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.

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm  Comments Off on GO BY AIR – Song lyrics for the Fred Wiseman adventure  
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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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A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

Celebrating a Century of Airmail: A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

Join us for a live webcast Saturday, February 19, 2011, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight!

We’re running a unique, live webcast in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the museum that now houses the Wiseman Cooke plane.  Curators from both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Postal Museum will discuss the significance of Fred Wiseman’s flight, and then will take questions live from audiences on two coasts – the D.C. audience and our audience here at the Sonoma County Museum.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear directly from Smithsonian curators on the subject of Fred Wiseman, and to ask these experts questions without traveling to Washington, D.C.! We hope you’ll join us.  Details are below.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jennifer Bethke, PhD
Curator of Education
Sonoma County Museum
(707) 579-1500 x17

Or tune-in to the National Air and Space Museum live webcast at 2 pm EST (11 am PST) and join the discussion!

Hear curators talk about the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18, 1911. Fred Wiseman, Sonoma County’s own aviation pioneer, made the historic flight 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.

The special one-hour, live webcast is jointly organized by Sonoma County Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Santa Rosa, CA, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Postal Museum. Curators Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, and Nancy Pope, Curator/Historian, National Postal Museum, will speak for 20 minutes each, after which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Watching the webcast? Send your real-time questions to the Smithsonian curators in Washington, D.C. using this special email address- airmail@si.edu – and hear your questions asked live during the webcast!

Above photo: Courtesy National Air and Space Museum.



Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm  Comments Off on A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators  

Petaluma Centennial Celebration Ceremony

Pre  – Petaluma Pete Piano Performance
11:00 – Opening Remarks – Tom McGaw – Master of Ceremonies
11:05 –  Proclamations & Recognition of Guests
11:15 – Santa Rosa Cemetery Vignette
11:25 – Wiseman-Cooke Replica – Roger Willis, PAPA President
11:35 – Personal Memories of Uncle Fred – Marilyn Guinnane, Grand-Niece
11:45 – Wiseman Reenactment Flight – Letters, Newspapers, Post Cards, Stamps,
11:55 –  “Just for Kids” free airplane ride selection

Noon – Reenactment flight take off

Before and after program: Time to purchase a “personalized” stamp,  post card, and envelopes honoring Fred Wiseman’s 1911 flight.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm  Comments Off on Petaluma Centennial Celebration Ceremony  

Are you ready to take off?

by Bill.Hammerman

On this day, in 1911, Fed Wiseman was probably waiting for the rains to stop and the race track soil at Kenilworth Park to dry out in order for him to make a return flight from Petaluma, where he made most of his practice flights in 1910., to Santa Rosa. He was learning how to fly the first practical airplane built in California.

more…

http://petaluma360.com/…

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm  Comments Off on Are you ready to take off?  

Rain, please, but not when Fred flies again

By CHRIS SMITH
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

This bizarre and unsettling (yet dreamy!) winter weather has got to give way to rain, real rain.

But it would be nice if that doesn’t happen during the Feb. 19 100th-anniversary celebration of pilot/bicyclist/racecar driver Fred Wiseman’s historic flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa.

more…

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

Published in: on February 8, 2011 at 9:01 am  Comments Off on Rain, please, but not when Fred flies again  

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