School Skipping Specters
Back in high school, we all thought about cutting class. But what if playing hooky meant that not only did you not show up for class, but the only place you did turn up, was dead? There’s a rumor that Menasha High School has an interesting architectural feature — tunnels that connect the school to Butte Des Morts school. These tunnels were supposedly used in the 1940s as a way of protecting students and staff in case of a nuclear attack. According to legend, during a drill four students were trapped in the tunnels while trying to skip school. There are reports by students of feeling a strange presence when they go near the basement. Some say that they have heard the sounds of people pounding on the doors and yelling for help, as if trying to escape.
Road to Witches
There’s a road in between Ripon and Rosendale that, if you’re looking for it, can open your world to many strange occurrences. At the intersection of Highway 44/49 south of Ripon & Hwy KK, go east on KK about 1.9 miles, then turn right on Callan Road. On this road you’ll find an old run down house that has been sitting on the side of the highway untouched for centuries. Legend says a witch once lived there and many people have experienced strange lights and sounds on this stretch of road. Make sure you have a full tank of gas if you plan to take a Sunday drive this way, because you wouldn’t want to get stranded here.
A History of Paine
From the outside, the Paine Art Center and Gardens looks to be a charming center for the arts. What you may not know about the mansion that sits on the corner of Hwy 21 and Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh is that the history of this lavish building is rather sordid. Construction of the estate began in 1927 by couple Nathan and Jessie Paine utilizing the Paine Lumber Company for much for the elaborate woodwork. Construction was halted during the Great Depression due to the struggling economy. Although the building was eventually completed, the Paines never moved in because it is said they received multiple death threats from their underpaid and overworked employees. In fact, no one has ever lived there. According to staff and visitors alike, the door to the mansion’s attic will mysteriously open and after-hours footsteps can be heard on the second floor. Tour guides have said that there have been times during a tour when a disembodied voice will chime in to give more detail on the history of the building. (Not all ghosts have to be scary, some can be rather informative.)
—By Rebecca Turchan & Andrew Scholz