HISTORIC BUSINESS IN AUBURNDALE, WISCONSIN
The city of Auburndale was founded in 1871. Shortly after the city was founded, brothers Robert and John Connor settled in and opened up various businesses in the city. Robert Connor owned a sawmill and built this building as a planning mill for his business. Additional construction was added onto the building and a general store was opened and operated during that same time. Robert and John also opened the first railroad station and post office in town, which both served as the Post Master for an extended period of time. In 1906, a great fire started downtown Auburndale ablaze burning down almost all of the business and buildings in town. Shortly after the fire, Robert rebuilt the building, where it still stands today. Currently, the building is operated as an antique store on the lower half and apartments on the upper half.
Paranormal Activity Reported
· Apparition of a little boy seen
· Reports of being touched and clothing pulled or tugged
· Objects from store shelves being moved
· Cold spots being felt within the building
The WPRS investigated on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from approximately 6:30pm to 12:45am. Investigators Beaudry, Blaschka, Williams, Shaw and von Gnechten were present. Equipment used during the investigation included a digital video recorder (DVR) system, infrared and full spectrum cameras, digital camera, Trifield EMF meter, REM POD EMF meter, Geiger counter, thermal probe, laser grid and digital recorders.
The client gave us a tour of the building, while explaining the different paranormal activity that have been experienced in the building. After the tour, temperature and EMF readings were taken though out the building.
First floor EMF and temperature degree readings:
· Ice cream shop and grocery area 1-2 milligauss, 57-58 degrees
· Antique store area 1-2.5 milligauss, 60-61 degrees, middle of the room near the antiques 49 degrees. EMF reading spiked in that same area when the overhead lights were turned on.
Basement level EMF and temperature degree readings:
· Milligauss readings were between 1-2, and temperature readings were between 51-52 degrees.
While recording the base line sweep of the building for EMF and temperature readings, no unusual or high anomalous readings were recorded or found.
Numerous photographs were taken throughout the building with the infrared, full spectrum and regular digital cameras.
The digital video recorder (DVR) system was set up and the cameras were placed throughout the building.
Camera #1 was placed in the basement. Camera #2 was placed in the rear stock room. Camera #3 was placed in the ice cream shop and camera #4 was placed in the antique store. A laser grid was also placed and directed towards the back of the store to capture any sort of movement or shadow play in that area.
Investigators Williams, Shaw and von Gnechten conducted the first EVP session in the ice cream shop area. Investigators Beaudry and Blaschka were observing the DVR cameras and viewing the digital photographs in the WPRS mobile command trailer outside.
The second EVP session was conducted by Investigators Beaudry, Blaschka, Williams and von Gnechten in the antique store, while Investigator Shaw observed in the WPRS mobile command trailer.
The third EVP session was conducted by Investigators Beaudry, Blaschka and von Gnechten in the basement, while Investigators Shaw and Williams observed the DVR system in the WPRS mobile command trailer.
All audio recordings from the three EVP sessions were analyzed. No EVP evidence was captured during the first and second sessions. The third session in the basement, Investigators Blaschka and Beaudry captured a very faint, low exhale or possibly the word, “ hey “. Investigator von Gnechten did not capture the same audio on his recorder.
Numerous photographs were taken with the infrared, full spectrum and regular digital cameras. A few pictures were unusual in nature, but were debunked as light matrix or possible dust particles.
During the course of the investigation, no member of the WPRS had any sort of personal paranormal experiences.
Upon reviewing the EVP recordings and the photographs, also taking into consideration the EMF and temperature readings and personal experiences, the WPRS cannot confirm or find evidence of paranormal activity in the building. One EVP recording was captured in the basement, but is not enough evidence to say that the building is truly haunted.
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