When one thinks of the library, they often call to mind long stacks of colorful bindings where tall, thin, darkly dressed women glide through putting away books and shushing patrons.   That has not been my experience over the last 15 years of library work.   (For those of you who have met me in person, you …

On the morning of August 22, 1908, Ross Foster started his day like he had ended the day before, fishing.  He put out the line around 10p.m on August 21 and went back to check it at daybreak on the 22.  He could not have known that this day would take such an appalling turn. …

Have you ever taken a trip (drive or other forms of travel) where you set off for one kind of adventure and end up having a completely DIFFERENT kind? Well, this is one of those stories.  I set off for Central Illinois with my regular ghost adventure buddy, John Hoblit.  We were returning from something …

Jehial Harmon was born in Suffield, Connecticut, Oct. 5, 1762.  This made him only  12 years old in April of 1775 when the Battle of Lexington  (and the beginning of the Revolutionary War) occurred.  Jehial’s older brother served in the army but Jehial’s parents thought he was too young to go with his brother.  The parents …

Barbara Hamilton was only 14 years old when she died on June 6, 1909 in her home on North Second Street.  She had been ill for a while, in fact, her parents had just brought her  home from a hospital in Chicago where she had spent a couple of months struggling to get better. Little …

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