The Casey Historical Society and the Oakwood Cemetery Association are teaming up to present their first ever Oakwood Cemetery “Soul Stroll” to help commemorate Casey Iowa’s 150th year. This will be held Saturday May 25th immediately following the Casey Class Alumni Tea at the Casey Community Building. Those wishing to attend will meet at 3:15 at the Community Building and purchase a ticket $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. This is a fund-raiser for both organizations.
Volunteer actors will portray Pioneer citizens throughout Casey’s early history. Ten people from Casey History will be portrayed by 10 Casey area residents. Three of our actors are portraying their ancestors. Those being portrayed are: Samuel Whetstone Pioneer farmer and English Immigrant, Abram Rutt Pioneer banker, Mrs. Nellie Robinson Jones, wife of famous auctioneer D. R. Jones, Mart Varley Pioneer newspaper editor and owner of the Casey Record (a pioneer newspaper), Martha Gray wife of John Gray banker who started the Citizen’s Bank of Casey, Hiram Johnson the first Casey settler and Civil war veteran, Mrs. Emma (Ruloff) Hollembeak wife of Casey farmer who later became a politician, James A. Cline Jr. Casey area farmer, businessman & Oregon trail pioneer, Hobos killed in the 1905 train wreck in Casey.
All these people have something in common. Their final resting place is at Oakwood Cemetery in Casey. They all have an amazing history to share with you. So please come Saturday May 25th and hitch a ride on the shuttle to take you to Oakwood cemetery to hear their stories. Please bring lawn chairs as we will have limited seating. In case of rain we will stay at the beautiful new Casey Community Building and the actors will present the program there. Volunteers for the event are Historians Jeff Smith & Judy Wedemeyer. Volunteer Actors: Doug Wedemeyer, Leland Acker, Peg Snyder, Warren Varley, Romonia Dinkla, Dan Rittel, Karen Littler, Thomas Cline Jr., Ali Plagman and Earl Jr. Plagman.
After the program we will retire to the Casey Community Building for refreshments and a short question and answer session.