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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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Taylor Family: 100 Reunions

Written by David Green.


Family reunions are serious business to members of the Rush Taylor family. They’ve gotten together for 100 years now, without fail.

Every reunion is a good one, said family member Mildred Uhler of Munson, but the recent centennial edition was a special one. Several people went to a lot of extra work and expense to make this one out of the ordinary.taylor.reunion.sign

The first Taylor family reunion, on Aug. 30, 1906, was attended by 25 people at the Ezra and Hannah Taylor homestead near West Unity, Ohio. Their children were Sylvester, Marion, Charles, John and Florence. Marion was the father of O.A. Rush, Marjorie and Russell. Next comes Mildred’s connection. She’s the oldest daughter of Rush.

Mildred knows she missed a few reunions. She was with her husband while he was in the service for a while and she was busy giving birth when one of the gatherings was going on.

“Most of the time I was there,” she said. “I can remember my folks taking me.”

There have been some changes over the years, a few differences that probably reflect changes in society.

“We always had the kids say their Sunday School poems and we had musical instruments and songs,” Mildred recalls. “The older people love to see the young ones show themselves off.”

There were also games of horseshoes, baseball and other activities.

“We always had a good time whenever we got together,” she said. “And do you know how much we all got along together?”

This year’s celebration was no different. Family members represented 14 states, from as far away as California and Arizona.

To begin the weekend, 75 family members met at the Ramada Inn near Bryan, Ohio, for a Friday night dinner. The next morning, 50 people attended a brunch at the home of Bruce and Leah Rutledge in Waldron. Next came a visit to the Todd and Rita Rutledge home outside of Waldron for an afternoon of swimming and games.

That night, the cousins got together at the Rush and Rhea Taylor home where Joey and Janet Taylor now live with their daughter, Lauren. The brothers and sisters met for dinner at a Wauseon restaurant—an event organized by Dee and Loree Clark. Several people attended Sunday morning services at the former family church in Munson.

It was finally time for the big event—the anniversary potluck at the Taylor homestead near West Unity, attended by 140 guests. Family member Doris Grim now lives in the house after other members pitched in to fix it up. Tours of the home were given and hayrides through the countryside were taken, including a trip through the covered bridge at Lockport.

A family tree was painted on the inside of a barn at the homestead and each family filled in its information. A ladder was needed to reach parts of branches.

In addition to the big meal, there was also home-made ice cream.

“It was a tradition that we always had home-made ice cream in tin cups,” Mildren said.

One year, the original cups were decorated and distributed as keepsakes.

A lot of planning went into this year’s festivities—a job handled by five sisters: Mildred and Loree from Munson, Ruth from Florida, Carol Jean from Mississippi and Leah from Waldron.

“We get together once a year to plan it,” Mildred said.

That might lead to a trip to Mississippi or a golf outing at De-Mor Hills near Morenci.

“Every place we’ve been we’ve had fun.”

Although former family secretary O.A. Taylor is gone—her tombstone notes her 65 years of service—others have taken her place and the annual event continues. Mildred expects future gatherings to be just as genial as those in the past.

“We’ve always had such a good time whenever we got together.”

– August 2, 2006 

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