Winchester Happenings

Hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day and hope at least some of you enjoyed the snow. Thanks to Mike Swackhammer who was out and about clearing the roads. If you dislike the snow, it is only 33 days until spring. Yeah.

Steve Darby continues to need our healing prayers. Juree Burns had surgery last week and I understand she did great. Mike Harper also had surgery last week and is doing well but they both need our prayers.

A former resident, Ralph Beighle of Amelia, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the age of 96. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Moore) Beighle and one son Rex. He is survived by five children including Ted and Sheila Beighle of Vandalia and many grandchildren. Services were held Friday. Sympathy is extended to the family.

There was a memoriam for Dr. Ronald Seaman of San Antonio, Texas, in Sunday’s Defender. Ronald was the son of the late Tom and Pauline Seaman of Winchester. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1965 and from UC in 1970. He went on to earn his PhD from Duke in Biomedical Engineering. He also had an MBA from Louisiana Tech where he was a Professor for several years. He was known as a brilliant research scientist and is credited with influencing 5,000 young and future engineers in the area of central Texas. He leaves his wife Nancy of San Antonio, two sons and a daughter. He was preceded in death by his brother Joe of Winchester and Gary of West Union. The family has our sympathy.

Bill Penrod, 90, of Winchester, passed away Monday, Feb. 8 at the Adams County Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances. He is survived by two children, Connie Sayyah of Batavia and William Charles Penrod, Jr. of Lewisburg, Tenn., grandchildren and great grandchildren.

W3CU Compassion Ministries will be hosting the monthly food and clothing program on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the building adjacent to the church. If anyone is interested in attending the nutrition class prior to the food pantry, it is provided by OSU SNAP-Ed, Marsha McCormick. Marsha educates us on healthy eating. The class is held in the main church at 1:30 p.m.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): The next child of John and Mary Darlinton was a daughter Nancy Jane born in 1829. She married John H. Allison in 1852, died in 1869 and is buried at Cherry Fork. They had five children. Mary Adaline (Addie) was born in 1852 and married Carey Alexander of Eckmansville in 1877. They had seven children and her husband formed Alexander’s Band and several of the children, including the girls played in the band. They later joined the Liberty Band. Next child was James Allison born in 1855. He married Nettie Pittenger and they went to Kansas and then Tulsa, Oklshoms. Next was John Franklin born in 1857 who married Anna Pflummer. He farmed and moved to Seaman when he retired. Howard “Irve” born in 1859 never married and farmed in Kansas before moving to Tulsa where a cousin Ellsworth Darlinton was living. Etta Margaret born 1863, married Frank Williams and they moved to Kansas. Only two of them stayed in Ohio. continued

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By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson