2017-07-12 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ridgeville Corners residents are working toward establishing a community park.

Jayma Gobrogge, Ridgeville Corners, said a petition with about 140 signatures supporting the establishment of a park was presented to the Ridgeville Township Trustees at their Monday, July 9 meeting.

The Northwest State Community College Education Association, which represents teaching faculty at NSCC, asked if good faith bargaining is taking place and essentially accuses Betty Young, NSCC president, of derailing the mediation process.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said major construction on the North Lincoln Street reconstruction project will probably start in about two weeks.

Alicia Buckenmeyer, AHS ‘05, and two of her Ohio University friends spent a miserable night in Pittsburgh, Pa., under the shelter of a collapsing cardboard home. The experience was part of Displace Me, an event held in 15 United States cities that raised awareness about the suffering of Ugandans forced into refugee camps.

Austin Double and Nick Weigand, Archbold, were on the podium as the top finishers in the 200-meter dash. The runners competed with 12 other Fulton County athletes in the Special Olympics State Summer games in Columbus, June 22-24.

Marvin Miller and Jeff Coressel and other members of the Archbold Rotary Club were hard at work repairing Spengler Field bleachers, Monday evening, July 16. Rotary is partnering with Archbold Area Schools to maintain the former home of the AHS football team, according to a photograph.

We have a good staff of lifeguards who will serve throughout the summer at the 50th anniversary of the Archbold Ruihley Park Swimming Pool, said Chris Buehrer, pool manager. Guards serving this season are Chase Gingerich, Julie Aeschliman, Bridget Wyse, Andre Hurst, Jordan Fidler, Katie Lehman, Courtney Wyse, Allie Gingerich, Ellen Aeschliman, Kacie Kauzlick, Erin Buehrer, Deena Cowell, Jason Lindsay, Jay Solarik, Lucas Burnett, Nick Cassidy, Jordan Cowell, and Shannon Storrer.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 15, 1992

A tornado disaster defies description. Yet, countless Pettisville area residents were eyewitnesses to the worst catastrophe ever to strike the village.

Sunday will long be remembered by a dazed community that started cleanup in earnest, Monday morning. Everyone had a tornado story, and many tried to put into words what their disbelieving eyes witnessed.

Within minutes, a quiet afternoon turned into a nightmare. A surprise tornado ripped through the north edge of Pettisville. It left 36 homes, buildings, and businesses damaged or destroyed along State Route 2withina21/2-milestrip.

A healthy helping of new events and lots of good old enjoyable entertainment are part of the week’s 13th annual Archbold Carp Festival.

The Jack Daniels Silver Cornet band makes a return visit, along with motorcycle and car shows, followed by a poker run, bed, and rollerblade races, volleyball tournaments, a 5K run and fun walk, along with the second Eddy Huffman Memorial Go-Cart Race.

Groundbreaking for the new Archbold Refuse Service building in the Industrial Park was held Tuesday morning

Park Board authorized Jack Dominique to clean and stain the band shell, Pioneer Cabin, and two picnic shelters. The board approved a request from Cindy Henson to give private pitching lessons and conduct a pitching clinic July 28-29. Henson is a member of the summer recreation staff.

A semi from Fleet-Mate, Inc., stolen on July 5, has been recovered in Gary, Ind., according to Martin Schmidt, police chief. It is valued at over $37,000.

Deaths–Ann R. Sevitts, 81, Adrian, Mich.; Andres Cerda, Jr., 36, Paras, Mexico

65th Wedding Anniversary– Ralph and Wilma (Andrews) Rupp, July 2, 1927; 50th Wedding Anniversaries–Mr. and Mrs. Claude Flory, July 19, 1942; Arthur and Anita Leininger, July 18, 1942.

Proceeds from the 13th Carp Festival will help pay for the three new “Welcome to Archbold” signs.

The women of Zion Lutheran Church held their annual outing on Thursday at Elmore.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 19, 1967

Construction bids for the new Four County Joint Vocational School were received Wednesday, July 12. The base bids totaled $3,409,056, making a construction cost of $14.25 per square foot for the 225,000- square-foot building.

Clark Dodge & Company, Toledo, bid 4 1/8 percent and a premium of $7,522.47 for the bonds. Bonds run for a period of 20 years.

The school will serve 29 school districts in Fulton, Defiance, Henry, and Williams counties.

Annual Old Fashioned Bargain Days will be held next week, Friday and Saturday, July 28-29.

The Vocal Music Boosters will hold an ice cream social Friday on main street, starting at 5 pm. The AHS Band will perform at 7, and the Cadet Girl Scout Troop 63 will sell cotton candy.–adv.

