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Probe: November 20, 2001

November 20, 2001

A SPOOKY NIGHT — You wanted to know about ghosts in the old Heber College. A group of us spent the evening before Halloween in the building to look for ghosts. There were six adults and four children. We held a seance.

They closed the old school on Halloween in 1952 and moved into the new Heber School.

Preston Arrow-Weed, a Quechan Indian, sang some songs in the Quechan language to bring good vibrations to the building before they moved it to Pioneers' Museum. There was a full moon.

It was spooky but we didn't see any ghosts. Other people have seen ghosts in the building. Portia Thompson, who donated the building and the land to the museum, said she saw ghosts in the building. That woman in Ocotillo said she saw a happy ghost.

I have been interviewing people who have lived in Heber for a long time. A woman who works at the drain pipe plant next to the school told me she saw a ghost when she was working a night shift.


Outside on a break, she looked up and saw a woman in the window. The woman matched the description of the woman seen by Portia Thompson during a seance in the old school. The woman was in her 20s with a serious look on her face. I think her sad look was somehow related to the baby.

The sight made the plant employee shiver so hard she had to go inside and drink a lot of hot coffee.

I have never seen a ghost but I might have heard one. I was walking with my mom past the old college one night when I heard a car door slam and then a baby cry. My mom heard it, too. We looked but we didn't see a car or a baby. — Spooked, Heber

We've been hoping somebody will tell us why the ghost of that sad woman and her baby are hanging around that old school. We also wonder if she will stay in the building when they move it to the museum. Maybe she'll hang around Heber and haunt any new building erected on the site.

THE BREAD CAPER — I breathed a sigh of relief when your deputy sheriff called in an explanation of why loaves of bread were found on La Brucherie Road. I understand about feeding bread to livestock but the livestock would not be walking on the road.

Why then would anybody be throwing bread on the road? I don't think we got the whole story here. — Online Reader, Northern California

You didn't read the deputy's explanation carefully. He stopped the pickup because loaves of bread were falling off the loaded truck. It was the truck, not the driver, casting bread upon the roadway.

CHICKENS IN THE YARD — I also knew Robert Lowther. He was a retired military man. He raised chickens in his back yard and was very nice. — Helpful, El Centro

Thank you. At Thanksgiving our thoughts turn to family. It must be tough to lose touch with important family members. Mr. Lowther died Feb. 2, 1998, in Imperial County.

We hope his daughter Robette is reading PROBE online or some of you are emailing her to let her know what we are turning up. Again, her email address is We think the nc in the address means she lives in North Carolina.

You also can call us on our PROBE line at 337-3448.

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