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34th Annual Tales Tombstones Tell

The West Chicago City Museum is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of our community as the Town of Turner on Friday, October 6th. In 1873 formal incorporation papers were filed that created our Village of Turner, which in 1896 would become the Village of West Chicago.

Join the City Museum and their wonderful volunteer cemetery walk interpreters that will tell the story of those who lived through the historic early years of the community. Stories that will be featured include:

  • John B. Turner, the man who created the railroad junction that would become West Chicago
  • Salome Wurtz whose husband ran the successful Turner Co-operative Creamer,
  • Charles Clark who presented the petition for the incorporation of the Village of Turner in 1873
  • Nicholas Reuter the child of German immigrant parents,
  • Clara Haffey Church the wife of the first President of the Village of Turner
  • Sutter Conley whose husband served on the board of the Oakwood Cemetery
  • Adelaide Evenden who was in the first graduating class from Turner School in 1878.

Tours leave from the Cemetery entrance at Garden Street starting at 6:30pm and every 10 minutes after, with the last group stepping off at 7:30pm. Those waiting to enter the cemetery will be entertained by the music of Roger Kotecki. The event is free and open to all, donations are appreciated.

Come join in on this impactful evening stroll, with lanterns and luminaries lighting the path through West Chicago’s oldest cemetery.  For more information please call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 or email us at museum@westchicago.org.


34a edición anual de Cuentos que cuentan las lápidas

El Museo de la Ciudad de West Chicago está celebrando el 150 aniversario de la incorporación de nuestra comunidad como ciudad de Turner el viernes 6 de octubre. En 1873 se presentaron los documentos de constitución formal que crearon nuestra Villa de Turner, que en 1896 se convertiría en la Villa de West Chicago.

Únase al Museo de la ciudad y a sus maravillosos intérpretes voluntarios de caminatas por el cementerio que contarán la historia de quienes vivieron los primeros años históricos de la comunidad. Las historias que se presentarán incluyen: John B. Turner, el hombre que creó el cruce ferroviario que se convertiría en West Chicago, Salome Wurtz, cuyo esposo dirigió la exitosa Turner Co-operative Creamer, Charles Clark, quien presentó la petición para la incorporación de Village. de Turner en 1873, Nicholas Reuter, hijo de padres inmigrantes alemanes, Clara Haffey Church, esposa del primer presidente de la aldea de Turner, Sutter Conley, cuyo marido sirvió en la junta del cementerio de Oakwood, y Adelaide Evenden, que estuvo en la primera graduación de la Escuela Turner en 1878.

Los recorridos salen desde la entrada del cementerio en Garden Street a partir de las 6:30 p. m. y después cada 10 minutos, y el último grupo sale a las 7:30 p. m. Los que esperan para entrar al cementerio serán amenizados por la música de Roger Kotecki. El evento es gratuito y abierto a todos, se agradecen las donaciones.

Únase a este impactante paseo nocturno, con linternas y luminarias iluminando el camino a través del cementerio más antiguo de West Chicago. Para obtener más información, llame al Museo al (630) 231-3376 o envíenos un correo electrónico a museum@westchicago.org

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