2012-09-05 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002

Enrollment at the Archbold and Pettisville school districts is down by about seven students, according to preliminary figures.

Two groups of mosquitoes retrieved in traps in rural Franklin Township have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

According to Jeff Smith, pastor of Central Mennonite Church and president of the Archbold Ministerial Association, the group is not planning a community service in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Addie Ramirez, 3, enjoys a bite of county fair food over the weekend, according to a photograph.

Leon Smith, Archbold wastewater superintendent, received the Arthur Sidney Bedell award from the National Water Environment Federation. He and his wife, Vicki, are leaders in the local Boy Scout organization.

New traffic signals will be activated in two weeks at the Burlington-Elmira intersection. Because of a couple of rain delays, state and local officials had to settle for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the improved St. Rt. 66-US20A intersection, Friday, Aug. 30.

Deaths– Earl C. Rychener, 86, Archbold; Floyd H. Becker, 83, Archbold; John Richards, 71, Wauseon

Juan Rolon, 59, has qualifi ed to run in the national Senior Olympics the first week of June 2003 in Hampton Roads, Va. Rolon was second in the 200-meter race at the state meet, July 27.

Inducted in the county Ag Hall Of Fame were Robert Falor, Jake Hess, Darrel Knisley, Gale Gillen.

Headline over an editorial: DD Board Knockers Must Become Backers

Earl and Hazel Weber were crowned king and queen of the Golden Wedding Party at the Fulton County Fair.

Work is underway in the west parking lot at Memorial Park. Existing asphalt and curbs have been removed.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1987

The status of the Friends of Wauseon and Fulton County petition to stop the regional jail is in limbo. It was the consensus of board members to get a second opinion on the matter and review it in more detail.

Is there an alternative to high-priced Toledo Edison electricity?

Clyde, Ohio, thinks so. On Nov. 3, Clyde voters will be asked to approve their own municipal electric company.

Northwest Technical College has gotten the first installment of $4.6 million in state funds for expansion of the campus.

John Trudel, county auditor, reported the only real estate tax value to drop as a result of the triennial update is the current agricultural use value.

Andy and Sherri Brodbeck, owners of Short’s Catering, have been named to manage the food operation at the Sauder Village exhibition building, which is scheduled to open the spring of 1988.

Beatrice Companies, Inc., is seeking bids to sell its operations to a new owner, according to an article in the Sept. 3 issue of The Wall Street Journal. Beatrice is the owner of La Choy Food Products, Archbold.

Deaths– Dorothy Ziegler, 83, Archbold; Charles W. Murphy, Jr., 37, Chicago; John C. Pigott, 40, Corona, Calif.; Glen W. Rufenacht, 86, Pettisville

Orval Riegsecker was treated and released following a Sept. 4 auto accident.

Sarah Hostetler was named Marcher of the Week during band camp at AHS.

Leon Lugbill was inducted into the Ag Hall of Fame at the county fairgrounds.

Ty Yoder, FFA president, and Tammy Lantz, FFA sweetheart, served at the Golden Wedding Party Sunday afternoon at the county fair.

South Eastern Michigan Electrical Department power is 20 percent cheaper than Toledo Edison, said Donald Grimes.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1962

Four men received promotions at La Choy Food Products: Richard R. Bettison, B. Robert Kill, Mel Winzeler, Dale Pape.

Paul Holsopple completed a 48-week training program in communications at DeVry Technical Institute, in Chicago.

Coffee Break, a recordholding three-year-old pacer owned by C&M Stable, competes Thursday night in the Little Brown Jug preview at Wolverine Raceway, Detroit.

Stanley R. Buehrer graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Science degree.

Lugbill Bros., Inc., will close its airstrip south of the livestock facility immediately. The strip is not worth the care, cost and liability insurance.

Bids for construction of Fairlawn Haven, a 52-bed home for the aged to be constructed on a 38-acre site, will be opened at noon today.

A registered Jersey cow owned by Ivan D. Nafziger recently completed a production record, a twice-daily, 305-day test. Victory Torono Sara produced 12,902 pounds of milk, 674 pounds of butterfat in 305 days and had an index rating of 12.3.

Gerald Myers, 6-2, 211 pounds, and a former AHS football star, has been appointed co-captain of the 1962 Miami University football team.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Heer returned last week from a three-week motor tour to the West Coast.

