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This black and white photograph shows Karl Garver, co-founder of the Garver Flying Circus, next to a Laird Swallow. The Garver Flying Circus, established around 1920 or 1921, by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver, "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper" and wife of Karl Garver, fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb on a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.
Date: Between 1920 and 1926
Item Number: 216664
Call Number: TL.500 Gar.E *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 216664
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Aviators
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Events and Celebrations - Circuses
Date - 1920s
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Thematic Time Period - The Twenties, 1920-1929
Transportation - Air Travel - Aeroplanes
Type of Material - Photographs