One of the more interesting facts about the house is that the family who currently owns the property are only the second since the town was laid out in 1804. They bought the house in the 1930s.
With the transient nature of our society, it may be difficult for many people to imagine a family living in the same house all that time. However, around 1930, the family consisting of Mom, Dad, and two boys moved in. A little girl was born there that year.
While being shown the house, the mother was told: “I think it’s only fair to let you know that the house may be haunted.” Mom, obviously, was not daunted by the prospect of living in a haunted house – besides, the price was right!
Can you imagine growing up in a haunted house? (Of course, some of you can!) The tales told by Lorraine, the little girl who was born there and lived there until her death at 83, were many.
Lorraine would talk about growing up with a ghost in her home in a matter of fact way. She would be sitting in her living room watching TV, and “Old Bill” would walk in front of her and through the back wall. She said he looked solid like a real person. Several other people have seen Bill. He is seen in one of two different guises. Sometimes, he will appear in a nightgown and cap like Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol”. On other occasions, he is dressed like an old sea captain, including the flat cap and a dark suit. He often has a pipe in his mouth. Some people have suggested that there may, in fact, be two ghosts in the house, but witnesses say his weathered face is the same in either costume.
One of her stories is about one evening when the family went out to dinner. They returned home after dark, turned on the lights, but nothing happened. The father found his flashlight and went back to the fuse box. They did have electric power! So, on a hunch, he reached up to the light above the fuse box and twisted the bulb. He was pleasantly surprised when it came on. The family then went around the house and found that “all” the light bulbs had been unscrewed!
Lorraine has also reported that Bill must have a sense of humor – he likes to turn on the air conditioner in the middle of the winter. He also likes the house to be ship shape. The family would come home to discover dust in the dust bin as if someone had swept the floor.
One day when Lorraine and her brother were playing in the basement, he was teasing her. She asked him to stop or Bill would make him stop. He laughed at her. Unfortunately, Bill cooperated and started booing into his ear. You can imagine the affect it had on Lorraine’s brother. It scared him, big time!
On another occasion, Mom had gone to the grocery store and left the children there. Opening the door upon her return, she was annoyed to realize that someone had been smoking in her house. What had those kids been up to? She gathered them in the kitchen and demanded they fess up to experimenting with smoking. The children kept denying it. Over and over again, they denied smoking. Mom, however, kept insisting that they admit it. Finally, Lorraine, who was very frustrated that her mother wouldn’t believe them, blurted out, “Bill, you’re getting us in trouble!”
You can imagine the look on the mother’s face when the smell of smoke immediately disappeared. Mom must have realized that Bill was the culprit because she looked at the children and said, “I must have been mistaken. You can go now.”