Smoyer-Wathen Monument to be dedicated here Saturday

Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer, l., and Constable William Wathen.
Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer, l., and Constable William Wathen.
Special events this Saturday, June 10, will mark the 80th anniversary of the Smoyer-Wathen shootings in Boone County.
At the 11 a.m. monument dedication (northeast side of the Boone County Courthouse grounds) wooden coins (nickels) will be available as a memento or souvenir.
A small donation (pocket change) will be appreciated in exchange for these mementos.
Those who wish to do so are invited to bring lawn chairs to the program. Honor Guards and Legion Riders from neighboring areas will be represented.
On Saturday afternoon, a program about the Smoyer-Wathen shootings will be held at the Casey building, with doors opening to the general public at 12 noon. The program begins at 1 p.m.
To ensure seating for the presentations, “Life and Death of Smoyer and Wathen,” spectators should arrive early. Be sure to stop and sign in. You can pick up a wooden nickel if you didn’t get one at the dedication, and pick up an information sheet with directions to Rose Hill Cemetery, directions to the original Smoyer-Wathen Monument, museum information, and learn about two geocaching spots in the Akron area.
From 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Akron community will serve a roast beef dinner at the Akron Presbyterian Church.
Akron community members will provide transportation or lead four-wheel-drive vehicles up to the site of the shootings. If traveling to the site between 4 and 7 p.m., for your safety on the one-lane road, come to the Akron church and join the caravan.
Trips to the site will be at about 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and the final trip at 6:30 p.m. A trolley is also being provided by Chuck Rolf for an enjoyable ride up to the site.
Finally, to help ensure enough roast beef, even at this late date, people are strongly encouraged to RSVP and call 402-741-2386, or email
More details in the June 7 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.