By Ashley Steinbrink. Reposted from Whoonew
Imagine if you spotted a UFO or had a run-in with an extraterrestrial. Would you tell anyone what happened, or would you keep your mouth shut so nobody called you crazy in the head?
Steven Spielberg’s 80s film, E.T., was the closest I’ve ever come to an alien encounter. E.T. Phone home…
I bet that gets you thinking about Reece’s Pieces.
But seriously, there are plenty of Wisconsinites who claim to have had very real experiences involving what might be aliens or UFOs. In fact, Wisconsin has the second highest number of UFO sightings in the nation. (Source)
So, do aliens love Wisconsin, or do Wisconsinites perhaps drink a little bit too much?
UFOWisconsin.com claims around 20% of all UFO sightings are valid. And in Wisconsin, there are plenty of professional paranormal investigators who research each case.
Well-known paranormal researcher, author and lecturer – Chad Lewis grew up near Elmwood, Wisconsin. One of three cities in our state that claim to be “UFO capitals of the world.”
He has a master’s of science degree in applied psychology from the University of Stout and many years experience traveling the world in search of what he calls “unique and bizarre stories and history.”
Lewis has been featured on hundreds of radio interviews, TV shows and in newspaper articles. Last year, he made a visit to the Spooner Library to talk about UFOs in Wisconsin.
The Up Norther Explorer captured some things he had to say about visitors from space stopping in our state.
“Wisconsin has a long history of UFO activity dating back generations…
“I’ve spent the past 20 years traveling the world looking for the strange and unusual, and some of the strangest UFO sightings I’ve found have been right here in Wisconsin….
“We live in a hell of a weird state, and I mean this as a good thing.”
So – will you scoff at these people’s stories, or will you be open to the possibility that creatures from outer-space are visiting our planet?
Decide for yourself – after you read these seven bizarre UFO stories from people in Wisconsin.
Image via UFOevidence.org
One morning back in 1961, Joe Simonton – a 60 year old Wisconsin chicken farmer living in Eagle River, heard some strange noises outside his house. He stepped outside to discover a very bright silver disk floating above his yard. It was about 12 feet from top to bottom and 30 feet in diameter.
Simonton says he saw the hatch open, and three dark-skinned “Italian-looking” men about 5-feet tall and 125 pounds were standing inside holding a chrome thermos. They were dressed in tight black and blue suits and wore helmets.
He noticed they were making something on a cooking device that looked like a griddle. They didn’t speak, but somehow Joe knew the men needed water, and he offered to fill up their jug with his pump.
When he got back to the apparent spacecraft, he handed over the water. In return, one of the aliens handed him four thin, holey pancakes.
The head alien put his finger on his forehead as if to say, “thank you.” Simonton saluted him back.
Still hot, Simonton took a bite of one of the pancakes and later told the Associated Press it “tasted like cardboard.”
I think it’s hilarious that he tasted it! Would you?
Lewis says the “saucer cakes” were analyzed and determined to be made of flour, sugar and grease.
“Some believe the ‘real’ findings were classified and hushed up.” Lewis said.
The U.S. Airforce did some major investigations on the case and in the end decided it must have been “a sudden strange dream Simonton had while he was still awake.” Wait… isn’t that just a daydream?
Simonton was a fairly normal guy. He was well-liked in the community, and even played the annual Santa Claus for the Eagle River Chamber. But that wasn’t enough to make anyone believe him.
The case was documented as “unexplained.” Simonton was a bit upset that he even said a word about it. He told a United Press reporter, “if it happened again, I don’t think I’d tell anybody about it.”
“The majority of people don’t report these things.” Lewis said. “They rationalize and keep going. Many rational, down-to-earth people have made reports.”
Even president Jimmy Carter reported a UFO sighting back in 1969 when he was still Georgia’s governor. According to UFO Evidence, Carter said, “One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky.”
