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Episode 92: Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death?

Dr. William Stoecks was a dedicated physician and surgeon, treating countless people throughout his career. He died in 1961. But did he stay in his former home and interact with the college fraternity who bought it?   Sources Arpy, Jim. A Ghost Chaser Unravels the Mystery of Davenport’s ‘Haunted House.’ The Times-Democrat, 5/11/1972 Sheridan, Joe. …

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Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death?

Davenport, Iowa, has played host to several strange events over its long existence, but certainly one of the strangest took place in 1919. In March of that year, a 41-year-old doctor named William A. Stoecks was working on the third floor of one of the city’s hospitals, Mercy Hospital. As he went about his business, …

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Episode 91: Why Did Amelia Rohwedder Jump from Her Hospital Window?

Amelia Rohwedder was a middle-aged woman recovering from heart problems. Without reason or warning, she jumped from her fourth-floor window. Why?   Sources The History of Genesis Health System and its Predecessor Organizations. http://www.genesishealth.com/about/timeline. Harlan, Edgar Rubey. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa, Vol. III Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931. Sister Condon, Mary …

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Why Did Amelia Rohwedder Jump from Her Hospital Window?

After the American Civil War, Davenport, Iowa was a rapidly growing city full of a population still recovering from the trials and tribulations of that terrible conflict. Many veterans had returned home, either going back to the families that they had left or eager to start one. Some farmed, others started businesses, and still others …

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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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