The Way I See It

Ghosts among us?



Halloween is this Friday and we all think about scary things – goblins, vampires and ghosts.

Ask folks if they believe in them and some may admit it. Others not so much.

I thought I’d share my experience of a ghostly nature.

For those of us who have spent late nights at the Pleasanton Express, there are a few who will corroborate my story of a ghost who frequents our office.

We may not know who it is, but we affectionately call it “Wally” after owner/ publisher Wally Daetwyler. Daetwyler owned the Express from 1951 until the Wilkersons bought it from his widow, Ruth, in 1975. Wally died in 1974. Late at night when all you can hear is the ticking hands of the clock and chatter on the scanner I can sometimes hear a squeaking chair – much like the old metal army type chairs when someone leans way back.

I also have a weird calculator. It will go off by itself.

The roll of paper will keep advancing through the plastic feed with a steady column of zeroes. Did I mention that it is turned OFF?

Yeah. Spooky.

When this happens (and sometimes I’m not by myself) but when I am, I simply say “Okay, Wally. We are good. Everything is fine.” That usually stops the noise.

We have had a paranormal group come visit our office as well. Nothing showed up that night, though.

Another group has contacted us again.

The way I see it, believe it or not. It doesn’t matter to me. I know that I have had encounters with these apparitions. So far, so good.

Happy Halloween to allbe safe!

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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