“Wiseman – Peters” replica moved back to the Petaluma Historical Museum

The one-third scale model, built by the Petaluma Area Pilots Association (PAPA) has been moved back to the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library in time for the Butter & Egg Days Parade. This exhibit, titled “Flight- A Tribute to Aviation” celebrating the first airmail flight by a young aviator, Fred Wiseman, and bringing to life the stories of airplanes, engines, and human endeavor involved in aviation since that historic flight, will be on display until April 24th.

Published in: on March 5, 2011 at 11:47 am  Comments Off on “Wiseman – Peters” replica moved back to the Petaluma Historical Museum  

It’s Wiseman’s Plane – Is it Kenilworth Park?

by Bill.Hammerman

OK – in Part I of this extended blog, we concluded that the grass vegetation and trees in the background of a picture showing the Wiseman-Cooke plane taking off at a race track matched those in another photograph identified as Kenilworth Park, Petaluma, California.
more…   http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/…
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Petaluma Pete posts his Petaluma re-enactment recap

Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm  Comments Off on Petaluma Pete posts his Petaluma re-enactment recap  

Santa Rosa welcomes first mail flight re-enactment

Reinactment_VICTORIA-WEBB_PRESS-DEMOCRAT
Photo: VICTORIA WEBB of the PRESS DEMOCRAT

By MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

“When his plane would crash, women would empty the grandstands and try to rip his clothes off,” Guinnane told a crowd of about 200 people. Wiseman ultimately got out of flying because “his friends were dying” in air crashes.

The flight is well-documented in a recent issue of the Windsor Historical Society’s newsletter, Windows Walk.

more… http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 10:51 am  Comments Off on Santa Rosa welcomes first mail flight re-enactment  

Wiseman 100th Anniversary Exhibit: Windsor Museum

Fred Wiseman’s connection to Windsor is on display at the Windsor Historical Society & Museum in a permanent exhibit.

The location is in the Hembree House
9225 Foxwood Drive, Windsor
Hours 9:30 to 4:30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Published in: on February 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm  Comments Off on Wiseman 100th Anniversary Exhibit: Windsor Museum  

Remembering a historic flight – 100 years ago today

By YOVANNA BIEBERICH,
ARGUS-COURIER STAFF

100 years ago today, Fred Wiseman piloted the first airmail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa

As Petaluma prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Fred Wiseman flight with celebrations around town this weekend, some residents might be asking themselves, “Who exactly was Fred Wiseman?”…

http://www.petaluma360.com/…

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm  Comments Off on Remembering a historic flight – 100 years ago today  

In appreciation of Fred Wiseman – Reading of the Postmaster letter

By STEWART MUNSON

We should remember those who have brought us into the 21st century. The thoughts of John E. Olmstead, on the occasion of Fred Wiseman’s heroic flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa heralded a change that few industries have so dramatically contributed to the general advancement of civilization….

Reading letter to: H. L. Tripp, postmaster, Santa Rosa, Calif. from  J. E. Olmstead, postmaster, Petaluma, Calif.

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Historic air mail flight to be celebrated in Sonoma County

By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A century ago, a rickety, hand-built plane took off from what is now Kenilworth Park in Petaluma, bound for the Sonoma County Fairgrounds racetrack. The plane, which was built and piloted by Fred Wiseman of Santa Rosa….

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

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GO BY AIR – Song lyrics for the Fred Wiseman adventure

GO BY AIR       (Fred Wiseman’s Air Mail Flight)

My name is Freddy Wiseman I‘m the pilot called “the Birdman”
Inspired by that Wright Brother’s plane
Yes I’m captured by the dream of these flyin’ machines
And I venture things’ll never be the same

You can get to where you’re goin’ on a bicycle a’ rollin’
By car or by train that’s faster still
But I’ll bet a bunch of money that tomorrow’s lookin’ sunny
When these aeroplanes start flyin’ over the hill

chorus
Go by air–Sonoma County go by air–
I’ll take the Petaluma sky-way to the Santa Rosa fair
So much easier and better when you airmail any letter
It‘s the future-mark my words! –Go by air

Solo

In the year 1911 ‘twas a flight fit for heaven
February 17 to be exact
Seems the journey I was takin’ was a milestone in the makin’
Who knew I’d be a hero lookin’ back

chorus
Go by air–Sonoma County go by air–
I took the Petaluma sky-way to the Santa Rosa fair
So much easier and  better when you airmail any letter
Go by air–mark my words! Go by air

