The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., Dayton, Ohio check, 8.75×3, filled out in another hand and signed “Orville Wright”, payable to “Herbert Wright Trustee” for $2000.00, July 1, 1935.
Uncommon check as it contains the signatures of three members of the Wright extended family, with Orville’s signature on the front and, on the back, endorsements by Herbert Wright and “Mrs. Reuchlin Wright”, the widow of Orville’s brother Reuchlin.
“Mrs. Reuchlin Wright” is LULU WRIGHT née BILHEIMER (1865-1951), who married Reuchlin Wright, one of Orville and Wilbur’s brothers, in 1886. They had four children, among them HERBERT WRIGHT (1896-1977), one of Orville’s nephews. There is little information about either Lulu or Herbert. We do know that REUCHLIN WRIGHT (1861-1920) moved to Kansas as a farmer and bookkeeper and did not share greatly in the family’s aviation endeavors or financial success. Some accounts describe “Roosh” as “estranged” from the otherwise close-knit family, but he wrote the oration about brother Wilbur’s life delivered at the latter’s funeral. Orville, who never married, showed great affection for his nieces and nephews. In 1946, despite health problems, he drove all the way from his home in Dayton, Ohio to Lawrence, Kansas to attend the wedding of Reuchlin’s granddaughter. The prosperous Orville would not have hesitated to aid his elderly widowed sister-in-law financially.
Top, bottom and left edges are perforated. Lightly toned and creased. Staple holes in upper left corner. Vertical folds. Normal bank stamps and cancellation punches, none of which touch signature. Light show-through on stamps (none of which touch signature). Otherwise in fine condition.
Truly exceptional Wright autographed check.