Go Back Report # 80


Note: The date of this article is derived from a previous article which was in the Houston Post of April 22, 1897, and referred to that sighting as occurring “last night about 11 o’clock” in the evening. The line directly below this paragraph says that this sighting (also 04-21) occurred a half hour later (11:30 PM) of the same day (April 21, 1897). However, in the text of the Houston Post of April 26th it states that the witness “was awakened night before last,” which would have been the 24th. With these discrepancies in mind, I have decided to use the 22nd as the majority of researchers have used this date to be on the safe side.–CF-      

The same night, half-an-hour later (according to the Houston Post of April 26 and reported independently):          

       Josserand: Considerable excitement prevails at this writing in this usually quiet village of Josserand, caused by a visit of the noted airship, which has been at so many points of late. Mr. Frank Nichols, a prominent farmer living about two miles east of here and a man of unquestioned veracity, was awakened night before last near the hour of twelve by a whirring noise similar to that made by machinery. Upon looking out he was startled upon beholding brilliant lights streaming from a ponderous vessel of strange proportions which rested upon the ground in his cornfield.

       Having read the despatches [sic] published in the Post of the noted aerial navigators, the truth at once flashed over him that he was one of the fortunate ones, and with all the bravery of Priam at the siege of Troy [sic], Mr. Nichols started out to investigate. Before reaching the strange midnight visitor he was accosted by two men with buckets who asked permission to draw water from his well. Thinking he might be entertaining heavenly visitors instead of earthly mortals, permission was readily granted. Mr. Nichols was kindly invited to accompany them to the ship. He conversed freely with the crew, composed of six or eight individuals, about the ship. The machinery was so complicated that in his short interview he could gain no knowledge of its workings. However, one of the crew told him the problem of aerial navigation had been solved. The ship or car is built of a newly discovered material that has the property of self-sustenance in the air, and the motive power is highly condensed electricity. He was informed that five of these ships were built at a small town in Iowa. Soon the invention will be given to the public. An immense stock company is now being formed, and within the next year the machines will be in general use. Mr. Nichols lives at Josserand, Trinity County, Texas, and will convince any incredulous one by showing the place where the ship rested.                                                 

This reference: Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, p. 144-146, © 1969  

UFOCAT PRN – 10559 [DOS: 04-21-1897]

UFOCAT URN – 080446 Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, p. 144-146, © 1969

UFOCAT PRN – 10559 [DOS: 04-22-1897]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Houston (TX) Post of April 26, 1897

UFOCAT URN – 096807 Newspaper clipping, April 26, 1897.

UFOCAT URN – 081682 Ted Bloecher investigation files, August 15, 1966

UFOCAT URN – 010559 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 027, © 1969
UFOCAT URN – 010558 Data-Net Report, April 1970
UFOCAT URN – 010560 UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse by John Keel, p. 87, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 071109 Beyond Earth: Man’s Contact With UFOs by Ralph Blum, p. 55, © 1974

UFOCAT URN – 142567 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0354, © 1980

UFOCAT URN – 182682 It Didn't Start with Roswell by Philip Rife, p. 41, © 2001

UFOCAT URN – 055324 Lucius Farish investigation files

UFOCAT URN – 063716 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0043 by Peter Rogerson,
                                        No © date.

UFOCAT URN – 115164 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0050 by D. Webb

                                        No © date   

UFOCAT PRN – 10559 [DOS: 04-23-1897]

UFOCAT URN – 087437 Flying Saucer Review, January 1967, p. 23    

UFOCAT PRN – 10559 [DOS: 04-24-1897]

UFOCAT URN – 053966 Lucius Farish investigation files                     

North America – United States, Texas, Trinity County

Josserand – Latitude 31-02-06 N, Longitude 95-05-22 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 31.036 N, Longitude 95.078 W (D.%)         


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