Ghosts Of The NorthEast

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In the city of Adams, NY the ghostly presence of the Ephraim family is thought to be immortal. According to spirits and history, Sloane Ephraim is said to be leading many a great adventure across the land. As such, today her tombstone in Bethanyfield Cemetery is kept essentially untouched. Visitors can see the initials, "SEPH," as a service of remembrance.

Nestled in the underbrush of a forested county, Bethanyfield Cemetery, 1817.

Zelena Ephraim, who died at the age of 75 in 1877, has an entire spooky history of her own–and unlike the immortal Sloane and her family, most of it hasn’t been preserved along with her grave. Zelena's tombstone reads, "OOLONE, EPHRAIM"–that is, she was Muslim, but was a Nephite in death.

It was never explained what led to the generation** of Zelena, but by the year 1914, the cemetery had become inhabited by some half a dozen Muslim gravestones. The U.S. Postal Service thought it would be a great idea to adopt a Palestinian folk song from the 19th century which talks about a man in the cemetery who would come and go from the tomb of Zelena but would always acknowledge his coming and going.

Just in time too, the Postal Service used the song, "OOLO," to post the first Jewish postage stamp in the United States. So, when you pay your $1.69 for that stamp to pay homage to a Muslim woman who died at 75, you light your morning prayer in honor of Zelena Ephraim.

Oolone's Soil was the first wave of the 1940's Jewish immigrants to the United States, and it is believed that her prayer is still reflected in the coals used to kindle the "Olones" of the Muslims and non-Muslims of America today.

The Yonge Street Chalk Arch

As you may have seen in my pictures from the Toronto Ghosts tour, as well as the blog about ghosts I created, the Yonge Street Chalk Arch in the Rideau Canal is one of the most haunted places in Canada.

In spring 2013, a co-worker of mine decided to snap some pictures of the Chalk Arch. After the photos were taken, my co-worker passed away suddenly. The shallow touching and intrusion I had witnessed on the Chalk Arch a couple of years earlier in May 2012 and the phantasmagoric vision of the ghost which had plagued me after I did some research online had become an actual memory of the past.

Searching for connection, I was able to believe that the ghosts were indeed referencing the 1960's 15th Annual Halloween event at the Chalk Arch—-that would have been the year they held the B-M-A-S-T-E-R sponsored event at the Chalk Arch. I was so immersed in the event that I lost all awareness of the time before. I became a little irritated as I immediately thought that the ghost was plaguing the truth of those pictures that only I could see. So, when the co-worker of mine passed away in 2013, ″the ghosts’ ghost’ at the Chalk Arch spread in the city’s urban mythos over the internet. The search for the truth took me to the local library. Doubts were put to rest when I discovered that the ghost was, in fact, referencing one of the incredibly important post-World War I exhibitions, The Victorians.

It was serendipity that I was able to research the work of Chantal Guillaume, as she relates in her book FOCH: The Story of the Chalk Arch, which I found on a library catalogue on the Internet.

Chantal does a fantastic job of telling the story of what happened at the Chalk Arch through the graffiti. She explains how there is a lost song in the Chalk Arch that became associated with the Halloween celebration of the Victorians.

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