Winchester Happenings

Last week our community was saddened by the accidental death of Greg Burns. Prayers are with his wife Patty, Mother Patty Burns, sons Justin (Mackenzie), Brandon Crawford, and daughter Tiffany (Kevin) Pickerill, brother Shawn (Ketta) and sister Cindy (Dan), as well their extended family and friends.

The Caramel Festival Committee is sponsoring a free Halloween Carnival on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the W3CU Gym. During the Carnival we will have costume judging (different classes), a raffle, inflatables, and a cake/culinary auction. We need lots of donations of desserts (or homemade bread) for the auction. We will also have a chili supper beginning at 5:30 p.m, sponsored by the North Adams Knothole program. Weather permitting we will will have a haunted ghost walk ($1 donation) beginning at 8 pm. We would appreciate the support of our community because this is our way of giving back to the children and provide a safe, fun environment.

Winchester Trick or Treat is on Friday evening from 6- 7:30 pm. Please drive carefully.

Healing prayers are needed for Steve Darby who is healing in the hospital after having heart surgery. Wilma Breeze and Sheila Burgess are having surgery this week and would appreciate prayers.

We are still awaiting delivery of additional crocks. If you placed an order and have not heard from me or Patsy, please call. We also continue to sell the Winchester Bicentennial Books at $25 each.

The Scattered Homemakers met at the Y Restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Eleven members and two guests enjoyed their meal in the dining room then went to a back room for their meeting. Ruth Huffman and Emily Bunn were hostesses. Jo Ann Knechtly had devotions. Ruth gave a talk about pumpkins, their history and various uses. Emily also used pumpkins as her subject. She had drawn pictures of pumpkins and passed them out and asked everyone to draw faces on them and to give a name to their pumpkin. They took pictures of the pumpkins. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): Henry Orebaugh was born in Rockingham County, Virginia in 1842. The family came to Highland County about 1830. He married Hannah Sprinkle in 1848.They were living near Fincastle in 1850 and 1860 but had moved to Wayne Township by 1870. They had 10 children but some died at a young age. Cary E., born in 1852 married Martha Ketterman before going to Dodge City, Kansas where he died in1927. Elizabeth, born in 1856, died in 1923. She and her husband, George W. Rector are buried at Xenia. Hester, born in 1859 died at age 20. William was born in 1865. He married Elizabeth Plummer in 1889 and they were living in Winchester in 1912 as I have an Order Book with his name on it. My father kept the records for the Tobacco Warehouse that was where Kendall’s Tire Shop was located and William was the owner. to be continued

Remember that I depend on information from others which is due by Sunday evening and can be sent by calling 937-695-9977 (leave a message) or by email @ (Please note the new email address.)

By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson