This is truly an incredible story and we wanted to share it. Emmanuel Dannan is honored in Marquette County every year on November 30th (Truth Day). Emmanuel Dannan is known as the boy who would not tell a lie. The tragic tale of Emmanuel Dannan ends in Marquette County but begins with his parents immigration to this country. Benjamin and Mary Ann (Daws)Dannan came to Milwaukee from Devonshire, England in 1844. The parents and their 8 month old son, William, died 3 years later leaving 7 children, the oldest being 16 alone in the world. Thomas the oldest worked on his own in Milwaukee but the rest of the children were split up. Emmanuel was a healthy young boy. Healthy children, especially boys were a commodity in the wilderness. Emmanuel was given to the Samuel Norton family and came to live in Marquette County. This is where the tragic tale of Emmanuel Dannan begins...The character of Sam Norton (Emmanuel's adoptive father) was questionable. Around 1850 an itinerant peddler disappeared. His horse was found in the Norton pasture. Legend has it that the Nortons killed the man and that Emmanuel witnessed the crime which the murderers were determined to cover up by insisting that the boy lie in their favor. Over and over Emmanuel told them he would not lie. Therefore he was cruelly beaten. It is a fact that on November 30th, 1851 Emmanuel's wrist were tied together, the rope thrown over a cross beam in the barn and the boy strung up with his toes barely touching the floor. Then with willow switches thicker than a man's thumb and breaking a dozen switches in the effort, the child was whipped for 2 hours. When there was not a spot on the boys body large enough to place one's finger that was not bruised or bleeding, Emmanuel muttered, Pa, I'm so cold, and died. The Norton's were brought to trial. Their foster daughter who witnessed these events divulged the details of the torture at the trial and the Norton's were found guilty. The body was first buried on Crooker's farm just east of the Marquette County Line, and was moved to the Greenwood cemetary in 1858. For almost 100 years only a inscribed rock marked his grave. In 1954 Marquette County proclaimed Truth Day and a granite stone was erected. Over 2,000 school children participated in the dedication and left flowers at Emmanuels grave.
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The "SQ" in the cache name above signifies Spirit Quest, a project started in Indiana (GCHRFJ) to distinguish caches that are set in cemeteries. The idea has since spread throughout the Midwest and elsewhere.
Wisconsin cache owners are joining in as of 2007, with the designation WSQ prefixing their cache names. As elsewhere, this is a voluntary effort to help designate and highlight these special areas.
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