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ADUFF On October 22 and December 3, 2017, local exhibited a mechanical talent for repairing and Savior Jesus Christ. He’s a good one to leantribute toanything. He went to Atlantic Union College to major in engineering but before completing that, he entered the U.S. Army (1960-62). Stationed in Washington, D.C., Duff met his future wife, Joyce, a nursing school student at Columbia Union College. They married in 1962 and moved to Corydon, Pennsylvania on the AlleghenyRiver. When the Allegheny Reservoir was built to control flooding, the town was submerged as a result. Duff displayed his interest for history then by gathering all the material he could about the town to preserve its memory.The family moved to a farm in New Yorkthat Duff christened the “Hardly-Able” farm. It did not take long for folks to again discover his talent for repairing things so he started a small engine repair business. His collecting talent was exhibited in small engines and tractors. He also worked in farm machinery sales. His customers loved him because he was able to trouble-shoot and repair any of the machines he sold. A man of deep faith, Duff described his mechanical ability this way:“Maintenance and I get along pretty good, for several reasons. I know a little bit, but you know what? I’ve learned to call on the master mechanic when I get in trouble. And He’s bailed me out more times... The master mechanic is our Lordhistory groups paid tribute to Garth H. “Duff” Stoltz (1932-2017). The October event was organized by the Battle Creek Regional History Museum (BCRHM). Emceed by former Mayor Al Bobrofsky, the group dedicated a basrelief wall plaque of Duff at museum. The words on the plaque honor Duff’s devotion to local history, commemorating his “passion and persever- ance” in saving our community history. Duff was also on the original committee to establish the BCRHM and gave much of his collection to them.The December 3 tribute at the Kimball House featured a program by Heritage Battle Creek (HBC). Because the Sanitarium Room in the Kim- ball House was planned and completed by Duff, it was renamed the Garth “Duff” Stoltz Roomin honor of his work in the Historical Society. Emceed by Elizabeth Neumeyer, the ceremony included a wall plaque as well as a drawing of Duff done by local historian/artist, Kurt Thornton. A copy of the drawing was also given to Duff’s wife, Joyce Stoltz. Both groups recognized the major role Duff played in collecting, preserving, and sharing Battle Creek history.Duff was born and raised in Pennsylvania. When a family friend saw him as an infant, she exclaimed that he was a, “Cute little duffer.” The name stuck. Duff grew up on a farm andon.” (BC Enquirer, September 26, 2007)In 1975 Joyce was called to a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) mission hospital in Monument Valley, Utah, where she served as Director of Nursing and Duff was in charge of maintenance. They came to Battle Creek in 1977 with their children, Garth and Amy, because the SDA Hos- pital on Washington Avenue called Joyce to be their Director of Nursing. At that time, the original Fieldstone building was still standing and Duff’s office was in that building, first in maintenance and then as Director of Safety and Security.This original Fieldstone building was opened in 1901 by the Phelps Brothers (Neil and Oscar) who hoped to compete with Dr. Kellogg. They went bankrupt in 1904. C.W. Post purchased the building but sold it to Dr. John Harvey Kelloggin 1912. Dr. Kellogg used it in varied ways:an overflow hospital annex, classrooms and dormitory for Battle Creek College and then as the main Sanitarium when he sold his original Sanitarium to the U.S. Army (Percy Jones Hos- pital, now the Hart Dole Inouye Federal Center). In 1957 a group of SDA physicians purchased the Fieldstone and built a modern addition that still stands at 165 N. Washington. This modern Fieldstone is owned by Bronson Battle Creek and hosts a variety of health services.BY ELIZABETH NEUMEYER6 SCENE 4301 I MEN IN BUSINESSS


































































































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