An early obstetrician who never lost his mother in childbirth and an American Civil War surgeon are two unique people from Fort Dodge’s past who can be learned from the presentation of the 18th Oakland Cemetery Walk.
The presentation will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Decker Auditorium on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College. Admission is $ 7. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Headquarters will be socially distanced. Masks are optional.
The following people who are buried in Oakland Cemetery will be represented:
• Dr Sara Pangburn Kime – Kime helped her husband in the treatment of tuberculosis.
• Dr Allie Hoyt Wakeman – Wakeman, an early obstetrician. had a unique record of never losing a mother during childbirth.
• Dr. John McNulty – McNulty was one of two people buried north to south at Oakland Cemetery. Most are buried from east to west. McNulty was a Union surgeon during the Civil War.
• Dr. Mary Eleanor Kenyon McCall – McCall was trained by her father to cure cancer with covert treatment.
• Dr. Harley Greenwood Ristine – Ristine was previously invited to testify in a murder trial which is now listed as one of Iowa’s mystery murders.
• Dr Richard Clyde Sebern – Sebern’s life was recorded in 1914 in William Hart’s History of Sac County book.
• Dr. Thomas F. Grayson – Grayson was a Confederate soldier who was once on the list of killed, wounded or missing after the Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War.
• Amanda Cook Pettingell Hastings – Hastings was a Civil War nurse during the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Stones River under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant.
Friday night there will be a short walk through Oakland Cemetery for a voluntary donation.
The walk will start at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to park at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N. A DART bus will take participants to the cemetery.
The bus will leave at 6:45 p.m.
Guides will be at the cemetery to offer a visit, which will last between 30 minutes and an hour.
Ruth Bennett is one of the organizers of the Oakland Cemetery Walk. She writes the scripts for the actors featuring the historical figures.
She enjoys learning the stories of people important to Fort Dodge’s past.
“I am investigating these stories to give them to the performers”, Bennett said. “I’ve always loved history, so I love learning about these characters and their quirks and how important they are to the history of Fort Dodge.
“Sara, for example, there was a tuberculosis camp in Fort Dodge. It was very important to the state of Iowa. It was one of the main places to send people for healing from tuberculosis. Sara Kime’s husband is the one who pushed us to start drilling wells instead of drawing water from the Des Moines River.
The life and death of historical figures can be very interesting, she said.
“You discover a lot of history” she said. “It’s interesting to find out some things about these people and their way of life. And some how they died. One of the richest men in Fort Dodge at one time, he died penniless.
After being postponed to 2020, Bennett looks forward to once again being able to tell the stories of those buried at Oakland Cemetery.
“We bring the past back to life” Bennett said.
Oakland Cemetery Walk
Passage to the cemetery
Where: Oakland Cemetery (grounds at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N.)
Time: Be ready at 6:45 p.m.
Cost: Voluntary donation
Presentation at Iowa Central Community College
Where: Auditorium Decker
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $ 7