About half of all alien encounters reported in the U.S. describe “The Greys.” Lewis says they might be the most familiar extraterrestrial beings.
A Wikipedia article identifies them as “small-bodied sexless beings with smooth grey-colored skin, an enlarged head and large black eyes.”
But, Wisconsin has an even more recent report of a “Greys” abduction that happened in Bloomer in 1997.
One day, a woman from Bloomer, Wisconsin – who didn’t want to give her name – saw a craft hovering by her home. Her front door opened, she felt a slow, steady force and a mist oozed in.
“She could hear a voice in her mind asking her why she was resisting.” Lewis tells us. He was part of the group who interviewed her under hypnosis.
“Under hypnosis she remembered seeing three creatures, 3-1/2 to 4 feet tall – the Greys. Lewis said. “She remembered being taken from her house and brought on board the craft where they did procedures.”
Unexplainedresearch.com claims the way she described the creatures while hypnotized “corresponds to 85 to 90 percent of other reports.”
Something Chad Lewis found alarming, was that she recalled seeing at least a dozen other people on board the alien craft with her. He wonders what happened to them!
During the hypnosis session, Lewis found out that this was not the first close encounter this women. Strange things like this started happening to her at least 20 years earlier. The poor women even started to cry while she was hypnotized.
When she woke up, she was convinced this particular alien experience was only a dream. But Lewis said “she later found a large burn mark in her backyard, similar to other UFO visitations.”
George Wheeler’s original drawing of the UFO via Ufoevidence.org
What if a police officer told you he saw a UFO? Would you believe someone like that?
In 1976, 30-year veteran police officer and World War II combat pilot George Wheeler said he saw a UFO near his home in Elmwood, Wisconsin. It was the second time Wheeler had seen something strange in the skies above the area.
The officer spotted what looked like a very bright orange glow coming from the top of Tuttle Hill. He said it was as bright as the sun and hard to look at.
At first Wheeler assumed it was a fire, so he drove his squad car to the top of the hill. To his surprise, he found a glowing object that seemed to be hovering 100 -feet off the ground.
It had six bluish-white lights, windows on the sides and he could see moving shadows inside.
That’s when Wheeler radioed the sheriff’s department in Ellsworth to tell them he was watching a UFO.
Just then, the spacecraft quickly shot straight up into the sky making a whooshing sound as it left.
Wheeler claims a flash of light came down from the ship and struck him.
At that point, the squad car’s lights and radio went completely dead. Wheeler was barely conscious. He couldn’t remember what happened after that until local resident, David Moots, stopped to ask him if he was okay.
When Moots was interviewed about the case, he said Wheeler told him he’d been hit. He asked him if he’d been hit by a car, but he said, “No, one of those UFOs.”
George Wheeler pointing to position of UFO via Ufoevidence.org
Elmwood is actually a hotspot for UFO sightings. Moots said he’d heard of a lot of people making such claims, so it was no particular surprise. But being “hit” by a UFO took him back a bit.
There were several other witnesses involved and interviewed in this case.
Mrs. Miles Wergland, who lived just outside of Elmwood, claimed she saw a “bright orange moon-shaped object on the hill.”
Another witness, Paul Fredrickson, saw “an orange glow, like a half-moon, like a moon cut in half on Tuttle Hill.”
This wasn’t the first time Mr. Fredrickson spotted something like this. Only six months earlier, he and his son saw a very similar object in the sky about the exact same time and place.
Nearby, at the O’Bryan family farm, Mr. O’Bryan said his TV set quit for a short time while he was watching the Perry Mason show – right about the same time it all went down.
A 9-year-old boy at another nearby farm said his dogs were barking and acting unusually weird that night.
Police Chief Gene Helmer of Elmwood, yet another person involved, had been at home monitoring the “police scanner” when he heard Wheeler say he was “watching a UFO.”
Helmer’s radio went dead before Wheeler could describe it. But he did hear him say, “Get somebody up here — I’ve been hit.”
