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Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 29 December 1949, pages 1 & 2
Woman Thinks Flying Disc Seen Here a Space Ship
By A. C. (Buck Rogers) Dunbar
Daily Press Staff Writer
Ontario is Unlimited.
word seems to be getting around. Yesterday, a Timmins woman
came to the conclusion that the word has not only got around
this world but is being whispered around a couple of other
all started Tuesday when Mrs. V. Paolini, 10 Wende avenue,
took a look at a Daily Press article and decided something
she saw in 1947 must be a space vehicle from another planet.
Paolini saw a "pure-white" object in the sky to
the west of her home sometime in the summer of 1947, about
10 p.m. on a warm night.
reading in The Press about a magazine which said the flying
saucers and discs variously reported across North America
for the past two years were from another planet, Mrs. Paolini
bought the magazine.
Paolini figures that the kind of flying disc she saw was
one of the "small, non-pilot carrying disc-shaped aircraft
equipped with some form of television or impulse transmitter."
was one of three kinds of space ships which the magazine
said were cavorting about infinity.
not sure what it was I saw," says Mrs. Paolini, "but
I think it might have been one of these space ships."
saw the pure-white object (see illustration) for about "a
split second or two" in the space between two houses.
was heading right for Way and Kent avenues, and seemed to
be going rather slowly, says Mrs. Paolini.
seemed to be heading down at a slant," she says.
space ship - if that's what it was - was "about as
big as an aeroplane," according to Mrs. Paolini, who
has seen aeroplanes before.
funny thing about this pure-white space ship is that it
gave off no light or radiance, according to Mrs. Paolini.
main part was bullet-shaped, with a canopy over it. All
this was pure-white, except for a black spot below "observation
tower", as Mrs.Paolini remembers it.
along behind were four more sections - three white lines
with varying thickness, ending with a lemon-shaped portion.
space vehicles have been making Cook's tours of the Porcupine,
no body else has seen them as far as Mrs. Paolini knows.
never mentioned this to anyone else until recently,"
she said, and has never heard of anybody else seeing one.
She was a bit dubious about the whole thing because her
husband was skeptical.
said it was a meteorite."
after reading the Press and magazine articles, she felt
she had to tell about the mysterious disc.
husband is still skeptical.
and Mrs. Paolini were having tea in the back yard of their
home between 10 p.m. and 10:30, some time in the summer
of '47. Mrs. Paolini doesn't remember what month it was.
She and her husband saw the object flash by, and that was
has been disturbing her ever since.
something you wouldn't forget for . . . 10 years anyway,"
the creatures from Mars - or maybe Venus or Pluto - won't
forget their visit to the Porcupine for some time.
magazine says these interplanetary thingmedoodles are the
fruitition of thinkers 2¼ centuries ahead of our
own. Mrs. Paolini's flying what's-it seems to be a standard
model, because other people claimed to have seen pure white,
bullet-shaped and otherwise-designed objects in the sky
during the last year or two.
the 1947 model space-splitter Mrs. Paolini saw has been
outmoded by later models, something like the new autos each
but remember, these chappies don't use cars any more, they're
225 years ahead of us.
Porcupine must have only been discovered recently by flying
discs, because the Porcupine has been here for about 40
years and the magazine says they have been with us for 175
magazine says the space ships "come from no enemy on
earth," which leaves Russia out of all this.
Paolini hasn't seen any other flying objects (except birds
and aeroplanes), but she probably figures "once is
back, everybody, here comes 21751.
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 30 March 1950, page 1
See Long-Tailed Objects in Lakehead Sky
By Canadian Press
FORT WILLIAM - Airport employees said yesterday they watched
five "unusual" objects streaking through the sky
like "brilliant white balls of fire" at about
They thought the first object was a bird.
a bird couldn't possibly fly that fast," said flying-club
manager Norman Evans. "There were no wings visible,
and they were white - a brilliant white. A bird will seem
dark against the sky."
White Star in Daytime
Engineer Frank Kearney said he saw one object "like
a brilliant white star in the daytime." He said it
streaked over the airport high in the sky.
He said it travelled over to Lake Superior, then was joined
from nowhere by four more. Then all five came back and circled,
after which they set off for the northeast.
