Fayette history group to meet 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

A new effort is underway to preserve Fayette’s distant past and to keep in mind the recent history, as well.

A new Fayette history organization will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Fayette Opera House.

A few people first met at David Metcalf’s home, by his invitation, in July, but then in August, a few more history buffs joined in for a meeting at Kathy Fix’s home.

Organizers hope the group will continue growing as people in Fayette and the surrounding area join to tell the stories of Fayette’s past. Anyone interested is invited to share photos, books, albums and documents at the meetings.

Interest was expressed in creating an annual Fayette History Day event and that will be discussed further Sept. 14. There will also be discussion about visiting area museums (the Fulton County Historical Museum, Zachel’s Schoolhouse, the museums in Morenci and Hudson) and about how to best preserve Fayette’s own history.

Fix said the meetings will be open for talking about everything surrounding Fayette’s past—the businesses, schools, the Teeter and Wobble, the Town Hall or Opera House, the wars, the people and stories of happenings in Fayette’s past.

Fix’s mother, Vivien Ford, wrote a local history book called “The First Hundred Years, 1872-1972,” but the village has now moved well into the second century, and the sesquicentennial (Fayette’s 150th anniversary) will come in 2022.

Fayette’s milestone celebrations come a little later than in many area communities, Fix noted, due to the Great Black Swamp that challenged early settlers.

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