That’s when Helmer left right away to see what was up. When he got to the top of the hill, he found Moots trying to calm Wheeler down. Helmer said he’d never seen a man as frightened and upset as Wheeler was.
The officer also pointed out that the patrol car, which recently had a tune up, needed all of its points and plugs replaced in the engine and the starter was also acting up.
At about 1AM, or 2 hours after the incident, Mrs. Wheeler had to take her husband to the hospital. He was there for three days and tests found nothing, so he was released. Only a few days later he returned because he was having severe headaches and nightmares. He could also no longer remember any of the details from the sighting.
This story was also published in Fate Magazine in 2004. The author, Frank Joseph, wrote-
“As his health rapidly deteriorated for causes his doctors could not determine, he repeatedly told them, to their disbelief; that he was dying from the mysterious effects of internal injuries caused by alien beings. Within six months after his April encounter, Officer George Wheeler died of unknown causes.”
One foggy night in the winter of 1974, 68-year old William Bosak of Frederic, Wisconsin had what he called “a hair-raising experience.”
He was driving slowly on his way home from a meeting that night when he spotted a strange object on the side of the road.
He slowly drove closer to it trying to see through the fog. But his headlights were so bright that he could only make out the top half of the object.
Drawing of Bosak Sighting via thinkaboutitdocs.com
The “human” as Bosak told newspapers, was standing still inside a transparent glass compartment that was bullet-shaped and tapered toward the top. It was between eight and 10 feet tall and had its arms raised above its head.
The creature was wearing a skin-tight suit and had dark tan fur sticking out from the sides of its head. It also had a furry upper body and hairy pits. Its ears stuck out about three inches from his head.
W-Files.com, a site that documents the paranormal in Wisconsin, quotes Bosak saying:
“He was looking out the window, and it was a different kind of character than you’d see on this earth.” “It looked a good deal like a man, but it had a different-looking face than you’d see. It had a kind of a cow-looking face.”
As Bosak got close, fear overcame him and he decided to get the H outta dodge.
When he stepped on the accelerator, the inside of his car got dark and he heard a noise like the engine was missing. He also heard a soft whooshing sound like tree branches rubbing up against a car.
Field Investigator, Everett E. Lightner, who was on the case reported that Bosak was very frightened at the time, but the look on the aliens face looked as scared as he was. He could tell by its large eyes protruding from his head.
“I was so goldarned scared I was afraid to go out at night for a few days,” Bosak told reporters.
He also said he felt he did the wrong thing by speeding away. “I should have stopped and tried to show it I was friendly.” He said “I wish I could meet up with it again.”
Bosak actually kept his encounter a secret for almost a month. He didn’t even tell his own family. He said prior to his experience, he was skeptical of UFO stories.
“And I’m sure a lot of people are going to be skeptical after hearing what happened to me. Bosak said. “But if people don’t believe me, I’ll take a lie detector test to prove this isn’t just something I made up.”
Image and story via thebiggeststudy.blogspot.com
Anne and Peter E. of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin reported their close encounter in November of 1975.
They were an older couple. Pete was 64 and was a retired foreman who worked at a local construction company for more than 30 years. Anne was 59, and said she wouldn’t believe this kind of story if she hadn’t witnessed it herself.
Here’s their story…
The doorbell rang at 7:50 one night, and Anne looked behind the curtain to see who was there. She saw a strangely dressed man holding a white staff of some kind.
She opened the main door, quickly locking the screen door and said,
“Yes?” No answer.
After repeating herself, she realized the man didn’t talk. That’s when she called Pete to come to the door.
“What the hell is this, Pete asked, “something left over from trick or treat?”
He unlocked and opened the door to get a better look.
“The skin on his face was the same as smoked meat and the face was lined with deep grooves,” Pete reported later.
Pete also described the strange man as having a small puckered opening for his mouth the size of a dime and a pointy chin. The human-like creature also wore a hat – similar to a straw hat – but with a narrow brim. And he had tufts of hair sticking out from both sides.