Max Aeschliman had a pen of five steers judged grand champion at the Fulton County Fair.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– “Anyone who believes the United States of America does not have its future in front of it should have his brains examined, We are at the beginning, not the end,” said general Douglas MacArthur.... “If we began straightening children’s thinking at the age we start straightening their teeth, there might be hope for us all,” says Sydney J. Harris, columnist.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1937

Marlene Fay Housch, 18- month-old child of Jacob and Ella Housch, living on the John Masters farm, one mile south of Powers Station, was found drowned in the barn stock tank, Saturday evening.

A young man at Bryan, Edwin Willet, 18, is under a charge of manslaughter due to a fight at Clear Lake a week ago when Chester Crawford, 23, Auburn, Ind., is said to have annoyed and insulted Willett’s girl friends.

St. Peter Parochial School will open Tuesday, Sept. 7. Sisters Mary Delourdes, and Mary Elizabeth will be in charge.

The bridge across Bean Creek at Schmucker Corner, north of Stryker, fell Saturday afternoon, and the bridge road is closed to traffi c until repairs are made.

A big ball game of professional caliber is to be played in Ruihley Park, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5, through the interest of Donald Christy and others who have made successful efforts to bring the Bryan team and the Ridgeville Corners team to play on Archbold’s improved baseball diamond. Receipts will benefit the park fund.

Opening date of the new Franklin Township School, at Zone, has been postponed until work is completed.

The Elmira Special School will open Monday morning, Sept. 6, with Miss Irma Stamm and Daryl Frey as teachers. Buses will transport children to and from the schoolhouse.

The last band concert of the season should bring all from the fields and parlor to the village tonight.

Over 6,000 sizes and shapes of tin cans are manufactured in the United States.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug, 27, 1912

The teachers institute held at Delta last week was well attended and a very profitable and instructive meeting.

Under the influence of Prof. Mattern, superintendent of Archbold schools, the teachers decided to hold the meeting next year in Archbold.

Harmon Tilts, 13, was shot and killed by Amiel Buehrer at Air Line Junction, Sunday morning.

After being married eight months, Chloie Biggins wants the courts of Henry County to give her a divorce from her husband, Henry F. Biggins, because he forbids her to telephone her mother and did other cruel things.

The Napoleon school board has granted a raise of $5 a month to the high school teachers and a raise of $2.50 a month to other experienced teachers in the system.

Richard Seigel fell off a load of hay onto a pitchfork at Van Wert and died.

About 50 men who live in the area of Archbold are looking for good wives. They find them scarce.

The type of wives they want are ones like their mother. There is the whole lack of marriage question in a few lines.

What has become of the transcontinental automobile touring company that was to bring all the swells of Europe through Archbold?

An Uncle Tom Show performed rain or shine under a mammoth tent at Edgerton, Friday.

Montpelier public schools have 17 teachers in the classrooms.

As corn harvest season approaches, experts are increasing their estimates, since cornfields are looking better each passing day.

Friday, Aug. 30, 1912

The boys’ association from Fayette, the Ives Brotherhood of Wauseon, and the K.S.Ps of Archbold held a picnic at G. Shaffer’s place on Bean Creek Tuesday.

There were ball games, tennis games, athletic contests, swimming and boating.

While shaving on Aug. 17, O.D. Cook, of near West Unity, cut a pimple with a razor. On Aug. 25 he was dead. Blood poison. He was 35 and leaves a widow and two children.

Burglars blew open the safe in the post office at Edon at an early hour Sunday, and secured about $15 in money and $300 in stamps. This is the second time the Edon post office was robbed this year.

What a power of good there is in cooperation. In western towns where they build up cities in a short time, the secret of their success lies in co-operation.

Late Saturday night two men in a buggy pointed north rolled into town from Ridgeville Corners way.

“I’m the duke of Burlington,” said one man as he slapped his companion a resounding whack on the back. “And I’m the earl of Elmira,” said the other as he returned the whack with interest.

Just then marshal Snyder stepped up and said, “I am the knight of Archbold and you fellows just hike along through town or I’ll find a place for you in my brand new castle.” And they hiked.

The family reunion is a great force for civilization. The family reunion promotes family pride and convinces one that they cannot disgrace themselves without disgracing others.

When the draw bar was pulled out of a car of oats on the Lake Shore Railroad Friday, a lot of oats spilled and children helped themselves.

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