Ghost in White
One young delivery boy tried to deliver a message on North Sixth Street and “came near dying of fright before he got back to the office” as he claimed to have been accosted near the alley by a figure in white.
The specter was also terrorizing the vicinity of Twelfth Street near Locust Street at this time “and the people living in that locality were reported as being badly scared” according to the 24 Aug 1911 issue of Keokuk’s The Daily Gate City.
On August 23, 1911, the ghost in white was the main topic of conversation with the residents of the North End of Quincy. The August 23, 1911 issue of The Quincy Daily Whig stated the residents were so frightened “that they have said there is no use to try to sleep” and the police were on the trail of the wraith. That night two police officers were dispatched to “see what they could see.” I found no evidence that they found anything at all.
One messenger boy returned from Twelfth Street that night and “looked as if he had aged perceptibly.” He had no doubt that he had seen a ghost.
Interestingly, numerous Help Wanted ads for messenger boys can be found in the months following this event in the September through December 1911 issues of The Quincy Daily Journal and The Quincy Daily Herald.
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