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De: R Heiden <>
Título: 2009-10-31 Rhinelander (Wis.) Daily News, pp. 1A, 7A, & 8A (G,UN)
Fecha: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 13:19:00 -0800 (PST)
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Rhinelander (Wis.) Daily News, Oct. 31/Nov. 1, 2009, pp. 1A, 7A, and 8A (three related articles, which all start on the front page).

Rhinelander (Wis.) Daily News, Oct. 31/Nov. 1, 2009, pp. 1A and 7A, ?The haunted Northwoods/ Local lore gives rise to dark spirits,? by Michael Skubal of staff.

Last Updated: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:21 AM CDT
The haunted Northwoods: Local lore gives rise to dark spirits

The darkness enfolds and tendrils of fog reach, like quick fingers, for warmth. The damp and cold of late October chills to the bone, but it takes more than a dark turn of the weather to raise the hackles of the large black dog in the yard.

The dog senses what is often seen driving at night along Pratt Road in Gleason, the large black figure moving along the ditch. Two white eyes blink twice and are gone.

Pass it off as your imagination. There are no such things as ghosts. You laugh and say you want to test your mettle? Come with us then as we tour the haunted places of the Northwoods. These are places listed in various books and on Websites as ?possibly haunted.? Bring a candle or a cross, whatever you think will save you.

There are places among the shadows that should be left alone even in daylight.

Some say wraiths move among the trees of the Calvary Cemetery on Highway S in Tomahawk.

The smells of rotting flesh and roses have disturbed mourners. Orbs dance among the headstones and there are sounds of walking, something growling, talking, whispering and babies crying.

Certain spots get windy on calm days. Other spots are cold even on warm days. Shadows linger after funerals, observers report.

The Catholic cemetery on Lincoln Street in Rhinelander has also been listed as possibly haunted.

Tales are told of whispering in the darkness that beckons, but no one is seen.

John Kirsch dug the graves by hand at the cemetery for many years.

irsch is a storyteller in his own right, perhaps a prankster as well. Humor is, after all, only a few letters away from horror, and one person?s prank may become part of the lore of Halloween.

?I had to hire two rather large brothers to help me one time,? said Kirsch. ?They were large enough I had to get a ladder to help them in and out of the grave they were digging. It was a week or so before Halloween. They had started digging late in the day and it was getting dark. I walked quietly up to them. Just at that point one of them jokingly asked the fellow whose grave they were digging how far down he wanted to go In my best loud low voice I said, ?not too far.? They didn?t need a ladder to get out.?

Kirsch kept his voice low as he told of uncovering Dexter Cihla?s horse about four feet down. Perhaps there are secrets that should be kept.

Schools seem to attract spirits. The innocence of children may be a beacon of sorts. Back in the 1950s, a janitor hung himself in the upstairs storage room of the old Argonne Grade School. After it closed in the 1990s, kids would enter the school on a dare to write their names on the wall. Plain as day, a man could be seen hanging from a rafter, and even if they didn?t see him they would hear the sounds of the floor boards creaking or the janitor moaning.

In Fifield, an old school was abandoned for no apparent reason. Footsteps can still be heard in the classrooms and people glimpsed through the windows.

Holy Cross Church in Fifield has its own legend. It tells how the pastor of the church was killed by a satanic cult who then took over the church, practicing satanic rituals. Black candles can still be found littering the floors and windowsills of the church, now abandoned.

The McMillan Hotel in Antigo was built as the Vivian Hotel in 1887. The first owner of the hotel killed himself in room 21. There were 18 deaths from 1970 to 2003 when the hotel finally closed.

Perhaps these places aren?t haunted at all. They are but places where time is distorted, letting us see past, present and future in the same moment. Maybe some who pass on don?t rest but seek to remain with the living, in the sunshine. Mysteries are everywhere, whispering. Listen at your peril.

Rhinelander (Wis.) Daily News, Oct. 31/Nov. 1, 2009, pp. 1A and 8A, ?A gridron great rests in Rhinelander,? by Sarah Juon, correspondent.

Last Updated: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:21 AM CDT
A gridiron great rests in Rhinelander

By Sarah Juon
Daily News correspondent

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Editor?s Note: This story is a blend of football history and a bit of tongue-in-cheek Halloween humor from our correspondent Sarah Juon.

By Sarah Juon
Daily News Correspondent

Sightings of the ghost of John W. Heisman have become increasingly frequent this past week, according to a source at Forest Home Cemetery.

