New Collection: Ivan R. Gates Collection

Ivan R. Gates was an Early Bird of Aviation, receiving his pilot’s license in 1911, and is credited with starting the first flying school on the west coast in California. The collection documents Gates’ aviation business enterprises, including the Gates Flying Circus, Gates Flying Service, and the New York-based Gates Aircraft Corporation, which manufactured the Gates Belgian RSV convertible monoplane/biplane. Gates’ wife Hazel was also a pilot. The majority of the collection is contained within 4 scrapbooks (3 of photographs and 1 of newspaper clippings), along with some loose photographs and documents.

For more information about this collection, please review the MS-646: Ivan R. Gates Collection finding aid or contact Special Collections and Archives.

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New Collection: Kenneth Middaugh Scrapbook

Kenneth Middaugh (originally from Preble County, Ohio) was a jazz musician who played piano and who was a part of Marion McKay’s orchestra, sometimes referred to as the Greystone Orchestra, in Dayton, and he was a part of a few other musical groups that borrowed the names of places they performed at. Middaugh took over management of the Trianon in Terre Haute, after he left Dayton and the Greystone Amusement Company. Kenneth performed in a variety of places such as Canton, Ohio, and Indian Lake. Middaugh also was employed at Wilbur Wright Field.

The orchestra at the Greystone, with caption "Winter Season, Greystone, 35 weeks, 1923-24." (From scrapbook page 1)
The orchestra at the Greystone, with caption “Winter Season, Greystone, 35 weeks, 1923-24.” (From scrapbook page 1)

This scrapbook was created by Middaugh’s wife Mildred for his birthday in 1924. It highlights his activities as a jazz musician in the early 1920s (circa 1920-1924). The scrapbook includes pictures of the recording studio he used in Indiana, and Wilbur Wright Field and Country Club.

Several articles about the Greystone and the Trianon, as well as Kenneth Middaugh, Marion McKay, and Leo Baxter. Undated (From scrapbook page 3)
Several articles about the Greystone and the Trianon, as well as Kenneth Middaugh, Marion McKay, and Leo Baxter. Undated (From scrapbook page 3)

This collection was processed in September 2019 by WSU Public History graduate student Abigail Search. For more information about this collection, please review the MS-542: Kenneth Middaugh Scrapbook finding aid or contact Special Collections and Archives.

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New Collection: Tecumseh High School Class of 1955 Collection

The Tecumseh High School Class of 1955 Collection (MS-650) contains primarily clippings, programs, photographs, scrapbooks, and mementos from class members’ time in high school, as well as later alumni and reunion activities. The basketball team, which was quite good at the time, is strongly represented in the collection. The scrapbook of German exchange student Gudrun Klotz from the class’s senior year is also particularly noteworthy.

The late 1940s to early 1950s were a notable time in the history of what is now called Tecumseh Local School District in New Carlisle, Ohio. In the summer of 1948, the New Carlisle School District and the Bethel Township School District formally merged, forming the New Carlisle Bethel Local School District, with overwhelming support from voters in both of the original districts. (The district was later renamed Tecumseh in 1989.) The new Tecumseh High School opened in the spring of 1952, until which time students attended Olive Branch High School. Therefore, the Tecumseh Class of 1955 attended both Olive Branch and Tecumseh as part of their high school experience.

Also notable during this time period was the impressive win-loss record of the high school basketball team, coached by Frank Shannon, who served as a teacher and coach at Olive Branch and Tecumseh from 1948 to 1955. The team played well in multiple tournaments, and evidence of their status as a basketball powerhouse is demonstrated strongly in this collection.

For more information about this collection, including a detailed box and file listing, please review the MS-650 Tecumseh High School Class of 1955 Collection finding aid or contact Special Collections & Archives.

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