Living History revives ancestors PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:40
File photo. Dylan Benschoter (left) chats with brother Garrett Benschoter during Living History Day at Oak Grove Cemetary. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The 10th annual Wood County Living History Day is Sunday at 2 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green.
Seven re-enactors will provide first-person interpretations in period-appropriate clothing of Wood County citizens interred in Wood County cemeteries. Those people chosen by the Living History Committee were picked because “they had a story to be told” and it was felt the rest of the community would enjoy hearing it.
Honorees include:
• Francisco Chavez Hernandez — Well-known for his baking skills that began at age 12 while helping in his uncle’s bakery shop. Portrayed by Carlos Calderon, maternal grandson of Francisco Hernandez.
• Guadalupe “Lupe” Cortez, Sr.  — Worked at the Smith Foundry in North Baltimore for 50 years. Portrayed by Reynaldo Cortez, son of Guadalupe Cortez.
• Dr. Adam Eddmon — Known for many things — physician, druggist, Tontogany mayor — and a scandal in 1895. Portrayed by Dale David.
• Samuel DeWese — War of 1812 soldier serving under General William Henry Harrison. Portrayed by Michael Wilhelm, great-grandson of Samuel DeWese.
• Peggy Hurst, Ph.D.  — Chemistry professor at BGSU who spent years trying to disprove the rumor that she had invented Teflon. Portrayed by Dana Nemeth.
• J.F. Deck and Hildreth Deck Wood Eggleston — J.F. was the founder of Deck Funeral Home in Bowling Green where he, his daughter, and many family members were forerunners in the funeral industry. Portrayed by Kraig Hanneman, great-grandson of J.F. Deck, and his wife Kay.
The free program is presented by the Wood County Historical Society with support from Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green, Portage Center Arbor Gleaners 524, Leadership BG Alumni Association, and Wood County Genealogical Society, among others.    
Clive and Irene Patten of  “A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the cemetery, as well as on the adjacent Bowling Green State University campus. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department will provide free rides up to the mound where the program will be held.  Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved to the First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster St.

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