Does It Float? Series  LbNA # 40171

OwnerLindsays Snowman    
Placed DateMay 24 2008
LocationCincinnati, OH
Found By hppy2Bmom
Last Found Aug 28 2014
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Note: On Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 Hurricane Ike hit Cincinnati with 70 mph windstorms. The trees in Cincinnati were hard hit and power for some was out for over a week. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum was hit very hard and today (Sept. 28, 2008), trees are still down, debris is everywhere and some roads are closed. I checked up on all of my boxes in Spring Grove. The clues for Ivory have been modified since the tree that the letterbox was hidden in was broken right where the box was located. Delhi Granny rescued the box and found a new hidding spot.

“Does It Float?” Series

The company Procter and Gamble was formed in 1837 by James Gamble, a soapmaker and William Procter, a candlemaker. One of their best known products, Ivory soap was first marketed in the 1880s as a soap that floats. Legend has it that the fact that it floats was a mistake due to an employee forgetting to turn off the soap making machine while he went to lunch. He came back to find that the mixture was frothy. But since the ingredients had not changed, he went on to make the soap anyways. P&G realized that something was amiss when they started receiving requests for the floating soap a month after the mistake. They then purposely included more air in the soap so that it became lighter than water and therefore would float!

World headquarters for P&G are located in Cincinnati, Ohio. P&G is the 23rd largest company in the US by revenue and 14th by profit. Besides making Ivory soap, they make such products as Tide, Crest, Olay and Pringles.

The founders of P&G and their families are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.


Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 4521 Spring Grove Blvd. From I75, exit on W. Mitchell Blvd and drive west to Spring Grove Blvd. Turn left, continue past Winton Road to the entrance to the cemetery on the right.

Spring Grove Cemetery was founded in 1845 and is the second largest cemetery in the US. In 2007, it was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark by the US Park Service.

A map to the cemetery can be found at:

Or you can obtain a map at the Visitors Center after entering the main gates of the cemetery.


The Gamble Family site is located in Section 13. If you don’t have a map, follow the yellow lined road past sections 19 and 18 on your right. Section 13 is immediately after section 18 before section 17.

Find the Gamble obelisk in Section 13. Facing the “Gamble” side of the obelisk, look to your right and go to another tall obelisk. When there, look to the left of to find the smaller monuments for Lippincott and Disney. Standing between these two plots you will see three trees down the hill a bit. One of these trees is labeled as a Japanese Pagada tree. P&G is tucked into the trunk of the left most tree.

Please hide well. This cemetery is very well groomed!!


The Procter Family site is located in section 87 on the green lined road. If you don’t have a map, follow the green lined road from near the entrance passing many sections. After section 57 on your left, will follow 86 on your left and 87 on your right. The Procter Family obelisk is obvious from the road.

Facing the Procter family obelisk on the “Procter” side, look to the right for the Laidlaw family obelisk. Go there. Turn around and face the street. You are looking for yet another obelisk with the name Smith on it. Go there and again look for another obelisk to the left and behind a tree. This is for the Burkhold family. To the left of this site are two lower monuments for DeArmond and Browley. There is a tree immediately to the left of Browley. Go to the side of the tree. The letterbox is hidden behind a broken part of the tree, behind some bark and branches. The original hiding spot may now be a stump now between DeARmond and Browley.

Please hide well. Again, I cannot stress enough how well groomed this cemetery is.