Orville Wright signed this document in 1945 to lease 135 acres of
farm and pastureland that he owned in Indiana. This document was signed three
years before Wright's death and offers a look into how he paid his bills late in
Lease signed "Orville Wright" as Lessor.
8½x12¾, single-sided sheets, bound with two staples at top edge. Feb. 6,
Wright signed this lease agreement to lease 135 acres of farm and
pastureland in "Township 23 North", Indiana [possibly Fowlerton] to Clayton W.
Dickerson of Jonesboro, Indiana. The lease's term was from March 1, 1945, to
Feb. 28, 1946. Dickerson leased the farm - which included improvements like an
orchard, garden lot and barn - for $6 per acre or a total of $810, paid in full
to Wright on Sept. 1, 1945. This lease also laid out Dickerson's
responsibilities. In short, he had to maintain the land and its buildings out of
his own pocket and pay one-half the cost for seed and fertilizer and for
threshing and hulling any crops, with Wright paying the other half. Wilbur
(1867-1912, born near Millville, Indiana) and Orville
born in Dayton, Ohio) formed the Wright Cycle Company in 1892 and manufactured