State race in a biplane. He was involved in early military aviation for a number of years and rose through the ranks of the U.S. Army, ultimately becoming a brigadier general.

Lt. Thomas D. Milling in Burgess-Wright biplane at Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, 1911 (from MS-338)

Lt. Thomas D. Milling in Burgess-Wright biplane at Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, 1911 (from MS-338 Harvard-Boston Aero Meet Collection 2:8, also available on CORE Scholar)

It must have been exciting for the Wrights to see how these students applied what they had learned at Huffman Prairie and then “took off” with it (in this case, literally) and noteworthy as well when they came back to Dayton to visit.

Well, clearly, Bishop Milton felt that it was noteworthy, or he wouldn’t have noted it!

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Exhibits News: Public History Posters and Charles Taylor

We have a couple of items of exhibits news to share with you:

For the next couple of weeks, some of our Public History students’ work will be on display on the fourth floor of Dunbar Library, to the left of our entrance:

Public History Symposium posters on display on the 4th floor of Dunbar Library, April 2014

Public History Symposium posters on display on the 4th floor of Dunbar Library, April 2014

These posters, which highlight the students’ internships and capstone projects, were originally presented at the Public History Graduate Symposium on March 14. The poster topics, clockwise from upper right, include: the Woman’s Suffrage Association, reenacting the Battle of Gettysburg, the history of general stores, the Wrights’ mechanic Charles Taylor, and NY politician Al Smith.

Speaking of Charles Taylor, that brings us to our second bit of exhibits news. A sculpted bust of Charles Taylor has been a fixture in the triangular case near the stairwell on the first floor of the Dunbar Library since 2007.

The bust was sculpted by Virginia Krause Hess, and we wanted to recognize her for her wonderful contribution to the legacy of Charles Taylor. Therefore, we have added a photo of Virginia Hess to the exhibit case (click on the photos below to enlarge them):

You can stop by the first floor of the Dunbar Library to see the Charles Taylor bust and Virginia Hess photo anytime for the foreseeable future.

But, please visit us soon on the fourth floor if you want to see the Public History students’ posters! The poster exhibit will only last through the end of April, so that graduating students can take their posters with them when they leave us and also because we need to use our black exhibit board for another event at that time.

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