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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