The Oconto County Historical Society Monthly Speaker

Date: Feb. 2, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm

The Oconto County Historical Society will present its monthly speaker series program on Thursday evening, February 2, 2023, in the meeting room of the Beyer Home and Carriage Museum, located at 915 Park Avenue, Oconto. 

The topic of the evening's program is the story entitled THE LADY IN BLACK. This true story has elements of mystery, and suspense. Intrigue. romance and the ever-familiar love triangle. The story centers around Mrs. Rose Sharp, owner of THE ENQUIRER, an Oconto newspaper, and the assault of Patrick Lynch, by a woman wearing a black fascinator or veil. The events unfold, finding Mrs. Sharp accused, arrested and brought to trial. You will learn of the outcome of the trial if you attend the February 2 program. 

THE LADY IN BLACK is based upon material from the newspapers of the day and put in a scrapbook by Lulu Sissons, of Oconto. Hugh Murphy read the articles in the scrapbook with great interest. Hugh gave the scrapbook to Attorney James Martineau. After reading the material in the scrapbook, Attorney Martineua edited it from a lawyer’s standpoint and then passed the material back to Hugh Murphy with a suggestion to make it into a story.  Hugh Murphy wrote THE LADY IN BLACK, and the story appeared in installments in the Oconto County Reporter in 1965. In the first installment of the story, Hugh Murphy is quoted as saying, “I hope you will read THE LADY IN BLACK, with a great deal of compassion for all concerned.” In 1969, Duane F. Eberft adapted the story into the version that will be presented. 

Program presenters will be Susie Groll, Loreli Dickinson, Kitty Werner, Peter Stark and Bob Klozotsky.

The program is free and open to the public Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Beyer Home & Carriage Museum
Address:  915 Park Ave
Oconto, WI, 54153