Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MISSOURI ODD PHENOMENA FILE, PT. 7

Tombstone, Portable. See Sellers, Isaac.

Valle House. The Valle House, home of one of the early French settlers of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, is reputedly haunted. Brandon, Jim. Weird America (1978), p. 123.

Wadlow, Robert Pershing. The so-called "Alton Giant" died in 1940 at age 22. He was at that time 8 feet, 11 inches tall, and was supposedly the kindest, gentlest man you could ever imagine meeting. There is a life-sized statue of Wadlow on Pershing Avenue in Alton, Illinois. Midwest Motorist, September-October 1991, pp. 34-35.

Worth, Patience. In 1913, a St. Louis housewife named Pearl (Rogers) Curran claimed to be in continuing contact with a spirit named Patience Worth. The spirit said she had been born in Dorsetshire, England, removed to America, and been killed by Indians approximately three hundred years before she made contact with Curran. Patience was an industrious spirit, and for the next ten years dictated a rather dizzying stream of poems, short stories, and novels to Curran. More than 5,000 poems passed from Patience through Curran's pen, plus a play and several novels, including one called Telka, which some critics said did not possess a single word that entered the English language after 1700. Yost, Casper S. Patience Worth: a Psychic Mystery (1916).

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