1923, Reed Smoot and the Bigfoot Threat to LDS in Georgia

In early 1923, Reed Smoot while on a whistle stop in Georgia wrote in his diary that after praying with representatives from f Georgia’s  Latter Day Saints Churches, several of the state’s elders pulled him aside. They feverishly told him of a grave and existential threat faced by many of Georgia’s LDS congregations. From what the elders told Smoot, a black hairy creature with glowing yellow eyes ransacked several churches, terrorized the children and made the women weep.  But since all the local sheriffs, being Christians themselves, did not look kindly on the Latter Day Saints, and nothing was ever done. They sought Smoot’s intervention in the matter. But Smoot, facing discrimination himself among his fellow Washington politicians, kept silent on the matter, lest he be labelled more of a suspicious kook for believing in monsters.

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2 thoughts on “1923, Reed Smoot and the Bigfoot Threat to LDS in Georgia

  1. You have a great collection of incidents here – but none of them seemingly have references or citations. Is there a citation for this story as well?
    Pete

    • Thank you. Most of these tales have been told to me directly in emails, phone calls, and other direct research. I am expanding many for a book I am working on. It will have a detailed bibliography.

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