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Mail Tribune 100

June 21, 1915


Fred De Kor, aviator, received a $2,500 thrill at the fair grounds Sunday afternoon when his machine dropped about 100 feet when he was attempting to land after an exhibition before 2,000 people, 1,800 of whom viewed his work from outside the gates. The biplane is not worth much now; the wings are smashed, the propeller broken and otherwise damaged. Souvenir seekers with a pair of nippers took pieces of the guy wires. De Kor was uninjured, although when his machine went hurtling through space the spectators thought they had witnessed a grim tragedy of the air.

It was while the aviator was attempting to land that he met with misfortune. He was making long, sweeping circles to the ground when suddenly the purr of his engine stopped and the next instant a cloud of dust showed where he had struck. Scores of people rushed to the scene. De Kor extricated himself from the wreckage before the crowd arrived and was highly indignant at the turn of events, giving opinions not permissible in print. His flight was made Sunday upon a guarantee of $50. After the wreck valuable parts were stolen and their return is asked by De Kor.


Further assurances have been received by W.H. Gore and other local sugar beet enthusiasts that the Utah-Idaho Sugar company will build an $800,000 factory in this valley, provided it is demonstrated that the product can be successfully grown in this section. It is now the intention of the great corporation to open offices in this city in the fall and make an active campaign for acreage. Tests of beet grown to date show them to be in excellent condition. What the summer heat without irrigation will do remains to be seen.

Early in June, a beet sugar committee will be organized and a systematic campaign mapped out. It is necessary that all the acreage be in by October 1 to allow for the proper care of soil and to avoid duplication of crops, which was one of the difficulties last spring.