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October 4, 2013

Re-enactors offer glimpse of Richmond's past turmoil

Liquor seller and anti-whiskey crusaders to meet once again.


— George Schmid will portray E.G. (Edward Gurney) Hill, who founded the Hill’s Roses company in 1881 when he began hybridizing roses.

— Dennis Rigsby will portray Capt. Lewis Henchman, who served as a midshipman on the U.S.S. United States during the War of 1812. He moved to Richmond to be near his son.

— Al Glover will portray the Rev. James M. Townsend of Bethel A.M.E. Church, who is immortalized by the Townsend Community Center. In 1888, he was elected as a Republican to be Wayne County’s first black representative in the Indiana General Assembly.

— Steve Martin will portray Daniel Reid, father of the industrialist and philanthropist of the same name. The elder Reid was Richmond’s postmaster and led the first Richmond Temperance Society formed in 1832.

— Shane Edington will portray A.C. Lindemuth, a lawyer who served as Richmond’s city attorney as well as an Indiana General Assembly representative. In 1885, Lindemuth defended the last man hung in Wayne County. His client, Nathaniel S. Bates of Hagerstown, was found guilty of murdering his wife.

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