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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 21, 1909, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, USA, MR. ROUH AND OTHER PEOPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

It is reported that on Thursday, January 21, 1909, in Camden, New Jersey, The Black Hawk Social Club, in the sevenhundred block of Ferry Avenue, was having a meeting, when around 1 a.m., a Mr. Rouh was distracted by what he described as an "uncanny sound" at the back window.

He turned to see a grisly uninvited guest staring at him through the panes, and was terrified. Club members fled "in abject fear", and Rouh, in desperate self-defense, seized a big club, and the Jersey Devil flew off emitting "blood-curdling sounds."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001502
Date of event: January 21, 1909
Earliest report of event: 1909?
Delay of report: Day, weeks, years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Not known. Newspaper?
First certain record by: "Jersey Devil" book.
First alleged record type: Not known. Newspaper?
First certain record type: "Jersey Devil" book.
This file created on: April 6, 2013
This file last updated on: April 6, 2013
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New Jersey
Type of location: Behind window from social club hall.
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: Several
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Members of a social club.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Capable of light.
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: "Blood-curdling" sounds.
Entities actions: Looked in hall from behind window, fled.
Entities/witness interactions: Looked in hall from behind window, fled.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, seized a big club.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, bird, sandhill crane.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. mm1:] JAMES MCCLOY AND RAY MILLER:

The authors say that on Thursday, January 21, 1909, in Camden, New Jersey, The Black Hawk Social Club, in the sevenhundred block of Ferry Avenue, was having a meeting, when around 1 a.m., a Mr. Rouh was distracted by what he described as an "uncanny sound" at the back window.

He turned to see a grisly uninvited guest staring at him through the panes, and was terrified. Club members fled "in abject fear", and Rouh, in desperate self-defense, seized a big club, and the Jersey Devil flew off emitting "blood-curdling sounds."

[Ref. dh1:] "NEW JERSEY DEVILS HUNTERS":

Thurs. 1/21

Camden, NJ

A strange noise was heard at 1am at the Black Hawk Social Club. One of the members heard the noise at the back window, and turned to find the beast staring in through the glass. The club members were immediately gripped with panic. The man attempted to scare the creature, which flew off screaming.

[Ref. gm1:] "JERSEY DEVIL" GOOGLE MAP:

Camden, NJ January 21, 1909

Members of the Black Hawk Social Club in Camden, NJ heard strange noises outside the club at 1 am. One member, turned to find the Jersey Devil looking through the back window. The club panicked and when the man tried to scare the creature away, it flew off into the night with a dreadful scream.

[Ref. uf1:] "UFO FYI" WEBSITE:

[...] On Thursday, the Jersey Devil was seen by the Black Hawk Social Club. [...]

[Ref. jg1:] JOHN MICHAEL GREER:

The author says that on Thursday, January 20, 1909, in Camden, New Jersey, most of the members of the Black Hawk Social Club saw the Jersey Devil through the back window of their meeting hall.

[Ref. cp1:] "CYBERPLAQUE" WEBSITE:

Jersey Devil Sighting - Ferry Road, Camden

Location

Black Hawk Social Hall
700 Ferry Ave. - 700 Block of Ferry Ave.
Camden , NJ 08104
United States
39░ 55' 11.8776" N, 75░ 6' 52.542" W

About

One of the many sightings of the Jersey Devil in January 1909 was by the members of the Black Hawk Social Club in the 700 block of Ferry Avenue. I don't have an exact address but there may not have been numbered addresses in those days. I think the club belonged to a Native American tribe, but I am not sure. Maybe someone can comment with more information.

Points to consider:

Before discussing this particular case, I must make some general remarks about what was called the "Jersey Devil".

In Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, for nearly two centuries at least, some people give reports of encounters with a "creature" whose descriptions suggested that it was some sort of "devil", though in my opinion it was often merely a large bird in migration there, the sandhill crane.

Ufologically, these stories are mostly not considered as related in any way with UFOs or UFO occupants, in my opinion too they should not be part of a catalog of "close encounters of the third kind".

However, some ufologists included such stories in such catalogs, thinking for some reason it does have something to do with the UFO question. Most of the time, they do not include all the Jersey Devil reports, but only a few of them, maybe due to lack of documentation or maybe for some other reason I do not understand.

So I have to include all these stories, because if some source considers, rightly or wrongly, that this a UFO-related, then it is within my scope, not to immediately and arbitrarily disregard their idea, but to evaluate it, and thus to collect the documentation and the comments about it. And therefore, I have to check and document all reported, not just those selected arbitrarily by these ufologists who believed this is UFO material. This is why you cans see I have a file for each Jersey Devil reports, even those that were never included in the ufology literature.

I should note that most stories are fragmentary, often because the sources write about several observations, and what is said about one report is supposed to be implicitly true for the others. I do not do it that way; I publish case files individually and discuss each on its own merits or issues, and offer a specific assessment for each case. But of course, generalities can be said on these reports. As I do not want to disconnect individual reports from these generalities, I make the following notes.

I want to first list the various explanations offered for the "Jersey Devil" - they could apply its late equivalent the West Virginia "Mothman" which was introduced in UFO books the 1960s:

Now let's see this report.

Let's note that this happened at a time when it was dark night.

The description is missing, all that is said is that it flew away when menaced.

We have no UFO, no aliens, nothing evil, nothing "paranormal" whatsoever. Nothing that could kill the idea that the man may have seen the scary-looking sandhill crane peering inside from behind a window.

There is not enough information to make this explanation a certainty, but there is not a single piece of information that would support she saw a real devil, or an alien, or a pterodactyl, "Bigfoot" or anything extraordinary.

"Sandhill Crane" (Grus canadensis) - pictures above - is a species of big crane living in North America, Canada, and in the extreme northeast of Siberia. Some are resident, some are migratory, passing sometimes indeed by the states where the "Jersey Devil" was reported.

Its sound is described as having to do with a French "r" sound, a frog's squawk and a trumpet tone. Male and female sometimes engage in duets of complex cries.

Its wingspan can reach more than 2 meters.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 6, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 6, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No description of entity except that it can fly away. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, bird, sandhill crane.

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 April 6, 2013 Creation, [mm1], [dh1], [gm1], [uf1], [jg1], [cp1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 6, 2013 First published.

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