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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.

1906, Mitchell, South Dakota, USA, Herbert DeMott:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The Democrat-Herald newspaper, of Albany, Oregon, for August 27, 1973, reportedly told that in 1906, a boy named Herbert DeMott, from Mitchell, South Dakota, allegedly boarded an airship that had landed near his family's well.

The boy claimed: "As I approached it, a door rolled back and I was welcomed inside. Its two occupants sat inside on camp stools." They looked like ordinary human beings and they spoke fluent English, but they would not tell him where they were from.

The boy claimed the outer shell of the craft was filled with helium gas, and "when the lever was moved the magnetism from the Earth was cut off. In this fashion the ship was able to ascend."

He claimed that the occupants took water from the farm's horse trough "for use in manufacturing electricity."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000937
Date of event: 1906
Earliest report of event: August 27, 1973
Delay of report: Days, 7 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology article Clark and Farish.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology article.
This file created on: July 22, 2009
This file last updated on: July 22, 2009
Country of event: USA
State/Department: South Dakota
Type of location: Near the farm's well.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes, airship.
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Child or teenager.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Boy, farmers parents
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Human
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: Talked fluently in witness' language.
Entities actions: Invited witness on board airship, conversation, took water from the well to make electricity, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Invited witness on board airship, conversation, took water from the well to make electricity.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went on board.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Crew of airship.
Explanation category: Tall tale. Not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. cf1:] JEROME CLARK AND LUCIUS FARISH:

The authors indicate that in 1906, a boy named Herbert DeMott, from Mitchell, South Dakota, allegedly boarded an airship that had landed.

The object had come to rest near his family's well. The boy recalled: "As I approached it, a door rolled back and I was welcomed inside. Its two occupants sat inside on camp stools."

They looked like ordinary human beings and they spoke fluent English, but they would not tell him where they were from.

The boy told: "The outer shell of the craft was filled with helium gas, and when the lever was moved the magnetism from the Earth was cut off. In this fashion the ship was able to ascend."

He claimed that the occupants took water from the farm's horse trough for use in manufacturing electricity.

[Ref. bh1:] ROBERT E. BARTHOLOMEW AND GEORGE S. HOWARD:

The authors indicate that in 1906, in South Dakota, USA, Herbert V. DeMott, 9 years old, watched a craft land near a well, he approached it, and "a door rolled-back and I was welcomed inside."

The occupants were ordinary-looking men, who "sat on camp stools", and he was told that the craft's outer shell contained "helium gas, and when the lever was moved the magnetism from the earth was cut off," which enabled the vessel to rise.

The occupants took water from a horse trough for use "in making electricity."

The authors indicate that the source is the Democrat-Herald, of Albany, Oregon, for August 27, 1973.

[Ref. wu1:] "WATERUFO" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that the case occurred on ??-??-1906, in Mitchell, South Dakota, at an unknown time:

Herbert V. Demott, 10, saw a "craft" come down near the well. "As I approached it, a door rolled back and I was welcomed inside." The two occupants, who looked like ordinary men, "sat on camp stools;" they conversed with him, but did not divulge their origin. "The outer shell of the craft was filled with helium gas, and when the lever was moved, the magnetism from the earth was cut off, allowing the craft to rise." The pilots drew water from the horse trough "to be used in making electricity."

The source is indicated as "Humcat 1906-2. Source: Phenomena Research Reporter, # 3", with thanks to Chris Aubeck for bringing it to attention.

Other references are indicated as Ted Bloecher investigation files, August 27, 1973, newspaper clipping; Saga Magazine UFO Report, July 1974, p. 36; A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0298, 1980.

[Ref. mm1:] MICHIGAN MUFON WEBSITE:

The web site indicated that in 1906, a boy of Mitchell, South Dakota, named Herbert DeMott was the witness of the landing of an airship and went on board. The family must also have seen the object. According to the boy's statement, a door on the object opened and two occupants who were sitting on camping stools welcomed him. They appeared completely normal and spoke fluent English, they however did not want to reveal where they came from.

They explained Herbert that the hull of the ship was filled with helium and if you actuated a lever, the terrestrial attraction force would thus be cut off. The occupants took water from the farm horse's basin; which they needed in order to produce electricity.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in 1906 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the USA, Herbert V. Demott, 10-year-old, moves towards the well of the residence of his parents. He sees suddenly an apparatus go down and land not far from there. He decides to approach the machine, and as he is near, a door opens by fading inside the aerial ship. He is invited on board, where two men of the ordinary type "sat on collapsible chairs". They speak to the boy but do not say anything about their origin. According to what the latter believed to understand the external hull of the apparatus is filled with helium, and when a lever is actuated terrestrial attraction is cancelled, this is what makes it possible for the machine to rise in the airs. When the pilot draws water in the feeding trough of the horses, he claims that is "to make electricity."

Jean Sider indicates that the source is "Strange Magazine, #10, 1992, p. 6, article by J. Clark, according to The Albany Democrat-Herald, Oregon, August 27, 1973."

Jean Sider comment on that the nonsense "of the allegations of the entities is again obvious", suggests that it is a "Screen scenario?" and that if this is the case, "an abduction could have occurred."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in 1906, in Mitchell, South Dakota, USA, there was a "Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. An unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by one male witness at a house (Demott)."

The sources are indicated as "Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Bloecher, Ted R., Ted R Bloecher investigation files; Eberhart, George M., A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980, ISBN:0-313-21337-2".

Points to consider:

I speculate that the original source is not the 1973 article but a 1906 article from the same newspaper or another local newspaper, republished in 1973.

The tale is clearly the sort of tales told between 1896 and 1913 in the US newspapers. The "technology" descriptions for the airship is clearly indicative of the imaginary nature of the story.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe July 22, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Probable more primary source, not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe July 22, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross The 1973 newspaper source is not available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Tall tale.

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 July 22, 2009 Creation, [cf1], [bh1], [wu1], [js1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 22, 2009 First published.

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