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.

 

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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