Dead Man Found in a Barrel of Rum
The former Atherton mansion, now apartments, where Gertrude and George still roam...
Gertrude Franklin, grand niece of Benjamin Franklin, would eventually marry the rich, lazy, and unambitious George Atherton. (The town of Atherton was named after his father.) One day he headed out to sea with his navel officer cousin to prove that he could make a man out of himself. He barely made it 3 days before he got sick and died. He was returned home a few weeks later stuffed, but preserved, in a barrel of rum. Gertrude Atherton, now a free and single woman, would become one of San Francisco’s seminal feminist novelists. Years later, the Atherton mansion was sold and divided into apartments. But to this day, tenants say they feel the presence of a few spirits creating mischief in their apartments; things moving, wind rushing through closed rooms, and George knocking from inside people’s walls...
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