August 13, 1908

Sixty-two-year-old Lula Christman died in Centralia. Plans were made for her to be buried in a grave that had been dug for her a week earlier—the first time she died. Physicians in St. Louis had pronounced her dead and the grave was dug, but Mrs. Christman revived before she could be buried. This time, relatives planned to wait a few days—just in case.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

Adobe Stock photo—Magnus