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Local lore ... or lingering locals?



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This wooden rocking horse, circa 1850, has been known to move on its own in OSVís parsonage building. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2009
In the 1860s, while the nation was elsewhere engaged the bloodiest war ever fought on United States soil, a Southbridge selectman named Manning Leonard, a prominent businessman of the time, resided in a luxurious home on Elm Street.

According to the book, "Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, volume VIII," published in 1907, Leonard fathered seven children, only five of which grew to see adulthood.

"Their children were seven in number," the book reads, referring to Leonard and his wife Mary F. (Ammidown) Leonard. "Five, two sons and three daughters, and their mother, survived their father's decease."

Now, almost 125 years since Leonard's passing, it is believed by several people that the spirit of at least one of his late children still resides in that house, which is now occupied by The Southbridge Evening News.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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