Oliver House Investigation

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This hulking brick building which stands at 27 Broadway Street in Toledo is an historic landmark known as the Oliver House. An unconfirmed legend says that Abraham Lincoln slept here. If he did, it was not long after the place was built, in 1859. During the Spanish-American War, wounded soldiers were tended to in the upstairs rooms. In its early days it was one of Toledo’s premiere hotels, overlooking the Middle grounds, a railroad hub, immigration center, and marketplace. In the basement you’ll find a brew pub known as Mutz, pictured above and reviewed in an Independent Collegian article here. (The article also mentions the ghost stories and briefly cites Forgotten Ohio.)
One room in particular at the Oliver House is said to be haunted: the Pool Room. A ghost called “The Captain” has been seen here in full uniform. He also appears in a certain hallway. During renovation the ghosts were particularly active. And it turns out Oliver House was built on top of that old favorite, an Indian burial ground.
The Oliver House. This is oldest building in the downtown Toledo, which has been beautifully restored and revitalized to be economically viable; able to raise monies needed for its upkeep and to make a profit.
The Oliver House Hotel was built by a wealthy enterprising sea captain, William Oliver, and designed by Isaiah Rogers, who became known as the “father of the modern hotel.” Aimed at a higher class clientele, the hotel offered first class accommodations for the time, including private rooms, indoor plumbing, gas light, and steam heat. This premiere Toledo Hotel had a fine view of the “Middle grounds, a railroad hub, immigration center, and marketplace.”
After 40 years as serving as a hotel, the building was past its prime, and was sold to a new owner who turned the building into a rooming house in 1900. In its 20th century existence, this building also became home to a factory, probably during World War 2, commercial and office space, and a coffee shop. Sometime during its existence, it also became a flop house, probably during the depression years.

During the 1980s, part of the building was used as a studio for bands.
In the early 1990s, Michigan transplants James and Patricia Appold fell in love with this now woe-be-gone fixer upper opportunity. They spent the money to not only restore this historic building’s architecture and décor, but also in renovating its structure into a place for businesses and living spaces which put the building effectively to work. The Oliver House building was converted into apartment lofts, meeting rooms, restaurants, pubs and Maumee Bay Brewing Company, located on the second floor, and in the basement.
The land upon which the hotel was built was an Indian burial ground. An addition which was added in 1965 was built on top of the bones of an Indian warrior chief, whose grave was inadvertently dug up by a construction crew. They simply reburied the bones and went about their business. When current owners bought the building, they tore down the addition to make way for a new renovation project, the bones were again discovered. They called in the local Indian authorities who did a sage and tobacco ceremony to calm the spirit.
This building was the dream child of an enterprising sea captain, who built this high class hotel for the elite and business classes, putting his heart and soul into this enterprise. Guess who was delighted in the renewal and renovation of his building in the 1990s?
During the Spanish American War, wounded soldiers were brought by train and either recuperated or died in the Oliver House Hotel’s second floor rooms, which were turned into a hospital of sorts. The basement may have been the make-shift morgue.
For a short period of time, perhaps during The Great Depression, the hotel had hit rock bottom, becoming a flop house which had plenty of drama, perhaps including a murder or two. Renovation and restoration can sure stir up the spirits in a building.
The entities first became really active when the Appolds began to renovate and restore this grand building. The entities made their presences known to the living. The entity known as the Captain — Is described as a benign, jovial spirit who is happy with the results of the renovation, and probably enjoyed a good beer while alive. A psychic who had an office in the building, would have to go down the staircase to the dark, creepy basement to use the bathroom. One day, he saw the transparent, stocky entity of the Captain in the hallway near the stairwell (now an elevator shaft), who seemed pleasantly surprised that the psychic could see him. After that, the psychic felt a protecting presence whenever he had to use the facilities. The Private Dining Room — formerly the lobby of The Oliver House. The good-natured Captain likes to hang out in the old lobby area, checking out his guests and the servers, who work in this area. The floor boards creak under the weight of an unseen presence. Doors open and close by themselves. They also become stuck for no apparent reason. People get chills and feel cold spots in this room. People feel an unseen presence watching them. The Pool Room — Located in the Basement.

