On a beautiful November afternoon, several hundred residents interested in knowing more about some of the folks who helped make Stephenville the great place that it is today, took the second ever Spirit Walk in West End Cemetery. Sunday, November 2nd Friends of the Stephenville Library and Friends of the Dick Smith Library provided guided tours and vignettes from the past in the vintage cemetery beginning at 2:00.
As each group approached the grave site of a designated former citizen, that person’s story was told by a representative in period dress.
Thirteen citizens buried in West End were characterized including Mr. and Mrs. Robert “Tut” Hume, portrayed by Erath County sheriff, Tommy Bryant and Hannah Green. Hume was sheriff during the first public hanging in Stephenville which was witnessed by a crowd of hundreds.
Others whose lives were depicted included Brinkie L. Trewitt, founder of a Trewitt funeral home, portrayed by Ken Jones. The severed head of Bernie Connally, murdered by his stepfather was displayed in a coffin at Trewitt’s awaiting identification. Seth Williams, Huckabay High School senior enacted Bernie Connally, whose body was found several miles distant from his head at Johnsville.
Another resident who played a significant roll in Erath County was Terrell Bryan, administrator of the Poor Farm once housing destitute people as well as criminals and mentally deficient residents. Bryan was enacted by David Kincannon.
Zane Heupel played an early citizen of Stephenville Austin A. King, publisher of the Erath Appeal. King was attacked by two women angry about a story the paper had published and he later died of his wounds.
Others included in the historical afternoon included, Daisy Dipper, portrayed by Lori Larue, Susie Hyman played by Beckie Irvin, and Alwidla Johnson by Wanda Wade. These three ladies were all postmistresses in their day and joined to give the audience a picture of what life was like at that time.