Mr. Huntington is standing next to the 9 foot human giant that he carved from wood. Measurements of this ancient giant that was excavated from a burial mound was confirmed by the State Geologist.
"The full length model was preceded by three bust length models, two of them being reproductions based upon skeletons of a man and woman found at Mouindsville, West Virginia, and the third based upon the skeletons found at the Cowan farm brought back from the obscurity of untold ages, a giant, nine-foot man has been modeled in wood by Charles Huntington of East Randolph.
The model is based upon an image which has been formed in Mr. Huntington’s mind since the day, 62 years ago, when he witnessed the exhuming of the skeletons of pre-historic mound builders at the N. E. G. Cowan farm on the Conewango Road. Measurements which he secured at that time form the basis upon which the model was constructed.
The full length model was preceded by three bust length models, two of them being reproductions based upon skeletons of a man and woman found at Mouindsville, West Virginia, and the third based upon the skeletons found at the Cowan farm
When several of the persons who saw these earlier figures expressed disbelief that such large human beings had ever roamed the woods and fields of this vicinity, Mr. Huntington wrote to Albany for verification. He received a letter from C. A. Hartnagel, assistant state geologist, giving figures reported by T. Apoleon Cheney, a Randolph man, who was present at the time the mound was opened. Mr. Cheney’s figures checked with those which Mr. Huntington had used. As an example of the remarkable size of the skeletons, the measurements of the os-femur, or bone between the ankle and knee, was 28 inches in length. The facial angle of 73 degrees and the high forehead would indicate a large degree of intelligence."
History of Cattaraugus County New York 1879
"About two miles south of the village of Rutledge, in the town of Connewango, on lot No. 45, at a point about sixty rods east of Connewango Creek and near the residence of Norman E. Cowen, there was discovered by the first pioneers of this section a sepulcher mound, nearly circular in form, and having an entire circumference of 170 feet. The height of the mound was about 12 feet. Mr Cheney spoke of this work as "having the appearance of being constructed with the ditch outside of the mound as in Druid Barrows..."
Within the mound there were discovered 9 human skeletons, which had been buried in a sitting posture and at regular intervals of space, in the form of a circle, and facing towards a common center. There were some slight appearance that the framework had enclosed the dead at the time of their internment. The skeletons were so far decayed as to crumble upon exposure to the atmosphere, but were all of very large size. An osfemur (the largest found here) was 28 inches in length."
Another find of giant skeletons was found near this site and also described in the History of Cattaraugus County.
'On examination,' writes Mr. Older, "They proved to be skeletons entire, having been deposited there three or four feet in depth. A remarkable characteristic of these skeletons was there enormous proportions. Compared with my own stature and physical formation they must have been giants indeed.