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Calvert Obenchain Winston

Obituary of William A. Obenchain, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

After an illness of several months, Maj. William A. Obenchain, a noted educator, died at his home, in Bowling Green, Ky., on August 17, 1916, at the age of seventy-five years. He was born in Buchanan, Va.; and during the War between the States he was an officer in the Engineering Corps of the Confederate army, and also served on the staff of General Lee. In 1873 he went to Dallas, Tex., where he was engaged in the real estate business for five years. He returned to Kentucky in 1878 and was appointed to the chair of mathematics in Ogden College, at Bowling Green, and taught there until a few months ago. From 1883 to 1906 he was President of that institution. He was a first-honor graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and had been Professor of Mathematics and Engineering in the Pittsboro (N. C.) Military Academy; Professor of Mathematics and Commandant of Cadets in the Western Military Academy, at New Castle, Ky.; and Professor of French and German and Commandant of Cadets in the University of Nashville.

In 1885 Major Obenchain was married to Miss Lida Calvert, well known as an interesting writer, some of her most noted books being "Aunt Jane of Kentucky," "The Land of Long Ago," and "Coverlets." She survives him with two sons (William A. Obenchain, Jr., of Frankfort, Ky., and Thomas Obenchain, of Dallas, Tex.) and two daughters (Mrs. Val Graham Winston, of Dallas, Tex., and Miss Cecil Obenchain), a brother (Capt. Francis Obenchain, of Chicago), and three sisters.

Major Obenchain was a charter member of the XV Club, of Bowling Green, and secretary since its organization, thirty-five years ago. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and its treasurer, lay leader, and senior warden. He was buried in his Confederate uniform.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1916.

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