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Amherst Cemetery Walk

Monday, September 27, 2010

Since 1999, a planned cemetery walk has been a featured highlight in the fall when various pioneer families of the community are honored. It's a great event for historical buffs. Nancy Hier and Steve Andreasen did much of the first couple such walks which have been very informative of the community's history. This year's walk is set for Saturday, October 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Marcus Amherst Cemetery which is sponsored by the Marcus Historical Society.

Brief presentations of honored families will be made at their gravesite followed with more details provided at Grace United Methodist Church fellowship hall with refreshments being served. In case of inclement weather, the full presentations will be at the church.

Honored families for 2010 are Bernhard Blietz which will be presented by a great, granddaughter Jeannine Anderson; Ed and Josephine Johnson history will be given by grandaughter-in-law Joann Johnson; Roger T. Leavitt will be presented by grandson Jim Leavitt; Nicholas Rassel will be represented by great grandson Jim Rassel; William Roethler's history will be presented by grandson James Roethler; and Stanley and Marie Smith's contributions will be shared by grandson Steve Smith.

Fred Wilkens, a native and long-time volunteer of the cemetery walk, is retiring from his work with the care of the lanterns and as the grave locator. Wilkens will be honored for his years of service during the evening. Galen Ducommun will care for the lanterns this year.

Others helping are Belinda Leavitt who is organizing the slide presentation and Nancy Hier is serving as an oversee the set-up at the cemetery. Russ Hansen will drive his tractor pulling a trolly provided by Junior Pearsen so folks may ride through the cemetery rather than walk. Several members of the Marcus Historical Society will provide refreshments and help where needed.

The event is always rewarding so mark your calendars for Saturday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Amherst Cemterery.

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