“They looked like over-sized gnomes,” Pete said.
At first, Pete really thought it was a prank. So he reached out to grab the man, but when he did the creature raised his white staff and smacked the sidewalk with it making him float backwards. “He didn’t step back or jump back, he just drifted away from me,” Pete explained.
He looked out toward the street and saw four similar looking beings on the lawn and in the road.
“They were all dressed alike and they all carried a white staff in their left hands…” Pete said. “Their feet were making walking motions but they were two or three inches above the ground.”
He could see they looked deformed with arthritic claws and legs that were bent and bowed.
“One of them was heavier than the rest. Pete went on. He was out in the middle of the street. He was rapping his staff on the asphalt and floating two to three feet above the ground each time it clicked.
The staff seemed to be some sort of energy stick.” He continued. “That roly-poly one seemed to be having the time of his life, bouncing up and down like that. He looked like the astronauts looked when they jumped on the moon, only he seemed to have more control over his movements than they did.”
Pete called the Wauwatosa Police Department that night. As it turned out, Officer Daniel Anderson had just gotten a similar radio message about strange looking people only a couple blocks away. The police supposedly surveyed the area for three days and found nothing.
The couple said they felt like Officer Anderson thought that they were a couple of nuts, which is very possible, because the officer never filed a report about the incident.
Anne and Pete are convinced they were visited by spacemen that night. But, they did take a lot of crap from friends and family. “My own son walks hunchbacked and says click-click just to kid us,” Pete reported.
The couple later found out one of their neighbors had seen a strange vehicle in the sky driving through the Menominee River Parkway. They kept quiet so nobody made fun of them. Peter said that they were probably right to do so.
“You know, they were right.” Pete said. “No one takes us seriously. They all think we are making it up or that someone pulled a joke on us. I’ll believe it was a joke when someone shows me those staffs. Besides, the whole thing took about two minutes. Who would go to so much trouble for just two minutes? And how could anyone get people to float all over my lawn?”
I’m not sure how this story is about visitors from space – but it is certainly strange!
Way back in 1919, a 13 year-old boy named Harry Anderson was along for a drive with family and friends in their new Model-T Ford.
The group was on its way back to Eau Claire when the car’s engine started to act up. Harry’s father determined they were running low on oil and asked his son to run to a nearby farm and see if he could get some.
Harry cut through a cornfield towards a farmhouse in Barron, Wisconsin where he found help. But on his way back through the field with the oil – he claims he encountered something quite curious.
20 little men were marching towards him in a single file line!
Harry described them as having bald heads, white skin and wearing leather ‘knee-pants’ held up by braces over their shoulders. A lot like the German Lederhosen pictured to the left. Remember – this is 1919 – 18 years before Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released.
Harry quickly ducked behind a tree as the trolls marched by him. He heard the little men singing a quirky song that he said went like this:
“We won’t stop fighting
Till the end of the war
Sound off–one, two
Sound off–three, four
Detail, one, two, three, four
The line of dwarfs marched right on into the forest and Harry was, what he called, “heart-pumping and terrified.”
Apparently these beings knew English. And, according to their song, whatever war they were singing about would have ended 20 years ago. Hope things turned out alright for them.
Image and story via http://galaxygazette.weebly.com
Sociology professor, John Salter Jr., tells us about his very close encounter with, what he calls, “friendly aliens” in 1988.
He and his graduate student son, John III, were heading to Mississippi from North Dakota and traveling through Wisconsin. Professor Salter was scheduled to present a paper at the American Culture Association gathering on “Civil Rights and Self-Defense.”
They say they were in La Crosse, Wisconsin when the abduction happened. Salter says amnesia engulfed both of them, and doesn’t remember exactly how he and his son were abducted. They were still conscious, and somehow they were “gently but firmly forced off the highway onto a very narrow and extremely rough road,” Salter explained.
