Springfield, IL Famous Aviatrix Killed, June 1912

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Springfield, Ill., June 17. -- MISS JULIA CLARK was killed while making her first flight in an aeroplane at the fair grounds tonight. She fell into a tree.
MISS CLARK was a Chcago girl who became interested in aviation during the International Aviation Meet in Chicago in August, 1911. Last fall she went to San Diego, Cal., to learn to operate a biplane. She was successful, and was the third American woman to obtain an international aviation pilot license.
With several other aviators, she was under contract to fill a series of engagements in the Central West this Summer. Two weeks ago in Milwaukee she was not permitted to fly because the authorities considered the machine she then had unsafe. It had since been overhauled and was considered sound. Though holding a license, she had flown by herself for only a few months.
MISS JULIA CLARKE is the third woman to lose her life in an aeroplane accident. She is the first American woman to be killed, the other two being of French nationality.
The first woman to meet death was Mme. Deniz Moore, who fell while making a flight at Etampes, France, in July, 1911. The other French woman who lost her life was Suzanne Bernard, who also fell at Etampes on March 11 last, while making a final test flight for an aviator's license.
MISS CLARKE'S death brings the list of aviation fatalities up to 146. Nine aviators have lost their lives in the present month thus far. Philip O. Parmalee was the first to be killed this month. He lost his life on June 1 while making an exhibition flight at North Yakima, Wash., when his machine was overturned by a gust of wind.

The New York Times New York 1912-06-18