Trans-Canada Air Lines officials witnessed the phenomenon.
Said one: "I never saw anything like it before. I won't
say it was a flying saucer, but it sure was unusual. Its
speed must have been terrific."
Several residents in different sections of the city last
night reported seeing a luminous object with a long, flame-like
The witnesses said it was visible for a matter of seconds,
and that it was trailing a bluish streak. One said the streak
looked like smoke or vapor.
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 8 April 1950, page 1
SEEN OVER TIMMINS
Scores See Phenomena In District
"Ball of Flame" Travelled Over Porcupine -
Seen at Soo
By JACK PRINGLE
Daily Press Staff Writer
Residents in the Porcupine are discussing the possibility
today of the area having been visited by a "flying
saucer" last night.
Reports flooded into The Daily Press office that nearly
50 people spotted an oval-shaped bright greenish flame flash
south-easterly over Timmins, Schumacher and South Porcupine
about 20 minutes to midnight.
Eye witness accounts vary on the size, height and speed
of the object, but all agree that it was something "out
of this world." It wasn't a shooting star, jet airplane,
or anything they had ever seen before.
Preston East Dome
Rolly Clement and Lloyd St. Louis, miners at Preston East
Dome, were two of six men waiting for the 11:40 p.m. bus
when the "ball of fire" flashed through the night.
Mr. Clement said:
was going about 100 to 150 miles per hour at a height of
about 1,500 to 2,000 feet. It was egg-shaped and greenish
in color and about four or five inches long. A red flame
shot out the back about three feet long." It disappeared
after a few seconds.
Approximately 30 miners at Paymaster also waiting for the
bus, were reported to have seen the object at the same time.
The Canadian Press reported today that two steelworkers
in Sault Ste. Marie saw a "red ball of fire, like the
sun" flash through the sky for a period of 20 seconds
just before midnight.
Authorities at the Michigan weather bureau were inclined
to think the object was a meteor, although they appear rarely
at this time of year.
The phenomenon was also reported on the Michigan side of
the Sault by James Gregg. He said, "It was no flying
saucer." It trailed a tail of flame and disappeared
in a southerly direction, he added.
Mr. Woodley squashed the possibility of the object being
a jet plane, because the Porcupine was "too far off
the beaten track and it was going so much faster than a
It was estimated that if there is any connection between
the two lights, the object was travelling at a speed of
from 800 to 1,200 miles per hour.
Mr. Woodley, a mechanic at the Northland Aviation Company
in South End, spotted the light with his wife and two teen-age
girls, Evelyn Gibson and Grace Gibson, while walking home
from the show. He said:
was about 20 feet of clear light, like a green flame, and
behind that again, about 25 or 50 feet of sparks. It was
the distance I saw it, about five or six miles, it looked
to be going about 1,000 to 1,500 miles an hour. It was visible
about one minute. I never saw anything like it in my life
Mr. Woodley said he didn't think it was a jet plane, because
"jets don't fly that fast, or throw sparks like it
was. Besides," he added, "a plane wouldn't fly
into a storm and a storm was south of us that had just passed
over the area." He admitted that it could have veered
to the west later to go over the Soo.
Shirley Dent, 12, was babysitting with her sister Betty,
15, at a home on North Road down the street from her parents'
house at 58 North road. She gave her version of the incident
were both looking out the window about ten minutes to midnight
when we saw a bright green light, like a round ball going
south. It wasn't going very fast." She added that it
"wasn't very big and I don't think it was a shooting
Another young 16-year-old boy, who declined to give his
name, telephoned The Daily Press last night and reported
seeing two greenish lights going south-east and "not
very far apart."
He said the light in the last "part" went out
first and then the other light went out. He said the time
was about 11:40.
of a Dime
Gerald McDonald, employee in the time office at the Hollinger
Consolidated Gold Mines office last night saw the "light"
while waiting for the bus at quitting time. He saw "a
light, the size of a dime and very high, about 5,000 feet,
going in a horizontal direction from Timmins to Schumacher,
when it turned in a southerly direction."
He added the direction in which it was going ruled out the
possibility of it being a shooting star.
