The building was constructed in 1896. An addition was added in 1917
and, from 1921 until 1948, a high school was located on the top floor. Grade
school continued until it closed in 1967. After closing, the school was used as
a village meeting place until it was sold and used as a business, home and now
apartments. Remodeling has been done but many original features remain including
the floors, a porcelain drinking fountain, and the stairways children used
during the school’s 71 years. The former Principal’s office is now a
IL Rt. 173, Alden, IL 60033
have been observed in the basement with the feeling of people being rushed. The
sound of children running around have been frequently encountered. Both front
doors have opened and closed on their own. In the pantry area, people have
reported being touched and have seen the head of a gentleman who many believe to
be Karl, the former janitor of the building. A body of a girl has been seen in
the hallway near the former Principal’s office. An apparition of a man in blue
jeans and plaid shirt has been seen standing near the bird’s cages. He was
who have visited the location in the past have commented that they often pick up
an impression of a music teacher at the top of the stairs. In an upstairs
bedroom the sound of footsteps and a voice has been captured in the past. The
ghost of a little girl (Ariel), 10-years-old, has been encountered upstairs as
well. In an upstairs bathroom, all the doors, cabinet and washer and dryer doors
were allegedly opened by unseen forces. Sara Bowker had encountered this ghost
about a week before visiting the location. Shadow figures and black masses are
also seen in the area.
the attic, Dean Thompson saw a red light from no apparent origin and a camera
firmly mounted, tilted and rolled over, hitting the floor. In the basement, a
door opened up by itself. The basement was once the gymnasium and allegedly a
woman died downstairs sometime in the past.
Laura Redmond has also had her share of unexplained happenings. During a June
ghost tour of the school, Laura saw a lid on a storage tub in the former
Principal’s office flip into the air and land in the middle of the floor. That
same night she and others heard a door in the basement unlatch and open
unassisted. She has also seen an apparition of a man dressed in flannel.
Equipment setup: The full G.E.I.S.T. package was setup and the Command Center was in
the foyer. Piscopo had an IR camcorder set up near the Principal’s Office
while I had a full spectrum camera in the basement facing into one of the back
The Ghost Research Society investigated the Alden High School on June 7, 2014. Team members included: Stan Suho, Michael Wright, Katherine Meagher, Jim Piscopo, Sandy Weber, Kathie Para and Dale Kaczmarek.
Kathie Para: Ghost
Research Society investigated Alden school on June 7th, 2014. Members
present were Dale Kaczmarek, Stan Suho, Jim Piscopo, Sandy Weber, Mike Wright,
Kat Meagher and I.
building has been renovated into a residence for the most part. We spent time in
the second floor apartment, the basement, the attic and the main floor
kitchen/living room area.
most active area was the basement. I had been sitting on a chair facing towards
the first room with my back to the rest of the basement. Within minutes I was
hearing noises behind me from the other side of the basement and got so
uncomfortable I got up and moved. Shortly after, the right side of my body
became extremely cold. There was a shadow seen by one member and a disembodied
voice heard as well. I got several EVPs here.
attic also had a weird feeling. Both times I went up there I felt dizzy and off
balance. There were also a few whispers and noises that may be questionable
because it was raining pretty hard and that could be heard on the roof.
the attic and the basement had a few abrupt temperature changes (five to seven
rest of the building was not as active that night, although I did get some
noises and a voice in the kitchen area. With the noise of the rain that night
it’s hard to say for certain these were paranormal.
would be anxious to return to Alden school for a more thorough investigation.
Meagher: June 7 2014,
the Alden High School, I, Kat Meagher, Joined Dale Kaczmarek and
other members to the Alden High School in Alden IL for an investigation of the
property. We were shown the residence by individuals that live and maintain the
property. The stories told of personal experiences where numerous and
compelling, I, with my trusted recorder and camera, proceeded with the
investigation. While I felt or experienced nothing personally my recorder always
says different. There was a little contamination because of cars off in the
distance and rain. I still got whispers on my recorder. Unfortunately, spirit
is sometimes too quiet for everyone to hear. I sent my best evidence to Dale and
maybe some of the real quiet voices he will be able to bring out. I love the
experiences with the group and I’m always looking forward to the next
adventure. Digital Camera, Sony Cyber shot, Digital Tape recorder, Olympus
Piscopo: We arrived at Alden
school and were given a walk-through of the building. A short time later it
starting raining and rained all through the night. I set up my IR camera facing
the principal’s office and the left stairway leading downstairs where shadow
people sometimes appear. I sat in on a few EVP sessions but felt nothing unusual
while in the building.
Stan Suho: Well this didn't look like any High School I ever saw. It was an old square built building something like the grade school I started in '47. Four main rooms on the 1st floor and four main rooms on the second floor, with a stairway running up the middle of the building. Since people were living there we were somewhat cramped for setup space. We chose a small table at the top of the stairs to do a minimal setup. After a first class tour by the residents, we got busy.
Because of the aforementioned space considerations, I chose not to set up G.E.I.S.T. I set up the Ghost Camera in the corner of one of the large rooms which was on the second floor and reported active. This was being monitored and recorded back at the command post. Jim set up his camera in the room below me and was also monitored. The EVP folks got busy and
covered the house top to bottom. I got busy with my Sony IR camera trying to capture one of those elusive phantasms. I also followed the EVP team around taking pictures of them doing their duties. Because of the long trip home we knocked off a bit early.
