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Tri Kappa presents annual History Walk

September 21, 2010

Pilot Photo By Ida Chipman Sarah Smith, a member of the Tri Kappa committee who is sponsoring the Plymouth History Walk on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Oakhill Cemetery, talks with the Rev. Larry Marhanka, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, who will be portraying Alfred Morrison.

PLYMOUTH — Sunday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., Beta Delta Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority will present its third annual Plymouth History Walk.
Featured characters and those who will play them are: Cyrus Taber—Christina Green: Julius Vinall—his great-great-grandson, Jim Vinall: Alfred Morrison—Larry Marhanka: Ernest Haag—John Patrick: Julia Work—Mandy Metsker and Mayer Lauer — Mike Bergman.
In his obituary, Alfred Morrison was said to be a man of great force of character. In the course of his lifetime, he supervised the building of the railroad, served in the Union army during the Civil War and supervised the construction of Plymouth’s first City Hall.
The Rev. Larry Marhanka, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will play Alfred. Larry is nothing if not loyal; his previous experience was in Santa Claus, where he acted in a Civil War Re-enactment. Again, he was a former Union soldier.
Mandy Metsker will be portraying Julia Work, director of a children’s home, Brightside/Julie E. Work’s Training Academy (located where Christo’s and the U.S. 30 overpass now stand).
Julia was a piece of work all right.
During research, the committee learned some unpleasant things about the Academy that were unknown at the time to Plymouth citizens. An interview done several years ago with a former resident revealed that if a child wet his bed at night, he would be forced to carry buckets of wet sand in a circle in the yard as a humiliating punishment.
Meyer Lauer, played by Mike Bergman, owned a fashionable men’s store, a business that was carried on for years in the downtown section in what is now the home of the Marshall County Historical Museum.
Jim Vinall’s ancestor, Dr. John Julius Vinall and his younger brother, George, had a grocery store at 217 N. Michigan St. It carried everything including blackberry wine at $2.25 a gallon. The store was a social gathering place. Over a century later, Jim has carried on the family tradition with his City Center restoration downtown. The Center houses a bookstore, a deli, Earthworks foods and two restaurants.
John Patrick will play Ernest Haag, the owner of a successful traveling circus, the Mighty Haag Show, for over 50 years. He was a millionaire upon his death in 1935 in Marianna, Fla. He was quoted as saying that he always had a soft spot in his heart for Plymouth and is buried in Oakhill Cemetery. The cost of his funeral was $83.00.
Christina Green will portray Cyrus Taber, reputed to be the first white male born in Marshall County. There will be a raffle for the handmade quilt now on display in the window at the Pilot News. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10.
To take the tours enter the West Entrance into Oakhill Cemetery. Golf carts are available for assisted tours. If extra parking is needed, there will be shuttles from Miller’s Assisted Living facility.
The admission is free. The last tour is at 5:20 p.m.
Free-will offerings are accepted with proceeds to benefit the Marshall County Historical Society Museum.
Emily Hutsell is the History Walk committee chairperson. Committee members are: Sarah Smith, Kate Finney, Donna Galt, Claudia Button, Marie Bowser, Eileen Taber, Bev Van Gilder, Jennifer Maddox, Shelley Kyser-LaFree and Wendy Holloway.

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