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Family Revives Haunted Hauser Bar

They just want you to know that they are here, said Vern Mathis, explaining the ghostly things that have happened since his daughter opened Blackjack Lil's Saloon and Grill on Hauser Lake. There is a bell attached to a chain at the end of the bar. If you ring it, something is going to happen, said Karenna Mathis. They believe the old brothel is haunted with a spirit named Mattie. "She was the piano lady. She was also a working girl," Karenna said. "They found her dead upstairs." Since the family leased the old bar and restaurant, they have had a number of chilling experiences. Vern said he was always skeptical when his daughter or her boyfriend, Nathan Quincy, would recount stories of what they experienced while getting the business set up/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Gabe Green Press photo: Owner Karenna Mathis pours a drink for a customer Thursday at BlackJack Lil's restaurant and bar in Hauser Lake)

Question: Do you believe in ghosts?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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