La Belle Cemetery

Location:  Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin


The Reputed Phenomena:  

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.


The Investigation:  

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).


Fowler 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.


Neither 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 Minnie.


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 grave sometimes place coins and other objects into the hands.

If you've used genealogy software or other methods of finding your relatives and have traced your family tree back to any of the names mentioned here, we'd love to hear about it! It'd be great to actually pin down who the statue represents.

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