Lost Macon County
722 West Wood, Decatur
The Wiswell - Bachrach Home
CITY'S BUSIEST BOULEVARD HAS "GHOST HOUSE" IN OLD DWELLING STANDING EMPTY AND DISMANTLED
Old Bachrach Home, 722 West Wood Street, Had Been Wrecked Inside and Out By Vandals and Thieves
The finest specimen of ruination and vandalism ever seen in Decatur in a neighborhood
where residence property as rule is maintained in presentable condition is the dwelling 722 West Wood
Minus door and windows, porch floor and steps leading to porches falling in decay, it
is small wonder that school children gaze in terror at the great staring dark spaces shout "ghost!" to
frighten small companions and then go lickety-split to get out of the neighborhood, a block away breathlessly
asking as they pause, "Did you see that thing at the upstairs window?"
There is not a small _ in the territory south and west of the old house that does not
know that it is a ghost house.
True it is that so called ghostly noises sometimes are heard within the house. Visit the
place, make an inspection of the old house and you may hear the noises. Noises created by your own
weight as you wander from one vacant room to another, perhaps occasionally stumbling over the unnoticed
loose board, a piece of broken pipe or unattached fixture from another portion of the house. Large
rooms, high ceilings what reverberations follow the falling _ so small a bit as a _ and these sounds
heard by passing children are charged to ghosts and the race for life begins.
There are not half dozen unbroken panes of glass in all the windows. They are not
to be seen at a glance. They are found and counted only after a search. Outer doors are missing or
hanging partly unhinged, so that the elements have free sweep of the interior and what havoc thus
has been wrought.
For many months such conditions have offered for its destruction. Hard wood floors
water soaked have become warped and disconnected so that tours of inspection necessitate a certain
degree of care to avoid falls.
NOTHING VALUABLE LEFT
But the truth is that nothing of value that was detachable remains. All pipe connections
installed by plumbers have been torn loose from their fastenings and carried away. At best the thieves
realized a bit of junk. The value of property destroyed was many times greater than the pittance which
certainly involved toilsome effort to acquire.
For the bit of bad pipe to be had from the bath tub, the tub was overturned and dragged
from its moorings, washbowls were torn from the wall and broken into small pieces. Radiators have been
overturned and stripped of everything that had a suggestion of the color of brass. Except that it may
be value as kindling nothing remains that might have been carried away.
OLD BACHRACH HOME
All rooms are littered with bits of broken glass, that is easy to understand, the
small boy supplied with a good sling shot or a pocket filled with rocks simply could not resist the
delight of the crash which told his aim had been true. All he got out of his contribution to the
ruin was noise, but he expected nothing more than that and was satisfied if he escaped detection.
A dozen or more years ago, the house was a dwelling place of the family of the
late Henry Bachrach. Long since the property passed from that family.
Before utter ruination of the house began, real estate speculators had come to
recognize it as mere trading property. Its size and the neighborhood for a time gave it a false
value in trading, but at last it came to be a liability instead of an asset for the individual in
whom the _ was vested.
PHOTO (which is impossible to make out): Caption:
These pictures are of the "ghost house," the old Bachrach home at 722 West Wood
street which, standing empty for several months has been dismantled and wrecked by vandals who
have stolen everything they could sell.
The interior since all doors and windows have been destroyed is at the mercy of
the elements and the prey of vandals who have looted the place of everything that would yield
a few dimes when sold as junk.
Decatur Herald, 15 May 1927
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