Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Carnegie Public Library-Is it haunted?

The East Liverpool Carnegie Public Library has been around since about 1902 (on the left). On the right is what the library looks like today.

It was erected on the old Bradshaw Farm property,199 E. 4th Street, East Liverpool. Above is a photograph of that home in 1895.
Construction of the building began in 1899 after a visit from Andrew Carnegie to the city. Designed by A. W. Scott of East Liverpool and constructed by Harvey McHenry the exterior of the building was complete in 1900. The Library was officially opened and dedicated on May 8, 1902.

The Library has seen many functions in its history. At times it has housed a museum, pottery exhibitions and the local Genealogical Society. It has served as a bomb shelter and was used by the Red Cross during World War I .

The Library building has seen several renovations in its 100 years. However, the exterior of the building has remained predominantly the same as in 1900.

On June 15, 1974, a man named H.B. Barth, a long time resident of East Liverpool, died in the library on these steps of a heart attack. He was 89 years old and was in the middle of taking a tour group up to the Ceramic Museum, which was housed on the second floor of the library at the time. Does his ghost inhabit the Library? He was born right where the library was on the Bradshaw Farm. He was raised there. He worked at the library his whole life. And finally, he died there. I would say there is a good possibility his spirit remains there to this day. The pic of the steps below has a beautiful orb in it in the railing at the top of the steps.

I have spent many hours here looking up the history of this area, or tracking down the story of an unsolved murder in this area. My friend Belinda and I went here last year to meet David Dunlap for an interview with him concerning the Tweeds/Morris murders for his documentary.

I met Joan Witt for the first time here to talk about the history of East Liverpool. Wonderful lady, Joan Witt. Loves her city and it's history.

If you have never been to the Carnegie Library in East Liverpool, it is definitely worth a moment of your time.

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