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Henry Overholser had already made a fortune when he arrived in Oklahoma Territory in 1889. He quickly began buying lots, developing business buildings, and making capital improvements using his own money to what would become Oklahoma City. He married Anna Ione Murphy on October 23, 1889. Their home, a prominent mansion, stands as testament to the Overholser family. The 20-room, brick-and-stone Victorian mansion lies in Heritage Hills and was built in 1903. It passed through the family until it was transferred to David Perry, the husband of Overholser's daughter, after her death. In the 1970s, the mansion was donated to the state and is currently maintained by Preservation Oklahoma through an agreement with the Oklahoma Historical Society. Regular tours are conducted through the house, and we had a great time when we visited there.

We heard about the paranormal activity at the Overholser, which consisted of sightings of a lady that some believe to be Mrs. Overholser, footsteps and other noises heard in the house when it is empty, and doors that open and close on their own. When we were there and went to the top floor, there was a very distinct feeling that a presense was there with us. The best way that I can describe it is that if you were in a room by yourself, sitting in a chair blindfolded, if someone tiptoed in and stood beside you, you'd definitely feel their presense. That's the way that we felt on the top floor of the Overholser. When we told our guide about the experience, she just smiled and said, "That's not unusual in this house!"


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