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Henry J. Haskell, better known as Harry, took his meals at Katharine's rooming house.
Like Margaret, he was the son of missionaries. Unlike her, he was intensely studious. Although he was Katharine's same age, he was two years ahead of her in his studies. Harry Haskell, for example, proposed to one of Katharine's housemate's, Isabel Cunningham. Harry Haskell started as a cub reporter with the Kansas City Star. Their contact increased when Orville and Katharine began their feud with the Smithsonian and Harry supported them with editorials in the Kansas City Star . Then it increased again when both Harry and Katharine were invited to join the board of trustees for Oberlin College. Harry was the first to realize where this was going and declared his feelings to Katharine in a letter in June 1925. Harry was cool; he did not press her. He dropped by Dayton for a face-to-face meeting; they admitted their mutual feelings; but Harry was considerate of her concern for Orville. They arranged another meeting - Katharine invited Harry to visit Lambert Island. Harry arrived during the last week of July and they finally kissed while Orville was out fishing. By the time Harry left on August 11, they had decided to get married. Orville was completely clueless as to what was going on between Katharine and Harry. When Harry left the next day, Orville descended into a world-class sulk. Katharine Wright married Harry Haskell on November 20, 1926 in Oberlin. Harry's family welcomed her, particularly his son Henry to whom Katharine grew especially close. The Kansas City Star was sold to its employees and Harry became a major stockholder as well as an officer in the publishing firm. More important, Harry's professional reputation as an editorial writer grew daily. The paper won a Pulitzer Prize for its editorials in 1933 largely due to his efforts, and Harry was awarded his own Pulitzer for editorial writing in 1944. Harry and Katharine decided to take a voyage to Italy and Greece in 1929 - they both shared a love of these classic cultures and languages, the result of their Oberlin education. Harry escorted Orville to Katharine's room and announced, "Here is Orv, Katharine. Unless you know something of classical art - and Harry Haskell knew plenty - it's not immediately clear why Harry chose this particular statue as a tribute to Katharine. Harry Haskell (right) being his studious self in Oberlin. On the left is his wife Isabella and son Henry. Harry Haskell visiting Hawthorn Hill in 1924.
Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight (Nov. 5) | Read more about Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight (Nov. 5)
Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight (Nov. 5) | Read more about Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight (Nov. 5) Home » Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight (Nov. 5) Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight (Nov. 5) Author Harry Haskell will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop on Saturday, November 5th. He will be signing his new novel, Maiden Flight, a fictionalized telling of the love affair of Henry J. Haskell, Harry's father, and Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilbur. The novel is based on personal letters, newspaper reports and other documents of the period, including Katharine's love letters to Henry. This is a moving read for anyone interested in the Wrights or in independent women of a bygone era. It celebrates Katharine's abundant store of what she called "human nature" - her spirited and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation, and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness. Mr. Haskell is the former editor of the Kansas City Star (as was his father) and the Yale University Press, and the author of Early Music Revival: A History and editor of Attentive Listener: Three Centuries of Music Criticism, among others. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut. By Harry Haskell
Henry J. Haskell of The Kansas City Star
Oberlin Heritage Center: Historic Preservation in Oberlin: Katharine Wright Haskell Fountain
Harry Haskell was the editor and publisher of the Kansas City Star.Pneumonia shortened Katharine's life.Katharine Wright Haskell memorial fountainIn 1931 Henry received permission from the Oberlin Board of Trustees to erect a beautiful fountain in her memory in front of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.Orville Wright was present with Henry when the fountain of white Carrera marble and red porphyry was dedicated.
Harry Haskell's grandson: 'In the end, the blood tie couldn't be denied'Kansas City, where Haskell worked as editor of the Kansas City Star, and she never again felt welcome in the home she shared for so many years with the illustrious sibling she mysteriously referred to as "little brother," though he was three years her senior.Zernich and her brother, the present-day Harry Haskell (the fourth Henry to be called Harry in the family line)."This is the first time the modern-day Haskells and Wrights were able to share stories and perspectives about Katharine and her relationship with Haskell," she noted.Haskell said his own father, who was in his 20s when Katharine married Haskell, remembered her as "an angel."Haskell said his own father, who was in his 20s when Katharine married Haskell, remembered her as "an angel."Haskell has retired from a publishing career to work on a book about the complex relationship between Katharine, Orville and his grandfather, a longtime friend to both of them.The puppy, christened with the classical name of Scipio, grew up to be "the most photographed dog in history," Haskell joked.Then the conversation turned serious, focusing on the gentle Orville's uncharacteristic rejection of his sister.Haskell answered that question for her: "Grandfather asked if she recognized Orville, and she replied, 'Yes, of course.' ""Grandfather thought Orville was deluding himself , that in the end, the blood tie couldn't be denied," Haskell said.Haskell replied, "That's a bit of a mystery.As Zernich and Haskell toured the place where their grandfather courted the sister of America's most famous men, the blood tie still couldn't be denied."They really rolled out the red carpet," Haskell said.Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2209 or mmccarty@Harry Haskell