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LIMA — At the age of 88 Ida Holdgreve took her first airplane ride in November 1969. When asked about her flight over Dayton, she described it in terms befitting the seamstress she had once been. From up there, Holdgreve told a Dayton Daily News reporter Nov. 20, 1969, the clouds looked “just like wool.”

Holdgreve, who was born in Delphos Nov. 14, 1881, to Casper and Sophia Schwindeman Holdgreve, was something more than just an elderly infrequent flyer as the Associated Press explained in its story about the flight. “Miss Ida Holdgreve, a spry 88-year-old seamstress who 60 years ago sewed the cloth that covered the wings of the Wright Brothers’ flying machines, has finally taken a plane ride.”

Read the story in the Lima News.