2011-12-28 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001

School board won’t need to ask voters for more operating money through 2006. It will be 2007, at least, before an operating levy is needed.

In the spirit of Christmas, the Northwestern Ohio District Advisory Board of the Church of the Nazarene gave the Archbold Area Foundation $3,500, Dec. 19.

School board voted to raise its per-meeting pay rate, from $25 per meeting to the state maximum of $80. Ken Cline, superintendent, said in an average year, the board meets 16 to 20 times, counting regular meetings and work sessions.

Deaths– Vernon E. Wendt, 82, Archbold

A note from Bill Gegax, LaJolla, Calif., says he was sorry he couldn’t visit his hometown in the fall, courtesy of Osama bin Laden. “I’m going into the repair shop the first of the year to get a new hip, sorry I won’t be playing football this winter.

Earns Degree– Rhonda Herrett, University of Findlay, Dec. 8.

In America, an average family of four consumes almost 6,000 pounds of food a year.

Middle school students collected food items and money for the annual holiday cheer distribution.

Council voted to move $300,000 from the water department fund to the water department R&I fund.

Sam Hornish Jr., will be one of only two Indy Racing League drivers to take the Olympic Torch for a ceremonial lap around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jan. 8. Eddie Cheever, Jr., is the other speedway torchbearer.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1986

William Swigart, county prosecutor, expects the county will need to end its deferred prosecution program for drunk drivers.

Richard Celeste, governor, signed a bill Dec. 13 which is designed to remove differences in Ohio drunk driving laws.

Archbold enjoyed another year of accomplishments as 1986 becomes history.

“It went very well,” said William Lovejoy, mayor. “From a village standpoint, we’ve done all we set out to do and we’re going to wind up with a surplus of funds. It will be a nice nest egg for 1987.”

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said he will not know the exact surplus until the end of the year, but based on a wild guess he anticipates it will be over $1 million.

Council is tentatively planning to spend about $1.4 million on capital improvements during the 1987 construction season. In a five-year plan presented to council Nov. 17, five construction projects were outlined.

The Tudor Country Inn, a bed and breakfast, opened to accommodate overnight guests, Jan. 1.

Leanna and Dale Gautsche have redecorated their home on Co. Rd. 19, just north of Pettisville, to provide two bedrooms for double occupancy.

M. Ben Gaeth, senator, R-Defiance, was appointed chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Commerce and Labor Committee, Dec. 26.

Deaths– Emma Roth, 98, Archbold; Louella Crossgrove, 80, Lansing, Mich.; Opal Sheffer, 89, Wauseon; Richard H. Reed, 46, Archbold; Anastacio Aguilar, 75, Archbold

Eighteen members of the Howard and Nancy Stahl family are home for the holidays in Bryan.

Airline pilots nod off just like passengers on long airplane rides. “We’ve known for a long time that pilots get sleepy on long flights. It’s inevitable, said John Lauber, a psychologist on the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mutterings– Dorcas Hardy of the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. estimates the social security trust fund will total $44.4 billion at the end of 1986, which is what the agency spends in 2 1/2 months.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1962

Doyt Perry, head coach at BGSU, will be guest speaker at the Methodist Church Father Son Banquet, Jan. 8.

Ned Eugene, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tanner, who lives in Blakeslee, was taken into custody Saturday after he killed his brother Howard, with a 20- guage shotgun Friday night, while their parents were on a shopping trip. Ned notified a neighbor across the street, Fracis Fry, who called offi- cers.

Guest speaker at the annual Farmer’s Night meeting of the Community Commercial Club, Thursday, Jan. 11, will be Jay Gould, director of the farm service department at radio station WOWO, Fort Wayne.

Clark Kolp, assistant to Kevin McCann, president of Defiance College, will be guest speaker at the Friday noon luncheon of Rotary Club.

