The Kitchen Table Historian

I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

Episode 88: Man Receives Bomb in Mail; Loses Hand and Part of Arm

James Chapman and his wife, Clementine, had no idea who sent the package to them in late 1922. But when they opened it to find out, one would lose their life and the other’s life would be changed forever.   Sources Bomb Received Through Mail Injures Man and Kills Wife. Wood County Reporter, 12/28/1922 Marshfield …

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Episode 87: Did a Murdered Woman’s Screams Haunt A River Town Home?

Jim Arpy was a veteran reporter who loved a great story, so when a couple approached him about their haunted house, he was intrigued. But was it truly haunted by a murdered woman’s dying screams?   Sources Hampton Township, Illinois. Illinois Genealogy, illinoisgenealogy.org. Wundram, Bill. Excursions Into Supernatural of the Quad Cities. Quad City Times, …

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Did a Murdered Woman’s Screams Haunt A River Town Home?

Hampton, Illinois is a quiet river town nestled into the bluffs alongside the Mississippi River. It was probably the last place that Jim Arpy expected to hear about a haunted house. And yet there he was, ready to investigate one. Jim Arpy worked for one of the biggest newspapers in the region, The Times-Democrat. He …

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Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace

  When the Reverend Clarence Valentine Sheatsley walked into his house on the afternoon of November 11, 1924, the first thing he noticed was the smell of cooking meat. The smell permeated the parsonage where Clarence lived with his wife, Addie. They had been married for twenty-seven years, and she had been an excellent wife …

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Episode 86: Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace

When Reverend Clarence Sheatsley found his wife, Addie, in the parsonage furnace, he believed that she had committed suicide. The county prosecutor thought that it was murder. What really happened to Addie Sheatsley?   Sources Police Check Minister’s Story After Wife is Burned to Death. The Dayton Herald, 11/18/1924 Find Pastor’s Wife Burned in Furnace. …

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