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Songs and Stories
     June 17, 2019      #2C-168 SsK
 
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The Pratt House at 228 E. River St., probably erected in the 1880s and purchased by Edwin Pratt in 1903, was showing its age when this photo was taken in the 1960s. Uninhabited from the early 1920s onward, the ornate building was considered to be a “haunted house” by a generation of local youngs

The haunted house that wasn't really haunted 

By Jack Klasey
jwklasey@comcast.net


For at least a generation of kids growing up in Kankakee, the building at 228 E. River St. was believed to be inhabited by ghosts, goblins and other apparitions. It wasn’t officially declared to be home to scary spirits, however, until the Kankakee Jaycees used it to stage their Halloween haunted house event for several years in the mid-1970s.

Commonly referred to as “the haunted house,” the ornately decorated two-story wooden building was also known as the Pratt House, named for the family that had owned it since early in the 20th century.

By Jack Klasey
jwklasey@comcast.net


For at least a generation of kids growing up in Kankakee, the building at 228 E. River St. was believed to be inhabited by ghosts, goblins and other apparitions. It wasn’t officially declared to be home to scary spirits, however, until the Kankakee Jaycees used it to stage their Halloween haunted house event for several years in the mid-1970s.

Commonly referred to as “the haunted house,” the ornately decorated two-story wooden building was also known as the Pratt House, named for the family that had owned it since early in the 20th century.

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The Pratt House at 228 E. River St., probably erected in the 1880s and purchased by Edwin Pratt in 1903, was showing its age when this photo was taken in the 1960s. Uninhabited from the early 1920s onward, the ornate building was considered to be a “haunted house” by a generation of local youngs

Jack Klasey
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