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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.

August 26, 1930, Cambridge, Ohio, USA, George Cain, Joseph Farley, Charles Curtan, Donald Jirles, Lane and Allen Moss:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

At least two Ohio newspapers reported on August 27 and 28, 1930, that six men from Cambridge, George Cain, Joseph Farley, Charles Curran, Donald Jerry, Lane Huff and Allen Moss, claimed to have seen an ape on Tuesday afternoon, thus on August 26, 1930.

It had happened three miles southeast of Cambridge, Ohio, USA, in a wood, as they were changing a tire of their truck. They observed an animal like an ape moving in the trees overhead, uttering guttural roars.

They hastily got into their truck and left the area. The Press indicates that the animal is believed to be one of those reported to have escaped from a circus in Mansfield some time ago.

This rather prosaic story was quoted in 2006 in a book about the "Bigfoot" (with or without mention of the explanation suggested by the Press), then it was included in the INTCAT catalog of the "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson in its version of 2016, citing the "Bigfoot" book and its sources, without the explanation suggested by the Press.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001709
Date of event: August 26, 1930
Earliest report of event: August 27, 1930
Delay of report: Hour, 1 day.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Newspaper.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Newspaper.
This file created on: September 22, 2018
This file last updated on: September 22, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Ohio
Type of location: From a road in a forest 3 miles from Cambridge.
Lighting conditions: Afternoon.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None.
Witnesses numbers: 6
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Local men.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Ape
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or none.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported. Ape, like an ape.
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: Uttered guttural roars.
Entities actions: Moved in the trees above the witnesses.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Ape.
Explanation category: Ape escaped from a circus, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. na1:] "NEWARK ADVOCATE" NEWSPAPER:

Six Cambridge men claim to have seen an ape Tuesday afternoon, three miles southeast of Cambridge, in a wood, while changing an auto tire. George Cain, Joseph Farley, Charles Curran, Donald Jiries, Lane Huff and Allen Moss observed an animal, having the appearance of an ape, moving about in the trees overhead, uttering gutteral roars. They hastily boarded their truck and left the vicinity. It is thought the animal may be one reported escaped from a circus in Mansfield some time ago.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

August 26 1930.

Afternoon. CAMBRIDGE (OHIO : USA)

Six men (George Cain, Joseph Farley, Charles Curtan, Donald Jirles, Lane and Allen Moss ) changing a truck tyre in a remote location 5km southeast of Cambridge saw an ape like creature moving about in the trees making guttural sounds. They fled the scene. They had been alerted by a roaring sound like thunder. At one point the thing came to the ground thumping its chest with its arms

Arment 2006 p248 citing Newark Advocate 28 August 1930.+ Cambridge Jeffersonian 27 August 1930.

Points to consider:

The story first appears in the literature about the alleged "Bigfoot" in 2005. I do not know if the author, Chad Arment, appropriately cites his sources: firstly, the one that I also found said clearly that it was possibly one of the ape that had escaped from a circus in Mansfield some time earlier, and secondly, it seems that the ape was seen moving in the trees, "above" the witnesses, and most "Bigfoot" researchers might admit that such would not be the case of the "Bigfoot" they are after.

The story then appears in Peter Rogerson's "skeptical" ufology catalog in its 2016 version; this time, for sure, without the explanation proposed by the Press, and without any research on the facts or their possible explanation from Peter Rogerson.

Peter Rogerson, in fact, included such cases, which obviously have nothing to do with UFOs or their occupants, in his catalog, to argue that human "imagination" and "invention" have always existed.

Although nobody would doubt this, the supposed example here does not hold in my opinion: I do not see any "imagination" demonstrated, nor any "invention" demonstrated, I just see that men have seen an ape, supposed to be one of those known to have escaped from a circus. Why should we think these men "invented" this, and where is the evidence of their "imagination" at work?

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
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Evaluation:

Ape escaped from a circus, not UFO-related.

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 22, 2018 Creation, [na1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 22, 2018 First published.

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