Arthur Welsh: The First American Jewish Aviator

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Cantor Samuel Glushak

Cantor Samuel Glushak officiated at Welsh's funeral.
Photo courtesy of Adas Israel Congregation

Arthur Welsh's body was taken to Geier's undertakers on 7th Street, NW.  The funeral was held on June 13, 1912, in the Harmel family home. The service was delayed until 2:00 p.m. so that Orville Wright and his sister Katharine would have time to arrive from Dayton. Just two weeks earlier they had the funeral of their brother Wilbur Wright.  Pallbearers at Welsh's funeral included Orville Wright, Lieutenant Henry H. Arnold, F. Oppenheimer, Charles Stein, and S.L. Rakusin.

The coffin was draped in a silken tallis. Cantor Samuel Glushak of Adas Israel Congregation delivered the eulogy, using words from the Psalms, "What is man that he shall be remembered." The Yiddish Forward reported, "All present were in tears including Mr. Orville Wright and his sister who were doing all they could to console the mother and wife of the deceased."

Welsh was buried in the Adas Israel Cemetery in Anacostia.