Thadeus S. Kerns d. Jul 15, 1913, aged 19, Butte County; State File No. 21465. Source: California Death Index 1905-1930.
"Aviator Kerns Killed" Daily Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Tennessee: July 7, 1913. "Chico, Cal., July 15. - Thaddeus Kerns, a 20-year-old aviator was killed late today when the engine of his biplane exploded seventy-five feet in the air. When the wreckage struck the ground the radiator crushed the aviator's head, while other parts of the biplane pierced his body."