"Off of Will Road in Mehlville is Dillon Drive, a two-block long street that dead-ends. [On the] left is an old wood frame house, built in the 19th Century, but rather large for the time period. It had some old apple trees in a large yard. There was always something weird about it. I never saw lights in the windows or happened to see anybody. Cutting through the yard on the way to school I always got the sense that I was being watched and the energy there was such that I would not have entered the house on a bet. It's still there...My guess is this was the Dillon Family home and probably the location of Packy Dillon's death, which explains the creepy feeling that place gave me."
The post that David was commenting on involved some of the Dillon family history that I had received from the family itself and mentioned the location of the Dillon farm in Mehlville. At some point, I think I had even posted a map with the general location of the farm, where Packy Dillon had lived. So that's how David was able to possibly locate the old Dillon farm and house.
Now I'm a rational man and do not believe in any such thing as ghosts. But I like a good ghost as much as anybody else (check out The Awakening on Netflix) and, for some reason, the idea that Packy Dillon's ghost is haunting Mehlville tickles my fancy.
Patrick Henry Dillon is, far and away, my favorite 19th century professional baseball player and my quest to find information about Packy Dillon and the 1875 St. Louis Reds was what started me down the path of obsessive 19th century baseball research. I love any kind of information about Dillon that I can get my hands on and David's story is certainly unique. I appreciate him sharing it with me and hope you liked it as much as I did.