Cook County, Illinois
AN APPARITION DISCOVERED
The mysterious apparition which recently made its appearance upon the track of the Chicago and Lake Huron Railroad near Olivet, and which created such a remarkable sensation, as reported in the Times, has turned out to be a "big scare," produced by the cunning ingenuity of an artist in Olivet, who, perching himself on the Limb of a large beach tree, about fifty feet above the ground, threw the spectre, with some kind of an optical instrument, upon the track, or in any other direction which he desired. On one occasion the ghost was seen to vanish suddenly in a large wood pile near the track, and a large number of men living in the neighborhood who witnessed the disappearance, at once commenced removing the wood, handling it all over stick by stick, and after having finished the job they were as much in darkness as before. Two or three days after the rand upon the wood pile, Assistant Roadmaster Bollens, with a gang of frightened workmen, passed along the "haunted ground," when Mr. Bollens accidentally looked up to the tree in which the Olivet artist was perched, and at once discovered the handsome "trick," much to the gratification and relief of the superstitious Irishmen, who had been unwilling to work through fear of the dreaded and mysterious apparition. Thus endeth the latest "ghost story." Chicago Times [The Vancouver Independent. (Vancouver, W.T. [Wash.]), 18 July 1878]
HAUNTED HOUSE IS SOLD
Chicago - Haunted by the grewsome memories of wife murder, the home of Adolph Luetgert, scene of one of the greatest murder mysteries of Chicago, has been sold. The building, which formerly stood at 207 Hermitage avenue, in rear of the factory where Luetgert is said to have disposed of the remains of his wife in the sausage making vats has been moved to Diversey Boulevard, near Paulina street, by August Blain, its purchaser. A new coat of paint and a thorough renovation is believed to have so changed it that not even the ghost of Mrs. Luetgert which once was said to haunt it, will know it again. For years after the murder the house was vacant, and when tenants appeared they remained only a short time. Even after Luetgert died at Joliet penitentiary no one could be found who wanted to live in the house. The factory itself was partly destroyed by fire. It is now used as a woodworking plant. [The Rice Belt Journal. (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, La.), 11 Oct. 1907]
GHOST IS A JOKE
Haunted House In Chicago Still Attracts Big Crowds.
CHICAGO, Aug 1 - The "Haunted House" at 181 West Twenty Third St continued to attract crowds yesterday. Last night more than 3,000 men, women and children waited in front of the place. It was necessary to have 25 policemen to keep traffic open. The fire hose was used again and the stream of water drove the crowd away. Ten men and boys were arrested during the evening on charges of disorderly conduct. Although the police say they have solved the mystery and proved that the "Ghost" was the work of a practical joker. Mrs William Bacheldor still insists that her home is haunted and that she will not live in the place again. [The Morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.), 02 Aug. 1908]
GHOST'S PRICE IS $4,000
Chicago Tax Board Cuts Down Assessment on Haunted House.
CHICAGO, Ill, August 21 - A market value has been placed upon healthy, regularly operating ghosts that are guaranteed to moan and shriek and send shivers down the spines of the timid. The Chicago market for spooks was strong today, with $4,000 as the closing figure. It was the board of review that ruled upon the money value of a real ghost when the assessment figure on the property of J. S. Deuterlander, at 3315 South Oakley avenue, was cut from $12,000 to $8,000 after the owner had convinced the tax experts that a haunted house, in stead of being an asset as a novelty, was in reality a white elephant on his hands. According to Deuterlander, a young woman met a mysterious death in the house four years ago. The tenants who rented from him after that all moved away within a month or so after signing the lease. They said their slumbers were disturbed by groans and shrieks and the voice of a phantom woman calling upon them to bring her slayer to Justice. For three years, Deuterlander says, he has been unable to rent the house, and consequently thinks his tax assessment too high. [Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), 21 Aug. 1912]