Move-In Day 1995

Many of the new Wright State freshmen moving in today will have been born about 1995. Therefore, we have decided to take a Throwback Thursday look at Move-In Day 1995, as told by the WSU Guardian student newspaper.

Note the article on page 4 that this was the “largest ever” move-in day with 2,200 on-campus residents. (We currently have over 3,000 on-campus residents, according to the Office of Residence Services.)

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 1

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 1

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 2

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 2

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 3

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 3

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 4

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 4

Bonus: Here are some photographs from that same year’s Fall Fest, which was held September 15, 1995.  You can enjoy Fall Fest this year on August 29, 2014. Click on the image thumbnail to enlarge it:

Extra bonus: computer advertisement from page 4 (note the “4 Meg Ram” – that’s 4 megabytes, not 4 gigabytes!):

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 4

WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995, p. 4

The materials used in this blog post can be found in the Wright State University Archives, specifically: WSU Guardian, 13 Sept. 1995; and UA photos # 9509-15-8 and 9509-15-9 (Fall Fest 1995). Additionally, recent and historical issues of the WSU Guardian can be found on CORE Scholar; however, the 1995 issues are not yet available online.

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TDIH 1914: Orville Wright nearly drowns

On August 20, 1914, Orville Wright and student pilot U.S. Navy Lt. Kenneth Whiting were trying out a modified Wright Model G Aeroboat on the Great Miami River in Dayton. Orville was at the controls and 30 feet in the air when one of the wings broke and sent the plane (and the men) into the river.

According to the Library of Congress’s Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Chronology (p. 207), Orville “narrowly escaped drowning” in the accident. The passenger Whiting also survived apparently unscathed.

Probably because the incident turned out all right in the end, Bishop Milton Wright’s August 20th diary entry refers to it by saying only that “the flyer took a dive.”

Although we do not have any photographs of the modified Wright Model G Aeroboat from the August 1914 flights, we do have several photos of the Wright Model G Aeroboat from some flights on the Great Miami River in 1913:

Wright Model G Aeroboat taking off on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_8)

Wright Model G Aeroboat taking off on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_8)

Wright Model G Aeroboat  on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_12)

Wright Model G Aeroboat on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_12)

You can view more photos of the Wright Model G Aeroboat on CORE Scholar.

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Camp Whiteside, Tennessee

On August 15, 1864, William Patterson rejoined the 1st OVI at Camp Whiteside, Tennessee — just outside Chattanooga.  In this August 20, 1864 letter to his mother, William reports that five companies have been mustered out, a sixth one will be gone tomorrow, with four companies remaining.  His company will be the last to go which he expects to be about October 7.  William also writes that the regiment is doing very little, except guarding a bridge in the mountains.  However, they are healthy with plenty of vegetables and fruit available to eat.

Finally, William indicates he received a letter from Robert, who is doing well.  In addition, he saw two officers from the 61st OVI, who gave glowing reports of Robert’s performance in the field.

Transcript of William Patterson letter, August 20, 1864.

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