Hot Air Balloon Sighted in 1910


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/20/1910.

Citizens of Brooksville and Freed Communities were startled Sunday afternoon by the appearance of a huge balloon soaring among the clouds over their heads.  Dr. Wright and other men who were on Leading creek, got close enough to the balloon to converse with the occupants.  The name of the balloon was the Miss Sophia, and the two occupants names were Afman and McCullough both of St. Louis.  They had started in a race with another balloon from Indianapolis, Ind., Friday morning.  They stopped for the night at Solmon Haullp's, near Lough.  The balloon was from there shipped to McFarlan from whence it was shipped back home Monday.