That’s when they saw two or three “small humanoid figures” climbing up on the back bumper of Salter’s Ford pickup.
He described them as being 4 to 4-and-a-half feet tall with large heads and large “quasi-slanted eyes.” He said the beings were pleasant and he could tell they didn’t intend to harm anyone.
“Their actions are quite positive. He explained. “While I think it’s possible that there may be some “experimentation” involved, I think this is ethically and honorably done, and to good ends.”
Salter was a sociology Professor at the University of North Dakota
According to the professor there were six or seven small aliens and one taller humanoid who was about the same size as a typical human man. The taller one seemed to be the leader.
“His features are more, as we would use the term, ‘human’–and he may well be a mixed-blood.” Salter said.
The aliens took the two men through the woods, up a ravine and over a ridge and inside a vessel that was in a large clearing. Salter and his son remember a bright room with white lights and a blue glowing panel.
“An implant is placed very carefully up into my right nostril and well beyond.” Salter recalled. “There is now an injection into my neck, at the thyroid area; and then an injection into my upper, central chest.” He added.
Salter estimated the encounter lasted about an hour and a half. But despite what you’d expect, this was not a horrifying experience. The aliens and humans were even sad when it was time to part ways.
“I feel an extremely strong, poignant sense of farewell toward the tall figure, sensing equally strong reciprocity. Salter reported. “(His emotional and intellectual reactions are like ours: sharp intelligence, good-natured, smiled a great deal, eager, very interested in things and sad at parting.)”
Salter and the tall humanoid telepathically tell each other they’ll see one another again in another place in another time. The leader walks them back to their pickup truck and the father and son watch the UFO, brightly lit, fly diagonally up through the darkened clouds and beyond.
Here’s the most fascinating part of Salter’s story – The “Evidence”
First off, Salter and his son didn’t recall anything that happened to them until months afterwards. He says they had some sort of amnesia. Then all of a sudden most everything came back to them and the two stories meshed.
Salter claims that more than a dozen physiological changes have happened to him since the event. All good things. He believes they are most likely from the implant and injections given to him that day.
Here are some changes he reported:
You can find many more fascinating details from Salter’s story on W-files.com.
Image credit Bret Aurit via Travelandleisure.com
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, three cities in Wisconsin lay claim to the title UFO Capital of the World.
They are Dundee a community in in the town of Osceola, in Fond du Lac County, Elmwood on the west side of the state in Pierce County, and Belleville, which is south of Madison in Dane County.
An article from Mentalfloss.com says the three towns have been arguing for decades about who is ultimately the trueUFO capital. All three of the towns host UFO-themed events every year.
There’s also a landing port a man in Poland, Wisconsin built for aliens. (Pictured on the left)
Bob Tohak created his own extraterrestrial airport in 1994 out of a 42-foot high vertical fuel tank and some scrap iron. It’s located the middle of his welding shop on Highway 29, east of Green Bay
But all that is a story for another day! Watch for a follow up in the near future.
There are many other stories of close encounters in Wisconsin we left off this list. If you know a good one – tell us about it in the comment section below.
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… and other Wisconsin sightings, 1976 – 1977. ufologie.patrickgross
This is an excerpt of an article titled “Valley of the UFOs” published in Fate Magazine, Volume 57 No. 2 Issue 646, February 2004.