He called two other employees, James Sutherland and James
McNeil, who corroborated his evidence.
He described it as "perfectly round and a brilliant
white light. It was visible for three or four seconds,"
Mary Gagnon, 94 Seventh avenue, saw something about ten
minutes to twelve, that "looked like a flying saucer,
or like a shooting star" lit up in all colors and with
sparks shooting out the back going "pretty fast"
It was in the sky about a minute and a half, she said, and
gave her time to call her friends Theresa Farrell, Joan
and Velma Omichelli and Mrs. "Red" Daley, 73 Commercial
avenue. Miss Gagnon had been waiting in an upstair's verandah
for a taxi that she had called.
The O.N.R. agent at Schumacher, Fred LeGallais, was taking
a walk on the platform before turning in for the night,
he told a staff reporter last night, when he saw a "pear-shaped
orange light" with a tail about 15 or 20 feet long
and about five or six feet wide. It was going at about airplane
speed, he said, south from Schumacher, but seemed to be
"miles away" and was visible for about 30 seconds.
made no noise," he said, "and disappeared in the
direction of Dome mine, going in a straight line."
He admitted that he thought it was a jet plane at first,
but it was a different shape to the exhaust of a jet. He
first spotted it over Hollinger mine, he added, and was
going in a south-east direction.
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 8 April 1950, page 1
BALL OF FIRE LIKE SUN SEEN BY TWO SOO STEELMEN
By Canadian Press
SAULT STE. MARIE - Two steelworkers told today of watching
"a red ball of fire, like the sun" flash through
the sky for a period of 20 seconds just before midnight.
The phenomenon was first reported by Timothy Finn who said
he saw it while working his night shift at Algoma Steel
It travelled almost directly north and south, looked to
be flying about the height of regular airline flights, and
"looked very much like the sun," he said. It seemed
to be "throwing off sparks."
His report was corroborated by Michael Aho, who was working
didn't make any more noise than a slight whooshing sound,"
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 17 April 1950, page 3
Saucer Seen In Sudbury Sky Saturday
SUDBURY - Arthur Penny says he saw a flying saucer heading
west over Sudbury about 3 p.m. Saturday.
looked like two pie-plates, one on top of the other,"
he told a reporter. "It was smooth and about the size
of a small washtub."
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 16 April 1952, page 1
plans to investigate North Bay 'Flying Saucers'
NORTH BAY (CP) R.C.A.F. officials plan to investigate two
reports of flying saucers in this area. The reports came
from airmen stationed here.
WO. E. H. Rossell, a veteran airmen with 13 years in the
service, and Flt. Sgt. Reg McRae, a visitor from Weston,
said they spotted a "bright amber disk" in the
sky over the airfield around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The two said the disk came from the southwest, moved across
the airfield, stopped and then took off in the reverse direction.
It climbed at an angle of 30 degrees at "terrific speed"
WO. W. J. Yeo, a master telecommunications superintendent,
and Sgt. D. V. Crandell, an instrument technician, reported
seeing a flying saucer the night of Jan. 1.
saucer appeared to be at great height, probably outside
the earth's hemisphere," they testified. "It appeared
to be moving at supersonic speed."
The disk was described as reddish-orange in color, "similar
to a rock burning."
An R.C.A.F. spokesman said yesterday there is no reason
to doubt the validity of the reports since the men concerned
are seasoned veterans familiar with convention aircraft.
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 10 January 1955, page 3
Saucers Seen At Cobalt
COBALT (CP) - The New Year has brought reports of flying
saucers in this northern Ontario mining area.
Bright white discs were sighted Friday and Saturday by at
least 10 persons. Others have banded together and are planning
to take shots at the objects if they prove hostile. But
so far, they have been harmless.
A single saucer was observed Friday over Lake Temiskaming
by John Hunt, president of the Cobalt Chamber of Commerce,
Ray Johnson, mechanic at Agaunico Mines, and Al Jennings,
a truck driver. They said it zipped about the sky for almost
On the day after Christmas, Mr. Hunt and Willy St. Jean
reported seeing a bright object over the same spot.
In North Cobalt Saturday, bright objects were seen by seven
Mr. Maurice Parent, 28-year-old miner, said the light was
so bright "it was difficult to look at."
