In the cemetery there is a
large, stone monument of a young woman standing near a cross.
- Sometimes the hands of
the statue will drip blood.
- People have seen an
apparition of the girl walking from the statue and drowning
herself in nearby Lac La Belle.
- People have seen the
statue come to life, walk down the stone steps, and walk into Fowler Lake.
- The statue has led to
mysterious deaths, blindness, and other misfortunes.
There is, indeed, a
granite statue of a young girl, perhaps an angel, holding a bouquet
of Easter Lilies. She stands in mourning next to a large
granite cross. Buried directly in front of the statue is
the plot for the Nathusius family: Buried there is the
father Carl (1830-1921), mother Louise (1832-1917), brother
Wilhelm (1865-1945), and daughter Carolina (1865-1952).
Lake is, indeed, within walking distance and only a few
yards from the statue; however, there
is no reason to believe that either the mother or the daughter
committed suicide by drowning. Lac
La Belle is farther away, and most likely people are confusing
it with Fowler Lake.
the mother nor the daughter were young women at the time of
their deaths. The mother died at age 85, and the daughter,
Carolina, died at age 87. There were two other daughters
who died at an early age and were buried in Dodge County.
Anna died in 1862 at the age of 2, and Minnie died in 1886 at
the age of 27. There is some speculation that the statue
might represent Minnie and that the apparition being seen is
As far as the
alleged stigmata, an examination of the hands on the statue
showed no indication of any kind of blood stains or
abnormality. People who visit the
place coins and other objects into the hands.
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