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Monday, November 2, 2015

Fort Worth Oakwood Cemetery Saints and Sinners Tour

We visited Oakwood Cemetery last weekend for the annual Halloween Saints and Sinners Tour organized by the North Fort Worth Historical Society. Among the Oakwood Cemetery residents are cattle kings, oil barons, bankers and statesmen as well as soldiers and notable women. Founded in 1879, there are plenty of graves to view separated in some areas by Catholics, Protestants, Negroes, Whites, Union and Confederate soldiers. A few of the Loving family reside there too (you may remember them from Lonesome Dove).

The tour guide made several stops along the way where the grave residents were portrayed and their life story told, often with a humorous view. Well known local historian Richard Selcer played Jacob "Jake" Johnson who witnessed a gunfight between Luke Short and Jim Courtright outside the White Elephant Saloon. Other people portrayed were Lula Grammer and Nathaniel Grammer (a local druggist), DeWitt Clinton Pendery (famous for Pendery's Chili store), Richard Rocket (a firefighter), Andre Anderson (a Norwegian immigrant store owner), Sarah Morton (portrayed by her great-great granddaughter who shared stories of arriving in Fort Worth from the South).
Andre Anderson portrayed by David Hansford

DeWitt Clinton Pendery portrayed by John Pugh

Jake Johnson portrayed by Richard Selcer


Joanne said...

That sounds really interesting. Certainly a different perspective of FW history.

K9friend said...

I would have loved to attended. Interesting and just a little spooky. Perfect for Halloween!

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Tiffany Norris said...

So interesting! Didn't even know that was here.