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LEGENDS OF ROGUES' HOLLOW

ROGUES' HOLLOW IS A SMALL, ISOLATED AREA OF LAND LOCATED ABOUT
TWO MILES SOUTH OF DOYLESTOWN, OHIO, WHICH HAS A GREAT DEAL OF OLD
RUMORS AND LEGENDS ABOUT IT. THE FEW LISTED HERE ARE ALL THAT I
REMEMBER HEARING, BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING ELSE
ABOUT IT WHICH PEOPLE DECLARE TO BE TRUE ALSO. AS FAR AS I KNOW,
NONE OF THESE LEGENDS HAVE BEEN PROVEN OR DISPROVEN.
1--JESSE JAMES WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE HIDDEN OUT IN THE CAVES AT
ONE TIME
2--A MAN WHO WORKED IN A MILL IN ROGUES' HOLLOW WAS SUPPOSED
TO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE WATER WHEEL AND KILLED INSTANTLY. EVER
SINCE, HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE HAUNTED THE MILL. EVENTUALLY IT WAS
BURNED DOWN (FACT), AND THIS IS ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO THE GHOST. ONE
VERSION SAYS THAT HE DID THIS BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS GOING TO BUY IT.
3--IF YOU STAND IN A CERTAIN PLACE AT MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN HEAR
THE SOUND OF A BABY CRYING.
4--IF YOU STAND NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS AT MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN
HEAR THE SOUND OF A TRAIN COMING DOWN THE TRACK, THOUGH THERE IS NO
TRAIN,
5--AN OLD BEARDED HERMIT, OR HIS GHOST, LIVES IN THE COAL MINES
AND WILL TRY TO KILL ANY TRESPASSERS WITH HIS PICK.
6-- MANY MINERS WERE ONCE KILLED IN A CAVE-IN, AND THEIR GHOSTS
STILL WORK THERE TODAY.

Submitter comment: ROGUES' HOLLOW IS A POPULAR PLACE FOR FAMILIES AND SIGHTSEERS
ON SUNDAYS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING COLOR, BUT
DURING THE WEEK, TEENAGERS MAKE UP THE BIGGEST PART OF THE CROWD.
GROUPS OF BOYS, OR BOY-GIRL GROUPS ARE THERE DAY AND NIGHT EXPLORING
THE MINES AND HOPING TO SEE SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL.
A GREAT MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO SEEM TO BELIEVE AT LEAST A FEW OF
THE SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ROGUES' HOLLOW, AND SOME CLAIM TO HAVE WIT-
NESSED THEM EITHER FIRST-HAND OR VICARIOUSLY. THE TWO BELIEFS ABOUT
THE BABY AND THE TRAIN SEEM TO BE THE ONES BEST KNOWN, AS WELL AS
THE ONES MOST BELIEVED.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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IN THEIR RELIGIOUS TRAINING THE PENNSYVANIA DUTCH CHILDREN MAY
BE TAUGHT THE EARTH IS FLAT. SOME GROUPS BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE
THE MAPS IN THE BIBLE MAKE THE WORLD LOOK FLAT AND THEY ACCEPT
COMPLETELY EVERYTHING CONTAINED IN THE BIBLE, FROM COVER TO
COVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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LEGEND

THE MESA VERDE INDIANS WHO LIKE (LIVE IN?) THE AREA KNOWN
TODAY AS MESA VERDE
NATIONAL PARK, BELIEVED IN THE RITUAL OF THE SIPAPU--A SMALL HOLE
IN THE EARTH. CREATION ITSELF BEGAN FROM THIS SMALL HOLE WHERE
MAN PASSED FROM A NONDISTINCT FORM INTO THE SHAPE OF A HUMAN
AS HE EMERGED FROM THE SIPAPU. THE INDIANS WOULD CARRY OUT A RITUAL
THE MAIN EPISODE BEING THROWING SOME SORT OF INCENSE INTO THE
CREVICE, AND BURNING IT. THIS WOULD CHASE AWAY EVIL SPIRITS COMING
TO EARTH. THE STORY OR BELIEF IS REPEATED TODAY BY MANY INDIANS
OF THE AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROCK SUPERSTITION

A ROCK FORMATION IN COLORADO IS CALLED THE SLEEPING WOMAN
BY THE HOPI AND NAVAHO INDIANS. HER STORY VARIES WITH THE TELLER
BUT THEY HAVE AGREED THAT SHE HAS LOST HER LOVER, AND AWAITS
HIM IN A RECLINING POSITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CAVE LEGEND.

