EDWIN G. STEELE:
Early Dallas Aeronaut
City News Notes.
G. Steele, of 107 Marion street, set his mocking-bird cage out
of doors this morning. The bird proceeded to give an imitation
of all the sounds it had ever heard, which so charmed a man who
was passing, that he stealthily stepped in and stole the bird
out of the cage.
- July 31, 1896, The
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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A Dallas Genius
About to Solve
Edwin Steele, Unable to Get
Puts in His Leisure Con-
structing a Flying Machine.
Edwin Steele, a Dallas young man, like many another young man,
has found work very slack this summer and fall; but, instead
of turning political agitator, he has devoted his leisure to
science, on the line of the flying machine, and has about perfected
and completed a device, which he believes, will solve the long
vexed problem of aerial navigation. He has used for his shop
in the construction of his machine, the rear of Sutton &
Steele's machine shop, on Camp street, the latter member of the
firm being his brother.
- October 3, 1896,
The Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1-2.
In reading about the experiments
in this direction, Mr. Steele ascertained that Lilienthal's machine
was the nearest approach to a success, and he has constructed
his machine on Lilienthal's model. The machine consists of an
aeroplane, under which, is a frame for the aeronaut, and two
wings attached to the frame, with a rudder behind.
The aeroplane looks for all the
world like a bicycle wheel, except that it is eight feet in diameter.
The rim is a thin piece of wood; the spokes are wires in two
rows which attach to a hub like the spokes in a bicycle wheel.
A piece of light oiled canvas will be stretched over the wheels,
and the weight of the aeronaut, in the frame suspended below,
will balance it like the string balances a kite.
The wings are ovals, about nine
feet by seven, and constructed as to rim, spokes and canvas,
precisely like the aeroplane. They are attached to the frame
by means of hinges. The aeronaut, standing on a bar beneath the
frame, stretches his arms out over the tops of the wings and
guides the machine by raising or lowering either wing, which
he does by throwing his weight on the wing he wishes to lower,
and removing it from the one he wishes to raise. There is behind
the machine, a rudder five feet in length, to be operated after
the fashion of the rudder of a water craft.
The measurement of the machine
is 22 feet from tip to tip of the wings, and the length, counting
the aeroplane and rudder is about 15 feet. The machine will weigh
60 pounds. Mr. Steele weighs 130 pounds, making the combined
The performance of the turkey buzzard
will be imitated in rising from the ground; that is to say, the
aeronaut will take a running start and leap from an elevated
Lilienthal, whose longest flight
was 3000 feet, and whose greatest height was 150 feet, and who,
by the way, lost his life in one of his flights, said that the
machine was perfect, except that he could not turn it.
Mr. Steele says he works on his
machine at his leisure. If he gets a job in the near future,
it may be some time before he puts the finishing touches to his
machine, but, if he does not get a job, he may complete it before
the fair closes.
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of a Lilienthal monoplane glider, perhaps
similar to the glider Edwin Steele was building.
National Air and Space Museum: Lilienthal
EDWIN G. STEELE
Was Head of Firm
Which Was Given
New York Native, 64,
Dies; Was Resident of
Dallas for 49 Years
G. Steele, 64, president of Sutton, Steele & Steele, Inc.,
engineers and manufacturers, died Saturday at his home at Irving.
He was a resident of Dallas forty-nine years.
- September 4, 1938,
The Dallas Morning News, Sec. 1, p. 13.
Born in New York, Mr. Steele came
to Texas as a child with his parents and settled in Georgetown.
In 1889, he came to Dallas with his parents, and in 1900, he
joined his brother, the late Walter L. Steele, and Henry M. Sutton
in the manufacturing concern, of which he was president at the
time of his death. He was elected president in 1930.
He and his associates obtained
many patents on devices pertaining to the separation of dry materials.
In 1931, the company was awarded the John Price Wetherill medal
by Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, for "Discovery and
Invention in Physical Science."
Mr. Steele was a Mason, a Shriner,
a member of Christ Episcopal Church, and a member of the American
Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.
Mr. Steele is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Bess R. Steele; a daughter, Mrs. John Merrill, and a sister,
Mrs. E. L. Ladd, all of Dallas.
Funeral services will be held at
11 a. m. Monday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Sherman.
Pallbearers will be Herbert L.
Binnings, Frank M. Neil, John D. Merrill, Frank E. Wood, Frank
Ryan and Elton Howard.
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