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About the Wright Brothers Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Wright had four sons Reuchlin Lorin Wilbur and Orville and one daughter Katherine Wilbur was born on April 16 1867 near Millville Indiana Orville was born 4 years later on August 19 1871 in the families newly built home at 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton Ohio A minister in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ Milton Wright moved his family to Dayton so he could edit the church newspaper published there The Wrights stayed in Dayton until 1878 when Milton was elected bishop and moved the family to Iowa In 1885 they returned to the house at 7 Hawthorn Street As the boys grew older their parents encouraged them to pursue intellectual interests They had two libraries in their house books on theology were kept in the bishops study while the downstairs library had a large and diverse collection This kept them always reading and learning while they were not at school Although their dad was a stickler both parents loved and kept the family united Every once and awhile Milton would bring them various souvenirs and trinkets he found during his travels for the church One such trinket a toy helicopter-like top sparked the boys interest in flying Wilburs skating accident and his mothers illness and later death kept him from attending college Orville was on the other hand was an average student known for his mischievous behavior He quit school before his senior year to start a printing business with his brother The first time Wilbur and Orville referred to themselves as The Wright Brothers was when they started their own printing firm at the ages of 22 and 18 Using a damaged tombstone and buggy parts they built a press and printed their own newspaper In 1892 the brothers bought bicycles They began repairing bicycles for friends and then started their own repair business They opened up a bicycle
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