Sandusky, Ohio Daily Register - July 23, 1909
LIGHT IN SKIES
Attracts Attention of Night Owls
Many Looked for Airship to Alight
A light believed by many to have been attached to an airship,
attracted a great deal of attention in the northeastern skies about 11
o'clock Thursday night. One minute it would be large and brilliant
and the next small and dim. It would remain appearently stationary
for awhile and then speed along in an easterly direction at a rapid rate.
(Thanks to John Hudson)
Wilminton, Delaware MORNING
NEWS - 2 August 1909
SEE AIRSHIPS AT NIGHT
People of Middletown Tell Tales of Ghostly Dirigible with Lights
MIDDLETOWN, August 1. -- A mysterious airship which flies
only at night is causing considerable excitement and keeping
the people of Orange county residing between Goshen and
Newburg up nights in their efforts to get a look at it. For the past
month persons who have been out late at night have reported
seeing an airship, but few believed the stories.
For a week or more the flying machine had not
been seen, but at 11 o'clock last night it made its appearance near
Goshen. It was flying high in the air and carried a light which
It flew very fast and was last seen traveling in
the direction of Newburg. Those who have seen the machine say
it is shaped like a balloon and has wings on each side and a cigar-shaped
car underneath. The sound of a motor was distinctly heard by those
who saw the machine.
(Thanks to Carl Feindt)
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 11 Aug, 1909
METEOR EXPLODES, AROUSES WINSTED
Night Policeman Saw the Ball of Fire Pass Over the Methodist Church Steeple
Winsted, August 11.--Hundreds of citizens of this vicinity were awakened
by a terrrific explosion early this morning. As soon as daylight appeared
telephone and telegraph wires were busy to ascertain what had caused the
explosion, but the first solution of the mystery came from Lyman R. Woodworth,
night policeman, who stated that it was caused by a meteor. He said that
at 2:30 the heavens were lighted up by a ball of fire which came out of the
northwest and disappeared over the Methodist church steeple. A few seconds
later he heard the explosion. His story is corroborated by J. L. Dewey.
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 22 Oct, 1909
WAS IT A METEOR THAT STRUCK STORRS?
Terrific Explosion Heard and Big Ball of Fire Seen Early This Morning --
Willimantic people heard a heavy peal of thunder, accompanying which was
a sharp of lightning, at 12:35 o'clock this morning. There was only this
one report but at Storrs it was so terrific as to wake nearly everybody up,
many people getting up to see what happened. Mr. Beebe, the store-keeper
at Storrs, says the report was like a great explosion and according to him
some of the people at Storrs believe a meteor exploded although no pieces
of anything like a meteor have been found. There are several big holes in
the ground, however, that may have been made by the pieces of the meteor,
if that is what it was, burying themselves.
F. C. Guenther, clerk at the agricultural college, and
Frank McLean, the football coach, happened to be up during the storm and
when the explosion occurred they looked out and saw what looked like a huge
ball of fire descending. This struck a telegraph pole near Mr. Beebe's store,
splintering and twisting the pole, and then entering F. M. Chadwick's house,
going in near the ground and working up towards the roof, tearing off base-board,
breaking glass, making holes in ceilings and passing out over a door, but
not setting the house on fire.
Dr. R. C. White was at Storrs today and said that whatever
caused the damage was some terrific force. There are four or five big holes
in the ground, all within a radius of 25 or 30 feet. It may have been a meteor
that struck Storrs, and then again it may have been just lightning.
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 23 Oct, 1909
'TWAS NO LIGHTNING DECLARES MCLEAN
What Football Coach at the State College Saw Was Probably a Meteorite.
Frank McLean, the football coach at the Connecticut Agricultural college,
in talking with a Chronicle reporter today in relation to the
alleged meteorite that burst over the village of Storrs early yesterday morning,
said that he had seen a lot of lightning, but none of it was like what he
beheld yesterday morning as he stood at his bed-room window at the college.
From over the hill, back of the dairy barn, there suddenly
came a ball of fire leaving a trail of light behind, some thirty or forty
feet long. There was no zig-zagging, but a direct course. The ball of fire
in its movement made a sizzling sound and there followed a terrific explosion
such as he had never heard before. "Words cannot describe the sight nor the
nature of that explosion", said McLean.
F. M. Chadwick, whose house was struck, said that when
the report came he and his family were stunned. The house seemed to rock
and they were thrown to the floor. As soon as they recovered they got up
but found no evidence of fire. A telegraph pole in front of Chadwick house
was splintered in fine pieces and there was a large hole in the ground.
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 24 Dec, 1909, Page 1
CRAFT OF MYSTERY FINALLY TRACKED TO ITS LAIR--PERHAPS!
Home of the Worcester Aeroplane Located in
west Boylston, Massachusetts,
it is Believed.