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 5 July 1967, page 9
Sighted By Sky Watchers
An unidentified object sighted to the northwest of Timmins
early today has been tentatively identified as a weather
No one, however, can say who launched it, or where.
Officials at Timmins Airport said it was a weather balloon.
So did Garth Brillinger, director of the Cochrane District
Emergency Measures Organization.
An anonymous citizen telephoned, speaking authoritatively
saying it could possibly be a space observation balloon.
He said he had looked at the object and thought there might
be a platform on it which would allow transportation of
one or two men. If it were an observation balloon, the man
said, it would have been launched in Minnesota.
Residents of Timmins spotted the object shortly after daybreak
today. It seemed to hang suspended in the same place, about
four to five miles high, for hours.
Persons on their way to work stopped to look at the object.
Timmins firemen obtained a telescope from Milne-McDowell
Ltd., and used it for a close-up view. They saw what appeared
to be a platform, shaped like a tripod, with something at
No agreement could be reached as to whether the object at
the top of the platform was circular or flat.
RCAF officials at Ramore said they were not aware of any
weather balloons in the area but said a high pressure area
moving from the west could have brought the object with
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 20 January 1975, page 1
Timmins Men See UFO Brightly Glowing Object
By LEN GILLIS
An unidentified flying object was reported sighted by four
Timmins men Sunday morning while on an ice-fishing trip
to Scorch Lake, nine miles east of Foleyet, which is about
60 miles west of here.
Metallurgical technician Ken MacNair, 26, of 295 Hemlock
St.; clothing salesman Con Pelletier, 28, of 244 Champlain
St.; real estate salesman Terry McCormick, 27, of 753 Suzanne
St., and assistant health spa manager and part-time trapper
Leonard Simon, 22, of Craft Creek Road first reported the
incident to The Daily Press.
The men had just parked their car on the side of Highway
101 and were preparing to go to the nearby lake. It was
about 7 a.m. and it was still dark. In a taped interview,
Mr. McNair, the first man to see the object, describes what
got out of the car and I opened up the trunk and we took
all our gear out. I just happened to look up and I see this
object . . . it was slowly moving toward us."
Then, according to Mr. McCormick, "we watched it and
none of us said a word for about 40 seconds."
the glow was five times brighter than a star at least,"
Mr. McNair continued. The men added that the object was
moving across the south sky from west to east.
Mr. Pelletier said the shape of the object was almost rectangular,
except that it was wider at the bottom, and the corners
were rounded. The glow from the bottom portion of the object
was brighter too, he added.
ruled out all possibility of it being a shooting star, comet
or airplane in about 10 seconds. I mean, it was so obvious,"
stated Mr. McCormick.
No noise could be heard from the object. All men took off
their hats despite freezing temperatures in an effort to
hear better any sound.
Mr. Simon said the men at first thought it might be some
sort of an airplane but, "when it accelerated like
crazy, we thought, no airplane can do that."
He estimated that the object was about a mile high and about
a mile away. It gave off a "very bright white glow,"
said Mr. Simon.
The men differed in their opinions as to how long they watched
the object. The time ranged from 40 seconds to about a minute
and a half.
it progressed, it increased its speed," Mr. MacNair
said, "and all of a sudden . . . bang, it was gone!"
acceleration was incredible," according to Mr. Simon.
were all convinced then that it was something out of the
ordinary," said Mr. McCormick.
The men said as far as they knew, they were the only ones
to see the UFO. Mr. Pelletier tried to wave down a passing
snowplow at the time, but it didn't stop. So, with talk
of what they had seen, all went fishing until noon. They
caught nothing and saw nothing of the object again.
Mr. McCormick said he felt he should report it but didn't
know who to go to. He said if he was alone, he wouldn't
have said anything to anyone.
Ontario Provincial Police in the Foleyet area and at District
15 headquarters in South Porcupine say they have had no
reports of the UFO from anyone.
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 14 April 1975, page 1
Sighting Reported By Woman At Porquis
IROQUOIS FALLS (Staff) - An elderly Porquis woman says she
sighted an unidentified flying object, Thursday night, but
didn't report it to the news media until the weekend because
she was afraid others would think she was crazy.
