Who is the most famous person to come out Morenci?
Old timers might point toward E.D. Stair—as in Stair Public Library, Stair Auditorium and Stair Gymnasium. After growing up in Morenci, Stair became the owner of the Detroit Free Press and served as publisher throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
The auditorium and gymnasium have both faded into memory here, just like the man behind the name of the library.
Today, the name Tony Scheffler is the one some residents are citing as Morenci’s claim to fame. After all, it’s right there on Wikipedia and various sports profiles. Tony Scheffler: home town, Morenci, Mich.
Every now and then someone will stop in the Observer office to point out this fact. Last week Ron Eller came in with Scheffler’s profile printed from Yahoo Sports.
First of all, who is this Scheffler guy? If you’re not a professional football fan, you’ve probably never encountered the name.
Scheffler was an All-State football and baseball player at Chelsea High School, graduating in 2001. He earned a marketing degree at Western Michigan University (3.63 GPA) and was a three-year letter-winner in baseball. He set records at WMU as a tight end on the football team and ranked third nationally in receptions per game.
He was a second-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos in 2006. Now in his second season with the NFL, his career continues to blossom.
But back to this Morenci connection. Is Tony Scheffler really from Morenci or is that just an error?