October 31, 2007
Some find Goldendale's Red House haunting
Built about 1890, the Red House is not only a Goldendale landmark but a source for legends
|Some people have long-claimed that Goldendale's Red House is haunted, but the owner doesn't think so.|
|Russ Miller photo|
GOLDENDALE, Washington (STPNS) -- ?There are many stories about the Red House. When it was still considered out in the country, children feared to pass it at night. It was said flickering lights could be seen through its tall, narrow windows, and ghosts were permanent inhabitants.?
? The Ruralite, February 1964
Not more than a week or so ago, someone from Presby Museum handed Ed Demjanovich a copy of a story about the house he now lives in.
The story appeared in the February 1964 issue of The Ruralite, and although Demjanovich said its the first time he saw the story, it?s not the first time people have told him his house is haunted.
?People tell me they always get a sense of something there, but I never do,? Demjanovich said.
He bought the Red House almost two years ago and has been fixing it up after it sat empty for many years.
He?s sleeps there, works there, and goes about his life there as if there are no spirits watching him.
Mary Anderson, of Goldendale, said she lived in the Red House in 1961. Does she think it?s haunted?
?I don?t really know,? she said. ?It?s supposed to be haunted. That?s what they told me when I moved in.?
But she recalled something strange happening on the third floor where she had placed a rocking chair. She said she would go up there and read to her children.
?I?d go up there and find that the rocking chair wasn?t where I left it. It it would be moved six or eight inches over from where I last put it,? she said.
?Maybe the kids moved it,? she added.
?Later, when a comfortable, bungalow-type white house was built a few blocks from it, youngsters imagined that a secret tunnel connected the two. Horrible, unmentionable things went on between the two places and when the white house burned to the ground one wind-swept night, it was no surprise to the impressionable young people.?
? The Ruralite, February 1964
?I?ve been working there for nearly two years and I?ve never found the tunnel,? Demjanovich said. There have also been other people working under the house who never found any such tunnel, he added.
It?s kind of fun to have these rumors going around,? Demjanovich said.
He said he thinks that if there are ghosts in the house, they may have a reason for leaving him alone.
?I think they are happy with what I am doing with the house,? he said. ?I think the ghosts like me.?
Fixing the house up and restoring it may be the key to keeping ghosts quiet and unseen for people such as Demjanovich.
?A woman once told me that as a little girl, she saw a woman rocking in a chair in the house, and thought it was a ghost,? he recalled.
That mystery may have been solved now, with Anderson?s revelation that she used to rock in a rocking chair there.
Anderson, like Demjanovich, said that she likes to think of herself as a ?good person.?
Maybe that?s why ghosts never bothered her while she lived there, she surmised.
Mark Slaight lives across the street from the Red House. He said he often gets the feeling that the house is haunted while he?s there.
?Weird noises, and the hallway, it?s always cold,? he said.
Demjanovich said people are welcome to tour the Red House during the Golden Art Gallery?s Home Tour, Dec. 7 and 8, and decide for themselves whether they think the Swiss chalet-style house, built around 1890 by Charles Newell ? who was called the ?horse king of the Northwest? ? is haunted.
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