Kenyon Historical Society holds cemetery walk


The public is invited to walk around Kenyon Cemetery to discover interesting people who have marked Kenyon’s past.

This event will take place on Saturday October 9, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Kenyon Area Historical Society (KAHS) has researched nine people who will be featured during the walk.

Everyone in every cemetery has a story. If we just take the time to do a little research, it’s amazing what we can learn.

I asked Kevin Anderson from KAHS to share some of the information I got about the people who have lived and breathed in Kenyon over the years.

For example Enoch Thune was born in 1898, at the age of 20 in 1918 he bought the Lyric Music Theater where films were shown in Kenyon.

Thune played drums in the theater’s orchestra pit and was featured at conventions as the youngest movie theater owner in the United States

He met Warner Brothers brass and famous actress Mary Pickford. In the 1920s he also started the Kenyon Ventilator Company with his brother. They sold barn fans all over the world before electricity didom their business.

After the cinema closed in 1938, the brothers had a painting business. Enoch ran for the seat of the US Congress in the First District in 1944.

Tillie Clark came to Kenyon to visit her sister in 1901 and ended up working for her brother-in-law, Dr Gates, who owned the local telephone company. She was a telephone operator for many years. Tillie died in 1978 just 5 months from her 100th birthday.

Floyd and Vera Schwasinger came to Kenyon in the early 1930s to run the Goodhue Canning Company. Vera owned a cafe downtown called Coffee Cup, although most people just called it Vera’s.

Jay Held was the grandfather of the late Howard Held. He was a goalkeeper for the Kenyon High School first football team in 1905.

Magdelene Stolee was a teacher in Kenyon in the 1940s, then became a member of the school board for over 20 years.

Vernon Reko grew up on Second Street in Kenyon. He worked and then owned the Picha shoe store, which opened in 1902 and closed in 1986.

Peter Dyrdahl had a grocery store in Kenyon in the 1970s.

Clara Clausen was an artist, poet, justice of the peace and women’s rights advocate. His painting titled “1949 Corn Show Waiting for Cedric” hangs in the Kenyon Public Library.

There is no charge to attend the event. Free will donations supporting the Kenyon Area Historical Society will be accepted.

The rain will force the cancellation of the event.

We are all part of history. Each of us.

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