|Reported in 1927.
Russell Vannoy, Bryan Kendall, John Harris, Charley Harris, Jennie Cottrell, Harley
Vannoy, Lula Metz, Ermal Metz, and Monnie Vannoy were visiting the Gideon
Godfrey house Saturday night to see a ghost.
To their surprise it was waiting to receive guests. Russell and Bryan first saw it
come around the corner of the house. They tried to get hold of it and at that
moment it disappeared from sight while the rest of the gang were trembling with
fear and thinking of home.
Russell and Bryan went around the house looking for it and at that time the rest of
the crowd ventured on the porch and in another moment it was seen by them all.
Then there was screaming and jumping. Russell and Bryan took one more look for
the mysterious spirit or ghost and to their disappointment, nothing was to be
Then there was a loud scream from an upper chamber of the house.
Every one then thought of home and mother.
Russell Vannoy led down the run with the others bringing up the rear, all at a
breakneck speed, or in other words they set the run on fire. On arriving at the
home of F. H. Vannoy they told the ghost story.
Francis Vannoy was so scared he did not sleep any during the night. Monnie
reached home first. The gang did not believe in ghost, but they are convinced
NOTE: This event occurred up the first tributary on the left off Mikes Run. It is
commonly known as the "Gid Holler" or the "Gid Godfrey Holler."
lived on Mikes Run a short distance above where the "Gid Holler" puts into Mikes
Run. The Vannoy home is presently the residence of Clarence "Buddy" and Lydia
Mae Harris, children of Alva and Delphia Dobbins Harris. - Norma Knotts Shaffer