Monday, September 12, 2011


 One of the way cool stories we uncovered at the library today concerned a little girl.  Her father, Mike Lusk, was working on Lusk's Lock in 1836.  He came from England along with his wife and daughter.  His wife did not like being stuck out in the wilderness alone while he worked on the lock, so one day she took off and he never saw her again.  She left behind their three year old daughter. 

He tried to have a neighbor watch her, but she cried for her daddy all the time.  Mike ended up taking her with him on the job.  Sadly, she developed double pneumonia and it killed her. 
Mike Lusk buried his daughter on the east side of Lock 27, hence the name Lusk's Lock.  She is on the left side at the top of the stairs.

According to the book I found this story in, it included a picture and I copied it at the library.  Then Mike and I went on an adventure to see what we could find.
A large flat slate stone was laid  on top of her body.  While Mike Lusk did return to England, he left the body of his little girl entombed in the Lock. 
My initial thought was that it might be a version of the Gretchen story, but the article went on to say there were actually two girls buried in Locks for the Sand and Beaver Canal System.  Gretchen and little Miss Lusk.

Research Takes A Lot Of Time~

I spent 3 1/2 hours at the Lepper Library in Lisbon today.  It is looking through old dusty  books and any other scrap of info I can find there.  Lots of times hours go by and I don't even realize it.  Today was a great day for me because I found some awesome info that I am excited about.  In fact the next story on here is one I found today.  And you never know what you will find or where on any research mission.   I will say it is all worth it.  Like finding buried treasure.  Buried in books.  :)

Erastus Eells

One of my favorite stories on the Lisbon Haunted and Historical Tour is about Erastus Eells.  My buddy Briana was looking through a book in the library with me down in the history room and she found an actual picture of him!  It is great to be able to see what some of the actual historical characters looked like from this county!