Here is a bit of a weird spooky bit of trivia to usher in Halloween.
Florence Irene Ford Born: September 3, 1861 Died : October 30, 1871
Ten-year-old Florence died of yellow fever. During her short life she was very frightened of storms and whenever one rolled-in she would rush to her mother to find comfort.
Upon her death her mother was so struck with grief that she had Florence’s casket constructed with a glass window at the childâ€™s head. The grave was dug to provide an area, the same depth of the coffin, at the childâ€™s head, but this area had steps that would allow the mother to descend to her daughterâ€™s level so she could comfort Florence during storms. To shelter the mother during storms, hinged metal trap doors were installed over the area the mother would occupy while at her childâ€™s grave.
In this picture you can see the trap doors behind little Florenceâ€™s tombstone, which covers the stairway her mother used. They can still be opened today. In the mid 1950s a concrete wall was erected at the bottom of the stairway covering the glass window of Florenceâ€™s coffin to prevent vandalism. Kinda strange and spooky, eh?