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Sightings Elsewhere in Ontario
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 2 July 1947, Page 9
SAUCER STREAKS ACROSS OTTAWA VALLEY
OTTAWA - (CP) - It sounds screwey, but those flying saucers
somebody saw out in Oregon last week have been careening
their 1,200-mile-an-hour way across the Ottawa Valley.
H. S. Gauthier, and two companions of equally sound mind
and body, reported seeing one of these supersonic missiles
as it crossed over Lake Deschenes, eight miles west of here,
during the weekend.
The Ottawa trio were sitting in a boat - minding their own
business - when the "thing" came silently across
from the north. It passed them, says Mr. Gauthier, in 30 seconds
and was flying at 1,200 feet.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 9 July 1947, Page 11
Area Sees First "Flying Disc"
LONDON - (CP) - London has had its first "flying saucer"
visitation. Attested to by three witnesses in the family of
James (Lucky) Ferguson, Langfarth Avenue, the mysterious disc
was reported skimming along in a northwest direction last
night. "It looked to be about as big as one of those
balloons used by the weathermen at the airport, but was flattened
out, more like a pancake" said Mr. Ferguson, well-known
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 9 July 1947, Page 16
Kitts' Resident Saw Flying Saucer
ST CATHARINES - (CP) - A "flying saucer," white
in color and believed to be flat in shape, was reported
flying from west to east over the north end of St. Catharines
about 10:30 p.m. Monday, it was reported yesterday.
The report came from W. S. Griffis, an insurance agent,
who claims the object travelled fairly fast and flew level.
He said it made no noise and appeared bright against the
Griffis said some other people nearby saw the object but
he did not obtain their names and no others have reported
seeing it. Other residents in the downtown area reported,
however, that an airplane flew over the city in an easterly
direction at about that time, showing red and white navigation
Griffis, however, reported there was no sound accompanying
the object he saw.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 11 July 1947, Page 2
Sound By "Flying Disc"
OWEN SOUND - (CP) - Mrs. Thede Seaman of Hepworth today
reported she saw and heard a "flying saucer" over
the mouth of the Sauble River 20 miles west of here.
It had an irregular edge like a meshed gear, was colored
half blue and half white, appeared to be twirling and made
a whistling sound as it came on over Lake Huron, she said.
Reaching the river's mouth, it slowed and dropped low, then
rose again and disappeared in the direction of Wiarton.
Mrs. Seaman was alone at the time.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 12 July 1947, page 11
CAME BACK, RIPLEY MAN SAYS
Ripley, July 12 (CP) - Even in this town, namesake of the
"believe it or not" man, a man driving a tractor
isn't dreaming when he sees flying saucers in the air.
So says Francis Boyle, Huron township farmer, who claims
the saucers appeared at 4:46 a.m. yesterday and passed in
formation - not once, but three times - before disappearing.
He was so impressed he left his tractor and raced indoors
to jot down notes on the discs which he said were dark in
color, smooth on the bottom and rough on their upper outlines.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 30 July 1947, Page 6
Saucer" Goes a-Courting
OWEN SOUND - (CP) - There isn't anything mysterious or dark
about those silvery projectiles called flying saucers; they
come right out and wink at you, says Mrs. Mary Waltenburg
of Southhampton, Lake Huron summer resort 20 miles west of
here. A pain in her right shoulder kept her awake last night
long enough to see a sign in the east "a lighted object
about nine inches in diameter which opened and closed three
times, revealing bright lights or stars inside."
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 22 October 1947, page 3
Than 100 See Flying Disc At Brantford
Brantford, Ont., Oct. 22 - (CP) - Employees of the Massey
Harris Company here gazed with amazement today at what they
described as a "flying saucer" in the sky.
The saucer, seen by about 100 workers and other citizens
at 7:15, was travelling southward and disappeared at 7:45.
One employee said the saucer was like a disc and at times
"flew" on its side and at others floated flat.
"It looked like a burnished star against the sun and
was perhaps 100 miles away," said another man. He had
stood watching it for 20 minutes.
SEEN AT HAMILTON
HAMILTON, Oct. 22 - (CP) - Said by observers to have been
a "mile high and silver colored," a round balloon-like
object floated across the sky this morning from south to
north causing several telephone calls to the local newspaper
On checking the airport at Mount Hope, it was found that no
weather balloons had been released so the object floated off
northward still unexplained.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 12 March 1948, Page 2
Apparition Seen Over London
LONDON - (CP) - Flying saucers, mysterious lights over Lake
Huron - and now an airborne smoke ring.
From the airport last night it appeared to be south of London.
Those who saw it told their friends and soon dozens of calls
were streaming into newspaper offices and the police station
seeking an explanation of the floating apparition.
A news photographer went chasing it but all he reaped was
the full sweep of cold night air from atop a hill. The smoke
ring had disappeared from the sky.
Reasons for the phenomenon were bandied like chaff before
Officials at the control tower of London city airport adopted
a more practical - if less imaginative point of view. They
thought the "smoke ring" which they described as
"large enough to fly an aircraft through" was probably
a cloud formation. When the cloud began to disintegrate, a
circular role of sky poked through the middle, forming what
looked like a floating ring of smoke.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 March 1948, page 1
FACTORY SEES METEOR; ALSO COCHRANE
Moose Factory, March 13 (CP) - A big ball of blue flame,
seemingly the size of a football, streaked out of the sky
on Thursday night and exploded near this Northern Ontario
community, near the shores of James Bay. V. J. Pratt, of
the Hudson's Bay Company, made this report today.
explosion lit up the entire area brighter than daylight.
