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19th Century UFO encounter with occupants

By Ted Bonnitt on January 23rd, 2013
19th Century UFO encounter with occupants
A woman tells for the first time a story about her father's alleged encounter with a UFO and its occupants during the late 19th century in Logansport, IN.
A woman tells for the first time a story about her father's alleged encounter with a UFO and its occupants during the late 19th century in Logansport, IN.

An interesting home video (see below) has been posted with an elderly woman telling a story for the first time to relatives about her father's alleged encounter with a UFO and its occupants during the late 19th century in Logansport, IN.

It's the oldest UFO report logged on the record books at the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON.)

The unnamed woman told her relatives that she was ten years old when her father came running into their home one day with his out of this world "tale".

The woman did not mention the exact location and date of the sighting, but did say that her father had encountered the craft and beings while working their farm fields about three miles from their home. 

The woman said that her father told her that she had really missed seeing something that day.  She was ill and not allowed to take lunch to her father and grandfather in the fields as she usually did. 

After telling his story, he said that he had to return to the location to finish fixing a fence post, and hoped that the mysterious UFO and beings would still would be there.  

Her father made his daughter promise never to discuss what he told her, for fear of public ridicule.  She honored his request for about 80 years until she spoke of it to family.

She also said that they lived at the "gravel pit."  There was a large quarry about 4 miles west of town that was home to a large community of immigrants at the time, and that has since become public recreation area and historical site called "France Park".

MUFON released an edited statement from the woman's great-grandchild.  The video of the woman's statement was recorded sometime in the 1980s or 1990s.

The written statement offered by the woman's descendant offers a decidedly different account of the event as described by the woman on the video tape, which is not explained by MUFON.

Family statement:

This is a strange story but interesting none the less so I thought I should share it to see if anybody could do anything with it. I have a video tape of my great grandma from when I was kid. She was sitting around with her sisters talking about old stories from when they were kids. One sister started talking about a story her father, my great, great grandpa made her promise to never talk about, but since she was over 90 years old she didn't think it mattered anymore. She was very flustered still just talking about it. The best we can tell, this event took place in the Logansport, Indiana, area in approximately the 1890s or so, maybe earlier, maybe later.

My great aunt was taking food to her father and grandfather working the fields all day as she did every day. She would take a horse and cart out to where they were working, have lunch, and then come back home. On this particular day, she could not find her father or grandfather. She then heard them yelling at her to get inside the woods nearby and hide. She complied and that's where they began telling her that they had been watching some sort of flying machine that didn't make any sort of noise flying around the field. They supposedly watched little people get out of the craft and take pieces of corn and soil, and then they flew away. The uncle and father had been hiding in the woods for some time afraid to leave.

All the people in the video have now passed on, but my grandma who is now in her mid 80s, the daughter in the story or niece, gave me this tape because she was curious if I could find any other reports from that time frame of anybody reporting the same sort of thing. I have the tape of the story, and that's about it. It's just a story, but interesting.

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