|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1890|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1919|
The Ogden Standard Examiner October 16, 1919
LIEUT. KIRBY MEETS INSTANT DEATH IN UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 15- Lieutenant Frank French Kirby, pilot, and Lieut. Stanley C.
Miller observer, of airplane No. 44, in their transcontinental air derby, were killed at
Castle Rock, Utah, late today when their plane, traveling westward, fell a distance of
approximately two hundred feet.
Lieut. Kirby was killed instantly according to the manager of the Rigby ranch at Castle
Rock, where the accident happened. Lieut. Miller died about 6:40 tonight.
According to the manager of the Rigby ranch, the machine was flying high when the engine
was heard to stop and Kirby was seen to float downward. Suddenly, when about 200 feet in
the air, the machine banked sharply and dived straight for the ground. Lieut. Kirby was
dead when ranch hands reached the machine. Lieut. Miller was alive and medical assistance
was sent for, but he expired before physicians could arrive from either Castle Rock or
The manager of the Rigby ranch over the long distance telephone, tonight said that he had
no idea how the accident occurred. There was no wind at the time, he said.
Lieutenant Kirby apparently was killed instantly. Lieutenant Miller died two hours later.
Arrangements were being made tonight to ship the bodies to Evanston, Wyo., there to await
directions from relatives as to further disposition. Lieutenant Kirby is survived by a
widow, at Garden City, Long Island, and Lieutenant Miller's relatives are said to live in
Four of the racers arrived in this city today, one, Lieut. B. W. Maynard, eastbound, and
three, Lieutenants S. W. Torney, No. 38; J. H. Roulett No. 32, and Fred Nelson, No 6,
westbound, Lieutenant Roulett, No. 38, remained at Buena Vista field for the night, while
Lieutenants Torney and Nelson proceeded to Salduro where they will remain overnight.
Five over westbound contestants are at Green River and Rawlins, Wyo., and are expected to
reach this control some time tomorrow.
Interest here today centered in the return flight of Lieutenant Maynard, and many
visitors were at Buena Vista field to wish him luck on his flight to Mineola. Lieutenant
Roulett landed in the wrong field today but quickley learned of his error and made his
way to the proper field.
Kirby May Have Fainted.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., Oct. 15.-The airplane in which Lieuts. French Kirby and S. C. Miller wher
killed near Castle Rock, Utah, today was gone over thoroughly last night and tested today
by Lieut. Kirby before he left at 10:22 this morning for Rawlins.
Aviation field officeers are of the opinion that Kirby fainted and his body might have
fallen in such a way that Lieut. Miller could not control the machine. Lieut. Miller was
not an aviator.
Christian Miller (1854 - 1932)
Mary Louise Knight Miller (1861 - 1927)
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