Historic Cemetery Tour Presented By LCHC October 25th & 26th

LIBERTY, September 18, 2014 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will hold their 2nd annual fundraising event, “Whispers From the Past….Tales and Tours in the Liberty Catholic Cemetery” on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, October 25th and 26th.  There will be two tours each afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The spirits of some of Liberty’s most historic pioneer settlers will return and be portrayed by talented, local thespians in period correct attire.  Tour groups will enjoy listening to early business leaders in the community, war veterans from the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI and WWII.  They will also be spellbound listening to the tales of early Creole settlers, the Gillards, DeBlancs and others.  The Woods sisters and their mother will return to tell you of their fight to end Muscular Dystrophy and how the Liberty Bell came to this area. 

John Henry Cress (1878-1966) and wife, Alva Louise Cress (1881-1940) owned and operated the Cress Boarding House.  It was located on Fannin Street, just behind what is now KSHN Radio, facing the county jail.  John Henry and Alva had 4 daughters and 2 sons and all were born at the boarding house.  There was no electricity, gas or indoor plumbing when the children were growing up.  There were two stoves however, one for cooking and one to provide warmth in the living room.  Each evening, before retiring, the boarders would gather in the living room and heat a brick on the wood stove which they would wrap in heavy newspaper and take to bed to keep their feet warm.  At noon each day, Alva would ring the dinner bell and people working in town would come to the boarding house for lunch.  Across the street on the jail square was a large oak tree used for hanging criminals.  Boarders and neighbors would gather on the Cress’s porch to watch the excitement when someone was “strung up!”  Mrs. Cress ran the boarding house and Mr. Cress had a woodwork and furniture repair shop next door. 

Mrs. Cress will return during this historic tour and tell all about her boarders and the hanging tree across the way.  Oh what a tale she has to tell the lucky ticket holders!  Do not miss Mrs. Cress or any of the other characters that will rise from the grave during the tour.  Tickets are limited and may be reserved in advance for a $10 donation to the historical commission. For tickets and information, please contact Sandra Sterling at 936-336-3716 or email: sandrasterling35@gmail.com .

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