Around Rogers' time, Indians were calling the creature Wejua-which means "wet skin". Settlers in Vermont in the early 1800s described an animal called Old Slippery Skin or Old Wet Skin. Was it wet or greasy looking? We don't know. But the thing knocked over settler's fence rails, kicked manure piles, threw rocks, even chased cattle and goats.
Today, we use the western American Indian name, Sasquatch, even Bigfoot. And as we got into the 1900s, we started hearing reports of the animal in the Adirondacks.
L.V.: What put Sasquatch on the map around here? Was it the sighting made famous by NSRS research member Brian Gosselin, a former Whitehall police officer?
Brann: In 1976, Brian's brother Paul Gosselin, 18, and a friend, Marty Padick, were traveling by auto down Abair Road in Hampton, N.Y. (near the Vermont state line, across from Fair Haven), when they thought they heard a woman screaming, perhaps being molested, in the distance. They pulled over. Paul reached for his gun. He yelled, "What the hell is going on out there?" There was no response. Again, he yelled out. Nothing. They drove down Abair Road, turned around, and came back to the screaming site, facing the opposite way, and stopped. Both teens looked across the field to where the scream seemed to be come from. They noticed movement at a nearby telephone pole. Whatever it was, it immediately started running-fast-toward their vehicle. Marty must have left 50 feet of rubber on the road as they got out of there.
L.V.: What happened next?
Brann: Both guys drove into Whitehall to report the incident to the police. But Brian Gosselin, who also saw the creature shortly after, should tell you the rest of this account.
To be continued.
Check It Out: If you've seen Bigfoot in your area, have something unusual to report, or are simply interested in learning more about Sasquatch research in Vermont and New York, contact Bill Brann of NSRS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-747-9134. All sighting information is kept strictly confidential.