Harriet Quimby was born in the Coldwater area on May 11 1875, to Ursala (Cook) and William Quimby. The Quimby family moved to Arroyo Grande, California, in 1884, then to San Francisco. In 1902, Harriet became as journalist for the San Francisco Dramatic Review. She later wrote features for the San Francisco Chronicle and worked for the Call-Bulletin. In 1903 she went to New York City as a drama critic and a feature writer for Leslie's Weekly. At the Belmont Park Aviation Meet in October 1910 she became fascinated with flying. At the Hotel Astor, mingling with the theatre crowd, she met John Moisant, who was celebrating his victory at the meet. She soon began taking lessons at the Moisant School of Aviation in Mineola, New York. She later toured the United States, Mexico and Europe with the Moisant Fliers.