Saturday, October 4, 2014
The cemeteries of Adams County are filled with stories of people who came from Norway, Bohemia, Ireland, New England, Ohio, and Illinois, or they born here, stayed here or came back to die here. Their stories tell of their troubles and joys, their families and friends, and help us understand how their lives reflect on our lives today. They can’t tell their stories themselves, so every fall since 2003, the Adams County Historical Society has held a Cemetery Tour. Volunteers stand by graves and become the “spirits” of those buried beneath and tell their stories.
This year the Cemetery Tour visited the spirits in Plainville, Prairie, Lakeview and Mount Calvary Cemeteries.
At Plainville Cemetery we heard from Oscar and Belle Armstrong Atcherson, Civil War veteran George Oakes, and Judge Samuel Tyler. At Lakeview Cemetery we met Vera Phillips, Russell Henningsen, Urban Huber, John and Mary Murphy Vroman, and Jacob and Fannie Jones Vroman. At Mount Calvary Cemetery by St. Ann’s Church in Brooks we saw Katherine and George Lehmann. Finally, at old Prairie Cemetery Cynthia West told us about the others who are buried there.