HAUNTED EASTERN IOWA: CSPS Building - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings


by Jenn Jarvis

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- It turns out ghosts may not like flooding either. One business owner thinks the flood may have washed away a Cedar Rapids spirit.

No one knows for sure who Jack really is, but R.G. Prucha, the owner of the historic CSPS building in Cedar Rapids, has a theory.

"You'd see him or you'd see him with a little girl. He was an inheritance from the Midvalski house. Because that house they said that the upstairs bedroom where the little girl was...died. And that house burnt down and I think that's basically when we really kind of inherited him," Prucha said.

Along with Jack the ghost, the building housed a drug store, restaurant, fire department and funeral home over the last one hundred years. More than 11 feet of water filled the CSPS building this summer, and with the building gutted, Prucha says it's hard to tell if Jack is still around.

Prucha bought the building more than 40 years ago, and until recently, Jack was a part of everyday life.

"Extra people come in at work during odd hours or something. I just tell them, well, if Jack shows up, you know, just have him go to work with you," Prucha said.

When Jack has been spotted by employees, it's normally at the bottom of a staircase leading to the basement. But the ghost still took the time to make his presence known in the rest of the building.

"You'd work at your desk and all of a sudden you felt like somebody was sneaking around a corner looking at you," Prucha said. "He'd come in at real odd hours and find doors open that were never open before in their life."

And Prucha says, if the flood waters drove Jack away, he's welcome to come back.

"As far as I'm concerned, he can stay. I don't have any problem with it. He's had a good home for a long time as far as I'm concerned," Prucha said.

Like others displaced in the flood, Jack may wait to come back until his home is rebuilt. Also in Cedar Rapids, at Mount Mercy a former nun roams the halls, and at Coe College the ghost of a student plays the piano.

Online Reporter: Jenn Jarvis
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