Visit the past during annual spirit walk

Autumn Owens aowens@empiretribune.com Twitter @aowensETnews
Don't miss the 9th annual Spirits of Erath County Cemetery Walk happening at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in West End Cemetery.

Take a journey into the past with the Friends of the Tarleton Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Historical House Museum as they host the 9th annual Spirits of Erath Cemetery Walk at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in West End Cemetery.

“Those attending will enjoy hearing about Stephenville and Erath County’s history through the lives of those who came before us to help settle and build our community,” Sherri Knight, museum board vice president, wrote in a release. “Visitors will be divided into groups and led by costumed community members and students through a portion of the cemetery.”

While walking through the cemetery participants will learn about the county’s past through skits that will be performed by Linda Brown, Doug Burns, Lori LaRue, Nathan LaRue, Robin Ritchie, Ed Tober and Sheran Weible.

“I appreciate the Spirit Walk because it brings people from our history alive. We can relate to their stories a little bit better,” Ritchie said. “Any time you can make history come alive it benefits the community. It gives us a better understanding of who we are and where we came from.”

Historical characters will include:

  • Dr. W.W. McNeill
  • Phoebe Haws
  • Viola Moore
  • Ita Eliza Berekman
  • Pearl Wylie Cage
  • Fred Chandler
  • Randolph Clark

“This event is presented in celebration of the Day of the Dead,” Knight wrote. “Ticket prices is $5 with the proceeds benefitting both sponsors. Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, hats and sunscreen.”

Folding chairs can be brought to the event, but must be moved from station to station and water will be provided.

Parking will be available across from West End Cemetery on Lillian St. and off the entrances at Swan St.

In the event of inclement weather, the cemetery walk will be postponed until Spring 2017 and for more information contact Glenda Stone at 254-967-4955.

“Years from now the little things that we do for our community will be the history being reviewed,” Ritchie said. “I hope it is as interesting.”