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Surrerar Cemetery, also known as the Little Prairie Cemetery, is an enigma in terms of Newaygo County sites. Although the site appears on county maps and records as recently as 1922, it is virtually unknown today. There are no readily visible reminders left of what this location is, and it has become a popular spot for drinking, hunting, and riding ATVs. It was originally set aside from property owned by J.E. (J.R.?) Surrerar, who ironically is buried in Oak Grove cemetery, for use by the small group of farmers living in the area. It is located on a remnant of the short grass prairie which once covered much of the Midwest, and is now owned by the US Forest Service. Recent evidence has pointed to an area much larger than originally thought, which may include the cemetery as well as a prairie settlement and a Native American encampment. According to descendants, the original spelling appears to be Surrarrer, and may have come from a modification of the French name Searle.
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