Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past
Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Pettisville School District teachers will receive a 4% pay increase each year for the next two years. The agreement replaces the current contract that was due to expire June 30.
Beth Short, Maumee, was named Sunset Village director of nursing, May 20. The retirement community is located in Sylvania. She is the daughter of Phil and Cookie.
A ribbon cutting took place at Shalom Ministries, 207 Vine Street, Thursday, June 6.
An Ohio historical marker honoring Erie J. Sauder was dedicated Friday, June 14, along St. Rt. 2, near the Sauder Village entrance.
Fulton County Health Department reported two bats, one found in a Wauseon home, tested positive for rabies.
Wayne A. Eicher, Napoleon, formerly of Ridgeville Corners, received a certifi- cate of appreciation from the government of France in a Monday, June 3, ceremony in Ottawa.
For the 14th consecutive year, Wayne Newman led the Walk for Animals sponsored by the Fulton County Humane Society, raising $4,500.
Deaths–Doris Heath, 93, Stryker; Dawn Keith, 28, Napoleon; Lola G. Tracy, 87, Liberty Center; Mary L. Smucker, 85, Goshen, Ind.
50th Wedding Anniversary– Roger and Nancy Taylor, June 7, 1952; Donald and Shirley Nofziger, June 22, 1952; Kenneth and Clara Alvord, June 18, 1952
Tricia Short, daughter of Keith and Joan, was named to Sigma Theta Tau international honorary society at Goshen College.
Zeno Miller was with his horses Tuesday morning, June 11, at his Iron Horse homestead along the Norfolk Southern Railroad. He looked up and saw the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus train passing. It was about 3/4 mile long.
Joel Short and Jackie Wyse received master’s of divinity degrees, May 24, from Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 17, 1987
Lowell Rupp and Deryle Stiriz, county commissioners, have issued prepared statements to newspapers explaining their support of the regional jail.
Archbold Area School Board has not explored the idea of closing a downtown street to make room for school expansion. The idea was proposed by Ridgeville Corners resident Dick Stockman at the June 8 school board meeting.
Headline– Government Is Just Taking Names; Mennonite Men Told To Write In CO Status
“Knee-high by the Fourth of July” was once an early measure for high corn yield. Although no longer accurate, since farmers use hybrid corn and commercial fertilizer, many area farmers still use it as a rule of thumb.
Lester Richer, rural Pettisville, found one cornfield approaching shoulder height on Monday. At this rate it might tassel before July 4, according to a photograph.
Keith Short, park board member, said the road, sidewalk, and drainage improvements in Ruihley Park are being completed ahead of schedule.
Deaths– Charles Leupp, 87, Stryker; Royce Short, 37, West Unity; Florence Lantz, 87, Wauseon; Otis J. Clevenger, 78, Amboy, Ill.
Ohio is the country’s eighth largest hog-producing state, but it could do better, according to an Ohio Cooperative Extension Service swine specialist.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Saudis can make money selling oil at just about any price, because their production costs are between 50 cents and $2 a barrel. For them the oil glut is more of a political than an economic problem, according to Richard Orr, of the Chicago Tribune.... About seven in 10 young adults paroled from prison were arrested again at least once for serious crimes within six years.
Rhonda Short, Edgerton, was honored as Mother of the Year by the Bryan Mother of Twins Club. She is the daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Short, and wife of Stuart.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, June 20, 1962
Gene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baus, graduated from International College, Fort Wayne, Ind.... Susan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Murbach, graduated from University of Michigan.... John J., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer D. Rupp, graduated from Ohio University with honors.
Susan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Murbach, left with a friend for a twomonth vacation in Europe.
The band parents have awarded six band students scholarships to Baldwin- Wallace College for a twoweek music clinic: Stephen Pape, Leslie Leupp, Charles Stannard, Susan Fielitz, Susan Short, Linda King.
Widening of Stryker Street is underway with installation of new curbs, and resurfacing.
Cooks’ Food Centers, Inc., on West Stryker Street, will be closed three weeks while rebuilding Stryker Street continues, beginning July 10.
Marlene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Beck, was selected Fulton County Dairy Princess.
Kiwanis Club of Bryan sponsored the Mills Bros. Circus, for two performances June 15, and cleared a profit of over $1,000.