The whole ball disappeared and a second later a streak of
orange light shot upward from where the ball was last seen,
he said. The orange streak was gone within a second. Witnesses
heard no noise of any kind.
The incident tied up with earlier reports from Cochrane,
150 miles south of here, where several citizens reported
seeing what they believed was a meteor about 11:40 o'clock
One witness there, Mrs. Charles Giles, said the object plunged
downwards like a spent rocket in the northern sky. She described
it as about the size of a full moon, which gave the appearance
of disintegration as it fell.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 March 1948, Page 7
Sighted In Cochrane District
COCHRANE - (CP) - Several citizens of this northern Ontario
community saw the flash of what they believed was a meteor
about 11:40 p.m. E.S.T. Thursday night.
Mrs. Charles Giles, looking out of a window towards the
north when the object came in view, said it plunged downward
like a "spent rocket." She described the "meteor"
as the size of a full moon, incandescent and giving the
appearance of beginning disintegration as it fell.
While residents said it gave the appearance of descending
only a few miles north of here, no reports have been received
from that area.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 10 August 1948, page 1
Fly In Vicinity Of Windsor
WINDSOR, Aug. 10 (CP) - The "flying saucer" has
returned to the Windsor area.
Monday night, Mrs. Vernon Fitzpatrick reported seeing a
large, football-shaped object tearing through the skies,
giving off a strange light - and a neighbor backed up her
At first, the woman thought they saw an airplane from the
Windsor Airport but a second look assured them it was a
It was a year ago the same phenomenon was "seen"
in the skies of the Border City and at points all over Canada
and the U.S.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 18 March 1950, Page 1
TORONTO - (CP) - Two repair men said today they had seen
four mysterious "flying discs" while atop a 300-foot
radio tower near Aurora last Tuesday.
Art Gendron and Jarvis Weir said the objects remained visible
for 15 minutes at an estimated 2,000 feet.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 30 March 1950, Page 13
Sounded Like Diesel Engine
OWEN SOUND - Here's a report about a flying saucer that
"sounded like a diesel engine."
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Blakey of nearby Wareham District in
Osprey Township said today that early March 26, they watched
a strange object in the sky for half an hour.
Mrs. Blakey described the sight in the northwestern sky
as "a sheet of light and above it, a disk of light
as large as the moon." She said the object made a noise
louder than a truck, and similar to that of a diesel engine.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 31 March 1950, page 1
OF VAPOR OVER BRANTFORD PROVES PUZZLE
Brantford, March 31 (CP) - Police and newspaper offices
were deluged with telephone calls by citizens who were watching
the formation of what appeared to be a vapor trail pattern
in the eastern sky.
Most reports revealed that the trails could actually be
seen forming but that the object responsible was not visible.
The pattern could be seen for more than an hour before it
Three separate trails were reported - one in the morning
and two in the afternoon. Employees of the Brantford Expositor
watched the third trail. It started to form from an object
flying in a southerly direction, which made a complete vertical
loop and sped off towards the north. The object was too
far away and too high to be seen.
Many citizens speculated about flying saucers.
Traffic control officials at Malton Airport, near Toronto,
said today that "a number of aircraft were on operations"
over the Brantford district. They declined to give details
but said the planes were flying at about 25,000 feet.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 27 June 1950, Page 2
Saucer" Seen At Windsor
WINDSOR - (CP) - It's flying saucer season again, this time
Jessie E. Christie reported she saw a "saucer" flying
over the Windsor area, last night. She said the object was
"silvery, and appeared big and round, and seemed almost
like a star."
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 14 July 1950, Page 18
CHATHAM - (CP) - Another "flying saucer" has appeared
over Kent County. It was spotted last night by Mr. and Mrs.
A. L. Thackeray of Chatham while driving near Thamesville.
Mr. Thackeray estimated the height of the object at 3,000
feet, and said "it looked like a ball with the upper
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 15 July 1950, Page 2
Object in Sky May Have Been Jet
KEMPTVILLE, ONT. - (CP) - Residents in this town 35 miles
southwest of Ottawa today reported seeing a strange object
travelling through the sky at high speed and leaving a white
trail marked with flames and sparks.
R.C.A.F. officials in Ottawa said a jet plane could account
for the high speed and the vapor trail but not for the flames
and sparks unless the aircraft was in trouble.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 18 July 1950, Page 2
Windsor Men See Flying Saucer
WINDSOR - (CP) - A "flying saucer" rode into Windsor,
Monday night, on the wings of a lightning storm, three Windsor
men said today.
A "luminous object" was reported by Charles Walters,
who said he saw it hovering above the tree-line about five
miles from his home, during the brief storm.
might be a saucer and it might not," he said. "All
three of us saw it, so it wasn't an hallucination."
hovered back and forth in the sky for about three minutes,
then zoomed straight up and disappeared, leaving a luminous
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 October 1950, Page 1
PLANES, MEN, SUB GIVE NORTH JITTERS
TORONTO - (CP) - The Telegram says today in a dispatch from
Moose Factory that Indians and white residents of fur-trading
communities on James Bay are in a state of fearful excitement
because of a series of weird events for which they know
no reasonable explanation.
The story, written by Don Delaplante, roving reporter in
Northern Ontario, says detailed reports have gone to Royal
Canadian Mounted Police at Ottawa.
