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Friday, October 1, 1875, news article:
"A correspondent of the Pittsburg Leader writes that there is a very remarkable and curious freak of nature on the bank of the Castleman (Casselman) River, about two and a half miles above Confluence which is well worth the trouble of going to see.

A short distance from the river at the foot of the mountain, six poplars are growing, the space enclosed being in the shape of a coffin. For about six feet from the ground the six trees have a common trunk or rather root, as it seems as if the six trees in the enclosed space had all united solidly and had grown out of the ground carrying the earth above them up along to the height named.

This root trunk is fifty-five feet in circumference, and the poplars, when they assert their individuality, are each two feet in diameter. But now an extremely curious feature of this freak of nature presents itself to the astonished beholder. Upon climbing upon the top of the common trunk it is found that these populars must have been planted around a child's grave.

The enclosed space is about four feet long, and the green grass is growing in the earth there. At one end is a great stone with an inscription on it, which, however, cannot be deciphered, as it is so worn by time. A part of it is broken off by the wear and tear of time, although it would be thought that those sturdy poplars would be able to protect this small charge of theirs. No one knows by whom or when this grave was made."

(Courtesy of the Rockwood Area Historical & Genealogical Society)