Location: Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
Several web sites erroneously refer to it as the "Secura Insurance
Company" (singular and without SECURA in all caps).
About 150 years
ago, workers had installed pipes in the pond to filter the
water. A family was having a picnic near the pond and
their young daughter accidentally fell into the water and
drowned when she got stuck in one of the pipes. Years
later the SECURA Insurance Companies building was built on the
According to Sandy Wight, Director of
Marketing Services at SECURA Insurance Companies and author of
their 100-year history book, MILESTONES & Memories,
SECURA was founded on March 1, 1900 in Seymour, Wisconsin.
In 1961 they acquired the 23-acre site in Appleton where their
corporate headquarters are now located. The building was
constructed in 1962, and in 1963 they moved in.
Ms. Wight emphasized that there is no
evidence that a young child or anybody else drowned in SECURA's
pond, and to the best of her knowledge there never was a pond on
the property prior to 1962.
The pond is still located
behind the SECURA Insurance Companies building, and people have
reported that on certain nights they can hear the cries of the
little girl and the sounds of her parent's frantic screams.
There is no foundation to the rumors.
Sandy Wight informs us that the pond on
the property did not exist 150 years ago. It was dug in
1962 when they constructed the corporate headquarters. She
even has a photograph from that year that shows the newly dug
pond before it was filled with water.
Long-time employees of SECURA are not
familiar with any accounts, first-hand or otherwise, of anybody
hearing any ghostly voices emanating from the area near the
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