It lists these events:
Appearance of a water-borne object which three educated
Indians insist was a submarine;
A strange red light which hung almost stationary in the
sky around the Hudson's Bay Company post at Nemaska, 80
miles inland from Rupert's House on the east coast of the
bay, and was observed by the factor and his assistant;
Appearance of a large airplane accompanied by a smaller
one which stood still in the sky over northern Quebec and
sent Indians racing 50 miles west to Nemaska;
Three huge explosions "like earthquakes" inland
from the east coast last March which shook every building
at old Factory River.
Strange white men who ran to hide in the forest when seen
by Indians around Fort George.
At Ottawa, Commissioner S. T. Wood of the R.C.M.P. said
headquarters had received a report of Indians sighting "either
a large sea creature or a submarine." However, he said
the idea of a sub had been discarded as impractical because
at the point of sighting James Bay was too shallow for submarine
The commissioner said the R.C.M.P., convinced there was
no submarine involved, was doing nothing about the matter.
have not heard anything about the other weird stories mentioned,"
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 29 November 1951, page 13
Saucer Pilot Leaves Calling Card
(Special to The Sudbury Daily Star)
ESTAIRE - The flyers of the flying saucers are now writing
their initials in the stratosphere.
S. Tissier, on his way home here recently, saw what he believes
was one of the controversial objects ripping across the sky
at a terrific rate. For a few seconds Tissier was dazzled
by the glare from the saucer; blinked, looked again and saw
a perfect letter "Z" where once the phenomenon raced.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 17 April 1952, page 1
"MYSTERY" BLIMP SEEN OVER HAMILTON
TORONTO (CP) - Strange things are reported, these days,
in the skies over Ontario.
Forty-five persons said they saw what appeared to be an
unusual form of blimp hanging motionless above Hamilton,
last night. Gordon Cordiner said it hovered just off the
lakefront for about 15 minutes, and then disappeared.
Mrs. Marie Woodland said she was riding in an automobile
with four other women along Burlington Beach, when she saw
had a halo-like fringe of color around it," she said.
"But the main body seemed black. It was like something
out of this world."
In Haliburton, 65 miles north of Lindsay, Mrs. Wesley Baker
and a neighbor, a Mrs. Henderson, watched what they described
as a "flying teardrop." It circled high overhead,
travelling swiftly, described a semi-circle and disappeared
in five minutes, to be followed by another.
Mrs. Baker said: "It was coming from the northeast,
shaped sort of like a teardrop or a glorified tadpole. It
had a long silver tail behind it that might have been smoke."
I saw a second one following the first one. It was shaped
exactly the same and seemed almost as though it was being
pulled by the first one."
And at Windsor, a mystery about red lights in the sky was
cleared up when an airline announced it had installed a
row of the lights on top of its planes.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 April 1952, page 24
Plane Speeds At 1,000 Miles an Hour
LONDON (CP) - An unidentified aircraft streaked across Western
Ontario Sunday at a speed estimated as "in excess of
1,000 miles an hour."
left a vapor trail from horizon to horizon.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 April 1952, Page 1
CLAIMS "SAUCER" SPEEDY BRITISH BOMBER
Toronto-Detroit In 12 Minutes
TORONTO - A dark, cylindrical object which streaked across
Ontario skies yesterday, at a speed estimated to be as high
as 1,000 m.p.h., revived talk today, of "flying saucers."
Leaving a long vapor trail, which stretched from horizon
to horizon, the object was first reported over Toronto,
and then, over Hamilton - before Toronto Airport officials
had a chance to telephone ahead to warn of the approach
of the object.
One Toronto newspaper, in a report from R.C.A.F. officials
in Ottawa, said it was a British Canberra jet bomber enroute
from Montreal to Omaha, Neb., and thence to Baltimore, Maryland,
where the aircraft is to be made under license by the Glenn
L. Martin Aircraft Co., a large U.S. producer of warplanes.
However, the top speed of the British jet is estimated to
be in "excess" of 600 m.p.h. The Toronto newspaper
report estimated the craft's speed at "in the neighborhood
of 1,000 m.p.h."
Within a reported 12 minutes of passage over Toronto, Detroit
Airport Control messaged that the trail was visible north
of that city.
The vapor trail was sighted above Toronto by airport officials,
about noon, and shortly afterwards over London, Ont. RCAF
officials said the jet bomber, one of the fastest planes
in the air, flew at a height of about 30,000 feet, and it
was going so fast that it sped over Toronto before its flight
plan reached Air Traffic Control officials.
At London, fighter aircraft from No. 420 Squadron attempted
to intercept the plane, but it quickly left them behind.
The mustang fighter pilots pushed their craft to speeds
of 450 miles an hour in the futile chase.
R.C.A.F. officials at Ottawa said that Air Chief Marshal
Sir Hugh Lloyd, chief of the R.A.F. Bomber Command, arrived
at Montreal Saturday, in a Canberra and took off yesterday,
in the same plane for Omaha. His ultimate destination is
Baltimore, Maryland, where the Canberra will go into production.
The R.C.A.F. said there is a possibility the Canberra created
But the reports that it was going 1,000 miles an hour stump
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 22 April 1952, Page 1
or Saucer? Take Your Choice
OTTAWA - (CP) - The Air Force was pretty sure today that
southwestern Ontario's Sunday "mystery aircraft"
was a 600-mile-an-hour British jet bomber. However, some
skeptics still had doubts, including one Air Force Wing
Commander who saw it.
