Dakota Datebook

Who wants the job

Sunday, March 24, 2013


On this date in 1920, the Ward County Independent published this notice:


“Chester Jacobson, Minot’s aviator, has arranged to add parachute leaps from his airplane as one of his attractions during the coming season.


“Who wants the job? It doesn’t really take any previous experience. All you have to do is to accompany Mr. Jacobson a mile or so into the air and at the proper time, grab the parachute and jump. If the parachute opens nicely, you have nothing to fear. If it doesn’t—well, that’s another story. You’d be having a high old time till you landed, anyway.”


But the job was already taken—by a Mr. Knudson, Jacobson’s mechanic.


Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker


Sources: Ward County Independent, March 25, 1920


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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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