WOLF, OKLAHOMA — He walks the tall grass, the overgrown fields of the forgotten and abandoned.
Joshua Osswald likes to spend whatever spare time he might have exploring Oklahoma’s ghost towns.
“When I was in high school,” he says,” I had a teacher who encouraged me to learn more about history.”
“I take pictures of old buildings and try to learn the history behind them,” he continues.
“One day they might not be here.”
He returned to one particular place in Seminole County, though, because, on an earlier photo expedition, he took a picture that caused a local sensation.
“I took a picture and I went to the truck. When I got home I went to post in on Facebook and…”
Osswald captured the fading sunlight shining on a school building constructed in the 1920′s and abandoned in the 1970′s.
He didn’t see anything in the broken window until he got the image home.
“I kind of zoomed in on my phone and it was like some kind of thing inside the window,” he says while staring at a digital image of the picture on his laptop computer.
He zoomed in further on the image.
Was that a face he saw peering out at him?
Josh thought ‘yes’.
“That’s probably the first time I ever say an actual spirit or ghost,” he says confidently, “one that actually stood out in the pictures that I took.”
Osswald shared his photo with the local newspaper in nearby Seminole.
They put it on the front page.
It didn’t take some for a reader to claim they recognized the ‘face’ as that of Joe York, Wolf, Oklahoma’s first post master and the founder of the old school.
People around there used to call my Uncle Joe.
Joshua says, “A student who used to go to school there compared pictures and sure enough. It almost looks like him.”
Of course the image in one of his photographs send Osswald scurrying to look through the rest of his images from that day.
With that incentive, he found several other ‘anomalies’ floating around the old school.
As for his now famous image, zoom in far enough and it looks like smudge or a reflection of the trees outside.
But ask Joshua Osswald or any number of folks around Seminole County and they’ll tell you.
This old school isn’t abandoned at all, not as long as Uncle Joe is around to peer out the windows.
There were two articles printed in the Seminole Producer about Osswald’s window ghost.