My family and I moved
into a two story house in Cordell,
in 1978. When family friends found out that we were going to buy this
house on Magnolia Street, they begged my parents not to do it, warning
them that it was haunted. My father did not believe them and we moved
in anyway. It wasn’t long before strange things began to happen.
We are a large family
and through the years as many as 10 of us lived there including my
parents, my siblings and two young nephews.
The first strange
event occurred when my father was working in the yard one day. Suddenly, he stomped into the house angry and demanded to know why no
one would pick up my crying nephew, who had just been born. We
just looked at him like he was crazy and showed him that the baby was
fast asleep. Dumbfounded, he returned to the yard, but told us
later that he continued to hear the baby’s cries as soon as he went
outside. However, my nephew was fast sleep.
On another occasion
when my father was drinking coffee at the kitchen table he looked up
at the staircase to see a woman with long brown hair staring down at
him. Immediately, he called my mom over and she saw the same
The kitchen was where
odd things often occurred, as another time when my mom and sister were
having coffee before going to work, a dish drainer full of dishes
suddenly lifted itself off the counter, crashing to the floor,
breaking all of the glass. Mom said she guessed they didn’t like
the dishes cluttering the counter.
Once when mom got up
in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, she had to pass
through the kitchen. There, she saw a woman standing at the
kitchen sink. Thinking to herself that if she ignored her she
would go away, mom passed by the apparition continuing to the
bathroom. However, when she got to the bathroom door, she felt a
hand on her shoulder and said "What the hell do you want?” When
she turned around, the woman was gone.
My sister often
reported that she felt something sleeping with her every night. In the beginning, she thought it was my younger brother getting cold
during the night and curling up on the foot of the bed. But one
night when something pulled the blankets off her children, she reached
down to pull them back up and though nothing was there, she could see
an imprint where someone or something had been on the bed.
Every night, my mom could hear a baby
falling down the stairs and hitting the kitchen floor, crying all the
We determined that there were several spirits
haunting the house including two women, two men and the crying baby. The other woman who often appeared, was a gray haired old lady who my
brothers said was extremely evil, so much so that one brother took to
sleeping outside, regardless of the weather.
The two men generally just passed through,
making no fuss or racket. On one such occasion when mom was sitting
in the living room watching television, she looked up toward the back door
to see a cowboy standing there. When she got up to inquire of the
reason for his visit, he simply disappeared.
Finally, we gave up. The house was
demolished in 1988 and in its walls, were found an eight inch thick
abstract of the land dating back to the 1700's. Also contained
within the walls were old newspapers and a pair of antique hook and eye
lady's boots. These were donated to the Cordell Museum in Cordell,
Oklahoma. Today, the land stands vacant, with only the cellar remaining to testify
that a house ever stood.