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America's First Documented Case of Spiritual Possession

Called "America's first documented case of spiritual posession," the "Watseka Wonder" is the name given to the strange case of the possession of a young Lurancy Vennum by the spirit of Mary Roff, the daughter of a founder of the small town of Watseka.

Roff Home Reopens for Paranormal Investigations

After a 14-month hiatus, Roff Home reopened its doors to paranormal investigations and ghost hunts on December 1, 2016. Four-hour and eight-hour investigations are available.

If your group is interested in booking time in the home, please contact John by phone or text at (773) 949-6650 or by email at

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Roff Home Restoration: Call for Bids

Roff Home, a Victorian Italianate brick home built completed in 1868, is currently undergoing extensive renovation and restoration work. Financing was put in place in August 2016, and the owner is soliciting bids from contractors interested in working on the home and helping to restore it to its former glory.

If you or someone you know would be interested in bidding on any of these projects, please download the scope of work below and then contact the owner at (773) 949-6650 or by email at to discuss. Contractors may bid on all or part of any listed scope of work.

The home will be open to contractors by appointment only on Saturdays and Sundays from September 11 to September 25. All bids must be received by October 1, 2016. Work must be completed by May 2017.



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