2008-07-09 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 8, 1998

Karen Rufenacht and David Wyse, property owners along West Lutz Road, told council about their concerns over a bike path, to be built on the north side of the street.

Council passed a measure to put a one-half of one percent temporary tax increase before village voters at its Monday night meeting.

A photograph shows the Cowart family of Frankfield, La., passing through Archbold last week. They are traveling across America in two covered wagons pulled by horses and mules.

James Faught, spokesman for Ohio Department of Transportation, said officials will award the contract in several weeks for construction of a wood covered bridge over the Tiffin River at Lockport in several weeks.

Conversion of the Fulton County Detwiler building, in Wauseon, to office space is nearing completion, Vond Hall, county administrator said.

The village will receive about a $100,000 grant to assist with a road extension in the Archbold Industrial Park.

A photograph shows Dean Genter standing beside a field of corn that is ready to tassel near the Fourth of July.

Dean E. Beck hit a hole-inone, June 28.

John Spiess, 34, director of club operations at High Lands Golf Club, Pataskala, earned the title of PGA master professional. He is the third youngest person ever to achieve the distinction.

Deaths- LaMar J. Short, 68, West Unity; Edward D. Yoder, 47, Stryker; Derek L. Burkholder, 16, Wauseon; Mabel I. Meyers, 86, Pettisville; Mary E. Shinew, 83, Stryker.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 8, 1983

Suzy Rupp and Shannon Ripke, twirlers for the Pettisville High School marching band, perform for the audience at an amusement park, according to a photograph.

County commissioners plan to seek matching state funds to construct a new county jail.

New offices for the law firm of Mack, Gooding & Winzeler are ready to be occupied at the corner of West Holland and Vine Streets.

Dale Gigax found a 1901 commencement invitation among family possessions.

PESSIMIST'S LAMENT- According to Charlie Walker, Kingstree, S.C., "A pessimist defined ambition as working your tail off at a job you don't enjoy, in a place you don't like, trying to save money you can't keep, in order to spend your declining years in idle boredom at a place you can't stand."

Kim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Stuckey, is one of the newly elected members to the C. Henry Smith scholar studies at Bluffton College.

Sanford Nofziger and his wife found 10 bushels of mushrooms in Northern Michigan in 14 days. Sanford reports there were snowflakes in the air May 25 and the next morning water hoses were frozen in the trailer. "It was a cold and wet hunt," he said.

Hesston (Kan.) college grads: Kay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Bontrager; Joe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Graber; Beth Anne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grieser; Amy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rose; Jonathon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wyse.

Tom Miller family is training a German shepherd puppy for a guide dog.

Mutterings- It is estimated 119 million Americans will take summer travel trips.... Most immigrants came from England: 49,224,035, according to a recent survey.... More than 350 Americans, 98 of whom were between the ages 4 and 8, drowned in home swimming pools in 1982.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 9, 1958

Council passed a resolution Monday evening to submit a $290,000 sewage bond issue at the fall election Nov. 4. The money will build a sewage system and treatment plant in the village.

Fulton County's nine banks reached a new all-time high in resources at the close of business June 23. Archbold banks led the way in increases.

Children ages 3 to 16 may participate in a fishing derby at the Archbold reservoir Saturday.

Mrs. Roland Beck lost her wedding rings last October in a storage bin containing 800 bushels of soybeans. She was helping her husband push back the beans when the rings slipped off, and she didn't notice the loss until evening. When they sold the beans recently, they screened every bushel and found them in the last ten bushels.

The New York Central has applied to the Public Utilities Commission, Columbus, for permission to discontinue operation of the station in Stryker.

Summer school has been a good experiment. Results are beyond expectation, according to Jacob Spengler, superintendent.

Ruffer's Food Market advertiseses ground beef, 49¢ per lb.; chuck steak and chuck roast, 59¢ lb.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 12, 1933

The following teachers have been engaged for the next school year: R.L. Lorton, superintendent; T.L. Parker, principal; Mervin Farber, science and athletics; Clayton Tooley, elocution; Gayle Miller, home economics; Catherine Brown, English and typing; Louise Mignin, music.

Grade teachers: Osee Buehrer, Wilma Spiess, Ilva Swalley, Kathryn Rupp; Alice Buehrer, primary.

