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Geraldine Sutton Stith Talk’s Kelly Green Men

green man historicalMADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/14/13) – The Hopkins County Historical Society invited Geraldine Sutton Stith to talk about her family’s experience they witnessed the night of the arrival of the “Kelly Green Men.”
 
“This is a family who had no clue what was going to happen to them that night,” said Geraldine Sutton Stith, daughter of eyewitness. “It was 1955; people didn’t know what aliens were. Wouldn’t you have been scared and grabbed that shot gun?”
 
On a summer night on August 21, 1955, members from two families reported seeing lights in the sky, unidentifiable creatures and hearing odd sounds at the Sutton Farmhouse in Kelly, Kentucky.
 
“My daddy was a very colorful individual, he actually worked for the carnival since he was 14 years of age,” said Stith. “So my dad Elmer “Lucky” Sutton, his wife at the time, Billy Ray and his wife were coming in from Evansville, Indiana for the weekend to get away from the carnival.”
 
Around 7 p.m. that night, Billy Ray went outside to draw some water from the well when he saw something he never seen before in the sky and then disappear behind a tree line that was some distance from the farmhouse.
 
“Everyone was in the house. There were no air conditioners or plumbing back then. So Billy Ray decided to go get some water from the well. When he was out there, he saw a silver oval object flying across the sky, “said Stith. “As Billy described it, it had all the colors of the rainbow streaming behind it.”
 
When Billy Ray went back into the house he tried to explain what he saw to everyone. However, no one believed him and thought he was trying to scare them. About an hour or so after he saw the “Flying Saucer,” the dogs began to bark. This sparked both Billy Ray and Lucky’s attention. So they made their way outside to see what they could find. After some short time, they spotted a creature coming towards the house, and darted back into the house to grab their rifle and shotgun.
 
“At this time, my grandmother was convinced that they both went out there to cook up a scheme to scare the girls and the kids,” said Stith. “My father was like, ‘Mom we seen something out there.’ At this point she knew it was getting serious when they started to grab their rifle and shotgun. Then one went to the back door and then one went to the front door.”
 
After hours of firing at the creatures, the family packed up in their truck and drove to town in hopes for help.
 
“By this point the girls and the children were hysterical, and everything got quiet,” said Stith. “And that’s when my dad said; get in the truck we are heading to Hopkinsville.”
 
The idea was, if they could make it to Hopkinsville, they could get help.
 
“They got to the station and there was one officer on duty,” said Stith. “They were all trying to talk and trying to tell the officer what they had seen. The only thing he knew to do was call the sheriff. The sheriff said he was coming out there and to call Fort Campbell, call the papers, call everyone you can.”

When they all arrived back at the farmhouse, all that was visible were the shotgun shells and the rifle shells.
 
“There were holes in the screens, there was pure evidence something had happened, “said Stith. “They couldn’t find anything, except a glowing substance on the fence. But by the time they reached the fence, it was gone. So they could never figure that one out. No samples were taken, nothing was ever written down, and everyone was like ‘Alright nothing here, let’s just go home.’ So that’s what they did.”
 
By the time daylight hit, everything disappeared. However, people from all around who hear the news were hanging around the farmhouse looking for answers.
 
“Of course there were people out there taking pictures and looking around,” said Stith. “They had the invasion of these creatures the night before and now they had the invasion of people. And this was a terrible thing too.”
 
Amber Averitt
SurfKY News
Photo provided by Amber Averitt

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