Fern Eddy Schultz: the pond called “Came and Went”

Written by Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian

Probably the corner at the intersection of I Street and 10th Street in La Porte is the most well-known for the activities that reportedly occurred in the Andrew house which was located on this site.

The house is often referred to as the Andrew-Zimmerman house. The house stood at 918 I Street. It was built between 1845 and 1850 by George Lafferty Andrew, a doctor from Ohio for his wife Catherine who lived to be 100 years old. The house gained much notoriety because of the reported ghostly activities that occurred. Some blamed the haunting on the spirits of a Potawatomi Indian maiden who died there about 182 years ago. One write-up reported her as being the daughter of Chief Saguenay.

She died during the forced march westward known by different names such as Trail of Death, Trail of Courage and Trail of Tears, at a small pond that sat on the site. The Indians called that pond Came and Went because it filled with water during storms and then dried up. Legend has it that the Indian tribe rested at the site as they were leaving to go west and it was then her death occurred and she was buried under a lilac bush. By some, the Indian maiden was suspected as being the cause of the hauntings in the Andrew house and later in the I Street Clinic building. There have been no reports of spirit activity in the building in recent years.

The pond was still in existence in 1969 and it was in that year that the I Street Clinic (now known as the Beacon-Medical Group) was established. Most recently, there has been considerable construction activity in the area with the building of the Fransciscan Hospital which will be “opening soon.”

No information has been found giving the exact location of the pond. There were no reports of any skeletal remains being found or any evidence of a burial on the location during any of the excavation and construction on the site.

Information about this area is varied and, of course, documentation for the most part is limited to hearsay.

7 Responses to “Fern Eddy Schultz: the pond called “Came and Went””

  1. Lynn Lisarelli

    Jul 03. 2020

    Oh, Fern, how very interesting!! Thank you.

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  2. Walter Brath

    Jul 03. 2020

    Another great story by our County Historian. Fern, you always have the best historical stories, they are so interesting. I remember that pond as a young policeman. We used to chase LaPorte High School kids out of that area that came there to smoke or skip school. I don’t remember any ghosts in the area though.

    Walter Brath

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  3. lawman

    Jul 03. 2020

    played in and around that pond a lot in early 60s. always heard the house was haunted and was even able to sneak in right before it torn down. old memories!

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  4. Faith Miller

    Jul 04. 2020

    Awesome story!

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  5. Chris Smith

    Jul 05. 2020

    This location has been the subject of several other interesting rumors. In the 1980’s and 90’s, it was supposed to be a meeting place for Wiccan worship. My oldest told me that several human sacrifices had occurred there, which “everyone” knew about. (Except the Herald-Argus, apparently!) In fact, it was probably just a place that teens sometimes went to drink. The rumors added to the sense of danger and excitement.

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  6. lawman

    Jul 05. 2020

    maybe the hookman came to town?

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  7. D. Snyder

    Jul 05. 2020

    Fern,
    Thanks for the memories. I remember that pond behind Frostop and Wonderland. I also remember that house when the Zimmerman’s owned it and some of the stories including:
    coins falling out of the ceiling, a belt moving up and down the stair railing inside the house, and the doorbell mysteriously ringing in the winter but no footprints were left in the snow.
    Those stories scared the #@&* out of us as kids. Almost as scary as trying to buy penny candy from the lady at Sage’s Ice Cream. LOL.

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