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Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2003
Lists of allegedly haunted places in Ozaukee and Washington
counties can be found all over the Internet.
A perusal of most sites reveals, however, that legends are
generally passed from site to site with little actual
investigation or verification.
Spooky locales most often mentioned include:
Concordia University, Mequon
The reputed history is that "Sister Sixtoes" haunts
the place, which belonged to an order of Catholic nuns before
being sold to Concordia University, a Lutheran school. She
allegedly haunts the chapel and other buildings. There
reportedly have been sightings of a phantom figure walking down
the stairs near the chapel late at night, objects in their rooms
being moved and electrical items, such as lights, radios, TVs,
turning on and off by themselves.
But maintenance supervisor Stephen Hibbard said neither he
nor his staff have ever witnessed any such occurrences.
Founders Park, Cedarburg
Located near Cedarburg High School, Founders Park is a
memorial to the city's founding families. As one Web site said:
"There is a very strong negative feeling there, as well as
many cold spots throughout the park that will make the hair on
your neck stand at length's end on any given warm sunny day. You
also don't feel 'alone' when you are there," and two crows
are always present in the park.
An investigation by "paranormal investigator" Chad
Lewis found "no unusual feelings," according to his
Web site. "The park is heavily wooded and shaded, so cold
spots are not unexpected. No crows were observed."
The Mary Buth house and cemetery, Germantown
According to one Web site: "A woman dressed in gothic,
translucent, white clothing has been seen standing near the
house. Crying sounds coming from the upstairs bedroom have been
One ghost-interested Internet message board even labels the
place as "dangerous."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Mike Nichols
investigated the legend of Mary Buth after police arrested some
youths in the cemetery there two years ago. They were carrying
knives for "self-protection," according to police.
Nichols interviewed some who knew Mary Buth as "a nice
old lady." You can read his research on the Mary Buth
legend at www.jsonline.com/news/Metro/oct00/nichcol06100500a.asp
University of Wisconsin-Washington County, West Bend
According to Internet sources, campus custodians have seen
and heard doors slam, things fall without reason, lights go off
and on, desks sliding across floors and slamming into walls.
Ron Fischer, the campus' lead custodian, said he has never
seen or heard stories about those kinds of things.
But, he admitted: "It get pretty spooky around here on a
Some sites that contain lists of Wisconsin hauntings:
From the Oct. 26, 2003 editions of the Milwaukee
by Terry Fisk
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