The Family That Would Not Live

Some families are not willing to die out

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Colin Dickey Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places | Viking | October 2016 | 10 minutes ( 4,181 words)

Below is an excerpt from Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. In this excerpt, Dickey sleeps over in the purportedly haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, the historic home of a 19th-century beer brewer whose suicide sent a family into a tailspin of horrific tragedy. This story is recommended by Longreads contributing editor A. N. Devers.

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It is, quite literally, a dark and stormy night. A summer storm has settled over St. Louis: gray­-black clouds turning the air yellowish and electric, the rain pulsing down in waves. The sprint from the parking lot to the front door of the Lemp Mansion—no more than fifty feet—leaves you soaked. The thunder is following on the heels of the lightning; it is right above us. In the bar the…

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Published by JAMES MAPES POOL

AUTHOR: This book is dedicated to family members who recorded and kept our history alive. If you are not included in this list or the book, it was not intentional. Dorothy Anne Mapes McConnell~1917-2004, Author of Dorothy's Diaries, 272 yrs., 1732-2004; Mary Mapes McConnell Harrison; Author of Outdoor Adventures with Kids, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas, 1996, and previous owner of The “Virginia”; Mildred Eason Moorhead~1967, Bosgra -- Pool family history : pioneer family of Sioux County, Iowa. Held by Northwestern College, DeWitt Library Dutch Heritage Collection-Lower LevelCS71.B6 M6x 1967; Gerrit Bosgra, Bob Pool my brother, Dan and Vera Pool; Mary “Pool” Mesner my sister; Arlyss and Doug Pool~2000, Pool—Mapes family history book. Future historian’s hereafter. WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED READING THIS BOOK AND NO LONGER WANT TO KEEP IT, PLEASE DONATE THIS BOOK TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH OR LIBARY.

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