Two factors led to the decision, according to Brown. “First, we have been concentrating our efforts on designating the St. Ellen Mine site as an historic landmark, and second, our ranks have recently been thinned through illness and retirement. We didn’t feel ready to do justice to the cemetery walk in these circumstances.”
Brown indicated that when the walk resumes in 2017, it will include several new figures who were important in O’Fallon’s history, including a newspaper publisher and the widow of a local mobster.
“It will be a stimulating program,” Brown asserted.
Not coincidentally, the Historic Preservation Commission is actively looking to recruit new members. Anyone interested can contact Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Justin Randall at City Hall (email@example.com).