|Valley Of The UFOs|
by Frank Joseph[…]
A Fatal Encounter
More serious was an encounter of the worst kind experienced on the night of April 22, 1976, when police officer George Wheeler investigated a flaming red object hovering a hundred feet or so over central Elmwood. As he drove up beneath the craft, his radio abruptly ceased to function. Sometime later, David Moots, a local resident, saw the patrol car sitting silently and unlit in the middle of a downtown street. Inside, Officer Wheeler was barely conscious.In response to ambulance technicians trying to save his life en route to the emergency ward, Wheeler claimed he had been hit in the chest with a painful red ray that shot from the UFO through his windshield. As his health rapidly deteriorated for causes his doctors could not determine, he repeatedly told them, to their disbelief; that he was dying from the mysterious effects of internal injuries caused by alien beings. Within six months after his April encounter, Officer George Wheeler died of unknown causes.What is it about the Belleville-Ridgeland-Elmwood area that attracts visitors from another world? Whatever the reason or reasons, the relationship between extraterrestrials and the territories where they are sighted cannot be discounted. Investigators hoping to learn some answers may wish to camp out in Wisconsin’s Valley of the UFOs – if they dare.Frank Joseph is a regular FATE contributor and editor of Ancient American Magazine.
The article underneath has been published in the daily newspaper The Argus, Elmwood, Wisconsin, on June 3, 1976.
|Whatever “They” Are, They Are Still Around HereThe “Somethings” are still around apparently. Those who see them hesitate to call them “UFO’s” because so many people just scoff at the idea. Any way you look at it, there is something that cannot be explained going on.On May 20, Mrs. Gayle Bock and Mrs. Kathy Holt were returning to Elmwood from the course in Emergency Medical Technician training that they are taking in River Falls. It was about 10:30 p.m.Just a little way out of River Falls on STH 29 they observed this object flying along side of them just above the tree tops. It was then obscured from their view for a short time and the next time they saw it, it was coming straight at them. There were two very bright lights, like beacons, in front of it and it made no noise.They drove on a short distance and then stopped. When they stopped, they realized that it was directly over them. Mrs. Bock estimated that it must have been 80 to 100 feet above them. She said she was a bit frightened and didn’t get out of the car, but put her head out the window to get a better look.She said they sat there for several minutes and the object stayed right over them. It was perfectly round and had red and blue lights in the bottom of the “thing” that alternately flashed off and on. There was no sound that they could hear and it stayed above them as long as they were parked. When they decided to continue on their way east, it went on west. She said it did not appear to be as large as the one George Wheeler described.This is the third time that the ladies have observed “something” on their return from River Falls. The first time they saw the “orange glow” when they turned off STH 183 onto CTH “G”. However, it was not nearly as close as the May 20 sighting.The second time that something was seen, the car ahead of them with Mr. and Mrs. Don Yauch and Paul Fredrickson, who are also taking the course at River Falls, had stopped and Mr. Fredrickson got out of the car. He stated that they were not positive what they had seen that time. It had the orange glow and seemed to be moving very slowly.Mrs. Bock and Mrs. Holt also stopped their car at that time to look at the object. They all agreed that they couldn’t be positive as to what it was, but there seemed to be a different operation than that of the usual aircraft that one sees.|
The following summary was compiled by the personal of Elmwood Public Library in cooperation with the Indianhead Federated Library System and the Pierce County Library Service, from newspaper articles which appeared in The Pierce County Herald, The Elmwood Argus, and The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:
