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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

Fall 1930, Chatham, Virginia, USA, Mr. and Mrs. Collins:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

US ufologist Richard Hall apparently told of a case that occurred in Chatham, Pittsylvania county, Virginia, USA, in the Fall of 1930, at about 2 p.m.

Someone named Collins, a military man, reported that with his wife, also a military person, they heard a loud humming sound coming from behind a knoll. Upon investigating, he spotted a large aluminum-colored domed and disc-shaped object on the ground about 70 feet away.

The craft glowed slightly. He could also see two 3.5-feet-tall beings, wearing green coveralls and helmets, apparently collecting soil samples.

Soon the beings disappeared onboard the craft, and with an increase level of the humming sound, the craft rose straight up and disappeared into the distance.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001690
Date of event: Fall 1930
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 7 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology catalogue Richard Hall.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Richard Hall.
First alleged record type: Ufology catalogue.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 10, 2018
This file last updated on: September 10, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Virginia
Type of location: Outside near Chatham.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Adults.
Witnesses types: A married couple od military occupation.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.06 meters
Entities outfit type: Outfit, helmet.
Entities outfit color: Green.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported. Helmet.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Are near UFO, collect soil samples, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or hoax.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Pittsylvania, Virginia, in the Fall of 1930, at 02:00 p.m., "A witness named Collins reported hearing a loud humming sound coming from behind a knoll. Upon investigating he spotted a large aluminum-colored domed disc shaped object on the ground about 70 ft away. The craft glowed slightly. He could also see two 3-½ ft tall beings, wearing green coveralls, apparently collecting soil samples. They also wore helmets. Soon the beings disappeared onboard the craft and with an increase level of the humming sound the craft rose straight up and disappeared into the distance."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Richard Hall in UFOCAT".

He adds: "High Strangeness Index: 7", and "Reliability of the source is 10" ans he comments "Early CE3 report unknown until recently."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

Fall 1930 - Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA

Fall 1930 14:00

Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA

A witness named Collins reported hearing a loud humming sound coming from behind...

A witness named Collins reported hearing a loud humming sound coming from behind a knoll. Upon investigating he spotted a large aluminum-colored domed disc shaped object on the ground about 70 ft away. The craft glowed slightly. He could also see two 3-1/2 ft tall beings, wearing green coveralls, apparently collecting soil samples. They also wore helmets. Soon the beings disappeared onboard the craft and with an increase level of the humming sound the craft rose straight up and disappeared into the distance.

Hynek rating: CE3

The source is indicated as "Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in the Fall of 1930 at 15:00 in Chatham, Virginia, USA, "Domed disc on ground behind small knoll, 70 feet away, glowing slightly. Two 3.5' tall beings, wore green coveralls, collecting soil samples, wore helmets. Humming, craft went straight up."

And: "An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight."

And: "One aluminum domed disc, about fifty feet away, was observed by two military witnesses, a married couple, on a highway for over 15 minutes (Collins). A humming sound was heard. Two 3.5-foot-tall dwarves, each wearing a green coverall, were seen."

The sources are indicated as "Hall, Richard H., From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946), UFO Research Coalition, Fairfax, 2000, ISBN:1-928957-01-3"; "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in 1930, in Autumn, at 02:00 p.m., in Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA, there was a close encounter of the third kind.

He indicates that one Collins first perceived a purring noise that seemed to come from a place behind a mound, then going to see on the spot to check what was happening, he found that there was a disc-shaped object with a dome, a gray aluminum craft that glowed slightly, and was about 70 meters away from the witness.

Collins also contemplated two little beings about 3.5 feet tall, wearing clothes like mechanics' suits, but green in color. They also had a helmet on their head, and apparently they were busy collecting soil samples.

They soon disappeared aboard their craft and in an intense purring noise, the craft climbed in a straight line and was lost from sight in the distance.

Jean Sider says that the source is "Rosales, according to Richard Hall in UFOCAT, sap."

Jean Sider comments that Richard Hall "is also an early American ufologist known for his seriousness."

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: Fall 1930

Location: Pittsylvania Virginia

Time: 1400

Summary: A witness named Collins reported hearing a loud humming sound coming from behind a knoll. Upon investigating he spotted a large aluminum-colored domed disc shaped object on the ground about 70 ft away. The craft glowed slightly. He could also see two 3-½ ft tall beings, wearing green coveralls, apparently collecting soil samples. They also wore helmets. Soon the beings disappeared onboard the craft and with an increase level of the humming sound the craft rose straight up and disappeared into the distance.

Source: Richard Hall in UFOCAT

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

Fall 1930. 1400hrs.

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY (VIRGINIA : USA)

Mr Collins heard a loud humming sound coming from behind a knoll. On investigating a saw a large aluminium coloured domed disc on the ground about 20m away, glowing slightly. Two beings, about 1m tall, wearing green overalls, and helmets, were collecting soil samples. They re-entered the craft, which took off as the humming sound increased. It then disappeared into the distance.

Rosales 1930-49 p30 citing UFOCAT citing Richard Hall

Points to consider:

Chatham is in the Pittsylvania county, Virginia, USA.

I had exchanged an email with Richard Hall on this matter and others in 2007, and he told me that the witness had told this story to the NICAP in the 1960s. So it was reported only after such reports became almost commonplace, and not in 1930.

The credibility of Richard Hall is certainly "high" as Albert Rosales and Jean Sider point out. But that is really not the problem. What matters is the credibility of the story. As it was apparently only filed and not investigated or checked, the credibility of the story is unknown.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 10, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source [rh1]. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or hoax.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 10, 2018 Creation, [ar1], [js1], [ud1], [ud2], [ta1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 10, 2018 First published.

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