During the first few years that the Appolds opened up the pub-restaurant, their daughter and son-in-law helped to run the business. When the daughter was in the private dining room, she heard a cheery disembodied voice calling her name, coming from the half-finished pool room, located directly below the private dining room area. The living has reported seeing the Captain, dressed in his full uniform, enjoying the game of pool being played.
Other Entities in the building:
The Staircase: Traditionally, a favorite way to get chuckles at the expense of the living! The entity of a lady — she could be from any period of time, but most likely during the building’s earlier history because she was wearing mid to late 19th century/early 20th century attire. Dressed in a long green dress, she was seen coming down the steps of the second floor staircase, scaring a delivery boy’s socks off! Footsteps of an unseen male presence — perhaps this is an entity of a soldier who had died in the building. A brick layer, while working on the building during the 1990s renovation effort, fixed up an apartment in one of the units, where he could stay during this work endeavor. When going up the various staircases to get to his room one evening, he heard the heavy footsteps of an unseen male presence following up after him, which would stop when he stopped and continued when he did. He made a hasty bee-line into the apartment. Perhaps this is an entity of a soldier who had died in the building, checking him out, in need of some chuckles!
Basement — Psychic Chris Woodward felt a lot of uneasy, unhappy energy here, left over from some traumatic experiences of the past, which could of come from disgruntled Indian spirits, soldiers, or the flop house experiences.
STILL HAUNTED? Yes indeed! The good Captain is still the building’s unseen and seen host, keeping a fatherly eye on the living. Other unknown entities exist comfortably with the living. While activity has calmed down, most of the entities are still here. Hopefully, the Indian chief who was buried under the outer building and the other disgruntled Indian entities found some peace from the ceremony performed by their Indian descendants

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TOGHS has become an official Ghost Adventures Crew member! Our group is listed on the Ghost Adventures offical members page.

Official Ghost Adventures Crew Member

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Toledo Beach Hauntings

TOGHS recently investigated a private residence in South Eastern Michigan, Will post this story once we have completed the analyzing phase of the investigation.

