Ghost Stories of Old St. Joseph, Missouri by Mary Alicia Owen

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Ghost Stories of Old St. Joseph, Missouri is a compilation of ten ghost stories collected by the St. Joseph folklorist Mary Alicia Owen in the 1910s and 1920s. The stories take place in and around Owen’s hometown and many previously appeared in St. Joseph newspapers in the 1920s. The tales were collected with help from the staff of the St. Joesph Museum and edited by Greg Olson.

The 28 page booklet also includes a short biography of Owen written by Olson, seven historical photographs, and six original black and white illustrations by Tess Montgomery.

About the Authors and Contributors

Mary Alicia Owen (1850-1935) was a life-long resident of St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the author of two books on folklore, a novel, a play and several stories.

Tess Montgomery is an artist, graphic designer, and baker who lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Greg Olson is the author of Voodoo Priests, Noble Savages, and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen and several other books about the Ioways and Indigenous people of Missouri and Kansas.