Prompted by radio reports of UFO sightings in southern Ontario
during the weekend, Mrs. William Vickers informed The Daily
telling you I really got a start when I saw it...it's something
I'll never forget," said Mrs. Vickers.
She was sitting at home Thursday night watching television
when she saw "a bright ball of light" pass by
the living room picture window and the window portals in
the front door.
The UFO was in the east sky travelling from south to north.
Mrs. Vickers marked down the time as 10:20 p.m.
jumped up and called for my daughter Ann (Mrs. Andre Carriere
of Cochrane). She didn't see it but she heard a terribly
loud noise," said Mrs. Vickers.
it vanished as quickly as it appeared. It impressed me so
much I sat down and made a sketch," said the retired
public school teacher.
Also, Mrs. Vickers telephoned local Ontario Provincial Police
to report the incident and asked them not to report it to
the news media. They respected her wishes.
When Mrs. Vickers saw the object, it appeared to be about
the size of a soccer ball but she couldn't judge its distance.
The glowing object was mainly blue and light green with
a red streak near the bottom and a hazy pink glow around
it. She said the colors themselves were "quite beautiful."
She compared the light radiated as similar to sheet lightning.
She added that it was something she had never seen before
and dismissed the possibility of it being northern lights
as she is "quite familiar with that."
thought people would say I was crazy if I said something
so I told the police and left it at that. Then I heard on
the radio Saturday morning that somebody had seen one over
Lake Ontario so I decided to tell the media," said
Ontario, DAILY PRESS, 15 April 1975, page 1
Sightings Are Reported About Strange Object In Sky
By LEN GILLIS
Mrs. William Vickers of Porquis, 45 miles east of Timmins,
wasn't the only person who saw an unidentified flying object
last Thursday evening.
She was, however, the only person in the area to report
the sighting to news media and then it was on Saturday,
only after she heard broadcast reports of sightings in southern
Yesterday, following an on-air interview with Mrs. Vickers,
CKGB program director Alan Thom found he was swamped with
calls from persons who had also seen a bright ball of light
in the sky.
The first was taxi driver Roger Hayes, 33, of 99 Elm St.
S., who saw "a bright flash" in the sky over the
north end of the city that night. It was shortly after 10
p.m., about the same time Mrs. Vickers reported her sighting
to provincial police in Iroquois Falls.
Mr. Hayes went to the Timmins Police Building that night
to report what he had seen. Timmins police recorded the
time as 10:23 p.m.
thought it was a joke," said Mr. Hayes today, "but
I thought I'd better report it."
Mr. Hayes said he saw a ball that appeared to be about 50
to 75 feet in diameter and it was heading westerly. It was
blue, green and yellow in color.
Thinking it was an explosion at CFCL Television, Mr. Hayes
telephoned the station to ask if anything strange had happened.
Station personnel reported nothing.
The next call was from Mrs. Rita Roy of Timmins who said
she saw a similar object "for two to three minutes"
while she was travelling in a car with her husband and family.
Because of time, Mr. Thom was unable to interview other
listeners who called in. He says, though, that he expects
to talk with more persons today.
While The Daily Press was making police phone checks this
morning, it was learned that receptionist Mrs. Patricia
(Ivan) Katic at the OPP office in South Porcupine also saw
a UFO Thursday night.
A leader of a local wolf cub pack, Mrs. Katic was attending
a meeting at Coronation Public School with Mrs. Joe Gubbels
and Marie Hol when the sighting occurred.
The women were leaving the building around 10 p.m. when
they saw what appeared to be a shooting star giving off
"a greenish white light." The object then fell
to earth said Mrs. Katic and the trio never thought anything
about it until other sightings were reported.
The latest development occurred around 1:25 this morning
when 19-year-old Ray Vaillancourt and his mother Mrs. Georgette
Vailllancourt were walking down Second Avenue near Cedar
God, was it ever big," said Mrs. Vaillancourt as she
described the object. It was a mass of light heading north
in the western sky on a level path, she added.
The object was colored blue, green and red said Mrs. Vaillancourt
and was visible for about five seconds.
clippings courtesy of The Timmins Daily Press.