|Mysteries in the skies over ElmwoodPicture this idyllic setting: A small town nestled in a serene valley, cows grazing peacefully on farmland, streams filled with trout, and friendly, compassionate neighbors everywhere. Hardly the setting for UFO sightings.[Missing picture captioned:] First sighting as big as a football fieldThe sightings began in 1975 and would change the life of Police Officer George Wheeler forever. His first UFO sighting was described as a “flaming ball the size of a football field.” He was shaken, but he wouldn’t be caught unprepared if another chance encounter came his way. He equipped his squad car with field glasses and two types of cameras, one especially adapted to night photography.”I’m dying to get another chance at seeing one,” said George. His second chance came in April 1976.George was on duty when he noticed what “looked like a fire broken out” on top of the quarry hill. What George found was a UFO about 250 feet across and as large as a two-story building. He explained to the interviewers that he believed a blue light from the UFO struck his body and squad car. Upon inspection, the squad car needed a complete change of plugs and points; both had been burned out. His health suffered from that point on.Later, George would say, “I don’t know what I saw, but all I know is that I don’t want that experience repeated ever again.” At least he had the satisfaction of knowing that many others saw the flaming ball he did in April.[Missing picture captioned:] Second sighting scared the children“It was solid, the size of a car; it had sick legs. The light was so intense that we couldn’t look at it. Like a very bright star, except soft and bright. At one time it was as close as two cars away.”[Missing picture captioned:] UFO sighted by Carol Forster and her three children on March 2, 1975, at approximately 8 p.m.Another well documented sighting occurred on the evening of March 2, 1975, when Carol Forster and her three children noticed a particularly bright “star” while driving home. The object stayed alongside their car as they drove, at one point dipping down to hover above the tree tops. Carol stopped the car and concidered driving to a nearby farm house but felt foolish doing so. As the object came closer further down the road, she felt compelled to stop at the Weber home. Roger Weber observed the object as well, but they all determined it must be some kind of satellite. Feeling somewhat relieved, Carol continued on toward home.As they traveled on, the object attempted to settle down in front of the car and appeared to be landing. Carol reported the children were very frightened and were screaming and crying. She put the car in reverse and backed up to the Weber farm, honking as she drove. The object rose in the air above the trees but was still visable to the Webers when they came out of the house to investigate.In an attempt to get them to the house safely, Roger drove his car in front of the Forsters. The object did not come down again but was still visable and, reportedly, the lights glowed an orange color.Numerous other sightings by other residents occurred for several more years, but none as well documented as Wheeler’s or Forster’s.|
Fame comes to Elmwood
As the word of the sightings spread and a landing pad project was unveiled by Tom Webber from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Elmwood gained worldwide attention. Not only were the UFO sightings retold on the Geraldo Show, but articles appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Oui magazine, to name just a few. Sidney Sheldon’s book The Doomsday Conspiracy has a footnote pertaining to Elmwood and the sightings.
Noteriety makes for a great festival
The village decided to get some mileage out of the publicity and created a theme for parades and community celebrations from the sightings. Hence, the first “UFO Days” were held in 1978 and continue to be held the last weekend of July every year.The serene, peaceful surroundings are set aside for one weekend of the year as area residents and other curious folk enjoy local camaraderie and entertainment and, of course, gaze upward for the annual group “UFO Watch.”Activities over the years have stayed much the same, with the highlight being the Sunday parade featuring 100 entries. On Friday, the food and beer tents open for the evening, and Miss Elmwood is crowned. The medallion hunt for a cash prize begins, and street dance with live music commences.Saturday and Sunday mornings begin with plate-sized hot pancakes smothered in locally produced maple syrup served up by the Knights of Columbus. Bake sales, thrift sales, softball and volleyball tournaments, games for children, horse-shoe throwing contests, a sanctioned pedal tractor pull and kiddie parade round out Saturday. The day ends with another live band playing for a street dance.Sunday is attendance at a church of your choice. The parade, cowchip throwing contest, water fights and plenty of barbequed chicken and “UFO burgers” are available throughout the day.
The article underneath has been published in the daily newspaper The Chronicle, Melrose, Wisconsin, on February 24, 1988.
