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Cemetery Walk October 2005

posted Jan 12, 2012, 3:24 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 9:19 PM ]

Gina: A Killer Stalks Little Italy
Jean Fisher as Gina, the waitress, tells the mysterious story of unsolved serial killings in Little Italy, New Orleans.

London and Orfans: Spiro Orfans (1886-1948)
A Greek immigrant, Spiro Orfans came to the U.S. in 1906. He admired Jack London and wrote him a letter that produced an invitation to the London’s Glen Ellen ranch in 1914. Jack’s book “The Mutiny of the Elsinore” prompted Spiro to protest Jack’s frequent use of white Anglo Saxon heroes in his plots. Their contentious correspondence is related here by Chuck Kensler as Jack London and Jim Passage as Spiro Orfans.

Maud Ballard: Samuel and Regina Talmadge and Maud Ballard
(1850-1932) and (1835-1920)

Maud Ballard as played by Sara Doherty recalls hearing of the engagement of her friends Sam Talmadge and Regina Clark. Maud was Regina’s companion as she suffered.

Lillian C. Meier (1889-1965)
Born of Irish immigrant parents, Lillian Callanan Meier survived the 1906 earthquake. Irish Dancers in this vignette recall Lillian and her sister’s Irish heritage. She married Fred Meier at Mission Dolores in San Francisco in 1909. The Meiers moved to Sebastopol in 1919 where Fred began a 50 year career with PG&E working at the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad powerhouse, now a historic Sebastopol building.

Louise Colinet DuFranc: Louise Colinet DuFranc (1860-1954)
Born in Paris, Louise Colinet lived in many exotic places around the world as circumstances changed her life, Egypt, Portugal, Alaska and finally Sebastopol. Louise tells us of a letter found in her former home on Elphick Road and the mystery of its being there. Andrea Hagan-Schmitz plays young Louise and Judith Reimuller plays Louise. Ann Sween played Louise on alternate performances.

Professor Willard Libby: Ina Ethel Chase (1878-1961)
Steve Fowler as Willard Libby in a soliloquy on his high school teacher, Ina Chase, and how she inspired him in his career in chemistry leading to the Nobel Prize in 1960 for his discovery of carbon dating.