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Ernie & Vi Walter To Be honored at 15th annual Wood County Living History Day

LEISURE TIME AT OAK GROVE CEMETERY

15th Annual Living History Program Highlights Wood County’s “Past-Times

The 15th annual Wood County Living History Day is Sunday, August 26 at 2:00 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery on the campus of BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Local residents portray citizens interred in Wood County cemeteries or that had an impact on Wood County’s leisure time of the 1920s and 1930s.  2018 honorees were chosen to coincide with the “leisure time” exhibit at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, “The Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County.” This event is free and open to the public.

“A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the cemetery, as well as on the adjacent BGSU campus. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides up to the mound where the program will be held. Chairs are available, although those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.  In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved to the First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster Street. 

2018 honorees are:

Raymond t. George (1889 – 1930) – Conductor of the First Methodist Church orchestra and a member of the Bowling Green Military Band. Portrayed by local musician Cleve Patton

NETTIE Willard LINCOLN (1863 – 1947) – A southern socialite, member of the Shakespeare Round Table, and notable landscape artist. Portrayed by Dinah Vincent

PAUL FULLER (1907 – 1999) – Professionally, an award-winning advertising manager for the Sentinel-Tribune, but locally dubbed a collaborator of the Bowling Green Marriage Mill. Portrayed by Thomas Edge

LIZZIE FULLER (1857 – 1940) – As part of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement in Grand Rapids, helped lead raids on the local speakeasies during Prohibition. Portrayed by Stephanie Truman

ERNEST (1980-1973) & VIOLA (1913-1992) WALTER – Owners of the Virginia Motion Picture Theatre, North Baltimore Ohio from 1936-1959.  Portrayed by: David & Ellin Stoots

WALLACE KRAMP (1893 – 1952) This local farmer, with a community of his friends, was the catalyst for what may have been the first local Depression-era penny auction. Portrayed by Michael Ginnetti

GEORGIA SARGENT WAUGH  (1891 – 1974) – The leader of the Kitchen Kazoo Orchestra of the Portage Township Homemakers. Portrayed by Michele Raine, Wood County District Public Library

Event details and past honorees can be found at woodcountyhistory.org

Support for this program was provided by the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, Exchange Club of Bowling Green, Portage Center Arbor Gleaners 524, Delphos Granite, Montessori School of Bowling Green, Wood County Genealogical Society, Bowling Green Community Foundation, Wood County Historical Society, Oak Grove Cemetery, City of Bowling Green, First United Methodist Church, Wood County Sheriff & Auxiliary, Wood County District Public Library, Dunn’s Funeral Home, DBD Sound Reinforcement, BG Kiwanis Aktion Club, and the Living History Day committee.   

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