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.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
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  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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