2012-01-11 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002

Peter Short, mayor, said officials are tentatively planning to add a third lane for left turns to South Defiance Street from Taylor Parkway. Traffic congestion on the south side is not lessening and requires attention, he said.

Short said the ultimate decision on when to do North Defiance Street rests with council, and that council must make the decision in the next year or two.

Personally, he said he would want approval of the project by 75% of the merchants in the downtown, because construction will adversely affect the merchants’ business.

Chloe Makaye Nofziger, daughter of Phil and Melissa, is the Archbold Buckeye First Baby of 2002, born Jan. 2, at 12:18 pm.

Archbold and Pettisville school districts have achieved an Excellent ranking on the latest Ohio Department of Education School report cards, which were released today.

The building at the corner of South Defiance and East Mechanic streets represents an investment of $512,291, said Melanie Nagel, assistant village administrator.

Deaths– Lowell F. Rupp, 73, Archbold; Velma V. Grieser, 89, Fayette; John J. Grime, 96, Archbold

Thieves struck Professional Veterinary Services, 1915 South Defiance Street, a second time recently.

It may be cold, but that didn’t stop Janessa Bejarno from trying on her new pair of rollerblades she received for Christmas, according to a photograph

Aracelly Galvan Fields, stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, Ariz., graduated as an aeromedical apprentice from Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Guadalupe and Josephine Galvin.

Jan Delaney appeared in the Williams County Playhouse production of “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical.” They gave ten performances.

Headline– Nofziger, King, Rychener Take Oath At Pettisville School Board

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1987

Two new radar units may spell the end to the Co. Rd. D. speedway. The county sheriff department has put two new radar units into service. Many citizens are trying to evade radar by using radar detectors.

Genny Sue Rupp is the Archbold Buckeye First Baby of the Year. She was born Jan. 5 at Bryan Community Hospital, to Gene and Joyce Rupp.

Michael Sullivan, Archbold elementary school principal, said there is more elbow room now that classes are being held at the Elmira school building, which has been closed for some time.

Expenses outstrip revenue by approximately $232,000 in the proposed 1987-88 Archbold Area School District budget.

Archbold now has a business association open to everyone. The Archbold Retail Merchants Association voted unanimously to change its name to the Archbold Business Association.

Membership is open to retail, service, professional, industrial, manufacturing and any interested individual.

Tony Rupp, president, said he wants the organization to work with the Archbold Area Foundation, Archbold Industrial Committee, Sauder Village, service clubs, and village council to help keep Archbold out front.

Deaths– Herma Short, 90, Stryker; Trula Garber, 88, Stryker; Malinda Liechty Erb, 98, Wauseon; Dominic McCarthy, 88, Bryan; Augusta C. Basselman, 77, Deshler; Helen Keefer, 95, Fayette; Mary Martin, 88, Albany, Ore.

Charles Dominique, who spent 28 years in the United States Army and retired as an Eagle Colonel, was the speaker when Rotarians met, Friday.

Dean’s List– Maria Smith, Capital University; Teresa Buehrer, University of Toledo; Nancy Sauder Bethel College

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1962

Dale William Frey, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Frey, Rt. 2, Archbold, was killed on Anthony Wayne Boulevard, near City Park Ave., Toledo, early Monday morning. Roger E. Beck, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beck, Rt. 2, Archbold, was injured when Frey’s car went out of control.

Mary Sue Fiser, AHS, has been elected chairman of the Junior Academy Session for the 1962 State Science Day.

Three coach cars and three Pullman cars of the 15-car, eastbound New England States Limited, a Chicago- Boston passenger train, derailed about one mile east of Stryker crossing at 8:20 pm, Saturday– a cold, windy January evening. Five persons were injured. There were 275 passengers aboard.

Michael Miller was the winner in the trumpet concerto auditions Saturday at Defiance College. He will be a featured soloist at a concert at Defiance College, March 25.

Kazimierz Marculewiez, an exchange student from Poland under the sponsorship of the Brethren Service Commission, was guest speaker at the Monday Noon Luncheon. He works at Lugbill Bros., Inc.

A baton twirling trio, Sherry Schnitkey, Beth Ann Rupp, and Mary Sue Rupp, all of Pettisville, competed in the National Baton Twirling Association contest at Tiffin, Sunday, where they received a trophy for first place. Mrs. Larry Grieser is the instructor.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Nofziger, 314 Walnut Street, was sold at public auction, Saturday, to Arnold T. Johnson for $17,500.

