MORRISONVILLE - Gordon R. "Gordie" Little loves a good ghost story. He loves them so much, he's compiled some of his favorites based on local phenomena in his first book, "Ghosts of Clinton County."
The 158-page paperback book, recently published by North Country Books, Utica, chronicles occurrences throughout the county and in places beyond such as Willsboro, Lake Placid, Crown Point and Saranac Lake. Many of the tales found in Little's book come from stories he's heard personally from people since his career in radio broadcasting more than 20 years ago. However, some come from experience Little himself has had.
"I began writing ghost stories that happened in houses here in Morrisonville, including my own house, and it just branched out," said Little.
The home Little and his wife, Kaye, own on State Route 22B is the subject of his first chapter, "Ghosts in Our House." The chapter gives a background to the former owners of their house, including the April 1956 drowning of a young boy named Vincent Olsen who lived there at the time of his death. The story mentions strange happenings once the Littles purchased the home, including the eery sound of a woman sobbing, and televisions mysteriously changing channels by themselves.
"It's really an interesting read whether you believe in this sort of stuff or not," said Little.
Another mysterious tale is found in a chapter titled "Spirit Piano Teacher and Other Sarah Tales." In that chapter, Little tells the story of the Sarah Alexander, a woman from Plattsburgh who grew up in Willsboro. Part of the story revolves around Alexander's childhood, in which she, her mother and her five siblings lived with her aunt Louise, whom they affectionately referred to as "Aunt Lou-eezy."
It was after the death of Alexander's aunt that the story unfolds. Aunt Louise loved to play the piano, the story reads, and after her passing, Alexander became enamored with her aunt's piano. Though her uncle Mike, Louise's husband, no longer wished to hear the sounds of the piano and locked it following Louise's death, Alexander found a way to unlock the piano and teach herself to play based on the memory of hearing her aunt years before.