Back in 1851 William Robinson saw that some day the community in which he lived, Hoosier Hollow, in the town of Eagle, would be in need of a cemetery so he set aside a piece of land on his farm for such purposes. However it was not until 1855 that the first burial took place there. It was August 30, 1855, that George W. Miller, a young lad, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. and J. Miller passed away at the age of four years and nine months.
Close by George W. Miller is the marker for his mother who sleeps near her child. The mother's name was Juleann Miller and she died July 10, 1864, according to the tombstone.
William Recob and his wife Mary Ann, grandparents of E. D. Recob, are buried there. Mr. Recob was a native of Indiana and came to Hoosier Hollow in 1854 with his family. He was quite a hunter and the wilderness of his new home area abounded with game which furnished meat for the table. One winter, it is related, he killed 14 deer. In 1845 he was married to Mary A. Wilson who was born in Ohio, April 2, 1826. They became the parents of 12 children. One of the daughters, Alveretta, died in 1871 at the age of 17. She is buried on the same lot with her parents. Twin daughters died in 1879. It says on their marker:
"Dearest sisters, you have left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Mr. Recob served in the Civil War, enlisting February 26, 1864, in Co. B 36th Wis. Volunteers and served until the close of the war. The day before the surrender of General Lee he was struck by a horse which resulted in injury which confined him to his bed for some four years. He died Sept. 9, 1881, at the age of 60. Mrs. Recob passed on July 27, 1893, at the age of 67.
In another part of the cemetery is a monument for Thomas Gunnill and his wife Ann, Mr. Gunnill met death in the far south. Like Mr. Recob he was a member of Co. B., 36th Inft. Their army life was closely related for they both entered service on the same day, enrolling together, joining the army of the Potomac. They participated in several important battles and while fighting side by side in the battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia, on August 14, 1864, Mr. Gunnill was killed when a bullet from the gun of a Confederate soldier struck him down. Monuments for both these worthies are in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, yet they are resting far apart. Mr. Gunnill was a native of England, born in 1827. He came to America in 1850 and to Hoosier Hollow in 1854. At his death he left his widow and three children. His wife Ann was born in 1821 and died in 1911.
Names of the early settlers which appear upon the tombstones are Hayes, Lynz, Whitford, Slater, Beard, Dodge, McClintock, Thompson, Casey, Wilson and many, many for members of the Miller family, in fact the Miller clan or their relatives form a majority of the folks buried there. On the grave of William Miller is a marker which read:
1795 - 1879
First Settler in Hoosier Hollow 1848"
William Miller, the first white settler, was a veteran of the War of 1812. He was born in Kentucky in January 1795, and was married to Charlotte Dawson. They moved to Indiana where they located and resided until 1849, when Mrs. Miller sickened and died. Mr. Miller had previously come to Richland county, Wisconsin, where he entered large tracts of land in the town of Eagle. In 1849 he moved his family to the town and the locality took on the name of Hoosier Hollow by which it is known today.
A number of Civil War veterans, other than those mentioned, have found final rest in the confines of this burying ground; one of these is William H. Cooper, member of Co. K 14th Regt. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1836 and came to Richland county with his parents in 1850. His mother died in 1857, leaving 12 children, six girls and six boys. Three of the boys served in the Civil War, one John Wesley, enlisted in 1862, went south and died in service on March 23, 1863. William H. who is buried in the Pleasant Hill cemetery and whose death took place in 1926. His wife, who before her marriage was Amy Elliott, was born in Ohio in 1840 and died in 1911.
William Robinson, who donated the land for the cemetery, was born in Kentucky, October 23, 1808. With his parents he went to Indiana. In 1832 he was married to Rebecca Richardson and in 1849 came to Richland county with the William Miller clan to assist them in moving here. He was well impressed with this wild, unsettled county, he entered land in the wilderness, and returned to Indiana for his family. Returning to Richland county, the family moved into a vacant log cabin where life again took a new meaning for these pioneers. Mrs. Robinson died in May, 1860, leaving seven children. Mr. Robinson again married in 1861 to Mary Shuler. Mr. Robinson died, so his tombstone says, in May, 1890, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 5 days.
George W. Miller, first to be buried in this cemetery, had a long wait for some of his relatives, the last burial there which we noted upon a stone was in 1936 for William A. Miller.
The WSQ in the title of this cache is an acronym for Wisconsin Spirit Quest. Wisconsin geocachers have adopted this acronym to designate their cemetery caches. As this is classified as a cemetery cache please note it is NOT hidden on any grave marker or site. If there is a service going on, or folks are visiting their loved ones when you arrive please be respectful and come back at a later time. Your understanding and compassion for those folks will be appreciated.
PLEASE FOLLOW ANY POSTED VISITING HOURS, RESPECT THE RESIDENTS HERE, AND ONLY VISIT DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS IF NO HOURS ARE POSTED
The cache is not located near a grave...Do not disturb monuments. If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground. You must sign the cache log to claim a find. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out.