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John Henry portrays John McMillin (1824-1885) Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, during the History Walk at Elmwood -St.Joseph Cemetery in Mason City. McMillin was the first settler in Mason City and owned the first general store in town.

MASON CITY | Elmwood St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Saturday, July 15, from 11 to 3:30 p.m.

The day will feature special activities where all ages can experience a day in the past.

At 11 a.m., there will be a program to recognize the 150 years of service by the cemetery to the community. It will include a Wreaths Across America and Honor Guard tribute to all veterans.

A picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

From 12:30 to 3 p,m., activities will include:

• Horse-drawn carriage rides through the historic part of the cemetery. 

• Horse-drawn wagon rides highlighting the history of the grounds. 

• A headstone hunt seeking graves of interesting people. 

• A walking tour to observe art and meanings of symbols on headstones. 

Preservation tours will show what volunteers have done to preserve gravestones. There will also be displays on the cemetery history and old-fashioned games for families.


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