Marce Gayton, commander of BLW Post 311, presents a check to Harold Meyer, park superintendent. The check is the Legion contribution to the fund being raised to pay for the new $12,000 concession stand under construction in Ruihley Park.

A parking area for automobiles and buses to serve Goll Woods State Park is under construction on the east side of Co. Rd. 26, a short distance south of Fulton Co. Rd. F.

The Teen Notes vocal group, made up of Mary Kauffman, Rachel Andre, Luana Wyse, Ethel Sue Grieser, Patricia Nofziger, Janette Eicher, has released an album of hymns, “I See God”.–adv.

The Teen Notes have been singing together for the past four years and have sung a wide variety of music including popular, classical, and religious numbers.

They have performed at many concerts, club meetings, and churches in district and state music contests. They received a Superior rating at state competitions the last two years.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 15, 1942

Fulton County Selective Service Board has called 50 more men for physical examinations on Thursday.

Northwestern Ohio communities are feeling the results of another Washington campaign to enroll physicians for the Army in this area.

This is part of a campaign to secure 1,000 physicians and surgeons from Ohio by 1943.

The Army has announced an intention of starting the induction of regular quotas of men placed in the deferred B-1 selective service class because of minor physical defects.

Beginning Aug. 1, men with only one eye, or complete deafness in one ear, among others, will be inducted for military service, provided they otherwise meet the requirements.

Mr. Richard Lauber has resigned his position at a local grocery store to accept a position with an insurance office at Bryan. He and his family will move to Bryan.

The Ohio Supreme Court has recently ruled that a city is not liable for injuries to pedestrians caused by snow or ice on streets or sidewalks “when the icy condition is due to natural causes, and is liable when due to other causes only when such condition has been made known to the city a sufficient time before any accident to allow preventive action to be taken, or where an unsafe condition is known to exist recurrently.”

Effective July 9, nationwide rationing of bicycles went into effect, and Fulton County’s allotment for July is 12 bicycles. So far only adult bicycles are available, and in order to secure one, application blanks must be filed with the ration board and the applicants must await its action.

Because his son Robert is being called to military service, George C. Roedel is closing his clothing store on North Defiance Street. He has been in business here since 1912.

Mr. Roedel’s health failed a few years ago, and since then his son Robert has managed the store. Now it is being closed because of war conditions.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 17, 1917

Someone phoned from Morenci, Mich., that German spies were peddling court plaster infected with germs of leprosy, and warned people to beware.

Leprosy is not contagious in this climate.

Frederick C. Zink, 26, Toledo, an attorney and claim agent for the T&I, died at Wauseon Hospital, Sunday morning. He was the third to die in an accident when a T&I car struck an automobile east of Bryan last Wednesday afternoon.

While plowing in one of the fields on his farm near Stryker three years ago, Deer Snow plowed under his watch. Recently while cultivating in the same field he found his watch dragging along on one of the tongs of the cultivator. It needed a few slight repairs but is operating perfectly.

Another reason farm products are high is because farmers are less neighborly than formerly.

In the olden days, one land roller was enough for a whole neighborhood. Borrowing tools was a common custom.

Not so now. The farmer has built a shed with a floor off the ground for the purpose of taking care of his high-priced tools. The farmer knows if a neighbor uses a borrowed tool he is not as careful as if it were his own; the tool comes back broken, dirty, parts missing, careless of oil and perhaps left out overnight, and the owner must go get it when he needs it.

That is why the owner does not like to lend his tools. That is why it costs much more to start farming, since each farmer must have a full set of tools.

Unless a man has about $3,000 in cash or credit, he had better not start farming.

Friday, July 20, 1917

For the protection of the public, a red light has been installed on a post in front of the Town & Township Hall. The light can be turned on by the night operator of The Archbold Telephone Company.

While the village night watchman is making his rounds, he may see the red light and know he is needed.

The season for Toledo bandits is now open, and Archbold citizens are taking precautions.

Fulton County quota for the enforced military service is 138.

It is the opinion of some this number will be reduced because of voluntary enlistments.

Archbold citizens have early cabbage to give the neighbors. Potatoes have been selling from 60¢ to 80¢ a peck. The citizens do not like to dig their potatoes now or the price would probably be lower.

The five- or six-day convention of the Defenseless Mennonite Congregations of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri will be held here Aug. 28-Sept.2. Several hundred delegates and visitors are expected. They will be entertained in local homes.

John Wagon, Stryker, was fined $120 in mayor Ruihley’s Court, Thursday, for speeding. His car collided with the car driven by Mrs. John Burkholder on Stryker Street, Wednesday. Both cars were damaged. Nobody was hurt.

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