Arville L. Funk, SQUIRE BOONE IN INDIANA (Chicago: Adams Press, 1974)

1974

Arville L. Funk, SQUIRE BOONE IN INDIANA (Chicago: Adams Press, 1974)

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In 1806 he moved his family to Indiana, to a bluff overlooking Buck Creek. There, earlier, he had discovered a cave with a flowing spring, and he and his sons built a mill that used the water power from the spring. This first grist mill became very successful. Squire's son Isaiah continued to operate it, and it was in the family until 1872. On the large stones of the foundation, he carved many images and sayings; one read: <The Traveler's Rest -- Consecrated by Squire Boone, 1809 I set and sing my soul's salvation and bless the God of my creation My God my life hath much befriended I'll prise him till my days are ended.> He was buried by his own instruction in the cave. He had already prepared a large walnut coffin for his remains; died of dropsy in 8/1815, buried and a huge stone placed over the cave entrance. For many years it was undisturbed. But when the story of the burial tomb became widely known in mid-century, relic hunters descended on the site and began to carry away pieces of the coffin; eventually they began to cart off even the bones. Finally a few scattered pieces of bone were removed by his descendants and buried in a secret place in Kentucky. Arville L. Funk, SQUIRE BOONE IN INDIANA (Chicago: Adams Press, 1974):13-14.

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