Washington County Paranormal Needs YOU (Or Your Grandma)!

December 28th, 2011
research

Work continues on the book. When I haven’t been writing I’ve been making calls, arranging interviews, and doing research. I’ve been visiting the Washington County Historical Society‘s research center on a weekly basis to gather historical data. They’ve been wonderful at locating material for me. I’ve gotten lots of important names and dates. This data will really round out the various locations to be featured in the book.¬†Unfortunately it won’t be a whole lot longer until I’ve exhausted the research center’s materials.

Finding information on a particular place or person isn’t all that difficult thanks to libraries and historical societies. What IS difficult is researching a particular legend associated with a person or place. Every haunted location in Washington County has a legend attached to it, and nearly all of them are going to require months of research. One location says a suicide occurred in the 1960s. That only leaves me to dig through a decade of information. Other legends are worse. One location’s haunting is centered around a factory worker dying on the job from natural causes during the 1940s or 1950s. Now we’re up to two decades in which the incident could have occurred, plus because a natural death isn’t as sensational as a suicide who knows if it would have even made the papers? These are just two of the numerous legends I’ve a responsibility to investigate. Information this obscure is rarely, if ever, cataloged in historical societies. While the Society has a file readily available for someone as famous in the community as Carl S. Pick (the gentleman who owned the land that became Ridge Run Park and UW-WC) there are no folders about natural deaths in factories.

I’ve decided a wise course of action would be to present these legends to long time residents of the county to see if they’ve heard of any of these incidents so that I may prioritize my research. I need YOUR help. If you’ve a parent or grandparent, neighbor or friend who’s lived a long life in the Washington County area and would like to lend me their knowledge of the area please contact me. So far the most valuable resource in writing this book has been the residents of Washington County. You’ve no idea how appreciative I am of all of your knowledge, enthusiasm, and willingness to share. The collective citizens of Washington County have already received a place on the acknowledgments page of Washington County Paranormal.

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2 Responses to “Washington County Paranormal Needs YOU (Or Your Grandma)!”

  1. Jane Hutton says:

    I am a 70 year old Great Grandma, born and raised in West Bend and spent most of my life there, at Big Cedar lake and in Washington County. My Dad, Judge Milton L. Meister, was originally from Slinger so I have some knowledge of that area also. I have always been fascinated by the paranormal (having had one ghostly experience myself at the age of 15) I have a great deal of free time and would be more than happy to assist you with the more tedious fact searching.

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Jane! Thanks for volunteering! I’ll e-mail you when I get together a list of research tasks. I’l very interested in the fact you’re from Slinger. Any hauntings out there I should know about? I don’t have a lot for that area.

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