Springfield, IL Balloon Accident, Jun 1908


Skull Crushed Against Tree as Balloon Arises.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL, June 7.---Luther Edward Jones, a 22 year old balloonist, was killed at Mildred Park this afternoon. At the balloon rose the parachute swung Jones through the air, his head striking on a sharp limb of a tree, crushing his skull and killing him instantly. He left a widow in Hot Springs, Ark., who is an aeronaut.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR 8 Jun 1908