Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Directions: Union Township, DeKalb County,
Indiana, S°29 T°34N R°13E
This church cemetery is located at the north side of the
city of Auburn on Main St/SR427, behind Mott Cemetery and the Northway
Inn. The entrance is on the north side of Madison St. From
Main St., go east on Madison St.
The below information is from printed that John Martin Smith had in
his private files. It was a letter by Wayne Beuret.
On August 30, 1881 four and a half acres of ground, known
as Mader's Addition to the town of Auburn, was purchased for $543.54 to be
used as a Catholic cemetery. About two acres have been in use since
that time. With the growth of the Catholic parish in Auburn it has
become necessary to extend the cemetery west toward the highway. Hopefully,
this project will soon begin in order to be completed in the spring of 1987.
In 1985 a sculpture large enough to be seen from a distance
was designed and built by a former pastor of Immaculate Conception church,
Fr. Henry Mascotte, who holds a Master's Degree in Art from Notre Dame University.
The design is about 18 ft. long and 7 ft. high and depicts
the sun and moon connected by a large banner form indicating that death is
inevitable in life, a fact we all must face. Water forms below the
moon and farmland under the sun recalls Auburn as a farm community relying
on water for growth. The arch is the passage that is death from this
world to the Kingdom. It is a small opening, 4 ft. 9 ins. in height,
reminding us "unless we become like children we cannot enter the Kingdom
of Heaven." The form is a cross to recall that it was on the cross
that death is overcome.
On the reverse or east side of the sculpture are scenes
depicting the different towns that comprise the Immaculate Conception Church.
Auburn is represented by the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg building, Rieke logo,
the DeKalb County Court House, an Auburn car and the Catholic Church.
Butler is shown by the Butler Building and "Susie" the deer. The Waterloo
train station and New York Central tracks and the grain silos east of Waterloo
recall Waterloo to mind. Finishing out the towns of the parish, the
Spencerville covered bridge and the St. Joe iron bridge. A field of
grain completes the scenes and recalls a farming community as well as industrial
makes up the whole of Immaculate Conception Church.
On April 27, 1986 the sculpture was blessed and dedicated
by Fr. Mascotte and the present pastor, Fr. Mel Herber, with a large number
of parishioners in attendance.