Matoska Trading Company - The Former Orange Undertaker's Parlor
What’s unusual for most
people is commonplace for Brent. When asked what the most unusual item
in the store was, he reached under the counter and picked up a large
buffalo scrotum sack. “There is a use for it that slips my mind now
however, most people who buy it do so because it’s more of a novelty
item and conversation piece.” says Brent.
Brent has no Native American blood nor does he pretend to. His interest began as a young boy. He was part of the Y-Indian Guides then the Boy Scouts. Once he outgrew the Boy Scouts be joined a hobbyist group and went to Indian powwows. The business all started 20 years ago with a Tupperware bin from the trunk of his car and grew ever since.
When asked about any paranormal happenings, Brent had some interesting stories to share. “At our first location on west Chapman we would see little people from the corner of our eyes up in rafters” says Brent. There is a history in Plaines Indian culture that speaks about these small shadow people. When they moved into their first location, it felt as if these creatures were checking them out. Their new location on Glassell is a different story. Brent and his staff will hear sounds all the time. Most of it can be attributed to the natural ebb and flow of the building and its tenants, however, Brent describes on several occasions while working upstairs late night, the sound of something loud crashing to the floor only to rush downstairs and find nothing unusual or out of place. About 2:00 a.m. sounds of footsteps and other unexplained noises are heard on a regular basis. Brent’s wife who is a bit more sensitive about these types of things always gets an uneasy feeling towards the back of the store.
There is also the story of
Dolly, a woman who allegedly died from injuries in an elevator fail back
in the early 1940’s. When we were there, we could not find any definite
traces of an elevator leading into the basement. There is an entryway
into another part of the building that has long been sealed off with
bricks as well as an addition to the back section of the building. We
did find what looks like a large rectangle cut out in the original wood
flooring that was later filled back in and re-floored. Elevator or the
traces of a stairwell leading down to the basement? Perhaps.
One thing is for sure, if you have not had the chance to visit the Matoska Trading Company, be sure to stop by and say hi. You’ll be in for quite a unique experience and maybe a little more.