Friday, February 21, 2014

The Old Cowans In Rogers, Ohio-Haunted By The Watchful Ghost Of Margaret Deem?

 Rogers, Ohio has a long history here in Columbiana County.  Since the Haunted Rogers House calls Rogers home, I have been researching Rogers history for the past several months.  There are some strange tales to be told...at another time.  Today I am talking about what today is called Rogers Food and Fuel.  Most people know it and still call it Cowans.  The picture to the left is what this little store looks like today.  It is also haunted.  It has had a series of owners over the decades.  William Cowan may have started the business as far back as 1927, but after him there was Vince, Andi and somewhere in there, Margaret Deem.  It is Margaret that many people believe haunts the building.  Several employees have seen a short, red haired woman inside.  Sometimes she is back by the beer cooler, and other times she is over by the Deli.  Anyone who has had an encounter with her feels that she is watching over the store because she loved and cared about it and the town of Rogers.
This photo was taken sometime in the mid 1970's.  The gas pumps have been moved.  The sign over the door now just says Cowans.  But the Coke signs are still there. You can see the Haunted Rogers House roof behind the store, and a huge tree that is no longer there.  
Another possible ghost inside the store is a shadow person that lurks around the front by the coffee machines.  Things fall over in that area a lot.  The cigarette paper dispenser opens by itself regularly.
The employees also complain of loud thumps and taps coming from the back when they either open or close.
Cowans was and still is the center of town.  People meet and greet there.  Today it is the main stop for gas, beer, and cigarettes, but it has always been a place for friends to bump into each other and to pass local news along.  It makes sense that there would be ghosts, waiting to see a friend or loved one from time to time and remembering what once was.

17 comments:

melissa said...

I use to work there when Margaret owed it she was one of the most sweetest sincerest person I have ever known she loved that place and took great pride in it so if she is haunting it TT en I would love to have seen her again love and miss her like crazy

Anonymous said...

Bill Clean willed the store to Margaret.Vince was her son in law that worked for her.I believe that when she died of cancer I'm sure she left the store to either her 3 daughters or her husband. Margaret was a wonderful and caring woman.

Anonymous said...

I worked there for 2 years and never saw or heard anything

Anonymous said...

Margaret didn't have a husband when she passed away. My Uncle Vince and get daughter Joyce took over ownership when she got ill.

Anonymous said...

I literally live a minute from there. I've bought most of my gas for my car there and probably 90% of my cigarettes from there and the only things I've had happen at Cowan's is my money would disappear.

Anonymous said...

i go in that store all the time and never knew any of the history or stories.. thanks

Anonymous said...

I worked there several years for Bill and Margaret and all of the this story is untrue. The only true fact here is there is a Cowan's store in Rogers, Ohio and these two people owned it, but everything else is completely wrong. And for youto make Margaret Deem out to be some kind dwelling ghost is so disrespectful to her family and and all who knew and loved her such as myself. I embarrasses me everytime someone mentions the house or the store being haunting.
IT IS NOT HAUNTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Curl said...

I grew up around Rogers in the 1960's and 1970's and that store will always hold a special place in my heart and the memories of my youth.

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

I have been waiting for this all day. I appreciate all comments and especially when you leave your name! Thank you Bill.
To Anonymous before you:
The house is being torn down so I am sure that will make you very happy. Better a parking lot than a museum, right? Better to tear down history than try to save it if it doesn't fit your way of thinking. And I work at the store. It is one of the most haunted buildings I have ever been in. I don't care if you don't like that or even believe it. That is your right one way or the other. I wish you would respect my rights as well.

Unknown said...

Wow really are you there 24/7 doubt it. And your still 100% sure it's not haunted ok. GTFOH

Patty reese said...

Vince was my brother and if you thought his spirit was there I'd love to contact him I am a true believer my name is Patty Reese thanks

Patty reese said...

Vince was my brother and if you thought his spirit was there I'd love to contact him

tom said...

too anonymous just because you haven't experienced anything there does not mean it does not happen .most spirits only reveal themselves to those that believe in them ,now demons are another story and it is not being mean to someones memory thinking that they have come back as a spirit ,they might have some unfinished business to take care of . but just to listen to your agitated response sounds like you have been visited and are scared to admit it . have a nice day

Connie Taylor ( Gilbert) said...

I grew up in Rogers, about a mile from this store.I moved away after I gratuated High School to Arizona, in 1980. I remember Mr. Cowan very well. He was good to our very large Gilbert family. If it makes anyone feel better, we had a few incidences in our home growing up around there.

Anonymous said...

There is a lot to be said here. All I will say and ask any one knows about the underground tunnels? Connected from cowers to dale william old trading post. Blondes and to the old house up the hill.

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

HI Patty Reese. EMAIL ME PLEASE!
ghosting12@yahoo.com

Brenda said...

My mom posted this site and so glad she did! My cousin Nancy Cowger and I spent many afternoons growing up riding to Cowan's in the back of my Pappy's pickup so he could get a loaf of bread and some eggs for my Gram. Pappy would spend an hour chewing the fat with ole Bill Cowan. Our treat was a bottle of Yoohoo and a nickels worth of penny candy. Wow what nice old memories. Miss a lot of my old friends from school. Glad to see some things haven't changed too much.