Pete-Cat LbNA # 52372
|Placed Date||Mar 6 2010|
|Last Update||May 19 2013|
Peter (Pete-Cat) Starin was a unique man with a silly sense of humor and a talent for making friends wherever he went. Because he loved the outdoors, we know he would have loved letterboxing; sadly, we only discovered this activity after he passed on. Since we can’t bring Pete to letterboxing, we decided to bring letterboxing to Pete!
Begin at St. Andrew’s Cemetery at the north end of 7th Street, entering through the gate on the right. Take the first road to the left and follow it to the end. Turn right, then right again. About five car lengths up, look to your left for the tombstone of Peter Starin. You should park here, carefully pulling to the side so others can pass. If you look to the north, you may be able to see the hill where Pete-Cat went sledding as a child.
Walk south to the roadside resting place of Cornelius Stokes, 17th Wisconsin Infantry. From here, set your compass for 280 degrees and walk 81 adult steps to the large Hollingshead family memorial. Standing at the west side of the memorial, set your compass for 300 degrees and walk 48 steps to the large Sutherland family memorial. From the west side of this memorial, set your compass for 330 degrees and walk 70 steps to the towering Soldier’s Memorial. From the southwest corner of this memorial, walk 105 steps at 255 degrees to the white, octagonal Mabie family memorial.
“Between 1847 and 1894, Delavan was home to 26 circus companies. The Mabie Brothers U.S. Olympic Circus, then the largest in America, arrived in 1847, to become the first circus to quarter in the territory of Wisconsin. Its famous rogue elephant, "Romeo", stood 19˝ feet high, and weighed 10,500 pounds. Over 130 members of Delavan's nineteenth century circus colony are buried in Spring Grove and St. Andrew cemeteries.”
From the Mabie monument, walk 40 steps north to the very unique Harp monument. If you rap on this monument with your knuckles, you’ll discover it is made of metal! From the north side of this monument, walk 60 steps in a 20 degree direction until you reach the large, white Latimer family memorial.
Mr. Latimer came to Delavan in 1854 where he built and ran a grain elevator. He eventually opened his own private bank of E. Latimer & Co. of which he headed until 1908. After your search, head into town on Walworth Ave. You can see the beautiful Latimer House on the north side of the divided boulevard.
Standing at the Latimer memorial, look to the northeast. Do you see the cedar Victory tree? This is where Pete-Cat awaits you.
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PLEASE cover with branches so it is not easily discovered by passers-bye.