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W-File: gh_oshkosh3.html

Type: Ghost
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Source: The book Wisconsin Lore by Robert E. Gard and L. G. Sorden,
page 31 (published 1962)


The Haunted Rocking Chair


A surprising number of murdered people who died violently have remained active as Wisconsin ghosts.

One evening about seventy years ago (Note that the book was written in 1962 - Jim), near the old site of a grove of great oaks, the first murder happened in Oshkosh. A man, accompanied by his little boy, was carrying a rocking chair home. He became tired, and when he had gotten down a ways on the high boardwalk which had been built bordering the grove, he stopped to rest and sat rocking in his chair.

Two drunken men came by and became angry at seeing him at such leisure. There was a quarrel; the drunks killed the man and ran away. The little boy had, in the meantime, hid under the sidewalk, but finally ran across the street for help. When the neighbors came the man was dead in his chair.

For a long time thereafter wayfarers could hear his groans and the creak of his rocker under the oaks at night, and even today on a stormy night, one may hear the sounds, the echoes of the first slaying in Oshkosh."

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