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St. Mary Cemetery - Umbarger

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Hidden : 12/17/2013
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The origins of the community date back to the mid-1890s. In 1895, rancher S.G. Umbarger leased the site from the Houston and Great Northern Railroad survey lands. He purchased it two years later and established several businesses that catered to area settlers and travelers. The Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway established a switch near Umbarger's ranch in 1898.[Although Umbarger sold his ranch and moved to nearby Canyon in 1900, the settlement retained its name.

As more land was made available to homesteaders, the community slowly began to grow. In 1902, a group of German Catholics from the Schulenburg area in south central Texas settled in Umbarger. The migration was pioneered by Pius Friemel. A general store that housed a post office opened soon after, followed by the creation of a public school district in 1904. Around the same time a Catholic missionary, Father Joseph Reisdorff, worked to attract other German families to the community. In 1908, both he and John Hutson, an Englishman who had speculated in land holdings around Umbarger, filed separate plans of settlement. The subsequent friction led to the building of two separate Catholic churches. Swiss immigrants settled in Umbarger from 1911 to the late 1920s. By that time, the business district was centered in Reisdorff's portion of Umbarger on the north side of the railroad tracks. Under the leadership of Father John J. Dolje, St. Mary's Church was moved to its present-day location.

Each November, Umbarger hosts an annual German Sausage Festival at St. Mary's Parish Hall.

credits: Wikipedia

To find this cache you must locate the headstone of Pius Friemel and his wife.  On it you will find three letters which is the clue to the location of the cache.

Merry Christmas.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

oruvaq gnyy pebff

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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