ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/05/1943 CO-SIGNED BY: IVONETTE WRIGHT-MILLER - HFSID 7595
ORVILLE WRIGHT and IVONETTE WRIGHT MILLER Orville writes a $50,000 check to his beloved niece Ivonette, who endorses it. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1943 July 5. Check No. 3219, drawn on the Winters National Bank and Trust Co., payable to Ivonette W. Miller for $50,000.
Sale Price $1,020.00
ORVILLE WRIGHT and IVONETTE WRIGHT MILLER
Orville writes a $50,000 check to his beloved niece Ivonette, who endorses it.
Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1943 July 5. Check No. 3219, drawn on the Winters National Bank and Trust Co., payable to Ivonette W. Miller for $50,000. Endorsed on verso: "Ivonette W. Miller". ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) and his aviation pioneer brother Wilbur (1867-1912) never married, but were part of a very close family. IVONETTE WRIGHT MILLER (1896-1995), the daughter of older brother Lorin Wright and one of three nieces, lived near the family home occupied by Orville, Wilbur and sister Katharine, visiting often. In 1911, Orville took all three nieces on their first ride in an airplane (a Wright "B" flyer), one at a time, making Ivonette's sister Leontine the first girl in America to fly. Wright siblings Lorin and Katharine were actively involved in managing the Wright Company. Ivonette's husband Harold Miller (d. 1991), a World War I flyer, served as executor of the Wright estate. Ivonette frequently represented the family at commemorative events and ship christenings, particularly in the nearly half century she survived after Orville's death. She wrote a 1978 book about her famous uncles, Wright Reminiscences. Harold and Ivonette Miller maintained a large archive of family records, which is now in the possession of Wright State University. Fifty thousand dollars was a large sum of money in 1943. Further research might reveal the purpose of this large transfer. Bank holes not at signature. Fold crease through "Wr" of Wright. On verso cancellation stamp at all of "Ivonette". Otherwise, fine condition.
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