Monday, October 26, 2009

GETTING READY FOR THE FAIRVIEW HALLOWEEN INVESTIGATION

To the right is Nick, Travis, Nick and me in the old building of the Fairview School. We are in what they think is the art room. We did not get much in the way of audio like EVP, but physical activity on this whole floor is high. There were loud taps that we picked up on EVP and heard with our own ears.
Fairview School has been closed since 2003. Enrollment was way down, and from what I understand there were only between 40 and 70 children attending class there. The halls are quiet now. It had a short run as a restaurant, but Dalonzos move to downtown Wellsville. Ghosting 12 has been there twice now. This pic is of Amy talking to Nick and Mindy about the ghosts she feels in the two buildings.

The main story is of the late principle, Charles Wilfing, who died in 1979, while a principle of the school. He is said to haunt the buildings now, still in charge of the abandoned hallways. His picture hangs in the newer building. While there were still students attending his picture kept falling from the wall for no reason. Another problem they had was with the PA system. It would turn on all by itself. The PA system was found in a restroom in the older building.


This room has been called the punishment room. It is located in the older of the two buildings (built in 1938). It is said that children were locked in this room as punishment when they misbehaved. Amy has a hard time even coming in here, the feelings are so negative. We plan on setting up a video camera in here and having everyone do 15 minutes alone in in the dark in this room on Friday night. If any one will do it that is.



This is the first graduating class from the older building taken around 1942. The front steps are the same, but the doors have changed.




This is the older building. As Mindy and I walked the top floor hallway, we stopped to look at a part of the ceiling that had fallen. A plastic bottle that was hanging from the ceiling with binders twine suddenly fell to the floor beside us. It rattled our nerves pretty good. Nick Dalonzo, Mindy, Nick Jr. and several others will be attending the investigation on Friday, which is going on all night. It is going to be a great Halloween investigation. Wish us luck.




A Pic Sent In By Jeff From The Spread Eagle Ghost Walk.


This is Jeff, his wife, Linda, and Peggy. They were at the ghost walk for Spread Eagle Tavern on Saturday night. I first met Peggy at a ghost walk at Thompson Park about a month ago and Jeff and Linda at the Oct 17 ghost walk at Gretchen's. They endured the very chilly evening to hear some ghost stories and tour the little town of Hanoverton along with several others from the East Liverpool area.(an upcoming story)


This is a picture that Jeff took at one of the stops we made in the tour. There was once a house here that was owned by a local fireman and his wife. There was a festival going on in the area one day and the fireman wanted to go, but his wife didn't. She told him if he went she would set her house on fire and he would miss the event anyway. They had a terrible argument about it and he ended up going, not believing her. It is not for certain whether she actually meant to do it, but while she was adding wood to her stove, she did, in fact, catch her home on fire. She ran to the bell in town and rang for the firemen to come home, but no one believed her. The house burned to the ground. It is believed in town that her spirit haunts this now lovely yard that is framed by this great wrought iron fence from an old Methodist Cemetery. It just adds charm to the street.

Becky Went To Sturgis On Saturday

The picture to the right is of Becky(far right) and her family on the Spread Eagle Tavern tour. Becky had a busy day touring places in Columbiana County! She also went to Sturgis Funeral Home for the Pretty Boy Floyd event held from 3 to 7pm. She said it took two hours to tour the house and garage. The following images really caught her eye.

The first pic is of Glendon Floyd, who is now 85 years old. Becky said he is quite the ladies man and enjoyed telling stories and signing autographs. The next one is the death bed of Mr. Floyd that his body was displayed on.








The hearse is like the one used in the 1930's. It comes from Roberts Funeral home in Wellsville. Nice people, Roberts Funeral Home, by the way. In my research for The Fairview Schools, they were very helpful to me and I greatly appreciated it.



The family portraits are the original owners of the Funeral Home. And the final pic is what caught the eyes of many. People dressed the way they did in the 30's. It made the whole experience that much better to see them walking about. It gave the visitors a real feel for the place.










Thank you Becky for sending me these great pics. Becky is also interested in the history of the area and is fast becoming a great ghost hunter. Research is 80% of what makes ghost hunting successful and she is very good at it. Keep up the good work Becky!!