"Ghost is a clean freak"Sara Alberson: What about
that lady who owned the house down the road from us? She was a clean freak, and
when she died, these bunch of guys bought the house, and they were party
animals. They would party all night, and when they woke up in the morning, the
house was spotless. She would clean the whole house.
P.V. Sheridan: That would happen to a lot of people who owned that
cottage. It’s across the street from us, down by the bridge, just past the Jot
"Ghost of Earl visits Tumble Inn kitchen"
Meng Sheridan: Do you have
the Earl story? Earl was Grandma's second husband loved by none in the family.
After Grandma Opal died, Earl had plans to give the cottage to HIS daughters who
had no connection to the cottage. Everyone, especially Betty (Grandma Opal's
heir) was extremely upset. Earl decided to deed the cottage to his daughters and
on the way to the lawyers at the Lake, he was hit by a truck and killed
instantly. The cottage therefore stayed in the family. One night after I had
been going to the cottage for a few weeks (1980), I woke up in the middle
bedroom and heard a noise in the kitchen. I looked through the open door and saw
a tall, old, skinny man getting a Budweiser out of the refrigerator. He turned
and looked at me and because of the refrigerator light I had a good look at him.
I turned to my new husband and told him to wake up that there was a strange man
in the kitchen. He turned to look but the man had vanished. After telling Danny
what the man looked like, he immediately explained "That must have been
kitchen coming soon.]
"Dead uncle plays cards and drinks beer"Danny Sheridan: I remember
the story of Dad's [Bob’s] uncle. He came to stay with us at the lake for a
week. No one expected him so we all were much surprised. He ate with us, slept
in our bedrooms, drank Wiederman beer, played cards. After he left, a telegram
arrived from England informing us that our great-uncle had died a month earlier.
"Uncle visits cottage after death"
Bob Sheridan: In 1918, they were building the cottage at the lake in the spring. And while
they were building, my uncle showed up (that would have been your great-great
grandfather’s brother, Jennifer). He was in the army and he would probably be
going overseas pretty soon, and this would be the last time he’d see them. And
he left. Three days later, his mother got a telegram that he’d been killed in
the war a week before.
"Suitcases move during the night"Betty Sheridan: When we were
first married, Bob and I were up at the lakes, and when we were in bed at night
and the suitcases were on the floor, and they always moved. You could hear them
all night long moving around in the kitchen. When we’d get up in the morning,
they’d be right where we’d left them before. But that’s a true story. I’m
[picture of Tumble Inn interior coming soon]
"Uncle Bob’s crutches move by themselves"Bob Sheridan: Your grandma’s
[Betty] brother Bob was on the Ball State football team. During spring practice,
he broke his leg, and he walked on crutches, and he stayed at the lakes while he
was getting better. And he got better up at the lakes and put the crutches in
the attic. One day, Grandma [Betty] was lying in bed, and she heard something up
in the attic, and she didn’t know what it was. Then it sounded like somebody
walking on crutches or something. Anyway, she thought she was kind of dreaming—half-awake,
half-asleep. Next morning, when she woke up and started to clean the house,
there were the crutches, laying next to the bed.
[picture of front porch swing coming soon.]
"Spirits move porch swing"Jennifer Sheridan: I was
sleeping in the living room one time. I was on the couch next to the window that
leads out to the front porch. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound
of the front porch swing creaking. Every one was asleep, so no one could be on
the swing. I thought "Well, it must be the wind." But it couldn’t
have been the wind, because I was right next to a window, and the curtains weren’t
moving. If the wind was blowing strong enough to move the swing, the curtains
would have been blowing, too. I was too scared to go look at the swing so I went
back to sleep. At least, I tried to go back to sleep, anyway. The next day I
asked my dad what could have made the noise. He said that everyone in the
cottage was asleep at the time, but when my great grandparents were alive, they
used to swing on the porch swing at night. So I think that their spirits still
enjoy sitting on the front porch swing.
"Herron Lake ghosts"
P.V. Sheridan: Herron Lake
north and east of our cottage was a very haunted area, too, because there were
no cottages on it and a couple of people had drowned there, and it was a very
spooky place. It was surrounded by a swamp. And everybody’d say they’d see
ghosts there, but I think that it was swamp gas. The swamp gas would make a
luminous light in the swamp and it was a very spooky thing to see. You could see
it from our cottage; little will o’ the wisps type things. That was what it
was called: will o’ the wisps or swamp gas.