Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rumor points at this home as being a target of Razing.

You can see this house from Rt. 11 as it travels around East Liverpool. Even though it is run down, it has a certain appeal that only a ghost hunter would appreciate. I would love to venture inside and see what secrets it holds.
As we walked around the outside, we discovered some classic haunted house themes. Like this old player piano sitting on the porch. The floor of the porch is in fact not very sound. We were careful as we walked across the floor.

Trees and weeds have over grown the area, giving it that extra spooky look. Yet it is mysterious and beautiful, speaking still of its once great stature and charm.

As I stood below it looking up it felt like some one was watching from inside, wondering what we were doing. My only interest is to get it on film before it is gone.

Perhaps my most favorite characteristic of the whole scene was this old rocker.

It has not been sat in or moved for a long time. Vines from the plants growing around the house have entwined themselves through it because it has sat empty for so long.

In my opinion, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is true that much of this house may be beyond any kind of TLC it could get now. I know that once beautiful porch would definetly need to be rebuilt. But what a welcome it would be to give it some love and have it be seen like the C.C. Thompson house just a few hundred feet away. (I took some great pics of that too. That is my next story.) Look around you East Liverpool at the treasures you have right under your nose. Blink and they will be gone, members of the parking lot club. Maybe there will be one of those Rotary Club signs commemorating the spot where your treasure once stood. Or you could try to save your treasure before it is gone. You do the math. Either way, the sight of this house is worth a moment of your time.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Roving Sentinel

Have a look at the Diamond in East Liverpool, Ohio. This post card is dated between 1900 and 1909. One of the interesting things about it is the statue in about the center. I did not pay much attention to it initially. The statue is long gone from the area now, so I didn't think it even existed. I was wrong. This statue is called the Roving Sentinel. It was commissioned by Liverpool Township to honor the men who fought in the Civil War.
In 1909 it was moved from the Diamond to the City Park (? What city park? It must be another one of those things that doesn't exist any more. Probably a member of the parking lot club. I am sure if it meant Thompson Park, Thompson Park would have been specified.) It spent about seven years there. In 1916 it was moved to stand watch in front of Carnegie Library. There is stayed until 1942.

This picture was taken before the fire of 1905. Are you asking what fire of 1905, too? I am looking into that.

Taken right about 1900. Everything in the Diamond is different now. This is like looking at a picture of the old west.

There is something on just about every flat surface of this statue. Here is a list of men from the area who fought during the Civil War and where they were killed. Some battles I am familiar with, some I never heard of.

This is on the front of the statue, commemorating the years of the war. On all four sides of it you find something written or pictured.

There are so many different things on it, I just don't have enough room to put it all on here. Why is it that all the cool stuff in East Liverpool either gets knocked down or moved? I will bet that like me, most people do not know this ever existed.

It is another forgotten treasure of the area. Since 1942, The Roving Sentinel stands watch in The Riverview Cemetery, facing the war memorial. It is flanked by the graves of our area veterans. A very fitting place for this brass memory that is well worth a moment of your time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Clock Tower In East Liverpool

The clock tower in East liverpool is impressive. It is beautiful. I want the old one back though. I would love to have seen the original. I mean look at it. This building is a ghost hunters dream!
I can just picture the long dark hallways with cobwebbs every where. I mean it looks like a part of Hogwartz! The fact that East Liverpool had such a cool building in it and they tore it down? Ugh!!! Yes they rebuilt it. But it is nowhere near what was originally there! Which would you rather have? Give me the original!
Why did this building get torn down? I am looking into it, but if any one out there knows anything, tell!
I got a comment that asked if I was for real. Ghosts come from our history. Things that have already happened in buildings that were built in their time, not ours. Keep knocking them down and where are the ghosts going to go? They sure can't live in a parking lot. Ya, I am for real. I care about my community and my history. I am not afraid to say how I feel or let people know when I think they are wrong. Tearing down this building was wrong. Tearing down the Ceramic Theatre was wrong. I have to speak up and at least let someone know that I want to somehow keep The Smith Auto Parts Building, not because it is an auto parts store, but because it was Potters National Bank once upon a time. I want Riverview florist to stay right where it is, adding beauty and history to our city. I don't want to be looking at a picture like the one above and wishing I could see it for real. Do you?

