Things that go bump in the night tend to bump louder on “All Hallows Eve,” or Halloween. Every town has its ghost stories and campfire tales, but usually these tales fit the same creepy pattern — a headless ghost running amuck through town, a lost lover finding his or her way through a storm, a crying baby haunting the bridges — but who has heard of a lovely lady scenting a room with the sweet smell of lavender?

This is the story of the Blake home, a centennial house on the driving tour of Ada. Built in 1920, the home is located at 905 S. Broadway. According to Billie Floyd, a member of P.A.S.T. and a keeper of Ada stories and history, Thomas B. Blake Jr. and his wife, Agnes C., were from an old southern family in Mississippi. T.B. Blake Jr. founded the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Ada in 1912. The Blakes built their home in 1920 and immediately opened it to the public. They hosted a Christmas open house every year, serving eggnog that Mr. Blake prepared the night before, beaten biscuits and Virginia ham. The home was a welcoming one, with the scent of lavender distinguishing it from others. Mrs. Blake was known for using lavender in her closets and throughout her home.

“When she is in the house, you can certainly get a strong odor of lavender. You can smell that she is there,” Floyd said. Leroy Townsend, of Townsend’s Bottle Shop, never had a visit from Mrs. Blake the 10 years he occupied the home, “I never experienced anything,” he said. But many other people are adamant that she is still there.

During the month of October and especially on Halloween, people can find themselves being a little more of a believer than usual. Halloween is no fun at all if one can not imagine the possibility of a woman leaving the scent of lavender around the home she once inhabited, body and soul.

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