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Toledo Private Residence

100_0403In order to protect our client’s privacy we will not disclose their address, however we are using their first names with their permission.
This case was brought to TOGHS in December 2012 via email through our website.
TOGHS case Manager Becky then contacted the perspective clients, Ian and Molly by phone. After a brief conversation, the group decided the circumstances merited an in-home interview.
Before meeting with our clients, we did a quick research of this two story home in the Five Points area of Toledo.
Coincidently, we have received several requests for investigations in this same neighborhood in the last year. The home was built in 1928 with Ian and Molly being the second owners. The prior owners had lived there until 2011. We were also informed that the previous owner’s grandson had committed suicide in the home just prior to the purchase of the home by our clients.
Butch, Becky and I arrived at the home in the early evening just before sunset. We were greeted at the door by Ian and his buddy Jed. (A very friendly hound dog) Both Ian and Molly seemed very friendly and Jed seemed to especially like Becky. We took a few minutes to get acquainted and soon began our interview process. Becky sat with Molly taking notes while Ian gave Butch and I a tour of his home.
Butch and I had brought a Sony static night vision still camera and EMF tester along with our digital audio recorders in order to record our conversations for later and document anything that may seem out of the ordinary. We first ascended the staircase to the second floor. When we arrived at the top of the stairs; Butch began to record very high EMF’s, later debunked as the light switch located just to the left in the hallway. There were three bedrooms, an office that was kind of a hidden room and a bathroom. We visited every room one at a time while listening to Ian’s tales of the homes history and reported paranormal activity. One of the bedrooms was reportedly haunted by a shadow type figure that had also been seen in other rooms throughout the home. In another room an apparition of a small boy had been seen standing by the bed; this same apparition was also witnessed standing in the kitchen by one of Molly’s friends. The boy was wearing normal attire, a grey shirt and blue jeans; although his black eyes did not seem normal, rather spooky you might say.
The bedroom is where Molly was reportedly choked in bed and actually hand the marks on her neck to prove it. In this room there is a door that leads to the attic where they reported hearing voices and giggling. After visiting the attic we went to the bathroom where Molly felt bullied by this paranormal guest. Molly told Becky that she felt a presence and that she had also been pushed more than once while taking a shower.
After taking many notes and pictures, we returned to the first floor to regroup before continuing our tour in the cellar where the suicide had occurred approximately two years earlier. There were several rooms in the cellar, including the laundry room, a room that allowed Ian to run his micro-brewery and a barroom that Ian called the Speak Easy. It was the kind of room a guy could retreat to in order to get away, relax and have a drink without actually leaving the home. It had a fireplace, poker table, bar area and even a dartboard to shoot some darts while hanging out. The only downside to all of this was the fact that this is where the reported suicide had occurred. I’m the kind of guy that likes to know who’s buying his drinks and who I’m drinking them with.
After our tour of the cellar and brief stay in the Speak Easy, we ended our interview with Ian and returned upstairs to find that Becky had also finished her interview and had already visited the second floor herself with Molly. We had also learned that there were additional reports of strange activity going on in the home such as the wooden archways seeping some form of strange fluid, and a door that appeared to have been clawed. Molly claimed that she witnessed the strange marks appear before her eyes while she was cleaning the area. Once we left the home we agreed that this home warranted an investigation.
We conducted the investigation approximately two weeks later on a Saturday evening. TOGHS members Butch, Becky, Michelle, Joey and I were joined by part time investigators Louis, Chris, and Joe’s friend JoAnn also came to help if needed. We arrived at the house around 8:00pm., and began to set up the equipment in the garage. After a brief delay with our technical equipment we broke off into two groups and began our investigation.
Group #1 consisted of Lead Investigator Butch, Joey, Chris and Louis, Group #2 consisted of Lead Investigator Michelle, Joe, JoAnn and our client Ian, I worked the tech table while waiting for Becky to arrive later. Group #1 held their first session in the attic followed by the second floor bedrooms. Group #2 held their first session in the cellar and Speak Easy. At the end of the first session, our investigators returned to the tech area where we recharged our batteries, changed DVD’s and shared some personal experiences.
Group #1 claimed to have heard strange noises, and witnessed peaks in the EMF equipment on several occasions including on direct command by Butch. Group #2 experienced some of the same things in addition to smelling cigarette smoke in the Speak Easy. In between sessions Butch and Louis had an opportunity to take a closer look at the claw marks on the cellar door leading to the bar room. We found it odd, but thought it could be easily debunked and decided to discard it.
The second session began with Group #1 heading to the cellar and Speak Easy and group #2 investigating the second floor bedrooms and attic. I sat at the tech table and watched our investigators as they worked each room. Michelle’s group placed a rubber ball on the dresser in the bedroom where the little boy had been witnessed. At one time I saw the ball roll across the dresser; this was later debunked when the furnace kicked on. Butch debunked some of the high spikes on the KII meter as electrical. Once session two was complete our investigators returned to the tech table and reported that the personal experiences had subsided somewhat; the house had become somewhat quiet.
While regrouping in the garage, we decided that we would try to recreate some of the scenario’s that had been taking place during the reported activity. We cleared the home of all investigators and sent Co-Founder Butch Leon and Case Manager Becky McClenathen in alone. Butch recorded the session on an Infrared night vision mini DVD recorder along with his digital audio recorder, Becky documented the session using her KII meter along with her digital audio recorder. They began their session in the bedroom hosting the door to the attic where Molly had experienced the attack. Becky lay on the bed and began her session by asking the entity if it was responsible for the attack, and the bed immediately collapsed as if to answer her. We didn’t consider this paranormal in any way until we later discovered that two of our previous investigators had not only laid on the bed during their EVP session but had kind of bounced on the bed as well. (Paranormal or Coincidence?) Butch captured this event on his mini DVD. After Butch and Becky finished this session they moved to the office, where Becky repeated the same line of questioning as in the previous rooms. They finished the session by re-creating the shower scene; Becky stood in the shower conducting an EVP session while under video surveillance with water running in the sink. Butch stood just outside the shower area with his video camera. We were hoping that by re-creating past events we would capture something paranormal on our video or audio recordings.
We ended the investigation after holding a communication time in the Speak Easy with the core members of the group attempting to communicate with the young man who had committed suicide.
While analyzing the videos we decided that the bed breaking may have been paranormal rather than coincidence. We captured two class B EVP’s; the first one was caught when Butch and Becky were in the upstairs office. We captured the sound of a child giggling; which was one of the reports that our clients had given us during the initial interview. In addition, Becky was verbally attacked while in the shower during her EVP session, the voice was clearly a man and dark in nature; this EVP was sexually explicit and aggressive.
Equipment Used:
4 DVR static night vision cameras Nothing paranormal captured
1 Infrared night vision mini DVD camera- 2 EVP’s (Class B) included in story
1 Hand held Sony Super 8 Static night vision camera – noises and shadows
1 Panasonic night vision hand held camera-– Nothing captured
4 Digital Audio recorders – 2 EVP’s (Class B)
2 Sony Digital still cameras with night vision – Nothing captured, pictures included in story
1 Infar Red Thermometer – Nothing Captured
2 KII meters- Several spikes throughout the investigation also captured on video
1 Lutron EMF-822A Field tester- High EMF readings off and on
1 EMF booster used in cellar speak easy
Personal Experiences – Several team members had heard voices, odd noises, and smell of cigarette smoke.

