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WSQ Waukesha's Unknown Boy

Hidden : 1/22/2009
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This cache will take you to Waukesha's Prairie Home Cemetery. It is open from dawn until dusk so please no after hours visits. After reading this story in the Wierd Wisconsin book, I convinced my AuntieNae to find this grave. The coordinates given above will take you to the actual grave where you will need to obtain information to complete my puzzle to find the actual cache container.

The cache itself is hidden along the perimeter of the cemetery and can be reached from inside or outside. If you feel you must search beyond the fence, please recalculate your answers .. it is no where near the railroad tracks.

THIS IS A PUZZLE GEOCACHE

The coordinates given will bring you to the Unknown Boy's Grave so please be respectful. This portion of the cemetery is pretty well established but his marker is within the radius of the tall tree and stood above the snow on the day this was hidden.

Please note the Month and Year on his marker.

To determine the NORTH Coordinate: N42 59.710 MINUS the month

on the grave marker. (Calculate the month in numeric value such as - January = 01, December = 12, etc) so example 59.710 minus December would be 59.710 minus 12 would be 59.698 (not actual)

To determine the WEST Coordinate: W88 14.240 MINUS the year

on the grave marker. Please add the numbers together in the year such as 1+8+8+9 = 26 so 14.240 minus 26 would be 14.214 (not the actual).

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Below is the background story from the book "Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets" by Linda S. Godfrey, page 248.

"Waukesha, located just west of the bustling city of Milwaukee, was a quiet little town in the 1920's. It was quite a shock to its citzens then, when on , a very well-dressed little boy was fished out of an old, quarry, drowned. He was about five years old. Adding to the horror was the fact that he'd been hit on the head with a blunt instrument.

The police were mystified so the local citizens tried to help. Someone put up a $1,000 reward for information regarding the boy's identity. A Waukesha funeral home displayed his body for viewing a few days in the hopes someone would claim the body, but no one showed up. Then a Milwaukee funeral home laid him out for viewing, still no one came forward with information about him. Because of his expensive clothing and shoes, he was dubbed "Little Lord Frauntleroy". Police finally concluded he had been kidnapped from a well-to-do family in another town, killed when he became too difficult to deal with, and dumped in Waukesha where no one would recognize him.

A sympathetic woman named Minnie Contrad didn't want to see the little boy go into a pauper's grave so she passed the hat and soon collected enough to buy a modest headstone for him. He is buried here in the Waukesha Prairie Home Cemetery on DATE ON MARKER. Minnie watched over his grave as if he were a member of her own family, bringing flowers and keeping the burial plot tidy. Eventually, in 1941, she was buried in the same cemetary, not too far from the mystery boy.

According to those who lived at the time near the cemetary, a heavily veield woman - someone other than Minnie - would sometimes be seen placing a bouquet on the little grave. She had to be, speculated, someone who know Little Lord Fauntleroy's true identity. Otherwise, why the secrecy? Unfortunately, if she had indeed known the boy, the veiled woman has by now taken the secret to her own grave, and his true story will most likely forever remain a mystern at the Prairie Home Cemetary."

Minnie Conrad's grave is located approximately 500 feet from his grave .. we found it before it snowed. Depending upon how you enter the cemetery, you can read the large family marker "CONRAD" right along the main road.
This cache placed by a member of:
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This cache was placed for the 2009 Waukesha Winter JanBoree Event to be held on Saturday, January 24.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

zntargvp

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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