Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Birth
Death Mar 1921
Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Section 1 Lot 39 Grave 6
Memorial ID 5481656 · View Source
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Dubbed "Little Lord Fauntleroy" by the citizens of Waukesha, he was found drowned in the O'Laughlin quarry in 1921. No one ever stepped forward to claim him, and his indentity remains a mystery to this day. Prairie Home has planted a flower bed, on his grave, in his memory each year since his interment. "American Folk Figure and Unsolved Homicide"


Little Lord Fauntleroy is the informal nickname given to an unidentified American boy who was discovered murdered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on March 8, 1921.

On March 8, 1921, the remains of a boy aged five to seven were found floating in a pond near the O'Laughlin Stone Company in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He had been struck with a blunt instrument and was then disposed of in the local body of water. Despite having been dressed in clothing that seemed to indicate an affluent background, the boy was claimed by no one. In efforts to identify him, authorities displayed his body at a local funeral home.
A reward of one thousand dollars was also posted, but did not generate any information. His clothes consisted of a gray sweater, Munsing underwear, black stockings, a blouse and leather shoes. He had blond hair, brown eyes and a tooth missing from the lower jaw. The boy could have been in the water for several months.
A man, an employee for the O'Laughlin company, claimed that he had been approached by a couple five weeks before the body was found. The woman, who wore a red sweater, requested to know if the man had seen a young boy. She was reportedly upset and the man accompanying her was seen watching the area where the child was located. They later left in a Ford vehicle and have never been located since that time. A possible scenario for the case is that Little Lord Fauntleroy may have been abducted from a wealthy family in another location and disposed of somewhere else to prevent his identification. After the investigation halted, money was raised by a local woman, Minnie Conrad,(FAG memorial # 52793447)for the child to be buried at the Prairie Home cemetery, in Waukesha. She was later buried in the same cemetery in 1940 after she died at the age of seventy-three.

It was reported that there were sightings of a woman wearing a heavy veil who would occasionally place flowers on the boy's grave and may have possibly known who he was when he was alive. - Wikipedia

Gravesite Details While in Wisconsin, I stumbled upon this story while in a Tavern. I went to the cemetery while there, but since I wasn't certain what I was exactly looking for at the time, I was unable to find any marker.
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  • Added: 25 May 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5481656
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Little Lord Fauntleroy (unknown–Mar 1921), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5481656, citing Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Prairie Home Staff (contributor 46483328) .