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old fashioned doorbell? A bell to summon the domestic help? Or a prankster hiding in the bushes? Or maybe all three? Or was it one of the earlier residents who somehow got overlooked in the mass exhumation? Perhaps, but we'll never know!!!.
Submitted by Anonymous
Categories: estate, doorbell, mass, grave, hill
This tale is a New Year's story which took place back in the 1970s. Two young girls on their winter break from school were sledding in McKusick's ravine near Owens and Laurel streets on Stillwater's North Hill on New Year's Day. Bored with sliding, they began exploring the ravine. Suddenly a loud commotion which sounded like a car wreck erupted in the air above their heads frightening and confusing them, so they grabbed their sleds and ran for home. When they returned to school the next week one of the girls told her story to a teacher who was an ''old Stillwaterite''.
This long time resident told the girl that there used to be a trestle style wood bridge spanning the ravine where there now was a dead end. According to the teacher, back when autos were just becoming more common some New Years revellers were returning home on New Years morning. They tried to cross the icy deck which had been designed for horse and buggy and plunged head long to their deaths in the ravine!
Evidently this was not the first manifestation of this tragedy. On a New Year's Day only a few years after the accident a local man who had been walking in the ravine not only heard the wreck, but also saw it replayed! This seems to be an ''imprint'' type haunting since there is no record of any interaction or acknowledgement of observers and very sporadic at that. .
Submitted by Anonymous
Categories: wreck, buggy, hill, bridge, school
Another long-rumored haunting from the gilded age of Stillwater's lumber barons is the Aurora Staples B&B on north Fourth Street right next door to the public library. This beautiful Victorian era ''painted lady'' was built by Isaac Staples one of the biggest and wealthiest of the lumber moguls for his favorite daughter Aurora as a wedding gift. He had played match-maker between her and one of his employees, a man named Hospes. After Staples died he left his own even more extravagant mansion to the city (the site of Pioneer Park), but it ended up being razed within years of his death. Annual maintenance costs were breaking the city budget! Perhaps this explains why he decided to ''move in with the kids''. After all he paid for it.
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