1908 - YOUNG AERONAUT KILLED. 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.