Anniversary: Darrel and Jane Knisely

Written by David Green.

p.anniv.kniselyDarrel and Jane Knisely will celebrate 60 years of marriage. Darrel Knisely and Jane Leininger were united in marriage June 14, 1952, in the house where they have lived most all of those 60 years.

The Kniselys worked as dairy farmers raising registered Holsteins for nearly 60 years on their farm near Fayette. They have sold dairy animals to dairy farms in several  states across the Midwest and to Japan, Italy, France, Hungary and Columbia, South America. Darrel is a member of the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Jane has worked as a poll worker for the Gorham Township election board for more than 50 years and has enjoyed sewing most of her life.   

The couple has four children, Denise Knisely of Ayersville, Dennis  (and Susan) Knisely of Fayette, DeeAnn Simmons (and Clint Shoumaker) of Delta, and David (and Tracy) Knisely of Fayette. They also have five grandchildren, Tari (and Chad) Pennington of Fort Bragg, N.C., Michelle (and Beau) Chinn of Columbus, Kirk Simmons (and Sarah Serres) of Fayette, Kristoffer Knisely of Toledo and Katherine Knisely of Fayette; and three great-grandddaughters,  Emileigh, Alicen, and Elizabeth Pennington.

Cards and notes of congratulations would be appreciated by the couple.  

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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