As I prepare for the upcoming ghost tours of Denton (which begin on Friday, March 22nd --- which is tomorrow!), I realize what a debt I owe to the woman below.
Her name is Emily Fowler, and she created the beginnings of a genealogical/historical section in the Denton Public Library system that is fantastic! Seriously, if you are tracing your family tree, or delving into the history of Texas, our libraries are the place to go. It's where I do most of my digging to unearth ghostly tales and the history surrounding the places they occur (although I also owe a huge debt to our Courthouse-Museum-on-the-Square). At the Emily Fowler Public Library, there is a section of ephemera in the vertical files that is astounding. Helpful librarians will gladly lead you to anything you want to find.
Emily Fowler worked tirelessly during her lifetime to support Denton's public libraries from 1943 until 1969, when she retired. Although she died in 1971, it is said that she still resides at the library that bears her name! She is still supporting the library!
Personally, I have never "met" Emily Fowler's ghost, but there are plenty who have. Librarians who work there, and people who knew Mrs. Fowler, have claimed to have experienced strange occurrences which they attribute to her. Several groups of Paranormal Investigators have visited the library overnight and recorded evidence of a haunting at the Emily Fowler library. It seems that Emily found a job she never wants to leave!
I'll happily tell you the stories of Emily Fowler on one of the ghost tours. And, I will tell you many more tales of Denton's ghosts. In fact, over the last few months I have collected more new ghostly tales than I can possibly tell in a 90 minute tour! I may have to create a second tour. Come out and join me on a Friday or Saturday night. I'd love to tell you about my town and the librarian who never checked out!
Shelly has been a professional storyteller for 27 years. You don't even have to twist her arm and she will tell you a story.