Grand Rapids, MI - Balloon Accident, Jun 1896

From the Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY
Tuesday 30 June 1896

An Aeronaut Killed

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 29. - Hiram COLE, twenty-six years old, a professional aeronaut, living in Big Rapids, Mich., fell thirty feet from his balloon while making an ascension at a surburban recort(sic) last evening and died shortly afterward.

Find A Grave Memorial #55086474
Hiram H. Cole


Aeronaut Killed

This does not appear to be the same preson, but with the surname COLE, I would bet they were related in some way. There is a Find A Grave Memorial #55086474 for Hiram Cole, but I did not find one for Andrew. Thank you for your reply.

Article from local paper

"An Aeronaut Killed - Andrew Cole, an aeronaut who has been giving a series of ascensions at Grand Rapids, fell from his balloon and died from the effects of his injuries. The wind was blowing from the west and hurled his balloon against the corner of a building, dragging him from his trapeze. He fell 30 feet striking on his head and shoulders and breaking his neck."

(Zeeland Record, 10 July 1896, Zeeland, Michigan)