January 19, 1977
Location: Harrah, Washington, United States
Jose Cantu of Harrah woke his mother up at about 6:30
a.m. asking her to explain the little "man"
he saw outside. According to the boy, he had seen two
greenish creatures about three feet tall, who rotated
on a base instead of having feet, and two "steely"
crafts in which 2 other creatures were sitting.
Jose's drawing of creature he reported seeing. (credit:
Toppenish Review (Toppenish, WA), Jan. 26, 1977
youth reports UFOs with 'greenish creatures'
Cantu of Harrah said if her son ever tells her again to
"come and look," she'll be sure to do
Wednesday when her agitated nine-year-old son Jose woke
his mother up at about 6:30 a.m. asking her to explain
the little "man" he saw outside, she
discounted his story and settled down to catch up on the
sleep she'd lost the night before with a fussy baby.
who had been in the middle of preparing his breakfast,
wasn't put off so easily.
went outside to check for himself and came back
with an amazing story.
told his mother he had seen two greenish creatures about
three feet tall, who rotated on a base instead of having
feet, and two "steely" crafts in which 2 other
creatures were sitting.
claimed that one craft rested in the back yard and the
other on a flat section of the roof of the house. He told
her he had hidden behind a washing machine stored outside
next to a shed.
that vantage point, he said he saw the two creatures join
the other two in the crafts. He added that the crafts
were brilliantly lighted inside, had "straight
stairs" (much like a ramp) and a door that opened
in "two parts, like a cross" to reveal
the interior which contained two chairs with very tall
bases. Jose said the craft in the yard rose from the ground
and disappeared into something that resembled a cloud,
steam or smoke.
she heard the story, Jose's mother did what any mother
might do in the same circumstances. She sent him to school.
the Harrah Grade School, Jose repeated the story to Diane
Gomez, an aide. "Jose is a serious boy. He's not
one that tells stories or lies. What he told me, I took
very seriously," Gomez said.
10:10, recess time, Gomez and another aide accompanied
Jose to his home. There, he showed them the places where
he said the two creatures had been standing. In one location,
where Jose said one creature had rotated on his base,
Gomez said she saw two round marks in the gravel. At another
place, where the creatures allegedly stood, there were
two sets of three indentations.
Mrs. Cantu spoke to the teacher's aides and they had returned
to school with Jose, she called her neighbor, Irene Sanchez,
to come to her home. Sanchez said they examined the back
yard and found in the long grass a circular impression
about 10 feet in diameter in which the grass in the middle
was whirled up, and also observed the marks the aides
had seen. The circle was easily visible from the window
of the house next door, Gomez said, and added that her
brother, who lives there, had seen it from that distance.
The circle was still clearly visible when Mr. Cantu arrived
home that evening from work, he said.
Thursday afternoon, when Bill Vogel of Toppenish and David
Akers of Seattle, who is affiliated with the Center for
UFO Studies, visited the Cantu home, the perfectly shaped
circle and "footsteps" were still discernible.
Akers examined the area with a Geiger counter and got
Saturday when this reporter visited the Cantu home only
one set of "foot" marks could still be
seen and only a faint trace of the circle remained.
the Cantu family is more at home with the Spanish language,
this reporter took along a skeptical translator. After
he questioned Jose, who answered his questions seriously
and respectfully but asked to be allowed to return to
his play, the skeptic concluded that "I believe
he saw what he said he saw."
said he and Akers thought that Jose had "definitely"
had an experience with a UFO.
Jose did, he is in good company.
Brost, co-owner with her husband Earl of the Huba Huba
Cafe in Toppenish, had a similar experience 20 years ago
in southern Idaho on a ranch east of Blackfoot.
a summer morning about 6 a.m. Barbara and
her uncle were saddling horses and, as they left the barn
by a rear door, they spotted an object "greyish
white and as big as a boxcar" about half a mile
away. Stunned, they watched it for about a minute. Barbara's
aunt and Earl rushed from the house when the two called
to them, but Earl was too late to see the cigar-shaped
object which seemed to lift from the ground with a noise
"like the transference of air," Barbara
said. It disappeared so rapidly, she couldn't tell which
way it went, she said.
I see those rockets lift off now, on t.v., I just say
to myself 'this thing was something else!'"
Toppenish resident, a man who prefers not to be identified,
made a similar sighting eight years ago over a cornfield
in Toppenish. The object that he, his wife, son and daughter
saw from a distance of a quarter of a mile or less from
their home was "not large. It was huge."
asked to equate it to the size of a boxcar, he estimated
it would be the length of three such train cars. He has
described the object, which was off the ground and periodically
beaming a light so brilliant that he was unable to look
at it without squinting, to a Boeing employee who did
his best to convince him that he had not seen the object
and, if he had, that it was a helicopter. "I know
what I saw," was his answer to that.
the time, he had a loaded Polaroid camera in his home
but didn't even think of it, he said. The incident raised
the "hair on the back of my neck," he
more recent sighting happened in the late fall of 1958
or 1959, about 9 p.m. when Toppenish resident Ron Gardner
was living in a rural area.
was about 14 years old at the time. He said he was watching
television in the family's long and narrow living room
with his back to a picture window in the room. A brilliant,
bluish-violet light filled the room, he said. At first,
he thought it was "an electric arc light."
to the window, he saw the yard bathed in the purplish
light and an object passing about 10 feet from the window.
object, he said, was off the ground about three feet,
was about seven feet high "tapering to real thin
at the bottom," was engulfed in the light and
the last four foot of "whatever it was"
was disappearing behind a building.
said his father accused him of watching too many Flash
Gordon pictures and he never talked about it very much
to anyone but "I know what I saw and I've never
seen anything like it since."
who seems to be the man in Toppenish to whom all the UFO
reports are given, said that there has been many reports
of brilliant lights over the Harrah area in the past six
to eight months.
said reports of a bright light over Harrah were made by
many CBers the Tuesday night before Jose Cantu claimed
to have seen the men and crafts.
bright light has also been spotted over Toppenish Ridge
by Mrs. Stan Johnson of Toppenish, who was Toppenish's
Woman of the Year, three years ago. She shared the experience
with a friend, Judi Farquharson of Toppenish. They reported
the lights to the Toppenish Police, who notified Vogel,
who watched the light until it disappeared over Union
Johnsons, who are area farmers, have seen the light often
and are still trying to explain how three holes,
about four feet deep and six feet wide, appeared all in
a row in a field in which they were growing sugar beets
just south of Harrah.
who have seen the lights and mysterious objects all agree
that they "know what they saw," but they
aren't betting on convincing anyone else of it.