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October 19, 2006

Live Oak house carries tales of hauntings

With Halloween around the corner, talk often turns to tall tales of ghosts and other spooky stories.

For the residents of the Delta Tau Delta house in Commerce, ghostly hauntings are just a part of the college lifestyle as their home on Live Oak Street carries with it the local legend that many swear is factual.

The house has gone through many incarnations. It has been a doctor’s office, was once the home of the now defunct Commerce chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and rumors tell of many other uses - including a morgue.

“Yep, it’s haunted,” says A&M; - Commerce junior Rube Glover rather matter-of-factly when answering the door.

Glover lives in the house and says he has first-hand knowlege of an otherworldly prowler.

“There’s a child that lives halfway up the stairs,” Glover said. “The house burned down once, and the stairs used to curve up. That’s the highest the kid could go. The house will be empty during Christmas break and one person will be here. They’ll hear people go up and down the stairs.

“The little kid right here (on the staircase) is one thing that many people have seen. They say that there’s an old lady that lives upstairs, and sometimes at night she comes and checks the doors to make sure that they’re locked. I think it’s from the doctor’s office days. She was one of the nurses, checking on the patients and making sure that everybody’s there.”

In addition to the stories told, Glover says he has his own creepy experiences at the house.

“I’ve seen things,” Glover said. “There’s been lots of people who have. I see (things) in the windows. I’ll be outside looking in and there’s someone looking back at me.”

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