Representatives of C&M Stable, Archbold, attended the US Trotting Association annual banquet in Columbus Tuesday evening, where they accepted an award for their horse, Coffee Break.

The horse was voted the best two-year-old in a nationwide poll of sportswriters, radio, and TV sportscasters.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1937

Emil D. Rupp, German Township’s only representative at the Fulton County courthouse, and incidentally, the only Democrat holding office in the county, completed duties as county commissioner last week and has been succeeded on the board by Clark Robinson, a Republican, of Clinton Township.

The Lugbill Bros., auction sale on Monday established a new all-time record when the largest crowd attended and the greatest sales volume was recorded since the auction began.

The top price paid for veal calves was $14.40. It was the highest price reported in any market in the United States.

Bookkeepers in the office report new customers every week come from great distances to buy and sell at the Lugbill auction, known as the largest of its kind in Ohio.

Pierce Reeder, John Winzeler, Robert Short, and Gerald Harris left Sunday for California by way of Texas. They intend to stay four weeks and return through Colorado.

Dan F. Wyse owns a 5x8x3- inch box that was used by his grandmother as a coffee and sugar box. A date of 1839 is cut on the bottom. It is on display in the front window of the Archbold Buckeye.

Erie J. Sauder moved into his new building on Middle Street this week, and is getting his woodworking machinery ready for operation. The company has carried on production in the Eicher building at Depot and Vine streets since the former plant was destroyed two months ago on the same lot occupied by the new one.

Businessmen and manufacturers in Archbold look forward to 1937 to be one of the best years ever.

Forty-five members and guests attended the Women’s Reading Club in the high school cafeteria. Carl Britsch, an AHS graduate, spoke on architecture, and Esther Bock, a pianist, accompanied Kelvin Masson in two violin solos.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1912

Having purchased the stock and good will of the E.U. Schnetzler estate, we intend to build up a substantial and lasting business by handling only meritorious goods at the most attractive prices.–City Drug Store, Shibler & Weber, proprietors.– adv.

How glad the bachelors are that it is Leap Year. One of the bachelors of S.W.C. received a letter last week from a girl from Stryker and a postal card from Wauseon. Isn’t that a good beginning of the Leap Year?

The Stockford players put on a line of clean plays at the Opera House last week.

Squire Ruihley, Mr. Rodenhaus, and Mr. DeVries are trying to get a desk factory to occupy the old brewery building at the corner of Ditto and Williams streets.

They are interesting and experienced desk makers of Grand Rapids, Mich. There is a big demand for office desks.

Emil Shibler and Clarence Weber have purchased and taken charge of the Schnitzler Drug Store. It will be called the City Drug Store. This young firm is anxious to meet all old and new customers. They make every effort to please customers.

Wauseon grocery stores and meat markets have a union delivery system. One man and one wagon deliver goods for several stores.

A man who has never been away from home, never dirty, hungry and discouraged, has no sympathy for a tramp.

One Elmira man has bought over $500 worth of raw furs this season. There are several other buyers in this vicinity. One can hardly believe there is so much fur to be found hereabouts.

Friday, Jan. 12, 1912

Considering the bad weather, there was a large attendance at the conference of the Amish-Mennonite Church, Friday.

This is the winter of 1912. Our Arizona colonists are informed that we have been having cold weather with some snow. But it is windy and the wind has been so strong that there are many bare places, so sleighing is poor.

Train No. 42 on the Lake Shore Railroad broke all records Tuesday by making the run from Cleveland to Toledo– 108 miles– in 105 minutes, including one stop and three slowdowns. The train left Cleveland 50 minutes late and arrived in Toledo 10 minutes late.

Colenzo Hoffmire will attend the state Medical Association convention at Columbus.

Henry and Harry Miller upset their buggy New Year’s Day. They were not hurt.

Of 11,817,078 Jews, 1,092,000 live in New York. There are more Jews in New York City now than there ever were in Judea.

Everybody in town knows without looking when Bill Snoops, our highly successful skunk hunter, is coming.

German explorers claim they have found concrete in ruins of cities built more than 20,000 years ago. Where are the prophets who said the Schantz building in Archbold would not stand three months?

Newspaper readers are complimented when merchants invite their trade through advertising. Advertisements save buyers time in making sales and decisions.

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