Misc. Tidings of Yore

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Clay-Cold Corpse Marries Warm, Blooming Bride (1856)

Edgefield Advertiser, 20 Aug. 1856

“SINGULAR MARRIAGE.-A young man residing in Bordentown, who was under an engagement of marriage with a young lady, died on Friday last. Both the gentleman and lady, as well as their families, were firm believers in the doctrine of the spiritualists, and notwithstanding the death of the former it was determined that the marriage should take place between the disembodied spirit of the young man, and the living, breathing body of his affianced bride.
Accordingly, on Sunday, the marriage ceremony was performed between the clay-cold corpse and the warm, blooming bride. It is understood that this was in compliance with the directions of the spirit of the bridegroom. The devotion of the lady to the spirit or the memory of her lover carried through this trying ceremony without faltering; but it must lead to unhappiness, for she, no doubt, considers herself as the wife of one whom she shall meet in the body never more. Her heart lies buried in the grave with him who should have been her guide and protector. Among all the singular things recorded of the Spiritualists, we have met with nothing parallel to this.”

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The Fourth of July: It’s Probably Safer To Stay Home

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 14  July 1909
Deseret Evening News, 5 July 1904
Deseret Evening News, 5 July 1904
The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal, 5 July 1901
Arizona Republican, 6 July 1913
The Scranton Tribune, 6 July 1896

Dies at Behest of Baby Ghost (1907)

There were a handful of clippings from newspapers across the country in 1907 reporting that Mrs. Daniel Clauer of Springfield, Ohio died after repeatedly seeing visions of her niece’s ghost.

The Paducah Evening Sun printed part of a conversation between Mrs. Clauer and her daughter, Mrs. Yost:
Alice has been calling and beckoning to me for a month and now that Daniel is gone there is no reason that I should not go to be with them.

The Paducah evening Sun March 25, 1907
The Paducah Evening Sun, March 25, 1907

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Easter Suicides and Fatal Accidents in the Midst of a Blizzard (1915)

From the New York Tribune, April 5, 1915:


Deaths and Accidents in Wake of Blizzard Make Day a Tragic One.
Another, Despondent Over War, Stabs Self Through Heart-Man Killed in L.I. Tube.
     Misfortune stalked out of Saturday’s blizzard and Easter Sunday ended with a tale of suicide, accidental deaths and minor accidents that few days have equalled. Against this record the Tombs court set a mark that can be bettered in only one way, and that an absolutely clear docket. One case was all Magistrate Ten Eyck had to handle.

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Society Is An Elixir of Bon-Bons: Washington’s Socialite Suicide Problem


I came across this headline while researching an allegedly haunted roof under which socialite Bessie Hillyer died in 1888. The article, which ran in The Princeton Union on February 24, 1898 provided the only image of Miss Hillyer readily available and also hinted that there was a suicide epidemic among Washington, D.C. debutantes which I found incredibly fascinating.

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