2017-03-15 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2007

In the school budget proposed by Ted Strickland, Ohio governor, the Archbold Area School District gets no increase in state aid.

David Deskins, superintendent, said, “The governor’s fine plan is a plan that will impact Archbold, because the governor’s goal is to steer money toward districts that have low property value.”

The Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction is a 42-year-old event that, if you ask former auxiliary presidents, hasn’t changed much over the last four decades.

Cheryl Britsch, president, has been president twice in the last four years.

Lisa Arend moves a stack of papers and file folders almost a foot high from her desk in preparation to be interviewed.

“That’s just one deal,” she said,

As Fulton County’s new economic development director, she’s hit the ground running, and there’s plenty to do.

In the history of Fulton County economic development efforts, Arend is the first woman to hold the post.

Marty Dominique, AHS ‘72 and son of Bill and Sue, was promoted to vice president finance, for the Meat & Dairy Flexibles, North America, Rigid Containers & Celply business unit of Alcan Packaging, Orland Park, Ill.

Attending the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq event in Washington, D.C., from the Archbold area were Phyllis Hostetler, Randy Nofziger, Lane Stopher, Kate Friesen, Wanda Stopher, Kirsten Stopher, Barbara Budde, Elon Eash, Lou Ann Kanagy, David Kanagy, Jim Roynon, Jay Budde. The group spent about 20 hours riding in a van to get to and from the event.

The Randy Beck sisters of Pettisville donated nearly 45 inches of hair to Locks of Love, Thursday, March 8. They are Elizabeth, 6; Sarah, 7; Rachel, 15; and Hannah, 17.

Deaths–Kent Ruffer, 74, Archbold; Kenneth L. Nofziger, 74, Archbold; Lowell T. Mandly, 75, Tucson, Ariz.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 1992

George Voinovich, Ohio governor, was a busy man when he was in Archbold, Friday, March 13, from attending a briefing at Founder’s Hall to shaking hands with employees at Sauder Woodworking.

Voinovich did say the St. Rt. 66 Ohio Turnpike Interchange was the next item on the agenda, even though there is opposition.

Amy, daughter of Russ and Elaine (Kernig) Pickering, Bryan, sang the title role in the opera “Carmen” with the DePaul Opera Theatre of Chicago, March 13, at the Blackstone Theatre.

Her mother Elaine grew up in Archbold and graduated from AHS.

The youths of Fulton County will find a new horse barn and renovated horse facilities at the fairgrounds in September.

The new building will have 40 box stalls. The tie stalls are being eliminated for safety reasons.

Troy Kauffman, son of Dwight and Carolyn, is a soloist in the Goshen College Orchestra spring concert, Sunday, March 22.

The Ohio governor’s March 13 visit to Archbold is being overshadowed in the press and the electronic media by what many consider a lunatic idea proposed by a crazy Toledo developer– a Disneyland theme park near Rossford.

The Rossford area can be easily accessed from two of the busiest interstate highways in the US: Interstate 75 running north-south, and Interstate 80, the Ohio Turnpike, which runs eastwest.

Deaths–Alta A. Williams, 92, Wauseon; Maybelle Steffens, 84, Ridgeville Corners

Dennis Hales, Delta, is ready to switch from school money responsibilities to county financial responsibilities. The associate superintendent of the Four County Joint Vocational School is a candidate for Fulton County Treasurer.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 1967

The International Minerals & Chemical Corporation new custom mix plant on Myers Road is scheduled to begin production next week.

Guy Howell, plant manager, reports its opening was originally scheduled for January, but has been retarded by delay in delivery of material.

The $500,000 facility, the third of its kind in the country, will initially mean employment for about 15 persons and will serve the foundry industry within a 200-mile radius of Archbold.

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Archbold, March 25, in Ruihley Park, starting at 2 p.m. The auxiliary is coloring 1,500 eggs to be hidden in Ruihley Park.

The Archbold Choral Society will present “The Holy City” at Zion Mennonite Church, Sunday, March 26, 7 pm.

Soloists are Robert Swisher, Bryan, bass; Dale D. Weldy, Archbold, tenor; Mrs. Ellis Croyle, Archbold, contralto; Miss Sally Short, Baldwin-Wallace College, soprano; James Sauder, Wauseon, organist.

A great weekend for youthful scientists of Northwestern Ohio and many other counties of the state involved about 470 exhibits in the two annual Science Fairs held in Archbold.

