Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Things that go Bump in the Night

Tis the season to write about the ghostly hauntings of Catasauqua, except I don't know alot of them, well I know a few, but their personal ones, and I will share them eventually.  It's the more well known ones I would like to tell about.

Actually one supposed haunting is that of Dery Lounge located at Fifth and Pine Streets.  The 56 room Mansion was home to Desiderius George Dery, who was born in Baja, Hungary. He was well educated and graduated from Vienna's St. Mary's Academy with a bachelor of arts degree.  Along with his classical education went a degree from the Vienna Textile Academy. It was here that he first became interested in silk manufacturing.

Knowing that the rigid class system of his native land was not the best route to economic mobility, Dery decided to take his skills to America. So in 1887 he arrived in the bustling silk mill town of Paterson, N.J. He arrived in Catasauqua in 1897.  This is where his fortune started, but many years later, due to World War I, and the Great Depression, this is where it was lost.  Although he retained ownership of his mansion, Dery could no longer afford to live in his dream castle.  He and his daughter Helen moved across the street to a smaller frame house. (There is a rumored unground tunnel between the houses.)

Troubled by a bad heart, on March 3, 1942, D. George Dery left Catasauqua and was taken to his daughter's and son-in-law's Bethlehem home. On Sunday morning, March 5, he died at the age of 75.

Is it his ghosts that haunts the hallowed halls of Dery Mansion?  It was reported in the Catty Press that the ghost of a little girl has been seen and workers are scared to work their.  Hmmmm.  It was reported that the new owner has called in some paranormal investigators (who you gonna call!)

Well, I will be on the lookout for any ghost and goblins this month.  My favorite holiday is Halloween so I will share some facts and folklore in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you see me creeping in your backyard, you know it's just.........another day in Catasauqua.