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Garfield Monument

In Lake View Cemetery, the Garfield monument looms above all others, high on a hill on one end of the cemetery. Erected in honor of the assassinated president James A. Garfield, it is a full-fledged building, complete with ballroom (though that’s not open to the public anymore). Garfield lingered and suffered for three monts after being struck by an assassin’s bullet, and some speculate that his earthly agony is what compels him to haunt multiple places after death. Garfield is a rather busy ghost, said to appear in Lake View, Washington, D.C.; and his former home in Hiram, Ohio. Those who believe he haunts his monument report mysterious lights that can be seen in the windows late in the evening when the monument doors and the cemetery gates are locked.

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East Cleveland Township Cemetery will be having after-dark guided tours on October 30, 2010, at 7 pm and 8:30 pm. See their flyer for details.

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The most famous ghostly hitchhiker in the United States is probably Resurrection Mary of Chicago, Illinois, but Cleveland’s Riverside Cemetery supposedly has one as well. According to those who have reported seeing him, he is a well-dressed man in an old fashioned suit. Those who claim to have picked up the hitchhiker state that he is either German-speaking or has a German accent and asks to go to Franklin Avenue to see his daughter. Those who have attempted to identify him claim he might be Hannes Tiedemann, the builder of reputedly haunted Franklin Castle that stands on that street.

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Collinwood School Fire Memorial

On March 4, 1908, the Lakeview School in Collinwood (now a neighborhood of Cleveland), Ohio, burst into flame. By the time the flames were put out on that Ash Wednesday morning, a rescuer, two teachers, and 172 of the students had perished. Nineteen bodies could not be positively identified.

The city of Collinwood commissioned this monument for the students. The unidentified victims and some of their classmates lie buried around it.

Collinwood School Fire Memorial

My friend will swear to you that this monument moves. She cannot set out to find the school fire marker, because she will get lost in Lake View and never make it there. On the other hand, on the occasions when someone else manages to drive her there, she cannot approach the monument. The closer she gets, the more the feeling of fear rises in her, and she can feel the heat of the flames and hear the anguish of the other students.


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Yesterday was my wedding reception. As I was reflecting on it, I thought of these markers.

Fred W. Farrar and Sarah F. Mullin

The angle is a little odd. The first tombstone is for:

Fred W. Farrar
Died Nov. 3, 1920
22 yrs.

The one for the adjoining grave reads:

Sarah F. Mullin
Died Feb. 12, 1921
20 yrs. 11 mos.
Fred’s sweetheart

You now know everything I do about Fred and Sarah, but their tombstones haunt me in a way that many others don’t. Who were they? Were they already engaged, with a wedding planned? How did they die? My research so far has come up with nothing, but I plan to keep looking, because their story haunts me.

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Louis Bromfield, the conservationist and writer who created Malabar Farm,
told his own ghost story about the property during his life time.

Louis Bromfield grave slab

After his beloved dog Prince died, Bromfield woke up during the night to the presence of an invisible dog lying next to him and then to the sound of a dog pulling with his paw on the frame of the stuck door to let himself in, as Prince did in life. Of course, there was no dog there when Bromfield opened the door. Bromfield related this experience in his book about the property, Malabar Farm. If Prince is still there, perhaps he visits his master, who lies buried in Olivet Cemetery on the farm. Visitors today sometimes report seeing or hearing a ghostly dog.

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Mary Jane Buck

As I’ve looked for ghost stories about cemeteries, I’ve discovered that there are lot more supposedly haunted cemeteries than haunted graves. In other words, the tales of ghosts and otherworldly happenings are frequently vague. Historic Hopewell Cemetery is no exception. If you believe the stories, Historic Hopewell Cemetery is the location of a eerie, supernatural light that brings bad luck to those who come too close. The light isn’t associated with any particular monument or resident. Not much to write a blog post about, really. Luckily there are visually interesting monuments there that I can show you. You’ll have to imagine the darkness and creepy light yourself, though.

Rev. James M. Orr


Margaret Vandegriff

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Erie Street Cemetery’s most famous ghost is Joc-O-Sot, a Native American who died in Cleveland, probably of tuberculosis. Not a great deal is known about Joc-O-Sot (“Walking Bear”). After fighting in the Blackhawk Wars against the United States, he arrived in Cleveland sometime in the 1830s and offered his services as a guide for hunting and fishing expeditions. He joined a traveling theater troupe that was supposed to teach about Native American life. Shortly before his death in 1844, he traveled to England and had an audience with Queen Victoria. When he died, local Clevelanders who had known him as a guide paid for his burial and monument.

Chief Joc-O-Sot

But, the story goes, Joc-O-Sot wanted to be buried closer to the land of his birth (assumed to be somewhere near Wisconsin or Minnesota) and his interment in Cleveland angered him. That anger is purported to have been so intense that it cracked the original marker, which now lies flush with the ground.

Joc O Sot

Joc-O-Sot’s ghost is supposed to roam the cemetery and occasionally pay visits to the Cleveland Indians’ baseball stadium right across the street, disrupting their games.

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