Monday, March 30, 2009

Riverview Cemetery Part 2

Riverview Cemetery has changed a lot over the years. Besides the increase in occupants which is substantial, comparing these two pics can give you an idea. It is the opening to the cemetery. The left is from Mar 24 of this month and the right is a post card from around 1900.

There were lots of interesting head stones to be seen. This one of a Lion is impressive. There is no name on it though. I don't know who it is for. Very close to it is.....

The head stone for James Locke of James Locke Jewelers. Appropriate with a diamond on his stone, of course.

These are two of the larger monuments in the park. The one with
the bench is called a Exedra. The Exedra has a long story, so I am
going to shorten it enough to say that Greek families would have more than one service for their dead, and over time their monuments started including benches, and even table tops to have food and wine while they sat and conversed about their loved one. In America, the Exedra was used most from about 1900 to
1920. The pic to the far right is an example of Classical Architecture due to the two Greek columns. The graves in the front of it are also protected by what might be called Mort Safes. All manner of devices were used to protect bodies from being snatched (body snatchers). Fresh
bodies would be stolen from their graves and sold to medical schools to be dissected and used for practice of surgical procedures. This is where phrase "skeleton in your closet" comes from, as the practice was illegal and professors would hide the bodies in their closets. While these stone
slabs do a fine job to protect its occupants, there were even devices called torpedo coffins that
exploded when tampered with.

To the right is the Mary Patterson building in East Liverpool. It is a very romantic gesture on the part of her husband-erecting a whole building in her honor when she died. But the mausoleum

below is also for her, saying something similar to the building. His tomb is directly above hers inside. There are others in there also, but it is one of my favorites because they loved each other so much. At least these building would seem to say that. I hope so.

The Mangano memorial site is another huge example of Classical Architecture. This name is very familiar to me, though I am not familiar
with any particular stories about them. The monument is beautiful.

I surely hope to find the story for this stone. It is for the Mast Family. The front says Our Brothers- Henry Mast who died at Gettysburg in 1863. John Mast Enlisted in the war in 1861 in his 17th year. Died in Natchez Nov 25- (I can not make out the date on this at this time. It is either 1884 or 1864.) George Mast Enlisted in the war in 1861 in his 16th year. Killed at Atlanta 1865. This stone is worn and hard to read, but there is an inscription on the bottom that reads something like this : Go in peace noble soldiers. We'll always hold thy memories most sacred. This one side is powerful and moving. The three other sides are for their mother, Regina King Mast, of Wirtenburg Germany , Mary Mast Toft, their father, John Mast, also of Germany, and another brother, Frederick M. Mast, who died in 1911.

To the right gives you an idea of how large the Mast Stone is.

Even at night it stands out. You just can't miss it, even in it's lonely little corner. Definitely worth a moment of your time.

I have a thing for trees. I find I take a lot of pictures of them. They are full of character and beauty. This one is no exception.

A memorial for 911 also sits at Riverview. I don't know much about it either, but considering what it stands for, it found a place on my list of interesting things about this memorial park.

So here is to Riverview Cemetery. My last pic is what I find the most interesting of all about the park. The Roving Sentinel watching over the mass grave of men who were killed in the Civil War. You don't think about the Civil War as being significant around here. We are in the north and no battles were fought here (though I am aware of Morgans Raiders, a story upcoming on this blog). This community was greatly affected by those trying times. We lost our loved ones the same as everyone else in the country and they deserve our acknowledgement and respect.
Many of the big pottery families are buried here also, but I am putting them in other blog stories too.
I am sure there are many stones here that I just didn't find that stand out as interesting. I know that Mr. Earl Tweed is buried in this cemetery. He was murdered in 1973 in one of the most horrific triple murders the city has endured. (It has had two, both involving small children.) His case is unsolved to this day. I have had his stone on my blog before. But he does deserve mentioned again. Some one out there knows something.
Have a good day. Oh, and Riverview Cemetery is worth a moment of your time.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

An Investigation from across the Ohio River.

This is THE PINT, a bar over in Chester West Virginia. One of my team members works there. That would be Amber. She said there have been reports of phantom voices and the sound of foot steps when no one is there. It also sounds like some one rack up the pool balls from time to time, when no one is there. So, in we went. We was Amy, Sarah, Amber, and Jon. Oh, and me.

There was a bit of orb action. To the right, in the slots room, you see on the left a moving orb. To the right a nice orb hovers over the exit.

Amy and I are having an EVP session on the dance floor. We did get some EVP. "I am here" and "Michelob" was some of the small phrases we heard. Amy says she sensed the presence of a man in his 60's that once rode motorcycles and was a good old boy. We have not been able to hear a name for him. But he does seem laid back and content to hang in the bar scene still.

Who ever it was seemed to like the music area. That is where the footsteps are heard.

Sarah worked diligently on EVP and taking pictures.

To the right this nice orb hovers over the dance floor as we are behind the bar.

It was a good investigation. I can not say conclusively that the Pint is haunted, but we did get a couple EVP, which can be a good indication. So, the next time you visit the Pint, drink a Michelob for the ghost there. He will appreciate it, I am sure. The Pint is worth a moment of your time. (If you are young and like the bar scene. And now, if you like ghosts.)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Riverview Cemetery-East Liverpool, Ohio Part 1

There are so many stones in Riverview that I can not do them all in one story. So, another one will be along shortly. To continue, these are tree stones. Most Treestones are large, like the one my mom is standing at. They were popular from about 1880 to 1910. So far, every one I have found has been within those dates.

