Worcester, Massachusetts – August 22, 1906
On the evening of August 22, 1906, 15-year-old Charles Mayo of New York was to be paid five dollars to make a balloon ascension all by himself from the grounds of an amusement park. (There is no mention of his having any previous experience with balloons.)
After being tied in the wicker basket hanging beneath the balloon, the ascension was made, but in coming down the basket slammed into the roof of a home belonging to a family named Moon. It was reported that Mayo received “severe injuries” from the impact.
New York Tribune, (No Headline), August 24, 1906, page 3, under general news.