The story “Russian meteor spurs memories of Western Pennsylvania incident in 1938” (Feb. 17 and TribLIVE.com) from The Derrick of Oil City brought to mind something my late mother, Marion McGinnis Heaton, told me many times: that a “piece of a meteor” landed in the backyard of either her childhood home or the next-door neighbor’s home in West Sunbury. The locale would seem to support her memory.
Most of us in the family were skeptical of her tale about a “big hole appearing in the backyard” and “some men from Pittsburgh” coming out “to dig in the hole” and “maybe taking something” away. She would have been about 12 at the time, so her memory of the event was vague.
After reading this story, I wonder if perhaps a fragment actually did land in West Sunbury, and if so, who the researchers were and what, if anything, they found. It would be fascinating to learn that her story was related to the story reprinted by the Trib.