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Ghosts along
the Texas Coast

Docia Schultz Williams

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Williams, Docia Schultz.

Ghosts along the Texas coast / Docia Schultz Williams.

p.       cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-55622-377-8

1. Ghosts--Texas--Gulf Region        I. Title.

BF1472.U6W554        1994
 
133.1`09764'1--dc20
94-11994
CIP   

© 1995, Wordware Publishing, Inc.

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Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

“There are Ghosts”

Dedication

Chapter 1
Ghosts that Dwell in Coastal Towns
and on the Windswept Beaches

“Ghosts”

Ghostly Guardians of Buried Treasure

The Three-Master

El Perro Negro

House Plays Host to Live-in Ghost

The Night the Karankawa Came Calling

Someone's in the Kitchen at Beulah's

The Graveyard Ghost

Chapter 2
Ghosts of the Lower Rio Grande Valley

“They Are Here”

Fort Brown, Where Old Soldiers Never Die

Concerts on a Phantom Organ

The Pasture of Souls

La Abuela

The Man With the Shovel

The Brick-Throwing Ghost

A Dead Dog's Devotion

Is There an Explanation for This?

Chapter 3
History and Mystery in Far South Texas

“Bright Shines Bailey's Lights”

The Light on Bailey's Prairie

The Legend of Knox Crossing

Reeves Thicket's Ranch House

A Strange Visitor to Reeves Thicket

The Spirits at Sutton's Mott

The Ghosts at Goliad

Poor Chipita

The Ghost at Little Egypt

Chapter 4
Corpus Christi's Resident Spirits

Corpus Christi

The Ghost at Blackbeard's on the “C.C.” Beach

The “Great Blue Ghost” Has Ghosts of Her Own!

The Disappearing Nun

The Circle of Flames

Chapter 5
The Ghosts of Galveston

Galveston Island

Strange Spirits at the Williams House

Miss Bettie's Still in Charge at Ashton Villa

A Welcome to The Oaks

Sarah, the Friendly Spirit

The Boarding House on Avenue K

The Ghost of Fire Station Number Six

Is the Captain Still There?

The Ghost Who Left His Walking Cane

The Haunted Portrait

Chapter 6
Houston . . . a Haunting City

Hauntings in Houston

The Spirit Goes On

The Sounds of Strings

The Strange Old Pagan Church House

The Newport Story

More Spirits Than Ale at the Ale House

A Couple of “Mini” Ghost Tales

Spring's Haunted Saloon

Chapter 7
Ghosts of the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle Area

“Mysterious Nights”

Spirits at the Sabine Pass Lighthouse

Joe Lee Never Left Nederland

Is the Spirit Still Around?

The Ghost of Christy Hardin

The Cove Light

The Ghost of Turtle Bayou

The Mysterious House at Browndell

Where the Ghost Car Used to Run

Jasper's Old Haunted House

Chapter 8
Legends Worth Telling Again

“Strange Unexplained Things”

Legends Worth Telling Again

La Llorona

The Ghostly Lady in Black

The Girl in the Pink Dress

The Romantic Story of Princess Kisselpoo

The Legend of the Indian Maidens

The Legend of El Muerto

The Headless Rider at Dead Man's Lagoon

The Strange Legend of Bouton Lake

“Sara Jane . . . oh, Sara Jane . . .”

Saratoga's Ghostly Light

Epilogue

Sources

Index

Acknowledgments

I am greatly indebted to many people who have assisted me in researching the material for this book. The historians, librarians, newspaper editors, and private individuals who have shared their stories with me have contributed greatly towards bringing
Ghosts Along the Texas Coast
to fruition. I am sure I will forget, and therefore omit, many who were helpful to me, but I would like to especially thank the following individuals who shared their time and their stories with me: Clouis and Marilyn Fisher, Rockport; Sue Casterline, Estes Flats; Julie Caraker, Port Aransas; Charlie Faupel and Susan Purcell of Reeves Thicket Ranch, Victoria; Wilbur Butler, Beaumont; Debbie and Jim Sandifer, Port Neches; Anne Malinowsky Blackwell, Nederland; Diane Cox, Jasper; Pat Chance, Jasper; Brenda Greene Mitchell, Spring; Mrs. Merle E. Eisenhour, Galveston; Eleanor Catlow, Galveston; Paula and Steve Bonillas, Corpus Christi; Colonel Larry Platt, Pleasanton; Mary Lou Polley Featherston, Port Arthur; Father Jim Vanderholt, pastor, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Port Arthur; Catherine Polk, LaMarque; Nancy Polk, Houston; Mario P. Ceccaci Jr., Galveston.