Fulton County residents paid over $50,000 in June taxes.

The story of the cattle business in Archbold embodies romance as well as thrift and suspense. Last year a number of Archbold farmers earned extra profits by fattening cattle. They had an abundance of feed and plenty of pasture, with suffi cient water on every farm.

Financing hundreds of feeder cattle takes great sums of financial investment, and the risks are large. There are few towns the size of Archbold where $15,000 can be borrowed from small capitalists to finance such a venture.

Therein lies another reason surrounding villages are so envious of Archbold businessmen. Capital is available and businessmen are willing to take a risk.

Lauber Manufacturing Co., is employing 10 persons to make a new line of wall racks and various items of furniture. Olley Lauber reports a good volume of orders that will keep everyone busy for several weeks. Orders are coming from many states.

Florence Hartman will address the Exchange Club Thursday evening in the pavilion in Ruihley Park. Her father was G.W. Hartman, physician, and her mother was Emma Stotzer, daughter of the first Archbold mayor. Florence graduated with a law degree in 1922, served in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1925, and the Ohio Senate in 1927. She served three and one-half years as assistant prosecuting attorney of Lucas County, one year as assistant trust officer of the Ohio Savings Bank & Trust Co., Toledo. She graduated from Wauseon High School.

100 Years Ago Tuesday, July 14, 1908 A gang of drunken men held revel in the Lake Shore depot yard Saturday night. The men sang, talked loud, and used profane language. They broke beer bottles, destroyed flowers and kept nearby residents awake. Little Catherine Ruffer stepped on one of the broken pieces of glass Sunday and cut a deep gash in her foot.

The Oberly Bros., are fixing up the Dimke store building, and fixtures and stock are arriving. It is said there will be clothing on one side and dry goods on the other. F. Julius Dimke will move his stock of dry goods here from Toledo.

The new well in front of the Peoples State Bank building is proving itself a winner. The water is clear and citizens keep the water tank for horses well filled to serve visitors who come to town.

The corncrib on the cornermill lot has been moved. Ed. Ruffer will begin erection of a machine shop soon. A machine shop is something Archbold has needed for a long time.

A man would not tack a piece of waste paper to his coat or hat and go forth into the street. Nor would he permit anyone to pin such a decoration on him, even for fun.

Neither would he drop a banana peel on the floor of his own parlor and let it stay there. If he did there would be a row.

So why throw a piece of newspaper or an envelope or a banana peel on the public thoroughfare that belongs to all the people. And here such things are as much out of place as they are on a person or in the home.

It is a matter of habit. People act differently where a great many meet than where few meet. Even so there is no reason why one should not be as careful and decent in his relation to the community as he is in relation to his own family and personal friends.

Friday, July 17, 1908

The 17 motorcycles on a run from New York to Chicago passed through Archbold Tuesday morning at about 7. They classed in bunches of threes and fours about five minutes apart.

Several machines were able to make as much noise as an automobile and spread as wide a train of odor.

Daniel Roth mounted his motorcycle and followed the parade through town. F.A. Geesey was out of town so did not appear with his wheel.

In the central and eastern part of Fulton County the local option question of alcohol is a live one.

Discussions are indulged and organizations are forming with the purpose of calling a local option election in Fulton County soon after Sept 1, when the law goes into effect.

Over in Defiance County they have organized a strong anti-saloon league, and in Williams County, steps are being taken to hold a local option election.

The pulpit and the stage have always been at war.

The stage has never defended itself against the attacks of the pulpit, perhaps because that the enmity of the pulpit is better than its friendship.

The more the pulpit condemns the morals of the stage, the more business the stage enjoys. The stage is not in business for its moral health. The stage enjoys the condemnation of the pulpit as valuable advertising.

The pulpit sees the public in its Sunday clothes and faces and believes the public always so. The stage sees the public in its worst moods and so paints it. Both are extreme conditions.

The pulpit does the stage good rather than harm by decrying its morals.

When a man complains that the laws are not enforced, tell him to swear out the warrants and the authorities will be compelled to serve them.

This is a republic where one man can enforce the laws if he desires. Such being the case, no man has reason to complain.

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