Morenci History Quiz 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

Morenci graduate John Geisler presented a portion of the following quiz at the Sept. 26, 2009, school reunion.

John says that if he has any incorrect answers, please set him straight.

1. What was the name of the gasoline-powered locomotive that used to run down the middle of Main Street?

2. Who was the three-time Class C all-state halfback who was known as the “Morenci Express”? He played at Michigan State and the University of Toledo and is coaching at Monroe Jefferson High School.

3. What transportation company owned the train that came into Morenci from the Northeast, cut across Summit and North streets, went past the flour mill, and at one time crossed over Bean Creek and Wakefield Park and finally reached its terminus west of Fayette, Ohio?

4. The football field is currently located just south of the high school building and named after Henry Geisler. Where was it previously located?

5. What three buildings in Morenci were named after a former publisher of the Detroit Free Press? Two of the buildings no longer exist.

6. Bean Creek is known as what river in Ohio?

7. If you were within the city limits of Morenci, and particularly if you were in the business district during the daytime and heard a loud whistle that was not the fire siren, what time was it?

8. Who is the current head baseball coach at Western Michigan University who excelled playing baseball at Morenci High School, graduated in the late ‘70s, played at Western Michigan University, and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays? He coached at Penn State for several years.

9. If you wanted to know what happened on a given date in Morenci’s history who would you contact?

10. If you took piano lessons in Morenci, the chances were very good that you took your lessons from this person?

11. Who was the long-time franchise Ford dealer in Morenci?

12. The Pontiac dealer?

13. If you heard the fire siren sound and wanted to know where the fire was located, how could you find out quickly?

14. What was the name of the cleaners company that had their plant and headquarters in Morenci and had outlets all over south central Michigan? What was their motto?

15. Where was the city owned swimming pool located?

16. The Morenci train station is a wonderful building that is now occupied by the State Line Gem and Mineral Society. What other communities in the area had train stations that were essentially duplicates of the Morenci station and are either still standing or are part of another building?

17. M-156 is essentially a north-south route. What was the east-west route number for the road called Main Street?

18. Before the school district was called the Morenci Area Schools, what was it called?

19. What is the name of the current Denver Broncos tight end who played college at Western Michigan University, and was born in Morenci?

20. The interurban train that came through Morenci on its way to Toledo or Pioneer, Ohio was known as the Toledo & Western – the T & W. T & W were initials that stood for other names, according to many people in the area. What were these names?

21. Who were the owners of the flour mill that was located on Bean Creek, across the Creek from the north end of Wakefield Park?

22. Who was the basketball and football coach that left Morenci to coach basketball teams at Adrian College?

23. M-156, the route through Morenci, was part of a highway connecting upper Michigan to Florida. What was the name of this highway?

24. Who was the long-time Morenci police chief who later took a position as head of security at Adrian College. His wife was also from Morenci.

25. Morenci is the name of two cities in the U. S. One is located in Michigan. The other is located in what state?

26. What was the name of the family owned lumber yard that was located across from the train station?

Answers:

1. Yellow Mule

2. Marcus Cisco

3. Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, later the New York Central

4. Wakefield Park, and earlier, at the end of Baldwin Street off N. Summit Street

5. Stair Auditorium, Stair Gymnasium and Stair Public Library.

6. The Tiffin River, named after Ohio’s first governor

7. 11:30 a.m., from the dairy and later Parker Rust Proof

8. Randy Ford

9. Harold Hall

10. Maude Chase

11. Leobess Chappell

12. Mart Swaney

13. Frances O’Donnell

14. Call the Morenci Home Telephone operator

15. Bancroft Cleaners: “When your clothes are not becoming to you, they should be coming to us.”

16. Wakefield Park

17. Lyons, Metamora, Fayette and Blissfield

18. M-120

19. Morenci Agricultural Schools

20. Tony Scheffler

21. Toot & Whistle; Tired & Worn; Teeter & Wobble

22. Art Buck and Ray Kellogg

23. Gregg Arbaugh

24. The Taft Memorial Highway

25. “Mickey” Phelps

26. Arizona

27. Porter Lumber Company

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