Parental Influence

Did you know the Wright brothers’ father Milton was a bishop in The Church of the Brethren and mother Susan was the daughter of a carriage maker? They instilled in their boys a love and encouragement for intellectual pursuit to satisfy their curiosity in many subjects. Susan’s practical skills were taught to her young sons so they could help do home repairs in the absence of Milton, who traveled frequently. He often returned home with books, fueling their thirst for knowledge. One evening, Milton showed the boys a rubber band powered “Penaud Helicopter,” triggering their interest in flight. The Wright brothers later cited the values instilled by their extraordinary parents as the key to their history-making success.

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