Lemp Mansion Second Floor Shadow Figure
This photograph was taken by Dan Parr, an overnight guest of the Lemp Mansion in 2013. In the photo, you can see a shadow figure standing in the doorway of the Charles Lemp Suite located on the second floor of the Lemp Mansion. Many believe this to be the ghost of Charles Lemp, because, on May 10, 1949, he committed suicide in this room. There is another possibility on who this ghost could be, and that is Julia Feickert Lemp, and I think this is a photo of her ghost.
Julia Feickert Lemp had a strong attachment to the Lemp Mansion because her parents built the mansion in 1868 and were the original occupants. The mansion was sold to William Lemp Sr. and Julia in 1878, and was their home until 1906.
In February 1904, William Lemp Sr. committed suicide in what today is known as the Lavender Suite Parlor. He ate brunch, read the paper, and then produced a revolver from his vest pocket and shot himself in the head. William Lemp Sr. was found when the servants came to clear the dishes from the parlor room table.
The suicide of her husband greatly affected Julia. After Williams’ funeral, she requested to be moved from the Master Bedroom to the room across the hall, known today as the William Lemp Suite. This remained Julia’s bedroom until April 1906. Earlier that year Julia was diagnosed with cancer. In the final weeks of her life when she became bedridden, she requested to be moved back into the master bedroom where her husband committed suicide. She passed away just a few feet from the table where William Lemp Sr. shot himself.
Many have seen a shadow figure on the second floor of the Lemp Mansion. It’s possible that this is the ghost of Julia Feickert Lemp, still patrolling the halls of her family home.