Haunted Minnesota – Rochester’s Old City Hall (WATCH VIDEO)
It was a beautiful warm Thursday August 0f 2019. A bunch of us from work were downtown for Thursdays Downtown. We were catching a shade break in front of Old City Hall when I looked up and noticed something very strange about the clock on Old City Hall.
It was moving forward. Very fast. I pointed it out and only Curt St John (from Quick Country) said he thought it was a bit odd. But then a few weeks later, again, I found it running very fast...like it was trying to fast forward time. I asked Mayor Norton about it, and she could offer no explanation. I became more certain it was something other-worldly.
Just recently I was MCing a fundraiser and a man in his 80's and I were talking and I mentioned the clock. Leslie Froman was his name and he says he used to work in that building. He said there was always talk of a ghost.
Mr. Froman said a maintenance man had died while he was working not long after the building was built in 1932. "I was told his name was Henry and was always joking about wishing he could speed that clock up so he could hurry up and retire."
"Was he murdered?" I asked, "No...nothing like that. Just plumb up and died. By the time I started working there 'round 1952, the clock had begun doing just what you noticed. Moving fast, like it was trying to hurry up to retirement."
He coulda been putting me on, but...he didn't sound like he was joking. So, I present it here to you now and the next time you're walking past that beautiful Art Deco building in Downtown Rochester, take a look up at the clock. If it's moving fast, say hi to Henry.
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