Deans List–Bette Benien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Benien, Shirley, daughter of Walter S. Short, Defiance College; Nancy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Nelson, Taylor University.

Nobco, Inc., Archbold, filed an application March 13, 1967, with the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C., for a construction permit to establish a radio station in Archbold.

Proposed studios would be located in new facilities at 303 1/2 North Defiance St., and the proposed transmitter site would be located 2.5 miles northeast of the center of Archbold, near Brush Creek.

Harold F. Stotzer has been reappointed to the Ohio State Developmental Advisory Council by James A. Rhodes, governor.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 1942

The largest number on record called Tuesday to prepare for US military plans. Eighty-five draftees from Fulton County went to Toledo for physical examination for Uncle Sam’s military service.

T.L. Dimke has accepted the appointment as clerk of the Archbold-German Township Rationing Board to assist the three members, A.C. Fagley, Wilmer J. Eicher and Walter Spengler, in handling the great volume of details in connection with the rationing board.

An unusually large crowd attended the March meeting of Community Commercial Club, Thursday evening in the Blue Room of the Home Restaurant, according to A. J. Stamm, president. Six new members joined the club: Sylvanus Lugbill, W.C. Bernath, E.E. Rupp, Robert Roedel, Lester Rich, and David Rupp.

Because of heavy rains, the pick-up of war salvage material on the south side of the New York Central Railroad tracks is postponed until Saturday.

Because of the great rainfall the past few days, Walter Given reports the water spilling over the dam at Harrison Lake was about two feet at midday Tuesday. He predicts it will flow higher by evening.

Over 150,000 men have enlisted in the US Navy since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, according to the Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

The Elizabeth Merillat farm of 289.50 acres will be sold Saturday, March 21. It is located four miles north and one mile east of Archbold.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 20, 1917

Harvey Rupp had a nice crowd at his sale the other day. About everything sold. Harvey moved to a smaller farm south of Pettisville, Friday. He believes there is more to be made on a small farm than on a large one.

One farmer said he would not milk cows under any circumstances. He has changed his mind and is buying good cows and putting up a silo, because milk pays the biggest profits of anything on the farm. If the German farmer will set his head and hands to milking, this area will become the best dairy country in Ohio. The cow has two products.

Amelia Bingham, the famous actress from Hicksville, amassed a fortune in moving pictures. Her husband, who was her manager, joined the Henry Ford Peace Expedition to Europe, where he sickened and died.

His wife thought she was the brains of the family and began handling the money. She lost her fine home on Riverside Drive N.Y., and other real estate. She must now move out of her beautiful home and will be almost penniless. Widows with much money are easy marks for the sharpster.

If you want to see some real basketball and some good, clean rooting, don’t fail to see Bryan and Archbold play in the Rink Hall, Wednesday night. Bryan is coming with a strong determination of winning. Two T&I trolley cars will bring the team and fans.

Mayor Ruihley received a telegram Friday afternoon from the superintendent of the Lake Shore Railroad, asking that rail property be protected during the national railroad strike.

Friday, March 23, 1917

The Fulton County Annual Road Meeting will be held at the courthouse in Wauseon, Thursday, March 29, at 10 am.

The best speakers obtainable have been secured to explain how important country roads are for everyone.

Policeman A.E. Nofzinger picked up two stray boys who said their homes are in Cleveland. He took them to the county jail, Wednesday. They are juveniles and under restriction of the courts. Officers now have orders to pick up all stray children and turn them over to proper officers.

J.K. Gerig, superintendent of Salem Gospel Mission, Chicago, Ill., will speak at the Young Peoples Meeting at the Defenseless Mennonite Church, Sunday evening, March 25.

W.F. Myers, of Wauseon, and Fred Beaverson had a grand time at the Red Cross Drug Store, Tuesday night. Nobody seems to know how the fight started or how much liquor was consumed, but when the marshal appeared, Myers’ face had been pounded severely and one of them had a butcher knife ready to plunge in the other.

Myers spent the night in the Town Hall Jail and needed a $5 doctor bill to patch him up. Myers pleaded guilty to drunkenness and disorderly conduct and was fined with costs and doctor bill amounting to $33.50. He scraped up the money and was allowed to go with a warning.

Fred Beaverson was proven guilty on the same charge. He enriched the village treasury $31.25.

Over 500 basketball fans from Northwestern Ohio assembled at the Rink Hall Wednesday evening to see Archbold High School give Bryan High School the worst defeat it has suffered this year, 45-18.

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