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Olga will be bustling with activity this weekend as we partake of several items on our calendar. First, on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. the Elkland Independent Methodist Church will be hosting grandson, Nicholas’, ordination service.
Nicholas was actually ordained in 2008, however, we were in the middle of building our new church building and we never had an actual service. It is being held in the chapel of the Chateau Charmant as it is near the area where our family attended church in his youth and several of his former Sunday school teachers and our ministers will be attending the service.
Leon Holloway will be leading the singing, and special music will be provided by Cally Yates Gowers, Shelby Clift and several others. We have friends and family coming in from all over the country and we are really looking forward to this special time together. If you need directions to the castle, once you reach Kindall Store on Z Highway, follow the signs to the Martin’s Branch location.
Later that day from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Webster County Library there will be a book signing for the book “Our Neighbors.” The book is a collection of 44 stories that have been published in the newspaper, that were written by Nicholas. Those who have been written about in the book will be present to sign their stories.
The history of Kindall Store and Olga are included in the first volume. Orders are being taken in advance. You will be able to pick up your book at the book signing or you can order it at amazon.com. It is listed under biographies.
We are glad that dear friend, Donna Douglas (Elly Mae Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies) will be at the signing as well to show support for the author.
The book features: Willis Case, Cobe Shields, Bill John, Perry Shook, Ellis Jackson, The Dickerson Ranch, Mickey Carroll, Fay King, Polly the Parrot, Virgil Young, Quentin Marlin, Alverta Hargis, Maxine Replogle, Freda Langston, George Lawson, Viola Weeks, Dr. Tommy Macdonnell, Doris Denby, Johanna Peck, Bill Stacey, Will Rogers, Ross Pringle, Karl Wickstrom, Lloyd Hargus, John T. Russell, Love Ridge, Arminta Jones, Kail Rost, Dr. J.E. Blinn, Craig Hosmer, Scott Fraker, Mary Wester, Ross Loveland, Cline Herren Sr., Kindall Store, Bill Schroder, Webster County Fair History, Jones Brothers, Del Massey, Ruby Crawford and Speedy Haworth.
Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m., Donna Douglas will be the guest speaker at the Elkland Independent Methodist Church. Feel free to come and bring all of your friends as she has a remarkable testimony to share. It is going to be a great weekend together. Call 241-2321 for more information.
I wanted to note that Kindall Store (Kindall Grocery) and the Chateau Charmant are both on facebook. If you get a chance, look them up as this is a great way to keep abreast of the activities taking place in Olga.
The Fordland High School 2011 Project Graduation committee has teamed up with several local businesses to host a haunted house in Fordland. The haunted house is located on the Main Street of Fordland (in what used to be the hardware store and later the grocery store) and will be open Oct. 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30. Candy will be passed out on the way out of the haunted house on Oct. 30.
Thursdays will be kid-friendly nights. Funds raised will be split between Project Graduation and community betterment projects proposed by Fordland businesses.
Olga’s 121st anniversary celebration was this past weekend. A reunion of the Dillion, Wagner, Silver Shade, Sherrow, Beaver, Dogwood, Green Hill, Ragsdale, Davis and Barnett schools was held at the store. I was not able to be present. However, I understand that there were guests from Colorado, Oklahoma, Gainesville and other locations that were present for the luncheon which was held at the store. Those in attendance visited for hours about old times and special memories centered around the Olga community.
We close by expressing sympathy to the family of Homer Caughran. Homer and Louise were present for the 120th anniversary of Olga and he held a book signing at Kindall Store. He was a good friend of many in this area and he will be missed at many events in the Seymour community.
Hope to see you out this way this weekend. Maybe, you will catch Elly Mae at Kindall Store or at some of the items listed above.
The trees are beginning to change colors out this way and it would be a great weekend to take an early fall drive. God bless and see you soon.