Misc. Tidings of Yore

Forgotten Lore & Historical Curiosities

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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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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