The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 28, 1996 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 28, 1996
Page 16
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, A 1996 JOURNAL Ghost / Spirits fly in Central High and Concordia theater FROM PAGE 1 that play, about five years ago, when she and a student spotted the silhouette of a man in a frock coat and hat in a window in the balcony. When they went up to the balcony to check, there was no one there. Believers say the ghost has also opened doors, shut off lights and pounded nails in the floor. At Central High, the ghost of a female student who attended the old Washington High School, the forerunner of Central High, is said to have protected a student from falling from the catwalk above the stage many years ago. Legend has it that the spirit of the girl moved with the main stage curtain when it was moved from Washington school to Central. The person on whom the story is based was Joyce Diller, who graduated from Central High in 1949. A year later she and three other KU students were killed in a traffic accident when their convertible collided head-on with a gasoline tanker truck. A fourth passenger died later. Central students have put together a scrapbook with past newspaper clippings and information about the ghost. "We just closed a show this past weekend and some of the kids had spent a great deal of time talking about ghost," said Brad McDonald, the school's drama teacher. "Some of the custodial staff have stories to tell about things that have happened. It's kind of interesting to maybe think there is something up with that story." In Hays, the legend of the Blue Light Lady has been handed down for decades. A woman by the name of Elizabeth Roily helped nurse the sick and dying at Fort Hays during a cholera epidemic in 1867. She came down with the disease herself and "as the story goes, she loved to walk the hills around Hays. She requested to be buried on a hill," said Hefner. The legend is that the Blue Light Lady still walks the hills, casting an eerie glow, perhaps from a blue dress, perhaps from a lantern she's carrying. Many of the tales Hefner has collected are of benevolent ghosts. Others are more macabre: • Wichita — A bridge north of town is the site, so legend says, where the child of a pioneer or an Indian woman fell or was thrown from the bridge by her mother. The woman committed suicide and still haunts the bridge, looking for her child. • Hutchinson — Hamburger Hill. In the sandhills north of town, a deformed man known as the "Hamburger man," with a hook for a hand and a big knife, is said to look for teenagers who go out to park, and chops them up for hamburger meat. Certain locations or buildings seem to attract ghost stories, said Hefner. In the book she doesn't describe in detail how to find specific places because of regard for landowners' privacy and concerns about vandalism. "What I'll be mostly interested in is retelling the stories and how they've changed over the years," she said. In fact, Hefner said she can sometimes tell when a person was in school or their age, depending on the version of the story they tell about a particular ghost. "As a person interested in folklore, I'm not out to find ghosts. I'm more interested in finding fun stories," she said. "But there are a few individuals who indicate they've seen something. I can't explain it. I'm trying to keep an open mind." About Neighbors Items for publication in Neighbors can be submitted in writing and must include a name, address and telephone number..If you'd like your material returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Items may be brought to the Salina Journal office at 333 S. Fourth or mailed to: The Salina Journal, Neighbors Desk, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Thank you notes may also be sent to the above address, in care of the Classified Advertising department. There will be a charge for thank yous. Jonnie's Place FALL HOURS Die To family Illness We Will Be Clised. 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