LCP: Case #15: Lincoln NM
Where: Dolan House
When: January 30 2013
Weather: waning moon, chilly, light wind, clear skies

Temperature: indoors: mid 50's to low 60's F
Time: 5:00 pm - 11:30pm
Members Present: Kevin Sumi Seph Jerry Lewis

-About the Place-

The Dolan House History
The Dolan House was built in 1883 and 1884 by Elijah Dow and George Peppin. Elijah Dow was a carpenter and George Peppin was a French Canadian from Vermont who was a stone mason. They also built the San Juan Church, the Court House, and the Dr. Wood’s house in Lincoln.
Jimmy Dolan had 20,000 adobe bricks made for the house. The house consisted of six rooms and an entry way. All six rooms in the main house are the same size - 14 feet X 14 feet with 12 foot ceilings and 20 inch thick walls.
At the back of the house there was a breezeway and then a separate building that served as the summer kitchen and dining room. There was a large porch on the east side of the house. The well was located close to this porch. The well is still there and is 50 feet deep – 3 ½ feet wide. It was hand dug and rocked to the bottom. The well has probably not been used in 30 plus years. We installed a pump in it and can run one sprinkler for about one hour every 24 hours and then we run out of water. It takes 18 to 24 hours to recover. The large porch was closed in sometime in the 1920’s and now serves as the formal Dining Room. During the 1920’s and 1930’s the house was known as the Bonito Inn and they took in boarders. In December of 1926 Mrs. Morgan, who managed Bonito Inn for several years, retired. Early in 1930 Edna Husted ran the Bonito Inn. She left about 1933-1934 and her elderly father then had to sell the business. From 1929 to 1935 the Southern Pacific Railroad owned the property. Lew Wallace wrote some of Ben-Hur on the porch of the Bonito Inn. Douglas Fairbanks spent time at the Bonito Inn while researching Billy the Kid. The town folks were amused with him as he always jumped over the picket fence instead of using the gate. Currently there is no picket fence in front of The Dolan House. The floors in Jimmy Dolan’s office, Caroline’s Parlor and the entry way are the original pine wood floors. The original fireplaces remain in both rooms. In the 1950’s the breezeway between the house and the summer kitchen was closed in adding 3 additional rooms and a basement. Total rooms in the house are now 13. The house is approximately 4,000 square feet. Sometime later a garage and shop were added on the eastside of the house. Bill and Beverly Strauser purchased the house in 2007 and began extensive renovations – restoring the house back to as original as possible. In the 1880’s there were no pictures taken inside houses so they hope they have gotten it close to the way it was.
The Lincoln Dolans
Jimmy Dolan at 31, a touch old for the time, married Caroline “Lina” Fritz, 18, on July 13, 1879, in a Catholic ceremony conducted by the Reverend Mr. J.S. Tafoya in the home of Allen Ballard in La Junta, New Mexico.  Carl “Charlie” Fritz, the bride’s father was a staunch Lutheran who not only did not approve of Caroline’s marriage to a Catholic but also did not attend the ceremony.  The new bride and groom quickly left for an extended honeymoon which included a visit to show off Lina to Jimmy’s family in New York City.  In the meantime, Charlie Fritz’s anger had cooled and upon the couple’s return, he allowed the newlyweds to live with him at Spring Ranch, a few miles from Lincoln, until the Dolan house was eventually completed in the center of Lincoln in 1883.  Jimmy and Lina quickly added to their family with the birth of their son Emil on May 2, 1880, and daughters Caroline “Carrie” on February 19, 1882, Louise “Mabel” on November 30, 1883, and Bessie on September 20, 1886.  Sadly, tragedy befell Jimmy when his son Emil passed away at age 2, his daughter Mabel at age 5, both from disease, and his wife Lina due to complications from the birth of Bessie.  All three are buried in the Fritz family cemetery at Spring Ranch. When pregnant with Bessie, Lina was having such a difficult time that the Dolans decided to hire a nanny/housekeeper to help.  They settled on Maria [pronounced “Mariah”] Whitlock, a seamstress from the sutler store at nearby Fort Stanton.  Maria stayed on following the death of Lina, and in a little over a year and a half, Jimmy, aged 40, and Maria, aged 30, married at the Dolan home in Lincoln with Elisha Long, Chief Justice of the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court, presiding. After Jimmy and a few business associates had acquired extensive prime ranching land along the Rio Feliz, a two day journey by horse from Lincoln, Jimmy had a beautiful home built there for his family befitting his prominent status.  After a few years’ residence, Jimmy succumbed to the ravages of alcoholism on February 26, 1898, a few months shy of his 50th birthday.  His body was taken to Lincoln and interred next to the wife and children who had so heartbreakingly predeceased him.



-Investigation Summery and Personal Experiences-


We didnt experience too much; the house seemed pretty quiet. We got a fair amount of activity over our new phone apps; other than that our k2 meter went off a few times but not too much; the 2 notable time it went off was in their bedroom, and later in the dining room; it began to pulse in a pattern, perhaps a residual haunting of someone pacing back and forth across the room, which was originally a porch. The only thing I (Sumi) personally saw was a blue orb come out of the hallway leading to the bathroom. none of our equipment has little blue lights like that. I was so excited when reviewing our pictures to find that we had captured the blue orb i saw!View it HERE.

We captured 4 orbs on our cameras, a number of really good evps and ghost box hits. view our evidence video HERE.