The mystery with the UFO story
The mystery with the UFO story
By Donna Hunt
My husband told me not to do it; he said I would open
a real can of worms. When did he get so smart?
I didn't listen to him and boy have the UFO sighters
come out of the woodwork.
Just keep in mind, as former Perrin radar mechanic who
sighted not one, but several UFOs in the area in 1951,
these things in the sky aren't necessarily from outer
space. They are what they say n Unidentified Flying
I wrote the first column after a friend saw a History
Channel piece that told about the sighting of a
flying saucer at Denison in the late 1800s. Research
led to that column. Then the second one was after I
interviewed the former Perrin Airman, Chandler Yergin,
by phone from his home in Tucson, AZ.
During that week and since, I've received a number of
telephone calls and e-mails from others who have seen
unidentified objects in the sky.
One, a friend of many years n since high school days,
shared his story with me, the first time he had told
it outside those that witnessed the objects with him,
he said. He shared with the understanding that his
name not be used for fear his friends and neighbors
today would think that he had lost it.
His sighting took place in about 1956. He and his wife
had just returned home in the evening in the area of
Mockingbird Lane in Northwest Denison. As they got out
of the car they saw several objects at the top of the
hill that seemed to be circling each other and trading
places from top to bottom.
He said about eight neighbors and his parents came out
into the yard and witnessed the display as well,
watching for several minutes before the objects split
up and flew away. He said he's sure of what he saw and
has a bunch of witnesses to back him up.
A friend at Health Trends pool who read the articles
told me a story that her late husband related several
years ago. She said he was returning home from work
one evening in the Pottsboro area and saw a strange
looking circular object in the field near the Country
He told her he stopped his pickup and watched for a
minute, then decided he could load it into his pickup
and take it home. He crossed over the fence to
retrieve it. About that time the sphere took off
straight up and disappeared over the store.
She said he told her he looked behind his pickup all
the way home to see if the object was following him.
Another friend told me of a sighting 50 years ago. She
said her parents lived on Snow Road, southeast of
Denison and she lived in Dallas. She and her husband
and younger son and her brother and wife were all
visiting her parents.
She said they were relaxing on the screened-in porch
on the east side of the house and were looking out at
the night sky. She remembers looking at some red
lights in the south and thinking they were
television/radio tower lights. Suddenly they started
moving toward the north and everyone seemed to spot
the objects at the same time. They ran into the back
kitchen door so they could have a better view.
She said the lights seemed evenly spaced and high in
the sky, but not as high as an airplane. They couldn't
hear a sound, As the lights moved overhead she and her
family members ran to the front door and onto the
front porch still trying to figure out what they were
seeing. As they watched, the lights began to go up one
by one. She couldn't remember how many, but thinks it
was five to nine, possibly four in front and five
behind, spaced like bowling ball pins.
She said they talked about it for hours and the next
morning there were three or four lines in the
newspaper, saying several people had reported lights
in the sky that evening. The suggested theory was that
they had seen weather balloons. She didn't believe
that theory because, she said their movement seemed
too deliberate. Anyway, their identity has never been
explained to her satisfaction.
Jonathon Oden, who graduated from Denison High in 1998
and currently lives in the Phoenix area, has an
interest in the unexplained. He said that he and his
wife saw something strange in the sky in Denton one
day in 2002. It was clearly shaped like a huge
triangle with straight edges and precise corners. They
watched it creep along the sky, headed northwest
without veering from its course until it was out of
He said his interest was peaked that day and since he
has learned that North Texas has a rich history of UFO
He pointed out that Denison was likely the first place
the word saucer was used in print to describe a UFO.
He read about that in a book published in 1997 by Jim
Marrs, a Texas Resident. In his book, Alien Agenda,
Marrs provides a comprehensive look at UFO related
history, Jonathon said.
Tom Scott, curator of the Fannin County Museum of
History, formerly wrote a column, Bois d'Arc
Sketches for a Bonham newspaper. He sent us a copy of
a column he wrote that cited sightings in the Bonham
area as far back as 1843 when Bonham was known as Bois
In March 1897 a cigar shaped object was seen in the
area. That same month a Dallas newspaper and others in
the area reported the sighting of a cigar shaped
object between Honey Grove and Paris. A farmer had
said he was chased by the object that was dragging an
anchor along the ground. The farmer said the anchor
snagged his pants and raised him into the air until
his pants ripped and he fell.
Two weeks later, according to Tom's column, a man
going between Bonham and Denton also said he saw some
kind of manufactured craft. Other who saw it said it
was 200 feet long with large windows. Some people even
said they heard hymns being sung as it passed
Now that is getting a little weird. I wish I had
photographs to document some of these stories, but
alas, they are not available. Thanks to all for
sharing their stories. We don't think you're weird,
Donna Hunt is former editor of The Denison Herald. She
lives in Denison and can be contacted at dhunlimited@....
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