2014-06-25 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Ken Cline, superintendent, told school board additional operating money will be needed in 2006 or 2007. A five-year financial forecast is a planning document required by the state that must be filed in June.

County commissioners approved a levy for the county senior center, while the county DD board decided against a levy request.

Construction on the final phase of the South Defiance Street reconstruction, and the detour, started on schedule Monday morning.

Steve Buehrer attended the Midwestern Legislative Conference the first week of June in Saskatchewan.

Melissa Rupp will head the new county organization “People First.” “We want to think for ourselves and make our own decisions,” she said.

A community-wide sanitary sewer collection system that pumps wastewater to Archbold is the best answer for wastewater treatment for Burlington-Elmira.

Deaths–Mary Zimmerman, 92, Archbold; Arthur A. Rupp, 93, Bryan

Former residents Mike Salsbury and his daughter, Kate, were cast members of Big River in the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” June17-20.

The number of special education students in the Archbold Area School District was up last year, as was the cost of educating them.

School board gave the goahead for the start of a new intervention program for students with academic difficulties at the elementary school.

Degrees–Jacob Grieser, son of Jerry and Jill, Hawaii Pacific University; Joann K. Short, Medical College of Ohio; Jonathan Rupp, son of Gary and Audrey, Taylor University, magna cum laude.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 21, 1989

The Fulton County Township Trustee Association has hired two attorneys to help them oppose the annexation of Sauder Village into the Village of Archbold.

Council approved the annexation of the North Pointe Estates subdivision, but not before the question of rental and multi-family housing was banded about again.

Curt Spotts, councilman, said there were some “concerns about where multifamily dwellings are going to be located in the estate.”

Village employees must wait until July 10 to find out whether or not they’ll get about a 2.4% increase in their paychecks.

Council approved an agreement to provide water to Ridgeville Corners at its Monday night meeting.

Reid and Becky Short are the new owners of Archbold Dry Goods. They purchased the business from Loretta Miller, who owned it since 1976.

The Hen House, owned by Marilyn Smith since 1969, is going out of business. Operating in the rear of the Hen House is Stacy’s Toys & Gifts. It will remain in the building.

Wet soils kept Fulton County farmers out of the planting fields for much of last week. By now, it’s too late for planting soybeans.

Archbold boys athletic teams won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League All- Sports Championship for the second straight year.

Fred Witte, councilman, said he attended a meeting sponsored by the Ohio Turnpike Commission and set wheels in motion, which he hopes will result in a turnpike exit on St. Rt. 66. “If they stand to reason and listen to reasons, we can make a case for it,” mayor Lovejoy said.

Dean’s List–Mark Frey, Julie Kinsey, and Scott Nafziger, Bluffton College

Deaths–Walter J. Eberly, 17, Stryker; Robert Rigg, 39, formerly of Stryker

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–In 1979, Congress passed a law allowing unlimited funds to be collected by politicians for building stronger political parties. This, of course, was a soft money loophole that made possible the $100,000 donor.

According to records, there were about 500 such donors to the two major parties in the last elections. Most of the economic problems in the world stem from an ageold problem: the maldistribution of economic resources..... The United States needs all the brain power it can assemble to meet our new competitors.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 24, 1964

Lawrence E. Short, mayor; three councilmen, David P. Rupp, Harley Nofziger, Richard Weires; and Don E. Walters, clerk, are in Columbus today to study zoning and planning for the village.

They will meet with the state commission to learn more about setting up a department for the growing town of Archbold.

Donna Axum, current Miss America, will attend the Miss Top of Ohio Pageant in Bryan, June 30. Archbold’s candidate is Dianne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Eash.

Stryker entertained a large crowd Saturday evening when the new Springfield Township Park was opened.

Thieves entered Yoder & Frey, Inc., Tuesday night, breaking in the safe and stealing cash and checks.

The 18-day strike by employees at Ohio Art Company, Bryan, was settled Thursday when union members ratified a back-to-work agreement by a 108-105 vote. They accepted a seven cents-per-hour pay increase over the next two years.

