Battle Alley Arcade and Antiques, December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015

Team: Art, John, Brenda, Gayle, Erin, Tim S, Lesley, Kate (K-2), Don, Kate, Melissa

Store Front Battle Alley

Equipment: Zoom H2 Audio, Ovilus X w/DTD, MEL Meter, Flir I7, Echo Vox, EMF Pumps, Laser Grid, Motion Detectors

Trigger Objects- Car, Ball, Doll, Cat toys, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips

Inside Temp: 68 F  EMF:1


In 1880, an up roar between local rowdies and workers of a traveling circus rendered so many bruised, beaten and jailed, that this street was thus named “Battle Alley.”  The Traveling Circus may be connected to James Anthony Bailey of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  He built and owned a 3200 sq foot home in Holly (212 College Street). James Bailey was born July 4, 1847 in Detroit. Orphaned at an early age, Bailey traveled with other circuses starting when he was a teenager. Bailey’s circus was first called Cooper and Bailey Circus until 1881, when Bailey teamed up with P.T. Barnum.

According to the 1880c, the John Lacy family was residing at this site. (John, Phoeby Ann (wife), Lydia (dau), Edwin (son), mother-in-law Lydia Potter, and servants Mary Friday and Charles Gale.  John Lacy was a member of the Masons and died Aug 27, 1901 of Throat Cancer.. DC

Next door is Lucinda Rice (this may be the Battle Alley Arcade site).  She was originally from New York and she lived in the building with her daughters Maud and Hulda.  Lucinda appears to have died in Blackman Twp, Jackson Co, MI

In 1904, it is alleged that a wagon cart left the livery stable behind the Hotel, where the “little girl” was injured.  There was no death certificate found that she perished from the accident.

On August 28, 1908, Carry Nation stormed the bars during prohibition at the request of the local prohibition committee. According to an article in the Fenton Press (1998), “Nation would step off the train in Holly and make her first official stop at the Holly Hotel. Making a beeline for the bar, she then used her umbrella to send mugs of beer and other intoxicants crashing to the floor. Nation then saw the painting of a nude woman that hung behind Holly Hotel’s bar. She would scream “Naked Jezebel”

She was then removed by the owner of the Holly Hotel and “pitched” into the streets.  She would scream out scriptures as she destroyed property.  She regrouped then went to raid several other “Watering Holes” along Battle Alley.Battle Alley Fight Article 001

The Historical Marker states, “Wielding her umbrella, she strode through the alley’s bars bellowing about the “Demon Rum” and its sins.” Historical Marker

Rumors stated that men would use a tunnel from the Hotel to the Arcade to avoid being seen on the streets after drinking.

In 1910, Battle Alley became the first brick street in the village.  At that time and Undertaker, Albert Stambaugh and his daughter Edith lived at the site.

On January 19, 1913 the hotel next door had a devastating fire which destroyed much of the structure.  It is unknown if the Arcade was affected at this time. There were many brawls in the bars and brothels and businesses that once stood on the land over the years. Hence the name “Battle Alley”. Next to Arcade Antiques is the Famous Old Holly Hotel that once supported Magician Harry Houdini and other acts of the era. Holly, Michigan is a quaint town that still holds the charms of a forgotten era.

The interior design was constructed using donated materials from countless sources with their own history and energy.

The following info was gathered from an article with the Holly Express (2/25/2014).

Before World War II the site was called the Liberty Theatre. The theatre used to have a piano player who would play as they showed show silent movies.  One of the theatre’s owners was named John A Price of Detroit.

1940′s it became The Detroit Metallic Casket Company.  According to a news article with the Holly Express (2/25/2014), caskets were stored in the basement of the Holly Hotel until and auction in 1978-79.  Mr, Winglemire reported in the article that, the “Detroit Metallic Casket Company once conducted business from a store on Battle Alley after World War II.” “It was owned by Stanley and Meta Hanson – they originally had their business on Elm Street, but in the early 1940s moved to the location where the Battle Alley Arcade currently is.”

With the two World Wars, the Great Depression, and elimination of train travel, people started to leave Holly Township up into the 1970s.

According to the current owner, the site was made into an antique mall in the 1970’s.

The hotel next to the Arcade burnt down a second time on January 19, 1978.

As early as 1990, we can see that the site has been in business as an Antique shop under the ownership of John and Pat Kenny.

Together with the tendency for antiques and articles of sentimental value to draw spirits in, the entire building has the potential for being a hotbed of activity.  Mirrors, display cases, picture frames, and articles of glass created reflective surfaces in virtually every room.  Wiring throughout the building was very old, and electrical fields for display lighting created fear cages on every level.  Occasional sound interference affected EVP sessions from outside the building.