SHED IS IN DENSE WOODS ON J. B. GOUGH ESTATE
While Trying to Get Close to the Place United Press Representative
Was Captured, Haled Before Justice of the Peace and Fined for
Worcester, Mass., Dec 24.--The home of the mysterious aeroplane which has
been cruising at unheard of altitudes over Massachusetts for the last two
nights and causing wonderment to thousands, it is believed has been found.
Scouring the country about Worcester in a search for
the home of the Tillinghast machine a United Press representative discovered
at West Boylston, six miles from this city, that fourteen men in the employ
of Paul B. Morgan of the Morgan Construction company of Worcester were busy
in some secret occupation on the old estate of John B. Gough, the old-time
temperance lecturer. On this estate, and situated in dense woods, there is
a shed more than 100 feet long which, it is believed, contains the aeroplane
that is to startle the world. No aeroplane was seen by the United Press
representative, however. As he was advancing through the woods to reconnoiter
he was captured by some of the men employed on the estate, haled before a
justice of the peace and fined for trespass.
This, so far, is the only clue to the aeroplane. That
it is pregnant with possibilities, however, is certain from the fact that
Paul B. Morgan is known as an intimate of Wallace E. Tillinghast and is also
known to be interested in aerial navigation. Two years ago Morgan spent $15,000
on the aeroplane of a Swedish aviator but later abandoned it as unsatisfactory.
It is now thought that with Tillinghast he has perfected the machine which
has been sailing over New England, the same that Tillinghast declares he
used in a flight from here to New York and return on September 8.
Through Tillinghast himself is believed to have been
himself in Worcester last night thousands all over Massachusetts today declare
the aeroplane associated with his declarations and probably manned by his
mechanics was winging its way through the skies up to last midnight. Between
six o'clock last evening until midnight its flashlights were trailed from
Marlboro to Fitchburg and back through Worcester, thence to Boston via Natick,
Wellesley, Newton and Needham. From Boston the light passed to the northeast,
circling over Chelsea and Revere, through Lynn toward the Salem line, then
returning as far as Farmingham where it mysteriously disappeared from the
eager searchings of newspaper men who hoped to trail the daring aerial navigator
to his lair and unfathom the mystery which has now perturbed the entire eastern
part of the state.
Many of the 10,000 people who saw the light are positive
in their belief that made the outlines of the same aerial craft that closely
resembled a monoplane of the type used by Latham and Bleriot
They say the machine was under perfect control and that
it flew close to the ground, coming as near to the earth as 100 feet in Natick
and later rising to fully 1,000 feet. Some say there were two men in the
craft. One was standing forward near the headlight, which has been seen by
thousands of people, and the second man was in the stern, where a much dimmer
light was burning. They say the craft at times attained a speed of fully
80 miles an hour, while again it remained stationary for fifteen minutes
at a time.
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 24 Dec, 1909
"COME, RIDE IN MY AIRSHIP" INVITATION AWAITED BY MANY!
Bright Light in the East Had Willimantic Folks, Hundreds of Them Guessing.
TWINKLING LITTLE STAR SOME SAY IT WAS
Others, and Plenty of Them, Sure it was Tillinghast's or Some Other Aerial
Craft That Had All Eyes Turned Towards the Eastern Skies Last Night.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like an airship in the sky.
There was a bright light in the east last night and
the wise ones sized it up for Tillinghast's mysterious airship. It was about
7:30 o'clock that the light was first noticed and it was then in the southeast,
appearing to be above the tread plant as viewed from the foot of Railroad
street but a long way off--from a twenty to thirty miles in the opinion of
some of the people who saw it. Prosaic policemen and some other matter-of-fact
persons winked the other eye when the airship was mentioned but there were
plenty of people who were quite willing to declare, and did so declare, that
what they saw in the eastern sky answered in all particulars the descriptions
sent out of the mystifying aerial craft that has been aerial craft that has
been creating such a sensation in Worcester and other Massachusetts cities
There were several hundred in Willimantic who saw what
they believed to have been an airship and others said it was Halley's comet.
Whatever it was it caused considerable excitement for a while and the curious
ones spent several hours with their eyes riveted on the heavens.
The light in the southeast looked like a powerful
searchlight. Because of its size and the rays it threw out it attracted wide
attention. It remained stationery for a few minutes and then seemed to shoot
upwards, then circle around as though the person manipulating it was trying
to get his bearings.
As usual Mayor Dunn's store was crowded about that time
and Benjamin Murphy, time-keeper on the New Haven road, came into the place
calling the men out to see the airship. Mayor Dunn was among them and he
stated last night when seen by a Chronicle reported [sic] that he
would not swear it was an airship but it certainly did look like one. Others
who saw it were of the same opinion.
The light was miles away apparently and quite high in
the air. It played in the east for about fifteen minutes and then vanished.
