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annual Fairview Cemetery Walk

annual Fairview Cemetery Walk

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:14 pm

The Fulton County Genealogical Society cemetery walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, and the first guided tour will begin at 4 p.m. There will be a tour every 10 minutes and the last tour will start at 6 p.m. This is a walking tour and lasts about 45 to 55 minutes. In case of rain, the cemetery walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the same time. Fairview Cemetery is located on North Highland Drive in Fulton, Ky. Admission is free. Local residents and descendants, dressed in period costumes, will give a brief history of the selected citizens. There are a total of eight stops on the tour. Shelby Jones, a Fulton High School student and son of Dr. Alan and Bern Jones, will portray Roy “Bub” Walker Edwards. Bub Edwards was an outstanding football player while attending Fulton High School. Next on the tour will be Ernest R. Treas and his wife, Mary N. Treas. The Treases will be portrayed by their great-grandchildren, Joe Mack Treas and Joanie Treas Cavaness. Ernest Treas was a fanner and carpenter in the Rush Creek area. The third stop of the tour will be to visit with Charles Smith, an aviator and close friend of Charles Lindbergh. Karl Ivey will portray Smith. The fourth stop on the stroll will be Will Alien Kerney portrayed by his grandson, Tramel Kerney. The elder Kerney worked on the Illinois Central Railroad and at the A&P grocery store. Next the tour will visit with the Vicks. Harvey Vick III will portray his father, Harvey Vick II who worked for the railroad and later owned a grocery store on Stovall Street in South Fulton. Sylvia Vick Jenkins will portray her mother, Dorothy. Mrs. Vick taught school for several years and helped with the family business. The sixth stop on the tour will be with Walter Wirt Morris, portrayed by Eddie Crittendon. Morris engaged in farming at an early age when he took over the management of his father’s plantation. He was also the president of the City National Bank for many years. Stop No. 7 is a visit with the Robinsons, portrayed by their great-grandchildren, Bob and Brenda Mahan. Eunice Clanton Robinson was the daughter of Maj. George W. Clanton of the Confederate Army, and she held many high-ranking positions in the Order of the Eastern Star. Robinson managed the Robinson Manufacturing business in Fulton and traveled a lot for business purposes. The last stop of the tour is a visit with Gideon Jeffrey Willingham, portrayed by Dan Voegeli. Willingham worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for many years and became the CEO of the Peoria and Pekin Railroad, a subsidiary of the IC. He also made a provision in his will for money to be used to build a recreational facility at the United Methodist Church.wcp 9-16-08

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