On Thursday, June 12, beginning at 6:45 p.m. “A Walk Through the Cemetery” will be presented by the LaGrange County Historical Society and the LaGrange County Genealogical Society at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.
The walk and history tour will be given by Rex Fisher. Meet at the north entrance to the cemetery.
Highlights will include the graves of Samuel Bradford, who supervised the building of the LaGrange County Courthouse in 1878-1879; Hamlin Merrifield, totally blind since childhood and self-sufficient throughout his life, who could pound nails as rapidly and accurately as any carpenter; Lt. Samuel Cherry, the county’s first West Point graduate, killed on duty in the west in 1880 with the nation’s largest county named after him – Cherry County, Nebraska; the Brown family, which produced five generations of druggist and pharmacists; the Luckey family, which wasn’t at all lucky; Mrs. Eliza Burden, who within one year during the Civil War lost to the Union cause her husband, oldest son, father and a brother and during the same year lost five of her six remaining children to diphtheria; LaGrange County’s only native-born elected member of Congress, Clarence Gilhams, and his brother, Herbert, who as county superintendent of schools founded Corn School; and James and Esther Packer, founders of the Methodist church in LaGrange and whose son, Alferd Packer, became an infamous “cannibal” after partaking of five fellow gold prospectors in Colorado territory in the 1870s.
A question will be posed during the cemetery walk: Why did Andrew Ellison and Samuel Ruick build the largest monuments in the cemetery?
Guide Rex Fisher taught American history at the senior high school level and at the university in Fairbanks, Alaska and has done extensive research in LaGrange County history.
For some folks, a walking stick, cane or folding camp stool might prove convenient.