Saturday, October 24, 2015

Vintage Halloween postcard: Running away from the ghosts

Here's a Saturday night quickie, one week out from All Hallows' Eve. This undated vintage postcard shows a well-dressed boy fleeing from a pair of ghosts/spirits/specters/phantoms/wraiths that have popped up from behind a trio of huge pumpkins and startled him. Won't he have a whale of tale to tell the folks back home? Think they'll believe him?1

The postcard was never mailed, but it was addressed to Moreau Morris (1894-1945) of Newburg, Iowa. The short message states: "Dear Friend, I wish you a happy Halloween. Cecil."

1. Have you ever seen a ghost? If so, tell us all about it in the Comments section below.


  1. I've never seen a ghost, but I once heard noises that were completely unexplainable.

  2. As your link above indicates, Moreau Morris, Sr. lived from 1894 to 1945.

    His second son was named Moreau "Spud" Morris, Jr., who lived from 1924 to 2000. Source:

    An even younger son was named Donald N. Morris, who lived from 1928 to 2009. This obituary differs in at least one minor detail, namely the spelling of his mother's maiden name ("Sinnerman" in the obituary vs. "Simmerman" at the site):

    Furthermore, Donald's name is not listed at the findagrave site at all. (The mystery thickens.)

    Donald was predeceased by one his children, Garry Morris, who lived from 1956 to 2001:

    Sadly, Garry appears to have been a homicide victim:

    See here for details of the alleged murderer:

    Who appears to have been subsequently convicted:

    One of Donald's sisters was Dorothy Phipps, who lived from 1934 to 2013:

    Per the same obituary, one of Dorothy's grandchildren is named Jennifer Klinefelter Stover. Wouldn't it be karma to link back to Georgia B. Klinefelter, who features prominently in several of your posts?