Go Back Report # 875
04-18-1961

04-18-1961  

       On April 18, 1961, at 11 a.m., Joe Simonton, a sixty-year-old chicken farmer of Eagle River, Wisconsin, allegedly witnessed the landing of a UFO in his yard. This is probably one of the most controversial cases we have ever investigated, and in the diverse spectrum of United States saucer groups, it has aroused considerable suspicion, controversy, charges and countercharges, so that the truth seems almost indiscernible.

       The original story is basically this. At 11 a.m.. that morning, Simonton was startled by a strange, loud noise outside and above his farmhouse. He stepped to the window and was surprised to see a silvery object coming down vertically in his yard. He approached the object (with no fear), whereupon a hatch in the upper portion opened and he saw three dark-skinned men inside. One of them handed him a silvery jug with two handles, made a motion like drinking, apparently indicating that he wanted water. Simonton took the jug, filled it and handed it back. Looking into the object, he saw a man "cooking" on some kind of flameless cooking appliance. There were several small, perforated, cookie-like objects beside the griddle and Simonton motioned that he wanted one, whereupon one of the men handed four of them to him. Then the object took off at a 45° angle and was gone in just a few seconds. As it left, pine trees near the takeoff path bowed over, apparently as a result of air turbulence as the object went over.

       Although APRO had good representation in Wisconsin, we weren’t fast enough to obtain one of the controversial "cookies," Joe Simonton, who had eaten one, said tasted like cardboard. A UFO research group obtained one, as did Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the Air Force's consulting astrophysicist.

       After several days of much exploitation of the incident by news media, the UFO group announced that the affair had had too much publicity, and they did not intend to analyze the "cookie." On May 3 Simonton told United Press International that if "it happened again, I don't think I'd tell anybody about it." The same wire story quoted the UFO group statement which said that organization planned no further action and had more important things to investigate.

       The most recent word on this affair comes from an APRO member in Minnesota who claims that one analysis with which he is familiar yielded the information that the cookie was made of corn and wheat flour as well as other well-known familiar ingredients, but that the exact origin of the certain type of wheat was not known. This is another case somewhat similar (where the occupants are concerned) to others, including the Playa del Rey Kehoe encounter.

       The "men" involved were small, about 5 feet tall, had dark hair and skin, wore dark blue knit outfits with turtleneck tops, and knit helmets similar to those worn under headpieces. They had no beards or were clean-shaven. The whole episode lasted about five minutes and Simonton observed a few details of the inside of the craft. It was dull black, instrument panels included, he said, somewhat like wrought iron. One of the occupants appeared to be cooking, and stacked beside the appliance on which he "cooked" were some of the cookies. One man took care of getting the water, and the other stayed at the instrument board. The two who were cooking and watching the instruments did not look around. Just after Simonton obtained the cookies, the man hooked a line or belt into a hook in his clothing near the waist, the hatch closed and the object rose to 20 feet above the ground, then took off straight south.

       The object itself appeared "like two washbowls turned face to face." The sound Simonton heard before coming out of his house was like "knobby tires on a wet pavement." The craft hovered a short distance (probably only a few inches) off the ground, all during the episode. The hatch was about 30 inches wide and about 6 feet high. All this, Simonton admitted, was guesswork.                                                                                                                             

This reference: Encounters with UFO Occupants by Coral and Jim Lorenzen, pp. 181-2, © 1976.           

UFOCAT PRN - 73358

UFOCAT URN – NONE    News clip, Milwaukee (WI) Journal, April 23, 1961

UFOCAT URN – 081774 Ted Bloecher investigation files, April 25, 1961, news clip

UFOCAT URN – 108285 UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, May 1961, p. 8

UFOCAT URN – 108327 UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, May 1961, p. 8

UFOCAT URN – 152150 APRO Bulletin, May 1961

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, July 1961

UFOCAT URN – 097204 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), September 1961, p. 6

                                        [on site investigation]

UFOCAT URN – 097217 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), September 1961, p. 39

UFOCAT URN – 101821 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), May 1963, p. 34

UFOCAT URN – 034224 The World of Flying Saucers by Donald Menzel, p. 226, © 1963

UFOCAT URN – 060858 The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition #1 by Charles Bowen, p. 58,

                                        © 1966

UFOCAT URN – 034218 Flying Saucer Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 130, © 1967

                                        [on site investigation]

UFOCAT URN – 034221 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 517, © 1969

UFOCAT URN – 080377 Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, p. 023, © 1969

UFOCAT URN – 034220 Data-Net Report, February 1970

UFOCAT URN – 034219 UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse by John Keel, p. 176, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 034226 UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse by John Keel, p. 177, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 034223 Les Extra-Terrestres by Jader Pereira, p. 120, © 1974

UFOCAT URN – 086299 The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on Unidentified Flying Objects

                                        by J. Allen Hynek, p. 153, © 1975 [on site investigation]

UFOCAT URN – 088887 Encounters with UFO Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 181, © 1976

UFOCAT URN – 096096 Our UFO Visitors by John Magor, p. 197, © 1977

UFOCAT URN – 118539 Space-Time Transients and Unusual Events by Michael Persinger,

                                        p. 58, © 1977

UFOCAT URN – 133902 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0624, © 1980

UFOCAT URN – 034222 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1429 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 034225 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics, 164

UFOCAT URN – 073358 Allen Utke investigation files [on site investigation]

UFOCAT URN – 115626 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0513 by D. Webb,

                                        no © date

UFOCAT URN – 165134 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06048, © 2002      

North America – United States, Wisconsin

Eagle River       Latitude 45-55-02 N, Longitude 89-14-39 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/          

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 45.93 N, Longitude 89.25 W (D.%)

                                      Latitude 45.92 N, Longitude 89.27 W [URN 165134]

                                      Latitude 45.90 N, Longitude 89.27 W [URN 152150]


 



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