Paoli, IN Balloon Hot Air Accident, Oct 1871


Just as Prof Wilbur and George Knapp [ineligible]htors of the Orange county (Ind.) Union were preparing to get into a balloon at Paoli, Ind,. on Saturday week, the cords gave way, and the balloon shot up with the two gentlemen hanging to the ropes Mr. Knapp let go and fell at a height of 31 feet, and was not seriously injured but Prof. Wilbur held on until the balloon gained a height of about one mile, when he lost his hold and came down head first in full sight of the horror stricken spectators His head was mashed into an indistinguishable mass, and his body was bruised and crushed horribly The body made a hole in the ground eight inches deep, and it rebounded four feet from where it struck.

Hornellsville Tribune, Hornellsville, NY Oct 13 1871