2017-04-19 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

“A Dam Connects Machakos Kenya, To Archbold, Ohio” was a front page headline on the Wall Street Journal, Monday, April 23.

Included in the article are comments from Jim Rufenacht, an Archbold area farmer who is involved in the Foods Resource Bank. It is part of a Michigan-based hunger-fighting organization that connects urban churches with rural farm groups.

While it may sound crazy at first, the idea of building an industrial-scale windmill to help power the Archbold Area School District has some things going for it.

Most importantly, a windmill, or more correctly, a wind turbine, could reduce the second-largest expense in the district, which is electric energy.

David Deskins, superintendent, proposed the windmill idea to the Archbold Area School Board at its Monday, April 23 meeting.

The German Township Trustees will request a meeting with representatives from Lingvai Excavating, Bryan, to discuss the restoration of streets in the unincorporated village.

Streets in Burlington and Elmira were damaged when the company installed sanitary sewers over the winter, a $1.3-million project.

Keri Badenhop, AHS ‘05 and son of Jim and Bonnie, won second place in the Huntington University 17th annual juried student art exhibit.

They had to defeat a Swanton team twice, but the Archbold Blue Streaks won the Fulton County Middle School Quiz Team Tournament, Tuesday, April 17.

Deaths–N. Florence Grove, 91, Archbold; Helen J. Rychener, 81, Archbold; Frances E. Craft, 94, formerly of Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 22, 1992

Kimberly, daughter of Karlin and Myrna Wyse, was selected as a member of the Ball State University Cardinal Corps.

Photographs of Sauder Woodworking 1992 Service Awardees appear on three pages of this issue. Honored are persons who have worked for the company 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

Tim Yoder and Duane Steyer told members of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce about different types of employee compensation at its Monday noontide luncheon.

Observing its 17th season, Sauder Village looks to top the 1.5-million attendance mark by mid-June.

Harrison Lake State Park is credited with having approximately 130,000 visitors in 1991.

Home buyouts near Toledo Express Airport near completion, according to Gene Schneider, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority director.

A Fort-to-Port Improvement Organization has been formed to promote improvement of US 24 between Fort Wayne and Toledo.

Jeff Prieste has been named a police officer at West Unity by the village council.

40th Wedding Anniversary– Wayne and Ruth (Hayes) Rupp, April 20, 1952

Dean’s List–Fred Witte, Jr., Hocking College; Jodi Rupp, Spring Arbor College; Carolyn Avers, Robin Froelich, Holly Liechty. Nathan Roth, Ryan Short, Matt Kern, University of Toledo

Deaths–Fannie Grieser, 84, Archbold; Albert E. Zuercher; Lawrence Rychener, 78, Ridgeville Corners; Gladys Kohart, 76, Oakwood

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 26, 1967

Governor James A. Rhodes officially accepted a $300 million comprehensive water development program for Northwest Ohio, the first truly regional watershed in the Buckeye state.

Included is a reservoir with a capacity of 1,245- million gallons for Archbold with a surface area of 170 acres.

Over 5,000 buyers, sellers, and well-wishers joined Yoder & Frey, Inc., in celebrating its 20th anniversary, Monday and Tuesday.

The seventh annual Fulton County Spelling Bee was held at Elmira School, Monday. The three top winners were Norma Wyse, Archbold, first; Robert De- Brosse, Swanton, second; Judy Jones, Delta, third.

John G. Miller has been named chairman of the Fulton County Board of Elections. He succeeds the late Rudy Stapleton, Swanton.

Top Boy Scouts of the Year of Troop 63 are Craig, son of Mrs. Barbara Frankowski, and James, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Frey.

Tony, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rupp, Sr., and Randy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Pape, gave a report to Rotary Club of their attendance at the Institute of World Affairs in Cincinnati.

A surprise snowstorm dropped a half-inch of wet flakes on Archbold, Sunday evening at about 9:45.

Vernon Frey and Wayne Schrock struck a powerful gas pocket while drilling for water, Thursday, on the Walter Crossgrove farm, one mile north of Archbold on Rt. 66.

John F. Winzeler appears in a photograph shearing sheep on the John Leupp farm. John has been shearing sheep for 38 years. His sons, Tom and Richard, often help with the work.

