Case File

Hassler Tavern [CASE FILE]

Hassler Tavern [CASE FILE]

DATE: August 22-23, 2015

TEAM: Gary, JC, Heidi & Judy

Homeowner experienced a full body apparition while renovating.   He spoke with the NewsTribune about this experience.

“I was watching the hockey game, it was like midnight, and I was sitting in the front room,” Wherzyn said of his first ghostly experience. “All of a sudden a spirit came up and floated right through the floor. I said ‘What’s your name?’ and she said ‘My name is Bridgette Dubois.’”

Wherzyn said he left the room and when he returned other spirits had entered.

His house, the historic Hassler Tavern, was built in the early 1800s by Henry Hassler, and could have been originally used as either a home or a tavern, according to the building plans listed on the Library of Congress website.

Wherzyn, who is from Orland Park, said he believes his home was once used as a stage coach stop in the 1800s and a speak-easy during the 1920s, and plans to have parties and dances for his friends as soon as he finishes his renovations.  – LaSalle Newstribune – 9/11/15

The home, built in the mid 1800’s, seemed to be the most active location on the property which also included several outbuildings.  A barn, dated to the 1800s with the home.  Two large metal pole buildings, a chicken coup, and an old pig barn.  We spent our time between the old barn and the home.

From the Library of Congress:

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Listen to Audio captured at Hassler Tavern.  All activity was captured using ghostbox or echovox.


Gary captured this photo in the old barn.  We believe there is a shadow person forming.

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Additionally, we were originally perplexed by this video… which we happened to catch this as it was unfolding on the DVR.

It was a spider.  We came out and saw it dangling from the camera.



JC Phillips

May 2nd, 2016

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  1. Craig Martinkus says:

    My name is Craig Martinkus. My family owned the Hassler home for the last 60+ years and sold it to Ray in 2011. That was my great grandpa Mose that the old records speak of. There is a lot of our family history in that house and property, from my grandmother growing up there even married in the front yard, to the spirit Paul who is a past relative. The history is lengthy, intriguing, and some tragic . If you want the best resource for history on this property feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch with my mother who at age today of 79 grew up there and has probably the best and last account of the history here.

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