It was a tree.

OCR: TREE RUBBING POLE WAS GHOST MYSTERY ST LOUIS Oct 24—The mystery of the South Side ‘haunted” tree has been solved. Residents here had been kept awake for several nights by a mysterious loud wailing sound Investigation during the day failed to discover the clue to the disturbance. One night a brave man ‘ventured to climb up in a tree He found a limb rubbing a telephone pole. The neighborhood sleeps soundly now.

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas, 25 Oct 1931 (page 27)

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