man recalls experience while picking berries file# 04571


Date:August 08, 1971
Marion county, OR
Nearest town:
Nearest road:

75 beautiful, sunny, little windy
mid morning
Along a stream, or river, no more than 1/4 mile from the resivor. I dont remember any signs, however a major highway wasnt to far away maybe 5 miles or so?


Description of event: While picking black berries, on our last day of a 3 week visit to salem OR 5 of us were filling our empty milk cartons with black berries as usual i went away from the rest of my family up stream thick hedges of berries running parelell with the river, about 10 feet from the river, some areas the hedges ran into the river while i was reaching inside the berrie hedges trying to get all the ripe berries especially inside about 18 inches or so the hedges opened up about 2 feet right in front of me instantly and it happened in a blink of a eye!! i froze and there 3 feet in front of me, was a primate, eye to eye, i could feel his breath as god is my witness!! let me say this! i would go under hypnosis,polygraf,watever!!![ people who know me would tell you especially my 4 sisters and 1 brother who were there!! my mom was also there but she passed away in 2005 dec 28th she would also tell you my state of mind was complete shock and terror] i just couldnt believe it this creature was completly shocked as i was, now all this time wich was 5 seconds or so. this thing was holding the hedges open with its massive arms at neck level like a person looking out curtains holding them open!! now we looked at each other in the eyes, then i was noticing facial expressions just like a human kind of a frown or eyebrow skin wrinkles, expressions do you know what i mean this is not easy for me to explain and i mean that emotionally, and phisically, i dont typ at all and i really dont think any body will take thisc lass A encounter serious. in fact there is much more to this true encounter, wich id be happy to share with a professional by phone, or in person, i would even take you to where my encounter happened in a heart beat, i wish that this didnt happen to me but it did and im living with it.!!!!!

record updated:2009-02-18 00:23:16

Investigation by: Bill Hodgson

Bill Hodgson Investigator

Medford, OR

I have worked for a retail store for 18+ years. I have also drove truck, and did a little work with the BLM and USFS. I have not been affiliated with any other organization, only with OBF. I have had an interested in Sasquatch for many years. I have lived in Oregon all of my life. I have a little experience in tracking wildlife and knowledge on the mountains and forests of Southern Oregon and parts of Northern California. My research has been personal, but now I want to help others understand what they have experienced.