?This has happened only once before, in the late 1990s,? said the source. ?It was in winter; snow was on the ground. Heisman?s ghost didn?t leave tracks, of course, but I knew where he?d gone because there was this vapory trail, in the shape of an oval, about 100 yards long.

?This time he?s not wandering that far,? the source added, ?but he seems more restless, and he?s muttering weird stuff.?

Heisman was the legendary football college player and coach of the last century.

The coveted Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to a collegiate football player of excellence, is named in his honor. Heisman grew up in Ohio, played football for Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, and then enjoyed an outstanding career as a coach at eight different universities ? none of which were in Wisconsin.

Heisman?s only connection to Rhinelander was through his second wife, Edith. When Heisman died of bronchial pneumonia in New York City on Oct. 3, 1936, Edith arranged for his body to be taken by train to Rhinelander, where Edith?s sister Leona lived. Heisman was buried in the Donaldson family plot in Forest Home. Edith and her sister joined him there in the early 1960s.

?My father always said John Heisman was our one claim to fame,? said Dick (Digger) Winquist, the sexton of Forest Home Cemetery from 1971 to 2003. George Winquist, his father, preceded him as sexton of the cemetery for 25 years. ?There was a time when a fan club from Ohio asked for permission to put up some signs and a better grave marker,? Winquist said. ?He?s just buried under a modest slab. But my father told them he couldn?t do that. They?d have to get permission from the Donaldson family, since it?s their land, and there weren?t any of them left here.?

Winquist agreed with his dad that Heisman had put Forest Home on the map. ?Heisman?s definitely the cemetery?s most famous resident,? he said by phone this week. ?I have a whole box of news clippings and photos of all the interviews I?ve done over the years for the media. People leave mementoes on his grave. In fact, I still have the four tickets to a college game ? I think it was Minnesota ? that someone left there. The person sealed the tickets in a jar and used crazy glue to adhere it to Heisman?s stone. That person also wrote a letter that was published in the Daily News, complaining that no one here ever promoted or honored Heisman.?

The source for the recent sightings of Heisman?s ghost works as night security guard at Forest Home. He refused to give his name.

?Just call me iGor Kryptokare,? he said with a grim smile. ?That suits me, because I just walk the cemetery, listening to my iPod, checking up on things. My favorite music? I listen to Bobby Picket?s ?Monster Mash.? Van Morrison?s ?Moon Dance.? King Harvest?s ?Dancing in the Moonlight.? Stuff like that.?

The security guard, who has pale skin and looks something like John Kerry, wears a large Red Cross button that says ?Give Blood.? He explained that he was born albino, and that is why he prefers not to work during the day. ?Not many people know me,? he said, sounding pleased. ?If I?m not here, I?m working on the computer in the basement of my brother?s company. You may have heard of it ? UCC ? the Uncanny Coffin Company??

We asked iGor why he thought Heisman?s ghost was seen wandering a decade ago, but not before or since ? until now.

iGor responded that he had given a lot of thought to the question and he had a theory.

?Here?s the way I see it,? he said. ?After lying reposed in Wisconsin for so many years, something?s happened to him. He?s become a Cheesehead, if you know what I mean. And a diehard (no pun intended) football fan of Wisconsin teams. That would explain his 100-yard meanderings during January of 1999, when Ron ?the Great? Dayne won the Heisman Trophy for his outstanding career on the University of Wisconsin team. I think Heisman was just reliving his own great days on the gridiron.?

?And what about now?? we asked iGor, who had begun shuffling his feet from side to side. ?Sorry,? he explained. ?I just gotta keep moving. I do the ?Transylvania Dance? to keep the circulation going.?

He sighed. ?About this latest appearance. Heisman seems to be sticking close to home ? meaning his block, at the corner of 1st Avenue and ?C? Street here in the cemetery. No romps like a decade ago. Like I said, he?s muttering a lot. From what I can tell, it sounds like ?aaackers,? ?aaaavre,? ?aaaaron.? So I?m thinking he?s rooting for the Packers, and he knows that Brett Favre is coming back onto Lambeau soil with the Vikings on Sunday, and that it?s going to be a hellava game.?

iGor paused. ?But here?s what I can?t figure out. Is Johnny excited to see Brett Favre because he thinks he?s an outstanding player no matter what team he plays for? Or is he mad about Favre playing for the Vikings, and hopes the guy gets sacked 20 times?

iGor plugged the iPod into his ears. As he shuffled away down ?C? Street, he said, ?Here?s what I do think: the guy is lonely. It would be nice if some of those Heisman Trophy winners would come up to Rhinelander on occasion, maybe share some good football stories, and give him some positive stuff to mutter about, if he?s going to keep wandering around like this.?

