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Meet our haunted night watchman

Our first preview story from "Where Bluffton's Ghosts Sleep"

Some stories carry a script from the TV series The Twilight Zone. An ordinary guy becomes trapped in a set of circumstances he can’t explain. Perhaps his wife dies, but he continues to see visions of her. He can’t explain it, so he acts instinctively and something goes wrong.

Here is the first preview story from the recently-released book "Where Bluffton's Ghosts Sleep," by Fred Steiner. The196-page book is available for $24.95 plus tax. A listing at the bottom of this story tells where to purchase the book and when the next book signing and public reading is set.


Our story includes two versions of the same story, one week apart. Neither story is from the Bluffton News because that issue is lost.

Dec. 16, 1892, Lima News John Ennison, night watchman at the Bluffton planing mill, had been troubled recently by seeing what he claimed to be the ghost of his dead wife at the mill.


Last night he saw the apparition and decided to test its density by firing a revolver at it. The ghost dropped and then it was discovered to be Charles Sheldon, telegraph operator here. One bullet took away a lock of Sheldon’s hair and grazed his scalp.


Ennison has left, and no one knows where he is.

Dec. 24, 1892, Martinsville, Ind., Morgan County Gazette John Enulson, (sic) night watch at the Bluffton planing mill, has been troubled recently by seeing what he claimed to be the ghost of his dead wife at the mill.


The other night he saw the apparition and decided to test its density by firing a revolver at it.


The ghost dropped and then it was discovered to be Charles Shelton, telegraph operator. He was killed.


Note: Chris Woodyard, author of “Haunted Ohio and Ghosts of the Past” series, provided the account of John Ennison, night watchman who claimed to see the ghost of his dead wife.




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