WEEKEND: Take a cemetery tour to visit city’s past notables

  • Friday, October 26, 2012 12:01am
  • Life

PORT ANGELES — “Whispers from the Past,” an opportunity to “meet” former Port Angeles citizens, will be held at Ocean View Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Clallam County Historical Society and the Heritage Days committee of the Port Angeles Downtown Association.

Setting the stage

“Our town’s early citizens set the stage for the rich culture, heritage and generous spirit of giving that continues today,” said Chairwoman April Bellerud.

Participants will learn about Jessie Webster, the civic leader instrumental in establishing the Carnegie Library; Florence “Tunie” Johnson, the first girl to be hired as a receptionist in a Port Angeles doctor’s office (1916); Matilda “Auntie” Cooper, who conceived the idea of asking the government to set aside lots for Ocean View Cemetery; Ed Phelps, a well-respected citizen and Grand Army of the Republic member; Clay Wolverton, Port Angeles fire chief who held that position for 35 years; and Jack Henson, the beloved “Wandering Scribe” for the Port Angeles Evening News, predecessor newspaper to the Peninsula Daily News.

Limited space

The cost of the tour is $20 and is limited to 20 people.

Following the tour, hot cider and doughnuts will be served.

For more information, phone the Clallam County Historical Society at 360-452-2662 or email artifact@olypen.com.

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