In honor of All Souls' Day, also known as the Day of the Dead, I'd like to introduce a guy who died right here in the CrazyStable: Mr. Patrick M. Furlong. According to the New York Times, Furlong died at home here suddenly, of heart disease, at age 80, on August 23, 1928; at the time, the CrazyStable was owned by his daughter, Anna B. Murphy, who is the earliest owner of record we've been able to find and probably bought the place when it was new. (Oh, how we wish we knew what it looked like then!) According to his Times obit, he was survived as well by two other daughters, Mary and Jane.
Mr. Furlong has two things in common with your Stablemistress: One, he was fascinated by typography. Early in life he became an "electrotyper," and during the Grover Cleveland administration, he was the foreman of the Government Printing Office in Washington, DC. He was also the originator of the "curved electrotype" (I don't know what that is); at the time of his death here, he'd been retired for three years and was working on a book about electrotyping.
Second, Furlong was apparently a devout Catholic, active in the St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Name Societies, and his funeral was set to take place in our geographic parish of Holy Innocents in Flatbush. I don't know what room he died in, but he seems to have departed peacefully; the CrazyStable has been pristinely unhaunted during our two decades' residence. It feels like an honor to live in a place from which this upright typographer and co-religionist departed this life; may he, and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Image: Edward Gorey, The Doubtful Guest