Neillsville Public Library had about 25 people in
attendance at "Hidden
Headlines of Wisconsin; Strange, Unusual, and
bizarre Newspaper stories 1860-1910," presented
by author Chad Lewis.
there were indeed some strange stories. For
instance, did you know that they used to build
coffins with motion sensors in them? If there was
movement inside the coffin, the lid would open.
People were very frightened about being buried
liked Chad's presentation. He presents the headlines
and then asks you to decide if it is true, or if you
believe the headline and story.
Chad made an interesting observation. He has noticed
that if an event took place in Eau Claire, it
usually was not covered in the Eau Claire paper.
Instead, the La Crosse paper would carry the story.
Could this mean that the newspapers were making
these unusual events up, with the knowledge that it
could never be verified due to the distances between
the two cities? After all, even back then, the
newspapers knew what sold papers. Was this the case?
He doesn't know. Again, you decide.
Lewis started collecting stories for himself. But
after collecting dozens, he decided to write a book.
He has written several books including: "Hidden
Headlines of Wisconsin" and "Hidden
Headlines of Texas." He also has a series of
road guides to haunted locations. These include:
you have a story of an paranormal unusual or strange
event that you would like to share with Chad, please
e-mail him at
Ann Gustavson is the director of the Neillsville