So once again the Phantasms remained elusive and I have nothing to report on audio or video or photos. This is an interesting location, but I think we covered it fairly well.
Michael Wright: The
original school house was converted into residential units a few years ago; it
was broken into 3 separate living areas.
We did several EVP sessions in the Basement there was a whisper in the main area that sounded like it was saying Kat approximately 9 minutes into the session.
There were temperature fluctuations in both areas of the basement. I experimented with dowsing rods which seemed to be vague. In the other room Kat was picking up EVP answers to the questions that were being asked of the rods, my recorder which was next to me did not pick up anything.
When we were in the Attic it was raining outside and the recorder picked up the rain noises, the Ovilus kept saying Book and Air which later sounded like it said Yearbook. Felt slightly disoriented upon entering the space the feeling remained during the time we were up there.
In the EVP session in the living room there were several loud bangs that sounded like they were close to my recorder which was on the counter.
I did not pick up anything in the EVP session we conducted in Mike’s room.
Dale Kaczmarek: This
was an interesting location but from the inside, barely recognizable as a school
however the outside façade definitely gave it away as once being an institute
of learning. I clearly heard a disembodied whisper that sounded like it called
Kathie’s name in the basement. It was very clear and audible. The basement was
the creepiest place for me between picking up whispers, strange sounds and other
noises on the full spectrum camera. Battery drains were again a problem here
with freshly charged batteries going dead in a few minutes. Did not feel
anything out of the ordinary in any of the other rooms in the building.
r u here.MPG – during an EVP session, a question was asked, “Albert, are you
here?” A whispered response is heard at the end of the recording.
– during an EVP session in Mike’s Room a question was asked, “Can you tell
us the name of this high school? What they used to call it?” In between the
two questions, a whispery voice says, “Alden.”
– during a Ghost Box session in Mike’s Room, a question was asked,
“What’s the name of this school?” The Ghost Box responds with,
want to speak.MPG – during an EVP session in the attic, a question was asked,
“Is there anyone up here that wishes to communicate with us tonight?” A
whispered voice sounds like is says, “No.”
slam alden.MPG – Piscopo’s static IR camcorder facing the foyer picks up the
front door slamming shut.
alden.MPG – Piscopo’s static IR camcorder near the Principal’s Office
picks up the sounds of footsteps when nobody was around at the time.
right.MPG – during an EVP session the words, “Gretchen right” were uttered
by a whispery voice.
don’t know.MPG – during an EVP session in the basement, a question was
asked, “Do you live down here?” A whispered voice is heard to say what
sounds like, “I don’t know.”
in alden.MPG – during a Ghost Box session in the basement, a question was
asked, “Are you there?” The Ghost Box responds with, “I’m in.”
noise1.MPG – during an EVP session in the living room, a loud noise was heard
and captured coming from the kitchen area.
alden.MPG – during an EVP session, a question was asked, “Try touching
that.” A whispered response seems to say, “No.”
moved in kitchen.MPG – a static digital recorder placed in the kitchen
apparently was moved or manipulated when nobody was around.
bell.MPG – during an EVP session in the attic, a question was asked, “Is
there anybody up here that can ring that bell? I would like to hear it.” A
whispered response says, “No.”
me a yes.MPG – during a dowsing rod session, Mike asks, “Can you show me a
yes?” A whispered voice says, “Yes.”
me a no.MPG – during a dowsing rod session, Mike asks, “Can you show me a
no?” A whispered voice says, “No.”
sound alden.MPG – Piscopo’s static IR camcorder near the Principal’s
Office picks up a strange sound on the audio track.
sound.MPG – a static full spectrum camera set up in the basement captures a
alden.MPG – during an EVP session in the basement, a question was asked,
“How many people are here with us?” A disembodied whisper was heard by Dale
and recorded and seems to say, “Kath.”
location was interesting especially with all the strange sounds and whispery
voices that we collected during our investigation. Some evidence had to be
thrown out because we weren’t able to determine conclusively if the sounds or
whispers were actually paranormal or naturally caused by researchers in the
area. The ones provided in the current report satisfy the criteria for
paranormal phenomena in my opinion because nobody was either in those locations
or nearby when the sounds were either heard and/or recorded making it a sure
sign that something unusual was indeed happening. Some other evidence was
contaminated due to the torrential downfall of rain that evening. The alleged
evidence could not be sufficiently separated from the meteorological event that
evening to be deemed paranormal. Other “alleged evidence” was at the
beginning of an EVP session when people were still in the process of “settling
down” and therefore could have inadvertently caused the sounds or voices
themselves. That was also discarded.
Normally when a building is structurally altered, paranormal activity does seem to increase due to the theory that resident ghosts become either angry or confused because how they remembered the location has changed, altering their movements through the building as they would have initially traversed the place when alive. Perhaps this is one of the reasons this location is haunted today. Other possible reasons include lasting place memories of students, faculty, janitorial staff and others who greatly loved the building and just refuse to let go. This location could inhabit ghosts for a very long time to come in my opinion!
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