We broke up into two teams.

The first team went to the upper level to attempt and EVP session and to utilize some equipment Don was testing for Ghost Hunting.  Gayle and Don attempted to get the attention of the famous cat in the store by using cat toys they brought with them.

The team was broken up in two groups.

Team 1 consisted of Don, Kate, Brenda, Melissa, Tim S, and Gayle


Team 1 We headed upstairs and went into different spaces. Gayle, Kate, and Don were in the front room. Brenda and Tim S. were at the top of the stairs and Melissa was in the room at the back end of the level. Melissa thought at one point that she heard a female child’s voice giggling and heard “Hi”. This was not captured on her recorder. All the photos showed nothing out of the ordinary and Melissa did not pick up any EVP’S.

Team 2

Lesley kept hearing voices outside but likely was from the Dickens Festival.

Ovilus: Dance, Bow, Where, Raster, Roll, Shall, PM, Plane, Four, North, Held, Gathered, Just, Cancer, Space, Share, Cute, Believe, Angles, Held, Get Out, Carpet, Feed Me, Pants, Coffee, Repeated, Put, Share, Halt, Shop, Labor, Wagon, Stop, Cancer, Copper, Folks, Important

Echovox: With, No, Free, Stop, Frank, Yup

10:29-10:31 10:33 Possible EVP: Small ‘cry’ (sounds like “Ah-a!”) caught while only K2 and myself were in the room at the time. Not heard during investigation but there is a ‘crack’ that follows shortly after the ‘cry’ that K2 and I hear and comment on. Just barely caught on recorder. K2 and I continued to keep hearing random noises where we were stationed – cracks and pops. Not picked up by recorder but we do remark on it during the recording.

EVP’s captured during paranormal investigation (Second Floor) Use Headphones when listening for best results

Brenda captured some odd voices while Donald is working with his sensors.  It first sounds like cards shuffling then a voice saying, “Are you here?” then another responding.

Brenda captured a “Hmmm”

Erin captured an “Ah-hah”

Basement Team 1

I went to the far back wall of the room with Tim S. off to one side and the others in the middle of the room. We heard some noises but nothing we could identify. I tried using Echovox for the first time. I heard only a few words at the time but on review I wasn’t able to make out any words other than “Pat”, and “Wigglesworth”. My recorder did not pick up anything. We did have fun seeing how Don and Kate’s new thermal device for the phone worked.  Brenda thought she heard walking on the main floor but did not capture it on the audio. At that point the team set up the video camera to rule out people on the main floor.


Alleged area where men would run during prohibition.

Ghost Radar was used the following words came up:  Bar, Aren’t, Length, Light, Door, Record, Lunch, Neck, Smart, Research

Gayle did an Echovox session.

Team 2 (John, Erin, Lesley, K2, Art, and Chris)

John’s recorder got turned off during this session.

Ovilus: Cancer, Voices, Angel, Cried, Cancer, Halt

Ghost Box app was somewhat active but not much gotten from it due to some confusion over how to use it properly -Metallic ‘ping’ heard behind Erin and picked up by recorder. John asked for another noise to be made and there was another ‘thud’ which was also picked up by recorder. -Footsteps/rolling noise heard upstairs – not other investigators as they were on another floor; Not picked up by recorder

EVPs Captured during paranormal Investigation (Basement) Use Headphones when listening for best results

Erin captured a THUD then a LAUGH

Brenda’s recorder captured this THUD (interesting both teams captured this in the same area).

“Don” or “Die”

Donald was talking about the thermal and Kate talks about that would be a great place to set it a “Weeee” is captured on multiple recorders. (Gayle’s Recorder)

“Wee” from Brenda’s recorder


Brenda said that’s my stomach growling and a noise is made like it’s imitating it.

Gayle is reading off her ap and there is a Whisper captured then she says News.

Full Group Session Main Floor

We did a group session on the main level to avoid possible inside contamination. I was seated near Leslie by the Glassware. John asked many questions and others joined in as the questions came to them. John’s recorder was stopped even though his battery was at 70%.

Ovilus: Cute, Child, North, Tune, Cute, Evolution, Death, Jeff, David, Steel

EVPs obtained during Paranormal Investigation



Seemed like a very quiet night for our investigation…….But John feels that something had turned his Audio Recorder Off on the  1 st Session in the Basement as well as the 3rd session on the 1st floor. Checking the operation of the Zoom H2 Audio Recorder all functions worked perfectly and the batteries maintained 70% battery life as shown on the audio recorder display.When the batteries were later checked with  a meter they checked out fine at 70% as indicated earlier….Very Strange

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