OMG! Is that our haunted house in this 1918 Mulberry Street Quitman AR postcard??

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The Arkansas Democrat Gazette has this popular feature called Arkansas postcard past by Steven Hanley and they print an old postcard each day.  This is Feb 24, 2012 and the card of the day is shown below.

65 Mulberry Quitman AR

It just so happens that we have a house listed on Mulberry that is inhabited by spirits as local legend goes.  We have permission from the seller to advertise it this way also.  So I peered at this dirt street and read underneath the picture.  It reads, "Quitman, 1914.  There was no traffic on the Cleburne County rural hamlet's tree-lined Mulberry Street when this photo was taken 98 years ago..."

I looked again and then dragged out the side picture of our listed house and I do believe it may be the one in the background of this picture.  See what you think.  We know the house is old and we've asked for a local expert to help us determine if the house is indeed the one we have listed now.

65 Mulberry Quitman AR

 

 

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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, Anita.....careful there!  I kinda like the paper myself.  In fact, I like all newspapers and regret that they are becoming scarce.

Feb 24, 2012 05:43 PM #2
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Anita Fuller

I LOVE newspapers, too, but not this one as it is now.  I want it to be the "old" Arkansas Gazette, delivered in the morning and then the Arkansas Democrat, delivered in the afternoon.  

I read the New York Times online, also the Kansas City Star sometimes, and Chicago Tribune.

Feb 25, 2012 06:15 AM #3
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I remember when I was a little kid, the paper boy would ride his bike up our street hollering, "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette paper".  My uncle would give me money to run out and buy a paper for him, my uncle.  This was only on Sunday mornings.  I think they were two different papers, and you had to say which one you wanated.  Seems like they were like 15 cents each.  One of the boys who delivered papers could maybe set me straight on that.  I don't remember which one my uncle wanted, but I liked to look at the 'funny papers'.  We didn't call them comic strips back then.

Feb 25, 2012 08:36 AM #4
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I always enjoy coming by and reading your blog post. Hope you have a wonderful Saturday

Feb 25, 2012 04:04 PM #5
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Debbie Wantulok

My husband was one of those little kids that delivered a weekly paper in his neighborhood on a bike. 

Ms. Barb. it took me a minute to find the old house...I was thinking that the ghost covered it up...haha...and then I found it...a lot of history...

Feb 25, 2012 04:44 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, you sound like some of the employees of the old Gazette, including some of my relatives, who still harbor resentment. 

Ludean, I can remember as a kid lying on my stomach, propped on elbows, with the funny papers in front of me.  I loved Lil Abner best. 

Tom Braatz, stop by often!

Debbie, you have made me start thinking.....were there any paper "girls" who delivered the newspaper on a bike, or by walking?  I can't remember any.  Was there discrimination back then?   ummmmm....

Feb 26, 2012 05:32 AM #7
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Little Rock, AR

Let's see if I can get us back on the subject. I think the modern Mulberry  st. house has too many gables to be the 1914 house.

Here's a side by side comparison with a enhancement of the 1914 house.

Comparison

 

 

Feb 26, 2012 02:13 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, you have the house at more of an angle. I'm looking at it directly from the side and the windows seem to line up.  Ignore the front house and just study the back one.  Some gables may also be added on when the upstairs was opened up.  I'm going by the window alignments.  But you are one heck-of-a-lot smarter than I am so you may be right....my contact in Quitman has not got back to me yet.

Mary Dunn, thank you so much.  He was a sweet person.

Feb 26, 2012 02:46 PM #9
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Don Thompson
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To my eye, they are in the same orientation. The 1914 house is on a road or street to the right and the modern house is also on a street and at the right. The window orientation is fairly common and the 1914 house appears to have different size lower windows. There certainly could have been additions to make them the same.

I want them to be the same also.

The Google Man has a front view of the house. This look takes a lot of the mystique away.

65 Mulberry st Quitman AR

Feb 26, 2012 03:02 PM #10
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I've always thought it was the house on the left of the picture....duh.

Don, do something with that one, please.

Feb 26, 2012 04:52 PM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, you and that Google man are such good friends.  He still doesn't like me....or Anita....  LOL

Anita, the one on the left, if a two story which it appears to be, would belong to the next door neighbor who is psychic and knows all about the inhabitants of the house we have listed.  She is very interesting. Stop by and see her sometime.

Feb 26, 2012 06:24 PM #12
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Anita Fuller

Barbara, I just MAY do that sometime:  stop by the house next door to the haunted house.

As for Mr. Google Man:  who needs him when we have Don!

Feb 27, 2012 05:42 AM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, you are hereby appointed to drive by this house and carry the picture postcard with you and see if can be the same.  And do note the two-story when you stand in place in the street looking like a surveyor. 

Feb 27, 2012 06:14 AM #14
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O.K.  I accept the appointment.   I have a Minnesota friend coming to stay awhile, (in a couple of weeks).....We'll go by there, try and speak with the psychic and compare the house to the postcard.   That will give us something to do.

Feb 27, 2012 07:04 AM #15
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Don Thompson
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Barbara and Anita, I don't think ya'll understand the structure of the haunted house. That's a double garage next to the house and it's connected. 

 

Quitman House with Double Garage

Feb 27, 2012 08:05 AM #16
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, the double garage was an add-on and not very many years old....and they took part of a wrap porch when they put it on. 

Feb 27, 2012 09:13 AM #17
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Georgie Hunter
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Wouldn't that be something!  What's the story about the spirits haunting the house?

Feb 29, 2012 12:04 AM #18
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Luke Jones
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Georgina,

Here's a link to the story of Dog Boy, the Quitman ghost. Whether or not the spirit of Dog Boy still lives in the house is, of course, debatable, but the disturbing history of his life in Quitman seems to be true.

Mar 01, 2012 07:47 AM #19
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Luke, thanks for putting up the link to the story.  We do need a buyer for the house!

Mar 02, 2012 05:31 PM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ok!  It's in.  The experts said that indeed the old post card photo is of our house.  We took a picture of the street as it is today.  The house in the foreground on the right has been taken  down but our haunted house remains.

Mulberry St Quitman AR

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