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The Curse of T.B. Scott Mansion

Location:  Merrill, Lincoln County, Wisconsin

 

The Reputed History:  

According to the local legend, some white men killed a young Native American woman named "Jenny" who happened to be the Chief's daughter.  With the words, "Let this ground be sacred to my daughter's memory, and let it never do any white man any good," he put a protective curse on the Indian burial ground where his daughter was laid to rest.  Later the T.B. Scott Mansion was built upon the site, and through the years the occupants of the house have experienced misfortunes such as death, bankruptcy, fraud, and disappearance.

The three trees that grew over Jenny's grave still stand next to the T.B. Scott mansion.

 

Correction:  

Some ghost web sites refer to it as the "Scott Mansion," but the correct name is the "T.B. Scott Mansion."

The Investigation: 

  • We have been unable to verify the Indian legend.
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  • Construction on the house began in 1884.  Thomas Blythe Scott was the original owner.  He owned the Warren Mill and was instrumental in getting the railroad to Jenny.  He died before the house was completed.
  • In 1919, the City of Merrill bought the Mansion and the surrounding 39 acres of property for $8,500.
  • Shortly after, Sisters from the Merrill community moved in and remain there to this day.

Jenny Bull Falls legally changed to Merrill in honor of the general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, Mr. S.S. Merrill.  the adoption of the name Merrill in 1881

Hon. Thomas B. [Blythe] SCOTT was born [08 February] 1829 at [Rexburyshire] Scotland,when Thomas B. SCOTT died (October 1886?)

Merrill - Scott Mansion - The beginning started back when Merrill was still known as Jenny. Jenny was an Indian and when she died she was buried on a hill. Many years later a mansion was built, Scott mansion. The house has several strange connections to it; 1st the house was built on an Indian burial ground, in fact the 3 trees that grew over Jenny's grave still stand next to the house 2nd the man who built the Scott Mansion died on the Titanic and then the original owner died in the house. Now the house is lived in by the sister of the holy cross because the are the only people who have not gotten chased out.

In 1923 the city donated this area to the Holy Cross sisters to erect a hospital.
The hospital was built adjacent to the mansion.
In 1936, the Sisters used the Scott mansion parlor for high school classes.
1923 The city of  Merrill, Wisconsin, offered the sisters Scott Mansion and some property if  they would erect and staff a hospital. 
1923 24 October 1923:  Mother Aniceta Reali,  Sister Rose de Lima Taafe., and  nine postulants arrived in Merrill. 
1926 12  November:  Dedication of  Holy Cross Hospital,  Merrill. 
1936 17  September:  the first high  school  classes were held in the parlor of 
Scott Mansion,  Holy  Cross  Convent. 
1941 20 July: groundbreaking  for Our Lady of  the Holy  Cross High School, Merrill. 

the haunted 1884 T.B. Scott Mansion, which has a bizarre and lengthy list of misfortunes and untimely deaths of past residents—including one who went down with the Titanic. The thought of such a place nearby could make getting a good night's sleep difficult.

The Reputed Phenomena:  

The mansion has a bizarre and lengthy list of misfortunes and untimely deaths of past residents--including one who went down with the Titanic.

 

The Investigation:  

Merrill- Scott Mansion

Reported History -

The beginning started back when the town of Merrill was still known as Jenny.

Jenny was an Indian and when she died she was buried on a hill. Many years later

a mansion was built, Scott mansion. Jenny was a Native American girl whose beauty charmed the white men. When an epidemic of influenza spread through the tribe and killed Jenny, the chief blamed the white men. Jenny was buried on the hill where Scott Mansion would later stand.

The chief dedicated the hill to his daughter’s memory and cursed any white man who would dare violate it.

The house has several strange connections to it; 1st the house was built on an

Indian burial ground, in fact the 3 trees that grew over Jenny's grave still

stand next to the house 2nd the man who built the Scott Mansion died on the

Titanic and then the original owner died in the house. Now the house is lived in

by the sister of the holy cross because the are the only people who have not

gotten chased .

Here is the history that can be validated from historical records. We have included the strange deaths that accompany the Mansion. As far as we could determine the deaths are legitimate. There does seem to be a lot of coincidental deaths and bad luck that plagues the Scott Mansion land.

Real History -

1883 -President Chester A Arthur signed the deed for the property to be

purchased by T.B. Scott

1884- The foundation of the home was laid. It was to be 3,000 square feet

1886 - On October 7th T.B. Scott died suddenly. His property was left to his wife, along

with $5,000 to finish it.

1887- Ann Scott died suddenly and was buried next to her husband. Their son Walter went to Chicago to inform the architect that the hill was cursed. Walter was killed with a letter opener.

1893/4- The unfinished home was sold to a gentleman from Chicago

1897- The home was sold to Danning & Co

1890- Owners were unable to find the abstract to seal the place

1900- Chicago gentleman(Kuechle?) signed over the deed to Tony Barsanti. Kuechle went insane and died in an asylum, while Barsanti was stabbed in Chicago’s Union Station.

1901- George Gibson from Illinois bought the home, he closed up his office and went to inspect the Scott Mansion and was never seen again.

 

1906- Mrs. Fehlhaber bought the home with the hopes of putting a hospital there. Mrs. Fehlhaber was out on a buggy ride and she felt death approaching and stopped at a nearby farmhouse and died before a doctor could arrive.

1911 - The caretaker, not the builder went home to England to England. In the spring he booked a sail on the Titanic and was listed among the missing.

1912- Lyoydsen became the new caretaker, after moving out west he died of alcoholism.

1919- Herman Fehlhaber gave the property to the city of Merrill

1923- The city of Merrill gave the Scott Mansion to the Holy Cross Sisters

1938 -The exterior of the building was renovated

1952- The building was remodeled to become apartments

1967- The Mansion was used for a Junior College dormitory

1971- The entire building was used by the Junior College

1974 Since the closing of the Junior College the Mansion has again been used by

the Sisters

Myths -

According to Dolores Mielke author of T.B. Scott Mansion there are several myths

about the Scott Mansion. She has produced these facts.

Early Merrill received its name from the surveyor who called the spot

“Virginia Falls”. This was shortened to Ginnie then Jenny

 

There was never an Indian girl named Jenny- No one prior to 1892 had ever

heard of her, Jenny appears to be from the imagination of a Milwaukee Newspaper man during the 1892 Merrill Strike

The Merrill Daily Herald Jan22,1921 reports that the town of Merrill was originally named Jenny Bull Falls. When T.B. Scott arrived the town was known simply as Jenny

 


Designed by Terry Fisk
Copyright © Unexplained Research. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 28, 2004

Designed by Terry Fisk
Copyright © Unexplained Research. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 28, 2004