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Forgotten Lore & Historical Curiosities

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:

 

 “EASTER SADDENED BY FIVE SUICIDES
Deaths and Accidents in Wake of Blizzard Make Day a Tragic One.
CHARLES SCALLEN, FLORIST, ENDS LIFE
 
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

washington-the-princeton-union-february-24-1898

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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An “Odd Superstition of Life and Death”

bloch The Bismarck Tribune January 06, 1922
The Bismarck Tribune, January 06, 1922
bloch 2 The Herald (New Orleans, La.) February 16, 1922
The Herald (New Orleans), Feb. 16, 1922

 

bloch 3 Great Falls Tribune January 09, 1922
The Great Falls Tribune (January 09, 1922) reported that Joseph’s grave was not opened.

Thomas Bloch was born in either Germany or Poland according to the 1910 census. It’s not far-fetched that he might’ve believed that his daughter was a vampire (or something similar) if he was familiar with that part of his native land’s folklore.

Bloch 1910 census

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Have a Morbid, Deathly Christmas

This is one of my favorite Christmas-related articles from the archives. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find anything else on these macabre playthings but it sounds like this guy’s son had a fantastic holiday that year.

From The Evening Statesmen, December 31, 1906:

morbid toys The Evening statesman., December 31, 1906

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