'Kings of Commerce' theme of this week's cemetery walks

Over the years, Follett House administrator Maggie Marconi has introduced local residents to some of Sandusky’s greatest Civil War heroes, artists, founding fathers and women.
Tom Jackson
Sep 23, 2013
Marconi has the freedom to say whatever she wants about the famous Sandusky residents, because they can’t talk back. They’re all buried at Oakland Cemetery.    Marconi’s cemetery walks at the cemetery, typically organized around a theme, have attracted the attention of local residents who enjoy history.
 
Want to go?
• WHAT:
Follett House cemetery walk tours at Oakland Cemetery, led by Maggie Marconi. 
• WHEN: 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, 26 and 28.
• COST: Free, but registration is required. Call Sandusky Library at 419-625-3834 and press “O” for operator. Expect to stand or walk for an hour, so wear appropriate shoes and attire.

Mike Prout, 63, of Sandusky, said he has been on several of Marconi’s cemetery walks and has signed up for this year’s as well.

“About three years ago I got access to the bound editions of the Sandusky Register from about 100 years ago,” he said. “I spent the winter poring over those bound editions and realized that Sandusky has some incredible history.”

Peggy Lazzara, 66, born in Sandusky and still a resident, said she also tries to go on every cemetery walk that she can. “I love cemeteries, and I especially love Oakland,” she said. “It’s beautiful and well-kept. I have lots of family and friends there.

“All of those people there should be remembered,” she said. “They deserve to be remembered by somebody.”

She said she enjoys Marconi’s stories. “A lot of times, she’ll have pictures of the people, which I think is really neat,” Lazzara said.

This year’s theme for the cemetery walk is “Kings of Commerce.”

Marconi said she plans to talk about David Campbell, who founded Sandusky’s first newspaper, the Sandusky Clarion. The Sandusky Register is descended from that early paper.

“He was the forward-thinking guy here in town who realized Sandusky was going to need a form of communication,” Marconi said.

Jacob Kuebeler, a German immigrant, ensured Sandusky’s newspaper readers didn’t go thirsty. He founded what became the Cleveland and Sandusky Brewing Co.

Cedar Point fans probably don’t have to ask who George Boeckling was. He grew Cedar Point from a local resort to one that had a national reputation, laying the groundwork for what the famed amusement park is today, Marconi said.

“It will incorporate some names we know really well,” Marconi said. “There’s also going to be some lesserknown people who had interesting businesses.”