Former Morenci mayor Walt Teeter dies 8.13

Written by David Green.

The decision to build a hospital in Morenci to serve Waldron, Fayette, Lyons and the area led to Walt Teeter’s arrival here.

Teeter, his wife and three children moved to Morenci in 1961, beginning an era of community service spanning several decades.

Teeter died Aug. 6 at home following a lengthy illness.

Teeter was on hand to open the 25-bed facility in 1961 and oversee the 12-room addition in 1968 as the need for expansion arose.

In 1987, when no one was stepping forward to serve as Morenci mayor, Teeter agreed to serve if elected by write-in ballots and he garnered the most votes. After a two-year term, he hoped someone would step forward to serve, but no one did and he was elected by write-in votes again.

In 1993, Teeter was back in city hall when he was appointed a city council member.

Working with his wife, Mary, Teeter compiled records from Morenci’s two cemeteries and created a website for public access to the data.

His obituary is on page four of this week’s Observer.

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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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