Impossible? Perhaps not.
In the summer of 1897, Somerset County was terrorized by its very own Wild Man. During a three week period from the end of June to mid-July, residents reported seeing a "wild man" in their fields and near their homes. He appeared in tattered clothing with no hat and no shoes - and he didn't hesitate to attack any and all that approached him!
|New York Times headline, 17 July 1897|
On the morning of Sunday, June 20 he took a heavy walking stick and headed out into his fields. He never looked back and did not return that evening. Mrs. Funger was worried that some tragedy had befallen him after he did not return the next day or the next.
|17 July 1897 Washington D.C. Evening Times|
Mr. Funger returned to his homestead the evening of July 13 - but did not acknowledge his wife or pay any attention to her. The next day he went about his regular chores - working as if he was a hired hand!
|17 July 1897 Philadelphia Inquirer|