The church bell was recorded by
Robert Mittendorf as the Orestes Baptist Church signaled the community, church would be starting in 30 minutes. The bell has
been rung as long as I can remember and I enjoyed the thrill of ringing it as a child.
is a small pleasant neighborhood in Indiana's heartland and is the home of a historic
white oak tree, the best tasting tomato products in America and some of the friendliest people in the world. Originally named
Lowry Switch, the hamlet sprouted from a railroad crossing and the woodlands and farm fields of Nathan Lowry. Postal confusion
forced the community to change the name and after deliberations among townsfolk, the name Orestes came to the forefront. Nathan
and Ellen McMahan lived in the countryside north of the community and were proud parents of a son, Orestes McMahan, born on
Christmas day 1876. The name Orestes was uncommon and was adopted as the new name of our town.
very special thanks goes out to fine folks of Orestes and nearby countryside
for the great photographs and amusing tales of their families and community long ago. Without their offerings a big part of
Orestes history would have been lost. Ask your more senior relatives and friends for a fine story today and lend your best