Defence Minister Claxton communicated the R.C.A.F. feeling
to the Commons the object "almost certainly" was
an R.A.F. Canberra bomber flying from Montreal to Omaha,
Neb., with Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Lloyd aboard.
In London, Wing Cmdr. A. D. Haylett, officer commanding
No. 420 City of London Reserve squadron of the R.C.A.F.
estimated that the object must have been doing 2,000 miles
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 28 July 1952, page 3
Ball Streaks Across Cornwall Skies
CORNWALL (CP) - Robert Armour reported he saw a bright blue-and-white
object streaking across the sky over Cornwall last night.
It travelled from north to south then veered sharply to
was quite round and left no smoke trail," said Mr.
Armour, a member of the office staff of a rayon plant. "At
first I thought it was a plane, but it was travelling so
fast and turned so fast it could not have been."
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 28 August 1952, Page 2
Disc Report Says Saucer Has 30-foot Diameter
WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - A Windsor man told today, of seeing
a luminous, disc-shaped Aobject@ 30 feet in diameter, in
a field south of this city.
Gabriel Durocher said he was walking home about 1:30 a.m.,
when he saw the object in the field. "It was sort of
blue all over and glowed like phosphorus."
He ran to within 30 feet of the object and "started
yelling at it," he said.
I saw these sparks come out of one part of the sides. They
were blue and yellow and red. The saucer started spinning,
and there was a sort of blue mist formed under it, and it
went straight up and away."
Four other persons said they saw "something" hovering
over that area of the city where Gabriel said he saw his
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 3 September 1952, Page 1
Light Mystery In Lake Simcoe
BARRIE (CP) - Provincial Police and residents of the northeast
end of Lake Simcoe played tag, last night and early today,
with a red light.
The light, first reported late in the evening, was said to
have appeared at many points around the lake. Police checked
each report, but the cause of the light has not been determined.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 2 November 1953, page 3
Back Again In Southern Ontario
LONDON, Ont. (CP) - Those flying saucers have come back
to haunt southwestern Ontario skies.
A Talbotville report two weeks ago hinted that "flying
discs" were back in circulation again but a 45-year-old
Lambeth man pinned it down positively Saturday night.
couldn't have been an aircraft," said Oscar Plewes.
"It was flying low and I got a good look at it. Besides
it was completely noiseless."
Mr. Plewes said "it was about 1,000 feet high and must
have been travelling at least 500 m.p.h."
The front half, said Mr. Plewes, was shaped like a V and was
brilliantly lit up. The back part was round. "It was
a monstrous size, bigger than the giant American B36 planes,"
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 March 1955, page 2
Mysterious 'Flying Machine' At Parry Sound
By STAR STAFF REPORTER
PARRY SOUND - Flying saucers are back again.
At least if it wasn't a flying saucer, it was some kind
of a mysterious flying machine that Mrs. Leo Boudreault,
10 Logan's Lane, told The Sudbury Daily Star she saw flying
in the sky over here at 10 o'clock Saturday morning.
Lawrence Russell, 8, a neighborhood boy, said he saw two
of them and told his mother and Mrs. Boudreault. When they
came outside one apparently had disappeared, for they saw
only the one.
They described it as a "bright aluminum ball very high
in the sky." It stopped right overhead for a while,
they said, and then "shot across the sky" south,
Both Mrs. Boudreault and Mrs. Russell said there was no
sound nor smoke coming from the object.
Similar objects that have been spotted in the Sudbury district
have been identified as large weather balloons released from
the U.S. weather station at Sault Ste. Marie.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 July 1955, page 3
Ball Spotted In Sky Over Simcoe
SIMCOE (CP) - Residents of nearby Long Point Bay summer
resort say they have been seeing a huge silver ball high
in the sky.
say the silver ball, on which a black figure eight has been
spotted through binoculars, appears clearly about 5,000
feet high at 5:30 p.m. After an hour it disappears.
Shannon, a Turkey Point storekeeper, said "it certainly
isn't a balloon and it's too big for a blimp. It doesn't float
through the air - it appears, then vanishes."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 8 December 1955, page 3
Snap 'Flying Saucer'
TILLSONBURG (CP) - A family of four say they have seen,
watched for several minutes, photographed and are prepared
to describe in detail a noiseless, exhaustless, round object
which moved through the sky near their home recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Huron Clark, their sons, George, 19, and Floyd,
16, watched one sunless day this week while the object traveled
below low-hanging clouds, against the wind, in a northerly
direction, then made a right-angle turn to the east and
But the object, shown in the above picture, took so long
to do this, George had time to run inside the farm home,
return with his inexpensive camera and make two exposures.
Tuesday when the film was developed and printed by the London
Free Press, there appeared in the upper left hand corner,
an oval-shaped ring with a light-colored centre.
The family was the butt of flying saucer jokes until the photographs
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 7 November 1957, page 5
Mystery Objects Seen Wednesday Night
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Mystery objects in the sky - ranging in description from
"egg-shaped" to "a pinkish thing" -
were reported Wednesday night from various parts of Ontario.
Most came after 6:25 p.m. EST when Sputnik I was scheduled
to pass over the province.
Bakos, an official at Dunlap Observatory near Toronto, said
"red lights" reported could have been Venus which
set Wednesday night around 8 p.m. He said the observatory
had received several reports of objects.
Mrs. Sheila Funnel, of Meadowvale, 11 miles west of Toronto,
said she saw a stationary bright light four times as big as
the North Star. When she looked a second time, it had turned
amber. Then it vanished in a red streak.
At Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto, a "brilliant
glowing star," a "glowing red object" and
the "pinkish thing" were reported by residents.
At Belleville, there were several reports of "red lights"
in the sky.
Strange lights were also reported in Northern Ontario.
At Port Arthur, on the northwest shore of Lake Superior,
residents of the Lakehead and surrounding district saw a
"very bright egg-shaped" object travelling "fairly
low on the horizon at a fast speed."
Harold Guest, regional operator for the Ontario Hydro Electric
Power Commission, said several reports had been phoned to
him. He also had seen the object.
But air traffic controllers at the Lakehead airport reported
At Shallow Lake, near Owen Sound, Donald Lennert, son of
Mr. and Mrs. George Lennert, said he saw a "large blood-red
II is expected to pass over Ontario at 5:11 a.m. EST Friday.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 18 August 1958, page 1
Things Cross Sky Near Stratford
STRATFORD (CP) - Unidentified and unexplained objects in
the southeast sky were observed by John Till of the Stratford
district early Saturday. Police and RCAF officials were
notified but no explanation has yet been offered.
Mr. Till, who resides about two miles south of Stratford,
said he first noticed the objects about 1:40 a.m. when he
was returning to his farm home. He said they continued periodically
until about 3 a.m.
about 60 crossed in the sky to the southeast, travelling
roughly in a north and south direction. About 25 were included
in the first group and another group of 15 followed,"
were individual lights and sort of hazy. I wouldn't say
they were actually as bright as a star, but they were about
12 times as wide and were yellowish-green in color."
lights" were also seen in the sky in the Guelph-Kitchener
area and one explanation offered was that they were caused
by a searchlight bouncing its beam off low-lying cloud layers.
Recently Stratford district residents had reported objects
in the sky but in that case the "phenomenon" was
traced to a spotlight in the Woodstock area.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 23 November 1960, Page 29
Ontario Areas View Satellite
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Bright objects flashing through the sky were reported in
various sections of Southern Ontario, today, minutes after
the launching of a United States weather satellite.
A Thor-Delta rocket carrying the 280-pound satellite, blasted
off the launching pad at Cape Canaveral at 6:13 a.m. EST.
Between 6:20 and 6:27, dozens of residents near Sarnia,
London, Peterborough, Kitchener and Toronto, reported seeing
objects crossing the sky.
Radio stations at Sarnia, London and Detroit had calls reporting
John Tomlinson, who lives outside Kitchener, said two star-shaped
objects he saw crossing the eastern sky had "tail pieces
shaped like white fans" and were visible for about
A woman caller told a Peterborough radio station she saw
two objects shaped like half-moons.
Ontario, STAR, 22 July 1965, page 3
Objects In Windsor Area Are Unidentified
WINDSOR (CP) - The weather office at the city airport here
has been flooded with calls this week from persons who say
they have seen fast-moving lights high in the heavens that
either blink or are steady.
sightings of what officials call UFOS (unidentified flying
objects) have been reported during the last three days from
as far away as Leamington, 40 miles southeast of here, to
Amherstburg, 15 miles south, as well as in neighboring Michigan
state. Most persons say their sightings have been around
weather office spokesman said Thursday that weather balloons
are sometimes released at about 6 p.m. but they do not carry
lights and could not be seen after dusk.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 7 September 1965, Page 13
Lights Up North Sky
Sault Ste. Marie residents went to their telephones after
sighting an object in the sky Sunday night.
inquiries" were made of the city police by local people,
as similar reportings were made from the Hearst-Kapuskasing
area of Northern Ontario to the northern two-thirds of Michigan.
From Marquette, Michigan, state police noted a "pretty
large fireball with a tail" - apparently a meteor -
was sighted by scores of persons in northern Michigan.
The Federal Aviation Agency centre at Minneapolis, Minn.,
reported two pilots had watched a meteor fall into Lake
Superior, the Coast Guard said.
The Hearst-Kapuskasing area was reported lit up briefly
Sunday night by a strange light in the sky.
Witnesses in both Hearst and Kapuskasing, about 60 miles
apart, reported that a light, extremely bright, burning
into an orange glow, illuminated the area about 10 p.m.
Ontario, STAR, 13 November 1965, page 3
Smoke 'Flying Saucer' Spotted Twice
ERIEAU, Ont. (CP) - Residents of this tiny Lake Erie fishing
village agree they have seen a mysterious flying object
- but their descriptions are varied.
noticed two puffs of smoke from a bright object in the sky
and when I went into the living room, the room was bright
as day," says Mrs. Leroy Burke who saw it early Thursday
did see it, and I don't know what it was. It was too big
to be a star and it wasn't an airplane," said Mrs.
Arthur Huffman after seeing "something" Wednesday
a round light and it moves up and down and back and forth.
The light went out and came back three times during a half-hour,"
said Harvey Vidler who first spotted the object last week
and saw it again Wednesday night.
It appears the object looks like "a bright white light,
similar to a car-light hanging in the sky."
When it was first spotted, the RCAF and Coast Guard started
an investigation, but neither confirmed a sighting of the
Erieau is 24 miles southeast of Chatham.
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 29 March 1966, page
Reported In Toronto Area
(CP) - Unidentified flying objects were reported in Toronto,
Barrie, Hamilton, Sarnia and Kitchener areas Sunday night.
Toronto men reported seeing a moving white light in the
sky near Barrie.
