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Date Posted: 23:19:39 06/06/03 Fri
Author: Donna Kutlenios-Pete's daughter
Subject: Re: Haunted news - Haunted Holly hotel
In reply to: JD - BSPR Director 's message, "Haunted news - Haunted Holly hotel" on 23:43:08 11/02/02 Sat

Hello George....

This is your long lost cousin. I have sent you other e-mails in the past but have had no response. I would love to hear from you....Donna








>October 28, 2002
>The Oakland press
>
>HOLLY - A local historian once told George Kutlenios,
>owner of the Holly Hotel, that good things come to
>those who own the landmark building. In 1978, when the
>restaurateur was struggling to rebuild and make the
>burned-out hotel into a success, those words from
>long-time Holly resident Vera Cook Husted were
>comforting
>
>
>But little did Kutlenios know things are so good at
>the Holly Hotel that many of the previous owners and
>guests in the hotel's 111-year history have never left.
>
>Kutlenios contends that his hotel, which he rebuilt
>after a devastating fire 24 years ago and turned into
>a nationally renowned restaurant, is inhabited by the
>spirits of people from the hotel's vibrant past.
>
>
>From the cigar-smoking John Hirst, who built the hotel
>in 1891, to the mysterious ghost of an American Indian
>who has been seen in the hotel's dining room, the
>Holly Hotel is a haven for those who have not
>completely passed on to the afterlife.
>
>
>"There are absolutely spirits in this restaurant,"
>said Kutlenios, 49. "But I feel this is a safe place.
>There's goodness here."
>
>
>In fact, Kutlenios, and his wife, Chrissy, 45, say
>they embrace the ghosts who haunt their Victorian-era
>hotel, and they attribute much of the restaurant's
>success through the years to those spirits who watch
>over them.
>
>
>"But I like to think it's my cooking," Kutlenios, a
>third-generation restaurateur, said with a smile.
>
>
>From the beginning, Kutlenios said the hotel has held
>a certain fascination for him that he's never been
>able to explain.
>
>
>He first saw the hotel in January 1978 after it was
>destroyed in an unexplained fire.
>
>
>Ironically, the fire took place 65 years to the day
>and hour after a similar blaze swept the hotel Jan.
>19, 1913.
>
>
>In both fires, the blaze began about 11 p.m. and was
>extinguished by 5 a.m. the next morning.
>
>
>Having just moved to Michigan from his home in
>Pittsburgh, Kutlenios was so intrigued by the photos
>of the building that he went to the quiet village in
>northern Oakland County to have a look at it himself.
>
>
>Despite the damage, he saw potential in the ruins.
>
>
>"I fell in love with the architecture," he said. "I'm
>a junkie for old buildings."
>
>
>On the spot, Kutlenios bought the hotel for $5,000 -
>nearly all of the money he had set aside as a down
>payment on a home. From there he went to work,
>painstakingly rebuilding and restoring the hotel to
>its original condition.
>
>
>It was during this two-year reconstruction that
>Kutlenios said he began to notice strange things
>taking place in the hotel.
>
>
>"I was working here late one night on the renovation
>and I heard a piano start playing upstairs," he said.
>"Then I heard little girls running up and down the
>stairs, giggling. It sounded like a birthday party."
>
>
>He said he was afraid at the time to tell people about
>the experience because he thought they might think he
>was insane.
>
>
>He eventually chalked up the incident to stress. But
>in the years to come, the little girls and piano would
>turn out to be just part of the ghostly phenomenon
>experienced by staff and patrons at the Holly Hotel.
>
>
>John Hirst, the man who built the hotel in 1891, is
>also believed to still walk the halls and dining rooms
>of what was called the Hirst Hotel more than 100 years
>ago.
>
>
>He built the hotel to serve passengers on the
>22-passenger trains that passed through Holly daily at
>that time.
>
>
>Hirst ran the hotel until the first fire nearly
>destroyed the structure in 1913, when he sold it to
>new owners and moved on.
>
>
>He died sometime in the 1920s, according to Chrissy
>Kutlenios.
>
>
>While Hirst may have died long ago, he is still
>thought by many to haunt the historic building he was
>so proud of in its heyday.
>
>
>Chrissy said Hirst's ghost does not often appear, but
>there are less obvious signs of his presence.
>
>
>Patrons and staff have noticed the smell of cigar
>smoke wafting through the hotel. This odor ranges from
>strong, to sometimes just a faint smell, and is
>attributed by the owners to Hirst, who was known to
>have an affinity for fine cigars.
>
>
>Another well-known ghost at the Holly Hotel is that of
>a woman who once lived there named Nora Kane. She is
>considered to be the hostess of the house and her
>spirit appears from time-to-time, usually wearing a
>beautiful gown with her legs ending at the knees,
>leaving her floating above the floor.
>
>
>Nora's perfume, a flowery scent, is also often
>smelled, and music from a piano playing, sometimes
>with a woman singing, may also be attributed to this
>lady of the house.
>
>
>The ghosts of one or more children are also believed
>to inhabit the Holly Hotel, according to the
>Kutlenioses. One is often found in the kitchen where
>she has been known to make cooking utensils move.
>
>
>The other is the child Kutlenios heard playing on the
>stairs during the reconstruction, who continues to
>make her playfulness known today.
>
>
>Chrissy said at least one of these ghosts may be that
>of a child who was trampled by a horse at the livery
>stable, which used to be next door to the hotel 100
>years ago. Another child was a daughter of Nora Kane's
>who died there when she was between the ages of 9 and
>13.
>
>
>Two other known phantoms in the hotel are that of a
>dog, which once belonged to the Hirsts and can be
>heard running down the halls and sometimes brushing up
>against the legs of people, and that of an American
>Indian, who appeared once as an apparition to Chrissy.
>
>
>"I walked around the corner and he was standing in the
>middle of the dining room, just from the waist up,"
>she said.
>
>
>"It was the weirdest thing in the world. It only
>lasted a few seconds and we've never seen it again."
>
>
>There are no accounts of an American Indian ever
>living at or around the hotel, and Chrissy said the
>area is not known to have had a significant native
>population.
>
>
>Kutlenios said the haunting of the Holly Hotel is very
>real, and has been verified by experts - ranging from
>Norman Gauthier, a professor of parapsychology who
>came to the hotel for more than a week in 1989 and
>recorded a variety of phenomenon, to amateur ghost
>hunting groups from around Michigan.
>
>
>All accounts by these people, who are versed in the
>paranormal, suggest the hotel is filled with spirits -
>a fact George and Chrissy Kutlenios say they embrace.
>
>
>"If there was something bad here we'd be the first
>ones leaving," Kutlenios said. "There are things in
>life we can't explain. I can't explain this ... I just
>know it happened."
>
>
>As for the reassuring words of his friend, the late
>Vera Cook Husted, who told Kutlenios to be patient
>about the fate of his venture to turn the hotel into a
>restaurant, he said her advice was golden.
>
>
>"Even after the Sept. 11 (2001) attacks, when people
>weren't going out to eat, our business was up by 20
>percent," Kutlenios said.
>
>
>"People came here because they felt they could go back
>in time and nothing could hurt them. There is a safe
>harbor feeling here. We're not afraid to be here."
>
>
>And neither are the likes of John Hirst and Nora Kane,
>who still call the Holly Hotel home, decades after
>they checked out of this life and passed over to the
>next.
>
>
>ŠThe Oakland Press 2002
>JD - Hauntednews.com

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