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Tod Shriver

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Tod Corwin Shriver (3rd June 1873 - 2nd December 1911)

Born at Manchester, Adams Co., OH, USA.

San Juan, Porto Rico, December 3. Tod Shriver, a well-known American aviator, was killed last evening in an exhibition flight which he was making at Ponce. Shriver fell from a height of 200 feet into a cane field, and died within half an hour while on the way to the hospital. Thousands of spectators witnessed the accident. Shriver ascended over Ponce in a Baldwin aeroplane and went through a number of evolutions. Apparently he lost control of the machine in making a turn. The aeroplane swooped to the earth and landed with a crash. Shriver being half buried in the wreckage.

The sad news reached his sisters here Sunday afternoon who were almost distaracted with grief. Tod Corwin Shriver was born in Manchester, in 1873, and after receiving his schooling here entered this office and learned the art of printing under J. A. Perry and was foreman of the same when the present editor entered, then a kid, in 1895.

He is the son of the late Capt. D. R. Shriver and is well known by many of our citizens. Since the invention of the aeroplane in 1906-'07, he has been with Glenn Curtiss, the great sky pilot, but the last two years has been associated with Capt. Thomas Scott Baldwin. Last year he toured the Old Country, Australia, China and Japan with success. He was home in September of this year, having stopped off to pay his sisters a visit after having made several flights at the Spingfield, Ohio fair. He has been married two years and has resided the last six years in New York City.

The body will be shipped to Manchester for burial but owing to the distance will not reach here for several days yet. The family have the symnpathy of all in their loss.

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