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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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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