This is our last recap of past Cemetery Walks (if we've been accurate in our records). While many of us current citizens think first of the Bohr house that sat by the old junk yard and has been since torn down, there is more history to their story. It took three of them to really tell their story right: Joseph, William (Tinner) and Katherine. The Bohrs arrived in the US in September 1842; they too were encouraged by the letters of Johann Fuchs, Nick Pohl and Johann Lehmann. From a millinery store to building the old church, the Bohrs have a rich history in our town.
You'll find more of their story by clicking on the button below (we apologize for the poor quality of the text).
WHEN: September 16 @ 2 PM
WHERE: St. Mary Cemetery, Price Road (west of Westphalia, east of Jones Road)
A cemetery walk runs like a circuit route or a clock. Each grave site is a stop on the circuit. At the site, a person (often a relative) will be dressed in period clothing and tell the story of the deceased. Typically props are also included in each presentation.
To begin, everyone splits into groups at one of the selected grave sites. After the stories are over at each grave, a docent leads each group to the next grave. The presenters tell their story repeatedly as the groups rotate on the circuit. This way everyone has an opportunity to hear each story and everyone is "done" at the same time.
With five speakers speaking for approximately 10 minutes each (along with socializing and brief instructions), this event typically lasts around 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
We are featuring:
- Ron Spitzley
- Leo Bauer
- Bob Trierweiler
- Elizabeth Hengesbach
- Maria Catherine and Adam (Vidua) Fedewa
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In 2016, Sergeant Martin John Rademacher joined us to tell the story of his 19 years of life. In those years, he delivered milk, worked for Ed Witgen, played baseball and eventually made his way to Europe, where he was a B24 Liberator tail gunner during World War II. He was part of 26 missions before dying for his country.
Read about his story by clicking the link below.
Presented by his grandson, Tom Manning, Mathias Belen "joined" us for the 2017 Cemetery Walk. Find the answers to these questions and more by clicking on the button below.