Here are the answers to the “medium” version of the 2021 Haunted Hunt scavenger hunt:
1. Emanuel Rich
Brothers Morris and Emanuel Rich established a small dry goods store, M. Rich & Company, that eventually grew into the Rich’s Department Store commercial empire. Emanuel Rich lived on Pryor Street with his wife and children. On an early July morning in 1897, a chambermaid found Emanuel’s body on the bathroom floor. Emanuel Rich had been stabbed 33 times with a fruit knife. Two wounds were fatal, one to the heart and another severed his jugular vein. This could have been a murder scene, but the truth soon came to light. Emanuel Rich suffered from a nervous depression leaving him exhausted and unable to work. His family sent him to New York to rest, but he soon returned. The night before his death, Emanuel had dinner with his family but they were unable to get him to talk. After his wife fell asleep, Emanuel grabbed a knife. He was only 48 years old.
Thomas Egleston was an Atlanta businessman and philanthropist. Egleston donated $100,000 to establish a children’s hospital in memory of his mother. The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children which would treat any child, regardless of ability to pay. The hospital opened in 1928 in the Old Fourth Ward. The hospital is now a part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Thomas Egleston was buried at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Family members were moved from Oakland to the Westview lot, making these grave markers into cenotaphs. A cenotaph is a monument placed over a grave where there are no remains. This means “empty tomb.”
3. In our hearts
Lucille Selig Frank’s husband, Leo Frank, was the prime suspect in the murder of his 13-year-old female employee in 1913. Throughout the trial, Lucille Selig Frank ardently proclaimed her husband’s innocence. It is widely believed that Frank was convicted on shaky evidence. After reviewing the legal briefs, Governor John Slaton commuted the sentence to life in prison. A mob, comprised of many prominent Georgia citizens, dragged Leo Frank from a Milledgeville prison and drove him to Marietta. The next morning, they lynched him from an oak tree. Before his murder, Leo Frank persuaded the leader of the lynch mob to let him write a letter to his wife and to deliver it with his wedding ring. After her husband’s murder, Lucille Selig Frank withdrew from society. She occasionally sought out psychic mediums in hopes to once again speak with her husband. When Lucille Selig Frank died in 1957, it was not reported in the newspapers, as her family feared a renewed interest in the controversial trial and murders. Her nephews buried her ashes between her parents in Oakland Cemetery.
Records list two-year-old Joseph Dennis Wing’s cause of death as “ptomaine poisoning” – an old term for food poisoning.
5. Eva Jones Dunn
Eva Jones Dunn was born October 26, 1905. She died one day after her 67th birthday on October 27, 1972.
James Doke and his wife Annie Doke are both buried beneath hand-carved cement headstones. Their bodies were sent to Moreland Funeral Home. Although cement grave markers are found scattered all over Oakland, they are primarily found in the historic African American Burial Grounds. Black funeral homes had a tradition of including small cement headstones that were meant to be temporary as part of their burial packages.
7. Alonza Powell
Alonza Powell was a Pullman porter in the early 1900s. The Pullman Company manufactured and operated railroad cars. Pullman porters catered to the passengers on the luxurious Pullman sleeping cars. They carried luggage, fetched meals from the dining car, made up berths, and shined shoes, among other tasks. It was a hard job with low pay and long hours – porters sometimes slept only 3 hours during a 24-hour period.
Leroy Lawrence was 13 years old when he passed away. Although we don’t know much about Leroy’s life, we know that he was loved very much by the inscription on his headstone. The inscription is from a Victorian poem. Sadly, it was used all too often to commemorate the passing of a child. Leroy’s mother could find peace knowing that Leroy’s name would be remembered long after he and she were gone.
9. Sharon, CT
John Calvin Peck was considered the leading builder and contractor of his time. Peck avoided conscription during the Civil War, but helped the Confederate war effort by supplying materials for the military. Governor Joseph Brown commissioned Peck to create pikes to arm the militia. Known as Joe Brown’s pikes, these dagger-tipped wooden poles were manufactured but likely never used in combat. Peck also made and sold rifles. John Calvin Peck died in March 1908. His pallbearers were a “who’s who” of Atlanta society and included George Winship and Samuel Inman.
10. June 30, 1893
George Rumph patrolled Oakland as night guard for more than 8 years. But over the course of a week in June 1893, dead people, graves, ghosts, undertakers and other ghastly subjects wove a spell over George Rumph. One night, Rumph started wandering around the cemetery in an aimless fashion. He was taken home and a doctor diagnosed him with an attack of brain fever. The next day, Rumph refused to be around anyone who wasn’t a Mason. He was taken to the police headquarters after fighting several officers sent to subdue him. Locked in a cell at the station, Rumph said that he was his own father – who had been dead for 20 years. He raved about Julia Force (who had committed double murder only a few months earlier) and tried to kill anyone who came near him. Rumph was placed on a train to the state asylum in Milledgeville. During the train ride, Rumph screamed while he kicked out a window, broke lights, and fought the officers. Rumph continued to grow worse at the asylum in Milledgeville and died only a few weeks later. His body was returned to Atlanta and buried here.
11. Infant son
Richard Henry Bewick was the president of the Bewick Lumber and Timber Company. His infant son, who died in 1897, was laid to rest with him in the Fitten lot.
12. J.H. Hunnicutt
The Camp Creek train wreck of 1900 is considered the worst train disaster in Atlanta history. The accident happened on a dark and stormy night at the trestle over Camp Creek, just north of McDonough. Weeks of heavy rain and rising creek waters weakened the trestle supports. When the northbound Southern Railway passenger train entered the trestle, it collapsed and the train plunged into the ravine, bursting into flames. Thirty-nine crew and passengers died. One victim, J. H. Hunnicutt, is buried in Oakland. He was an off-duty railroad conductor returning to Atlanta on the train. The train’s engineer, James T. Sullivan, is also buried at Oakland. Having been told of the stormy conditions ahead as the train left McDonough, Sullivan reportedly remarked that they would be either “having their breakfast in Atlanta or in Hell.” At Sullivan’s home in Atlanta, his wife had baked a pan of hot rolls for him to enjoy when he came in the door. But he never made it home for breakfast.