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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Tony Scheffler: Morenci's famous guy 2007.12.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Who is the most famous person to come out of Morenci?

Old timers might point toward E.D. Stair—as in Stair Public Library, Stair Auditorium and Stair Gymnasium. After growing up in Morenci, Stair became the owner of the Detroit Free Press and served as publisher throughout the 1920s and 1930s.tony.scheffler.jpg

The auditorium and gymnasium have both faded into memory here, just like the man behind the name of the library.

Today, the name Tony Scheffler is the one some residents are citing as Morenci’s claim to fame. After all, it’s right there on Wikipedia and various sports profiles. Tony Scheffler: home town, Morenci, Mich.

Every now and then someone will stop in the Observer office to point out this fact. Last week Ron Eller came in with Scheffler’s profile printed from Yahoo Sports.

First of all, who is this Scheffler guy? If you’re not a professional football fan, you’ve probably never encountered the name.

Scheffler was an All-State football and baseball player at Chelsea High School, graduating in 2001. He earned a marketing degree at Western Michigan University (3.63 GPA) and was a three-year letter-winner in baseball. He set records at WMU as a tight end on the football team and ranked third nationally in receptions per game.

He was a second-round draft choice of  the Denver Broncos in 2006. Now in his second season with the NFL, his career continues to blossom.

But back to this Morenci connection. Is Tony Scheffler really from Morenci or is that just an error?

Profiles list his birth date as Feb. 15, 1983.  That was back in the days when the name of anyone entering and leaving Morenci Area Hospital was printed in the paper as news.

A look through the Observer archives shows that Mrs. Anthony Scheffler was admitted as a patient Feb. 15, 1983. She was discharged three days later with her son.

So Morenci really is Scheffler’s birth place, but is “home town” an accurate description?

What does the Observer’s telephone book archive indicate? In 1983, Anthony Scheffler lived at 10636 Ingall Hwy. If any Scheffler fans want to see his childhood home, now you know where to go.

The 1979 phonebook shows no Schefflers. The 1980 book is missing. The 1981 book shows them living on Ingall. They’re still listed in the 1984 book but they’ve moved on by 1985. This means Tony Scheffler was about two years old when the family moved—a big loss for the future Morenci sports teams 15 years down the road.

So it’s true, Morenci is where Tony Scheffler came from, but claiming him as our own only goes so far.

In a 2006 story in the Chelsea Standard, Scheffler talks about how nervous he was concerning the upcoming draft, but he also mentions his roots in Chelsea.

“You’ll see me around,” he said. “I’ll never forget where I came from.”

Scheffler was probably too young to remember much about where he came from, but he does know where he was born: Morenci, Mich.

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