[meteorite-list] 1886 Newspaper Article, WI Meteorite Fall?

MARK BOSTICK thebigcollector at msn.com
Sat Aug 31 10:49:37 EDT 2002

Paper:New York Times
City: New York City, NY.
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 1886
Page: 2



     MILWAUKEE, Wis., July 20. - People in the vicintiy of Grafton, Ozaukee 
County, are very much excited over the fall of a meteoric stone near that 
place.  While a party of harvesters were at work in a barley field on the 
farm of Henry Deiderick, a mile and a half south of the village, they were 
startled by a loud noise, much like the roar of a train of cars.  The noise 
increased in volume in a few seconds so as to become almost deafening.  The 
unusual sound seemed to come from the heavens, and looking on, the 
harvesters saw what appeared to be a huge ball of smole rapidly descending.  
It was a meteoric stone, which struck the earth within a few rods of where 
they were standing and buried itself deep in the ground. Since the descent 
of the meteor Mr. Deiderick's barley field has been visited by hundreds of 
people, including many scientific men.  The hole in the ground is between 
three and four feet in circumference.  Its depth is unknown, all attempts to 
find bottom by inserting long poles having, it is said proved futile.  Mr. 
Deiderick is now engaged in excavating the earth around the spot where the 
meteor lies imbedded, and intends to bring the latter to the surface if it 
takes all Summer.

(Note:  A search in Meteorite A to Z did not find any meteorite as having 
fallen at this time in this location).

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