Saints Alive tour returns to local cemetery
Posted on 10/26/2017 8:00:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Six Seguin souls, long at rest in Riverside Cemetery, will have their stories resurrected during the annual Saints Alive! Tour. The tour hosted by the Federated Women's Club House will be held this Sunday at the historic Riverside Cemetery in Seguin.
 
Sudie Bruns, one of the coordinators for the fundraising event, says residents will get to visit the various featured graves -- learning the stories of triumph and tragedy as well as what life was like here in Seguin years ago.
 
"We're going to do portrayals of some of the Seguin’s founders and early leaders. Those that we are going to present, Adelaida Longoria Montanez. Her Longoria ancestors were among the initial Spanish settlers to arrive in the new world in 1603 and to settle in Texas in mid 1700's. Michael Erskine, the Erskine family was among our earliest and most renowned of Seguin settlers. Jacob Ray, one of the three Buffalo Soldiers to come to Seguin with William B. Ball, Calvin Williams, all three of whom prospered. Timothy Pickering Jones, a favorite -- a roommate of Edgar Allen Poe at West Point and through marriage a member of one of the oldest families. Christian Heinemeyer, one of the first Heinemeyers to come to Texas -- they settled in the area of Geronimo and he was one of the few Heinemeyers not buried at Lone Oak Cemetery in Geronimo. William Dunn, among the earliest settlers and most notably the editor of  our first newspaper the Mercury," said Bruns.
 
Bobbie Maddox says tour patrons for the "Saints Alive!" Riverside Cemetery Tour will be divided into small groups and
escorted to the six different grave sites where deceased ancestors of Seguin will tell their stories. 
 
"Riverside Cemetery, it's really fabulous for this time of year and as Suzie said, what a fun way to learn history. Roaming around reading names on the tombstones, exchanging information with people who are on the tour. Everyone will be in small groups. So they'll have an opportunity to ask questions afterward and it's a great way to spend an afternoon at the end of fall," said Maddox.
 
Two tours will be presented on Sunday. The scheduled times include 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at Keepers, Gift and Gourmet, the Silver Center, Court Street Coffee Shop and at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. Funds raised from the event will go to help support the preservation of the historic Federated Women's Club House located at 432 N. River St.
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