West Unity council has voted to issue $15,000 in mortgage revenue bonds to aid in building a new water system.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Political laws are often a poor substitute for economic laws.... When the house looks like it usually does–that’s when friends drop in.... June 29 marks the start of a three-year experiment with pay television.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 9, 1937
Ora E. Lauber has been in business in Archbold constantly for the past 34 years, and along with years that he spent learning the trade in local stores, he has been connected with Archbold in a business way for many years. More than that, he was born and raised here.
His father, Mr. Joseph Lauber, was in the clothing business here for many years, since 1888, and Ora worked with him, as well as in the dry goods store owned by F. Julius Dimke.
OIL WELL IS GUSHER– W.B. Hall, a B&O Railroad brakeman at Garrett on whose Michigan farm oil was struck, has received his first royalty check of $1,395, covering a 20-day period.
Mr. Hall has received word that another well is proving to be an even larger producer on his farm, and two more wells will be drilled.
The Fulton County courthouse was given a bath inside this week. WPA workers are washing all walls and ceilings in the building. The county treasury is furnishing funds for soap and other supplies.
One of the last important old outside ovens still remains at the Mrs. John S. Short farm, two miles west of Archbold.
The oven is about 54 years old and Jonas Short remembers when it was built.
The John S. Short family used the oven to bake bread, usually on Saturday. Mrs. Short remembers that four or five pies and about eight loaves of bread constituted the Saturday baking.
Green alfalfa is being hauled in big trucks from farm fields to the new Stryker
Alfalfa Mill to be dried and ground into meal.
Charles M. Sturkey, of Lexington, N.C., has been named president of Ohio Gas, Light & Coke Co., which serves Archbold, Wauseon, Stryker, Napoleon, Montpelier, and Bryan.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday, June 4, 1912
Mr. A. Conklin of St. Marys, Ohio, who has been installing machinery at the local light plant, is looking for a location for a gasoline engine factory, machine shop, and automobile assembly.
He likes Archbold and will listen to proposals of local encouragement. Squire Ruihley is in communication with him.
A number of businessmen have subscribed $5, or more, each, toward a baseball team for the coming summer.
There are competent young men who can play ball, but they want to be paid. The gate receipts are never enough to support the game and other money must be secured.
There was a big old-fashioned German wedding in Freedom Township, Henry County, Thursday, when Frank G. Gerken and Katie Damman were married at the home of Henry Damman.
Seventy families were invited. The young couple will live in Napoleon.
Fred Kutzli arrived from college in Wisconsin. He started Thursday, May 23. He made the trip in 10 days, stopping two days with Indiana friends. His companion, Mr. Huber, went on to Wauseon.
Some people haggle with the merchant over a few cents because they must be economical, and some haggle because they are naturally small, mean, and stingy.
It doesn’t matter much to the young man and his sweetheart where they go together. Let them all come to Archbold Saturday night. There are always amusements here.
There are seven clergymen, one justice of the peace, one mayor, and all kinds of furniture, hardware, dry goods, and other merchants in Archbold waiting anxiously for the June bride.
Any man who finds it diffi cult to get a bride to his liking may have an advertisement in the Buckeye free of charge. We are anxious to help along the good work.
Friday, June 7, 1912
Simon Burkholder is remodeling his barn.... I.L. Coy’s residence looks good in brown paint. There are more bicycles in use this season than for a number of years.
They have given up the wet petition in Williams County because of lack of interest.
After three days of tinkering, John Beck got his automobile home from Archbold.
If you want to see what a quiet town is really like, come up main street about 4 am.
Tuesday evening 22 men worked at the Town & Township Hall, and 22 men looked on and criticized the work.
Farmers are paying more attention to breeding horses than for many seasons past. The high prices paid for big horses may have something to do with it.
Stryker has bad boys that throw stones at old men. One old gentleman’s head was badly cut by a stone. Authorities are investigating.
George Rambough, who bought the Henry Kutzli property, is thinking of buying an auto bus and starting an auto line from Archbold.
A passenger train on the Wabash Railroad spread rails and ran 800 feet on the ties at Wauseon, Monday morning. No one was hurt. Passengers were taken to Toledo on the T&I.
George Roedel thinks the tar-bound macadam Coon Road from Swanton to Toledo is one of the best in this corner of the state. There are signs warning people not to drive in the same track to prevent ruts.