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HYDE PARK — While the dead have been known to vote in Chicago, at the beginning of the 20th century many South Siders believed they could do more than that — even talking to the living on a daily basis.

The South Side was a hotbed for a rising spiritualist movement from the 1890s to 1910s. One South Sider ruled a burgeoning flock that believed the dead were talking all the time — and all the living needed to do was listen.

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Dr. George B. Warne was the leader of the National Spiritualist Association. He was a man with deep-set eyes and an aquiline nose who lived at 4203 S. Evans Ave., the epicenter of spiritualist life in Chicago at the turn of the century in Douglas, Oakland and Grand Boulevard.

 

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