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Michigan Spirit Quest #7 "A Mother’s Loss" Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

-Rusty-: Greetings,

While would like to continue to hold the location for you, doing so blocks other cachers from placing caches in the area. We feel that this cache has been disabled for a period of time exceeding what is reasonable for the area, and thus I regretfully must archive it.

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Thank you,

Rusty... - Volunteer Reviewer

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Hidden : 01/07/2006
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

“Michigan Spirit Quest”

The Michigan Spirit Quest series of geocaches will take you to a number of historic cemeteries built by MICHIGAN Pioneers. This series is inspired by and is a continuation of the Indiana Spirit Quest caches created by SixDogTeam. In just over two and a half years, the SPIRIT QUEST has grown to over five hundred and fifty caches and the hiders have grown to twenty-five cacher teams in 3 states and one province, most of which are comprised of Dogs and their Humans. Over 1,000 cachers have logged over 20,000 finds. One cache machine found 102 ISQ caches in a single day (daylight hours only).

(Photo by The Outcaches)
Michigan Spirit Quest #7


Welcome to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bronson, MI. One local pioneer buried at St. Mary’s is Bridget Hanley Dorn. She and John Dorn immigrated to New York on 4 Jul 1844 aboard the vessel Hogarth from County Kilkenney, Ireland, at the time of the Potato Famine with their son James. They went first to New York City, then to Cleveland, Ohio. They bought a farm near Bronson, MI in 1854. Briget and John had six sons: James, Richard, John P., William, Michael and Martin. She was featured in the local newspapers when she "received $97 back pay for her son's [Richard’s] services that was killed in the Custer massacre." Beginning in 1888, she received a pension of $12 a month from the Army for the rest of her life. Her obituary reads:

"Death of a Pioneer:

Mrs. John Dorn died at the home of her son, John, west of town, April 9, 1896. Bridget Hanley was born in Kilkenny county, Ireland, Feb 2, 1822, and left her native land for America when whe was 24 years of age; she stopped in New York city a short time and then went to Cleveland, Ohio, where whe stayed one year, and then came to Bronson, where, up to the time of her death she resided, about 49 years, and was one of the oldest settlers in Bronson township. John Dorn, her husband, died some 33 years ago, and three sons are left to mourn her loss - William, who lives in N. Dakota, Mike and John of Bronson. the funeral was held Saturday at St. Mary's church, conducted by Ref. Fr. Schaeper, and was largely attended." - Bronson Independent


The cache container is a mini M & M’s tube. The cache is not located near a grave... If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground or replace it. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out. Say a prayer for our brave troops, fighting overseas. God Bless America!

MSQ caches are brought to you by the following fellows of GEOMSQ: SixDogTeam (Earthdog Patrick, Lead Dog, Wheel Dog), Wolverine Warriors, The Outcaches, SafariBob & Tweety, Pairomedicchick, Son of Cyclops and MedClown. If you are interested in spreading the Quest to your neck of the woods AND WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US, email Wolverine Warriors.

*Grand Exalted Order of the Michigan Spirit Quest*


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