Certainly not everybody in the late 1800s and early 1900s believed in ghosts. In fact, this group of young men formed an organization to disprove hauntings.
But you had to be fearless to join The Brooklyn Society for the Extermination of Ghosts and Dispelling of Haunted House Illusions.
Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on recent episodes of The Big Séance podcast or listen to previously released recordings here.