Combing through the Graduate School archives reveals that Linton Hall may be home to more than you'd think. Happy Halloween!
Linton Hall is the oldest standing academic building on campus, and we're proud to call it home. We share suite 110 with the Graduate School Office of the Dean. The Graduate School and the College of Arts and Letters occupy the remainder of the building. In honor of Halloween, we'd like to share a piece from the Graduate School archives on the possible haunting of this beautiful building.
The following is an excerpt from the article "Long-time Linton Hall custodian bids farewell to friends...and friendly ghosts!" in the Spring 2000 issue of The Graduate Post newsletter, published by the Graduate School.
"Staff of the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Letters recently thanked Karon Wood and wished her well on her last day as head custodian of Linton Hall. The Graduate School moved into Linton Hall in 1995, but Karon has cared for the building for the past ten years...
"Karon said she will also miss some other occupants of the oldest academic building on campus, and she wasn't talking about the bats that hang out in Linton Hall's tower. "There are lots of ghosts," she said mater-of-factly. While she admists she has never actually seen the ghosts, she is sure they are keeping her company while working alone in the building late at night. "You know that feeling you get when someone's watching you?" Karon said she has felt them watch her and has heard them rustle past her. "I know they're here, but I know they're friendly," she said with a smile.
"Indeed, Linton Hall, built in 1881, is a good candidate for a haunted campus building. Only Cowles House (1857) is older. Linton Hall was originally built as a "library-museum" as documented by the limestone relief over its west doors. Its earliest inhabitant was the president [of] the State Agricultural College of Michigan, and on the first floor were a library and reading room. The scond floor originally housed an eclectic museum, lecture room, and a laboratory for the department of Zoology and Entomology. In 1969 the building was named in honor of alumnus and former Michigan State College Registrar Robert S. Linton.
"Like the oak floors and cast-iron ceiling tiles buried beneath today's rugs and plaster, there are many layers of history in Linton Hall, and surely Karon is not the first to sesne the ghosts that lurk there, too."
We asked the staff of the Graduate School, and no one reported seeing or sensing anything unusual in recent times. One staff member said he'd heard weird noises, but he "could not validate that they had come from extra-human sources." The ghosts declined to comment.
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