Cool little blurb from the GT this morning. University Archives hosted a Haunting for History tour on campus recently. The purpose was to explore the ghosts and ghost/haunting stories on the OSU campus.
Elizabeth Thomas works in Waldo Hall, and people have told her they’ve seen a woman “disappear” in a second story hallway of the Oregon State University building.
The primary suspect in the vanishing act is Ida Kidder, the school’s first librarian.
She’s been dead since 1920.
“People weren’t creeped out or anything. They thought she was a friendly presence,” Thomas said.
OSU is a very old campus with some very old buildings on it. There is no way that a campus this old wouldn’t have some ghost stories. In my years as a student and working in the Office of Admissions I can’t say I’ve ever seen Ida Kidder or any other apparition. However, I did live in Sackett Hall as an undergrad…All I’ll say is that strange things happen at Sackett Hall…
But others, such as those at Sackett Hall, were more gruesome. Legend has it that Ted Bundy killed a woman in the catacombs below the dormitory, said Tiah Edmunson-Morton, a university archivist.
There’s also a ghost said to have been accidentally killed in her room at Sackett by a drunken man in the 1950s. ‘Brandy’ often shows up as spectral lights, or a little girl sitting on the end of beds. She reportedly likes to set fires and throw things.