December 12 2008

Press Release: The Good Old Days Weren't So Great, Claim History Ladies in New Book

Book Cover

(l to r) Ann O'Hara, Gloria McCullough

For several years, Gloria McCullough and Ann O'Hara, as members of the Wayne County Historical Society's Speakers Bureau, have espoused the belief that we're lucky to be living today and not in the "good old days." Now the "History Ladies'" talk has been expanded into book form. "Murder, Mayhem and Sundry Misadventures in Wayne County, Pennsylvania" is available exclusively from the historical society's museum shop at $20 + tax, and all proceeds benefit the society's Capital Campaign.

Gloria McCullough is the Research Librarian at WCHS and Ann O'Hara chair of the Library Committee, and they have turned their mutual interests in true crime and historical research into a fund raising effort for the historical society, which is continuing efforts to pay for its recent expansion. Most of the book consists of items taken verbatim from local newspapers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with chapters on two lurid axe murders written by Ms. McCullough and Ms. O'Hara. Ms. O'Hara warns that the book is "not for the squeamish," although many of the newspaper items are humorous. Chapters touch on accidents and medical disasters, family strife and "Snakes and Eels," to name a few.

The authors stress their gratitude to Gene Tagle, who created the book's design, Rae Ann Bishop of Varcoe Printing who offered valuable advice, and Rachel Bakota, who painted the very realistic blood on the cover.

The authors will be signing copies of their book for holiday shoppers at the Wayne County Historical Society's Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29, from 4 to 7 pm. Also autographing their books at the open house will be Linda Dix Lee ("The Way It Was.") and Ray LaTournous ("The Dorflinger Glassware Collection of Ray LaTournous."). These and all books in the museum shop can also be ordered online at, by mail, phone or in person. The Wayne County Historical Society is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm through December, Saturdays only January through March. For more information, stop in at 810 Main St., Honesdale, call 570-253-3240 or email