Excerpts from Milton's Diaries
Thursday, July 4, 1889
Thursday, January 1, 1891
Wednesday, July 4, 1894
Monday, April 5, 1909
Monday, July 4, 1910
The Bishop spoke of having trouble in the lower channels…..perhaps this next entry will explain:
Saturday, April 6, 1912
On another Sunday, Milton writes that he spent the day organizing and working on his papers and books. He then comments, “I forgot it was the Sabbath!”
Sunday, March 14, 1915
Monday, June 3, 1912
The Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries was chosen in 1975 to be the repository for an extensive collection of Wright Brothers’ material. Among the thousands of photographs, books, technical journals, correspondence, financial records, and memorabilia were the diaries of Bishop Milton Wright. These diaries of the father of Wilbur and Orville Wright record the full range of experiences of his adult life from 1857 to his death in 1917. They provide a detailed chronicle of Milton Wright’s dynamic, and sometimes controversial, ministry and leadership in the United Brethren Church, and his role as the father of the famed inventors of powered flight.
The diaries demonstrate the Bishop’s awareness of local, national, and world events, as well as his political allegiance and support of progressive movements, such as women’s suffrage. Probably the most important contribution the diaries make to present scholarship on the Wright Brothers is the greater knowledge we gain about the dynamics of the Wright family. Through his daily writings, Milton Wright allows us to know him as husband, father, and grandfather. Taken as a whole, the diaries provide an essential resource in the study of the Wright Brothers’ career in aviation, the history of the United Brethren Church, and the life of a man dedicated to his family and his church.
Bishop Milton Wright recorded his life experiences in forty-one small, black and brown, leather-bound volumes. His handwriting was superb! While most entries are brief, some are detailed. At the end of each year, Milton wrote several paragraphs about the year’s events. He lists expenses and his salary for the year, family history and genealogy, remedies for his aches and pains, and important milestones in the lives of his children and in the church he served.
So what treasures can we find within the pages of Milton’s diaries? The diaries are full of stories about the congregations and families that the Bishop visited. And in amongst the everyday entries about going to the dentist or picking up a new hat or coat, or writing sermons and reading, are those entries which reveal a little more about Milton and the Wright Family. Visit the Wright State University Special Collections and Archives for more information.
Last updated: April 10, 2015