2009-11-04 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999

It’s official; Clyde’s Way, also known as Co. Rd. 22, is now closed to traffic between Co. Rds. C and D.

The Michigan Lottery announced last week that Greg Wlasiuk, Archbold, was a $150,000 winner in the Sept. 23 drawing.

Peter D. Short, village law director, was elected Archbold mayor, and there are three new faces on council: Bill Rufenacht, Larry Baus, and Kevin Morton, who also is a member of Archbold Park Board.

On Archbold School Board, the lone incumbent, J. Scott Miller, Ridgeville Corners, was returned to a seat. He is joined by newcomer David Yoder.

Eugene D. Bernath, Wauseon, was elected chairman of the board and Harold Plassman, Archbold, vice president, of the Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc.

Deaths–June E. Remus, 79, Wauseon; Donald Enderle, 76, Palm Harbor, Fla.; Herma Sutton 95, Waldron

Council approved tax abatement for Brush Creek Sales & Rental. The company is renovating the former Liechty Motors building at the intersection of South Defiance Street and Short- Buehrer Road.

Archbold Community Theatre continues to make improvements to Giffey Hall in Ridgeville Corners. Earlier this year they purchased the building for a permanent home.

A new show arena at the Fulton County Fairgrounds is proposed to measure 120x200 feet. It will replace one that has served for 20 years. It will be built between the dairy and beef barns, at the south end of the grounds.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1984

Of the 20,836 registered voters in Fulton County, 16,075 cast ballots in the Tuesday General Election.

James Hensal, village legal counsel, agreed in an Oct. 29 court hearing the court could issue foreclosures on unsold lots in the Woodland Oaks II subdivision where back taxes are owed.

Completion of paper work that will eventually lead to the installation of crossing gates and lights at the Co. Rd. 24 Conrail crossing has begun. “You’re on your way,” said Liz Lillard, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Kathy Drake and Maria Smith, AHS seniors, will travel to Washington, D.C. next semester to participate in a Congressional seminar. The weeklong seminar is made possible by Sauder Woodworking.

Matt Buehrer, AHS grad, performs in the Heidelberg College production “Opera Scenes,” Nov. 16.

Brian Rex, AHS senior, is among the final contestants in the Ohio University 38th annual American history contest.

A dedication and open house for the new addition completed earlier this year is planned at the Zion Mennonite Church Sunday.

Weddings– David Fox, Jr., and Laura Ann Wilkerson; Douglas Doblinger and Mary Musselman; Timothy Sauder and Denise Kay Trejo.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Many major corporations whose employees travel by air require them to take separate airplanes.... German Township farmers have been battling the elements to harvest their crops of soybeans and corn. Prices are discouraging.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1959

Glenda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gautsche, was awarded the John Rich family scholarship.

Lions Club members have requested various churches to ring the bells three times on election day, Nov. 3, to get out the vote.

Cast members of the junior class play “Meddlesome Maid” are Sam Roth, Dee Ann Rupp, Peggy Neal, Jo Ann Schrock, Keith Beck, Lou Ann Nofziger, Lowell Leu, Lyle Hayes, Peter Nofziger, Sue Short. Gene Rupp is the director.

Cast members of the Pettisville senior class play are John Baer, George Taylor, Gustav Goertz, Merle Grieser, Roselyn Rychener, Marvin Nafziger, Suzy Frey, Dianna Nafziger, Jack Rychener, Jim Roth, Bonnie Short, Judy Short, Donelda Nofziger. Thelma Rychener is the director.

Don Liechty and Orville C. Rupp are the new candidates for the Pettisville Board of Education.

Stanley Buehrer, former Archbold High School athletic star, is head coach of basketball and baseball at Hilltop consolidated school in West Unity.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–You are an old timer if you remember when the men around town held tobacco spitting contests in the back room of B.P. Merry drug store, located in the room now occupied by O.P. Kluepfel.... In every community, adults do many things to make life enjoyable for young people.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1934

One of the first real estate sales in this community in many months was held Friday, to settle the estate of Jacob Rupp. Harmon Rupp, executor, sold the 237 acres in four parcels.

Aaron Frey paid $48 per acre for the 117 acres known as the home place, with all buildings.

N.J. Wyse bought the 40 acres, including the woods, for $55.50 per acre.

P.L. Frey purchased the east farm of 71 acres for $56.50 per acre.

The 10 acres at the crossroads was sold to Miss Mary Schmucker for $51.25 an acre.

Archbold Fire Company will stage a community Halloween party in Athletic Hall, tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

New fire equipment purchased with money from the recent chicken-noodle supper and cash donations has arrived and on the new truck.

New lengths of Siamese hose will split a 2 1/2-inch stream of water into two streams, giving firemen a valuable weapon in small fires.

R.L. Rupp has purchased the Winzeler mansion in Archbold and will use it as a funeral home. He takes possession Nov. 1. The Bowers family will continue living in some of the rooms.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1909

When the woods around Archbold were full of logs and lumbermen, a large hotel stood where Gustave Dimke’s building is located. The Air Line House was run by a proud Yankee and his two dignified daughters.

When dinner was ready, landlord Thompson would take a hand bell and go out on the porch and ring it vigorously. The sound was greeted with unearthly yells from all directions.

Card games in all the 14 saloons broke up and boarders raced to get to the first table, all singing in unison with the rhythmic clatter of the bell, “meat and pertaters, pertaters and meat.”

T.E. Schrider had a narrow escape from death Wednesday morning. A bull he was leading to water turned upon him and attempted to gore him. Schrider was knocked to the ground against the fence. He succeeded in getting hold of a rail to protect himself. As he went over the fence the bull charged again, throwing him to the opposite side. Schrider recovered consciousness and crawled home. He suffered three broken ribs and a collarbone.

Friday, Nov. 12, 1909

Henry Hirsch has purchased from Vernier & McLaughlin the lot near Stuckey’s Restaurant. C.E. Mehring has the contract to erect a business building 100 feet long. The room will be occupied by Eicher & Short, produce buyers.

Don’t sit at home and mope and moan and finally die in the insane asylum. Come to town Saturday night and see the moving picture show and get some good out of life.

After patronizing a saloon east of Swanton Tuesday, Henry Zimmerman staggered along the track and plunged across the rails, in front of the mortorman Foutz’s car. He lay upon the fender until the car stopped, but died soon after.

A Chicago man has taken a 300-page book to tell why women marry. Any woman could have told it in one word–because.

Ten thousand poor people live in Chicago on choice pickings from garbage boxes and swill barrels. Now the police are poisoning the garbage and swill to get rid of the poor, while unemployed men are clubbed out of town by the police. Chicago is also raising one million dollars to send Christianity to the heathens.

Fred Carpenter, 22, was elected mayor of Lyons.

G.H. Crane, democratic candidate for mayor at Fayette, received one vote at the recent election. Citizens of that town have one guess as to who cast it.

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