2010-07-14 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Pettisville School Board named Greg Nofziger, Pettisville, interim varsity boys basketball coach at the Monday night meeting.

School board approved a new contract with the classifi ed employees granting them the same raise the district teaching staff received.

For the fist time in 25 years, Archbold will be illuminated with fireworks. This year, the 21st annual Carp Festival includes a fireworks display. “If you’re going to be in Archbold, it’s going to be hard to find a spot where you won’t be able to see the fireworks,” said Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks and Recreation director. The committee hired Zambelli International, New Castle, Pa., to set off the fireworks display in Archbold.

French Club members of Archbold High School stand before the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The group is spending nine days in France, Switzerland, and Monaco early this month, according to a photograph.

The Clyde’s Way-Co. Rd. 22 underpass site appears like a steel jungle with steel pilings in place to hold up the railroad overpass, according to a photograph.

Construction on this portion of the project has come to a standstill as workers move an underground fiberoptic cable.

Plans for the coming Short- Buehrer Road improvement will be presented to the public, Thursday, July 27, at the Ruihley Park Pavilion.

Ray Childs, owner/manager of Childs’ Investment Group, was elected to a twoyear term on the leadership council of the Ohio Chapter of National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio.

Deaths–Donald V. Beck, 79, Archbold; Laurel A. Clingaman, 97, Wauseon; James E. Smith, 73, San Juan, Dominican Republic; Madeline B. Hall, 94, Wauseon

Stacy Spengler, Ridgeville Corners, participated in a special science and medicine camp at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo.

Village water meters soon will be equipped with a small radio transmitter for reading monthly water costs.

Jason Waldvogel has been named Pettisville Elementary School principal for the 2001-02 school year.

An editorial suggests, “Downtown, A Treasure To Preserve.”

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, July 17, 1985

A carp crisis is developing. Jerry Rohrs, chairman of the sixth annual Carp Festival, said carp captured for display at the festival in the Tiffin River have escaped. Larry Short and Dwayne Leininger, in charge of capturing carp, discovered they were gone from the cage.

County commissioners saw their insurance bill rise almost seven-fold, from about $40,000 last year to about $272,000 for this year.

Tom Rogers, whose dental practice is located on Depot Street, has purchased the practice of Hal C. Hackett, at 311 Holland Street.

James O. Miller, president of Northwest Technical College, is part of a seven-member delegation to visit China, in July. He will travel to Hangzhou to tour a factory producing universal joints for the Zeller Corporation, Defiance.

Deaths–Charles A. Winzeler, 60, Archbold; Emil Hernandez, 59, Wauseon; Sylvester F. Flory, 85, Wauseon; Lawrence R. Wilson, 59, Wauseon; Rex A. Nofziger, 27, Wauseon

Jeffery P. Trudel, AHS ‘81, son of John and Janette, was promoted to sergeant in the US Air Force.

Carrie Leininger, daughter of Ed and June, appears in a photograph trying to manage an ice cream cone on a 90-degree summer day at Sauder Village.

43rd Wedding Anniversary– Arthur F. and Anita Leininger

Earn Degrees–D. Jonathan Grieser, Archbold, Harvard Divinity School; Guy Burkholder, Ridgeville Corners, cum laude, University of Toledo

Gary Hodges, pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ, hosted a tour of the Holy Land, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Rome, June 24-July 4.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Americans who worry about the cost of gas and taxes to maintain highways are getting a bargain. The tax on one gallon of gas in Italy is $2.12 per gallon.... Colleges are setting new education standards for athletes. Will they include readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic?... The three least populated counties east of the Mississippi are Keweenaw, Mich., 1,963; Issaquena, Miss., 2,513; Highland, Va., 2,937.

Steve Lange displays the award-winning steelhead he recently caught in Lake Michigan. It is 19 1/4 pounds and 35 1/2 inches long.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 6, 1960

Fulton County shows a population increase of 3,592 in the ten-year period of 1950-1960, according to the latest preliminary figures from the Department of Census at Washington, D.C.

Fulton County is the thirdlargest county in population of the seven Northwestern Ohio counties, exceeded only by Defiance and Williams.