Kenneth Aeschliman adjusts ration dials on his automatic feed grinder-mixer to process feed for 6,000 laying chickens and 400 hogs, according to a photograph.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 22, 1942

Total valuation of all real estate in Fulton County was over 28 million dollars in the year 1940, according to the Ohio Tax Department.

County AAA chairman C.J. Grime has predicted an avalanche of wheat this summer will tie up railroad facilities needed for the movement of war materials unless farmers approve the wheat-marketing quota at the referendum to be held May 2.

Wilbur, son of Wilbur Wyse, of West Unity, appears in a Life magazine photograph, April 13, walking behind general McArthur somewhere in the Philippines.

A furlough of between 5 and 15 days will be granted conscripts after processing at recruit centers so they can settle personal business, according to the War Department.

A nine-day drive begins May 1 in Ohio to enlist every wage earner in the state in the War Bond Stamp purchasing plan.

The senior class will present its first stage play, “You’re The Doctor,” Friday evening at 8:30, in the high school auditorium.

Cast members are Charles Winzeler, Helen Weber, Leroy Schroeder, Melvin Schroeder, Marvin Klopfenstein, Doris Merillat, Lorene Nofziger, Richard Grime, Doris Lauber, Theola Dimke, Edgar Schang, Emily Hinderer, Donald Gigax, Luther Reinking.

Jane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Merrill, Wauseon, and an army nurse, has arrived in Australia, according to her parents. The voyage took six weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Grime received word that their son Louis was transferred from Fort McClellan, Ala., to Tucson, Ariz. He is with the 820th Engineer Battalion.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 24, 1917

Pupils of the high school who took part in the public speaking contest Friday evening at the Town Hall proved themselves able to act as public entertainers and to face an audience without fear. They each rendered their parts so well that the audience and judges found it difficult who are entitled to represent Archbold schools at the county and state meet. The judge awarded the oratorical contest to Peter DeVries and the declamation contest to Miss Vesta Frey. A large audience gathered to hear the young folks.

Mr. Jacob Schrenk, of Idaho, was in Archbold last week. He left Archbold 30 years ago and first went to Utah, and then to Idaho, where he is farming on the large and prosperous Valley Falls irrigation project. They can raise anything excepting corn.

They have a good market at Portland and other ports. Idaho is bone-dry. In that state it is a crime to have liquor in possession. Several adjoining states also are bone-dry.

The Ohio laws enacted in 1807 made it a penitentiary offense for blacks and whites to intermarry. In 1887, the law was repealed. There is no law in Ohio to prohibit intermarriages of the black and white races.

Persons who ring the Archbold fire bell should pull each rope one after the other. Jerking both ropes at the same time will not give much of an alarm.

Someone counted 38 wet and five dry votes that have moved out of Archbold since the last wet-dry election. A change of 35 votes was required to make the village dry at the last election.

President Wilson is asking each citizen to do his bit either privately or publicly to help win the war.

Friday, April 27, 1917

Farmers don’t like to be superintended. There is a danger of ill-directed zeal in the matter of boards, commissions, and overseers in agricultural districts.

Intelligent, capable farmers will not be stimulated by dictation from city men and women who have had nothing but theories, and some of them know very little about the art of farming.

The idea seems to be the physically unfit are good enough to cultivate the land and produce a bumper crop. If there is any class of people on earth who enjoy managing their own business, it is the American farmer.

A severe windstorm swept the county south of Archbold, doing much damage to the trees, buildings, wind pumps, tank towers, fences, and other property.

Heavy wind blew down J. Beck’s barn, as well as several small buildings in the neighborhood. Two wind pumps and a large number of trees were also flattened.

Ed. Lehman’s hen house was demolished and 60 choice hens were killed. Many windows were broken. About 100 poles were blown down. Twenty poles belonging to the Auglaize Power Company were destroyed. A large number of fruit trees were uprooted.

The storm raged at its worst six miles south and two miles east of Archbold.

A fellow came in the Buckeye office and slammed down a silver dollar. “Last week,” says he, “I asked a man how his wife is getting along and found she had been dead two weeks. Day before yesterday, I drove six miles to see a fellow, then found he had moved away. I need a gasoline engine, and one sold last week at auction for one-third its value. Send me your newspaper!”

If there has been any unpatriotic sentiment expressed either privately or publicly in Archbold, we have not heard of it.

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