Being that October is just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the haunted spots on campus. These comical photos of the “ghosts” of West Hall were taken October 4, 1993. We’re unsure why they were taken, but West Hall is built on the remains of the Immaculate Conception Academy, a Catholic girl’s school that started in 1859, and lasted until it merged with St. Ambrose and became Assumption High School. West Hall isn’t the only building on campus that is known to be haunted. In fact, a number of campus sites have had reports of strange things happening.
The Pi Kappa Chi fraternity house is one of the most documented haunted places in the Quad cities, and since the 1970’s there have been reports from fraternity brothers saying that doors have opened and closed on their own, hearing footsteps when no one was around, and even a typewriter’s keys moving by themselves. The most frightening reports have been from people who claim to have been woken up at night with the feeling of being choked. In 1972 Brad Steiger, an occult writer, and well-known Chicago psychic, Irene Hughes, visited the frat house and said that because it was built on land that was previously owned by St. Luke’s Hospital, that there was an angry doctor’s spirit haunting the house. Irene claims the doctor was wearing surgical clothes and he was there because he didn’t agree with Chiropractic. It was also once the residence of Dr. William A. Stoecks, so maybe he was the angry doctor she saw.
There are also accounts of paranormal activity told about Vickie Anne Palmer Hall (formerly Lyceum Hall) and the Memorial Building. It is said that previous security staff had reported mysterious moving objects they saw on camera and in person.
Have you ever witnessed anything strange on campus? We’ll have a spot to hang your stories as part of the Halloween display organized by Special Services that will be up on the 3rd floor of the library starting early October, come and share your paranormal accounts with us!