Editors note: This article was originally published in a January 2008 issue of Coastal View News.
The Bauhauses of Carpinteria, considered Carpinteria’s pioneer aviation family, owned the World War I “Jenny” pictured above according to a 1974 Carpinteria Herald article. William K. Bauhaus is pictured to the far right, beside his wife and two neighbors. William was killed flying a homemade plane shortly after this photo was taken around 1920. The small boy under the propeller is William’s son, Hugo, who also became a pilot. Hugo’s three sisters are sitting in the cockpit of the “Jenny.”
A close look at the photo will reveal a familiar church in the background. The building now houses the Carpinteria Valley Baptist Church, located on the corner of 8th Street and Maple Avenue. As reported in the 1974 Herald, “Back in 1920, you had a choice of vacant lots in downtown Carpinteria where you could land or take off in a biplane.”