Co-creator of the show Paul Fourshee said, “I’ve been here after dark and can assure you that nothing is here that will hurt you. Don’t think of them as actors, rather as the people they will portray. You may be startled to see how they have been recreated for you. Cadiz has had its share of characters. To quote the historian William Turner, ‘Let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story.’”
The first stop along the narrow cemetery trail brought guests to the graves of Thomas and Mary Grinter, as played by Wayne and Pam Goolsby, dressed in 19th Century finery.
“It wasn’t long until we heard whispers that we were the first millionaires in Trigg County,” said Pam Goolsby in the character of Mary.
Her husband, in character said that he spent two terms as Sheriff of Trigg County, and worked as the treasurer of Cadiz. “I was the only one in Trigg County to cast a vote for Abraham Lincoln, and am proud of the fact that he won, even with my one vote.”
The Grinters, err Goolsbys led the audience to their next stop along the grave yard trail where Duncan McBride, played by Smitty P’Pool discussed his life as one of Cadiz’ “top” handymen.
“It was said that I would slap a temporary fix on a roof until I got around to doing the job right. It got around that a cook saw me emptying a bucket from under a roof I was supposed to have fixed,” said P’Pool in the guise of McBride
One interesting story related by P’Pool was how McBride entered a cave under downtown Cadiz, fabricated a boat, and traveled beneath the courthouse, where he used a wrench to hit a pipe leading to the fountain in the Confederate War Memorial. His friends heard his strikes as they loitered in front of the now-defunct building, thus proving the underground lake ran beneath the courthouse.
Along the way, guests met Nell Marshall as Ruth Humphries, host of the Cinderella’s Cottage radio program, and one of the founders and first voices of WKDZ Radio. “I entered an essay contest about what it would be to be Cinderella for a Day. I wrote that I wanted to go to New York City and be on the radio. Well I won and went there. As I lived in Cadiz almost all my life, I was almost overwhelmed. They played ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ on the radio and it made me so homesick, I cried,” said Marshall as Humphries.
Marshall carried the very suit worn by Humphries as the winner of the Cinderella for a Day Contest in New York.
For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.