Farrar School August 2012

On Saturday August 4th, 8 members of MVP and one guest set out to
revisit the Farrar school near Altoona, IA.  Our previous visit had
turned out some good results, including the sighting of an apparition.
We were excited to get back there and see what else the school had to
offer.  Present were members Steve, Becky, Stephanie, Terry, Chris,
Diana, Andrea, Bryce, and guest.

History:  To be brief, Farrar school was built in 1921 and opened in
1922 as an institution to incorporate several of the one-room rural
school houses in the area.   It started out as a high school, until a
new separate school was built.  It then became and elementary school
until it’s closing in 2002.  It had became known as the Washington
incorporated school district.  While in operation, the school was a
centerpiece of the town where many events were held.  The school had
recently been purchased by Nancy Oliver and her husband in an attempt
to revive the old school to host various events.  While walking in the
gymnasium one day, Nancy was startled by the sight of the apparition
of a young boy standing near the top of the steps.  The school was
later visited out of the blue by two women one of which claimed to be
psychic.  After going through the school, the woman spoke of several
spirits of children that were still hanging around.  She had recorded
the first EVPs captured in the school, and can be heard on the Farrar
school website(www.hauntingatfarrar.com).  There is only a couple of
confirmed deaths at the school, one of which was a boy.  It is
uncertain as to how they died.  Later the school became the subject of
vicious rumors of sexual abuses said to have been performed by a
former custodian and principal.  Their names will be not be given due
to family members that are still alive in the area.  Once again,
nothing has been confirmed when it comes to this.

Walk-thru:     The team was met by Seth, a member of CCPI who does all
of the tours at the school.  He has conducted several investigations
of the school, each time producing some fantastic evidence.  We were
given a short walk-thru and told of some new happenings in areas that
were not previously active.  This included the sighting of an
apparition in a second floor classroom which has been nick-named the
“possession room”.  The reason for this name is a member of another
paranormal group had suddenly been taken over by something and began
screaming at those in attendance to leave the school.  While doing
this walk-thru a few members of the group had reported activity
already happening.  The feeling of cold spots and strange drafts were
among the preliminary activity.  While readying equipment Becky and
Steve were met by a knocking on a window sill.  Steve had attempted
communication, and many knocks in response to his questioning had
occurred, followed by the sound of a doorknob being jiggled.

Investigation:      The group had set out equipment which included
several DVR cameras, digital recorders, motion trip wires, and a
series of 5 EM pumps set in a gauntlet formation in the third floor
hallway.  The electro-magnetic pumps were used in such a fashion as to
create a vortex of energy for any and all present spirits to use in
order to create more intense activity.  With the many reported
sightings of apparitions in the school, this technique seemed
perfectly logical in theory.  The group then split into smaller groups
to focus on key areas of the school.  Activity was frequent early on,
but tapered off in the later hours, as seems to be the norm for this
property.  There were several personal experiences reported along with
many EVPs including a couple of class A recordings.  There was one
quite strange phenomenon that occurred several times throughout the
night.  The group uses walkie-talkie radios to communicate with one
another.  Several times a child’s voice keyed up on the radio.  At
first it was thought that this was just outside interference, but
later seemed to be intelligent responses as to what we were doing.  A
couple of these incidents were recorded on DVR.  Once again this
school did not disappoint.  4 shadow apparitions were seen throughout
the night in various areas, lots of bumps and bangs, whispers,
breaths, disembodied voices, and footsteps were among the activity