Later there appeared a brilliant star in the firmament and those who had
not seen the first light and saw this star were of the opinion that both
light were one and the same, but those who saw the first light said it was
People who had come down street to do their Christmas
shopping forgot what they had come for and stood on the sidewalk and even
in the middle of the street looking to the east, hoping to see the return
of the airship. Some of the skeptics ones just because they did not hear
the buzzing of the engine or get an introduction to the man running the ship,
laughed at those who claimed it was an airship they saw. The skeptics could
not account, though, for the strange light and its peculiar accounts.
It was too bad that the airship, if it was one, did not
come nearer the city so that the people could inspect the machine. The scoffers
would then have had no ground for scoffing.
One of the skeptics had a lot of fun during the evening
puting the credulous ones "wise" to the "airship." Pointing
to the bright star he would say "See it? It's the airship, stopped for repairs.
The fellow running it dropped a monkey wrench overboard and it struck
a man on the head, and they've taken him to the hospital!" And
strange to say, to such a pitch of excitement had the crowd been wrought up
that even this story found believers.
Reserved seats for this evening's performance are now
on sale. A few choice ones left for the early comers.
A dispatch sent out from Boston says: Following the report
from Worcester Wednesday night of the discovery above the city of a strange
moving light, apparently the searchlight of a dirigible airship, Thursday
night brought stories from many points of the observance of similar lights
Thursday evening from villages east of Worcester and even from Boston Common.
People in the towns of Marlboro, South Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Grafton,
North Grafton, Upton, Hopedale and Northboro turned out in throngs and viewed
a mysterious light in the heavens.
Many declared that the light had all the appearance
of a strong searchlight and while they could discover no framework behind
it, such as an aeroplane would have, they were positive that the light could
not be that of a balloon, as it moved as if under control, and apparently
against the wind.
If the lights seen last night were those of an airship,
Mr. Tillinghast was not the navigator of the craft, for he remained at his
home in Worcester.
It is estimated that fully fifty thousand people thronged
the streets of Worcester watching for the reappearance of the visitor in
the skies. The passage of trolley cars was seriously impeded by the gaping
crowds in the main thoroughfares. For most of the curious the watch was
unrewarded. People on the tops of buildings told of seeing a light pass rapidly
at some distance south of the city, but it was smaller and much less brilliant
than the one seen Wednesday night.
NEW LONDON HAS A WILBUR CURTIS!
Story about a New London resident who has an aeroplane who plans to test
fly it Christmas day. It crashed. Later he said he would repair it and try
to fly it again in the spring.
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - Tuesday, 28 Dec 1909,
AIRSHIP PASSES OVER CITY OF NORWICH
Many People Saw it but They Were Unable to Tell
How Many Persons Were in
That the "airship" that many Willimantic people saw or thought they saw last
Thursday night may have been an airship after all, and that the stories sent
out by local newspapermen were not such complete "fakes" as some persons
would have the public believe, is indicated by the following account of an
airship printed in the Norwich Bulletin this morning in its
"Between 7:30 and 8 o'clock Monday evening there were
many in the central part of the city who were watching an airship as it passed
over the city, going in a southerly direction. There was no noise to be heard
and no particular demonstration with the searchlight, but the fact that the
lights were moving attracted attention, and it was wached [sic] until
it disappeared. It was not very high, but it was impossible to tell how many
were in it. That it was not a star is the positive statement of those who
"It was not a steady level flight like that of a bird,
but there was occasionally a dip to the airship and as it went along a second
light now and then bobbed into view. It was a fine, clear bright night for
a flight, but the operator must have been clothed like Perry on his Arctic
trip, to defy the cold of the night."
The New Haven Palladium says: it was on
the Christmas day just passed, that New Haveners witnessed for the first
time in their home city an exhibition of the aeroplane, the invention of
which was the real conquest of the air. A mysterious heavier-than-air machine
circled the city during Christmas day, and at such a height that its real
form, its pilot and its mechanics were not discernible, but it was properly
enough within our vision to leave no doubt as to what the stranger was, it
circled the air in a manner that is impossible for the balloon or the dirigible,
and it was too large for any of the now known feathered inhabitants of the
globe. Many of us have seen the aeroplane on exhibition in trial flights
at low altitudes, but those who saw the mysterious stranger of Christmas
were treated to the real thing in air conquests. It was a great spectacle
in the skies. The aeroplane was generally believed to be the one which has
been flying for many months past in New England, traveling incognito, as
it were, for the stranger, while owned in Worchester, comes to earth and
leaves it in parts unknown to the public. The owner claims that it is the
greatest of all heavier-than-air contrivances, and after what we saw the
other day we agree with him, if the Christmas day visitor was really Mr.
Tillinghast in his greatest of airships. It was a stirring sight and encouraged
our thoughts to the great achievements of mankind. In all of the seriousness
of the incident there was also the humorous side to it, and no better shown
perhaps than in the statement of the little newsboy who exclaimed, "That
is nothing only Santa Claus going home after a hard night's work."