Ontario, EXAMINER, 1 November 1969, page
the First World War a large chemical plant was in operation
in the tiny village of Donald in Haliburton county. It was
in August 1915 when the residents were scared by a mysterious
aeroplane flying over the village apparently spying on the
foreman ordered all lights to be extinguished and, arming
himself with a rifle, fired no less than 12 shots at the
news report of the day records "It was well on in the
evening when the residents first noticed the mysterious
ship in the air, their attention being attracted by a strong
ray of light, which seemed to come from a powerful headlight.
The searchlight had the strength of a strong automobile
headlight and cast a ray all around the vicinity."
remaining stationary for a short time, the machine (for
such it appeared to be) sailed several feet away, and the
villagers heaved a sigh of relief,but their joy was cut
short and their fears increased when the machine returned
and hovered around the chemical plant. It was then that
foreman Jones proceeded to warn it off by firing several
shots at the mysterious stranger. For an hour or so it shadowed
the village and then retraced its flight beneath the stars
to its hidden and unknown destination."
the ship of mystery, a German airship, an aeroplane, an
unidentified flying object, or a figment of somebody's imagination?
Over 50 years later it remains a piece of local history
in the tiny village of Donald, where the skeleton of the
chemical factory still stands to this day.