Also, the librarians, museum curators, and newspaper staffs who gathered and sent so much helpful material to me, including: Casey Edward Greene, Assistant Archivist, Rosenberg Library, Galveston; Ellen Hanlon, “The Texas Room,” Houston Public Library; Yolanda Gonzalez, Librarian, Arnulfo L. Oliveria Memorial Library, University of Texas at Brownsville; Bruce Aiken, Brownsville Historical Museum; Newton Warzecha, Museum Director, La Bahia, Goliad; Kevin Young, San Antonio, formerly museum director, La Bahia, Goliad; Derek Neitzel, Resident Graphic Artist and assistant to the curator, USS
Lexington
Museum, Corpus Christi; Kathleen Hink, former director, Williams House Museum, Galveston; Kevin Ladd, Director, Wallisville Heritage Park.

Many thanks to Sam Nesmith and his wife, Nancy, who as historians and psychics contributed much advice and encouragement.

The following individuals gave me some good leads in tracking down stories, and to them I am most grateful: GiGi Starnes, San Antonio; Dr. Joe Graham, Dept. of Sociology, Texas A&M, Kingsville; Nancy Vernon, Rockport; Faye Duncan, Port Arthur; and Mrs. W.A. Ewert, Riviera. Also Dr. Juan Sauvageau, author of
Stories That Will Not Die
, for his encouragement, and the late Catherine Munson Foster of Angleton, folklorist and author of
Ghosts Along the Brazos
, for her help in my research. Also Libby Butler of Raisin; Dorothy Hirsch of Brownsville; Kitten Carter of Houston; Juanita Williams of Andrews; and Betty Boriak of Houston. Also my thanks to Greg Marshall, resident historian, Rice University; and Ann Douglass, reference librarian, Houston Public Library.

Lastly, by far the most important contributor towards the completion of this book is my husband, Roy D. Williams, whose constant encouragement and “prodding” kept me on track, as he accompanied me on trips along the coast, interviewing and taking pictures. And when the stories were all done, he spent endless hours at the computer getting the manuscript ready for the publishers. My love and heartfelt thanks, Roy.

Introduction

As a small child, I shivered simultaneously with fear and delight as Halloween stories of goblins and ghosts were told to me. There's a fascination with the unknown, that other dimension wherein dwell the restive spirits of departed souls, that we all have in one degree or another. Perhaps you share with me the belief that there really are such things as “ghosts” or “spirits.” Or perhaps you remain skeptical, totally unconvinced that there could be, or are, such things at all.

Because you personally have never experienced the seeing, hearing, or feeling of the presence of a ghost, you may obviously doubt there are such things. Having interviewed many people and corresponded with countless others, I am impressed by the intelligence and honesty displayed by those who have shared their stories with me so that I might bring them to you, my readers. Believe them or not, they deserve your respect and are not to be ridiculed. I for one, do not doubt their stories. Since my first book on the subject of ghosts,
Spirits of San Antonio and South Texas
, which I co-authored with Reneta Byrne was published in December 1991 (Republic of Texas Press, an imprint of Wordware Publishing, Inc.), I have made many radio and television appearances and have given numerous programs and book reviews. It is truly amazing how many people have contacted me after hearing me speak. They must recognize a “kindred spirit.” Often I have been told, “I've never told anyone about this before; I was so afraid they would laugh at me.” These people realize that I believe that there are such things as “spirits” or “ghosts,” and they will have the ear of a sympathetic listener. I have heard some strange, yet believable stories as a consequence, and I have met many interesting people in the process.

Now, I am not a psychic. I have friends and acquaintances who are, and they have been of great help in explaining the “unexplainable” to me. And in consulting with these psychics I have learned that certain
times and certain conditions contribute greatly to the sightings of apparitions, or the hearing of “ghostly noises.” “Ghosts” or “spirits” seem to be the most common names associated with the unexplained presences that represent the restless souls of now dead human beings. They are, I believe, all around us. Some are kindly, benevolent guardians that protectively watch over someone or over a place they once loved. Others are very disturbed entities, not yet accepting that they are dead. These souls wander impatiently, often frightening us as they appear, disappear, and reappear, over and over again. You see, time means nothing to a ghost!

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