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 Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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