former lodge in Oblong, Illinois is now the Oblong Gym. The actual lodge site
was upstairs in a couple of small rooms. I have come across little yet to
determine when this lodge started or when it disbanded.
not necessarily known as being haunted, the Odd Fellow, as well as the Free
Masons conducted sacred rituals and perhaps some former members of this lodge
are still hanging around.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Oblong Odd Fellows Lodge July1, 2017 and the team members included: Stan Suho and Dale Kaczmarek, with help from Jason Snider from Crawford County Ghost Hunters
setup: Only hand-held equipment and
devices were used during this investigation.
performed: Ovilus X session was performed
in the upstairs room, formerly used for IOOF meetings.
Suho: Because of the rapid pace there
wasn’t much time to do much setup.
Kaczmarek: Jason Snider seems to
have the “Keys to Crawford County” and graciously showed us this former
lodge used by the International Order of Odd Fellows. After entering through the
downstairs street level, we had to pass through a workout area before climbing a
set of stairs to a couple of small, stuffy rooms where the IOOF meetings were
held in the past.
was quite amazed by a number of words that the Ovilus X produced in dictionary
mode that had a direct relationship to both Odd Fellows and Masons alike! We
conducted a EVP session without any disturbances or contamination except the
occasional passing of a car or truck at ground level.
cry oddfellow.MPG – while conducting and Ovilus X session in dictionary mode, the
device says “column” followed by “cry.” Snider, being a Mason said that
it was a very symbolic combination since in Masonic theology, there is a picture
of an angel crying over a broken column.
oddfellow.MPG – while conducting an Ovilus X session in dictionary mode, the device
says, “hope.” According to Snider, “hope” is a very important word for
the Odd Fellows; i.e. hope, love and charity.
on window oddfellow.MPG – while conducting an Ovilus X session in dictionary mode, a
loud tap was heard by all on the windows across the room.
spoken by the Ovilus X in dictionary mode:
loaded, suddenly, happens, Frank, P, increase, mammoth, James, anger, circle,
shepherd, man, hope, bomb, warrior, ground, column, cry, there, empty, Kelly,
frame, Buddha, best, seed, soak, trace, fest, captain and dollar.
was incredible, especially watching and listening to Snider’s reactions to
some of the words produced by the Ovilus X. Another word “trace” came
through and it could relate to a tracing board; according to Wikipedia,
“Tracing boards are painted or printed illustrations depicting the various
symbols of Freemasonry. They can be used as teaching aids during the lectures
that follow each of the Masonic Degrees, when an experienced member explains the
various concepts of Freemasonry to new members.”
word that came through was “Captain” and according to Snider, there are
Captain’s in Freemasonry as well and shepherd was another Masonic-related word
that was produced by the device.
word anger came out directly after I asked if the Odd Fellows would accept a
female for entry into their order. Of course, the Odd Fellows and Masons are
strictly for males only. And, finally, circle was another word of interest.
While we only received a few direct responses to questions asked, the other words produced by the Ovilus X truly amazed both Snider and I. It was a most interesting investigation and Ovilus X session.
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