Haunted Sweet Memories
The staff at Sweet
Memories affectionately call their ghost
"Harriet" as they believe it may be the ghost of
Harriet Van Allen who lived in the house from
1869 till she met an untimely demise in 1871 at
age 44. Harriet is not a malicious ghost
but has been a bit un-nerving at times.
Some of her antics include:
Frequently opening & closing the
front door & occasionally the back door.
Sometimes small objects at Sweet
Memories get rearranged.
One time a noodle came flying
through the air in the kitchen & landed on the floor. Since the
staff wasn't cooking noodles that day they have no clue where the
noodle came from.
Another time near Halloween a
small scarecrow table decoration fell over all on it's own on an
unoccupied table while
Cindy Merx, owner of Sweet Memories, was reciting stories about
Harriet to the Parkland Paranormal Society. This event was
witnessed by six people including Gene Carroll.
One day Harriet did not like a
table cloth that had been put on one of the tables & kept removing &
putting it in the floor while the staff was busy with other
projects. After four or five times of replacing the table cloth
Cindy told them that apparently Harriet didn't like it & to put a
different table cloth on the table. That one stayed on.
Another time the upstairs tenant
asked Cindy if she had been there late baking cookies the night
before as he had smelled cookies baking all night. She had not been
there the night before.
One time the staff was
discussing ghosts & one of them stated how they didn't believe in
ghosts. At that time a can of Mandarin oranges flew out of the open
kitchen cabinet & landed directly at the skeptic's feet.
A shadow person was observed
running through the dining room in Sweet Memories.
There are more stories but you
will need to contact Cindy about them.........
Parkland Paranormal Society
28 October 2006
On October 28th, 2006 members of the Parkland
Paranormal Society met at Sweet Memories Sandwich & Ice Cream Shop along with
Potosi resident Gene Carroll for a ghost hunt. Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner
as Cindy Merx, Owner/Proprietor, filled them in on the history of the house including
Harriet it's resident ghost. During the storytelling Harriet made her presence known
by knocking over a small scarecrow table decoration at an unoccupied table.
After the restaurant closed for the evening the ghost hunt
began. One of the paranormal investigators saw something & another felt a very
strong presence. Also some temperature fluctuations were recorded. After
the ghost hunt the paranormal investigators walked down the street to visit the old City
Cemetery along with the adjoining Presbyterian & Masonic Cemeteries.
Missouri Paranormal Research
Investigation 19 May 2007
Memories ghost hunt was conducted by Missouri Paranormal Research (MPR)
~ a dedicated, experienced group of ghost hunters from St. Louis. They have done
many investigations in various Missouri locations &
have been featured in numerous publications, radio
& tv talk shows & have made several documentary films about the paranormal.
These films will be featured on TV on the Sci-Fi & Discovery Channels in the near
At left: The MPR Team - (front row) -
Ginny Clifton, Theresa, Esther Carroll, (second row) - Sandy Oates, (third row) - Tom
Halstead, Wade Baird, Laura Helbig, (back row) - Greg Myers, Steven LaChance & Elliot.
Also see the MPR Sweet
East side of Sweet Memories
Photographed the night of 29 Oct. 2007
By: Sherry Battreal
Mysterious green streak which some
believe to be ectoplasm. At left is the original
pic & at right is the same picture lightened to better
show the green streak.
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