HE WHO SLEEPS IN THE CAVE OF PUNKO WILL DIE. (FROM HAWAII)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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HILL LEGEND

THERE IS A CERTAIN HILL AROUND WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
WHERE A CAR WILL ROLL
UPHILL WITH THE DRIVER'S FOOT OFF THE GAS PEDAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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LAND ORIGIN BELIEF

BOTH THE JAPANESE AND IRISH BELIEVE THAT THEIR COUNTRIES ARE
PIECES OF HEAVEN THAT FELL INTO THE OCEAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS FROM SOMEONE, BUT CANNOT REMEMBER WHO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION OF A MOUNTAIN

THERE IS A PLACE IN ARIZONA NAMED SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN. WHENEVER
ANYONE WENT THERE LOOKING FOR GOLD, THEY NEVER RETURNED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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THE HILL

THERE IS A HILL IN THE ROSEDALE PARK CEMETERY. WHENEVER ANYONE
PARKED THEIR CAR IN FRONT OF THE HILL, THE CAR WOULD BEGIN
ROLLING UP THE HILL.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS A STORY WHICH CIRCULATED AROUND MY HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD
HEARD IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO SOMEONE, BUT I DID NOT KNOW
ANYONE WHO HAD ACTAULLY EXPERIENCED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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MOUNTAIN BELIEF

THOSE WHO LEAP INTO THE SACRED MOUNTAIN

Data entry tech comment:

Incomplete Entry

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SUICIDE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 02-05-1970

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ROCK SUPERSTITION

A ROCK FORMATION IN COLORADO IS BELIEVED TO BE "THE SLEEPING WOMAN" BY THE HOPI AND NAVAHO INDIANS. HER STORY VARIES WITH EACH TELLER. IT IS AGREED THAT SHE HAS LOST HER LOVER OR HUSBAND AND AWAITS
HIS RETURN IN A RECLINING POSITION.

Where learned: at school

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CAVE LEGEND

HE WHO SLEEPS IN THE CAVE OF THE PUNKO WILL DIE.

(FROM HAWAII)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; informant's home ; 80 Tourraine

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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HILL LEGEND

THERE IS A CERTAIN HILL IN NORTH CAROLINA, AROUND WINSTON-SALEM, WHERE A CAR WILL ROLL UP A HILL WITH THE DRIVER'S FOOT OFF THE GAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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LAND ORIGIN BELIEF

BOTH THE JAPANESE AND IRISH BELIEVE THAT THEIR COUNTRIES ARE PIECES OF HEAVEN THAT FELL INTO THE OCEAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS FROM SOMEONE, BUT CANNOT REMEMBER WHO.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 9526 Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN

THERE IS A PLACE IN ARIZONA NAMED SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN. WHENEVER ANYONE WENT THERE LOOKING FOR GOLD THEY NEVER RETURNED.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

 

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 16761 Miller

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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THE HILL

THERE IS A HILL IN THE ROSEDALE PARK CEMETERY. WHENEVER ANYONE PARKED THEIR CAR IN FRONT OF THE HILL, THE CAR WOULD BEGIN ROLLING UP THE HILL.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS A STORY WHICH CIRCULATED AROUND MY HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD "HEARD" IT ACTUALLY HAPPENNED TO SOMEONE, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Learned in late 1960s.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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LUCK

WHEN PASSING AN ELVE'S MOUND WHICH IS ANY SMALL MOUNTAIN OF EARTH IN
THE WOODS, SAY THE FOLLOWING: TABI- TABI PO LOLA, LOLO. THIS SIMPLY
MEANS EXCUSE ME GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER. IF THESE WORDS ARE NOT
SAID, YOU WILL MEET BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ELFIS MOUND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 12-00-1977

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DEVIL'S GORGE

BY NIAGARA FALLS THERE IS A LARGE GORGE NEAR THE WHIRLPOOL IN WHICH
A REGIMENT OF BRITISH WERE SUPPOSEDLY WIPED OUT BY AN INDIAN AND
FRENCH AMBUSH. THIS IS HOW IT GOT ITS NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WAR- AMBUSH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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LEGEND

IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA, THERE IS A PLACE CALLED
DEVIL'S DEN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT WHEN LUCIFER WAS CAST OUT OF
HEAVEN THAT IS THE PLACE HE WAS THROWN INTO. THE PIT IS BOTTOMLESS,
SO IT'S SAID. YOU CAN DROP A STONE INTO THE PIT AND NEVER HEAR IT
HIT BOTTOM. THEY'VE CALLED IT DEVIL'S DEN AS LONG AS ANYONE
REMEMBERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BOTTOMLESS PIT.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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ST. PAUL'S GROTTO

UNDER A CHURCH IN RABAT, IS A GROTTO IN WHICH ST. PAUL AND HIS
COMPANIONS ARE SAID TO HAVE LIVED WHILE IN MALTA. LOCAL LEGEND
CLAIMS THAT WHATEVER AMOUNT OF STONE IS REMOVED FROM THIS GROTTO,
THE DIMENSIONS REMAIN THE SAME.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Solid

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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