Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past
Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001
Municipal income tax brought in $382,617.39 during January. That’s more than 82% more than in January 2000.
State officials are considering upgrading St. Rt. 66 north of the Ohio Turnpike overpass as part of the proposed St. Rt. 66-US20A intersection upgrade.
Council was told the streets and sidewalks committee is recommending that a large storm sewer under South Defiance Street be extended. Brad Grime, chairman of the committee, said since the village has purchased property for a park in the 1900 block of South Defiance and plans are being made to widen the street in that area, the storm sewer should be extended.
Paul Andre was inducted into the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Hall of Fame for supervisors, Jan. 16-17.
Anthony (Tony) J. Rupp has been appointed to the board of directors of the Farmers & Merchants Bancorp.
Bonnie Rupp returned from a visit to Sydney, Australia, to visit her daughter, Valerie Isaacson.
Deaths– Harold E. Huber, 80, Holgate; Mathilda M. Badenhop, 91, Archbold; Olin C. Borton, 97, West Unity
Jacob Bernath was named a principal nominee to the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Janelle Harris, an AHS cheerleader, leads Blue Streak fans in a spirit chant, according to a photograph.
Headline– ODOT Shows Plans For St. Rt. 66-US20A, Tells Which Homes And Buildings Must Be Removed.
Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1986
Youngsters from the Archbold Dance Studio and Performing Arts Workshop entertained the crowd Saturday night during halftime of the girls basketball game with baton routines. Performers were Jodie Genter, Sara Miller, Katie Burkholder, Jenny Sauder, Leslie Kinsman.
BPW Club members are tired of winter. They sponsored a Spring Fun Night Style Show. Models include Michelle Miller, Micki Laub, Stephanie Speiser, Michelle Smith, Kelli Stahl, Madalyn Stanforth, Diane Wyrick, Carol Stamm, Sabrina Grisier, Connie Leupp.
Deaths–Clea Valiton, 92, Archbold; Richard J. Leininger, 70, Fayette; Mary A. Routsong, 91, Archbold; Hal S. Bell, 73, Wauseon; Herbert J. Buehrer, 60, Fayette
A new agricultural program by the federal government is aimed at cutting down soil erosion and cropland in the United States. Called Conservation Reserve, it is designed to retire highly erodible cropland from production for a period of 10 years.
Area Mennonite Churches will bag corn for shipment to Ethiopia Thursday and Friday at Rupp Seed Co., southeast of Pettisville. Four truckloads, approximately $9,000 in corn, has been requested from this area by Mennonite Central Committee.
A tie vote of 2-2 resulted in a zoning variance being denied to Lowell E. Short for 216-218 Farmington Road.
Blue Streak Jill Schnitkey drives past a basketball opponent to score a career high of 27 points, according to a photograph.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Consider yourself lucky if the smoke alarm only warns you when the batteries are worn out.... Remember when Paul Revere rode horseback through the night to warn of approaching Red Coats?
Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1960
The Archbold Buckeye received two first places, one second, and a third in the Ohio Newspaper competition last week.
Jo Anne Schrock won second place and Barbara Gisel, fourth, in the 24th annual county School Press Project.
In two hours, 768 vehicles passed over the crosswalk in front of McLaughlin Memorial Library. Joseph Dominique, school patrolman who guards the safety of children using the crosswalk, kept count Tuesday noon.
Three municipal wells which were shut down for repairs following a gas explosion in which Archie Hines, chief operator, was burned, have been repaired and are pumping water into the 100-million gallon storage reservoir.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Long ago, in an unpublished manuscript, Henry Thoreau said: “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.”... Be careful. The man who bows so low and cautiously may also be reaching for the rug.... Many people consider working a pleasure and a way of life; retirement has little attraction.... Non-winners in a beauty contest are positive the judges need new glasses.... Great Britain has an annual military budget of $5 billion. Wealthy Uncle Sam spends over $41 billion.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1936
Dale Rufenacht has purchased H.D. Slagle’s electric shop and will continue the lines along with his haberdashery stock.
Mr. Rufenacht will stock the same lines of merchandise and is prepared to give customers prompt service.
On the farm of Dan Burkholder, dogs damaged sheep Saturday night. One valuable animal was killed and another, mangled badly. The sheriff is trying to trace the dangerous dogs.
The pest competition at Ridgeville Corners has come to an end. The competition was between the Farmers Union and American Legion. The Legion won with 103,057 pounds of pests; the Farmers Union had 57,000.
Losers will sponsor a free dance and potluck supper at Giffey Hall, Friday, Feb. 7.
The Archbold Public Library reports an excellent year in 1935. Books borrowed reached 33,306. The library was founded in 1917, so it’s 19 years old. The library is growing and needs more space for more books to serve a growing number of patrons. The public facility draws patrons from surrounding towns and is a great local institution.
In this issue of the Archbold Buckeye, there are nine public sale advertisements, the most ever to appear in a single issue of this newspaper.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1911
It will be necessary to put a new foundation under that sagging old shack called the Town Hall. There must be some expensive repairs in the rear part of the building, and when the repairs are made it will not be much of a building anyway.
Such repairs are estimated to cost between $500 to $700, which means $1,000 to $1,500.
German Township is ready and waiting with the money to pay two-fifths of the cost of a new building. If Archbold could manage to raise the other three-fifths, a fine new building could be erected.
It remains up to the voters and taxpayers to replace the old trap.
If the town won’t build, will it not be advisable to sell the Town Hall property to those who want to buy and build business properties? German Township is ready and waiting for your answer at the polls.
A tramp walked the streets all night, the coldest night last week. He refused to ask the marshal for shelter.
Between a useless Army and Navy and a never-finished Panama Canal, the people of the United States must pay, pay, and pay.
The Christian Endeavor Society of Archbold and Pettisville held a joint meeting at Pettisville Sunday evening.
The Archbold Buckeye prints sale bills at reasonable prices, in one or three colors, on plain white paper, postal, or cardboard, sunproof board or poster paper, large or small, plain or fancy, just as desired. We will help you write the copy.–adv.
Friday, Feb. 18, 1911
So many farmers have decided to retire from farming and sell at public auction that one must guess there has been some profit in farming within the past ten years.
Montpelier’s water and light plant not only took good care of itself last year, but has a profit of $240. Montpelier people are highly in favor of municipal ownership.
Science has decided that a kiss is infectious osculation, but plain people are satisfied with the good old name.
County officers prevented any riot and bloodshed over Sunday closings at Swanton, Saturday. On Sunday you could not get a match from a Swanton business place.
The Ottokee Fairgrounds have been deeded to the county commissioners by the Agricultural Society. The old Ottokee fair has always been a paying proposition.
Some people are eternally fussy. An Indiana man wants a divorce from his wife because she bathes the dog in the dishpan.
Arthur DesBoufs, of Archbold, and W. D. Hoag, of Wauseon, have purchased the Arcade jewelry store in Wauseon.
Land is cheaper right here in German Township than in almost any of the improved parts of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, etc.
One of the very best rolls for breakfast is a prompt roll out of bed.
A large steel drying room is being built in the Ohio Art factory.