The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Pauline Jones: A House Full of Dolls

Written by David Green.

By JEFF PICKELL

Fayette resident Pauline Jones has always had a tender affection for dolls, it just took her a while to get her hands on some.

She didn’t enjoy many luxuries during her childhood. For a family of ten trying to subsist in a struggling economy, there wasn’t a lot of spare money to spend on gadgets and toys for the youngsters, so for entertainment she and her siblings had to rely largely on themselves or on their imaginations.

pauline It was Pauline’s imagination that kept her smiling as she flipped through each new Sears & Roebuck catalogue when one arrived.

“My joy came from leafing through the pages and looking at the beautiful dolls and dreaming,” she says.

When the catalogues went out of season, she’d cut the dolls out and spend hours devoted to the imaginary world she’d created around them—until a stiff breeze or a hard stomp from one of her brothers scattered her kingdom to bits.

Today, Pauline’s doll collection is not so vulnerable to the elements.

“I have about 130 antiques and 40 or 50 made by modern day artists,” she says.

So many dolls are arranged throughout the Jones residence that it’s like a life-sized dollhouse.

She keeps her favorite dolls in the dining room. Her largest, a pale-faced girl with gorgeous German-blond locks sits in a rocking chair, staring across the room at two school boys, also German, standing erect. Beside the German girl, a toddler clutching a violin stands perched atop a chest; it’s Pauline’s favorite.

A lot of people think of china porcelain when antique dolls come to mind, but Pauline says dolls made of bisque porcelain are much more valuable and accomplished.

Unlike china porcelain, bisque porcelain is unglazed. This gives the doll an appearance and texture which much more closely resembles human skin, and which attracted wealthy buyers who would have only the best for their children.

The true master doll makers, the artists, were 19th century German designers. Pauline and her husband, Babe, have been pursuing pieces by these artisans for the last 40 years or so.

It all began when Babe—who, according to Pauline, is a collector of guns, duck decoys, art and junk—asked her what she would collect if she could collect anything. Her immediate answer was dolls. Babe searched area antique shops and shows, and for her birthday presented Ruth, a small, scarlet-clad Armand Marsaille brand doll.

“The moment I unwrapped that box and peered inside, I was hooked,” Pauline says.

In the years since then, Babe has typically given Pauline a doll for every birthday, anniversary and Christmas, which, over the course of four decades, has brought the collection to a size so big the Jones’ have run out of places to display it.

Pauline devotes a good deal of time to making sure the displays themselves are as thought-provoking and detailed as her intricately featured dolls. For instance, two baby dolls in her upstairs display room are arranged side by side in a wicker carriage constructed for twins in the early part of the century. The carriage is so old that the twins who sat in it have both died of old age, but the Joneses have taken so much care in preserving it that it seems almost new.

Now, why would anyone want to collect so many dolls, if they are only to be kept on display? Just as it did for her as a child, Pauline’s joy comes from her imagination.

“I try to envision the little girls in their calico dresses and bonnets who once played with them and must have taken excellent care of them,” says Pauline. “I try to envision what kind of home they came from—was it a log home? Was it a castle in England or France or Germany, or just an ordinary home like where we grew up?”

And though the answer to that question may never be uncovered, the care and love with which Pauline treats her dolls ensures that there will be many years more for people to ponder it.

 - Oct. 26, 2005

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