North Arlington ghost: Construction worker quits after Margaret Febrey sighting
An eerie encounter recently brought work at a North Arlington construction site to a complete stop.
Two months ago, an old Victorian house sat on the site, but as crews began demolishing the property to build a new club house, one of the workers spotted a young girl inside of the building.
The girl is thought to be Margaret Febrey, who was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery almost 100 years ago.
"He said he saw this little girl in the window ... and he went in and couldn't find her, and on his way out he saw her on the steps and turned around and didn't see her," said Jeff Schreiner, construction supervisor.
The encounter was too much for the construction worker. He immediately packed his stuff and walked off the job permanently.
Fourteen-year-old Febrey had lived in the Victorian house being demolished before her death in 1913.
The sighting spooked workers so much, they stopped construction on the 99th anniversary of her death in January.
Over the years, the old house even turned skeptics into believers.
"It's certainly possible. The house has been there a long time," said North Arlington resident Liza Marshall.
The sighting of Margaret by a construction worker remains the only occurrence.
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