Augusta Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Tour

The Augusta Historical Society will host the annual Elmwood Cemetery tour on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.  Tours will be held at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and will convene at the Elmwood Cemetery Mausoleum, at Ohio Street entrance.
This year’s event will feature eight Augusta High School drama students portraying deceased Augusta residents and telling their stories.  AHS drama instructor Tim Lanier will act as tour guide.
Mrs.  (Mary) C. A. Viets will be portrayed by Carly Condella, who will tell the story of C. A. Viets from Mrs. Viets' perspective             
J. D. Robson, will be  portrayed by Korrigan Hoyt
Mrs. (Nettie) Ed Weidlein, portrayed by Autumn Ferguson, who will tell the story of Ed Weidlein from the perspective of his wife, Mrs. Weidlein.
Mrs. Josephine Henry Moyle,  Leanna Rush will tell the story of Henry Moyle from Mrs. Josephine Moyle's perspective
Dr. Joe Bunten, portrayed by Michael Carter
Capt. W. A. Shannon, portrayed by Noah Rye
Lillian Kuster (August Kuster),  Janet Davis will tell the story of August from his daughter's perspective.
Saul Ettenson (Aaron Ettenson), Gabe Wilson will tell the story of Aaron from his son's, Saul's, perspective.
Mrs. (Icy) Warren Brown (Daughter-in-Law of George Brown),  Samantha Dudeck will tell the story of Mrs. Warren Brown's father-in-law, George Brown.
Tickets are $10 each and funds raised benefit the Augusta Historical Museum. Purchase tickets at the museum, 303 State Street, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Cooper Drug Store, 509 State Street, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Sponsors for the annual event are Augusta Rental, Community National Bank & Trust, Hizey Service & Supply, Headley Funeral Chapel, Emprise Bank, and Larry and Karyl Johnson.

Kansas Oil Museum’s Cemetery Walking Tour

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Kansas Oil Museum will be hosting its annual daylight walking tour of El Dorado’s most historic cemeteries.  Meeting at Sunset Lawns at 3 p.m. and later continuing on to Belle Vista, participants in this year’s cemetery tour will once again be able to visit the grave sites and hear the stories of some of the town’s most interesting and unusual personalities from times past. Attendees will also learn about cemetery history and symbolism, discover how headstone designs tie into fraternal orders like the Odd Fellows and Woodsmen of the World, and hear about the origins of El Dorado's cemeteries. The tour is expected to last about 2 hours. Ticket price of $15 per person covers both cemeteries. Museum members may purchase tickets for $10  per person.
As in the previous years, the tour will cover both famous and infamous residents of the town. "Not only has El Dorado been the scene of some of the strangest and most sensational murders in the state, but it was also home to a number of truly fascinating citizens," says Ardath Lawson, educator and curator at the Kansas Oil Museum. "Buffalo soldiers, pioneering photographers, and even the judge who presided over the first all-woman jury in Kansas all lived here at one time. Some of them became part of the murder stories too!" These stories and many more will be covered on this year's tour. "There's no lack of interesting stories hidden in our cemeteries, so every tour is something a little bit different," adds Lawson.
Space for the tour is limited and prepaid reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting the Kansas Oil Museum at 316-321-9333, or by purchasing a ticket online at