Born on May 24, 1868, Charles E. Taylor grew into a career as a machinist. In the 1890s he settled in Ohio with his wife who had friends there. In 1901 two brothers who owned a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, decided they needed someone they could trust to run their shop as they went off on crazy adventures in North Carolina.
By 1903 the the Wright brothers had involved their “Foreman Machinist” in their experimental flying machine constructed of wood and fabric. They now required an engine that was light and yet had enough power to carry a man and their flying machine with a 40-foot wingspan.