Poems from the Past in Honor of National Poetry Month

Katharine Wright “6 or 7 yrs.”

Voices from the past speak to us through autograph albums, letters, and diaries. In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ll be sharing poems and sayings found in our collections.

Katharine Wright Autograph Album, 1882

Katharine Wright, the younger sister of Wilbur and Orville, was born on August 19, 1874, in Dayton, Ohio, to Milton and Susan Koerner Wright. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1898 and taught Latin at Steele High School in Dayton until 1908 when she resigned in order to help Orville recuperate from injuries he sustained in an airplane crash. She would later serve as director of the Young Woman’s League of Dayton and as a trustee for Oberlin College. On November 20, 1926, Katharine married Henry J. Haskell, editor of the Kansas City Star. She died on March 3, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, and is buried in Woodland Cemetery with her parents and brothers. To learn more about Katharine’s life, please visit Special Collections & Archives on the 4th floor of Dunbar Library.

This brief verse is from Katharine’s 1882 autograph book.

May your life have 

just enough clouds

as to make a beautiful

sunset

Your friend.

Albert Long

April 22, 1882

Katharine Wright Autograph Book, 1882

 

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