|UFO’s – Seeing is Believing for Local ResidentEarly in October 1977, Paul Fredrickson was driving home with his son near Elmwood, Wisconsin. Travelling up Tuttle Hill, his son Mark pointed to the southeast and asked, “Is that the way the moon comes up dad?”Paul, a North Bend native, who was working as a nursing home administrator in Elmwood at the time, related what followed next: “I took one look at the speed it was approaching, and knew it couldn’t be the moon. It was round and a bright orange, but as it came close, it turned out to be crescent shaped. The light was coming from the front end. As it hovered near us, we could see the underside very clearly. It was round, nearly saucer shaped, dark gray, and about 50 feet in diameter. Before it came over us it made no sound, but when it passed about 1,000 feet up from us, it made a whoosh as it passed over. It disappeared so fast, it was gone with a snap of your fingers.”This was one of three UFO sightings Paul Fredrickson had while living in Elmwood. (Paul and his wife Fran are now retired and living between Melrose and North Bend.) As he and his wife discovered after living in Elmwood for 12 years, seeing a UFO around the town of about 1,000 was not uncommon. In fact, he says, everybody looks for them in Elmwood. They even began UFO days in 1978, as the town’s yearly celebration. (Elmwood is 93 miles north west of North Bend.) To the best of Paul’s knowledge, there have been over 40 UFO sightings in and around the small community.So it didn’t come as a surprise for him to hear that Elmwood was being considered as a likely location to build a multi-million dollar facility to provide a safe landing for alien spacecraft. A newly formed UFO Site Center Corporation (a non-profit organization founded by Tom Weber), based in Chippewa Falls, is responsible for considering the site. The two month old organization, which has received international attention, recently held an informative meeting in Elmwood High School gym on February 13th. Paul and Fran attended the meeting, along with nearly 300 other people. Paul, along with other people in the community who had seen UFO’s, was later interviewed by a variety of media on his UFO experiences after the meeting.He showed reporters the location of his first and second UFO sighting. The first sighting was also on Tuttle Hill near his home. It was April 22, 1976, and Paul Fredrickson was at home with his family.The last UFO sighting for Paul Fredrickson was that same year in June of 1976.Paul says that after each of his sightings, “I felt elated and I felt frustrated. I wish I had a piece of the ship so I could have concrete evidence of what I say. It’s no fun walking down the street and having people look at each other and say, he’s really crazy, isn’t he. I don’t want to be made fun of.” At the age of 70, he says he doesn’t believe he should keep what he saw to himself just because of what other people might think.Even at his age, he would like to be open minded in order to learn more about UFO’s. He says until now, people have by and large taken it as a joke. At Elmwood he knows of many reputable people who have actually seen these objects. “There’s something out there,” he says with conviction. “If they’re human or human-like, we don’t know, but I think the country is ripe for learning more about them. Creating the landing site for UFO’s seems for him to be a good place to start.There’s no question people in the country are curious about UFO’s. Paul was asked to join several people from Elmwood who have seen UFO’s, along with the widow of George Wheeler, the Elmwood Village President Larry Feiler, and Tom Weber, President of the UFO Site Center Corporation, when they flew to New York to appear on the “Geraldo” show, hosted by Geraldo Rivera. Unfortunately, Paul was not feeling well at the time. The show is scheduled to be shown in the next couple weeks.|
A Fatal Encounter
Valley Of The UFOs
More serious was an encounter of the worst kind experienced on the night of April 22, 1976, when police officer George Wheeler investigated a flaming red object hovering a hundred feet or so over central Elmwood. As he drove up beneath the craft, his radio abruptly ceased to function. Sometime later, David Moots, a local resident, saw the patrol car sitting silently and unlit in the middle of a downtown street. Inside, Officer Wheeler was barely conscious.
In response to ambulance technicians trying to save his life en route to the emergency ward, Wheeler claimed he had been hit in the chest with a painful red ray that shot from the UFO through his windshield. As his health rapidly deteriorated for causes his doctors could not determine, he repeatedly told them, to their disbelief; that he was dying from the mysterious effects of internal injuries caused by alien beings. Within six months after his April encounter, Officer George Wheeler died of unknown causes.
What is it about the Belleville-Ridgeland-Elmwood area that attracts visitors from another world? Whatever the reason or reasons, the relationship between extraterrestrials and the territories where they are sighted cannot be discounted. Investigators hoping to learn some answers may wish to camp out in Wisconsin’s Valley of the UFOs – if they dare.
This is an excerpt of an article titled “Valley of the UFOs” published in Fate Magazine, Volume 57 No. 2 Issue 646, February 2004. Frank Joseph is a regular FATE contributor and editor of Ancient American Magazine.