A crowd estimated at 6,000 jammed the grandstand at the Fulton County fairgrounds to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. Over 1,300 cars paid admission. There were pony races and the weather was perfect for the annual American celebration.

Archbold Youth Canteen will hold its first annual Youth-Parent Starlight Festival Dance next Wednesday, July 13. The dance will take place on the tennis courts in Ruihley Park and will feature the music of “The Four Lads & a Gal,” a five-piece orchestra with vocalist.

Fulton County motorists turned in another excellent driving record over the long July Fourth weekend with no serious accidents.

C.F. Murbach and niece Mrs. O.W. Haulman, of Youngstown, returned home Friday after a two-and-onehalf month trip to Switzerland.

Council will spend $20,060.24 this summer on village street repairs.

Sam Miller was appointed village policeman for relief and regular duty when needed. He will serve at least one night a week as night policeman and assist during vacations and when other officers are on sick leave.

Council studied the prospect of additional aboveground raw water storage for the municipal water system.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–One of the greatest mysteries of our times is how governmental leadership, in a democracy, can maintain policies that are in conflict with the people.... Conscience makes small boys tell their mother before their sister does.... Freedom gives us the right to become slaves to the things we like to do.... Ego grows without nourishment.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, July 10, 1935

Council met with Toledo Edison representatives to discuss light rates, streetlights, and water pumping arrangements that expired June 1.

F.R. Creager and a crew of men from Liberty Center oiled streets in Archbold Saturday and hope to complete the work this week.

The financial position of Archbold and community, as reflected by the bank statements published in this issue of the Buckeye, indicates a steady increase in better business conditions in the community.

Joseph Gunden, of Elmira, is one of the first farmers to harvest a crop of peas to be sold to the Winorr Canning factory, in Wauseon. He is well pleased with the results, he said.

The peas are an early crop and the ground is now ready for soybeans, ensilage, or early field corn. The peas were harvested and hauled to the Dennis farm near Pettisville, where they were threshed and shelled and trucked to the Wauseon canning factory.

Automobiles totaling 434 were sold in June by Fulton County dealers. Of this number, 132 were new cars and trucks.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 19, 1910

At a special meeting of the school board Thursday evening, Thomas S. Orr, of Weston, was engaged as superintendent at $100 a month.

Mrs. Frank Grime’s 80 acres north of town sold at auction, Saturday, for $111.25 an acre. It was bought by John Flory, who takes possession April 1, 1911. It was a cash deal.

Council waited to oil the roads until the dust was quite deep at Stryker. The rain washed much of the oil into the sewer.

With other boys, Alfred Reutz, 13, with ran away from home in Bryan. When Alfred fell off the railroad bridge at Napoleon, just ahead of a DT&W engine, and was badly bruised, he began crying for his home. All the boys returned to their Bryan homes.

A farmer at Hillsdale is in jail, charged with feeding the carcasses of dead horses to his hogs. He will probably have a term in the penitentiary.

The Wauseon canning factory is being turned into an elevator.

John Boudrey, known as hotel de tree, has progressed from a little express wagon to a pushcart. He now buys up eggs and fetches them to town in his pushcart.

The Lake Shore depots at Wauseon and Delta are being moved about 15 feet to the north to make room for the new track.

Friday, July 22, 1910

Andrew Weber, living south of Archbold, appeared before council Monday evening. He presented a verbal claim for the arbitrary settlement of the loss he sustained because of the alleged negligence of the village authorities in maintaining order on June 25.

Mr. Weber claims that after doing his trading he started home with his horse and buggy, as he had often done before. But, near the post office some fireworks were exploded, which scared his horse so that he could not hold it, but managed to keep it on the road until he reached Leininger’s Corners.

The tug strap on the thills broke, throwing the buggy against the horse’s rear knees, severing one tendon at the curb and bruising another so it was necessary to kill the animal.

He valued the horse at $185 and veterinary fees.

He said he was in danger of his life and would not repeat the experience at any price.

Frank Borough learned the harness maker trade of F. Stotzer 30 years ago in Archbold, and was in town Wednesday. He now lives in Bitter Root Valley, Montana. He says many changes have taken place in Archbold.

The Ohio Art Co. has laid off a number of employees because shipments of material have failed to arrive.

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