Historic Hood River
“Doc” Winchell Family
This fine portrait of “Doc” Winchell’s family is well-documented. Notes list “Geo. W., Edith, Arline (Moore), Joe (small boy), Grace (Hansen), Maude(Webber), Margaret (baby) Husbands.
I think it was taken just a year or so before this image of their farmhouse, based on the ages of the children.
Here was Charlott’s take on the farmhouse image:
The first family of Virgil “Doc” Winchell at their home in Pine Grove on what I grew up knowing as “Winchell Butte.” The Winchell land butted up on the west to my grandfather’s orchard. His parents were Jerome Winchell and Julia Ann Neal (of the old Neal family for which Neal Creek is named.)
Doc homesteaded there with his mother in 1882 and put in 55 acres of fruit and the rest was hay for the livestock. He married Margaret “Maggie” Knapp and their children were:
Arline married Max Moore
Edith married Samuel Dietrich
George married Jessie Stockwell
Grace married Arthur Hansen
Maud married Richard Weber
Margaret married Ivan Husbands
In 1906 little Lena got sick and Maggie (Mrs. Winchell) was not feeling well. Doc decided to take Lena to Portland to a doctor. While he was there he received notification that Maggie had died. He left Lena in the hospital and raced home, only to soon be notified that little Lena had also died. Doc was born in Hood River on 30 August 1865 and died on 30 September 1932. He is buried, as are many of the Winchell family in the old part of Pine Grove Cemetery.
“Doc” would marry again to Helen Powell. She was born in 1887 in Pennsylvania and died in Washington D. C. in 1967. She is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery They would have two children Ruthanna and Virgil.
Charlott thought he might have been called “Doc” because he was good with animals.