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Three Headed Baby Born in Jefferson County

From the January 16, 1898, edition of the DuBois Express:

An unusual freak of nature was born at Beechtree recently.  The details are authentic but the parent's named are omitted for obvious reasons.  When born, the child, a male, had three heads, two growing out of each side of the central one, immediately behind the ears.  The central head was nearly perfect, except that it was flattened slightly on the top, but the two heads growing out of either side, while small, were almost perfectly developed.  The child lived a few days.

The parents were offered a considerable sum to allow the doctors to have possession of it, but they refused and it was buried in the Catholic cemetery.

(view original newspaper article here)

The Mystery Coffin of Loyalsock Creek

A very unusual story which appeared in the Bloomsburg Columbian on April 24, 1902:

A mysterious, well dressed stranger arrived at Montoursville on Thursday and offered to pay Sheffer & Son, undertakers of that town, $200 if they would take a coffin twenty miles up Loyalsock Creek and bury it in a secluded spot to be designated by him.  The only provision that he required was that they sign an agreement to bury the coffin without opening it and ever afterward keep the matter a secret.

He said the coffin would arrive from St. Louis and that it was to be met at the train and immediately conveyed to the chosen place of burial without further question.

The undertakers declared they would not bury a coffin unless they knew what it contained.  The stranger was apparently much perturbed when he found his proposition was not accepted.  He then declared that if the strictest secrecy was promised he would withdraw the stipulation that the coffin should not be opened if they would agree, after …

Hard Up For Friendship?

Here's an interesting story about a robbery which appeared in the July 12, 1899, edition of the Juniata Sentinel and Republican:

Postmaster Geo. C. Wagenseller of Selinsgrove was returning home from Shamokin Dam the other night when two highwayment stopped his horse in a covered bridge across Penn's Creek and demanded his money.  He had left his pistol at home so he handed over the $16 he had in his pocket.  He wanted to give them his watch, but they refused to take it.  He invited him to go with him to Selinsgrove and have a drink, but they declined.

(view original newspaper article here)

Skeleton Found in Rafters of K-Ville Hotel

The Kleinfeltersville Hotel is known throughout Lebanon County as a great place to get a meal or enjoy live entertainment.  As a musician, I had performed at this venerable establishment many years ago and even though the food was terrific and the service was wonderful, I couldn't shake the "creepy" feeling which seemed to linger in the air.  While I have never heard of the Kleinfeltersville Hotel being haunted, it's the type of old building (the hotel dates back to 1857) which would certainly make a wonderful home for spirits.

Interestingly, in 1902 the skeleton of a child was found in the building's rafters.  Though I've spent hours researching this story, to the best of my knowledge, the identity of the child has never been established.  If anyone out there has more information about this strange discovery from 1902, please contact me at

Here's one account of the discovery, as it appeared in the July 10, 1902 edition of the Fulto…