A hip roof barn on the Mrs. Burt Carter farm, northeast of Archbold, was destroyed by fire Friday night about 8:45 p.m., when it was struck by lightning.

Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Sommers are spending the summer at Eau Claire, Mich., in voluntary service under the Mennonite Board of Missions.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–A Florida professor estimates a wife’s worth to her husband is $417,000. However, we believe it is impossible to estimate the worth of such an accomplishment.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 28, 1939

The present group of employees at Archbold Airport will be changed July 1, when the government moves the men from Helmer station to this airport, and the present Archbold men to Fort Wayne Airport.

Traffic on State Route S- 20, from Burlington east nine miles to Ottokee Road, has been closed for rebuilding. It will be 21 feet wide and at a cost of $199,000. About 100 WPA (Works Progress Administration) men will be employed.

Archbold’s first open tennis tournament will be held in Ruihley Park, July 5. Tournament committee is E.R. Murbach, A.C. Fagley, V.W. Taylor.

Mayor Victor G. Ruffer announces in an advertisement firecrackers are not allowed in Archbold. Businessmen lost customers in years past because of the shooting.

A Columbus firm is already in Bryan building floats for businessmen to be used in the parade at the Horse Show the week of Aug. 18.

Jack La Crosse was arrested in Swanton, Friday night. He is charged with being a fugitive from justice, robbery, tricks with automobiles, and having too many wives. He was turned over to Toledo police.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 23, 1914

Isaac Miller was instantly killed at the Defiance Street railroad crossing at 5:30 a.m., Saturday morning. He was riding north on a bicycle. A freight train had just passed and he dashed in front of the Twentieth Century Limited just in time to be struck.

The freight was going east and the fast train westbound. People who saw the accident say he tried to turn away when he saw himself in front of the fast train, but he had no time.

The body was dragged and thrown about 200 feet and was so badly mangled that nothing around the face was recognizable. The bicycle was broken up.

A local undertaker took the body before the coroner arrived.

We do not mean to knock when we suggest that no more moving pictures be allowed in the Town & Township Hall until the usual precautions are taken.

The pictures shown were very nice, but the fire risk is something to make one shudder.

With the front door entrance partly blocked with the movie machine, and nothing around it but a canvas curtain; with the operator smoking cigarettes smelling of opium; with the audience room packed with women and children. When films catch fire, they make a blaze that blinds and a heat that roasts.

The panic turns a crowd to a mass of lunatics. They fight each other like mad. Men trample women and children, and people jump from windows upon each other. Those of us who have seen panics don’t want to see any more.

Moving pictures should be exhibited from an asbestoslined steel cage, which may be tightly closed, as the law requires. Our village should not allow any film shows unless lawfully constructed in a fireproof auditorium.

Friday, June 26, 1914

Gypsies were charged Tuesday with stealing $200 from Lew Cottingham, a machinist in Delta.

Four gypsy squaws went into Cottingham’s machine shop where Lew was working at his lathe. The squaws mussed about until Lew discovered his purse containing $300 was missing. He grabbed the purse from one of them and found it empty.

One squaw pointed to a roll of money on the floor, and said, “There’s your money.” But the roll of $20 bills was short $200.

The whole bunch was arrested and two squaws were charged with picking pockets. No one wanted the dirty things in the jail.

There were 15 loads of the vagabonds in the tribe, and the whole town of Delta turned out to police the village from the trash.

It has been 20 years since a new addition to Archbold has been platted and accepted. Let us hope the future will demand more frequent enlargements.

The new addition to Vernier & Buehrer promises to be the most exclusive residence district in town. Just off the pavement, near the new sewer away from the noise of trains, bells, and whistles, and away from the smoke and smell of trains and mills, yet near enough to the business section to be reached within a five-minute walk.

Quite a number of citizens are waiting for the opportunity to build homes here.

It has been said that Archbold citizens are not appreciative of anything, but we must indeed be stupid who will not gladly welcome the homemaking opportunity in our village.

Evangelist Stough of Bryan has been sued for libel for $200,000 by a brewer of Hazelton, Pa.

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