Seven Sutherland Sisters were world-famous for their incredible
hair, which reportedly had a collective length of 37 feet. It is
said that the siblings’ mother, Mary Sutherland, applied an
ointment on the young girls' hair to stimulate growth. Their
classmates often complained of the offensive odor.
Sutherland children were all musically inclined and performed
around New York State as the "Sutherland Concert of Seven
Sisters and One Brother." In 1881, they entertained at the
Atlanta Exposition in Georgia. Around 1884, when the Sisters
were traveling with Barnum and Bailey's “Greatest Show on
Earth,” their father, Fletcher Sutherland, realized that crowds
flocked to see the girls' long hair more than their singing
talents. He mixed together a liquid concoction that he called
“The Seven Sutherland Sisters Hair Grower.” He sent a bottle to
a chemist for an analysis and received the following
testimonial: "Cincinnati, Ohio, March, 1884: - Having made a
Chemical Analysis of the Hair Grower prepared by the Seven Long
Haired Sisters, I hereby certify that I found it free from all
injurious substances. It is beyond question the best preparation
for the hair ever made and I cheerfully endorse it. -- J.R.
Duff, M.D., Chemist."
Seven Sutherland Sisters Corp. bottled and distributed the Hair
Grower from New York City and sold $90,000 worth of product the
first year. They soon added a Scalp Cleanser, a Seven Sutherland
Sisters Comb and eight shades of Hair Colorators. After
achieving world-wide fame in 1893, the Sutherland Sisters spared
no expense when building their new mansion on the Ridge Road
just west of Warrens Corners. The house had 14 rooms, a marble
lavatory with hot and cold running water, a turret, cupola and
peaked gables, beds imported from Europe, black walnut woodwork,
hardwood floors, massive chandeliers, as well as an attic room
for the cook and maids.
January 24, 1938, the mansion burned to the ground, taking many
relics of The Sisters’ glory days with it. The Sutherland family
lived lives of extreme excess, and even though they earned
millions of dollars in their lifetimes, they all died destitute
of their riches.