News Flash Home
The original item was published from 9/20/2013 4:30:37 PM to 9/24/2013 8:13:24 AM.

News Flash

Moline Parks

Posted on: September 20, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Echoes from Riverside Cemetery Annual Historic Walk

Take a leisurely stroll back in time and visit with some of Moline’s early citizens as local, costumed thespians bring the characters to life in the history-rich drama of Echoes from Riverside, “Gone, But Not Forgotten”. The annual Riverside Cemetery walk will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Rain date is September 29th. Cost is $4.00 per person, with children 12 and under free.

Tours begin from the Riverside Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum, 2900 – 6th Avenue. The first tour leaves at 1 pm, with groups leaving every 15 minutes. The last tour leaves at 3 pm. This guided walking tour takes approximately 1 ½ hour. Tickets may be purchased the day of the walk at Riverside Chapel Mausoleum. Refreshments will be available.

Historical characters to be portrayed include:
John Quincy Hawk, (1868-1936), Early Fire Chief who shepherded Moline from horse-drawn fire wagons and rudimentary equipment to motorized vehicles, fire hydrants, alarm systems and new fire houses. Died in the line of duty. (played by Dan Olson)
Johanna BloomVallenius, (1858-1929), Swedish immigrant, successful dressmaker (played by Kathleen Seusy)
Charles W. Borg, (1861-1942), Carpenter, machinist, successful inventor, industrialist. Founder of Borg Beck Company. Invented first machine for making tongues for wagons and the famous first automatic clutch for automobiles. He had 9 patents in his name. Retired a millionaire. His Rock Island home has been designated a Historic Landmark. (played by Bob White)
Rosetta Hillier McLay, (1836-1931), Very early mid-wife. Born in Canada and married an immigrant from Scotland. Settled in Nova Scotia before coming here. (played by Dorothy White)
Sophia Johnson Roose, (1861-1952), Met her future husband on boat while coming to America. Married at Augustana Chapel. (played by Gena Schantz)
George H. Hull, (1873-1941), Owned first Moline store to sell carpets. Early active member and officer in Fraternal Order of Eagles. (played by Greg Bouljon)
William Maxie, (1860-1961), Moved from the segregated south to Chicago, then to Moline after the Great Fire. Chauffeur for Ainsworth and Getz families. Only African-American on early baseball team and league (played by Michael Taylor)
Florence Simon Aldridge, (1893-1983) Badgered East Moline Council for 10 years to donate land and funds to build Watertown area community center which now bears her name. (played by Yolanda Grandberry)

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Moline Parks