SALAMANCA — The headline of the tragedy read “Mother Kills Daughter And Shoots Self.” Nearly 75 years later, the story is still being told and debates continue about strange occurrences and alleged sightings of apparitions at the Salamanca American Legion.
Club Steward Tammy Cummings, along with Paranormalists Karen Hubbard and John Crocitto, will present “The Ghosts of American Legion Post 535” on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hughes-Skiba American Legion Post 535 on Wildwood Avenue.
Cummings will tell the history of the Gibson family, who were prominent Salamanca citizens during the late 1800s and early 1900s and the focus of a murder-suicide tragedy in 1939. Hubbard and Crocitto will show both audio and video evidence of a haunting, which they gathered at the legion.
The program is the second of the 2012 Speaker Series, sponsored by the Salamanca Historical Society and Museum, and is free to the public with no reservations required.
Museum Curator Nancy Sedlak said the paranormal investigation was spurred when Karen Hubbard, an independent investigator, called her at the historical society to inquire about the former “red house” in the Town of Red House, which was reputed by many locals to be haunted. She said she told Hubbard about the alleged haunting at the Salamanca legion and put her in touch with Cummings.
* This is a partial story. The full story can be found in the July 12, 2012 edition of The Salamanca Press and online in the e-edition. *