Remembering veterans: A Walk Back in Time at Edmonds Cemetery

By Brian Soergel | Jul 14, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel George Buldoch, a Spanish-American War veteran who died in 1905, will have his story told during Walk Back in Time July 20.

The short-lived Spanish-American War during 1898 is little noted in this country’s history books. But this skirmish in Cuba and the Philippines helped plunge the United States into its involvement in the affairs of the world – and imperialism.

You can learn more during the 27th annual Walk Back In Time tour 1 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium.

Costumed members of the Edmonds Cemetery Board and some of their friends will escort visitors to designated grave sites and tell the stories of five veterans from that time who are buried in Edmonds’ pioneer cemetery.

As a prelude, visitors will also hear a reminder of the history of the almost-forgotten war Spanish-American War, as well as its aftermath when, as a result of the United States’ purchase of the Philippine Islands, it soon was involved in yet another conflict.

There are at least eight veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurgency (1899-1902) buried at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery: Samuel Snow Atwood (1873-1950), George L. Bolduc (1878-1905), Charles Schlenker Iaeger (1860-1937), Peter Louie Murie (1880-1962), Reuben Clifton Wieder (1877-1957), Edward Joseph Dusek Sr. (1875-1967), John J. Kiernan (1875-1948) and Joseph Paul Theroux 1874-1931).

Atwood, Bolduc, Iaeger, Murie and Wieder will have their stories told.

There will also be a remembrance for Robert Earl Bonney (1882-1967), a one-time resident of Alderwood Manor (Lynnwood) and Edmonds, and a former employee of Edmonds School District 15.

Although Bonney is not buried at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, he was this area’s only recipient of the country’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

A long-time member of the U.S. Navy, he became one of only 193 men to have received this special award as the result of an act of heroism during peacetime.

At Walk in Time, visitors are invited to bring their own stories and family history to share, too. Refreshments will be served.

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium is at 820 15th St. SW, Edmonds. For more information call, 425-771-4741.

Betty Lou Gaeng is a member of the Edmonds Cemetery board.



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