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“INDIANA SPIRIT QUEST”
The Indiana Spirit Quest series of geocaches will take you to a number of historic cemeteries built by Hoosier Pioneers. In just over a year and a half, the quest has grown to over four hundred twenty caches hidden in over forty Indiana counties, and Ohio and Michigan and the hiders have grown to over twenty cacher teams, most of which of which are comprised of Dogs and their Humans. Over 900 cacher teams have logged over 10,700 finds. One cache machine found 102 ISQ caches in a single day (daylight hours only).
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INDIANA SPIRIT QUEST #423
LEE/ST. JOSEPH CEMETERY
The Lee Cemetery is located in Section #7 of Van Buren Township, Grant County. The farm land surrounding it is as good as may be found in the state having formerly been loose swampy ground near the source of the Little Black Creek. Mrs. William Sanderman remembers that it was necessary to cut a swath through the rank grass and brush once, in order to allow a funeral party to reach the Lee Cemetery. The earliest date found on a stone is January 23, 1851. Mrs. Sanderman says that many graves are unmarked and are frequently entered when a new grave becomes necessary. During the time of the oil speculation in this township many new comers buried their dead and removed from the county before they had marked the grave site.
A group of German people came into this north-west part of Van Buren township and ere long the community became known as "The Dutch Settlement". Sometime in the early eighteen nineties a church group was organized into what was called St. Joseph Reformed Church. Deed Book 49 page 221 deed #36 says: "Oscar Landess and Sarah Jane Landess his wife of Grant County release and quit claim to William Korporal, Henry Sanderman, Augustus Bolloefer and Frederick Sanderman trustees of St. Joseph Reformed Church of Van Buren Township and their successors in office for the sum of one dollar a tract of land containing one acre more or less." This deed was executed April 8, 1891.
This church was erected and used until March 21, 1916 when it was razed by a cyclone which struck Grant County. The building was never again erected.
There area at least 17 Lee’s buried here, from 1856 to 1968. Earliest known burial noted on a stone is that of William A. Compton a six year old buried with his parents. He died in 1849.
FIND LOGS ON THIS CACHE THAT INDICATE NIGHT CACHING WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT NOTICE!!
The cache container is a black plastic jar. Please screw lid on correctly and tightly. BYOP. You MUST sign the log to claim a Smilie. If you cache at night, or don't sign the log, or reveal the additional hint in your log, or don't fulfill any additional requirements, your find log will be deleted without notice... The cache is not located near a grave... If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out.XXXXXXX
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DESPITE WHAT SOME NON-ISQ CEMETERY CACHE PAGES MAY SAY, YOU ARE SUBJECT TO ARREST IF FOUND IN A CEMETERY AT NIGHT IN INDIANA IN MOST ALL JURISDICTIONS.