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Former Location of Holy Family Hospital

La Porte, Indiana

Located near St. Joseph’s Church is the former Holy Family Hospital. During the Civil War, it was used as a hospital for wounded Union soldiers. Today, many see men dressed in Civil War uniforms walking around the neighborhood.

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Tom Griswald says:

June 17, 2006, 12:45 pm

I live right a block away from it.

Tom Griswald says:

June 17, 2006, 12:46 pm

My friends and I are visiting it tonight

shelby nichols says:

July 8, 2006, 12:42 pm

I am moving there in 20 days!!! wow. i didnt know it was haunted. this should be interesting?

Denise says:

October 17, 2006, 10:57 pm

Simply not true.

pooo says:

January 18, 2007, 2:43 pm

lo

TEIA says:

February 1, 2007, 5:17 pm

I LIVE AROUND THERE AND NEVER HEARD OF SUCH

KAYLEIGH says:

August 7, 2007, 1:58 pm

thats really awesome i might go visit that place!

cindy says:

August 12, 2007, 2:10 am

lived in laporte all my life and have never heard or seen anything like what i just read about.

bilabro says:

September 2, 2007, 2:20 am

yeah its all true. I saw a civil war vet roll up on tha set in a ’64 impala on 22’s and ask aome ho where his moneys was !!

Bobbi says:

January 25, 2008, 5:35 am

My Grandmother and Step Grandfather owned a house that was directly across from the main entrance back in the 60’s-late 70’s. It also had an upstairs apartment and a barber shop down stairs. My step Grandfather commited suicide in the barber shop chair one night.It was later turned into a kitchen. I never forgot that! My Mom had to help clean up after it sense my Grandma was so distraught. Mom always complained that when it rained you could smell that horrible smell still in those old tiles! In the late 70’s my Mother bought the home from Grandma and lived there.I stayed every summer with her until I got married. She and a lot of my family worked in the Hospital and an uncle Died there. I was searching for things in the LaPorte area just to go down memory lane and found this. I don’t know about the old Holy Family Hospital grounds being haunted but that house sure was! I wonder if it still stands? I cannot remember the address! Any one want to tell me how that neighborhood looks now? Anything where the old hospital stood? Or is it still standing? Would LOVE to see pictures! I am about 7 hours away now and miss it.

Jon says:

March 6, 2008, 1:14 am

Hospital is gone. There are single story duplexes there now. Most other houses around it are still there. I was born there in 61. It was also called E street Hospital by some. I know there was a barber around the back on 2nd st. He’s still there. I am not sure the structure I remember being there existed during the civil war. There were civil war camps west of town. Don’t know if they were prisoner camps or not though.

Katie Nichols says:

August 4, 2008, 3:47 pm

I live in this house. There has been things happen in the house on and off in the first year we moved in, but unexplainable events rarely happen now. Weird things started to happen when a wiji board was first used in this house by me and my friends. I ended up burning it because of the terrifying dreams I had. We have never seen soldiers outside, but one night a year ago my friend and I were watching tv in the living room late at night and we heard what seemed to be multiple shots fired at once and shells hitting the ground. That happened one more time after that and when we went outside the roads were empty and everyone was in their houses.

Calico Jane says:

October 16, 2008, 1:04 pm

Holy Family Hospital is in no way connected with the building known as the “Civil War Hospital”. Holy Family was located in the 200 block of E Street. The “Civil War Hospital” is located near St.Joseph Church. It was originally a residence owned (but apparently not lived in) by Meinrad Rumely. St. Joseph Church was established in 1858, and shortly afterward, a school was established. Meinrad Rumely allowed the home to be used as a school until the first St. Joseph School was built in 1863. The home was later used as a convalescent home for returning Civil War soldiers. It is not haunted, and none of the (previous) residents have ever reported it to be so.

Bob says:

November 29, 2008, 9:52 pm

SHUT UP! SHUT UP! I HAD A GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER (or something like that) WHO WAS A DRUMER BOY! AND HE WAS A HERO! AND HE WAS MURDERED! AND HIS BEST FRIENDS WERE KILLED IN THE WAR! I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY **** ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR UNLESS IT’S TRUE! And I actually beleave this.

Jayme says:

April 30, 2009, 2:14 pm

I honestly have been in that house plenty of times and nothing has happened. It’s a cute house with history. That doesn’t exactly mean it’s haunted

Barbara Spears Burgess says:

July 18, 2009, 9:04 pm

I was born at Holy Family hospital in 1932 and then at 18 years old I worked as a kitchen girl, at Holy family I never heard of it being haunted in 1950 while living with an uncle and aunt

william says:

August 30, 2009, 10:34 pm

Am gay lol

Scott Donaldson says:

October 17, 2009, 11:58 pm

I’m also a LaPortean… never heard of this. I feel that this should be better researched, and taken off until if can be verified

blake says:

November 27, 2009, 12:36 am

is this spot an abandoned hositpal are you able to go there?

