My father was born in 1908 in Chicago. He frequently talked about seeing famous aviator Lincoln Beechey who died in a plane crash into water in 1915. He remembered the crash. I thought he may have seen it but it took place in San Francisco. Beachey was in Chicago in 1911 and maybe other times.
We didn’t have Google back then so I never checked it out. I had not heard of him. Beachey is a character in the excellent novel Alive In Necropolis by Doug Dorst.