Three Archbold firms have filed articles of incorporation: Archbold Ladder Co., Archbold Builders & Supply, Miller Gas, Inc.

Archbold became an incorporated village in 1866 and will observe its Centennial Year in 1966.

Fulton County business indicators are moving upward. Local consumers armed with better incomes are returning to the market place in force.

Archbold has the lowest tax rate of any incorporated village in Fulton County.

At a ladies’ night and farewell dinner party Saturday night, Archbold firemen honored Norbert Lisak with a pen. He served on the department for nine years, the past seven as secretarytreasurer. Lisak left Jan. 2 to manage a greenhouse at Goodland, Kan. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lisak, and was employed at Archbold Greenhouse the past 15 years.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1936

Archbold’s Christmas present to the community is the sled and ski slide and ice skating pond, along with the stone wood-burning fireplace warming cove.

A photograph shows Robert Rupp, Virginia Buehrer, Madalyn Taylor, Edwin Bourquin, E. Pat Hollingshead, Jr., Gretchen Spoerle., Marilyn Taylor, Christine Lauber.

O.P. Kluepfel was elected president of the Community Commercial Club at its Christmas party in the American Legion Hall Thursday evening.

A Christmas scene done in white soap carvings of the Child in the manger appears in the Buckeye office window this week. The work was done by W.B. Swisher.

The Bible School held at the Central Mennonite Church is being continued. Teachers are G. Shetler, of Johnstown, Pa.; J. Irwin Lehman of Chambersburg, Pa.; and D.A. Yoder, Elkhart, Ind.

There are over 155 young men and women and adults enrolled. Some came from nearby states.

Shouts of children and young people each late afternoon and evening are advising the community that the second season of Archbold municipal winter park is a success.

A snowfall of several inches came quickly Friday night, and Saturday morning a crowd of children was on hand to use the new sled slide, ice skating, and warming cove.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1911

Christmas is seldom much of a day in a home where there are no small children.

Because of a rush of late Christmas orders, the Ohio Art Co., did not close down as early as intended.

Chris. Yoder stepped on a nail Thursday and is laid up for repairs.

Because of the bad weather and bad roads, Archbold merchants find themselves with larger stocks of goods and less cash than usual at this time of year. Therefore, they are starting after-holiday sales for cash earlier than usual to meet bills coming due.

The advertising columns of the Archbold Buckeye offer some unheard-of bargains now, so cash buyers will be able to get more for their money here at Archbold than ever before.

In spite of bad roads, Archbold merchants did a good business all last week. What is most surprising to retail merchants is that higher-priced merchandise sold best.

Friday, Dec. 29, 1911

Congressman Sherwood’s dollar-a-day pension bill has passed the House. Some old soldiers need the money.

Isaiah Zaerr thinks there are great opportunities in the abandoned farms in Portage and other eastern counties of the state.

In some instances land may be bought for less than what the buildings are worth.

Jake Kissel, formerly of Archbold, has done well there.

On Sunday afternoon two young men started to celebrate Christmas by becoming drunk and making themselves obnoxious in various ways and using foul and indecent language in the village of Archbold.

Marshal Snyder took them in custody and on Tuesday morning they were brought before police justice Ruihley, where they pleaded guilty to the charge of drunkenness and using foul and indecent language in the hearing of ladies passing by.

Each was fined 40 dollars and assessed costs of prosecution.

Persons at the hearing thought the sentence was too light.

Some farmers who live along the new stone road east of Swanton are dissatisfi ed and have engaged Toledo attorneys to try to get their money back.

Henry Slautzenberger was held up by two masked men and robbed of $7. They also stole his watch and chain. He was about to board a T&I car for Toledo, at a crossing near Swanton.

A one-man candy factory ought to be profitable in Archbold.

There was a grand family reunion at the home of George H. Britsch and household Sunday.

Ed. L. Barber has five more indictments hanging over his head in Fulton County. His high-priced attorneys are ready to defend him.

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