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Vance Pollock

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McMackin House, Salem, IL
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:18:33 PM »
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How do you “haunt” an already haunted house? “For if there is a single place in the city of Salem that qualifies as ‘most haunted’, it is, without a doubt, the McMackin House” according to Troy Taylor, author of Haunted Illinois.

A chilling experience awaits those intrepid souls brave enough to enter the 2009 “Nightmare On Broadway” Haunted House at 413 North Broadway Avenue in Salem, Illinois.

Unlike the typical Halloween attractions which crop up in October, this particular haunt takes place in a widely acclaimed “real” haunted house – not in the pretty rooms upstairs, but deep in the bowels of the spooky basement.

Mayor Charles Lincoln McMackin Sr.—proprietor of a funeral business established by his father in 1860—built the McMackin House in 1910. Generations of McMackin’s have lived (and died) in the home over the last century. Documented investigations by two professional “ghost hunter” teams – as well as abundant local accounts – suggest the McMackin family still inhabit the place.

You just might have an eerie encounter with Aunt Helen, a “prankster” by nature who died 44 years ago; or perhaps catch a glimpse of Little Matthew, who succumbed to influenza in 1915; or Matthew’s mother Mary Belle, who tragically lost her life a few months later when her hair caught fire.

Come see for yourself the annual event that attracts Halloween thrill seekers and genuine ghost hunters. Expect a “great show” brought to you by the Salem Community Theatre, and, if you’re especially alert, perhaps the lingering spirits that refuse to leave the McMackin family estate.
I stumbled across this one while researching the connection of an Asheville family to the McMackins. When Chester P. Munroe, Jr. died in a training flight in Colorado in 1943, records indicate that his remains were delivered to his mother in care of Mrs. C.L. McMackin. There was initially the question of whether the McMackins were relatives of the Davenport and McFarren families of Salem, IL, who were Munroe's grandparents.

As the citation above indicates, the McMackins were proprietors of the local funeral home and in such capacity were listed in records as receivers of the body.
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