Things that go bump in the night
The Spectator - 10/29/2001
Strange sounds, misplaced objects,
doors opening and closing. You might have a ghost on your hands.
Four girls who used to live at 620 Fifth Ave. did. Seniors Kim
Sapetta, Megan Hedegaard, and recent graduates Katie Ditter and
Anna Bleck dealt with many oddities at their old house.
Media Credit: Butch McCartney
The girls sensed there was a ghost in their midst long before
they knew the history of their house. Doors would open and close
on their own, cold drafts of air would breeze by them and
sometimes they would see flashes of light. Once, while sitting
at the kitchen table, some dishes exploded with nothing in them.
"We just knew he was there," Sapetta said.
The girls started researching
the history of the house and its owners to see if there was a
story behind the strange happenings. They went to the university
and city library where they learned that the house had been
built by Allen Cameron, a prominent lumber baron in Eau Claire
in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Cameron died of heat stroke
in the bedroom above Supetta's. The funeral was held in the area
of Sapetta and Hedegaard's bedroom, which was once the parlor.
Ironically, the ghost seemed to target Supetta and Hedegaard
more than the other girls living in the house.
Both girls went through three Blugold cards each that year
because they were always mysteriously disappearing from their
bedrooms. However all of the cards showed up at the end of the
year. The girls also had unusual experiences with pizza. Several
times a pizza delivery person would show up at their door with a
pizza that nobody ordered. The pizzas were always cheese and
they always had Sapetta's name on the box.
"We were kind of afraid, but not that he would hurt
us," Sapetta said. None of the girls were ever physically
affected by the ghost.
But to make things all the more odd, says Sapetta, the ghost
affected the tenants living above them in the exact same ways.
"We never talked about it during the year," she aid.
"But when we were moving out we asked them about it. The
same things happened to them."