This is the story of a 17 year old girl who witnessed a UFO over Keokuk, IA, in 1939. The city of Keokuk is located in Lee County, which is in the southeastern part of the state. The county had a population of about 18,000 in 1939, these days itís about 10,500. The city of Keokuk had a population of about 15,076 in 1939, according to census records, currently itís about 10,400. The primary industry of the region was and still is agriculture.
Genevieveís family lived in a house located just yards away from railroad tracks. Her father and brothers all worked for the Santa Fe Railway, which was why they lived so close to the tracks, Genevieveís adult daughter Sarah explained. Sarah reported this sighting, not Genevieve.
In mid July 1939, Genevieve sat up in bed at around 2:00 a.m. and felt compelled to look out her window. She told Sarah she could sense there was something present.
When Genevieve looked out of the window, she didnít see anything. Then, as she carefully looked at the bright, star rich sky, she noticed that she couldnít see any stars in a large black patch of sky.
There were no stars or anything else visible, Genevieve said.
Genevieve explained that she could tell that it had a shape and it was hovering out over the railway for about 10 minutes. She also insisted that whatever it was, it made absolutely no sound whatsoever.
Mom said that she never saw anything like it again but clearly never forgot about it, Sarah said. Mom didnít tell anyone else about it for fear someone would lock her up for being crazy.
In later years Genevieve got married and moved to Portland, OR, and had five children. Sarah said her mother never shared her 1939 UFO sight story until 2005 when she was 73 years old.