HAUNTED PLACE: Osceola Inn
The Osceola Inn is located
in the historic downtown section of Reed City.
110 E Upton Avenue
Cross Street: Between South Mill Street and West Upton Avenue
Cell: 231/832-5537 * Reed
In the late 1800s, Reed City was
a growing village situated in a most advantageous area in Osceola County.
Located by the Hersey River, and in a spot where the junction of Grand
Rapids and Indiana Railroads crossed over, a town couldn't ask for more
in being a place where business and people could make a good living. The
land surrounding the town was fertile, and there was good ground to build
the homes of people who came to start businesses and raise their families.
The trees and oil in the area also supported robust logging and petroleum
industries. Plenty of opportunities to work and better yourself were available,
living conditions were pretty good; so it is no wonder that Reed City
grew big enough to be incorporated as a city by 1875.
In 1870, businesses began to arrive
and set up shops. The first in line to do so was the Devenport Brothers'
general store, followed by Mr. Gibb's who provided competition by also
opening up a general store. A Drug store soon followed, and other investors
jumped in to start business community rolling.
By 1881, enough visitors were coming
to Reed City to inspire Daniel Oaks to build a nice wood-frame hotel.
Not too long after the hotel was built, the enterprising King brothers
from Port Huron bought the place and called it The King Hotel and Saloon.
Alas, this structure unfortunately suffered the fate of many wooden structures
of that era in that it burned to the ground in a fire in 1884.
The King brothers fixed that problem
by rebuilding their 3 story hotel and saloon using bricks instead of wood,
and continued running their hotel and saloon until they sold it in the
early 1900s, when it was renamed The Osceola Hotel, which provided a
nice place for visitors to rest and relax, for a moderate price.
The hotel changed hands once again
in the 1940s when Ray and Anita Rogalla purchased the hotel and the building
which surrounds it, making both buildings into their hotel, now called
The Osceola Inn.
Throughout the years of this Inn,
many kinds of people stayed here, and some did die here unfortunately.
It seems that quite a few entities have decided to make this inn their
home, according to the various ghost stories reported by the townspeople,
the inn workers and the inn keepers themselves. They have signs posted
on the walls around the check in desk, requesting that inn guests report
all ghostly activity to the front desk.
It seems that entities have appeared
or let their presence be known to the living, in probably the usual ways,
mostly with a benign attitude, though a few can get grumpy: Cold spots,
voices, unexplained electrical abnormalities, unexplained noises and bumps,
opening and shutting of doors, felt presences and appearing apparitions,
in either full view of the living, or just seen out of the corner of the
eye of the living.
MANIFESTATIONS AND THE HISTORY BEHIND EACH ENTITY:
As reported by The West Michigan Ghost
Hunters Society (Osceola Inn Web-Page) Check it out for more details.
1) Josephine and Andrew stayed in
the hotel in the early 1900s, on the third floor. Andrew had an explosive
temper, wasn't a real nice guy, and often became abusive. Andrew severely
beat Josephine, and it seems she still can't bear to leave him even
2) Peter haunts a second floor room
- He was a frequent visitor at the hotel during the 1940s, trying to
make a living as a gambler which he failed at miserably. He wasn't real
sociable and spent a lot of time by himself. He killed himself in his
3) Audrey, a female ghost, likes
to hang out in the bar area on the first floor. Audrey had lived at
the hotel with her children but died here from an unknown illness.
4) Louisa - haunts the second floor
- She died when she fell from the second floor stairway.
5) In the early to mid-1990s, a
man died of a heart attack in his room on the second floor while sleeping.
6) Other entities also reside in
the The Osceola Inn. Some have made themselves known to psychic investigators,
who have come on several occasions to set up paranormal recording devices,
wire the building for sound and temperature changes and to investigate
the evidence of the hauntings experienced by the living.
Michigan Ghost Hunters Society - Have sent an investigation team with
a psychic and have come up with proof that the hauntings are real. This
psychic identified the names of the entities in #
1, 2- 3 and 4.
Paranormal Investigators Timothy Harte
and Michelle Hajdu are planning a joint investigation of The Osceola Inn
in October of 2005.
Project: The Home of Paranormal Science - - Clinical Psychologist,
Timothy Harte is leading a paranormal investigative team for the Mesa
Project, a group of people who investigate hauntings, using a laptop computer
system, MESA: multi-energy sensor array. This system can answer the question
regarding the Osceola Inn: "Is the Osceola Inn verifiably haunted, or
just a receptor of environmental factors that mimic hauntings?"
Michelle Hajdu of Marion - founder
of the Marion Michigan Paranormal Investigations. Michelle has been hunting
ghosts since 2001 with her team. When she started, Michelle relates, "There
were no other paranormal teams in the northern part of Michigan and maybe
one or two in the Upper Peninsula. Thanks to the INTERNET, I have met
and joined several other teams from Michigan on hunts as an honorary member."
She just had two new people join her team, with one going to be their
team sensitive. She has the goal of acquiring a Thermal Imaging Camera.
Michelle Hajdu already has done some
investigation with her own team at this inn and has gotten some proof
she needs that the place is indeed haunted, including a disembodied voice
recording, from someone introducing himself as Jason.
Timothy Hatre's team worked with Michelle
Hajdu of Marion - Marion and Tim did a joint investigation in October
2005, on the Osceola Inn and came up with some interesting results!
Michelle Hajdu kindly shared their
results with HauntedHouses.com: "We got quite a few EVPs this time, one
in which you can hear a ghost dog bark and then the voice of a female
spirit say, "Shanta!" and after that you can hear her slap her legs as
if she were calling her dog to her. I was very surprised to capture this
EVP and especially to capture a dog barking!"
Michelle Hajdu also reports, "Tim
Hatre with his M.E.S.A. machine did get some unusual readings from the
machine and some that were higher than he has captured before. Tim himself
saw a female apparition in white go across the lobby area and disappear
into a wall. His brother Harold Harte also saw a face of a woman in a
window in one of the rooms on the second floor."
It will be interesting to see what
Timothy Hart and Michelle Hajdu discover when they work together!
Sources include: reedcitycrossroads.com