Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past
Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001
Council quizzed Martin Schmidt, police chief, about the two proposed overtime parking fine structures under consideration: $10 fine for a first-time offense, $15 for the second, $20 for the third, and a $15 overtime parking fine. The current fine is $5.
Council took no action on four-way stop signs at the intersections in Manor Park and NorthPointe. Kevin Morton, councilman, said residents want four-way stops at the intersection of St. Anne Street and Olds Lane.
Andrew and Katie Miller, Ridgeville Corners, exercise their six hogs every day in preparation for the Henry County Fair.
Plans call for the first layer of asphalt to be laid on the Clyde’s Way-Co. Rd. 22 underpass.
Zoning appeals granted a variance to Gary Krueger to construct mini-warehouses on East Mechanic Street.
There were 24,000 people employed in the county labor force in May.
Sterling Milk Co. seeks tax abatement for renovations at its store on North Defiance St.
Deaths– Arthur E. Ladd, 79, Hillsdale, Mich.; Doris E. Liechty, 78, Archbold; Earl A. Roth, 86, Archbold; Donald D. Janzti, 83, Goshen; David J. Ruple, 52, Delta
50th Wedding Anniversary– Bud and Martha Beck, Aug. 19; Orville and Frieda Stamm, Aug. 24
Earn Degrees– BGSU: Duane Beck, Wendy Sue Hogrefe, Jonathan Mignin
Fulton and Henry county families are hosting Japanese students in their homes during the annual 4-H international exchange program.
Andi Nafziger, a middle school teacher, appears in a photograph preparing her classroom for opening day, Aug. 27.
Archbold village income tax collections are up about 10.5% for July and the year to date.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1986
Archbold Area Foundation recently presented its first contributions since it was organized two years ago.
Two 1986 AHS graduates, Robin Hance and Sherri Storrer, received $500 scholarships at a luncheon. Freida Sauder, chairman of Pettisville Friendship Days, June 27-29, was given a $250 check to continue improvements at the park.
Thirty years ago, it was the hot summer dog days of 1956. The living may have been easy, but one word struck fear into everyone.
That was the last big year for polio.
Troy Short has passed the Ohio Certified Public Accountant examination. He is a graduate of Miami University and the son of Kent and Shiela Short.
Dean Aschliman was elected vice president of the Sun Bank, Okala, Fla. He is a ‘74 graduate of Bob Jones University, a ‘70 Stryker High School graduate, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Aschliman, Stryker.
The Lester H. Grime farm, on St. Rt. 66, north of Archbold, sold at auction in three parcels: 64.17 acres sold to Don Grime for $2,050 per acre, the homestead of 1.56 acres sold to Sam Grime for $45,000, and a 1.12-acre parcel sold to Wayne Grime for $12,500.
There is nothing definite yet, but a spokesman for the McDonald’s restaurant chain says it is “definitely taking a hard look at opening in Archbold. It’s not a secret we’re looking,” said Paul Bower, real estate representative.
Improvements to Beech Street and surrounding areas prior to repaving are on schedule, according to Nolan Tuckerman, administrator.
Deaths–Patrick Guthrie, 27, Stryker
Tim Lloyd, an AHS junior, is a member of the All- Ohio State Fair Youth Choir of 300 students. He is the son of Elden and Charlene Lloyd.
Earn Degrees–Rick Mc- Quillin, Ohio State University; Laura Short, Michele Steward Nafziger, Lisa Kay Wyse Snook, Bowling Green State University
Huner Jewelry promotes its stock reduction sale of $250,000 in a full-page color advertisement.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1961
The new Archbold fire station on the south side of the NYC Railroad is now in service. Firefighting equipment has been moved to its new home from the town & township building.
Eicher & Son donated the land to construct the 50x72 building, which cost $40,000.
Jay M. Zimmerman, 2- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerman, died at the Wauseon hospital Sunday of burns received in an accident at his home Saturday morning. (Editor's note: Item corrected after publication)
Eight young people from Tedrow Mennonite Church left Chicago by train for Lebanon, Ore., to attend the national Mennonite Youth Fellowship convention, Aug. 17. They are Glenda Gautsche; Joan Armstrong; Elaine Weyandt; Arlene Sauder; Peggy Nafziger; Janet, Lowell, and Marvin Nafziger.
