Form 97-AR
Date: Saturday, 04 Feb 2006

From: Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Walsh IL, October 5, 1970

Cat: 4


Animal Reaction Feature:

At 4:15 AM (CDT), cows remained undisturbed as a farmer observed a silent, red, circular shape with a fuzzy neon aspect to it. The farmer described light beams that came from the object, one of which focused on him near the end of the 2-3 minute sighting.


[When UFOs cause ground illumination by either searchlights or by light from the object itself and when cattle are present during these sightings, the cattle are normally reported be highly disturbed.  See page 4 on the following link:


In the Walsh case, the lack of any reaction from the cows suggests the cows did not detect anything unusual in their vicinity whereas the farmer was reacting to something he perceived as 200 yards away and about 65 feet off the ground and something close enough to catch him in a searchlight beam.  In fact, it is possible that the farmer observed a barium cloud released 560 miles above Wallops Island by a rocket launched at 5:05 EDT.   See below for more details.—jw]


The Sighting:

The farmer had turned on yard lights and was going to put out feed for the cows when he saw a circular light beam, red, fuzzy with a fog around it.  Thinking it the moon, he then remembered there was no moon that night [crescent moon had set at 8:30 PM on Oct. 4, and moonrise was at 12:18 PM on Oct. 5 (USNO)—jw].  He described an object with a light beam going up into the air and another moving beam from the base of the object to the ground, eventually shining on him.  He estimated the object to be over treetops located near a pond 200 yards to the east of the barn.  The elevation of the object was estimated to be 40 degrees.


Another sighting occurred at the same time (4:15 AM) in Warrensburg MO.  This witness looking east saw a yellow orange object like the full moon, silent, and estimated 15-20 degrees above the eastern horizon.  She saw it expand, a haze develops on the southern 1/3 of the disc, and at one point an antenna-like object came out of it.  In this case, the investigator, Ted Phillips, was suspicious that this object was a NASA plasma experiment [Javelin ARGO-D4 rocket, took off at 5:05 EDT, plasma mission to apogee 900 km (NASA)—jw].


[The question was whether a glowing cloud released by rocket at 560 miles over Wallops Island VA could be seen in Illinois and Missouri.  I gave Lat/Long information to an astrophysicist acquaintance and asked about visibility of the cloud located over Wallops Island from these two sites.  The result was as follows:  At the Missouri site, the cloud would have been 11 degrees above the horizon (estimate from sighting report was 15-20 degrees).   At the Illinois site, the cloud would have been 15 degrees over the horizon (estimate from the sighting report was 40 degrees).  


In both locations, the witnesses were looking east and both describe a fuzzy light first thought to be the moon.  The calculated elevation and estimated elevation from the Missouri site are fairly close.  At the Illinois site, the calculated and reported elevations are off.  Not knowing the topography but taking the description of the Illinois area (light located over trees and pond 200 yards away) suggests 40 degrees may be a higher elevation than one would expect from the word description.  Both witnesses report a projection (light beam in Illinois; antenna in Missouri). The cows were unimpressed, suggesting nothing involving light beams was going on their area.—jw]


Thanks to Mike Strainic for providing a copy of the A.P.R.O. article.



The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, November, December 1970, p. 1, 3.  (Copy of article attached).



Skylook,  No. 36, November 1970  (Copy of articles regarding Warrensburg MO and

Walsh IL sightings attached).




The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, November-December 1970, pages 1, 3.


Object Over Illinois Farm


     Arthur J. Epstein and Joseph Gurney were the Field Investigators in the following incident which took place at 4:15 a.m. on October 5, 1970 on a dairy farm one mile east of Walsh, Illinois.  The witness does not wish to have his name published.

     At the time and date mentioned above, Mr. S. had turned on the lights which illuminate the yard where the cows stand before going into the milking shed.  The yard is a cement affair.  He walked over to put some feed in a feed bin about fifty feet from a sixty-five-foot high silo.  He glanced up to see a light beam in a circular shape which had a red, fuzzy “neon” look.  It appeared to have fog around it.  At first he thought it was the moon but then remembered that there was no moon that night.  There was a beam of light like a searchlight which appeared as one line going from top right to bottom left, right through the center of the red circular light.  The whole sighting lasted about two to three minutes.  Toward the end of it, a third beam of light, which was focused directed on Mr. S. for about three seconds, seemed to come from the center bottom of the UFO.  He said he was standing in a circle of light about four feet in diameter.  He could see the sides of the beam were perfectly straight.  There were no other colored lights or moving lights.  No sound accompanied the sighting and the cattle were not disturbed.

