Ballard, Homer D. (Unknown - December 1, 1928)

HOMER D. BALLARD DEAD

IN WRECK Grandson of Douglas Man Killed in Plane Smash

Douglas Budget - December 6, 1928

Homer D. Ballard of Denver, grandson and namesake of H.D. Ballard of Douglas, was killed Saturday afternoon when the plane in which he was riding crashed near Amarillo, Texas. Ballard was enroute from San Antonio to his home in Denver, traveling in a 12-passenger tri-motored plane that he owned. With him were the pilot of the plane, a mechanic and his valet, all of whom were killed. The plane took fire and the bodies of all the passengers were burned almost beyond recognition. One theory of the cause of the accident was that the plane, flying low in a snowstorm, crashed into a hill; another theory was that the plane caught fire in midair.

Homer D. Ballard was a wealthy man, having taken over the extensive business interests of his father, who died a few years ago in Minneapolis. His wealth consists of extensive land holdings in most of the western states. He was greatly interested in aviation and was the head of the Sunbeam Aviation Company of Denver. He used a plane for most of his business trips over the country. With his mother he visited his grandparents in Douglas last summer. He is survived by his mother and a sister, who reside in San Antonio.

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Ballard of Douglas are in San Antonio at present, spending the winter with their daughter-in-law.

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