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West Milton in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Charles Furnas 1880- 1941

 
 
Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2015
1. Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker
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Inscription.  
Side A
In 1908, West Milton native Charles Furnas worked as a machinist in Dayton doing odd jobs for the Wright Brothers, the inventors of the first practical airplane. At that time the U.S. Army had agreed to purchase an aircraft from the Wright Brothers provided it would carry a pilot and a passenger. Furnas worked with the brothers to adapt their plane. On May 14, 1908, he flew first with Wilbur and then with Orville, becoming the world's first airplane passenger.

side B
Following the test flights in 1908, the Wright Brothers engaged Charles Furnas full time. As the first person hired to build airplanes, he was the first employee in what would become the aerospace industry. He worked with Orville and Wilbur to develop "Signal Corps No. I," America's first military aircraft and the beginning of the U.S. Air Force. He left employment with the Wright Brothers to start a garage in West Milton, but remained friends. Orville attended his funeral in 1941.
 
Erected 2008 by Paul G. Duke Foundation Hale Sarver Funeral Home West Milton Chamber of

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Commerce The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 31- 55.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 39° 58.004′ N, 84° 19.72′ W. Marker is in West Milton, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is at the intersection of North Miami Street (Ohio Route 48) and Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling north on North Miami Street. marker is on the lawn in front of the Hale Sarver Funeral Home. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 284 N Miami St, West Milton OH 45383, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Milton Korean War Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Underground Railroad in West Milton (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Milton Friends Meeting (approx. ¼ mile away); 1804 Quaker Meeting House (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Brick Wall (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Hoover (approx. 2.2 miles away); Hanktown (approx. 3.2 miles away); 1804 Iddings Log House (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Milton.
 
Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2015
2. Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker
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Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, 11 13/2015
3. Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker
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Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2015
4. Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker
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Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2015
5. Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker
portrait of Charles Furnas, mounted on marker
Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, 1113/2015
6. Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 Marker
Funeral Home sign, in front of marker, on Main Street at Cemetery Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 700 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 14, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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