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Get “Fort Bend Ghost Stories” at George Memorial Library

Thirteen years ago, long-time library and museum volunteer John C. Allwright compiled a collection of ghost stories that he recalled from throughout his lifetime of living in the Rosenberg/Richmond area. The collection was published as “Fort Bend Ghost Stories,” and Allwright donated the proceeds from the sales of this book to the Genealogy and Local History Department at George Memorial Library.

The book is one of five that Allright wrote before his death in 2005. Dedicated to preserving the history of the Rosenberg/Richmond area, Allright documented his memories of growing up in the area, raising children and grandchildren, and relating the rich history of the area to countless other individuals that he encountered as a volunteer at the library and as a docent at the Fort Bend Museum.

Allwright’s memories of growing up in the area and watching the many changes which took place over the years filled three other volumes – “My Memories of Rosenberg,” “People of Fort Bend County That I Met,” and “Fort Bend County Ghost Stories,” which is a sequel to “Fort Bend Ghost Stories.” His final book was “Short Stories,” written in 2003.

For many years, Allwright fascinated the children of the county with tales of ghostly appearances in the area, and he was finally convinced to write them down. The original “Fort Bend Ghost Stories” features more than 35 stories of ghosts who have haunted the local area throughout its illustrious past. From the “Cotton Seed Mill Robber“ to the “Brazos River Ghost” and many more, Allwright brought to life the ghostly residents of the county once again.

The Genealogy and Local History Department at George Memorial Library currently has copies of Allwright’s “Fort Bend Ghost Stories” and “Short Stories” available for sale. Proceeds from sales of the book benefit the department at the library.

For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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