“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash Chapter IX Towns & Villages Roanoke History pg. 166
At least one man of genius lived in Roanoke, and that was Horace Rockwell, an artist of far more than ordinary ability. He lived a secluded sort of life, seldom being seen upon the streets, though his wife and daughters were rather prominent in social circles. Occasionally Mr. Rockwell would quietly make a trip to New York or Cincinnati, where he would exhibit his oil paintings, win prizes in competition with other artists, and dispose of his pictures at good prices. When not engaged with his brush and palette he devoted a good portion of his time to the construction of a flying machine. At last his machine was finished and he gave it a trial. But he learned, like Darius Green in the old poem, that the trouble was in alighting, for he came down with such force that he suffered some severe contusions and a few broken bones. To the surgeon who attended him he stoutly maintained that the accident was in no wise due to any fault in his machine, but merely that he “forgot to flap his wings.” The accident, however, put an end to his experiments.