I went to grade school at Trinity Lutheran and that is what put me in close proximity of the vacant house. That white wooden fence was around the property of a family who owned horses and I can still remember seeing the horses in the 1970's. It was occupied in the 80's GCR and County Line it ain't. I sat in that stone grotto with my buddy hoping the owners of the place would see us. it was far enough in the woods to be out of sight of the main house however.
I was at the actual "ghost house" twice. The lead reporter of the Desplaines Valley News is a good friend of mine, and he was there too. He went inside of the place a number of times before it burned, and told me that the house has sparsely furnished. Whoever lived there took what they could and left the others. There was a couch in the front room and some other pieces. If I remember correctly, he has images of the place. I bet that house was vacated because of delinquent taxes.
I saw a spook there I thought but now thinking back, there surely was someone occupying the place. Perhaps a squatter. That was quite common in this area. However, I am not the only one that saw odd things there. I have a Chicago Police friend who I met later in life who had been there as a teenager because of the rumors, and he saw some anomalies.
Look at these. You can see that he property at County Line Rd and GCR was surely occupied as early as 1988. Those people had a horse barn there and they were horse owners. I remember seeing a girl riding a horse on the property once when I passed by - in fact I seem to recall that she may have even went to my grade school. She was younger than me.
Whoever wrote this as is seen here: http://www.ghostplace.com/forum/ghost_hunting-38475.html has a nice story but the ghost house they show is wrong.