Tony Scheffler: Morenci's famous guy 12.5

Written by David Green.

Who is the most famous person to come out 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.

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?

 

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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