Pony League champions, coached by Stanley Buehrer, had an 11-2 record. Teammates are Jonathan Wierwill, Fred Stamm, Larry Holland, Ron Lovejoy, La- Mar Klopfenstein, Mike Stamm, Tom Dominique, Bob Leu, Daryl Beck, Burdell Gerken, Larry Christy, David Stuckey, Paul Buehrer, John Fraas, Joe Dominique, Steve Pape, Allen Liechty, Verle Short, Jim Dominique, Mike Schlatter.
The home on East Holland St., belonging to the estate of George Schenk, deceased, was sold at public auction to Sam Miller for $3,400 for the house and extra lot.
Richard Meyers was the final bidder, paying $11,200, for the Robert Sharpe home, 306 Franklin St., at public auction Saturday.
Mike Walker, AHS football coach, started practice Friday for the fall edition of the school grid season.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– The national debt limit is $298 billion. Politicians are smart. Sounds like a bargain price tag.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1936
Fulton County is one of 12 which are helping create a bright spot in the Ohio poor relief situation at this time because it still has money on hand, according to a checkup by the State Relief Commission that is administering the new relief bill.
The best market of the summer season was experienced at Lugbill Bros., Auction Monday, when a great amount of livestock was offered for sale and buyers were quick to grasp the opportunities offered to buy hogs, beef, calves, and sheep.
Prices were better due to shortages in many states. Prices are reflected in the cost of foods in nearby cities where much of the livestock is sold.
Louis Merillat threshed 7 3/4 acres of oats, yielding 102 bushels to the acre.
Archbold Public Library is preparing to move to its new quarters above the Town & Township Hall.
Ervin Beaverson was taken to the Wauseon hospital after coming in contact with a 6,000-volt wire charged with electricity at West Unity.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1911
The barn of George Rings, Sr., east of West Unity, was totally destroyed by fire during the storm Sunday night.
John Law, of Paulding County, was blown 15 feet high when the dynamite in a stump exploded. His eyes were blown out, a piece of his skull torn away, and a leg shattered. He lived three hours after the accident.
Ridgeville Corners seems to be a favorite place for tent shows this season. Tent show people work hard and put up with many inconveniences for the little money they receive.
The bell of the new electric engine on the T&I sounds so much like the old fire bell on the Town Hall that citizens have been chasing madly to drag the fire engine out when they hear it.
Several have done some sprinting stunts, only to look sheepish and slink away.
Carl Rauber, formerly of Archbold, was murdered by a neighbor at his home near Pontiac, Ill. His bowels were cut out and his throat deeply cut.
The Ohio Art Co., hopes to move into the new speciallyconstructed building at Bryan around the holidays.
H.S. Winzeler’s contract with the Bryan Chamber of Commerce is for a building to cost $8,000, half of which will be raised in Bryan by subscription.
The payroll is to be $20,000 a year.
The business was started in Archbold a few years ago by H.S. Winzeler and has been growing rapidly ever since.
The factory building is to be located somewhere near the Lake Shore and Cincinnati Northern Railroad tracks in Bryan.
Friday, Aug. 18, 1911
The first airship passed over Archbold, Aug. 16, 1911, at 10:06 am. The mill whistle blew 10 minutes before it passed, and the roofs of buildings were occupied by people gazing aloft while the largest crowd gathered at the Lake Shore Railroad crossing.
Yells from the watchers along the track announced that something had been sighted.
A black speck appeared above the trees. It grew larger and the outlines of the bi-plane came into view and the shimmering of the propellers became visible.
The machine followed the Lake Shore tracks at a height of about 150 feet.
As it began to diminish from view, citizens sought places where they could watch it until the last.
The name of Harry N. Atwood was plainly seen in large letters on the lower wings.
The Chamber of Commerce committee of Bryan succeeded in one hour to raise $2,000 by subscription for the Ohio Art Co. building to be constructed at that place.
They have only to call on a few more businessmen to raise the entire $4,000.
According to the contract, the money is to be paid to H.S. Winzeler at the rate of $1,000 a year when the payroll is $20,000 a year.
The telephone poles of the Ridgeville Mutual line were blown down near the Michael Leininger farm.
The storm also burned off several wires on the Archbold lines, causing considerable inconvenience and some losses.
L.A. Altman is the only surviving inhabitant of Lockport, the oldest village in this corner of the state.