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Cemetery walk tradition continues in Marcus

Monday, September 21, 2009

This year marks will the tenth year for the Marcus Amherst Cemetery Walk, which has always been under the thoughtful eye of Nancy Hier, a Marcus native. The event this year will be held on Saturday evening, Oct. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Marcus Amherst Cemetery.

This will be the last year Hier will be active in the program but she will be there to cheerlead the efforts of the Marcus Historical Society to go forth. The community respects her ingenuity and thoughtfulness as well to bring understanding to the historical aspects of the community. Hier had visited a community who hosted a cemetery walk and found it to be a delighted way to learn of one's heritage. From there, Hier took on the challenge of making it a reality for Marcus.

Margaret Dorr, left, and Nancy Hier are two interesting ladies who are as sharp as a tack and have shared their knowledge of area history with Marcus area residents. Their knowledge and humor have drawn many into studying and discussing events of the past. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Margaret Dorr is well-known for her intellect and way with words. She has spent many hours researching and writing the history of several families the last ten years. Together, this team is top-notch in making this a worth-while event to attend.

Since they have given a warning not to rely upon them starting next year, the Marcus Historical Society is taking the event upon themselves with guidance from these two ladies. These ladies will be recognized at the event.

The six families that will be honored this year include: Louis Dunn presented by Darrel Downs; Benjamin Radcliffe presented by Kay Deboer; Frank Sand presented by Ed Sand; John Helin by Nancy Hier; P. Adam Dorr will be presented by Lulu Grauer and W.E Rose will be presented by Renea Ogren.

This year folks who shouldn't be walking will be able to board a trolley car and sit while they tour the cemetery, making six stops to hear a brief presentation. Paul Flank will play some tunes on his harmonica to add to the atmosphere. At the Grace Methodist Church, attendees may enjoy a beverage and cookies while checking out the memorabilia set out on tables plus listen to more details about the six ancestors of the community and their contribution of making Marcus the town that it is.

This event has stimulated conversation about who is related to who, where they lived and many other surprises. To those of you who haven't ever attended, make this your year.

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