Riverside Cemetery Annual Historic Walk


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Press release submitted by city of Moline

Echoes from Riverside "Gone, But Not Forgotten"

Riverside Cemetery Annual Historic Walk

Take a leisurely stroll back in time and visit with some of Moline's early citizens as local, costumed thespians bring the characters to life in the history-rich drama of Echoes from Riverside, "Gone, But Not Forgotten". The annual Riverside Cemetery walk will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Rain date is September 30th. Cost is $4.00 per person, with children 12 and under free.

Tours begin from the Riverside Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum, 2900 – 6th Avenue. The first tour leaves at 1 pm, with the last tour leaving at 3 pm. This guided walking tour takes approximately 1 ½ hour. Tickets may be purchased the day of the walk at Riverside Chapel Mausoleum. Refreshments will be available.

This year's program includes John Deere's granddaughter, Emma Chapman Woodcock, in recognition of Deere & Company's 175th anniversary. In recognition of the Rock Island Arsenal 150th anniversary we have John Gamble who worked on the Island for 40 years, during which time he kept a daily record of events at the Arsenal, in the community and in the nation.

Historical characters to be portrayed include:

Emma Chapman Woodcock, (1859-1928), John Deere's Granddaughter, Philanthropist (played by Brigitte McCray)

Grace Putnam, (1872-1932), Teacher and Principal (played by Dorothy White)

Silas D. Harker, (1834-1923), Civil War Veteran, Violent End (played by Bill Hannan)

George Oldefest, (1849-1908), German Immigrant, Riverside Cemetery Sexton (played by Bob White)

Isabel Gertrude Christison Eichman, (1878-1924), San Francisco Earthquake Survivor, 1st Female to Run Postal Sub-Station (played by Yvonne Brolander)

John Gamble, (1841-1929), Civil War Veteran who Survived Incarceration at Andersonville, Arsenal Island Guard (played by Bob Bohannon)

Eric Okerberg, (1821-1903), 1st Jewelry and Watchmaker Store, Master Craftsman, Died while Delivering a Clock (played by Greg Bouljon)

Mathilda Ed Olson, (1871-1957) Swedish Immigrant who came by herself to Moline at age 19 and did not speak English (played by Kathleen Seusy)




















 




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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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