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The Man in the Red Flannel Shirt
One of the other stories was told to me by Coy Pepper, who actually lived in Smith Valley when he was quite young ,until his parents moved to Idaho and bought a farm near Hagerman. The story takes place in Idaho, but I am not sure the exact location.
When Coy was a young bachelor, he was working as an equipment operator. He and one of his friends decided to rent a place closer to one of their jobs. After some searching, they found an old ranch house that had been a stage stop in the old days. Coy said it was pretty run down, but great for a bachelor pad. The house had a large kitchen with a door to the dining/living room at one end and a door to the back porch on the other. Coy said everything was fine at first, but they started to notice that every time they went in the kitchen the cabinet doors would be open. Initially, they just assumed the other person had left them open, but when Coy was kidding his roommate about always leaving the doors open he told him he thought Coy left them open. Neither had, so the next assumption was the house was so out of level that the cabinet doors would just slowly open. The house was old and swaybacked so being out of level was a distinct possibility, but why would the doors on both sides of the room be open? They soon found that they could close all the doors and go out to the living room to watch TV, come back into the kitchen in 5 minutes to get a beer or snack and all the cabinet doors would be open. They found it strange that you could sit at the kitchen table and eat your breakfast or lunch and the cabinet doors would stay closed. If you left the room the doors would open. They tried going out of the room and then peeking through the door, but the cabinets never moved as long as someone was watching. Coy said it got to be a great gimmick at parties. You could show the guests the cabinets closed and then go outside the kitchen, close the door, count to 5 and open the door and show them all the cabinet doors were open. According to Coy it happened every time like clockwork and he never saw the cabinet doors actually moving–you just closed them and as soon as you came back they would be open. Coy said they finally just started leaving them open and he and his roommate only stayed in the house for one summer. Coy is not a person who believes in ghosts, but he said there was definitely something weird going on in that house.