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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.

1924, DADE CITY, FLORIDA, USA, EVELYN WENDT:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

According to a ufologist's book, a local newspaper published about 1974 the statements of Miss Evelyn Wendt, now operator of a beauty parlor, who, schoolgirl, in 1924, was playing in the schoolyard of the Holy Name Convent School in Dade City, in Florida, by day.

She recalled that the first thing in her memory was an egg-shaped thing on the ground, and light in her eyes.

Then the light went out, a sort of hatch opened, and little robot people emerged. They were smaller than her and resembled animated flowers with faces where the bud would be. As they looked like flowers, and as she was a kid, she was not afraid of them.

They carried a weapon-like device to the school's science building. She wanted to help them, but someone told her to stop. She replied that they were so small, that she was going to assist, and the creatures let her try but she could not move the device.

She was told they were going to stop the work that was being done in the science building and told that if the work continued, they would destroy the place; but she could not remember what kind of a work that was supposed to be, only remembering that later she heard the place was in a shamble.

She remembered there seemed to be a man with the little people, and everything looked real, even though she was not sure. The conversation was not ordinary talking, she understood mentally what was being said.

As they were leaving, they asked if she wanted to go, she answered no but remembers she could have gone.

The creatures promised to come back for her in 35 years, but nothing like this happened.

Their "saucer" then flew straight up, hovered a minute and disappeared.

Basic information table:

Case number:URECAT-000136
Date of event:1924
Earliest report of event:1974
Delay of report:50 years
Witness reported via:Local newspaper.
First alleged record by:Local newspaper.
First certain record by:Ufology book.
First alleged record type:Local newspaper.
First certain record type:Ufology book.
This file created on:March 16, 2007
This file last updated on:January 15, 2008
Country of event:USA
State/Department:Florida
Type of location:Schoolyard
Lighting conditions:Day
UFO observed:Yes
UFO arrival observed:Uncertain
UFO departure observed:Yes
UFO/Entity Relation:Certain
Witnesses numbers:1
Witnesses ages:Child
Witnesses types:Schoolgirl, now beauty salon operator.
Photograph(s):No.
Witnesses drawing:No.
Witnesses-approved drawing:No.
Number of entities:Several
Type of entities:Robots looking like flowers.
Entities height:Little
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:Telepathy.
Entities actions:Came out of UFO, saw witness, communicated to witness by telepathy, invited witness to follow, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions:Invited witness to follow them.
Witness(es) reactions:Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings:Not frightened, wanted to help.
Witness(es) interpretation:Not reported.
Explanation category:Extraterrestrial beings or distorted memories.
Explanation certainty:Low.

Narratives:

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

The authors indicate that in 1924, at the Holy Name Convent School in Dade City, Florida, by day, Mrs Evelyn Wendt, now a beauty salon operator, and then a schoolgirl, was playing in the yard of that school.

She told, "the first thing I remember is that this egg-shaped thing was on the ground, and this bright light was shining in my eyes."

Then the light went out, a "hatch" opened, and little robot people emerged:

"They were smaller than I and resembled animated flowers with faces where the bud would be. Remember, I was just a bitty thing then, and kids don't fear flowers."

They carried a weapon-like device to the school's science building.

"I wanted to help them, but someone said, 'Stop.' I replied that they were so small, I was going to assist. The creatures let me try, but I couldn't even budge the machine. I was told they were going to stop the work that was being done in the science building and they said if the work continued, they would destroy the place."

When asked what that "work" was, she said she didn't know: "All I know is later I heard the place was a shambles."

She added: "There seemed to be a man with the little people. ...everything looked real, even though I wasn't so sure. The conversation wasn't real talking," but she understood mentally what was being said. As they were leaving, "they asked if I wanted to go. I said, 'No,' but I could have gone."

She adds: "They promised to come back for me in 35 years, but that was up a long time ago, and nothing happened that I know of."

The "saucer" then flew straight up, hovered a minute and disappeared.

The authors indicate that the story is in Timothy G. Beckley's book "Timothy G. Beckley's Book of Space Contacts", New York, Global Communications, 1981, pp. 26-27, quoting from The Weekday newspaper of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Points to consider:

The school was actually the St. Joseph school, Pasco county, where indeed the Benedictine Sisters of the Holy Name Convent were teaching from September 1921 and from that time until its closing. From 1921 to 1928, the principal was Miss Marie Martin. St. Joseph was the only public school in Florida staffed by nuns.

The former St Joseph School, a two classrooms wooden construction, as it stands in 2006.

The case is of high strangeness but of low reliability as the unique witness reports 50 years later on events of her childhood.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the mentioned article in The Weekday newspaper. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Case not investigated. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe March 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross single witness, child, reporting 50 years later. - -

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial beings or distorted memories.

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 16, 2007 Creation, [bh1].
0.2 Patrick Gross March 16, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 15, 2008 Conversion from HTML4 to XHTML Strict.

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