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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.

JANUARY 30, 1959, COVINGTON, KENTUCKY, USA, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Amidst a series of vague reports in the area for which the police force and local people proposed commonplace explanations, appeared, reported in the local newspaper Cincinnati Post and Times-Star, Ohio, USA, for January 30, 1959, the mention that a young woman stated to have spotted "the thing" in a creek close to the Fort Thomas pumping station. she only said that "the thing" was like an octopus, that it went up and down again.

Interrogated by the newspaper, a local person explained that there are sometimes trees going up dans down in the river waters - the branches thus providing fot the "tentacles"; but this did not prevent the story from being called years later a "Bigfoot sighting" in books and catalogues.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000541
Date of event: January 30, 1959?
Earliest report of event: January 30, 1959
Delay of report: Hours, days?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Local newspaper.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Local newspaper.
This file created on: March 7, 2008
This file last updated on: March 7, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Kentucky
Type of location: In water of a river creek.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Octopus
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
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: Goes up dans down in water.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible tree in water.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. cp1:] "CINCINNATI POST AND TIMES-STAR":

WHAT IS IT? "MONSTER" CHURNS UP THE OHIO

Anyone missing an "indescribable monster" that swims?

Cincinnati, Clermont County and New Richmond police received telephone calls from men who said they saw "something come out of the river."

Officers at Station X received calls from two different men. The first came from a man who said he saw the object about four miles from New Richmond. He said he could not describe the object.

THE SECOND CALLER with a different voice said he was a truck driver en route to Indianapolis. He said he was calling from a service station on Kellogg Avenue near the river bridge [Little Miami river] after passing through Mt. Washington toward Cincinnati.

"It came up out of the water", the truck driver said. "I can't describe it and I have never seen anything like it before. All I want to do is get out of here and get on to Indianapolis."

A dispatcher at Station X said, "We didn't do anything after the first call. After the second one, we asked Hamilton County police if they had heard about it. We both sent cars out after 4 a.m.. and chased ghosts for a couple of hours, but we didn't find anything."

It really was a riot here. We kept waiting for someone to say, "take me to your leader."

TO ADD TO the mystery, all the street lights along Kellogg Avenue from Lunken Airport to Coney Island went out about the same time. Police say the lights are on two different circuits, and that so far they have been unable to find why the lights went out.

Most dispatchers who received calls about the "monster" agree the callers sounded "shaken" but sober. They offer a number of theories of what the men might of seen.

Frank B. Heisler, A Clermont County dispatcher, believes the men might of seen a tree bobbing up and down in the water.

CINCINNATI POLICE for a time thought maybe someone had an auto accident, hit a pole, and rolled over in the mud. This would explain why the lights went out along Kellogg Ave. and what was seen coming up out of the water but they were unable to find any broken poles.

William Sprague, a lockman, at dam 37 av. Fernbank, also thinks the men might of seen a tree drifting down stream.

MR. SPRAGUE said, "I've been on duty since midnight. I look out over the river a good deal of the time and I never saw a thing."

"The winds was strong all night and it whipped up waves six to eight feet high. That could fool a man. The wind tore a lot of driftwood loose too. I've been out on the river at night and the trees floating by in a dim light look spooky."

Maybe the "monster" was a tree.

[Ref. cp1:] "CINCINNATI POST AND TIMES-STAR":

DRIVER SWEARS IT HAPPENED: RIVER MONSTER TAKES A STROLL ON BRIDGE

Eye-witnesses still insist that an "indescrible" monster is bobbing around playfully in the Greater Cincinnati rivers and streams. A fellow who says he's a scientist working on things out of this world says he was driving across the Licking River Friday morning when "something leaped on the bridge."

"It was large, not a dog or a cat. It leaped in front of my car and on two legs and was taller than the auto. When I looked back in my mirror, it was moving along the bridge rail. "it was three or four times the size of a man and much bulkier. I have an eye and mind for dimensions and I know it was huge."

A YOUNG LADY claims she spotted the thing in a creek near the Fort Thomas pumping station. It was like an octopus. It came up and then moved down.

An 11-year old phoned the Post and Times Star to ask if the green men really are coming out of the river in groups of 12 as his teacher said they were!!

A woman pulled to the curb Saturday and yelled to a reporter: "We saw that thing this morning. Now you gonna put my name in the paper and call me a crack pot?"

REPORTED SIGHTINGS of the "monster" at various points flowed in Friday to police of Cincinnati, New Richmond, Clermont and Hamilton Counties. Hamilton County officers spent two hours chasing ghosts along the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers. Street lights went out in parts of eastern Cincinnati about the same time adding to the eeriness. But the Cincinnati Gas and Electric Co. says it was a power failure caused by high winds.

Police said Saturday the phone calls have ended. The monster has left town said Station X. The Hamilton County dispatcher figures the people have quit drinking hair tonic. The man who'd like to believe in the monster's reality is Pepper Wilson, general manager of the Cincinnati Royals, who've had a less then sensational basketball season. "If that thing is over eight feet tall', we're interested."

[Ref. jb1:] JANET AND COLIN BORD:

The authors indicate that on February 1959, in Covington, Kentucky, a motorist saw a large 2-legged creature on a bridge. It was reported by George Wagner, and noted in "Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us", by Green, page 209.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that on January 30, 1959, in Covington, Kentucky, a woman reported seeing a strange creature grayish in color, with a lopsided chest, ugly tentacles, and rolls of fat running horizontally over a bald head.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Bigfoot, Tales of Unexplained Creatures UFO and Psychic Connections.

[Ref. lc1:] LOREN COLEMAN:

Loren coleman indicates that a privately published curious little booklet entitled "Bigfoot: Tales of Unexplained Creatures", published in 1978 by investigator Dennis Pilchis, contains cases from Pilchis' organization in Rome, Ohio, "Page Research Library". The book contains a couple of reports for January 30, 1959.

One was just across the Ohio state border in Covington, Kentucky: a woman reported seeing a bent over strange grayish creature with a lopsided chest, "ugly" tentacles, and rolls of fat running horizontally over a bald head.

Points to consider:

The only big mystery in this case is how this came to be called a "Bigfoot sighting."

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None.

Evaluation:

Possible tree in water.

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 March 7, 2008 Creation, [cp1], [cp2], [jb1], [ar1], [lc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 7, 2008 First published.

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