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Ghosts, spirits, haunted houses--all have their believers and their skeptics.  No matter which you are, those things that "go bump in the night" cannot always be explained.  Ghosts make themselves known in various ways.  Sometimes the presence is felt, though there is nothing to see.  Some move things or make noises such as knocking, scraping, footsteps, or voices.  There are those who have been seen as orbs, filmy mists, or sometimes in whole form.  They don't need to be scary; sometimes their presence is comforting, amusing or occasionally terrifying.  The hauntings that we will be talking about on this virtual tour will encompass all of these things.  We try to join historical facts with both rumors and eye witness accounts to tell the story of Elmore's spirits--both past and present.  After reading these tales of Haunted Elmore, YOU will be the judge of what is to be believed and what is not.  Please check back often as we find more spiritual and historical evidence!

 

Click the NUMBER below to learn more about the hauntings at that location.

Harris-Elmore Public Library

328 Toledo St.

449 Toledo St.

Elmore Community Center

410 Clinton St.

317 Toledo St.

336 Augusta St.

344 E. 4th St.

347 E. 4th St.

Christy's Corner Cafe

368 Rice St.

Portage Auto Works

333 Rice St.

231 Maple St.

Elmore Train Depot & Historical Barn

335 Ottawa St.

318 Rice St.

344 Lincoln St.

360 Huron St.

621 Rice St.

Commodore Perry Credit Union

365 Rice St.

Destazio's Pizza

351 Rice St.

310 Rice St.

243 Rice St.

Woodmore School Admin. Offices

349 Rice St.

244 Rice St.

Harrington Cemetery

Rice St.

St. John's United Church of Christ

448 Rice St.

420 Ames St.

Elmore Town Hall & Downtown 

344 Rice St.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

19255 W. Portage River South

Elmore General Store

346 Rice St.

Harris-Elmore Union Cemetery

332 Rice St.

Headless Motorcylist

Portage Slemmer Rd. Bridge

Library

Harris-Elmore Public Library
328 Toledo St.

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This location was the home of Cora Coe Dixey from her birth in 1860. When she was 14, she eloped with a married man, Thomas Dixey. He was the Marshall of Elmore and had left his wife and children in the hotel in which they were boarding. Cora moved back in with her mother a few years later after Dixey died. Cora was in and out of the Toledo State Hospital for the Insane from 1908-1930 as a result of schizophrenia, depression, and violent outbursts. It was rumored that she would beat her mother, locking her up in the house, and then shut herself away for weeks.  After Cora’s death in 1932, firemen burned down the home as it was falling into disrepair.  Many onlookers as well as firemen could see a woman pacing in front of the upstairs window as the house was burning. 

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M.J. Coe (left) with her daughter Cora Coe (right) in 1869.

Before the 2001 library remodel, various staff members would report hearing sounds of books being shelved or sometimes books suddenly flying off of the shelves. When staff went to investigate these sounds, they would find no one there.  Sometimes they would find a few shocked patrons who had witnessed the ordeal themselves.  There have also been sounds of a baby wailing or children laughing when no one was in the library except for staff members. Doors to the furnace room are also often opening and closing.  

Below is a video explaining the paranormal staff experiences since the 2019 renovation and also four additional videos explaining the findings from the paranormal investigator group "Brave Ohio Spook Seekers" in September 2020 and 2023:

Update: During the 2023 investigations, there were two spirits in the Local History room talking and jumping behind the file cabinets.  One presumably was Grace Luebke, former Library Director and Local Historian.  The group that was in there was a bit rowdy and she had to ask them to leave the room.  One investigator went into the furnace room and a man was there telling her to "get out now!" he was then walking the hallways near the bathrooms and went back into the storage room.  In the teen room was a small girl that was interacting with onlookers.  One of the guests had the spirit of his younger brother attached to him and he was playing with the girl for awhile as they were jumping in and out of the Elmore Car in the exhibit room.

Community Center

Elmore Community Center
410 Clinton St.

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The former United Brethren Church building was built in 1895.  The church discontinued its services around 1921.  In 1923, the building was purchased by the Elmore Free & Accepted Masons for their Temple.  The Masons of Portage Lodge #351 moved into the site in 1925 and began plans for renovations.  For privacy purposes, lodge rooms were typically located on the upper floors.  The Masons decided to raise the roof of the former one story church and covered up the brick with stucco--placing a number of Free Mason symbols throughout. 

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Portage Lodge #351 c. 1930s

The United Brethren Church in Elmore c.1900

Meetings of the Masons and their sister organization, the Order of the Eastern stars met in the building immediately after renovations finished.  Both organizations stopped meeting in the building in 1996, but it doesn't seem that everyone has left.  Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of long dead members enjoying a cigar in the great room or shooting disapproving looks for interfering in their boys club activities--especially if the onlooker is a woman. 

 

The building was taken over by the village of Elmore and currently houses the Elmore Community Center and is used as a party rental facility.  Woodmore Boy Scout Troop #314 also holds their meetings there.

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Photos of the interior of the Portage Lodge during the 1920s-1930s.  The Card Room, Club Room, and Masonic Lodge Room are depicted.  Photos taken by O.B. Durfee (Elmore, OH)

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John Kirk Luckey was installed as a member of the Masons Portage Lodge #351 in 1921 when their headquarters were still in the Elmore Opera House on Rice St.  He is one of the Masonic members who's description fits some sightings of spirit activity in the building.

 

In 2023, paranormal investigators spent some time on the first and second floors.  They had a lot of activity in both locations that included screams of "I want to go home", footsteps and moving objects.  Upstairs, the investigators did a roll call of several names of former Masons that met there.  Several of them replied "HERE" when their name was called. One of them also sat in the seats there as the theater chair moved to a downward position from an upright position.  They also spoke with a young girl named "Hannah" that was very interested in sitting near an observer and setting off various pieces of equipment.  Below are videos from that night.