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Wesley Chapel Church / Wesley Chapel Cemetery

Several TOGHS members attended our annual road trip to South Eastern Ohio’s Hocking Hills area on August 6, 2012. Some team members decided to spend this trip camping in South Bloomingville, OH while others chose to camp out in a local hotel. Our itinerary included several sites in the town of Haydenville, OH including the Haydenville cemetery, Wolfe cemetery and the infamous haunted Haydenville tunnel. We set up camp at a pleasant campground called Top of the Caves Campground. South Bloomingville is a small town in Benton Township.

By the time fellow team member Becky and I arrived, TOGHS part time team member Joe St John and his partner JoAnn had already set up their campsite and met some of the local people. Joe is the type of guy that likes to meet new people and had not only introduced himself but had spent the afternoon talking with several of the other campers. They told him about an old church chapel that sat conveniently across from the campground. I have been to this area of Hocking Hills many times in the past but had never heard of the chapel. The locals said that there was also an old cemetery that sat directly behind the church. One of the stories related to Joe was that when evening comes, just before the sun sets, we could witness a red glow rising out of the church and reaching towards the sunset. Interesting, but definitely not paranormal we thought, but it gave us a chance to visit an old historic landmark.

Team member Becky and I couldn’t wait to finish setting up camp, grab a camera and a digital recorder and head to this old Chapel that sits at the top of Chapel Ridge. We were both surprised at how spooky the place looked when we got a closer look. The chapel itself is still standing but is in need of repairs. Although someone had put in a new front door several of the windows were out and the floor inside was buckled and warped. The windows were only four feet off the ground making it easy for us to look inside. You could feel a sense of what it might have been like to attend mass years ago in this abandoned church that sat alone in the hills outside this sleepy old town. Becky and I walked to the back of the church and into the cemetery and discovered that most of the hundred or so gravestones dated back to the early 1800’s. The grounds were well kept with the exception of a few shattered headstones sitting along the back fence. I took pictures while Becky did an EVP session. At first she stood outside one of the broken windows looking into the church where we could see a stack of bibles sitting on an old chair and a couple of dozen tiny wooden crucifixes resting on the floor. Next to where the altar would have stood sat a huge old piano. I knew that look on Becky’s face too well; she had decided to climb through the window frame and into the dark to get her EVP. I didn’t think safety was a huge concern but I warned her that the floor may be give way due to the condition of the floorboards. As usual, before I finished my warning she was inside.

I stood outside and took as many pictures as I could while quietly listening to her EVP session. She was speaking to a congregation from years gone by. She asked politely if anyone still residing inside the church would like to give us a message or share a story or if any of the church members buried in the old cemetery out back would like to join us for this session. She even played a few notes from the keys on the old piano hoping the familiar tones would stir a presence. After a few one sided conversations we decided that we should let these fine folks get back to whatever they may have been doing before we arrived.

Once back at the campsite, we downloaded our pictures and the audio recordings from the digital recorder. Becky captured one small EVP but we decided that it could possibly be debunked. We will post several pictures from this unplanned investigation at the bottom of the story. Some of the photos are very interesting; you will see a very strange mist that we cannot explain inside the church. I am also including a couple of web sites that will give you some of the history of the Wesley Chapel Church and the town of South Bloomingville and the people that once lived and worked there.

Wesley Chapel Church

Founded 1848

Wesley Chapel Cemetery

Also Known as Chapel Ridge Cemetery

Benton Township, Hocking County, Ohio

From South Bloomingville, Ohio, take State Route 664 north traveling about 3.5 miles a

Past Old Man’s Cave State Park, to State Route 374. Turn right onto State Route 374 and

travel 1.5 miles to Chapel Ridge Road. Turn right onto Chapel Ridge Rd. and travel .5 mile.

The church and cemetery are on the right.

This Information is from our friends at Ancestry.com http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohhocki3/Wesley%20Chapel-Chapel%20Hill%20Cemetery.html

Hocking County

Hocking County was established March 1, 1818. It was named from the

Hockhocking River, which was named by the Delaware Indians, whom

Called themselves the ” Lenne-Lanape or real people. Hockhocking in their

Native tongue meant “bottleneck”. The Hockhocking River, renamed the

Hocking River flows down narrow gorges and over water falls into wide

Channels, looking like the shape of a bottle neck.

