I am not sure if it was 1956 or 1957 as I was only 9 or 10 at the time. We had left my grandfathers farm a mile west of the Martelle just over the Linn county line and were going north on highway 1. We were going to my aunts farm near Anamosa with my mother in the back passenger side and my grandmother in the front. My Grandfather was driving, and I was in the back on his side.
We were were 2 or 3 miles north of Martelle when the radio on the car stopped playing music and had nothing but static. The car then started to stall and my grandfather pulled off the right side of the road. Just as he stopped it became like daylight out as a very bright cigar shapped object appeared to the west of the car over a field. All I can remember is that it looked huge and was so bright that I was able to see all the picked corn rows in the field. It was a bright orange and with what looked like large port holes that were bright orange.
This may have been for 20 or 30 seconds, and the next thing that I remember is it being dark and that I rolled down the window and stuck my head out looking up and seeing all the stars as it was a clear night. We all said what happened and then just looked at each other.
My grandfather started the car and the radio came on and we went on to my aunts farm. When we got there they wanted to know where we had been as we then realized that it was 10:00 p.m. I have always wondered about this but as my mother is the only one still living and she never wants to talk about it, I have never told anyone else about this event. If anyone might have also seen this event I would be interested in what they saw.