The Lady In Black
De Soto, Mo
A mysterious lady in black often appeared on the street corners at night. No one seemed to know anything about this strange woman. She wore a long, black hat with a dark veil covering her face. She often appeared and disappeared from the vicinity of Boyd Street, anywhere from Main to fifth for a period of six years or more. So who was this intriguing lady in black? Some amateur sleuths believe it was simply a woman in disguise spying on her unfaithful husband. She supposedly was never seen again after 1921. Whatever happened to her remains a mystery. There’s also some conflicting reports of a woman who dressed in black that haunts East Kelley near the old depot. Some believe the woman’s name was Shrum. She is often seen at the old depot or walking near the old bridge on East Kelley.