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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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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