Fayette history group 04.07.10

Written by David Green.

The Fayette History Group is moving back into action following the winter break and the first monthly meeting is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Friday at R & H Restaurant.

Karen King and Kathleen Fix have started to interview a few of Fayette's patriarchs, starting with Durwood “Woody” Hibbard.

A DVD of the interview was made as Woody provided a glimpse of what the downtown of Fayette looked like in 1927, store by store, business by business, on both sides of the downtown streets. Woody added many interesting stories along the way.

At the meeting Friday, David Metcalf will provide an update on what he is doing for the Fayette School Alumni Banquet on July 31, and what he would like to see presented about the schools.

Kathy Fix will show photographs from a recent visit to Fayette, N.Y., and to Seneca County, N.Y., from where many early Fayette, Ohio, families came.

Henry Punches, Fix’s great-great-grandfather, came to Gorham Township from Seneca County. It was his daughter, Frances Amelia Punches, who married William Gamble, father of Burd Van Buren, William, Arthur, and Edward, all graduates of the Fayette Normal, and for whom County Road R (Gamble Road) is named.

Tom and Kathy Fix live in the house that William Gamble built in 1910.

“The Gambles revered education,” Kathy Fix said, “and it is very fitting that our new school was built on Gamble Road.”

Fix is finishing a new comprehensive timeline of Fayette’s history that will be available to the public at the Alumni Banquet.

Anyone with Fayette photos or memorabilia to share should bring them to the meeting.

 

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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