DeKalb, IL Balloon Accident, Sept 1909
Fred Banker, 32 years old, of Aurora fell 140 feet from his balloon while making an ascension at Electric Park in DeKalb and received probably fatal injuries. At the height of 140 feet Banker for some unknown reason cut loose with his parachute, which did not have time to open before he reached the ground. The accident was witnessed by a crowd of 4,000 which had gathered at the Labor Day picnic. Banker was an experienced aeronaut and had made more than 100 ascensions.
Cook County Herald, Arlington Heights, IL 17 Sept 1909