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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Fayette history albums donated to library 05.19.10

Written by David Green.

Many Fayette residents were familiar with the late Vivien Ford, known as the community’s official historian.

A collection of her historical records is now available for viewing at Normal Memorial Library through the recent donation of three albums created by her daughter, Kathleen Fix.

The collection includes a comprehensive timeline of Fayette history.

“The document is about 30 pages long and is still growing,” Fix said.

There are numerous other documents on the history of Gorham Township, the history of Fayette, the Normal University, the Fayette Opera House, the Fayette Area Schools, a family history document based on Vivien Ford's final diary, collections of copies of photos and articles from the local newspapers and from books.

The albums include photos and articles about the early history of the town, the people, homes, fire department, railroads and other transportation in and around Fayette and Harrison Lake State Park.

Ford wrote several documents about the history of the town in her book, “The First 100 Years,” and she provided information for various news articles from local newspapers. She also wrote about the Fayette Opera House and the Allen family. The documents were transcribed onto a computer.

Ford’s collection was compiled into 10 albums located at her home. The three albums donated to the library represent a compilation of the 10.

“Through research, we are obtaining a much greater understanding of historical Fayette,” Fix said. “For example, we now have more than one source for Fayette’s incorporation in 1873, thanks to the deed records, presented by Dale Pfund, of Fayette’s hardware store.

“We have a collection of obituaries that gives us a microscopic look into the lives of early Fayette citizens, thanks to Grace Sly's gift of old obituaries to the Fayette Historical Society.”

Obituaries tell a lot about the village’s past citizens, Fix said.

People have stories to tell and Fix enjoys hearing the stories shared.

“Learning about our shared past gives us hope for all the tomorrows of Fayette” she said. “Perhaps we can build a future by keeping our past alive.”

She envisions a downtown Fayette with a museum and gift shop, several antique shops, and an old parlor style ice cream emporium.

“Fayette needs a committed effort to advertise our positive aspects that would foster new businesses and industry in Fayette,” Fix said.

And she promises to deliver additional historical albums to the library in the future.

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