(A response to a series on the supposed haunted house on Washington Street.)



To the editor:

I am William H. Krapfel, third in a line of Bill Krapfels: son to William D., and grandson to William R. — the man who was purportedly thumping about his old home on 409 E. Washington — the man whose eldest daughter was supposedly locked out of sight in a back room, — the man whose mother, it is now hinted, may have died of suspicious circumstances — perhaps at the hand of her husband.

Now it is true that my Great Grandmother, Olive Amanda Krapfel, died an untimely death, but prior to these current rumors, we had never heard any hint, private or public, that the cause of her death was in any respect different than reported on her certificate of death and in the Iowegian in 1891.

It is also true that my father’s younger sister, Olive Louise, suffered from disease, required a good deal of care, and passed away at the age of nine. A good many pictures of her have survived, and all attest to what we as a family have always known: that she had been an attractive, well-cared-for young girl throughout her short life.

In the case of William R., I need no pictures or family lore to assist me, for I knew and loved the man well. It would be difficult to imagine a more ideal grandfather . . . or a less likely candidate for ghost-hood.

He and my grandmother were both eminently sensible, while supremely content. They adored one another and all their family. They loved and were comfortable with business, their church, their country club, their stately home, their beautiful garden, and their community.

My grandfather loved hunting, fishing, bridge, good food and drink, entertainment and friendship, business and real estate, travel and progress, and a fine cigar. And though he indeed became an amputee in the very twilight of his life, he and my grandmother had just completed a round-the-world cruise — emblematic of his very full life.

I’m afraid that anyone truly wishing to understand whatever has occurred at 409 E. Washington since my grandmother’s sale of the house would be better rewarded in searching for explanations elsewhere.



Bill Krapfel

Penn Valley, California

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