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

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

The Crabbs home 01.03

Written by David Green.

Joyce (Williamson) VanValkenburg offered some information about the home at 120 N. Summit St. in Morenci, and she should know—she used to live there. Joyce adds some facts in addition to what her sister, Janis, recently wrote.

The home was built by W. W. Crabbs, the owner of a drygoods store. His daughter, Hazel, played the organ at the First Congregational Church for many years. When W. W. and his wife passed away, the home went to his son John, a tailor, and wife Susan. 

After the Crabbs, the home became the residence of Herbert Porter (of Porter Lumber Company).  Herbert was the father of Stanley, Roger and Evelyn (Mansfield).

“Mr. Porter had a tin bathtub built in the upstairs bathroom, which was long enough for him to stretch out in,” Joyce wrote. “Their kitchen was also built higher than usual to accommodate taller people.”

When Joyce’s parents, Bernard and Thelma Williamson, purchased the home in 1943, they moved the kitchen back one room to where the previous kitchen had been and turned the Porter kitchen into a dining room.

Mr. Williamson had a law office downtown above Slagel’s Market, but when he purchased the Porter home, two rooms in the basement were converted to a law office and he continued his law practice even after he was appointed Lenawee County Probate Judge by Governor G. Mennen Williams.

“After my father passed away in the fall of 1952, my mother and I went to Tecumseh and interviewed a young attorney by the name of Yale Kerby,” Joyce writes. “He eventually purchased the home from her in the spring of 1953 and continued the law practice.”

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