Part Three: Close Encounter Cases 1924-1946

[paper incomplete….in development]

The last case in Part Two was of a reported incident in Detroit from 1922. As I continue sharing case summaries from the databases of close encounters of the 3rd and 4th kind, I will be filtering out more cases, because as Jerome Clark notes in the 2018 edition of The UFO Encyclopedia vol1, pg 263: “As the years move closer to 1947, the number of recorded CE3s increases. CE3s themselves may or may not have been growing in number. There is no way to judge. It is certain, however, that there were a greater number of living witnesses able to tell their stories now…”

In a pre dawn hour during the winter of 1924 in Saskatchewan, Canada a woman farmer was doing her chores when she saw “little green men” walking in the snow around a landed object. They get in the object and depart.

This sparsely described case is notable for the phrase ‘little green men”, a commonly used bit of shorthand to reference close encounter incidents with a dash of ridiculing. The published source is the 1979-published “UFO Occupants and Critters: The Patterns in Canada” by John Brent Musgrave. The HUMCAT entry is a sparse one liner with the source for that identified as as a personal message from Musgrave to Ted Bloecher, one of 2 Ufologists in the late 70s compiling the Humanoid Catalogue for the UFO Center.

An incident reported that occured around the year 1925 from LA Mancha, Spain was noted in a 1976 UFO Center publication of “A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal” by Vincente-Juan Ballester Olmos”. What we have are sparse details of a small four foot figure, attired in a greenish uniform and exhibiting rigid limbs as they stood on a moving disc. The witness described seeing this being holding a “blow pipe”.

An alleged incident from Bolton, Lancashire, England during November 1926 was shared in a 1995 Barnes and Noble book called “UFO: The Complete Sightings” by Peter Brooke Smith. This story involves young friends playing hide and seek when the reporting witness (named Henry Thomas) states that he went into a neighbor’s backyard. There he saw three figures dressed in suits that appeared to be made up of silvery grey tubes. Henry also saw that they were wearing transparent helmets with a tube extending to a tank on the back of each. They turned and looked at him. Their appearance was described as having pale heads shaped like a light bulb, a small nose, eyes dark and slit-shaped, and no visible mouth. Henry Thomas became afraid and fled when they started to approach. He heard one of them make a gurgling sound.

In the late 1960s a woman (Mrs. Pauline Berger) was shown a sketch in a 1968 issue of the Flying Saucer Review which apparently looked similar to what she had described witnessing during the summer of 1928 in Antsy Lane, England. Her story details were shared with the FSR in a letter which FSR published in it’s first issue of 1969, “Mail Bag: The Disappearing Scarecrow”.

The reference to a scarecrow is based on the witness’s first impression on seeing a five foot black entity with a large head, which the witness perceives as faceless. Because of this entity’s long, dangling arms, the witness had the impression of a scarecrow figure. She was a child then, in the midst of resting in a field with her father on a break from hiking. She noticed this figure, standing next to a large globe-shaped object on legs, when looking up from the book she was reading. She turned to wake up her father and when looking back saw that the being and craft had silently departed.

The next reported incident has a date, June 12, 1929, with the witness (Levis Brosseau) from Fermeneue, Quebec at 20 years old at that time. Brosseau was returning home when he saw resting on a hillside what looked at first like a dark cloud with an internal yellowish light. He stopped and walked over to take a closer look and was able to discern an object 50 feet in diameter with four or five small humanoid yellow-colored figures quickly moving about. Next, he sees the craft rising slowly, hearing also the sound of rushing air. He hears what sounds like two beings arguing as the craft departs. The HUMCAT entry source was noted as from pg 168 of Jacques Vallee’s “Magonia”, who cited a 1968 source.

In 1975 two women-sisters shared with UFO investigator George Fawcett and on radio a May 1930 sighting from Greensboro, North Carolina. This event also involved the parents of the sisters (one sister a retired school teacher in 1975). During the daytime that day in May 1930, the two parents and their daughters saw a dark, top-shaped object, 40 feet wide quietly land in a garden. Through some sort of window, they saw the top (above shoulders) of a being, appearing to wear tight-fitting clothes and a helmet. The object ascended and departed quietly after five to ten minutes.

There are next a couple of entries in the Humanoid Catalogue that aren’t necessarily UFO related, instead seeming visionary in nature with no UFO on scene. Example:

In finishing this paper, the ambiguous-in-nature cases from various compilations (ie HUMCAT and the more extensive Rosales body of work) will not be included.