Date in History: 1947

During the year, the Daily Jefferson County Union keeps us up to date on bird sightings but in the summer of 1947, the Union reported on a flying object of a different kind. Sightings of flying saucers were news across the nation and Jefferson County was no exception. In July, a farmer reported seeing something hovering over his farm southeast of Lake Koshkonong. He was quoted as saying that they were “flying about as fast as a fish darts through water.” Several individuals in downtown Fort Atkinson also reported a similar phenomena that night. Scientists would later claim that the flying saucers were searchlights reflecting off the clouds.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 08/08/2005.