A Ghost Report from the Memphis Daily Appeal on January 18, 1888

Spectral EditionA tenement house in Concord, New Hampshire, is riddled with inexplicable sounds: raps, whistles, groans, rattlings, and more.

More than one team of ghost hunters have spent the night at the house. But no physical cause for the disturbances could be found.

1884-1-18 p1 Memphis Daily Appeal [Tennessee]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Daily Capital Journal on April 21, 1910

Spectral EditionThe devastating 1906 earthquake in the Bay Area of San Fransisco destroyed the library at Stanford University.

Four years later, odd noises — clankings and groanings — were reported to be rising from the library’s ruins.

University officials took the reports seriously enough that they posted a night watchman.

1910-04-21 p2 Daily Captial Journal [Salem, Oregon]

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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Columbia Democrat and Star of the North on November 7, 1866

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One of the earliest ghost reports in my collection features a haunted house in Massachusetts.

There’s not much information on exactly what kind of manifestations have been witnessed there.

But its reputation for evil persists.

1866-11-07 p1 Columbia Democrat and Star of the North [Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Holbrook Argus on September 28, 1901

Spectral EditionA New Jersey tenement is reportedly haunted by the spirit of murder victim Pietro Pasquillo.

Among the the strange manifestations is the faucets being turned on throughout the building all at once.

Is Pasquillo trying to wash away the blood?

1901-09-28 p3 Holbrook Argus [Arizonia]

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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Webster City Freeman on February 20, 1912

Spectral EditionSome ghost reports end with a physical explanation.

This one, for example, provides a convincing — if disappointing — reason for the ghostly lights that appeared in a cemetery in Ireton, Iowa.

I hope the brave investigators slept well that night.

1912-02-20 p6 Webster City Freeman [Iowa]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Iron Country Register on June 18, 1891

Spectral EditionGhosts are said to be cold.

They can freeze a person right where they are, so it’s said.

But for Mr. and Mrs. Shea of St. Joseph, Missouri, the icy touch of a ghost literally caused their arms to become paralyzed.

1891-06-18 p2 Iron County Register [Ironton, Missouri]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Pickens Sentinel on February 4, 1886

Spectral EditionThere’s a rotting cottage on the outskirts of Wabash, Indiana. Its decaying door hangs open.

At least two people passing by at night have seen a figure, dressed in black over white, standing in that doorway. The first witness thought it was male. The second saw a female . . . floating in the air.

1886-02-04 p4 Pickens Sentinel [South Carolina]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the New Era on February 10, 1910

Spectral EditionThe windows of a haunted clubhouse won’t stay closed — even if they’re locked.

There’s a creepy light at night, too.

One theory is that it’s the ghost of a man wanting to retrieve a 10-dollar bet he had made just before being shot to death.

1910-02-10 p2 The New Era [Davenport, Oklahoma]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Manning Times on February 15, 1888

Spectral EditionThe little Holler girl can’t live anywhere without a rain of stones falling inside the house.

This is not a haunted house. It’s a haunted child.

Several witnesses corroborate the poltergeist-like phenomenon.

1888-02-15 p1 Manning Times [South Carolina]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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from The News and Herald on December 30, 1879

Spectral EditionMr. Searles transports mail between Milford and Delaware Water Gap, Philadelphia. He claims he’s seen a ghost on his route. Repeatedly!

Some think it’s only someone in a sheet.

Others speculate it’s the spirit of John Goble, who had been murdered on that road fifty-two years earlier.

1879-12-30 p1 The News and Herald [Winnsboro, South Carolina]

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 The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.