I live in a
fraternity house, but it’s not just any fraternity. From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Delta Sigma Phi house, used to be the Parkview Hospital before it moved and became Lafene Health Center. K-State and Delta Sig
alum Loren Mall wrote a book called “Bedrock Values” on our chapter of the fraternity, and the book includes a couple of chilling stories of ghosts who haunt the halls of this
My fraternity brothers and I
have a few stories of our own experiences with the friendly remnants of people who died in what is now our home.
During the first semester that I lived in the house, I lived on the third floor in what is known as
“George’s Room.” “George” refers to George Segal, a man who died in my
old room when Delta Sig was the Parkview Hospital. His unfortunate death came as the result of some inattentive nurses.
Mall wrote about
Segal’s death in his book. The following is an excerpt:
“When the hospital
staff moved patients to the new county hospital in 1954, one of the relocations
did not go well. A nurse and an aide transferred an elderly man to a rolling
bed. They left him in his room … to prepare other patients for the transfer. When
a nurse’s aide returned to get him, the bed was there but he was not in sight.
During the long wait, he rolled off the bed and wedged between the bed frame
and the wall. Left in that suffocating position, the old man died quietly
during the night.”
The most infamous
story about George is a tale from the 1970s, when an ice storm knocked out
power in the entire town. At 4:30 every day while the power was out, the TV in
the gallery would turn on for the show “Star Trek,” and would turn off as soon as
the show was over. It was the only documented case of electric power during the
duration of the multi-day outage.
In my time as the
occupant of George’s room, I noticed strange instances of flickering lights, my windows opening and closing and the fan turning on and off in
the middle of the night. The ghost, however, does not limit his reign to just
sophomore in biology, was not a believer in ghosts or poltergeists before he
moved into the house this fall. That quickly changed when some
interesting things began happening in his room on the third floor.
“I get back to my
room about 2:30 in the morning,” Wynn said. “I’m laying down and suddenly I
hear this squeaking noise. At first I thought it was my fan just blowing
something in the room, so I let it go. After this continued for about five
minutes, I started to think it was some of my brothers messing with me trying
to get me to believe in George. I turned on the light to see if any of them
were under my bed, and nobody was there. When I get out of bed, I see that my
desk chair is rocking back and forth and that’s where the squeaking noise is
coming from. As soon as I get out of bed to stop it from rocking, it stopped by
It’s pretty clear
that George likes to play pranks on people. When instigated, his pranks become
a little more serious than just a flickering of the lights or rocking in
somebody’s chair. Niklas Bergstrom, senior in construction science, has
been the object of George’s pranks.
“When I found out
George liked ‘Star Trek’ I decided to blast some ‘Star Wars’ music in my room,” Bergstrom said. “I had just finished brushing my teeth, and set my toothpaste
down to turn up the volume on the speakers. As soon as I did this, my
toothpaste launched across the room, and I knew it had to be George.”
Whether you choose
to believe these stories or not, what the residents of this house believe is
simple — we’re not the only ones here. Every five or so years, a new group of
people moves in, but as long as this house stands, another presence will be felt.
Joseph Wenberg is
a sophomore in public relations. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.