Champ, 1929

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 14th, 2009

Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia

July 16, 1929


Willsboro, N. Y., July 16 (UP) – Three young fishermen, still excited over their experience, insisted they had seen the famous Lake Champlain sea serpent, whose existence has been affirmed and denied by a confusing combination of fact and fancy during the more than 300 years since the lake’s discovery.

Thomas Bridge of Willsboro village and two companions, Davis Riley and Wesley Quimby, were fishing at the mouth of the Boquet river Sunday [July 14] when what appeared to them to be a huge serpent or fish thrust its head high above the surface of the lake. The monster began shaking its tail violently, lashing the water for acres around in a sea of foam, they said.

Terrified by the spectacle, Bridge did not stop running until he had reached the village, two miles away. Riley and Quimby also retired precipitously.

Bridge previously had ridiculed tales of a Lake Champlain sea serpent. The serpent has been something of a legendary figure in this section, and the last time he was reported seen was 20 years ago, when he appeared between Port Henry and Crown Point.

Thanks to Jerome Clark.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Champ, 1929”

  1. gavinf responds:

    I love these old newspaper articles, and I hope you will keep sharing them with us.

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