Ghosts of Darke County

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Excerpt from “Ghosts of Darke County” by Rita Arnold

A short story reprinted from one of Rita Arnold’s “Ghosts of Darke County” book. Eight of these books were written and printed between, 2004 and 2011. Now some books are still available. Details can be sent to you from Darke County Now about how to acquire any of her books.

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Chapter 1: Hidden

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Chapter 2: The Headless Man

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Chapter 3: Unlock More

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Chapter 1: Hidden

 

Today you are receiving a sneak peak of Rita Arnold’s Book, “Ghosts of Darke County.”

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Chapter 2: The Headless Man

      In the mid 1800s, the Blizzard family settled in the northwest corner of Darke County, farming over 100 acres located west of what is now Hillgrove. They were farmers who cleared the land of rocks to plant crops, such as corn, wheat, oats, and tobacco. Also, they raised a variety of livestock. They attended the small local church in Hillgrove where they soon became active members.

       After Blizzard along with his wife and daughter farmed just north of Union City. They often traveled to Hillgrove to visit with family, friends, and to attend church functions. His farm reflected his orderly and tidy nature. The buildings and the equipment were always clean and in excellent condition. 

       Beginning in around 1885, Alfred started spreading more and more time in Greenville in the company of a Mrs. Rhodes, a prostitute in that area who was known to many people. On the evening of January 26, 1887, Alfred Blizzard, appearing to be intoxicated, was seen leaving Greenville in the company of Mrs. Rhodes. This was the last time that Mr. Blizzard was see alive. 

       A few days later a young boy was walking along Mud Creek when he noticed a pair of boots in the water. The young lad thought nothing of this and went on his way. After all, people did occasionally discard unwanted items by throwing them into the creek. On the next day the boy was walking along the same area, and this time he saw a human hand sticking up from the water. The authorities were notified immediately. The body was then taken to the undertaker in Greenville. There the remains were noted to have a bullet hole in the left side of the head, as well as 18 hatchet wounds to the head were found, a finger was cut off, and an arm was broken. The body was positively identified as Alfred Blizzard, age 55. 

       It was learned by the sheriff that on January 26, 1887, Mr. Blizzard sold his farm (unknown to his family) and had $1,500 cash on his person. Alfred then proceeded to Greenville where he became intoxicated and was seen leaving the town with Mrs. Rhodes. In February of 1887, th Darke County sheriff Mr. Lecklider, arrested Mrs. Rhodes in West Virginia and returned her to Greenville for trial in the murder of Alfred Blizzard. 

       Since the late 1800s, there have reports by people, who, when walking along Mud Creek in this area, would see a strange sighting. The clouds would occasionally cover over the moon, but otherwise the moon would shine brightly making it easy for people to see a good distance. Off in the far distance a man would be seen walking alone, along the creek headed towards Union City.

       What was unusual about this man was that the people could see through him; and this man was headless. He was seen carrying his head in his arm. 

       Every sighting reported him heading towards northwest Darke County. He did not speak to anyone. He just looked past them and continued walking.

       Is this Alfred Blizzard? Is he trying to go home?

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Chapter 3: Unlock More

A short story reprinted from one of Rita Arnold’s “Ghosts of Darke County” book. Eight of these books were written and printed between, 2004 and 2011.

Now some books are still available.

For more details about how to acquire any of her books, please use our form below.

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