History comes to life at Cemetery Walk

Patrick Crawford rehearses his role as Daniel C. Crane for
the Cemetery Walk Thursday at Parkview Cemetery in
Hastings. Crane donated the land for Prospect Park.

Cooling weather greeted guests Friday evening as they got a glimpse into the history of Hastings' early growth and the changing underbelly of the city.

The third annual Adams County Cemetery Walk brought history to life with six historic figures buried at Parkview Cemetery. The production started Friday and will continue through Sunday with 10 presentations in all.

After a brief summary of historical highlights of the cemetery, Les Harms guided the first group of the evening on Friday. Harms is a member of the board of directors for the Adams County Historical Society.

Community theater members portrayed selected cemetery denizens, telling their stories while standing near each person's grave.

"It's nice to have rules to fall back on," she said.
Mary Wikoff Oliver, played by Courtney Peeler, was an active Hastings socialite and champion of civic improvement projects. She moved to the city in 1881 as the wife of a wealthy businessman.

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