Local residents recall hearing the horrific news

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Posted: November 22, 2013

The Winchester Star

Dot Royston, now 72, was sitting in her car in front of the old Tastee Freez restaurant in Berryville when WINC-TV interrupted its programming with the news of the assassination.
Sandy Sowada, now 65, of Berryville, was between classes at her junior high in northeast Colorado, when her boyfriend came up to her in the hall and grabbed her by the arm. “He said, ‘I just heard the president was shot and is dead.
Charlotte Eller of Winchester already had good reason to remember Nov. 22. It was her birthday and, on that day in 1963 she was marking a milestone: She was turning 21.
The Winchester Evening Star EXTRA front page from Nov. 22, 1963, shows the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as the new president of the United States.
Clarke County Zoning Administrator Jesse Russell holds his copies of the Feb. 21, 1964, Life magazine and Dec. 14, 1963, Saturday Evening Post, featuring Kennedy assassin and John F. Kennedy, respectively. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
The Dec. 14, 1963, Saturday Evening Post and Feb. 21, 1964, Life magazine. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — At about 1 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 46, the first Roman Catholic and the youngest man ever elected president of the United States, was murdered in Dallas.

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