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Apparition saves family from tragedy
Prescott resident may not exist had grandmother not been warned

Jeanne Wellins’ grandmother, Ella, standing in front of one of her two coal burning stoves in Pennsylvania. (Courtesy)

Jeanne Wellins’ grandmother, Ella, standing in front of one of her two coal burning stoves in Pennsylvania. (Courtesy)

Readers share creepy, paranormal experiences

In anticipation of Halloween, The Daily Courier put out a reader appeal inviting residents to submit true stories of the creepiest or most paranormal encounters they’ve ever experienced.

Readers responded with some great stories ranging from seeing ghosts in the night to extended periods of unusual, unexplained disturbances in their homes or workplaces.

The Courier will run these stories leading up to Wednesday, Oct. 31.

This is a spooky true story from the 1930s, which takes place in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania.  

My grandmother, Ella, was fast asleep in her bed. It was the middle of the night. She awoke with a start.  

Standing at the foot of her bed was a ghostly apparition. It was her deceased mother. She could hear her mother calling, “Ella, Ella…Ella, Ella.”

Alarmed, she rose from her bed and went downstairs, where she discovered the pot belly stove in the parlor had overheated. It was a coal stove, which they used to heat their home.  

The stove was burning hot red and soon would have started the house on fire. Right above the stove was where my mother and her three sisters were sleeping in their bedroom. My great-grandmother’s ghostly appearance saved my grandmother and her family from a terrible tragedy.  

— Jeanne Wellins, Prescott

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