Rhinelander (Wis.) Daily News, Oct. 31/Nov. 1, 2009, pp. 1A and 8A, "Light's origin unknown," by Kevin Damask of staff. Besides ghosts, the article includes UFOs:
- Recurring NL sightings between Watersmeet and Paulding, Mich.

YAHOO NEWS (same text as copied below, down to the time)
Light's origin unknown
For decades, residents in Michigan?s Upper Peninsula have witnessed a truly unexplainable phenomenon.
The Rhinelander Daily News - Oct 31 5:59 AM

YAHOO NEWS (as copied below)
Light's origin unknown
For decades, residents in Michigan?s Upper Peninsula have witnessed a truly unexplainable phenomenon.
The Rhinelander Daily News - Nov 01 8:44 PM

Last Updated: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:21 AM CDT
Light's origin unknown

By Kevin Damask
Daily News Staff

For decades, residents in Michigan?s Upper Peninsula have witnessed a truly unexplainable phenomenon.

A bright, glowing light that hovers in the night sky, nestled between the sleepy little towns of Watersmeet and Paulding.

The light appears every night, but can be seen better on clear evenings.

The best spot to view the light is on Robbins Pond Road (a gravel path) off Highway 45 about five miles north of Watersmeet. From Rhinelander, it takes about an hour to reach the spot, and it?s only a half-hour from Eagle River.

To this day, it?s unknown as to what causes the light to appear.

Skeptics will say it?s brake lights from traffic on U.S. Highway 2, but that seems unlikely.

The light can be red, but it?s also appeared in shades of white and green. It appears sporadically and hovers up and down and side to side.

See Light, Page 8A

Through the years, the legend of this mysterious apparition has grown. One of the most popular tales states that the light is the lantern of the ghost of a railroad switchman attempting to signal the train?s engineer. Supposedly, the engineer failed to spot the switchman?s lantern and the poor man was crushed to death between two cars.

Of course, some conspiracy theorists claim that it?s UFOs. Others believe that the lights begin over Lake Superior and move inland throughout the night.

Seismologists have come up with a more reasonable explanation. The weight of glacial ice in the U.P. makes the area favorable for earthquakes. The earth?s crust compressed thousands of years ago is trying to expand, causing luminous gases to seep through cracks in the earth?s crust.

Could the Paulding Light be a signal that an earthquake is coming?

The mystery continues ...

Summerwind Mansion

Did you know that the remnants of ?Wisconsin?s most haunted house? lie on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County?

The Summerwind Mansion burned down in 1988, but the foundation still remains. It?s unknown if the ghosts, who evidently haunted the estate for years, still remain.

The mansion was built in 1916 by Robert P. Lamont, a political figure who became Secretary of Commerce under President Herbert Hoover. The spirits were present before Lamont built the mansion, because he supposedly shot at a ghost trying to invade his kitchen.

Lamont died but another family moved in and the encounters continued throughout the 1970s. One family was so terrified that they vacated the mansion after only six months.

Supposedly, the house was haunted by pioneer Jonathan Carver, who didn?t want anyone living on the property. The place was totally abandoned by the early 1980s and began looking like a true haunted mansion, as decay set in.

On a stormy night in 1988, lightning struck the estate, causing a fire that burnt it to the ground. In a strange twist, none of the tall trees that align the property were struck.

Tell us what you think...
Comments » (No more comments as of Nov. 30)
Good luck wrote on Nov 3, 2009 5:13 PM:

" Good luck finding the book!! "

framertom wrote on Nov 3, 2009 3:17 PM:

" If you drive north of Paulding about 4 miles,to the top of the hill and look back down the powerline, you will see that the Pauldine Light is just the headlights and taillights going up and down Hwy. 45. From the Paulding Light lookout below Pauldine, if you look with at least 20X Binoculars, you can see the light double and become two headlights. Sorry, mystery solved. "

me wrote on Nov 2, 2009 3:23 PM:

" More information about "Summerwind" can be found by reading the book "The Carver Effect" by Wolffgang Von Bober. "

The comments above are from readers. In no way do they represent the views of the Rhinelander Daily News.


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