Haunted house is subject of talk

Woman shares tales of ghosts in presentation at Vita community

Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/9/22

Carol Roberts shared a perfect Halloween tale on Oct. 28 with residents at the age-restricted apartment community Vita in Littleton — an account of her time spent in an old white house in Chanute, …

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Haunted house is subject of talk

Woman shares tales of ghosts in presentation at Vita community

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Carol Roberts shared a perfect Halloween tale on Oct. 28 with residents at the age-restricted apartment community Vita in Littleton — an account of her time spent in an old white house in Chanute, a town in southwest Kansas, where she had several ghosts as housemates when she moved there in 2010.

Built in 1904-06, the house was named Sally Ann. Roberts said it contained 6,778 square feet on three floors — plus a basement with a bowling alley and an outside swimming pool.

Roberts’ parents were in a nursing home and she thought she’d buy an older house in the town and restore it while living in it.

“There were five ghosts: a man and a boy had been killed in the back yard when a tree fell on them. A girl who had worked for a previous owner remained as a ghost upstairs and a little girl had drowned in the swimming pool.” (I think a fifth spirit hung out on the third floor, but we didn’t have a story.)

Roberts said she consulted a spiritualist after she moved to Littleton and was told that a 100-year-old woman named Katherine (“just don’t call me Kate”) lived in the Kansas house now, but was also with her here often, very protective of Roberts. (In fact, Roberts felt certain Katherine was in the room at Vita for this meeting.)

Previously, Roberts had moved to a house where a woman had died, but didn’t pass over ... “I hired a ghost seeker,” Roberts said.

Roberts said she had lots of visitors at the old white house before she moved away in 2014.

In the Chanute house, there were wedding showers, birthday parties, class reunions, fundraisers of every kind.

She enlarged the kitchen to where it eventually had five ovens ...

She hosted a special Halloween party, where “streets were closed off and everyone helped to decorate the house. A friend gave away Cokes, guests brought candy and makings for a potluck dinner ...”

The surrounding porch was large enough to seat many guests at one time.

Her friends were sad when she sold that house. “I had lots of visitors, didn’t lock the doors ...” A photographer wanted to return after she’d moved out ...

The next-door neighbor was the editor of the local newspaper and interested in what transpired at her house ...

“I walked out of a movie one night and heard a voice saying: `This is not the town you should live in ...’”

She continued that feeling. Upset, she started looking at places to live after 65 and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, thinking “this is where I want to die ...”

Two years ago, Roberts moved to Vita in Littleton to be near family in the area, bringing her interests with her.

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