Laurie says:

January 6, 2010, 9:37 pm

we bought our home right down the road from where the hospital once stood and it’s of course no longer there…just a bunch of single family duplexes. I’ve not once seen or heard of anything remotely haunted about that property & highly doubt that it is haunted. Could be, but this is news to me.

anna says:

January 9, 2010, 6:18 pm

i live a block away from it and sawl it white house

laurie says:

January 9, 2010, 11:11 pm

…also, they have the Civil War Hospital confused with the Holy Family Hospital.

am says:

February 11, 2010, 9:53 pm

the civil war hospital and holy family hospital are two different places.. so which one is supposedly haunted?

london says:

February 16, 2010, 11:02 am

well at leased there all better now. lol

chris says:

May 22, 2010, 2:42 am

the one is haunted is the the doctor office’s on I street it is said is is haunted bye a loder woman.She is wearing a long black dress she is from the 1800’s so i don’t know if that holy hospital is haunted cause i been passed it all the time and i don’t feel anything.Email me if u want to know the true about the hospital highlander420uss@yahoo.com

Wallis says:

August 2, 2010, 11:14 pm

A friend used to live in this house, i went there multiple times and nothing strange ever happened. That was in…. 2003?

Dave M says:

September 5, 2010, 9:45 pm

My name is Dave. I was born and raised in La Porte,Indiana. I was born in Holy Family Hopsital in 1969. The hopsiatl has been long since torn down years ago. It is a shame because of it’s civil war history. In college I learned that La Porte County contributed the most people to fight in the civil war.There are many haunted places in La Porte including what is now the La Porte Medical group on I st. by the high school. Another interesting fact is the Trail of Tears ran right through La Porte and right behind the medical clinic which is now a wooded area and swomp. An Indian Maiden was reported that she died in that erea. Many people have seen this maiden over the years. Civil War spirits have also been seen. The story’s of our history is very much fact. Come visit, maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones who actually see a civil war soldier or the maiden. Bell Gunnis was a famous woman from La Porte.However not for doing anything good but as a woman who married many times and killing all her husbands burrying them in her basement. this information is also found in the historical librairy in the county complex. Come check it out. all information is there with many times actual documentation.

Lorena says:

September 10, 2010, 6:53 pm

I have never heard this story before. I had my daughter in Holy Family Hospital in 1971,just before it closed down.
I do know however that out around the Circle Drive Area there was at one time a Indian Reservation of some kind and back when we were kids they were building new houses and we found a ton of arrow heads and Indian Beads.We found so many that there had to be some kind of camp. Very interesting.

Katrina Cooper says:

October 14, 2010, 1:39 pm

I visit every summer and I have captured on of our civil war soldier July 7,2010 at 12:30 am took pic at the st. johns cemetery email and I can send a pic for you. cowboyjr867@verizon.net

Calico Jane says:

October 26, 2010, 6:49 pm

To Dave M: Holy Family Hospital is in NO way connected with the Civil War. Holy Family Hospital was not even built until 1908–over 40 years after the Civil War ended.

Also, the “Trail of Tears” was nowhere near La Porte. That was the name given to the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma. The “Trail of Death” was the name given to the removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana to Kansas. Both happened in the year 1838, but were two separate routes involving two different tribes. See this website for some accurate information: http://potawatomi-tda.org/

The story of the “Indian Maiden” near the old Andrew home on I street is the figment of somebody’s overactive imagination.

And To Katrina: I’m curious. What would a civil war soldier’s ghost be doing in St. John’s Cemetery? Are there any civil war veteran’s buried there?

Calico Jane says:

October 26, 2010, 6:50 pm

To Dave M: Holy Family Hospital is in NO way connected with the Civil War. Holy Family Hospital was not even built until 1908–over 40 years after the Civil War ended.

Also, the “Trail of Tears” was nowhere near La Porte. That was the name given to the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma. The “Trail of Death” was the name given to the removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana to Kansas. Both happened in the year 1838, but were two separate routes involving two different tribes. See this website for some accurate information: http://potawatomi-tda.org/

The story of the “Indian Maiden” near the old Andrew home on I street is the figment of somebody’s overactive imagination.

And To Katrina: I’m curious. What would a civil war soldier’s ghost be doing in St. John’s Cemetery? Are there any civil war veteran’s buried there?

To Dave M: Holy Family Hospital is in NO way connected with the Civil War. Holy Family Hospital was not even built until 1908–over 40 years after the Civil War ended.

Also, the “Trail of Tears” was nowhere near La Porte. That was the name given to the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma. The “Trail of Death” was the name given to the removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana to Kansas. Both happened in the year 1838, but were two separate routes involving two different tribes. See this website for some accurate information: http://potawatomi-tda.org/

The story of the “Indian Maiden” near the old Andrew home on I street is the figment of somebody’s overactive imagination.

