Pete Stetten photo 4.9

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s mystery policeman?

Too easy. We had lots of calls telling us it was Pete Stetten, but it was interesting to hear people’s recollections about Morenci’s chief. doctor_photo.jpg

“He used to be the best guy in town with the kids,” Dorothy Davis said.

Dick Baker remembers the big “Capt. Kangaroo” style pockets in Pete’s uniform.

“There was always plenty of candy inside that he would give to kids,” Dick said.

He remembers going up to say, “Hi, Pete,” just to get a treat.

Erma Mackey remembers being helped across the street by Pete when she was growing up here in the 1930s.

“He was a really nice guy,” she said. “I think he was probably the only officer in town.”

Lynn Farley remembers Pete’s chair that he used to observe life in Morenci.

“He often sat in front of city hall in a captain’s chair and watched the traffic go by.”

He didn’t just watch, says John VanValkenburg. He remembers that Pete had a popcorn stand and sold it while on duty. Times have certainly changed.

Beverly Bell Blaker sent a note from Leesburg, Fla. She has a tale to send chills up the spine of a parent. She left her Union Street home on a sleep walking venture one night when she was six or seven years old. Morenci’s downtown festival was underway, so there was some action on the streets.

When she reached the area where the water fountain stood by the hotel, Pete was there to find her.

“Pete spotted me in my PJs and took me home,” Beverly recalls. “I can’t remember when I woke up.”

The photo of Pete was brought in years ago by Bus Olmstead. It was taken in 1937.

Pete Stetten was too easy. Try the photo this week.

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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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