Santa Cruz Sentinel July 14, 1906
HEARD STRANGE MUSIC AT DEATH OF SCHROEDER
Mrs. A. V SCHROEDER AND A FRIEND HEARD GUITAR MUSIC AND STRANGE RAPPINGS ON MONDAY MORNING.
Mrs. Arthur V. Schroeder of 296 Broadway, whose father - in -law, John G. Schroeder, an old soldier, died on Monday morning at his home on Pennsylvania Ave; relates a remarkable experience which may interest those who believe in spirit return.
Mrs. Schroeder the younger was sitting in her dining room talking with a young friend at about 10:20 on Monday morning, when the two young women heard peculiar music, like the tolling of a bell, from a guitar which was lying on the lounge in the next room. At the same time, Mrs. Schroeder, who is accounted by her friends a remarkable physical medium, began to notice things on the table moving towards her.
A paper bag in her hand began rattling and the two young women went into the adjoining room to investigate. The music stopped as soon as they entered but began again after they left the room. The second time it was much stronger and both ladies are positive that no human hands made the music.
At this time neither of them knew of the death of Mr. Schroeder, senior, who was then dying at his home two blocks away. It transpires that it was just at this time, however, when the guitar was playing and Mrs. Schroeder was being made the plaything of unseen forces, that the old soldier was breathing his last. He died at 11:20 that morning and the guitar music lasted from about 10:30 until a quarter to twelve.
Mrs. Schroeder's young lady friend, who was seen by a "Sentinel" reporter and who also vouches for the truth of this story, was quite upset by the rapping's which seemed to come from the inside of the guitar and the uncanny experience she passed through.
Mrs. Schroeder states that the music continued to play at intervals until noon, when her husband came home and announced that his father was dead.