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  

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.

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm  Comments Off on In appreciation of Fred Wiseman – Reading of the Postmaster letter  

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/…

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 9:02 am  Comments Off on Who’s First?  

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

Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm  Comments Off on Fred Wiseman is ready to fly!  

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

Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm  Comments Off on FRED J. WISEMAN JUST WON’T SLOW DOWN  

SCM: Post by Air – Opening Reception

Post by Air: Fred Wiseman’s Famous Airmail Flight

This Exhibit recounts the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 1911, one hundred years ago.

Sonoma County Museum

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SCM: Post by Air – Exhibit

Post by Air: Fred Wiseman’s Famous Airmail Flight

February 12 – March 13, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, February 11, 5-7pm

This exhibition recounts the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 1911, one hundred years ago. The Wright Brother’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk in 1902 inspired innovators the world over to dabble in aviation, building and flying aircraft based upon the Wright flyer. It ushered in an age of amateur, air-born daredevils and record-setters determined to capture a bit of the glory of the dawning age of flight. In addition to trying to improve airplane design, the years of early flight were about flying higher, flying faster, flying farther, or being the first to do something with a plane—and less about the practical applications of heavier-than-air flight. It was this exciting time that produced Fred Wiseman, Sonoma County’s own aviation pioneer. Born in Santa Rosa in 1875, Wiseman raced bicycles and motor cars. After visiting Ohio to see the Wright Brother’s plane in 1909, he came home to build his own. In 1911 he made history, flying his innovative airplane between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 carrying groceries, newspapers and mail. It was the mail that made Wiseman a true pioneer, marking the first time that mail, sanctioned by postal officials, was delivered by airplane.

Sonoma County Museum

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Fred Wiseman Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion about Fred Wiseman and the first airmail flight in 1911.

Moderated by Lee Torliatt

Speakers

Steve Lehman – Windsor Historical Society

Al Morgan – Pacific Coast Air Museum

Guy Smith – Sonoma County Historical Society

Bill Hammerman – Petaluma Museum

Mike Glose – Petaluma Airport

Location

Santa Rosa Central Library, Forum Room (On the left after you enter the front doors)

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 11:56 am  Comments Off on Fred Wiseman Panel Discussion  

SCHS History Walkers at PCAM

Pacific Coast Air Museum will host Jeff Tobes’ SCHS History walkers on the afternoon of February 18 with snacks, beverages and exhibits.

Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm  Comments Off on SCHS History Walkers at PCAM  

PCAM – Wiseman Planning Meeting

The next Wiseman Planning meeting–all are welcome to attend–is Tuesday, October 26 at 4pm at PCAM Museum’s Office.

Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm  Comments Off on PCAM – Wiseman Planning Meeting  

Pacific Coast Air Museum Wiseman Centennial Celebration

Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) hosts a Centennial Celebration
Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 12:00 to 3:00pm.
Schulz Sonoma County Airport’s Redwood Hangar.

Noon:  Doors open, enter thru the lobby of Sonoma Jet Center

All Day: Classic Cars, Local Museum Exhibits, Silent Auction, Food and Beverages, Music

12:45 pm:  Re-enactment of first air mail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa arrives (weather dependent)
1:00 pm: Color Guard and National Anthem
1:15 pm:  Historian Gaye LeBaron, Dignitaries,  Proclamations
1:45 pm: “Happy Anniversary” with cake
2:00 pm:  Silent Auction, Table #1 closes
2:30 pm:  Slient Auction, Table #2 closes.  Bar closes.  Exhibits available until 3pm.
3:00 pm:  Event concludes

Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm  Comments Off on Pacific Coast Air Museum Wiseman Centennial Celebration  

Fred Wiseman Historical Walk

Walk the first ever Airmail Flight:

100th Anniversary of Fred Wiseman’s Historic Flight
February 17-18, 1911

Retrace the path of the first airmail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa. $20 fee includes T-shirt, healthy brunch, bus ride and a heck of a lot of fun!

Reserve your spot by paying $20 in advance and mailing it to the

Sonoma County Historical Society
c/o Jeff Tobes
605 Speers Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Checks payable to the Sonoma County Historical Society

Highlights of the walk include visits to: Denman Creamery, Penngrove Power and Implement Museum, Railroad Speeders, Cotati Historical Society, Windsor Historical Society, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Museum, Petaluma Airport and Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.

Participants may forgo all or part of the walk—non walkers can meet us at the end of the walk at around 1:00 pm at 3367 Petaluma Hill Road to jump on the bus to visit the museums. $20 fee applies to walkers and non-walkers and must be paid in advance.

  • February 18, 2011 – 6:00 am
  • Meet in the parking lot next to the Petaluma Library
  • 100 Fairgrounds Drive
  • Walk begins at 6:30 am
  • Event ends around 7:10 pm at the Petaluma Library
  • Rain or Shine!

For more info eMail  JeffTobes@hotmail.com or call (707) 888-1670 with questions.

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