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.”
- You can find many of Chad’s adventures in his book, The Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures.
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.
1. Saucer Cakes in Eagle River, Wisconsin
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.”
- You can get more details and pictures on the Eagle River case from ufoevidence.org
- Chad Lewis version of the story available from the Up Norther Explorer.
2. The Greys Abduction in Bloomer, Wisconsin
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.”
- Read more on this case from the Up Norther Explorer.
3. Elmwood, Wisconsin Police Officer’s Repeated Sightings
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.”
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.”
- Get more details on this case from ufoevidence.org
4. William Bosak Encounter, Frederic Wisconsin
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.
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.”
5. The Close Encounter of Over-Sized Gnomes in Wauwatosa
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?”
- You can find the Wauwatosa couples’ report on W-files.com
6. Barron, Wisconsin Trolls Go On Maneuvers
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.
7. Professor & His Son Abducted Driving Through Wisconsin
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.”
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:
- His head hair, fingernails, and toenails grow two to three times their normal rate.
- Eyebrows got very thick and fine body hair grew all over his almost hairless arms, legs, stomach and chest.
- Cuts and scratches clot immediately and heal very, very rapidly.
- For the first time in his life, his beard is very heavy, thick and dark.
- A denture placed in 1984 resulted in almost daily blood for four year until shortly after the encounter.
- Some little age spots have shrunk or disappeared and the few wrinkles in his face faded away.
- His skin tone is much clearer.
- Blood is much closer to the surface all over his body with better circulation than before.
- His immunity is stronger – the few colds he may get are very short-lived.
- His energy level is up and his sleep needs are down.
- His protein needs are very heavy.
- Disfigurement on his face from a car accident faded completely.
- He quit smoking after 40 years without any withdrawals
- He has frequent “telekinetic episodes” – especially around electrical equipment.
- He has a mild aversion to sunlight and increased sensitivity to lights.
- Occasionally, a red welt appears on his neck, and a brown, circular spot on his upper chest.
- Salter’s son stopped growing 4 years before the abduction, but grew 1.5 inches taller that spring.
You can find many more fascinating details from Salter’s story on W-files.com.
3 UFO Capitals & a Landing Port in Wisconsin
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 true UFO 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.
Let’s Hear Your Strange Stories!
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