November to December 2006 Ghost Stories
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Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)
Date: 3 November 2006
From: Debbie T.
Subject: And Edgefield
I was visiting my local Barnes and Nobel and noticed an end-cap that featured
the book Weird Hauntings.
Intrigued, I picked it up and was amazed to see your story about Edgefield
featured on the back cover. I immediately bought it and brought it home to my
were married nearly 6 years ago at Edgefield and
Althea's room is our favorite room.
We've stayed there at least 4 times, but never have had an odd occurrence.
However, after reading your story I am left wondering?
I am an elementary school teacher and collect children's books.
While staying at Edgefield in Althea's room one weekend I told my husband
how an idea for a children's book had come to me about a little girl of a site
administrator from years back who had died when she was 8 or 9.
premise of the book would be how a contemporary administrator's family with a
young girl would move into the house and the ghost of the dead girl would
befriend her. The idea literally
came out of nowhere and my husband and I have just found it odd to think of that
now and compare it to what we didn't know before reading your piece on
Edgefield. We had no idea of the ghostly girl that has been seen there.
for thought I guess.
another note somewhat related...on a self guided tour after dinner one night at
the Kennedy School we had another weird experience. Makes one wonder if the McMenamin
brothers are drawn to "spooky" places
If interested in that story, please let me know.
sorry it took so long to get back to you. When you wrote, I was on my way
home from a speaking tour that took me from Boulder, CO, to Hartford, CT.
Needless to say, I was usually too tired to respond to emails.
As soon as I returned home, I had about three days to prepare for a paranormal
conference in Astoria, OR, which took place over the last weekend.
finally catching up on my email and reconnecting with people. Your email
was the second I received about the Weird US book, and the Edgefield. I do
find it interesting that you had the book idea about the Althea Room, and there
is a history of the girl haunt. Based on my experience, with the tour
guide who in some way channeled nursery rhymes, I am willing to believe that
there is some kind of 'broadcast' of emotions or history in that building.
Perhaps you should go through with your book idea?
interesting that you had a similar flash of insight at the Kennedy School.
They are haunted too. This time it is the ghost of an 'old-maid' school
teacher who committed sucide because she was not
married at the age of 27 or so. I am interested in what you experienced,
since you yourself are a school teacher.
again for sharing your story, and sorry for not getting back sooner.
I first have to say that you lead an interesting life! If you ever are part
of or know of a paranormal conference in or around Portland, we'd be
interested in knowing about it.
you so much for writing back. I
realize you must be busy, so no need to apologize for any delay. Also,
thanks the interest in my Kennedy School experience. Here it is...
my experience of Edgefield, initially I had no
idea the Kennedy School had any strange happenings. One evening about 6 years
ago, my husband (although we weren't married yet) and I had dinner there.
Afterwards we went for a walk to see the artwork, etc. so unique to the McMenamins
establishments. I now can't exactly tell you where we were in the lodging
area, but as we were walking down the hall I noticed as we approached a large
door with a heavy wooden frame. As we walked by I was looking at it and plainly
saw the door knob jiggle, not really a jiggle, stronger than that. More like a
rattle, as if someone was having trouble getting the door open.
then my husband turned and stopped to and also saw the knob rattle. I reached
out to turn the knob and it wouldn't budge.
We thought that was so odd. So,
I tried again. No luck. We inspected around the door, around the
corner from the door, etc. We even
stopped by the front desk and inquired about it. We were told the door was a facade and not even a real
door! Nothing was behind it that anyone could be trying to get out of.
We were speechless, because we knew what we saw, especially me. So,
not very exciting, but a bit spooky for us.
maybe I'll write that book one day. Maybe someone has a story to tell :-).
Take Care and Happy Thanksgiving (as it is quickly approaching!)
Date: 9 November 2006
From: jet Pack
Subject: Some new info
for your hauntings Page
Hey Jeff, I was on your website reading the haunted location listing for my area. I'm from Victoria, B.C. and decided to send you this information I collected off the internet. I am very interested in the paranormal and unexplained; therefore these locations are familiar to me, so here are some updates for you. Hope you find it useful.
received the following reply in March 2003 from Mr. Edward Brown.:
The Banjo was a
popular nightclub in Victoria from about 1969 to '71/72(?) and was located in
the basement of a restored office building in Bastion Square. The Banjo was home
to the New Vaudeville Band, an English group that had a gold record and appeared
on the Ed Sullivan show. I worked there as a bartender/waiter for a year in my
youth and still have fond memories of the place. As the nightclub was open till
230 staff often stayed later to unwind and on occasion may have accounted for
the reports of activity in the middle of the night. I don't recall that anyone
thought it was haunted at the time.
The Barbary Banjo operated in the basement of 31 Bastion Square from 1969 through 1973. The club was devoted to trade jazz, great food and drink in a roaring twenties decor and ambiance.
built over 150 years ago as a stage coach stop. It is now a combination antique
store and cafe. A man has been seen wearing a 1940s era suit has been seen in
the tea room space. Someone is also heard stirring a cup of coffee in the
mornings. In an empty building.
been a pub as far back as i can remember(im 27)But they've recently added a beer
store. They have huge web site if interested.
Mile Bar & Grill liqour,Cold Beer & Wine Store 199 Island Hwy Victoria
BC V9B 1G1
Date: 16 November 2006
From: Amanda French
Subject: Bruce Lee grave picture
saw the Bruce lee picture on your site today and i would say that the Asian man
in the reflection on the grave stone looks as if he is sitting on a marble bench
which has an engraving on it in memory of Bruce Lee. This bench does exist as I
have seen a picture of it today on the internet.
Date: 22 November 2006
From: Marvin C
Hoquiam Castle in Hoquiam, Washington
Davis, some years back me and my family were on a Sunday drive to Ocean Shores,
Washington, and I saw a sign for Hoquiam Castle, in Hoquiam, which is on
the way to Ocean Shores.. I enjoy old houses and museums so I decided to check
it out. As I pulled up across the
street from the house and looked up I thought for a brief second that I saw
somebody looking out of an upstairs window.
I didn't think any thing of it, and told my wife that I would go on up
and see if it was open for visits, it sits on a small rise and has a
stairway leading up to it..
I hit the porch my entire body felt a distinct chill and the hair on the back of
my neck stood straight up. I turned
around, went back to the car and my wife said, "what is wrong with you,
you're white as a sheet"...
told her, "please don't ask me anything, I just have to get out of
here", I drove about a 1/2 mile, pulled over and parked and began to
shake like a leaf...it took me 20 minutes or so to calm down...I have never ever
experienced any thing like that before in my life and I wonder if you have any
info on this house and if you think that I let my imagination get the best of
me....thank you in advance for a reply which would be greatly appreciated,
..Marvin Clairmont, Edgewood, Washington..
Date: 8 December 2006
Subject: I-5 Scare
My husband and I live in Seattle.
One weekend while heading down to Vancouver for the weekend, I saw
something on I-5. About 15-30 miles North of Kelso, I saw what looked like a
man rolling out onto the highway a few cars up.
I thought we would get into an accident, fully expecting the cars in
front of us to slam on their breaks. They
didn't. Moments later we reached
the point where I saw the rolling man.
On the side of the highway was a
roadside cross memorial. I was
really creeped out. Have you heard
anything like this before? Please
let me know. Kate
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