CARDINGTON — Summer like weather welcomed more than 200 visitors to the third annual Glendale Cemetery Tour Sunday, Oct. 7. The tour benefits the repair of the Civil War Monument with more than $1,000 raised.
The graves of seven “hometown heroes” were visited, led by tour guides.
Those heroes whose lives were recounted included S C Kirkpatrick, portrayed by his great-great-great granddaughter, Kelly Kirkpatrick Lopez; Myron Sage, portrayed by Mike Wilson; Lowell Patterson, by his grandson, Mike Patterson; Dick Pace, by his son, Mike Pace; F. W.Gandee, by his grandson, Gary Gandee; Betsy Brockway by Joyce Clemons and Alfred Holt, portrayed by Pat Drouhard.
The Civil War monument, sometimes called the Soldiers Monument, was constructed prior to 1889 and the names of all Cardington Township men who served in the Civil War are engraved on it. There has never been any repairs made in that time span.
Tour guides were Colin and Katie Hansen, Mary Zastudil, Darlene Wallace, Becky Drouhard, Don and Nancy Burdsall, Vickie Ullom, Jack and Jane Edgell, Donna Carver, Emily Levings, John Wallis, Kay Patterson, Monty Maceyko, and Troy and Dawn Ruehrmund.
Handling traffic control were Rick Mitchell, Jerry Newell, Trent Crum, Jodi Moss and Paul Lopez.
Refreshments were provided by Lisa Brake with Howard Hanna Realty. Realty and golf carts were furnished by Cardington Mayor Susie Peyton, Tony Firstenberger, Troy Ruehrmund, Nolan Coleman, Lea Ann Maceyko Michelle Cope Fleming; Mike Maceyko, Julie Curtis and Patsy Burns.
Special thanks were extended to Jack and Jane Edgell for costume designs and props; the Gleaners for selling tickets and Joanne Mathews for cemetery history tour facts. Also thanked was the staff of the Glendale Cemetery for their outstanding job of maintaining the cemetery.
Appreciation was extended to Gompf Funeral Home for the presence of the horse drawn hearse.
Members of the History Tour Committee are Lea Ann Maceyko, Michelle Cope Fleming, Troy and Dawn Ruehrmund, Jane Edgell, Diana McClure and Evelyn Long.