Personal Experiences: Diana- air going by her as she was standing by
one of the classrooms on the third floor.  While walking up to third
floor from second floor heard squeaky shoes running up behind me.
When I turned around there was nobody there.  Then I heard a pinging
noise from the other end of the hallway.  Saw a shadow block out lazer
grid in 3rd floor classroom.
Terry- Heard a pinging noise from classroom across the hall on 3rd
floor.  Also saw a shadow of what looked like an adolescent male move
across the windows of a classroom on the third floor.
Steve-  While in the gym with Terry, I had walked near the locker room
and felt a cold spot that seemed to radiate around me.  My ears then
began to ring.  When in the stage room with Andrea, I had been doing
some minor provoking in an attempt to get the spirit of a former
principal to show himself.  I had felt dizzy, and what felt like icy
fingers running down the back of my neck.  Becky and I while setting
out equipment were met by something tapping on the window sill in the
stairwell.  When asked questions, whatever this was responded with
taps, then jiggled a doorknob on the door leading to the second floor.
Terry, Bryce, and myself were coming down the stairs from the third
floor to go to the main floor.  I was the first one down, and as I
reached the second floor I saw what looked like a solid black,
three-dimensional, full-bodied shadow apparition standing in the
hallway looking into a classroom.  At first I had thought that it was
another investigator.  I looked back up the stairs to see if the
others were coming.  When I looked back the apparition was gone.  I
called out for Chris, as he and our guest were on this floor.  He came
out of the very same classroom I had seen the shadow standing in front
of.  I asked him if he was standing in the hallway at the time, and he
said no that he had been in that room for quite sometime but did hear
noises coming from the hallway and noticed the hallway growing darker
outside the classroom door but thought it was his eyes playing tricks
on him.  Evidently not.  Later while taking a break to go outside and
smoke, I had re-entered the building and looked up the front steps to
the second floor and was startled to see another full-bodied black
shadow apparition of what looked like a young boy just staring at me.
If I had to guess, it was about 4′ tall, but could make out no
features.  Both of the shadow apparitions I saw would be like seeing a
person dressed in all black clothing standing at the end of a hallway,
but these were only a few feet from me.  I did not stay to chat, I had
just did a double-take to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing and
took off to the main office to get the others.  When we returned the
apparition of the boy was gone.  A camera was set in the area, but the
wall had blocked out where the boy was standing which was on steps a
couple of steps from the top.  I had also seen some bright light orbs
in second floor classroom with Bryce. Also while in the same classroom
saw the shadow of a head move across the window headed toward Bryce.
Steph- Felt something brush across her arm outside one of the
classrooms.  Witnessed shadow blocking out lazer grid in 3rd floor
Bryce- Heard several disembodied voices when investigating in the gym.
When on the second floor investigating with Terry, had heard kids
screaming.  Had seen red light orbs in second floor classroom, and
witnessed the same shadow Terry did on the third floor.
Becky- Felt static electricity on her head in the stage room.
Witnessed intelligent responses through tapping and doorknob jiggling
with Steve.  Witnessed bright pinpoint light orbs in second floor
classroom.  Had seen shadows block out window in one of the classrooms
as well.

Conclusion:  Once again the Farrar school had lived up to its
reputation of being incredibly haunted and active.  The EM pumps
seemed to do the trick ramping up the available energy and and
activity.  If we had to guess why this school is haunted, it would
have to do with the fact that it is one of the only still standing
structures of the old defunct town of Farrar, IA.  Since it was a
center-point of the community, and a place for holding many events the
residual energies from the past remained.  As for the intelligent
spirits that remain in the school, this was a place that was either
one of the best times in their lives or one of the worst.  They could
be here to tell anyone their story, or just still having fun.  The
overall atmosphere seems to be playful, but there is a more ominous
presence there, that gives off a bad vibe when he is around.  Some
believe it is the former principal, or maybe the former Janitor whom
was rumored to have committed abuses here.  Who it really is, we don’t
know.  Nor do we know if the rumors of abuses are true or not.  Could
just be a legend handed down from year to year, decades old.  Maybe
one day we will know.  Until then, the spirits of children and faculty
remain as if it were just another school day.


7 39PM whisper during walkthrough taken from video camera

7 58PM Pricipal’s office Hey whisper during walk through

9 09PM child Hey Everyone DVR in Principal’s office

9 10PM Child over Walkie DVR in Principal’s Office

9 12PM Child voice (nappy hoes)then Steph over Walkie

9 47PM chris and Emily hear something

12 45AM change or something like that


child voice


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very faint child voiceenh

voice over mine


12 33AM breath with no one around from principal’s office