Stories of Gumption is a regular column that profiles individuals who admirably demonstrate Gumption as we define it. These are the stories of real people who exhibit gumption in overcoming personal challenges, and validate the spirit of Gumption during their journey. Let’s take inspiration from those who seize 100% personal responsibility and show us how to live a life that exhibits Gump-like character traits worthy of applause!
Ray Petersen's two-story Haunted House in Victor, Montana
Constructing a two-story building on your property with a single theme and single purpose takes Gumption. It’s a building that essentially gets used once a year.
Eccentric? Maybe … but definitely lots of fun.
Allow me to introduce you to a new friend. His name is Ray Petersen. I met Ray and his bride of 38 years, Judi, just this past summer. Ray and Judi are certainly eccentric when it comes to Halloween. They’ve built their own Haunted House.
Before I first visited Ray’s residence situated on about 10 acres in Victor, Montana, I was told Ray’s place is a little like the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester believed if she kept building on her house in San Jose, California, then she’d live eternally. I don’t believe Ray is superstitious, but he does enjoy a project.
At 78 years young, Ray continues to put his engineering, mechanical, and building skills to good use and has built a total of fourteen buildings on his property. Some bigger, some smaller … all designed with some particular purpose or theme.
Are you brave enough to come with me into the Haunted House? Boo-ha-haa!!!