John Waller and his companion, John Upper, said they watched
it moving slowly to the south until it disappeared.
thought it was a star at first until we realized it was
moving," said Mr. Waller. "It might have been
a satellite making a pass around the earth and reflecting
the sun's rays. I have never seen anything like it."
Lawrence Bresette, who runs a store at Kettle Point, about
25 miles northeast of Sarnia, said he saw a disc-shaped
object about 8 p.m. and watched it through field glasses
as it flashed red, white, blue and green lights.
100 watchers saw it hover for more than an hour until it
slowly rose and disappeared.
Two University of Toronto engineering students said they
saw a bright whirling object fly across the sky from their
rooftop observation point.
Inglewood, Ont., man described a multi-colored object he
saw briefly while driving north on Highway 10 to Caledon,
30 miles northwest of Toronto.
changed from a deep red or maroon to orange to dull yellow,"
he said. "It appeared hazy and changed back to deep red
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 5 April 1966, page 17
Ont. (CP) - Residents in this community reported sighting
four unidentified flying objects Tuesday night and plan more
careful observation tonight. Police said several residents
phoned them to report spotting a large object, bright red,
green and blue in color and smaller objects similarly colored
but not so brilliant.
Ontario, STAR, 19 August 1966, page 2
Cottagers Sight 'Spinning Disc'
GRAVENHURST, Ont. (CP) - Fifteen cottagers reported the
sighting Thursday night of an unidentified flying object
over Browning's Island in Muskoka Lake near this town, 25
miles north of Orillia.
Spectators, outside to watch the northern lights, said they
first saw the object hovering over trees on the island.
One of the 15, who all have cottages on Brydon Bay, was
Mrs. John Lewis of St. Catharines, who described the object
as having red, green and orange lights. She said the object
was similar to ones she had seen earlier over Oakville and
Port Dalhousie, Ont.
Mrs. Robert Worts of Oakville also said she has seen similar
objects over the Oakville area. She supported her 12-year-old
son Douglas's description of the UFO.
Douglas said it was a spinning disc with colored flashing
lights in the centre and shafts of white lights streaking
out of it.
The cottagers first spotted it about 10:15 p.m. and watched
it for an hour before it veered off up into the sky.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 4 April 1967, Page 2
TORONTO (CP) - A flashing white and red unidentified object
flashed across a clear Toronto sky late Monday night, sending
hundreds of residents to their telephones to report it.
Two young amateur photographers, Jim Dorman, 18, and Steve
Harris of suburban Etobicoke, said they have pictures of
Mr. Dorman said he and his friend were taking a time-exposure
of a star when the object appeared in the view finder of
The pictures show a series of disc-shaped objects with pulsating
red and white lights, he said.
An official at the Toronto International Airport control
tower said the tower staff was aware of such an object in
the vicinity of the airport, but he would not comment except
to say the object caused no interference to aircraft.
Mr. Dorman said the flashing object caught his eye at 9:13
p.m. It rose out of the southwest sky, made a half circle,
then disappeared to the south four minutes later, he said.
Ontario, STAR, 26 February 1968, page 5
Reports Made Of UFO at London
LONDON, Ont. (CP) - An unidentified flying object that hovered
and then flashed through the sky in a westerly direction
was reported almost simultaneously Sunday night by a London
man and a Dorchester family.
The first report of the sighting was made about 7:30 p.m.
by David Priest of Dorchester.
Moments later, a similar sighting was reported by Bruce
Philips of London.
Mr. Priest said he, his wife, and house guests Mr. and Mrs.
Blake Emmons of Nashville, Tenn., viewed the object for
"six or seven minutes."
weren't really able to identify the shape of it because
of the black (sky) background, but it did have a very bright
white light at the front of the vehicle and three red lights
in a triangular pattern at the rear," Mr. Priest said.
Mr. Priest said the object hovered, moved up and down slightly,
then took off at a terrific speed in a westerly direction
of a sudden, it stopped, moved up and hovered there while
a second vehicle moved to the same spot and hovered directly
below," he said.
Mr. Philips also reported seeing a bright light at the front
of the vehicle but he thought it was two, "like car
headlights, but very much brighter."
first noticed it as I was driving home," he said. "I
dashed into the house for a pair of binoculars and watched
it for six to seven minutes."
In addition to three red lights set in a triangular pattern,
Mr. Philips said he saw two smaller white lights and one
green light. None of the lights blinked while it was hovering,
Ontario, STAR, 11 March 1968, page 3
Saucer' Morning Visitor To Beef Farmer
PETERBOROUGH (CP) - A beef-cattle farmer has seen an unidentified
flying object in the sky northwest of his back porch three
nights last week.
Alfred Sturzenegger, who rises at 3 a.m. every morning to
check on his herd of beef cattle, says the object appeared
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and disappeared at 4:05 a.m.
Axel Sjoberg, reporter for the Peterborough Examiner, watched
the object with Mr. Sturzenegger Thursday.
cigar-shaped, it changed in size from a pinpoint of dim
light to a flaring thing about the size of a small cup,"
pulsating blue cone seemed to shift position from the front
of the phenomenon to the back while a red mass not unlike
flame coming from a blowtorch appeared now at the bottom
of the craft, now at the top."
my money it was a flying saucer of some description and
it's going to take some pretty convincing scientific facts
to make me change my mind," he said Friday.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 20 March 1975, Page 4
UFO - This is a 150X enlargement
of a 35 mm. negative shown in contact print taken by a Hamilton
man, Pat McCarthy, 19, of Waterdown Wednesday. He took a
group of shots of this phenomenon while on an outdoor stroll.
