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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 22, 1909, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, USA, LOUIS STREHR:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The authors of a "Jersey Devil" book said that at 4 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 1909, Camden Policeman Louis Strehr observed what he called a "Jabberwock" drinking water from a horse's trough in front of John Carroll's Saloon on Third Street.

He described it as having the head and body of a kangaroo, "antlers something like a dear, and bat wings."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001512
Date of event: January 22, 1909
Earliest report of event: 1909?
Delay of report: Day, months, years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Not known.
First certain record by: Jersey Devil book James F. McCloy, Ray Miller
First alleged record type: Not known.
First certain record type: Jersey Devil book
This file created on: July 12, 2013
This file last updated on: July 12, 2013
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New Jersey
Type of location: In city.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Man, patrolman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Animal
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported or none.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Like a kangaroo.
Entities head: Not reported. Like a kangaroo. Antlers a bit like a deer.
Entities eyes: Not reported. Like a kangaroo.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported. Bat wings.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Drunk water froma saloon's horse trough.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Confusion, bird, or hoax. Insufficient information. Not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

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

The authors say that at 4 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 1909, Camden Policeman Louis Strehr observed what he called a "Jabberwock" drinking water from a horse's trough in front of John Carroll's Saloon on Third Street.

He described it as having the head and body of a kangaroo, "antlers something like a dear, and bat wings."

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

Fri. 1/22

Camden, NJ

The creature woke the residents of a house by his hoof steps on their rooftop at 2am.

Policeman Louis Strehr observed an eerie creature drinking water from a horse trough at approximately 4am. He said the creature had "the head and body of a kangaroo, antlers like a deer, and bat wings."

[Ref. dj1:] DAVE JULIANO:

The author says that there was a sighting of the Jersey Devil in Camden on January 22, 1909: patrolman Louis Strehr saw the creature drinking from a horse's trough.

[Ref. uu1:] "THE ULTIMATE URBAN LEGENDS":

The book says that there was a sighting of the Jersey Devil in Camden on January 22, 1909: patrolman Louis Strehr saw the creature drinking from a horse's trough.

[Ref. mn1:] MICHAEL NEWTON:

The author says that there was a sighting of the Jersey Devil in Camden on January 22, 1909: patrolman Louis Strehr saw the creature drinking from a horse's trough.

[Ref. ch1:] LOREN COLEMAN AND BRUCE HALLENBECK:

The authors says that on January 21, 1909, in Camden, New Jersey, the Jersey Devil woke the residents of a house with its hoofsteps on their rooftops at 2 a.m., and policeman Louis Strehr saw an "eerie creature" drinking water from a horse trough at approximately 4. am.m. He said it had "the head and the body of a kangaroo, antlers like a deer, and bat wings."

[Ref. gm1:] "GODS AND MONSTERS" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on January 22, 1909, "Officer Louis Strehr of the Camden Police Department saw the Jersey Devil drinking water from a horse's trough. A different officer named Merchant from the Blackwood Police Department drew a now-famous sketch of the creature based on the sightings from that week as well as his own sighting of the creature. A man from Salem also saw the creature and described it as having wings and a tail.

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.

The summary as in [dj1], [uu1], [mn1], appears literaly on hundreds of websites about mysteries, UFOs, cryptozoology. I did not put them in this file.

The "Jabberwock" qualification may be a way to say it was a bird, but a bird the policeman had not seen previously, and a way to say he was scared. After all, we do not know how log he saw it, how well he saw it. The sandhill crane is a large bird with a wingspan that can extended over 2 meters; if such a bird was seen, it may indeed have been a frightful encounter, a motive for making the report.

It must be noted that the observation took place in the night at 4 a.m., at an unknown distance, and in a context where everyone talks of the "Jersey Devil."

The Jabberwock (example image on the left) is a fictional character from the novels "Through the Looking-Glass", and "What Alice Found There" by Lewis Carroll. It only appears within the poem Jabberwocky that Alice reads during the first chapter and never interacts with the rest of the cast. In the book illustration by Tenniel, the Jabberwock is a large winged mixture of several animals, with the body of a dragon, a whiskered, fish-like head, insect antennae and a pair of talon-like hands on both its arms and its wings, which may also serve as forelegs when it walked on the ground. It also wears a vest.

The qualification "Jabberwock" was used by "a police officer" in a case in Burlington date caguely some days earlier. It is possible that the two cases are the same case.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe July 12, 1909 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not known and not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe July 12, 1909 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Sighting conditions not known - distance, duration? - sighting by night. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Confusion, bird, or hoax. Insufficient information. 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 July 12, 2013 Creation, [mm1], [dh1], [dj1], [uu1], [mn1], [ch1], [gm1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 12, 2013 First published.

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