2011-04-13 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago Wednesday, April 11, 2001

A 15-year-old male from Maumee was stabbed in Archbold Saturday at about 10:30 pm, according to Martin Schmidt, police chief. The victim was stabbed at the intersection of Franklin and West Mechanic streets.

Sauder Woodworking Co., announced April 5, the company is in the process of purchasing Progressive Furniture, Inc. Headquartered in Swanton, Progressive is a rapidly growing manufacturer of traditional solid wood, veneer, and laminate furniture.

The forklift team named “Looney Times,” representing the Archbold Con-Agra plant, recently won first place in a statewide competition.

Jackie Schnitkey was among nearly 900 persons who attended the Community Pregnancy Center Banquet, April 5, at Sauder Village. She is pictured with Kathy Troccoli, Long Island, NY, a recording artist and songwriter who was the speaker.

Deaths– Richard Bigelow, 69, Archbold; Hazel M. Buehrer, Wauseon; Roy E. Nofziger, 87, Archbold

Heather Quillet and Crystal Alexander received public speaking awards in District I FFA competition at Bowling Green.

Austin DeGroff bowled a perfect 300, Wednesday, April 4, at Napoleon.

Sam Hornish Jr., captured two straight Indy Racing League victories, a feat rarely matched by the IRL open-wheel drivers.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 16, 1986

The safety of Pettisville students in the wake of international terrorism was of primary concern during the Monday night meeting of the Pettisville Local School Board.

With air reservations completed, five Spanish students, Shirley Short, teacher, and her husband, Walter, plan to visit Spain this summer.

The students are Danny Sauder, Ezzie Avina, Lori Nofziger, Duane Beck, and Rita Schrock.

Three area school administrators were in favor of changing the status of Northwest Technical College to a community college. David Lersch, Archbold superintendent, said, “It would be a tremendous boost to Northwest Ohio. I’d like to see it.”

The first step in creating the Pettisville School Foundation was taken through action by the local school board Monday night. Legal use of the name Pettisville School Board for any other purpose must be approved by the board, said Steven Switzer, superintendent.

Rick Stotzer entertained Rotarians Friday with a color film featuring the 1984 World Champion Tiger baseball team.

AC Masters, Inc., a twoway radio sales and service business, opened April 1. The business is located in the Eldon Roth Electric building, St. Rt. 66 North.

Deaths–Clifford Fluckinger, 86, Archbold; Harley H. Nofziger, 90, Archbold; Alberta Stuempel, 94, Wauseon

Scott A. Nafziger, an AHS senior, has been awarded a leadership-service grant at Bluffton College.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, April 19, 1961

Gertrude Hitt, Ohio Women’s

State Archery champion, won the Women’s Instinctive division of the Ben Pearson open tournament at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Coliseum, Sunday. She received a $500 cash award.

Seventy-four seniors, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ceaphus Schrock and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Burkholder as chaperones, braved the elements Sunday and departed Union Station, Toledo, on the senior trip to New York City and Washington, D.C.

Two music groups from Archbold schools, the brass sextet and brass quartet, received superiors in state competition at Columbus, April 15.

Herman Liechty, Walter Stamm, and Paul Holsopple are members of a committee working on programs honoring the 14th anniversary of Cherry Street Mission, Toledo.

Gerald L. Lehman, assistant scout executive and an AHS graduate, will be transferred to the Toledo Area Scout Council, effective April 15.

James Gleason, Jr., attracted attention when he ate iguana in mole sauce at the Quadri-County Science Fair. Lolly Smucker did the serving, according to a photograph.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Economy is expensive. Look at the price tag of a compact car.... Strange how the golf course greens dry out quicker than the garden that needs spading.... Food in sealed tin cans left in the Antarctic 50 years ago by explorers was perfectly good to eat when found and used recently. Some cans had slight evidence of rust.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 8, 1936

Farmers have leased 3,000 acres near Tedrow and are drilling for oil or gas using two pieces of drilling equipment.

Unless the public raises a protest, the State Highway Department will take over several thousand miles of county and township roads in the next decade.

Some citizens look upon the move as imperialism by concentrating more power with bureaus in Columbus.

Ruihley Park is getting ready for a busy season. The baseball diamond is being prepared for heavy use. There is talk of building a track for school running events. The first big event will be the school picnic at the end of May when hundreds of school children and adults gather for an entire day of entertainment.

Jacob Gilbert was one of Archbold’s greatest blacksmiths. He could shoe the wildest horses, and make shoes so they would toe in or toe out. He was considered an artist in his line of work. John C. Winzeler, of 925 Yates Street, Toledo, learned the blacksmith skills from Gilbert, when such a trade meant an income of about three times that of a common laborer.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 18, 1911

Although 76 years old, Mrs. Sheppard Harmon went to the pen on her farm near Napoleon to feed the pigs Sunday. She was attacked by a huge sow, knocked down and trampled.

The woman’s left wrist was broken, her legs and hands bitten and torn, and her left knee dislocated and broken. She probably will die.

While chopping in the woods Friday, the ax flew from the handle and hit Jonothan Rupp on the mouth. He lost seven teeth and a piece of the bone of the lower jaw, which was removed by a Wauseon dentist.

Jonothan worked a while after the accident. He did not think it so serious for a time.

It is believed there are enough signers to build a stone road from Napoleon to Ridgeville Corners.

George Weber fell 14 feet in his barn and landed on his feet. He was unhurt, but doesn’t want to try it again.

According to the census just published, Indiana towns have barely held their own or have fallen behind in population, while the farm population is considerably less.

Solomon Johnson and brother started from Port Said on a trip through the Holy Land, March 10.

Jonas S. Short, Jacob Beck, and others are making another try for a road past their places.

Kill one fly now and you kill ten million flies later, says the Youth Companion magazine.

Will Archbold have a delegation at the Fireman’s Convention at Wapakoneta?

Friday, April 21, 1911

Archbold High School versus Archbold Businessmen in baseball, Friday April 21, 3:30 pm. It will be played on the Isaac Carey field. Admission will be free, but a collection will be taken for expenses.–adv.

For the past four weeks the pupils in the 7th and 8th grades of the Archbold public schools have been engaged in an essay-writing contest, under the auspices of the WCTU.

The essays were finished last week and are now in the hands of competent judges.

Five of the best will be read at the Methodist Evangelical Church on Friday evening, April 28, when prizes will be awarded for the first and second best compositions.

An interesting program is being prepared and everyone is welcome to attend.

A dying man tells of murder. The names are not made public but men are now under arrest for the murder of Albert Thierry, of Archbold.

His body was found in the Maumee River, at Toledo, nine years ago.

Thierry had sold a load of clover seed and went to Toledo to have a good time.

A young man on his deathbed has confessed that he took money from the two murderers to keep silent.

Ora E. Lauber, local registrar of births and deaths in Archbold and German Township, released the following 1910 statistics. Births: 87; males 37, females 50. Deaths: males 16, females, 16.

The Christian religion was introduced a half century ago to the cannibal tribes of darkest India, Persia, and Africa. Penetrating the wilds for the purpose of carrying the Gospel to the heathens meant almost certain death, according to the Women’s National Foreign Missionary Society.

A Cleveland man is suing for a divorce because his wife has hardly spoken to him in years.

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