The Antioch News
Thursday, July 22, 1948
Three Illinois Men
See 'Monster Bird'
"Bigger Than An Airplane"
ST. LOUIS.—A retired air force
colonel and a 12-year-old boy backed
up the report by two Belvidere, Ill.
residents of spotting a'"monster
It was either the same mysterious
bird of gigantic size they saw or one
just like it they said.
Col. W. F . Slegmund, former com-
mandant of the Army air base at
Kearns, Utah, said he saw the creature'
while horseback riding four
miles north of Alton, Ill.
James Trares,'12, said he saw the
bird flying over his home in suburban
Glendale, Mo. Both Siegmumd
and the boy said they were apprehensive
of telling anyone about It
until they read a United Press dispatch
from Belvidere about the incident.
The Belvidere report quoted Robert
Price and Veryl Babb as saying
the bird was "bigger than an airplane"
and flapped Its wings.
Slegmund said he didn't see any
flapping of wings but he was sure It
was a huge fowl and not a type Of
He described the creature as about
the size of a small pursuit plane
and said it was flying northeast at
an altitude of between 4,000 and
The Trares boy said he spotted the
bird in the air one evening at sunset
and ran yelling Into his house to
tell his mother. He said it was graygreen
in color and about the size of