RICHMOND (AP) — Liquor seller Alfred Tullidge and the anti-whiskey crusaders of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union didn’t get along.
In 1874, Tullidge, owner of the Old Gray Goose grocery at 177 Fort Wayne Ave., placed fish and hog parts in his walkway to dissuade anti-whiskey crusaders from protesting his selling of liquor.
On Saturday, during the Tales from the Departed tour in Earlham Cemetery, Joe Fields will portray Tullidge, minus the fish and hog parts. Ginger Martin and Tina Hall will serve as WCTU members who protest his business practices.
They will be among 11 costumed re-enactors telling the stories of Wayne County citizens buried in the cemetery. Organized by the Wayne County Historical Museum, the walking tour will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and admission is $10 per carload. Visitors will receive a historical information booklet to guide them in the tour, the Palladium-Item reported.
Township Trustee Susan Isaacs and some of the volunteers who worked on King Cemetery will share information about tombstone care.
Fields, pastor at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, passed up the opportunity to portray the church’s benefactor, Daniel Reid, in favor of the grittier character of Tullidge. He has embraced the role, growing his beard to be fuzzy and unkempt.
“I’m one of the people in this town who didn’t succumb to those pushy women,” Fields said in character.
Sisters Martin and Hall are eager to go toe-to-toe with Tullidge as Temperance protesters on Saturday. It is their first time to serve as re-enactors.
“While he’s telling his story, we’ll be heckling and praying and singing hymns,” Martin said.
“That was a huge step for 1874. It wasn’t OK for (women) to picket anything,” Martin added. “The only thing that made it socially OK for us to do what we were doing was because we felt like we were doing God’s work ... as long as we were in a prayer group. We felt strongly that he was wrong and we were right.”