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ISSUE 121 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/26/2007

This Week in St. Olaf History

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, October 26, 2007

As the trees on Manitou turn yellow and the air becomes crisp, Oles anticipate Halloween celebrations and introduce newcomers to the infamous ghost stories of campus.

In 1950, Manitou Messenger writer U.B. Duped told a tale about the train tracks crossing St. Olaf Avenue. A Northfield man was notorious for playing an organ in a nearby building every night at the same time.

One strange night, the man took a walk and had a fateful accident with a crossing train. The man mysteriously disappeared, his estate was liquidated, and the organ was sold and stored in the new owner's attic.

Exactly a year after the fateful event, the organ suddenly began to play. The train crossed the tracks once again and the organ resonated with a loud chord and crescendo. The next morning, a mangled body appeared on the tracks.

As Halloween approaches, be wary of those alumni who may be making a return "visit" to campus.

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