Correspondence 2012.06.20

Written by David Green.

When Jeanne Johnson of rural Fayette read the recent Observer story about an antique bell with “Morenci Mich” cast into the yoke, it sort of rang a bell in her her head.

She got out a ladder to take a close look at the bell in her yard and sure enough, it looked exactly the same as the one in the paper on June 6.

The bell came from the homestead where her husband, Curt, grew up. Early settlers first built a cabin, Jeanne said, followed by a barn and finally a house. Curt remembers being told that his relatives acquired the bell when they lived in the cabin. 

“The house was built in 1890, so the bell would have to be older than that,” Jeanne said.

She hadn’t looked at the bell in a long time, but she recalls being curious about it years ago when she worked at a hospital.

“I knew it had Morenci on it when we moved it here,” she said, “and I used to ask older residents at the hospital if they knew whether bells were ever made in Morenci.”

No one ever knew, she said, so the “Morenci Mich No. 3” bell remains a mystery.

  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
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  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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