Finishing my stroll down Memory Lane

Have you survived this week? I do hope you all have enough toilet paper to survive. In my list of items, last week, I didn’t even think of including toilet paper. I’m a little worried, all I have is 11 rolls left. Finally found some Lysol Spray. New shipment just arrived. Hopefully all of this madness will end soon. There really is no reason to panic. Go outside, take a walk, read a book. You can even turn on the faucet and have a drink of water. Don’t have to go out and buy it. Stay healthy, Stay safe.

Remember, for the next two weeks, there will be no congregate meals at any of the Greene County Nutrition Centers, including Jewett. Home delivered meals will still be delivered, and if you want a meal, you can order the day ahead and pick it up at the center to take out. Speaking of Greene County, the Senior Recognition Day being held in May is postponed. I will keep you posted about further developments. My year of being recognized.....YUP, my luck.

Lexington,West Kill United Methodist Church has announced the following activities: May 22, Brooks BBQ, 3-6:30 p.m.; June 12, Strawberry Supper, 3-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 3, Election Day Dinner, 1-6:30 p.m. Please add them to your calendar.

The date of the Prattsville Hose Roast Pork dinner has been rescheduled for 4:30-7 p.m. April 25. Cost is $12.50.


Please pray for all of the emergency workers who are being called upon to care for those who need assistance. They are always on the front lines. They are always in danger of picking up an infectious disease. Thank them, and pray for them.


Due to the large amount of closures, please call ahead for events.

April 24 Jewett Rummage sale 4-6:30ish.

April 25 Jewett Rummage sale 9 a.m.-noon.

April 25 Roast Beef dinner Ashland Fire House

April 25 Roast Pork dinner Prattsville Hose Co. 4:30-7 p.m. $12.50.

May 8 Pulled Pork Sandwiches Windham UMC 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

May 28 CommUnity dinner at St. Theresa’s.

June 12 Rummage Sale Windham UMC 4-7 p.m.

June 13 Rummage Sale Windham UMC 9 a.m.-noon.


Last week I stopped after the Windham Journal because I had to reaquaint myself with the area. The one area in Windham that changed because of a devastating fire. One last story about the Windham Journal, did you know that Louise McRoberts and Ruthie Cross worked there? It was an actual office, Wendy Wieninger Larson, worked there later.

Next came Aunt Norma Purcell’s house. The big house that is there is not original as that was part of the fire. You might wonder why Dr. Laura’s building has so much land around it, and a large retaining wall behind it. This was the site of Mr. Tibble’s warehouse. Mr. Tibble was the undertaker who lived in the house by the school. He kept all of his supplies in a large building which was later a grain store and later the local laundramat. Next door to that was Grant Morse’s store and above it his home. Morse’s store was such an important part of Windham. Being right across from the school, they did a lot of business at bus time. The Catholic children had release time religious instruction on Thursday afternoons at the Windham Fire House. A custodian stopped traffic for the little ones to cross, right into the store to pick up their candy before the long walk. You didn’t start cheerleader practice without a visit to Morse’s for a snack. I had my own personal crossing guard, Billy Newland. He helped me with everything, from putting on my boots to crossing the street. Imagine my surprise to find out Billy is Judy’s Aunt Peggy’s brother.

The telephone number for Morse’s store was 250. While working for the telephone company, this number would come up, but you couldn’t understand what the person on the line wanted. I would have to help the operator understand who was calling who. (Don’t forget at this time, there was no dial service, the operator had to connect the caller with the callee.) It took time to realize that it was Philip Sullivan who was shopping for his mother who worked at the law office of his father, Maurice, and he always forgot what he was sent for. Sometimes he just wanted to know if he could buy candy, or something. For those who don’t know, Philip had Down’s Syndrome, and would walk around Windham talking to anyone and everyone. Everyone looked after him, and did their best to help out his parents. Philip was best known for attending every outdoor gym class, laughing and joking with the boys. He is missed by all who knew him. I want to wish all of you Chicky-Turkeys a good week ahead.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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