AKA Joe Seymour
Joeseph Seymour
Joseph Seymour
Collection of Peter Kockenmeister, 5-9-06

Joseph Seymour
Collection of Peter Kockenmeister, 5-9-06

Harmon and Capt. Baldwin Thrill
Spectators at Garden City

Special to The New York Times.
     GARDEN CITY, L. I., July 29, 1910.--In spite of wind puffs which made flying dangerous, Clifford B. Harmon made two good flights in his Farnam biplane, and Capt. Baldwin went up in his "Red Devil" three times before many spectators here this evening. The grand stand was well filled and the line of parked autos extended half way around the field.
     At 6 o'clock, the usual time for the birdmen ato prepare to fly, Mr. Harmon drove up in his auto with two guests, Mrs. Foxhall P. Keene and her sister, Miss Lawrence. The party alighted at the Harmon shed and inspected the biplane.
     On their return the biplane was ordered out, and Mr. Harmon exchanged his straw hat and motor coat for th rubber jacket, cap, and goggles he wears when driving. He took his seat in the machine, the mammoth propeller was set whirling, the usual number of straw hats went spinning into the breeze, and with a short run across the field he lifted the machine skyward. The elevating plane was not turned at such a sharp angle as usual, because of the heavy wind.
     The second time Harmon took his seat for a trial after Capt. Baldwin, it looked as though he was going to have trouble. The big propeller was pulled around twice preparatory to a start, but merely spun aimlessly and without the peculiar talk of the engine, which everybody has grown to know so well and understand. Then much to the relief of Philip Wilcox, whose own Farnham biplane is only waiting for its engine to join the lists, and who had loaned Mr. Harmon some plugs which he had faith in but about which Harmon had signified a little doubt, the engine started its rhythmic beat, the arm on the rubber coat shot up its signal to let go, and Harmon was again in the air. This time he sailed closer to the ground and caused great enthusiasm in the grand stand on his second lap when he waved a greeting.
     Capt. Baldwin's three trials were without incident. He drove the aeroplane higher in the air than usual, and at his landing received an ovation from the crowd. Despite the squalls of wind which rung over the field this morning and haunted the "graveyard," Joe Seymour went up. He drove from the Aeronautical Society's ground to the other side of the field and returned. He is expecting a 40 horse power engine to install in the aeroplane. Charles Nyquist had Frank Van Anden's machine out also this morning.
     Among the visitors to the field this evening were Elmer Burlingame of Boston, who had brought a monoplane here which he calls "The Imp." He hopes to try it out tomorrow. Charles K. Hamilton drove down to the grounds, but took no part in the day's programme. Herring, who was formerly associated with Glenn H. Curtiss, was also on the field.
Collection of Peter Kockenmeister, 5-7-06

AIRSHOW, Houston, Texas 1911
Sitting, l-r: Joseph Seymour, John Frisbie, Rene Simon ('flying fool'),
Edmund Audemars, Rene Barrier, Roland Garros, Peter Young (manager),
and Charles Hamilton (standing)
From AIRSHOW, Houston, Texas 1911
By permission of Story Sloane, 10-12-09

     If you search for "Joseph Seymour +aviation -port", using the Google search engine, (2-21-05), you will find about 31 links. Among them, I was only able to find one which was relevant..
     This page on Carroll Gray's website offers a revue of the Moisant group in which is mentioned the name Joseph Seymour. You can find a nice photograph of Joseph by clicking on "THE MOISANT AVIATORS AND COMPANY PERSONNEL" and then clicking on "Joseph Seymour." While on the website, I suggest that you sample some of the many other sections which offer descriptions of the group as well as a number of very interesting photographs.
     You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

via email from John Seymour, 2-21-05
Grandson of Joseph Seymour
     I would like to see you add my grandfather, Joseph (Joe) Seymour to your roster.He owned and flew one of the first Curtiss biplanes from about 1909 to 1911 or so. I believe he also built a plane in '10 or '11. I have some pictures and information, but not much and would like to know where to find more.
Thank you,
John Seymour

I have no information as to the dates of his birth or his death.
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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