Ontario, STAR, 21 March 1975, page 3
boy's photograph of UFO baffles the experts
HAMILTON (CP) - Staff in The Spectator's photography department
reported Thursday that a saucer-shaped object photographed
Tuesday by a 19-year-old amateur astronomer has protrusions
from its body that resemble legs or antennae.
Pat McCarthy, a high school student, had gone to a disused
quarry to photograph birds and was walking back "when
I suddenly saw this massive object in the sky."
been focusing on a branch when I saw this thing like a frisbee,
zig-zagging around above me," he said in an interview.
"I just started snapping away as soon as I could."
Pat immediately called The Spectator and was told not to
take the film out of the camera. The film then was processed
in the newspaper's darkroom by staff.
Each of the four pictures was magnified about 150 times
and two thin protrusions were discovered emanating from
Scientists, aeronautics experts on unidentified flying objects,
military personnel and astronomers who were interviewed
said they were baffled about what the object was.
The photographs will be studied by the United States Centre
for Unidentified Flying Objects at Dearborn University,
A spokesman for the centre said today that "we're obviously
interested - it's rare that photographic evidence of this
kind is available and from what we can understand, the pictures
really are exciting."
On Wednesday, a group of physicists at McMaster University
studied a blow-up of one of the photographs and looked at
the pictures through a microscope.
One of the scientists said later that "all we can say
with absolute certainty is that it is an unidentified flying
object. Beyond that, it's all hypothesis."
people tend to think UFO means spaceship," he said.
"It doesn't - it just means that it's an object, it's
in flight, and nobody can tell you what on earth it is."
Air traffic controllers in the area said that nothing unusual
showed up on radar screens. But one spokesman said "that
doesn't mean a thing."
pick up aircraft on our radar system, but if this object
was composed of an alien material, then conceivably we wouldn't
get a bleep," he said.
Ontario, STAR, 12 April 1975, page 15
red, green and blue lights
Four people sure they saw 'something'
Erik Watt, managing editor of Oshawa Times and a star-gazer
and former aviation writer, saw something strange in the
sky early Friday. The following story, copyright by Oshawa
Times, is an account of his experience.
OSHAWA, Ont. (CP) - There may not be little green men in
flying saucers over Durham region, but there's something
up there, by George!
I know. I saw it, as did at least three other people, a
young married couple, and a city policeman.
What it was, none of us knows; it was too far distant to
make out any shape. But whatever it was, it was flashing
red, green, and white, and just hanging there, about 30
degrees above the northern horizon, shortly after midnight
From what I saw, the UFO seemed to be the same sort of object
reported about a month ago near the Pickering nuclear power
station by several observers.
It wasn't a star and it wasn't an aircraft or helicopter
- unless someone has a helicopter with red, white, and green
flashing strobe lights clustered tightly together.
The colors - red, green and white - are the colors of aircraft
running lights, and many newer aircraft have strobe-type
running lights. But these lights followed no discernible
regular frequency, which an aircraft's lights would. Nor
did they always appear to be in the same relative position.
A receding aircraft, viewed from directly astern, would
show a red light at the left, a white light at centre and
a green light at right. But these lights shifted position
all the time.
When I first saw the UFO, a few minutes after Paul Smith
of Oshawa called The Times at midnight, it was alone in
that section of the sky. He and his wife had been watching
it for about half an hour before I arrived, and he said
it appeared to be moving slowly north.
I watched the object for about 10 minutes.
Earlier, Mr. Smith had talked to someone at Oshawa Airport,
who said there were no aircraft in the vicinity. Then I
drove to my home to pick up my binoculars, which are a bit
more powerful than Paul Smith's.
By the time I got home, the UFO had moved slightly to the
east and was more distant than when I first saw it.
But by now it was forming the lower point of an inverted
triangle, with two stars on the top points.
checked each of the stars and the UFO carefully, to see
whether some atmospheric trick was making the stars appear
to flash. The stars stayed steadily white. The UFO continued
to flash red, green and white, with the same strobe-light
I drove downtown to the Durham regional police headquarters
to see whether police had picked up any reports. They hadn't.
Constable Norm Treen and I both saw the UFO through my glasses
from the police station, though it was by then much farther
away, still moving north, and fainter.
The Smiths had continued to watch the UFO from a different
position. They saw it gradually receding until it disappeared
completely, around 2 a.m.
I'm one of those UFO nuts myself: I believe there's something
up there. I have done a lot of star-gazing in the past and
I've seen the planet Venus often enough not to confuse it
with anything else; certainly not what I saw early today.
I spent about 15 years as a reporter specializing in aviation
and I'm still keenly interested in flying and aircraft.
And that was no aircraft or helicopter as far as I'm concerned."
What it was, I haven't a clue. But any reservations I have
had in the past about the legitimacy of UFOs no longer exist
Ontario, STAR, 15 April 1975, page 2
people see UFOs flashing over Brockville
BROCKVILLE (CP) - Residents of the city got an unexpected,
unexplained display Monday night as several objects were
sighted high in the sky, about 10 miles to the north and
Falling into the category of unidentified flying objects,
they were described as round in shape with alternating,
flashing red, green, and white lights.
They were seen by at least nine people, including an Ontario
provincial police officer and his wife, who said several
of the objects disappeared shortly after they were first
seen about 9 p.m. but that one stayed in view until about
A check of Uplands Airport officials in Ottawa indicated
nothing was recorded in the area on their radar screens.