This one is about waiste high. It even has a stamp at the top, from what I can make out on it that tells who made the stone. It is very hard to see, as it is weather worn.

Perhaps some of my most favorite monuments are the ones with pictures. To the left, the Beaver Family. Is this Grimms Bridge? It looks like it. To the right, a very large monument. It is an example of modern architecture, possibly Art Deco. Her possible Sarcophagus Tomb (it could also be an ornament of sorts) is also an open book, depicting scenes from her life. It is one of the most beautiful memorials there. You see who she was and some of the wonderful memories of her life, all involving her family.

Mr. Thompson has scenes from Beaver Creek State Park on his stone. There has got to be a story here that I should be aware of and don't. But I am looking.

The Croxall stone, right up front, across from the War Memorial, is just plain interesting. There is no inscription on it other than the name, written on the front and back. In the front are several stones with names, like Maria on the right. There is Ruth M., William, and Pheobe to name a few more. It leaves you to wonder who they were, why the stone is the way it is, and when was it put there? If it was made over 100 years ago, it seems to me they were ahead of their time.

This stone caught my eye because of the cat. I do not know if the cat is an image of a beloved pet or if it just signifies that they liked cats. It made it one of the more interesting stones I had seen. Stay tuned for part 2 of Riverview Cemetery, coming soon.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Rules of Ghost Hunting

There are rules you need to follow if you choose to hunt ghosts. They are simple but important.

1. Make sure you have permission to be at the location you choose to investigate. If it is a public area, make sure you are allowed to be there after dark or when the area closes.

2. Respect the area you are in. The old house that WAS at Gretchen's was pretty badly abused. Near the end of it's life, every time I went down there, there was a new hole in the wall or the protective coverings of the windows. The house was dangerous to be in, as was evident when the floor collapsed. Some one else also broke in the door of the Grist Mill. And put graffiti inside. If I catch any one doing that, I will take pictures of them, their car and licence plate and turn it into the police. I love that park and I will protect it. I strongly urge you to do the same.

3. Never ghost hunt alone. A group of friends is the best way to do it. You will have the most fun and if some one gets hurt, there is someone else there to save the day. Ghosts won't hurt you. It is the living you need to worry about.

4. Never believe everything you see. If you see a mist, or a shadow, or a ghost, go after it and see what it is. You usually debunk the sighting by doing this, but it is better to know that the white thing you are seeing over by the rest room is the garbage can and not a ghost. Always keep an open mind, of course, but be thorough. Check things out.

5. You ghost hunt with all your senses. Not just sight. Your eyes can deceive you. There are other things to consider. Phantom smells like the smell of pipe tobacco or perfume. The sensation of some one stroking your hair or touching your arm. Even that nagging feeling that you are somewhere you shouldn't be might be a ghost trying to get you to leave. Have you ever entered someones home for the first time and felt so completely comfortable there, like you could stay for hours. Or just the opposite, where you have such an awful feeling that you can't wait to leave. These are all signs that you may have encountered a ghost.

6. Watch your weather. Outside investigations have to consider things like rain or snow, or extreme cold where you take a picture and capture your breath. In the spring you have to consider bug noises and birds. Obviously you don't want to be out in an electrical storm for safety reasons. Fog can give you thousands of orbs in a picture.
7. Never smoke during an investigation. Cigarette smoke has been mistaken for phantom mists and vortex's more than anything else. Drinking and drug use is also not recommended. Try to remember that we have no idea what we are dealing with when it comes to ghosts. If it is true that there are demons out there, drug use weakens you and your will power.
8. And finally, respect the entities you have chosen to interact with. Remember, no one knows for sure what we are dealing with. The Spirits of those who once lived is only a theory. Demons is another theory. Aliens is another possibility. People from the future is yet another. We just don't know. Not to mention, if you want success with these beings, be nice. Respect them, and often they will respect you. You will get that EVP or great photo. Try it. You might be surprised.
Good luck with your efforts in the ghost hunting field. Any questions? Email me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lee Cemetery

You will find Lee Cemetery on the left hand side of the road just before you reach Scenic Vista Park, outside of Lisbon, Ohio. It is another one of those hidden, forgotten cemeteries that need some TLC. It has several stones that are home made.

This is my favorite stone there. It says simply "Gone Home". Other stones are sinking into the ground, so many years have gone by.

These are not stepping stones but grave stones in the dirt. :(

You do not very often see the star with 1776 on grave stones around here. A visit to this grave takes you back almost 200 years.

The Cemetery is named after this man, William Lee, who fought in the Revolutionary War. He and his wife Barbara are at rest here. There are sunken in places all around that might signify an unmarked burial place. Be careful where you walk. And that is about as much as I know about this cemetery. As you are driving passed it, blink and you will miss it. I look forward to an evening investigation here. I feel that Lee Cemetery is worth a moment of your time.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Fairy Tale Castle Right Here In East Liverpool

Beyond these gates is a home I know very little about. When I was little, this place was a mystery. It was surrounded by a pink wall and the only time I ever saw the house was when these gates were open.
And this is what I would see. Surely Cinderella lived here or a princess. Located on St. Clair Avenue, it is on the corner of Park Avenue.

I stopped today and took these pics and I am in love with this place. It is about my most favorite house anywhere ever. But, I have no idea what the history is, who owns it or ever owned it, or even if it is haunted. I just know it is beautiful, and it is right here in East Liverpool.

So, if anyone out there knows anything about this lovely house, please let me know. It is about the most romantic house in this area. I surely hope it has some equally mysterious, romantic, haunting stories attached to it. If nothing else, it is worth the moment it would take to drive passed it and have a look.