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valkricry (39 stories) (2730 posts) mod
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3 months ago (2017-08-01)
Anno_Domini, thank you. 😊

Manafon, hi. Thanks for verifying the train wreck. 😊
I'm fairly sure Karen was just repeating what she had heard from others at the hospital. I had never even heard of that wreck until then. Not 'spectacular' enough to be repeated through the years, I suppose. But,apparently,the story of Sister Augustus endured.
I don't know what you know about nuns, but you might find this interesting. When you become a nun you leave behind your Earthly name and take a new name from the church. Usually 2 Biblical names, the first commonly being Mary. So Emily Brown becomes Sister Mary Joseph. Depending on the strictness of their order, this may become shortened to Sister Joseph. So her birth identity would still be a mystery even if I knew more details, like what parish she was from and what Order. Was she a local nun, or incoming from another town? If so, what about her traveling companion? Nuns usually travel in pairs.
You wonder," if like many ghosts the actual identity of the apparition you witnessed is shrouded in an oral legend that was passed down and which possibly altered her real identity and has left her actual name lost to the mists of time," whereas I wonder if with the closing of the hospital Sister Augustus is lost to the mists as well. Even her legend forgotten.
Manafon1 (5 stories) (480 posts)
 
3 months ago (2017-07-31)
Hi Val--This was a really intriguing account. I'm also from Illinois and I was able to find some info about this train wreck. As I'm not sure you want the name of the town you live in revealed I will leave that out of what I found.

There seems to be some confusion as to if one or two people were killed in the train wreck. A newspaper article dated August 17, 1895 states that Thomas Rosh was killed and that Fred Robinson was badly burned by acid, Arthur Robinson was "frightfully burned", Mrs. Nancy Smith of Chicago received a broken nose, Conductor Charlson injured his back, Brakeman William Farrell injured his back and received a cut above his head and J. Munch was burned badly about the body. All this info comes from The Aspen Weekly Times, dated August 17, 1895, which was one day after the accident.

However, there is an article from a Fort Wayne, Indiana paper dated August 21, 1895 that gives several alternate names. These include a different name for the person killed as Rush Thomas and Mrs. Vandemar, Charles Chilvers, Albert Hope and Henry Holder among the injured. Sadly I couldn't find any mention of a Sister Augustus but since she wasn't involved in the actual accident that might explain it.

Did the nurse (Karen) have any further information about the nun? Your two sightings of her sound amazing. I assume she appeared completely solid and it's wild that she actually handed you a glass of water. There must be some way to verify the historical Sister Augustus. It's always nice to find out more information on the history of the person who an apparition represents. Clearly she was a deeply caring human being but it's frustrating when information about the actual person is so elusive.

It seems very evident that you experienced an apparition twice at the hospital but I wonder if like many ghosts the actual identity of the apparition you witnessed is shrouded in an oral legend that was passed down and which possibly altered her real identity and has left her actual name lost to the mists of time.
Anno_Domini (2 stories) (79 posts)
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3 months ago (2017-07-31)
valkricry I'm partial to your style of writing, very smooth and you don't leave out the important details!

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