Ontario, STAR, 1 September 1976, page 11
objects are reported at Walkerton
WALKERTON, Ont. (CP) - Several persons reported seeing unidentified
flying objects in the sky east of here, police said.
The persons said that at times it appeared there were two
objects hovering near each other. One of the objects had
a predominantly white light with smaller red and blue lights
Police said employees at the Telesat station between nearby
Hanover and Durham were unable to account for the phenomenon.
station is the control, transmission and receiving base for
Canada's domestic communications satellite, Anik. Walkerton
is about 60 miles northeast of Kitchener.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 7 March 1978, Page 3
report seeing UFO in Windsor
Ont. (CP) - More than 20 callers reported sighting an unidentified
flying object pass across the northeast section of the city,
calls were received by UFO Investigation, a month-old reporting
office created by Richard and Nancy Little. Similar reports
were made to Windsor and Detroit newspapers and Ontario
of the object ranged from red and yellow to blue and green,
and while some said it was the size of an airplane, one
caller said it resembled a traffic light.
Redmond Jr., a service station owner, said the object looked
like a ball of fire over Lake St. Clair.
know darn well it wasn't a plane," he said. "I
have never seen anything like it."
and Emma Fontaine said the flaming object appeared to be
about 15 metres above the lake when it disappeared.
spokesman at the Windsor Airport control tower said there
were no reports of aircraft in distress and the object was
not likely to be a weather balloon.
Ontario, STAR, 8 March 1978, page 11
reported across southern Ontario
witnesses describe it as a ball of fire
TORONTO (CP) - Residents in an area of Ontario stretching
from Windsor to Barrie and east to Cobourg reported sighting
an unidentified flying object at about the same time Monday
night, Tom Grey, of the Northeastern UFO organization said
Grey said radio stations in Collingwood and Owen Sound reported
seeing the objects which were described as being large,
oval-shaped with bright lights and flying at a low altitude.
Radio station CFOS in Owen Sound received about a dozen
calls from residents who said the low flying object caused
television interference and blackouts, he said.
Four residents in the Wiarton, Ont., area said Tuesday they
twice observed a ball of fire in the sky Monday night.
Barry Gilbert and his wife, Brenda, and visiting neighbors,
Moon Wilson and his wife, Marie, said in interviews that
they saw the ball of fire twice within an hour.
Provincial police stations and the town's air marine station
at the airport said Tuesday they had no similar reports
in the area about 25 kilometres northwest of Owen Sound.
Grey said the sightings occurred about 8 p.m. in each community.
Areas that reported sightings included Milton, Brampton,
Collingwood, Barrie, Wiarton, Windsor, Wasaga Beach, Thornbury,
Cobourg, and Chatham.
Chris Rogers, a graduate student at the University of Toronto's
Dunlop Observatory, said there is a natural phenomenon known
as a fire ball.
He said the fire ball is chunk of rock that enters the earth's
atmosphere and can come within 50 kilometres of the earth's
These occurrences cannot be predicted, he said.
In Windsor, more than 20 persons reported sighting an unidentified
flying object pass across the northeast section of the city
At about 7:15 p.m., UFO Investigation, a month-old reporting
office, received its first call.
Similar reports were made to Windsor and Detroit newspapers
Descriptions of the object ranged from red and yellow to
blue and green.
Steve Walsh, 57, an editor with Chatham Daily News in Chatham,
Ont., said he looked out his living room window just before
8 p.m. and saw a brilliant white light in the sky.
It was travelling fast and appeared to be below the level
of the treetops, he said
John Redmond Jr., a service station owner in Windsor, Ont.,
said the object looked like a ball of fire over Lake St.
Ben and Emma Fontaine said the flaming object appeared to
be about 15 metres above the lake when it disappeared.
A spokesman at the control tower of Windsor Airport said
there were no reports of aircraft in distress and the object
was not likely to be a weather balloon.
Ontario, STAR, 17 September 1981, page 14
spotted in sky, spark flurry of calls
SARNIA, Ont. (CP) - Provincial police reported "a flood
of calls" from area residents wondering what strange
object lit up the skies Monday night.
Neither police nor airport spokesmen were able to offer
a solid explanation for the spectacle - at least they weren't
able to satisfy Brian Fader of nearby Camlachie.
Fader said he was driving off Highway 402 on to a country
road when he saw lights reflecting off his car window.
were three big white lights flying very slowly in a V shape
and two smaller lights in the centre that looked sort of
like tail lights," he said.
They moved slowly across the sky toward the city and were
"very, very low to the ground," he said. "They
didn't make a sound, no engine or anything."
Fader said the lights remained motionless for about five
minutes and he watched them for 15 minutes before they vanished.
About 30 other motorists on Highway 402 also stopped to
watch, he said.
(lights) were so big that, if whatever it was had landed,
it would have been bigger than a football field."
Fader was one of the people who phoned provincial police
at nearby Forest and Constable Glen Bell said an officer
also saw the lights and phoned the Sarnia airport.
Airport manager Brian Greene said no planes were arriving
or departing at the time - about 10 p.m. - but the person
on duty speculated it was "some sort of military aircraft
flying in formation."
Greene's other explanation was that "there was a full
moon last night."
Fader was not convinced at least about the military aircraft.
way," he said. "Those lights were too close to
the ground and they didn't make a sound."
clippings courtesy of The Sault Star, The Kirkland Lake
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