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Antle Cemetery Cache Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 09/04/2011
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Geocache Description:

We have placed a series of caches around some of the Jasper County Cemeteries. You do not need to go into the cemetery.Please respect your surroundings.

Antle Cemetery, located in the far NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 27, Kellogg Township once was a portion of woodland and yet today, only the west side is cleared and used for burial. The east side is difficult to identify as being a part of the cemetery due to trees and brush scattered throughout. This old county burial ground silhouetted with three aged pine trees sits high on a hilltop on the corner of a winding gravel road leading west of the town of Kellogg, Iowa about two and a fourth miles.

There is little word about the establishment of Antle Cemetery which also in early years was known as 'Adkins' or 'Scott' Cemetery. Of the hundred odd marker burials, a majority are members of the Antle, Adkins, Scott and Cox families. It is understandable, the pioneers in this area had chosen this particular hallowed ground because they in good faith believed it to be a restful one acre of rolling land among the trees and be forever safe. Today, there are now many broken stones and only remaining bases. Much of the damage can be attributed to vandals. One of the toppled family stones that marks the grave of Martin Adkins has this inscription, 'Settled in Adkins Grove, April 1, 1845.

No official burial register can be located and no one knows how many individuals are buried there. The earliest marked grave is that of Mary Scott, wife of C. L. Scott, who passed away September 12, 1857 at the age of 35. The last burial (Johnson-Reese Funeral Marker) identified the grave of Flora C. Fiser, The daughter of Cyrus and Martha Sloan Fiser and the widow of Sim Fiser. Flora Charlotte Fiser passed away in 1976 and her husband passed away October 20, 1955. His grave is unmarked, death record obtained from Reese Funeral Home at Newton, Iowa.

Antle Cemetery, having no recorded deed, is definitely a key to the past of many generations, is in great danger of being lost to future generations. The Jasper County Cemetery Commissioners are working with the Kellogg Trustees to preserve this gravesite.

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