MARCUS - The Lighted Lantern Walk for 2006 is scheduled for Saturday, to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery five miles south, one mile west and another one and one-half miles south of Marcus.
Early families to be honored this year are the Diegel-Quamen families; Adam Grauer family; Christof Hohbach family; Rubbert-Luchterhandt families, and Stowater-Ohlendorf families. Each will be represented by a present-day descendant enacting the role of an early ancestor. A current elder of the church will welcome all comers who will be seated just inside the cemetery gates.
As in the past, lanterns will light the gravesites and luminaries will illuminate the walkway, but those who choose not to do the walking can still enjoy all of the stories.
Following the presentations everyone is invited to return to the church for light refreshments. Memorabilia will be on display and a special guest, Ginger Vietor, Cherokee County Conservationist, will give an enlightening description of just what this beloved prairie land of ours was like when those early founders first came.
In case of inclement weather, the entire presentation will take place in the church.
The committee wants to express its grateful appreciation for the assistance of Al Vasher's Advanced Computer Applications class, Renea Ogren's MMC Leadership Team, and numerous other volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible.
They also want to remind all comers that the stories do not claim to be complete and accurate genealogical records; neither time nor research facilities would allow that. Instead, they are intended to re-create the lifestyle of that far-off time.