Fred, who lived near Holdrege, was a known philanderer, much to his long-suffering wife's dismay. Having tired of his antics, Fred's wife killed him and cut off most of his face, before dumping him down a well. A local eating and drinking establishment was erected on the site of the abandoned well and it is now believed that Fred haunts the place, scaring employees and patrons alike.
This booklet, written by Glenn Thompson for the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce, tells the tale of Faceless Fred, the Phantom of Phelps County.
Source: Glenn Thompson, Holdrege
More Phantoms Reported
Newspaper item, "Ghost Causes Three Long Pine Postmen to Quit "
Source: Lincoln Star, 12-12-1904
Newspaper item, "The Séance- Friday Night "
Source: Lincoln State Journal, 10-14-1875
Newspaper item, "Valentine Ghost "
Source: Chadron Democrat, 2-6-1890
Newspaper item, "A Celestial Visitor "
Source: Daily Nebraska State Journal, 6-6-1884
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