'Ape-Man' Frightens
Girls In 1926

By Michael Goodspeed
I've recently found a number of interesting news stories dating back to the first half of the twentieth century -- including a possible "Bigfoot" sighting from 1938 -- and yesterday, I came across yet another item that may interest Bigfoot investigators.
The story is very peculiar. The reporter and the sources he quoted made a pretty illogical assertion based on pure assumption, but given the historical era they were living in, one can hardly blame them.
The report comes from a farming community called "Taugwank" near North Stonington, Connecticut, in the year 1926. The plot features a couple of young women who recently inherited their father's farm after he died. They and several of their neighbors report having been scared witless by an "ape-man" of "terrifying mien." But a game warden who "searched" the girls' farm "concluded" that the offending "beast" was likely a man dressed in an ape costume! The warden apparently reached his conclusion because none of the local insane asylums or circuses reported any missing apes, or ape-like men. The theoretical motive of the alleged man was to frighten the girls into selling their property.
The author of this report apparently accepted the game warden's "conclusion" on faith, even though all those who witnessed the "ape-man" reported that he or it moved "with considerable more agility than was possible for a human being."
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that in 1926, a convincing ape costume was a little difficult to come by. But the game warden seemed to believe that a "fur coat and trousers" would have been sufficient to put the scare on the girls and their neighbors.
Again, I can't blame this fellow for conjuring such a peculiar theory. Everyone knows there are no giant, hairy ape-men hiding in the backwaters of rural America.
But enough vociferation from me. Read the story, and judge for yourselves...
The Syracuse Herald, Saturday, April 03, 1926
Bullets Await "Ape-Man" Who Attemps to Scare Girls Into Sale of Farm
Friendly Neighbors of Connecticut Estate Load Up in Preparation for Reappearance of Hairy Creature.
North Stonington Conn, April 3, (UP) -- Taugwank's "ape-man" is a plain human being in fur coat and trousers.
George Denison of Mystic, a game warden, came to that conclusion yesterday after a thorough search of the Horace D. Miner farm in Taugwank.
Further, he declared his belief that the man was attempting to frighten Muriel, 19, and Mildred Miner, 16, orphans, into selling the valuable farm which they inherited on the death of the father three weeks ago.
The ape-man has variously been reported by the girls and neighbors as a hairy creature of terrifying mien. While those who have seen him differed in detail, it was agreed that the creature slumped along in the manner of an ape, and jumped about with considerable more agility than was possible for a human being.
A check of neighboring insane asylums and circuses disclosed no missing inmates or animals. Attention then was turned to the theory that the apparition was a man. Authorities who became interested in the investigation learned that before he died Mr. Miner had refused to sell the place.
Despite the desertion of the aged caretaker of the estate, Frank Miller, who confessed he was terrified at the events of the last three weeks, the Miner girls are unafraid.
Loaded firearms await the ape-man masquerader and, according to Denison, that is why he has not been seen in the last few days.
"If that fellow goes out there again they are going to put the lead to him," was how he summed up matters after yesterday's visit to the farm. "I wouldn't try it again if I were he."
Neighbors of the Miner girls are standing with them, and there is many a loaded shotgun standing in readiness to do duty when Taugwank's terror next appears.



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