Saturday, October 1, 2016. Once again, the stories of the people buried in Adams County cemeteries, came alive through the “spirits” representing them at the Adams County Historical Society’s popular Cemetery Tour. This year the society revisited the Mount Repose, St. Leo’s and East Arkdale Cemeteries.
This Action Team project was aided by a grant from Thrivent Financial.
Edwin Olson (Doreen Olson told the story) Edwin Olson, Doreen’s father, farmed the land that his ancestors first settled on in the 1850s.
Hans Chritian & Hilda Amelia Pedersen (portrayed by Lonnie Lecy & Jodi Helgeson) The Pedersens were early settlers of Strongs Prairie
Frank Skotzke (Barbara Weade told the story) Frank Skotzke was killed in a WWII ship sinking and his body was lost at sea. A plaque in his family’s plot memorializes him.
Inez Sweet (portrayed by Morgan Peters) Inez Sweet was an active community member and one of the Adams County Historical Society’s founding members.
Maude Decorah (portrayed by Stephanie Klopotek) Maud Decorah was a basketry artist who made the basket on the ground in the picture. She was a member of a famous and large Ho Chunk family.
George & Nellie Bingham (portrayed by Harry Davis & Pat Sorensen) The Binghams were Friendship pioneers. Mr. Bingham was called ““The most important man in the history of Adams County that no one knows about.” Video
Frank & Louise Nowachek (Dennis McFarlin told the stories) The Nowacheks were local business people who owned several businesses in the county: the Adams Opera House, the Dellwood Pavilion and the Palace of Pleasure at the fairgrounds.
Helen Fogarty (portrayed by Hariet Dehlinger) Helen Fogarty with her husband Donald built and operated a landmark gas and service station in the 1930s & 40s.
Elsie Ewing Barnes McVey (portrayed by Sandy Pheiffer) Mrs. McVey was the wife of railroad promoter “Apple Tree” Barnes and was one of the first female postmasters
Frederick & Louise Klaus (portrayed by Collin Bays & Erin Pease) Frederick & Caroline Klaus; Adams County pioneers maintained a stage line way-station near Rattle Snake bluff.
Elton & Irene Davis (portrayed by Tom Davis, Jr. & Tobi Davis) The Davises, Tom Jr’s grandparents, were long time schoolteachers in Adams County.
John “Smiley” Desmond (portrayed by Michael Goc) Desmond was an early conductor on the C&NW “400” Streamliner.
Charles & Elizabeth Houghton (portrayed by Mike & Sharon Hartz) Houghton’s Rock south of Adams is named after them.