Buffalo Courier Express
Tuesday Morning, July 8, 1947
Buffalo Now Seeing Things --
Discs, That Is
Come Thick and Fast
By JAMES F. SCHRADER
Flying discs, flapjacks, or what
have you ? Buffalo's got 'em too—
The strangest of a number of
strange reports on the flying
whatchamaycallems came from
Jimmy Hoare, 19, of 26 Vandalia
St., who said the one he saw was
Jimmy was in earnest. So was
William Patton, 24, of 76 Sidway
St., who "saw it, too."
Hoare and Patton said they were
standing at South and Vandalia
A Round Object, Lighted
"It shot through the sky right
over us," said Hoare. "It was sort
of round, and it was lighted."
"We are sure it was on "em,"
Hoare said. "It was headed out
toward the lake shore and was
About six of the objects were
reported by Francis Jones, 87
South St, according to Jones.
They seemed to be about four
er five feet across, he said.
"They were flying pretty high,"
he said. "I was with several other
fellows. They saw them, too."
James Renard, 19, of 208 Hastings
Ave, assistant manager of
Shea's Kensington Theater, said he
saw a flying object shortly before
midnight as he alighted from a
streetcar at Grider and Kensington.
"It was going north, and I'd say
at about 3,000 feet," said Renard.
"It looked just like a pancake to
me. It was going so fast, I could
only see it for about two seconds—
but I saw it! It was round, all
right and white."
Charles Koester, 19, of Cheektowaga,
and William B r o g a n,
Lackawanna, said they sighted a
single flying disc shooting along
at a tremendous height over Lake
"We were fishing from a small
boat off Sturgeon Point," said
Koester. "It was about 7.30 o'clock.
The water was pretty choppy. We
didn't stay out more than 45 minutes.
The thing looked to us like'
a globe, revolving very fast. Still,
it could have been a large airplane.
It was very high in the
Then there was the Buffalo
woman who said she saw something
"the size of a dirigible"
streak ever City Hall.
Sam Contini, 426 Madison St.,
Lackawanna, took the role of
spokesman for "several persons"
who were positive they saw a
"group of three" discs pass over
"There were three of them together,"
said Contini. "We all saw
them. There was no doubt about
it. To tell you the truth, though,
to me they looked like light spots."
Another man who did not reveal
his identity told a switchboard
operator at Police Headquarters
he had seen a disc flying through
the air while he was driving at
Main and Kensington.
Blue, With Orange Rim
Anthony M. Klinkroth. 28 Trumbull
Pky, Batavia, said he and his
family saw a saucerlike object
whizzing "like a streak across the
horizon" a few miles south of Batavia
the night of June 29th. He
said it was 24 inches in diameter
and seemed to be greenish blue in
the center with an orange rim.
"There was only one," said Klinkroth.
"It was going so fast that
when it disappeared it seemed to
William Slocum, Warsaw businessman
and volunteer fireman,
said he and several other firemen
sighted several "brightly illuminated"
discs midway between Arcade
and North Java while he was
en route to his home after attending
a meeting of county firemen
last Friday evening at Arcade.
"The brightness of the moon was
nothing to the white light that
came from the discs," said Slocum.
"They were high in the air east of
North Java and they were discernible
until they disappeared over
the Rochester area after covering
a distance of about 100 miles."
Article used with the Permission of:
Buffalo State College Archives
and Special Collections
E. H. Butler Library #135
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave.
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222-1095