Category: Stories

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Ghost Stories from Childhood

My eldest son, William, is fascinated with ghosts, and not just because of Halloween. His ghoulish obsession actually began last year when he played with some old Ghostbusters toys, and grew after his great...

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The Grisly Demise of Henry Hagenbuch

As a warning to our readers, this article describes the unsettling details of a suicide during the 19th century. Henry Hagenbuch was born on February 23, 1812 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to Joseph and...

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Birthday Celebrations

As Andrew wrote in last week’s article, we often get inspiration for articles from photographs. Fortunately, I started collecting photos from my Montour County, Pennsylvania family when I was very young, and over the...

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Seeing Ghosts

Ghost (noun): an apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image. As genealogists, my father and I see a lot of...

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Digging Up a Headless Hagenbuch

Our Halloween story begins with a newspaper article published on March 28, 1879 in The Colombian. It reads as follows: INVESTIGATING THE DEAD For some days past rumors of a most extravagant nature, concerning...

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Concerning Cows

How’s the Cow? It walks, it talks, it’s full of chalk. The lacteal fluid of the female member of the bovine species is highly prolific to the Nth degree. Some readers of this article...