     The UFO disappeared from sight by fading out.  It had been about 25-30 feet above a tree which measured about 75 feet high.  Mr. S. compared the object or light to the size of a volley-ball held at arm’s length.

     It was noted that five cows were on the other side of a three-strand electric fence, one strand of which was broken.  No one was able to ascertain how the cows had gotten to that side of the fence.



Skylook, No. 36, November 1970  (both Illinois and Missouri articles follow):


Illinois Farmer Watches Red UFO with Beams of Bright Light


     Mr. “John Smith”, a 41-year old dairy farm employee at the Unnamed farm, at Walsh, Illinois, sighted a strange object about 4:15 a.m. the morning of Oct. 5th.

     Mr. “Smith” had turned on the lights that illuminate the yard at the milking shed and glanced up to see a huge light that he at first thought was the moon—but there was no moon—and this object seemed to have a red, fuzzy, neon-looking light around its outer edge.  There was a beam of light like a searchlight shooting up in the air at an angle from the center of the object and another beam of light from the base of the object to the ground.  This was a moving beam, “Smith” said, and finally shown directly on him.  It was a very bright light and there was no sound from the object which was so large that a hand held at arms length would barely cover it.

     There is a pond and some trees about 200 yards east of the barn and he estimated the object to be up over the trees just a little bit higher than their 65 ft. high silo—which would put the object at about a 40 degree angle.

     The cattle were not disturbed by this object, but the farmer was puzzled because two of the cows were on the other side of the electrified fence, and no fencing was down.  The wires had to be lowered to get them back.

     It is interesting to note that this object was seen within 100 yards of where a previous one was seen by the owner’s wife and her four children about 3 years ago.  It too was a close sighting—hovering ten feet over a garage 50 feet from the observer.

Credit: Art Epstein (Real name of farmer and farm owner on file)

Editor’s Note: Our readers will note this sighting was at the same time as the Missouri sightings—but this is an entirely different description and doesn’t sound like a cloud.  So the plot thickens—was this object seen in Missouri and Illinois (if it was the same object) a barium cloud or—something else?


Yellow-Orange Object Seen at Warrensburg and KnobNoster, Mo.


     Ted Phillips, of Sedalia, interviewed Mrs. Hubert Paul at her home at 323 Christopher, Warrensburg, Mo., Oct. 14, and gives us her report of the object seen the morning of October 5.  Mrs. Paul leaves for work at about 4:30 a.m. (CDT) and stepped out to get the newspaper at about 4:15.  She checked the time at the clock by the door.  She had just picked up the newspaper and was facing east when she noted a “yellow-orange object that looked quite like the full moon.”  It was about 15-20 degrees above the horizon, just above a 2-story house.  There was a slight north to south motion, no vertical motion and no sound.  As she watched, the object appeared to increase in size slightly.  As it did so, it developed a vapor or haze on the southern third of the disc and was less bright at this point.  “An object, like an antenna came out of it,” she said.  This extended beyond the vapor, or haze.  The object showed a soft light or glow, Mrs. Paul said.  She watched it for a minute or two before going indoors.  When she left for work at 4:35, she noted the object had disappeared.

     Mrs. Paul told Mr. Phillips that R. L. McCown, 600 Summit Rd., KnobNoster, a retired air Force officer, also reported seeing the object at about the same time.  At this writing, Mr. Phillips had been unable to contact Mrs. McCown.

     The object seen north of Rolla, Mo., (see report on another page of this issue) could be the same object, Mr. Phillips believes.  He thinks the object could be the barium cloud released by a rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va., at 5:05 (EDT) the morning of October 5th.  A newspaper clipping from “The Reading Eagle,” Reading, Pa., described the cloud: “The cloud, released 560 miles high was visible along much of the Eastern seaboard.  It first appeared green with a red tingle as it was reflected by the sun’s rays.  It later spread into an elongated pattern several hundred miles long.  The rocket was launched at 5:05 a.m. the with cloud being released 9 minutes and 20 seconds later.”

     Mr. Phillips has written NASA for further information as to the appearance and motion of a barium cloud, and perhaps we shall have something more on this for the next issue of SKYLOOK.  If we are told the cloud could not be seen over Missouri, then the objects described in these three Missouri reports would seen to be true UFOs.  



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