And To Katrina: I’m curious. What would a civil war soldier’s ghost be doing in St. John’s Cemetery? Are there any civil war veteran’s buried there?

Katrina says:

October 27, 2010, 9:11 am

to Calico Jane, Yes with the research of the grave stone that he was next to was indeed one. But in my comment I did NOT say the that all was haunted Just wanted to comment that I do in fact have one in my picture. As for why I can’t say. He was apparently put to rest there MS Jane.

Calico Jane says:

October 27, 2010, 10:02 am

I apologize for the extra (and repetitive) post. The first one supposedly didn’t go through because the “captcha security code words were incorrect, so I redid them. Is there some way to remove the 2nd post labeled “October 26, 2010, 6:50 pm”?

Katrina, I wasn’t aware of any civil war soldiers buried in St. John cemetery. Guess I’ll have to do some more research!

Jerry McFadden says:

October 30, 2010, 12:46 pm

I grew up in LaPorte and was born at Holy Family Hospital. Never heard anything about that area…but the “I” Street Clinic has more going on than the “E” Street location. Heck, the house I grew up in on State Street had more action.

Pam Steehler says:

February 3, 2011, 7:36 pm

Hi, I lived in a big 2 story house accross from Holy Family Hos. We lived on the east corner across from the hospital. My mom worked in nursing there and her mom did as well. Also, my grandfather, he fired the furnace with coal. I had a wonderful childhood across from the hospital. 1953 – 1964. My grandfather & mother lived downstairs & my mom rented an apt. upstairs. There were (3) of us children. Tom, John, & Pam.
There was a barbershop next door. I remember there being a neighborhood store at the west end of the block. Orville Smutszer was the owner. From E Street we moved to a house near Saint Josephs Church. I was born in 1949. pam

Mrs C says:

March 6, 2011, 8:33 pm

Does anyone know anything about the Rumley mansion on Rose St. in Laporte? Just wondered…as a child I always heard it was haunted too. I had a friend whose son worked at the Legacy Building on State St and said that there was alot of “activity” in that place too. Laporte hold alot of history and I’m sure there are alot of places that have paranormal activity.

Lefty Malone says:

May 2, 2011, 9:18 pm

I grew up in Laporte in the 70’s and I remember going into the old Hospital on E st when it was delappitated and empty. It would have cold spots in rooms in the middle of summer. And yes- there was a civil war hospital on this location but in a different building that has long since been torn down. The Barbershop was called “Dicks”. I used to get my hair cut there.

Calico Jane says:

June 29, 2011, 12:26 pm

Lefty, I think the building you’re referring to is the old house that was located beside the Holy Family Hospital at the corner of E and 2nd Street. It was purchased in 1900 by Father Messman of St. Joseph Church for use as a hospital. Prior to that, it was a private homeĆ¢??not a hospital. After the Holy Family Hospital was built in 1908, the house served as a residence for the hospital nuns.

Also, as Pam said, there was a barbershop on E Street across from Holy Family. ****’s Barbershop was not on E Street. It was located on Second Street on the same block as the hospital. ****’s is still operating at that location, by the way.

I do remember that there was a barber in the neighborhood whose last name was Tippie, but I don’t remember which barber shop he worked at.

Calico Jane says:

June 29, 2011, 12:32 pm

LOL! I see that the “profanity” police are at work. They replaced the name of the barbershop with **** in my post. Apparently they don’t realize that the word D-ick is also a person’s name. ;o)

Floyd Ware says:

October 23, 2011, 3:44 am

Yet another outsider talking about something they nothing about. Trying to make a use less name for themselves. There is no need for me to comment anymore. The people of Laporte have already spoken. Enough already i85! We are getting pissed off!

Jim says:

October 30, 2011, 11:05 am

My dog took a **** at this location. She came back to the house with the **** scared out of her!

Elise Renee Gingerich says:

March 3, 2012, 1:21 am

So Is There Ghosts Or Not?! (I Mean Really People, Are There Ghosts That Haunt This Area Or Aren’t There?!) Aw No Ghosts?! (Aw There’s No Ghosts There?!) Then Again, Someone Said There Were Strange Sounds, But All The People Were At Home…..(Yes, I Think That I Saw That Someone Said That There Were Strange Sounds Around The Neighborhood, Yet Everyone Was At Home!)How Do You All Explain That?! (How Really Do You Explain That?!)

Jamie says:

July 14, 2012, 2:35 pm

I live right a block away from the hospital of F St. My mom was born in the Holy Family Hospital. I have not seen soldiers walking around the block but it may be true.

David Sabie says:

June 28, 2015, 12:23 pm

I live on the property now . I have seen things not people but spirits are present. One is particularly strong it has a blue tint and the others are luminess . My Doberman is aware of these and lets me know when they are present. If you go out side at night you can take pictures of the oras

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