By Judy Berman
Unsuspecting diners sometimes discover that more than food awaits them at their favorite haunts.
Alcoholic beverages were supplied to railroad workers and townspeople who stopped in at the first tavern in Euclid, New York.
Now, spirits of a different sort are at the Euclid Restaurant, which was first built in 1817 at the corner of Route 31 and Morgan Road.
A manager at the restaurant, Joyce Wall, told me years ago of the stories surrounding her workplace.
“Different bartenders had bartended here on nights alone, and they swear they hear chairs dragging across the floor that’s upstairs over the bar,” she said.
“Some of them have been petrified to go and look.”
Wall says it was hard for her to believe that she’d be scared and thought maybe she’s imagining things.
Still, she can’t explain the eerie feelings.
“One bartender said he won’t look in the mirror downstairs because he swears that when he closed up one night that he saw the spirit going through the main dining room. He would not ever look in the mirror again.”
Wall said she never experienced anything physically.
“Just an eerie feeling late at night once in a while if I happen to go in.
“Something seems to go up my spine and – ooh – it was like ‘I want to get out of this room!’ It’s like a cold chill,” Wall shivered as she told of her experience.
She’s not the only to be rattled by the unexplained noises and sights. Steve Bolster, who worked as a dishwasher at the Euclid in 1991, said he also heard chairs being dragged across the floor. He attributes the stories to a ghost he called Jezebel.
“People have said they’ve heard her crying because she’s waiting for her fiance. He died on his way here. They were going to get married,” Bolster said.
“They’ve seen her walk across the dining room, up the street outside. They’ve seen her running thru the woods.”
Not all sightings are scary. Some make you chuckle, like the resident ghost at an inn in Elbridge that was built in the 1830s.
Weber’s Wayside owner Fred Weber said in 1991 that he suspected Harry hung around after he died to watch over his wife who worked there. Then, Harry just never left.
Why did he think Weber’s (now known as Wayside Irish Pub) was haunted?
“Lights going on and off. Furniture being moved upstairs. We’ve had a couple people actually see the spirit … in this dining room.”
Harry’s appearances usually happened in the morning.
“Everybody meets here for coffee,” Weber said.
“One day, (Harry) came out. All of a sudden I heard: ‘Where’s my coffee?’ Everybody stopped and looked.”
“Again: ‘Where’s my coffee?’ ”
Harry “actually wanted to join them,” Weber chuckled.
While some diners and staff members have been startled and scared by the ghost, Weber said “they’re just wild about Harry.”
The interviews for these stories were done in 1991 when I was a reporter at WHEN-AM radio in Liverpool, New York. I really enjoyed talking to these folks, and apologize if I’ve misspelled any of their names.
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you have a non-gory ghost story to share?
Main Photo: Moon – Lunar Corona. Taken July 26, 2007. Author: Wing-Chi Poon. (Corona around the moon is due to diffraction by the clouds.) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/dc/Lunar_Corona.jpg/640px-Lunar_Corona.jpg
Photo: Haunted – The Old Hall, Fairies by Moonlight – circa 1875. Author: John Anster Fitzgerald https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/The_Old_Hall%2C_Fairies_by_Moonlight.jpg/662px-The_Old_Hall%2C_Fairies_by_Moonlight.jpg
Photo: Spooky Windows. Taken Dec. 28, 2009. Author: Colin Smith. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Spooky_Windows%5E_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1636717.jpg
Link: Haunted – Wayside Irish Pub, Elbridge, New York – http://www.waysideirishpub.com/haunted.html