The Tragic & Sensationalized Death of Anna Hockwalt

Anna Hockwalt
Date of Death: January 10, 1884

“Wisely they leave graves open for the dead
‘Cos some to early are brought to bed.”

During the flurry of activity in preparation for her brother’s wedding, Anna Hockwalt (also spelled Hochwalt) sat down in a chair, overcome with the excitement of the day. Moments later her mother found her in that chair, dead. A doctor determined she “was of excitable temperament, nervous and affected with sympathetic palpitation of the heart.” The wedding carried on, but with marked sadness permeating the ceremony.

The following day, attendees of Anna’s funeral remarked how natural her skin looked and that her coloring was that of a living person. Later, they told Anna’s mother they couldn’t shake the impression that she may not have been dead when buried. They approached her parents asking them to check. This idea persisted until finally the parents couldn’t take it anymore, and unearthed Anna’s coffin.
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1914 Dayton Ghost Stories – The Ghost at the Mill

On Sunday January 18th, 1914, The Dayton Daily News published a contest for Ghost Stories to be submitted, with prizes ranging from $1 to the grand prize of $20.

We have five of these stories to share with you. The first is The Ghost at the Mill, which was published January 26, 1914.

Author Talk at Dayton Metro Library – November 8th

This Spooky Season has given so many opportunities for Sara to share her book with everyone! This coming Tuesday, Sara is giving another author talk!

Event Page
Dayton Metro Library Main Branch
215 East Third Street
Dayton Ohio 45402
6:30pm – 8pm

As always, you can buy an autographed copy directly from Sara here!

You can also purchase at the following links:

Dayton and Ohio’s Supernatural Significances

It’s Spooky Season! In real estate, it’s all about “location location location”. Here in the Dayton area, we have plenty to add to our location:

  • Bellbrook is considered to be Ohio’s “Sleepy Hollow.”
  • Ohio is the 8th in the nation for UFO sightings, and Dayton is a significant city in UFO sightings.
  • Ohio is the 3rd in the nation for Bigfoot sightings.
  • Miamisburg holds the record for the most sightings of a ghost in one location.
  • Germantown is the “mecca for dogman sightings.”
  • Bellbrook is on the migratory path for Bigfoot.

Let us know if you have seen or experienced any of this! Sara is currently working on her next book, “Dayton Ghosts & Legends” and many of these stories will be in it!

Author Talks in West Carrollton and Bellbrook!

Sara is giving another author talk! Tis the season for Murder & Mayhem! Sara will be sharing her book with the book clubs at the West Carrollton Branch Library on Monday, October 17th, and the Winters-Bellbrook Community Library on October 18th!

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West Carrollton Branch Library
300 East Central Ave
West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
Monday, October 17th
7pm – 8:15pm

The Winters-Bellbrook Community Library event is semi-private – if you want to attend you’ll need to register here and have read the book and be ready to discuss the stories!

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Winters-Bellbrook Community Library
57 West Franklin Street
Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
Tuesday, October 18th
6:30 – 7:30pm

As always, you can buy an autographed copy directly from Sara here!

You can also purchase at the following links:

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Author Talk at Lewisburg Library – October 13th

Sara is giving another author talk! She will be sharing her book at the Brown Memorial Library on Thursday, October 13th.

Event Page
101 S. Commerce Street
Lewisburg, OH 45338
6:30pm – 7:30pm

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As always, you can buy an autographed copy directly from Sara here!

You can also purchase at the following links:

Do you have any spooky Dayton stories/experiences?

Hey all! Sara is writing another book – hopefully coming out in time for Halloween 2023!wp-1659548820843
Do you have any experiences with urban legends, hauntings, cryptid sightings, or spooky stories from Dayton and the Dayton area? Share with us!

You can email Sara directly at authorsarakaushal@gmail.com, or send your story through our Contact Us page!

Fun Dayton Facts

Here are a few more interesting facts about Dayton!

  • Of the original purchasers of the land for Dayton, Jonathan Dayton’s name was chosen because it was considered the most pleasing name to grace the township.
  • Dayton’s first hanging took place on a gallows east of the river, where Sinclair Community College is now located. This fact is the basis for the storied hauntings of the campus.
  • Dayton’s flood of 1866 cost the city a quarter of a million dollars and left only the corn crops standing in its wake.
  • Dayton born Daniel Denison Bickham pitched for the Cincinnati Reds in 1886 for one game. He returned to Dayton when his father called him home because he felt baseball was “not a gentlemanly sport.”
  • Charles Bickham, Daniel’s brother, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1904 because he “crossed a fire-swept field, in close range of the enemy and bought a wounded soldier to a place of shelter.
  • Father to Daniel and Charles Bickham, William Bickham, was Dayton’s leading newspaper editor. After the riot that burned the office of the Dayton Journal, Bickham arrived to revive the paper and return it to financial stability.
  • The Wright brothers built their first glider for about $15.