ATHENS AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
TOMBSTONE TOUR & TOWN TALES 2014
Ralph Moore as Tom Nixon was born in 1828 and as a young man he spent many years working on an ore boat in the Great Lakes. He came back to live his life in Athens until he was 104!
Ilene Williams Milbourne- will tell the story of her father Elgin Williams, founder of the Athens Youth Council" back in 1950 which has grown into a large volunteer organization which produces maple syrup to raise funds primarily to provide scholarships to local students.
John Brunner, grandson of Don Brunner, ' told the story about the collapse of the local water damn, which paralyzed the town's need for energy and put his grandfather's mill out of business.
Dawn Crowell Sickbert portrayed Mrs. Ethel Reebs, a music educator who through life's tragedy fulfilled a passion to teach music.She was well known in the community through the 50's and taught until she was in the 70s.
Ray Pontoni played the role of an early business man, Samuel R. Culp. He was an established merchant who branched out into banking in Athens in 1884. Culp was also involved in a group of local businessmen who paid $500 each to help bring the train to Athens in 1888.
Marci Telford talked about the "Athens Bears in the Park". This tale begain in 1832 and continued through the 1960s..............
Marty Minier as Benjamin Ferris- one of our original settlers, who traveled to Athens by ox-cart from Detroit. During the cholera epidemic of 1832, he was instrumental in helping take care of the sick when others would not.
Kevin Henckel portrayed Eaula Johnson who was a well known business woman in Athens in the late 1800's to early 1900's. She found success by operating the Johnson Department Store and Millinery Shop for over 40 years.
Keith Swank told the interesting story of Mr. Mel Wood, a fur hunter in 1910, and the large reunion he had with hunters.