I got an email today from a very nice person named Leo O'Malley. I printed it on here so you could read it. It is about the Three Witches Graves on Lipply Rd. near Columbiana, Ohio. This is what I hope to accomplish by doing all the research and looking for the history of our county. The real story is worth more because often it is better. In this case Witches are about as far as it gets from what the true story is. Read on:
I came across your blog recently, and it is very interesting. I liked reading about your events and looking at the photos of cemeteries I've yet to visit. I have always enjoyed photographing cemeteries and reading ghost stories, even though I am a skeptic. I noticed a post in May about the supposed "witches graves" on Lipply Road near Columbiana. I have visited this area to photograph the graves and have done some research on the cemetery there. It's called the Haller (Holler) family cemetery, and there are 4 people buried there.
There are 2 monuments and one foot stone-one in German for Katharina, and a column in English for Leah, Agnes, and Jacob Hollar. None of these people were witches. I speak German, and can tell you assuredly that Katharina was a 17 year old Lutheran preacher's wife. I appreciate how in your blog that you write these are supposedly witches and didn't automatically write that they where as other sites did. A lot of the "legends" seem to reflect ignorance-mainly by assuming that the foot stone was another grave, that only 3 people were buried here, and that just because the stone is in a foreign language, something sinister is afoot.
I would appreciate if you could copy my letter into your blog, so we can help preserve history and dispel vicious rumours.
Again, keep up the good work!
Thank you Mr. O'Malley for writing and letting me and everyone else know some of the true story of this little cemetery. And sharing the meaning of the words written on them! Here is a link to the story he is referring to from this blog.
A story will be coming soon about another legend from this County that has been disputed!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The above link takes you to the East Liverpool Review where you can read about the upcoming Haunted Park Event sponsored by the East Liverpool Jaycees. Along with a little help from Ghosting 12 Paranormal they are haunting the park for the Month of October! We are having a great time and hope to scare you out there!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Jaycees and Ghosting 12 are busy planning, buying, and building to get ready for October. Back scenes, unusual props, and special effects are being created for a fantastic adventure. Right now it looks to be a drive thru event, which, considering the monsters we have contracted to do the scaring, you are a lot safer inside your vehicle.. We had to promise them a few good meals, but if you keep your car doors locked, you SHOULD be fine........
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I recently renewed my after hours permission to be in Beaver Creek State Park . I decided to check into the rules to get a confirmation about them. One reason for doing this was because I had heard that due to all the problems down at Gretchen's Lock recently, they were literally arresting any one found in the park after dark unless you were camping there. I was mad about that because the actions of a few people affected any one and every one who enjoys the paranormal adventures that can be had there. I will not go down there right now, and I asked my crew to stay away awhile too. We are hoping to do an investigation around the Grist Mill later this month and I have already informed everyone I need to that we will be there. Beyond that, no midnight runs there at all. I even canceled the last tour scheduled for the year in that area and hope it settles down for next year. I can't say this enough- Respect the area you choose to hunt in. Do your best to get along with the other ghost hunters in the area, though this seems to be difficult. Respect. each other's privacy. Respect the tables and building in the area and do not destroy them or write on them. No one wants to know you were there or who you love. Respect the wild life in the area and DO NOT FEED THEM! YOU PUT YOU, OTHERS AND THE ANIMAL ITSELF IN DANGER. Respect each others ideas and beliefs. It is a public park. It does not belong to any one private person. As long as you follow the rules, you have the right to be there the same as everyone else. If you see damage being done or people driving in the grass or drinking alcohol, protect this park and turn them in. DO NOT START A FIGHT WITH THEM HOWEVER! THAT IS ALSO DANGEROUS. There are plenty of other places, like the Pioneer Village that you can explore. You don't have to always go to Gretchen's.
According to the park office (330-385-3091) there are no restrictions to the park at this time as long as you have your written permission. This written permission has to be on you at all times while you are there. Mine is in a notebook and I carry it around. I got one for my entire crew.
This permission includes the Beaver Creek State Park's Gretchen's Lock Area, AND the Pioneer Village area. You are not allowed to enter the buildings in the Pioneer Village at night, but the park there is free to explore and investigate as well. The Esther Hale story is told about the bridge in the Pioneer Village as well as at Gretchen's. There are many more buildings in the Pioneer Village that might attract paranormal activity because of how they look and what they represent. The Thomas Malone Bridge is rumored to be haunted by a grumbley ghost that wants you off his bridge. The Williams House is rumored to be haunted also. After repeated attempts to get something on the red bridge in that area, I would at this time conclude it is not haunted, but anything is possible.
Please give these areas the respect they deserve and keep the privilege of being able to have permission to be there alive and well in this very haunted and adventure filled park system!
Cry Baby Bridge is one of the Legends of Columbiana County. A young mother was supposed to have cast her baby over the side of the bridge and it fell to it's death.
Now, while standing on this bridge, if you are very quiet, you are supposed to be able to hear the cries of this poor baby. I first went here is 2006, expecting a bridge that was about 50 feet high. It is maybe 10 feet off the ground.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We spent the evening planning, planning, planning for the Jaycees October event. We have a basic idea of what we need now and what we want to do. Now we have to create, combine, tweak, and pull it all together. We will be down at the Jaycees building the next two nights helping to build, paint and tweak there as well! We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Any one interested in volunteering to do some scaring, email me or call Jaycees in East Liverpool and find out what you can do to help!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
If you have a night pass for Gretchen's Lock, that also includes Beaver Creek State Park. There are two locks to explore and a beautiful old bridge that also has the rumor of Esther Hale told about it. Thompson Park has it's share of ghosts and the Legend of the Blue Lady to keep you entertained.
There are other places to investigate in this County you can find if you do your research and look for your self! Oh, and the picture depicts Gretchen sadly watching the visitors in the Mill at Gretchen's Lock. (Thanks to Super Sammi, a member of my crew!)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Some of the Board Members for Columbiana County Families Of Homicide Victims from Left to Right:
Kimberly Mitchell(Vice President)-
Sherrill Jackson(Alternate Board Member)
and leaning in front is:
Marian Spack(Alternate Board Member) and Cassidie Edwards(Secretary)
A former member of my crew, not in the picture is also on the board. Her name is Amy Fraser.
I don't often talk about CCFHV on here as I try to keep separate the unsolved murder aspect of my life and ghost hunting. Once a year CCFHV has one big vigil for all the unsolved murder victims and Aug 29 was the date for it this year. It was the biggest we have had so far! It is the only event, besides the Missing Persons Vigil, where you actually hear what the families go through in their own words. Not all of them speak, but some do. We also made it to Channel 27 News for the first time. I put the link up there for it. This gives you an idea of what goes on.
My friend Belinda Puchajda and I work hard for these families because we have grown to love them all and will do anything we can to help them. We not only try to get info on their cases, but we try to help them understand why the cases are not yet solved and try to educate the community about the truly hard job our Law Enforcement Officials have in trying to solve these cases. In the end, we may never know what happened, but the memory of these people will go on because CCFHV has vowed to never forget!