Because the Coquille Broiler is open every day, the COAST GHOST Paranormal Research team had to go in on their least busy night, a Sunday - December 18
, 2011. We almost never investigate on a Sun night.
The Coquille Broiler was originally a bank, the Farmers Mercantile, built in 1910. During WWII it served as a hospital, the one basement as a morgue. The hospital moved to another location and the ground floor was divided into 3 sections, as was the basement. One section became the Bird Cage bar and the front section became the cafe`.
We were invited in because of the numerous reports of spirits. The cook has her hair pulled, waitresses see a gentleman (they call him Fred) sitting at a table in the cafe`, bar patrons see a lady & child in period costume walking in the front door ... and a possible bank robber in the basement. Other reports came from the apt residents upstairs.
Our NV cameras, and all but one contact session (in the cafe` we spoke with 'Fred') were done in the basements, especially the one that had been a morgue. We reached all the reported spirits - the mother & child, who were not related. The child, a boy, had died of TB in the hospital - he had fun playing with the K2's. We met a former bank manager who remained to look over the place. And finally, near the closed off back stairs in the coal chute basement, we met the bank robber who told us he was just visiting.
A couple days later, Deni, a retired librarian, called me (I was in a bubble bath) to excitedly tell me: On Dec 18, 1928, an escaped convict. Marion, and his buddy robbed the bank behind the Farmer's Mercantile, came out in the alley meeting a teller from the FM near the back steps, then high-tailed it by car into Coquille where they got lost. On foot they tried to run into a gully and the mean bank robber, Marion, was killed.