Black cats and scary
costumes aren't all that give people the
heebie-jeebies on Halloween.
A number of Fond du Lac
area places are shrouded in haunted legend,
according to several Web sites and books.
Fact or fancy? You
The ghosts get rowdy
sometimes at this historic site. Marlene Hansen,
owner of the Octagon House at 276 Linden St.,
said her mother instantly sensed a presence
within the old house when Hansen bought the
property more than 30 years ago.
One or more of those
ghosts later pushed her mother down the stairs,
Hansen claims. She has also felt someone push
her, but she grabbed a railing and didn't fall.
Hansen also believes
she has seen Ruth Pier, the wife of a soldier
who died in the Battle of Antietam, in the home.
While wallpapering one night, Hansen said she
felt someone watching her. She turned around to
see a transparent woman with Victorian-style
hair clad in a white blouse, long black skirt
and mourning pin leaning against the doorframe.
Hansen tried to talk to her, but the woman
And there have been
other things… Sometimes, Hansen said she hears
footsteps or finds teacups, kettles and other
objects moved. Others have reported hearing
voices or feeling cold hands, she added. Hansen
swears ghosts have drifted through rooms during
The unearthly occupants
make her wonder about life after death.
"I have to
investigate," she said. "Are we just floating
around out there, or are we a great science
experiment for the UFOs?" she said.
Employees at the Ramada
Plaza Hotel, 1 N. Main St., always have enough
to talk about thanks to the former owner. Walter
Schroeder, who built the hotel in the early
1920s, supposedly haunts the hotel, causing
mischief for guests and staff. Logs show that
clinking glasses, banging noises, apparitions
and even screams have been reported.
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coverage of the hotel legend, check out The
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Visitors say they have
heard clattering plates and children giggling at
the historic Galloway House, 336 Old Pioneer
Road, according to The Shadowlands Web site.
Others have reported hearing voices and sounds.
Sally Albertz, director
of the Fond du Lac County Historical Society
library and archives, doesn't believe those
claims. She said she's worked at Galloway House
for 22 years and never experienced otherworldly
She said children may
have started the rumors, reporting seeing people
in the home's windows and passing the phenomenon
It's all in the
imagination, unfortunately, Albertz said.
"I wish we were
(haunted)," she said. "We might get more
tourists that way."
Another former business
owner is reportedly hanging around the Amber
Hotel (now Campbellsport Inn), 139 W. Main St.,
According to "Weird
Wisconsin," by Linda Godfrey and Richard
Hendricks, the Amber Hotel was allegedly haunted
by owner Ed "Mush" Bauer. Visitors have
supposedly heard his footsteps.
Rumor has it that a
witch who lived on Witch (now Callan) Road in
the town of Metomen 50 to 60 years ago still
drops by occasionally.
According to "The
Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk, the ghost of a
little girl hides in the woods and peaks out
from behind the trees. There have also been
reports of flashing lights at the end of the
road and white lights on the trees.
A house, now on private
property, occupied by the alleged witch is now a
dilapidated mess, according to the book.