Rumor has it that Riverview Florist is soon to become a member of East Liverpool's PARKING LOT CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This building is a feast for the eyes. It has been there as long as I can remember. I even worked there one spring helping to make corsaiges. Lots of people bought corsaiges for the prom at this site. It has been a part of our lives for a very long time.

I have been trying to get some attention paid to the Smith Auto Parts Store because they are going to make it part of the Parking Lot Club. Then, in my effort to get some attention paid to it, I discovered that they are also targeting this building. Ugh!! So I went down there yesterday and took all these pictures.

From what I understand they already have something else in mind for this space. So where are they going to put all this stuff?

Look at this door. It is beautiful. It even has a brass door knocker. You don't see work like this any more.

How could they even consider tearing this down? And how long are we going to let them take away our historical land marks? Where would we be without the men and woman who made and worked in these buildings? Without our past we would have no future.

Are they just going to bulldoze this place and haul it all away? How can we let them do that? Why would we? Please don't be afraid to say something if it bothers you, like it does me. If we don't say anything soon, it will all be gone. Then all we will have to look at is a bunch of parking lots.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Deja Vu

I went to the library on Friday, Feb. 20, to do some research on some of the cemeteries in the area. When I was done, I walked down to the main lobby to look for my husband, who was there looking up books on snakes. I happened to look up and noticed some beautiful paintings. They are scenes from East Liverpool, but the one really caught my eye because it was recently familiar to me. A couple of weeks ago, my son bought a car up on Pennsylvania Avenue. While up there I had noticed how beautiful the view was and I took a lot of pictures. I took the same picture as was hanging on the wall. When I asked the librarian about it, she said the paintings were done by a man named Hans Hacker (I hope I got that right. If I didn't, tell me!) and that they were painted roughly 60 years ago. The scene has definitely changed some. What really stood out for me was that I wasn't the only one to notice how great the view was from where I stood that day. You will notice a lot of houses are gone, most joining the Parking Lot Club. Ugh!! I know you can not save all the buildings but why knock them all down? Aren't some worth saving? How many parking lots does the city need? Oh, sorry. Got side tracked there.
Pennsylvania Avenue is a great place to check out some day when you find yourself with nothing to do. The scenery is worth it. And check out the paintings hanging in Carnegie Library. They too are worth a moment of your time.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

July 30, 1973- Triple Murder In East Liverpool

X marks the spot for the National Furniture Store now. Without them, it may have been hard to find the building. I looked at several before I found a newspaper clipping and noticed the big X's.
Here is where Earl Tweed, and Linda and Angela (only 4 years old) Morris were murdered. This year marks 36 years since these events occured. The case is still unsolved.

There are many theories about what happened. They know that
Mr. Tweed called and talked to his wife at about 12:25pm. They
know he was in the middle of making his lunch because a sandwich spread open and waiting for some mustard or mayo sat on a counter near the back of the store. They know that Linda and Angela went there at lunch time to ask Mr. Tweed about a rental property he had. They know that a woman walked into the store at 12:55pm to discover the bodies of all three. Mr. Tweed had been stabbed multiple times, and Linda and Angela had been beaten to death.
Theory jumps in from there. The killer may have gone around the corner, pictured to the right. He may have traveled down the alley above. No one really saw anything concrete. There is a rumor of a man with red hair being seen leaving the store and going down this alley.

He would have made his way hurriedly but mostly unseen going this way.

They are fairly certain he came this way to come out where the entrance and exit ramps are for Rt. 11.

At the top of these steps they found Mr. Tweed wallet laying on the ground, so they know the killer came this way. But from here, they have no idea where he went. For the Tweed and Morris families he went into history. No one was ever charged, or even suspected in this horrific crime. Other than this ghostly trail and ....

these grave markers, there is not much else. What happened to
Linda and Angela? Why did it have to come down to their deaths? Why was it so necessary to kill a pregnant woman and a four year old little girl? Did they know the killer and he had to silence them?

How does the person who did this live each day with the knowledge that he killed, you might as well say, 4 people? Does it weigh heavey on his mind? I hope so. I hope he carries 36 years of
guilt on his shoulders. I hope he suffered the way Linda's family suffered all these years. I hope he hurts like Earl's family did and still does.

