Oakland Cemetery walk

-Messenger file photo by Hans Madsen
Julie Metier-Danskin, of Woodbury, Minnesota, records her brother, John Metier, of Fort Dodge, as he portrays John P. Dolliver during the 2017 Oakland Cemetery Walk. After the performance, she said, “I really understand the tariff debate now.”

The Friends of Oakland Cemetery are ready for the 17th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk next weekend.

This year there will be one outdoor event and two indoor events.

On Friday, the event is at the historic Oakland Cemetery at 7 p.m. It is an informal stroll through the cemetery where the guides will share information about the people buried there. Parking will be at the Good Shepherd Church at 1436 21st Ave. N. A bus will drive people to the cemetery and return them to their vehicles. The bus will leave at 6:45 p.m. sharp.

There is no parking at the cemetery.

The cost is free for Friday night.

On Saturday, the event will be indoors at Friendship Haven, 420 Kenyon Road, in the Celebration Room. The event will start at 2 p.m. Parking is available at Friendship Haven. The cost is $7 per ticket.

On Sunday, the event will be also indoors, this time at Iowa Central Community College, 330 Ave. M., in the Bioscience Building at 3 p.m. Parking is available at Iowa Central. The cost is $7 per ticket.

Rick Carle is the commissioner of the Friends of Oakland Cemetery.

“Both Saturday and Sunday the ‘dead will come alive’ as portrayers tell their stories about their lives in the early Fort Dodge,” he said. “With the weekend events indoors, you don’t have to worry about the weather. This year the walk is dedicated to Jerry and Marva Rowe, who recently died this year. The Rowes started the walk 17 years ago. They also went through the cemetery three times and found every tombstone and documented everyone buried there. There are over 7,000 people buried in Oakland Cemetery.”

The Oakland Cemetery Walk is an opportunity for anyone to learn about the lives of the founders of Fort Dodge.

This year, the following people are being portrayed: Agnes Grayson, 1884-1935; Lili Demetra Loomis, 1908-1994; Allen Loomis, 1909-1996), Elmer White, 1841-1915; Catherine Vincent Deardorf, 1907-1994; Conrad Leiss, 1874-1943; Ann Smeltzer, 1911-1999; and William Burkholder, 1823-1857. Tickets can be purchased by calling Rick Carle at 515-570-0606. They can also be purchased at the time of the event.

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