Bio: Moldenhauer, Walter (Airship Man - 1910)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon



Surnames: Moldenhauer, Lang, Scharmann


----Source: The Granton News (Granton, Clark Co., WI.) February 11, 1910


Moldenhauer, Walter (Airship Man - 1910)


Walter Moldenhauer, the Granton young man who is engaged building an airship was in the city Saturday and left an order with the Marshfield Iron Works for a 60 horse power engine to be used in propelling his flying machine.  Mr. Moldenhauer is a character study and would be the last man out of a thousand to be picked as an inventor.  He is perhaps 24 or 25 years old and his general appearance indicates that his mind runs to other channels rather than a personal nature.  His long hair and unkempt crop of fuzzy whiskers show a barbers neglect, but underneath a well balanced forehead is shown a face full of intelligence with sparkling eyes such as are born to the genius.  He is a natural born mechanic and this coupled with an inventive mind may some day in the near future bring to the gaze of the public one of the wonders of the 20th century.  The aeroplane or flying machine which he has nearly completed will be ready for its trial trip when the engine, made from his own model, has been completed by Lang & Scharmann.  His new air wonder will be 30x30 feet in dimensions and with machinery and frame will weigh not to exceed 500 pounds.  It will have three propellers and possibly three planes with a 60 horsepower engine weighing 200 pounds.  The young man is certain he has solved aerial navigation and only awaits the completion of his machinery to demonstrate the fact.  He has promised the News man a ride as soon as the machinery is ready and then we can tell you more about it.  For the present we place our chips on the Granton inventor that he makes a success of it.  Marshfield News



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