Meet notable Douglas County residents, including a colorful South Superior saloon owner, a former mayor and a World War II veteran who served as the Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction, during the fourth annual Living History Walk on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Greenwood Cemetery.
Costumed actors will portray a host of historical characters during the Douglas County Historical Society's annual event.
Bartender Daniel Weymouth operated a saloon called "Silver Dan's Sample Room" in South Superior, on the exact spot where Les Birds sits today, back in the 1890s and 1900s. Weymouth acquired the nickname "Silver Dan" from his practice of cashing paychecks in silver dollars.
Angus Rothwell was born in Superior in 1905. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was elected superintendent of public instruction of Wisconsin in 1961.
Staff Sergeant Albert Riches died during heavy fighting in France near the Argonne Forest just over 100 years ago. His mother kept a scrapbook that is now in the Douglas County Historical Society's collection.
Along with Martin Pattison, H.H. Grace and Faith Helen Rogers were names in the running for a new school that became known as Pattison School.
In addition to Weymouth, Rothwell, Riches and Rogers, the event will include portrayals of former Superior Mayor Fred Baxter, Joseph Konkel, Thomas Bryon Murray, Nancy Kimball and Jeanne Osterreich Busoni. Each helped shape Douglas County and has a story to tell.
The event takes place at Greenwood Cemetery in South Superior, which was founded in 1900. Since its beginning, the cemetery has had over 20,000 internments
Self-guided tours start at 1 p.m. with the last tour at 4 p.m. This year's walk will last approximately 90 minutes, but visitors are free to proceed at their own pace.
Restroom facilities and water will be available. Admission is $15 at the gate with a veterans price of $10 and children 12 and under can attend for $5. Comfortable shoes should be worn due to uneven terrain.
This walk is a look into the county's past. It is also a very respectful event, and the historical society does ask all visitors to participate with that in mind.
Call 715-392-8449 or visit douglashistory.org or DCHS' Facebook page for more information.