Was it just a lucky day maybe destiny and fate
This  progress of  man and machine?
Either way I’m just as proud and I’ll say it right out loud
We’ve been propelled by the wings of history

“sing it out”:  chorus:  Go by air–

Larry  and trainBy L.K. Potts award-winning singer-songwriter, Petaluma
Feb. 15, 2011 www.larrypottsmusic.com
Ph: 707-762-1537

Americana, New Folk, Country, Jazz & Pop:

Trains. Dogs. Hats. Adventure. The Sea. Soldiers.
Love. Getting Old. Quirky Frontier Characters.
Tributes to Land and Place. Wild & Silly Humor.
Progressive Social & Political Commentary.

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Who’s First?

The things he carried: A sack of coffee. Fifty copies of the local newspaper, the Press Democrat. Three letters. Those letters are what put Fred Wiseman into the history books…

http://blogs.airspacemag.com/…

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Take a walk through history

By YOVANNA BIEBERICH,
ARGUS-COURIER STAFF

When Fred Wiseman braved the skies from Petaluma to Santa Rosa to make the first airmail flight on Feb. 17-18, 1911, he had hardly a clue that 100 years later he would be remembered as an important figure in aviation history — or that he’d have songs written about him.

more…

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm  Comments Off on Take a walk through history  

Fred Wiseman is ready to fly!

by Bill.Hammerman

The “Trio” blog team for Petaluma360 woke up this morning wondering if the reenactment airmail  flight of Fred J. Wiseman announced for “take off” around noon on February 19 would be able take place due to the recent rain and wet weather? Collectively, “Me, Myself, & I” wonder if history might repeat itself?

more…

http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com

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FRED J. WISEMAN JUST WON’T SLOW DOWN

We first met Wiseman in 1905, when a Santa Rosa policeman caught him speeding down Fourth street (but Fred got revenge a a few days later, forcing the same cop to arrest himself for spitting on the sidewalk). Later that year he appeared as a driver-for-hire, giving James Wyatt Oates and his Civil War-hero brother a drive around Sonoma county (on the final stretch, he opened up the throttle “in a manner which shook the party up”). In 1905 he also opened Santa Rosa’s first gas station/garage, and seemed destined to stay here forever, but the garage was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake…

more…

Also included on the link

25 MILES IN 28 MINUTES IN AUTO
Fred J. Wiseman, Formerly of Santa Rosa, Drives Lively Clip in Machine on Track at Concord

FINE TROPHIES BROUGHT HERE
Won by Fred Wiseman at Concord in Great Race

AUTOMOBILE RACES HERE WERE GRAND SUCCESS
Fred J. Wiseman Wins Santa Rosa Cup Sunday Afternoon

FRED J. WISEMAN NOW A BENEDICK
Well Known Santa Rosa Boy Married to Miss Alice Ferguson in San Rafael on July 2

FRED WISEMAN IN GREAT SPEED RACES
Won Three Great Events at the Tanforan Meet–Don’t Forget the Good Roads Ball at Glen Ellen

WISEMAN TO DRIVE IN A GREAT RACE
Will Participate in 2,000 Mile Endurance Run in the East, Driving a Stoddard-Dayton

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Limited number of Wiseman Centennial stamp sets for sale at all Sponsor locations

A limited number of Personalized Stamp sets honoring the Centennial of Fred Wiseman’s first-in-America air mail flight of February 17 & 18, 1911, between Petaluma and Santa Rosa are now on sale at all Sponsor locations. These can be addressed and given back for hand cancellation by the post office.

Here is an article about specifics and availability in Cloverdale.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 10:30 am  Comments Off on Limited number of Wiseman Centennial stamp sets for sale at all Sponsor locations  

Locals honor Windsorite’s airmail milestone

by Lynda Hopkins
Staff Writer, The Windsor Times
Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:48 AM PST

“This is the type of man Fred Wiseman was. After visiting with the Wright brothers and studying their work and craft, he was able to sit in his own shop and with the help of a few people, build an airplane and fly. For him to have enough mechanical knowledge and knowledge of physics to accomplish that is phenomenal,” said Al Morgan of the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

more…

http://www.sonomawest.com

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 9:49 am  Comments Off on Locals honor Windsorite’s airmail milestone