Living History Cemetery Walk
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 1:00pm
339 South Wood Street
Loudonville, OH 44842
Presented By: Ashland County Historical Society & Cleo Redd Fisher Museum
This one day event will take place at the Loudonville Cemetery on Sunday, May 15th, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Guided tours will begin promptly at 1:00 PM, with groups leaving every 10 minutes. The last tour will depart at 3:00 PM.
Tour guides will escort guests through the route where many of Ashland County’s historical figures will come to life while being portrayed by local talents. Each of the 5 characters will capture your imagination by telling stories about their lives in Ashland County and how they were part of history. Our portrayers will be in period piece attire to further heighten the experience with an aura of authenticity.
Be sure to stop by our check-in booth to be placed in your tour group!
This year’s cast of characters are as follows:
- Peter A. Reinhard - Portrayed by Tom Oakes. Peter Reinhard was a Bavarian immigrant who moved to Loudonville in 1849, where he set up shop as a gunsmith. Following an apprenticeship with William Billinghurst, considered one of the greatest gunsmiths in America, Reinhard’s skill soon came to rival that of his mentor. In addition to his fine work and high demand in building custom hunting and target rifles, Reinhard was also well known as one of the best marksmen in the country – even winning the 1877 National Shoot. He continued to operate his shop in Loudonville until retiring in 1890.
- Rhiney Schnittke - Portrayed by Ken Hammontree. Reinhold G. (Rhiney) Schnittke was born on October 4, 1900, in Loudonville, where he lived his whole life. His thirty-five-year career began in 1935 when he was hired as a night watchman. He was appointed patrolman in 1942 and promoted to Loudonville Police Chief in 1944. He served in that role until his retirement in 1970. He reportedly had a photographic memory that helped him earn the title “Best Cop in Ohio”.
- Hugo Young - Portrayed by Ed Krakora. Hugo H. Young was born on a farm near Loudonville on April 12, 1890. He pursued a career in art and photography but later sold Harley Davidson motorcycles throughout Ashland, Richland, and Holmes counties. From his knowledge of motorcycles came his “claim to fame”: the invention of the flexible attachment between motorcycles and sidecars. This allowed for a more comfortable and safe ride. In 1913, he formed the Flxible Side Car Company and moved the company to his hometown where it flourished for 83 years - eventually becoming one of the largest bus manufacturers in the world.
- Dr. Gaillard B. Fuller - Portrayed by Scott Shirer. The Fuller family of doctors served Loudonville for 125 years. Dr. G.B. “Doc” Fuller was the last of the Fullers to enter practice in Loudonville. He was destined to be a doctor from a very young age. He began accompanying his father on professional calls at the age of nine. After graduating from Loudonville High School in 1895, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Wooster College. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1904. On July 23, 1905, he began a partnership with Dr. Wirt, his father’s former associate. He served as a country doctor in Loudonville for more than 50 years.
- Madge Kinsey Graf - Portrayed by Jennifer Marquette. Madge Kinsey Graf was born on April 20, 1896, in Sioux City, Iowa. She was known as “Baby Madge, Phenomenal Child Artist” for her role in her father’s Kinsey Komedy Kompany and later operated her own troupe, The Madge Kinsey Players. The traveling theatrical group routinely performed in the Loudonville public square, where they would perform seven different three-act plays throughout the week. The group toured across Ohio and neighboring states.
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