Friday, February 4, 2011

Emmitt Watson and the Columbarium in San Francisco

I visited this old mausoleum in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago with my wife Valerie and friend Dave Backman. The care taker, Emmitt Watson, gave us a tour and told us a ghost story about a little girl named Viola Von Staden. The story is a little long for me to tell it to you here, but here's the bones Viola von Staden died at the age of 7 in 1907 after she drank contiminated water following the Great Earthquake and Fire. Watson says he believes the child's spirit is one of those he's seen around the historic building.  Here's a painting that shows both Viola's and his side of the story.