Connecticut, EVENING HERALD, 9 July 1947, page
Manchester Once Excited Over 'Flying Things', Too
Saucers! Flying Plates! Flying Discs!
years ago the Manchester area had Flying Squashes!
usual, The Herald started the whole thing; just as The Herald
was the first paper to bring to public attention "The
Mysterious Hum," "The Shimmy House" and what
became nationally known as "The Glawakus."
first mention of the Flying Squash appeared in a little
item in The Herald which told of a resident of "Skunks'
Misery," telling a friend here that for a couple of
nights he had seen orange colored, balloon-like objects
floating around his garden. "Skunks' Misery" is
on Forbes street, East Hartford, near the Manchester line.
reporter for The Herald got an auto and went over to the
spot described which was near some swampland. He remained
about an hour but no lights appeared.
within the next week, stories began to circulate through
town that the lights were floating over the road and some
were seen in Manchester.
stories were published in The Herald and another trip made
by the reporter. And still no lights seen.
the rumors persisted and, skeptical after two trips to the
scene, The Herald man decided to make one more try at it
and then forget the whole affair if nothing happened.
this night, two other reporters, unknown to the local newsman,
had also decided to look over the situation, being sent
to "Skunks' Misery" by their Hartford editors.
then it happened! While the reporters were talking to an
old man seated on a porch, an orange colored object arose
from the swampland across the way. It floated about fifty
feet in the air and then began going around in circles and
newspapers told of the phenomenon. The news spread. Roads
in the vicinity of the swamp were jammed nightly; with cars
filled with the curious. The lights were seen often. The
description varied just as the descriptions now of the Flying
one The Herald man saw was about the size of a muskmellon.
Others claimed they saw five and six. Some said they were
the size of a squash and the globes were finally dubbed
by the newspapers "The Incandescent Squashes."
were, of course, all sorts of explanations. Mass Hysteria
was one of them. Also such explanations as spots on the
glasses of sightseers and too much hootch. Scientists from
Trinity College, without visiting the scene, dubbed the
apparitions "will 'o the wisps," caused by swamp
flying lights were seen from time to time and then the swamp
was drained and the talk ceased.