Hocking County is known for its natural beauty. With its lush forest, falls,

And rock formations, it is a tourist paradise. Surrounding the small town of

South Bloomingville, in Benton Township, which lies eleven miles west of the

County seat of Logan, are the “Hocking Hills State Park’s “. The Hocking Hills

State Parks consist of ” Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Conkles Hollow, The

Rock House State Park and Cedar Falls

This in formation above is from our friend at Ancestry.com Dust in the Attic http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohhocki3/Hocking%20County%20Genealogy.html

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TOGHS Spiritual House Cleansing

This is a house cleansing / blessing preformed by our Tranquility Specialist at the request of a client that was experiencing negative phenomenon in their home. The client was gracious enough to allow us to document the procedure and post photos for your enjoyment. The process involved several Native American Ritual based techniques, as well as the use of Holy Water and Christian based prayer.

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Richard Road Investigation


Richards Road

This story is written by our TOGHS member Michelle Maddux
I pulled up to the creepy looking house on Richards’s road at around 7pm. Upon first impression, the place had that air of ‘old abandoned house’, but the fact that it was set so far back from the road, and screened off by a line of trees made it the perfect type of place for us to be investigating. Upon walking up to the group and re-introducing myself (mind you this was my first investigation with the group, as I recall it was my ‘probation investigation’ so to speak) it seemed to be controlled chaos of setting up and walk through. It only took about 20 minutes for things to pick up. Continue reading
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Ravine Park Cemetery

TOGHS revisits Ravine Park Cemetery one autumn evening.

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Haunted Warehouse

TOGHS visits a reported Haunted Warehouse with friends.

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Brown Mackey College Lecture

HaroldBrown Mackey College Lecture Thursday July 8, 2010.   TOGHS Founder Harold St John was invited to Brown Mackey College in Findlay, Ohio to lecture on the Paranormal. Among the topics discussed were various types of hauntings, proper interview procedures, and the research and fieldwork involved before an investigation. This was followed by instruction on the use of equipment used during an investigation and proper investigation procedures. Two lectures were given to the Criminal Justice club along with the Paralegal club.

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Old Port Clinton Ghost Walk

Do ghosts intrigue you? Does the romantic history of a small town invite you to walk with the spirits and wonder where or when you may feel their presence? Then walk with Victoria as your guide through old Port Clinton. Her true tales of historic homes and the people who lived on and sailed Lake Erie take you to the distant and not-so-distant past as you view gargoyles, haunted pathways, and other ghostly retreats. Several of TOGHS team Continue reading

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Hocking County Historical Brick Company

Hocking County Historical Brick Company – April 28, 2010 TOGHS visited the old Hocking County brick company just outside of Nelsonville, OH.  While there we met a Professor from Hocking College and several of his students. They were repairing and restoring the two remaining brick making kilns. We learned that this company was Continue reading

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Moonville Tunnel – New Pictures and Video 2010

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Ohio State Insane Asylum Tuberculosis Ward, Athens

The old tuberculosis ward is the sole abandoned building remaining on the grounds of the Ridges. It was built in 1924 on top of a large hill, totally isolated from the rest if the facility. In the late 70’s, the building became the “Beacon School” for mentally challenged students and young adults. It was abandoned in the early 1980’s. Over the years many of the other buildings have been renovated and are now being used by the University. Some are used for classrooms while others are for storage; the large main building (formally the old Athens Lunatic Asylum) is now the Kennedy Arts Museum. The TB ward is the only building that remains untouched and abandoned. It stands alone on top of the hill, just above the cemetery. Continue reading

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Moonville Cemetary

Moonville Cemetery: April 2010

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South Street

South Ave Investigation: April 9, 2010

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South Street

This case was brought to TOGHS by Case Manager Marie. During Marie’s interview, she learned that his side by side Duplex home on South Avenue was built in 1897. It has had many different owners over the past century. One of the former owner’s Wilton C Lyman had a very mysterious past. Wilton lived in the home from 1941 through 1954 along with whom we believe to be his wife Annie Mae. It looks as though he may have bought the home from his Father Louis A Lyman who owned the home previously. On December 24, 1954 Wilton came up missing. The newspaper reports stated Continue reading

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TOGHS has investigated several of Toledo, Ohio’s haunted cemeteries.

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Wolffinger Cemetery

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Casey Pomeroy

Casey Pomeroy Home – March 2010

TOGHS heard about this beautiful old home from case manager Marie. She works with a mutual friend of the owners. I will give you a short version of its history. The Casey Pomeroy house was built in 1870 by Theodore Casey, The home is now owned by Stu and Susan who have turned into a beautiful be Continue reading

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Maumee Street

November 2009

We are keeping the names private to protect our client’s privacy. We will use first names only. TOGHS received a call in mid November 2009 by a Family that had just rented a home on Maumee Street in Toledo, Ohio.  The Family of four moved in on Friday and was to share the home with another couple. They called us within days after moving into the home. Continue reading

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