Things that Go Bump in the Night: Ghost Tales Found in Historical S.C. Newspapers

Just had fun searching Halloween-related terms in our newspapers and came up with some fun ghost stories. Have a look.

Spectres, Disembodied Spirits, Apparitions, and Ghosts will be found in this compilation of Old World ghost tales, in The daily phoenix, January 13, 1869…

Click here to read this story "Ghosts Old and New" in The daily phoenix, January 13, 1869

 

An interesting Welsh ghost tale in the Keowee courier, May 21, 1869…

Click here to read the rest of this story in the Keowee courier, May 21, 1869

 

This fearsome ghost met his match in an English country parson, in the Keowee courier, September 10, 1913…

Click here to read the rest of this story "Ghost Laid Low by Rector" in the Keowee courier, September 10, 1913

 

Something a little closer to home. This story is about a young girl living near Iva and Starr in Anderson County, S.C. who conversed with a ghost visiting from Georgia, in The intelligencer, May 17, 1916…

Click here to read the rest of this story, in The intelligencer, May 17, 1916.

There are so many stories like these in our historical newspapers, I recommend that you try searching for yourself. I tried terms like “ghosts,” “ghost story,” “haunted house,” “spiritualism,” “seance,” “evil spirits,” “Halloween,” and “All Hallow’s Eve.”  I limited my searches to historical South Carolina newspapers, but a little searching in historical newspapers searched across All States in Chronicling America turned up these two frightening tales. See below…

Click here to read this story "Yolo County Ranchers Claim Evil Spirits Inhabit Girl's Body" in The San Francisco call, September 9, 1901

and

Click here to read "San Rafael's House of Mystery" in The San Francisco call, October 14, 1900

Let us know if you find a really scary one while doing searches on your own. We want to read ‘em!

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