Letter to the editor: Leave Stull alone

To the editor:

Halloween’s approach signals the annual assault upon the small community of Stull. This year the insult is doubly troubling, because the city fathers of the largest city in Douglas County have given permission for an event operator to hold a haunted house event in Lawrence called “Stull Haunted House” over a month’s time! Haunted houses are fun and can be money makers, but it is not right to allow the maligning of a neighboring community in the process.

Stull, a small unincorporated community named after Sylvester Stull, who was the first postmaster there, has no city attorney or other official to defend its name. Stull was a viable frontier community with stores, churches, post office and cemetery. The Stull Cemetery is not haunted. There are new burials each year. Each Memorial Day descendants decorate the approximately 500 graves, many of them of early pioneers of Kanwaka and Lecompton townships. Where is the respect, honor and justice due these people in their final resting place?

Would Lawrence approve the event if named “Oak Hill Haunted House” or “Pioneer Cemetery Haunted House”? How much of the ticket price will be retained in Douglas County? Perhaps a percentage should be required to fund repairing vandalism to the cemetery. Are our elected and nonelected officials asleep, or do they just not care, by allowing this travesty that will only perpetuate the false garbage on the internet?

Elsie Bahnmaier Middleton,



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