When you pass their murder site down on Dresden Avenue, keep them in mind. Do not forget them. They were here. One had lived a long life but still had so much to give his community. One was carrying a life and nurturing another, planning, loving, living life to its fullest. The last barely got to see what life had to offer. She never got a chance to show the world what she could do. Often forgotten, their story unknown, the building stands as a reminder that life goes on, even when yours stops. My heart goes out to the families of these innocent victims.
This article is for those that are searching the area for ghosts in the city. I think you should at least know who you are looking for and why they are there. They deserve your respect. Please remember that.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jordanville Cemetery-Lisbon, Ohio

As you walk up this long hill, which is a steep climb by the way, once you get to the top, you find a very old cemetery. Sometimes called the Old Dutch Cemetery or the Old Presbyterian Cemetery,
the key word is Old. To the side under links I like, you will find a link to Jordanville Cemetery. It lists the occupants of the cemetery.
But this cemetery is in need of some TLC. Despite that it is roughly 200 years old some of the stones are very easily read, while others have been erased by the weather. Some, like this one
left are sinking into the ground. You can barely read this one.

While others are broken and leaning against several of the trees dotting the cemetery, some of their inscriptions still very visible and readable.

This one is very easy to read. This man was born in 1770 and died in 1815. His grave marker is surrounded by several broken markers. I do not know where they are from. It amounts to just another pile of several piles made up of broken grave markers.

Some of the broken markers are piled on this old tree stump, while others are standing alone, though I am sure they had other stones around them at one time.
Someone is trying to care for the area. Maybe this summer we
could ask for volunteers.......

It is disconcerting to hear the sound of some chickens that are in a pen right beside the little cemetery. It sometimes sounded like a woman crying.

Here are dozens of stones proped up against a tree. Most are broken. At least they were not removed from the area. If there is some kind of map of who is buried where, some might be able to be put with their rightful owners.

There is talk once again of giving this little grave yard some love.
The Lisbon Historical Society has been up there looking around.
It is the oldest burial grounds in Lisbon, Ohio. A notable person
buried there would be President William McKinley's grandfather,
Abner Allison who died in 1827 at the age of 58. There are no military graves here however.

It is rumored that a mist forms around the area in the summer time. This is something I am eager to see. Back in 1985 there had been talk of putting up a historical marker on the site, but that never happened. Hopefully, twenty four years later, they will change their minds and restore this little cemetery to honor those who are at rest here. That is something I would also like to see. While I am sure it is not in any danger of becoming a member of the parking lot club, like the old 5th Street Cemetery, AKA Skeleton Park in East Liverpool, it is also a shame that it is forgotten.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Checking Out Two Triple Murders In East Liverpool

This is my bunch. We are working on being Ghosting 12 Paranormal Investigations. Above is Jon, Mike, Amber, Sarah, and Brooke. We are standing on the empty lot that was once the home of Debbie Taylor. She was murdered by Robert Wooten
in 1979. He now sits in jail. However, he was also the last one
seen with a young girl named Louise Davis. That was just four
days before he killed Debbie and her two children. We hoped to
get some info from Debbie by having some EVP sessions there.
In the pics with the big X's we are standing in front of the National Furniture Store that once belonged to Earl Tweed. Back in 1973 he and Linda and Angela Morris were murdered. That case is unsolved to this day. Again with the EVP sessions. I will let you know about that too.

We also went to Spring Grove Cemetery to the graves of Linda and Angela Morris. Linda was also pregnant when she was murdered. What a horrible loss all the way around. These murders changed so many lives.

To the right is Amy and Mike. A really nice orb showed up between them. Amy is empathic, which is sensing the feelings of
others, both living and dead. She is also an ordained minister which enables her to do house blessings. That will come in handy. There are a lot of people out there who would feel better having
something like that done.

We also went to the grave of Debbie Taylor and her two children. She is also buried in the same cemetery. Brooke, Jon, Sarah, Amber, Mike and I went back there and had one EVP session. We hope that we were able to get some info tonight to help in finding Louise and the murderers of Linda, Angela, and Earl.

This is Brooke walking through the cemetery on our way to Debbie's grave. See the mist right behind her? Something seems to be following her.

Sarah and I discuss our plans for the evening, which included going to the Hot Dog Shoppe. We had chili dogs, chili fries, ice cream, and for me a nice hot coffee. We froze our fingers and toes, but it was worth it to finally get together and do some investigating. There is so much around our area paranormally. All you have to do is go out and look for it. Yes, Gretchen's is a great place to ghost hunt but there are always so many people there, it is hard to catch anything anymore. There are other places. Good luck in all of your ghost hunting endeavors.