2017-09-13 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007

Council approved a tax abatement agreement for ConAgra. The industry planned to close its doors earlier this year. However, Dennis Howell, village administrator, said Toledo Edison has a program that offers a reduced electric rate to companies that preserve or create jobs.

When terrorists attacked America on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, like millions of other Americans, Josh Behnfeldt was on the job. He is an Air Force engine mechanic for F- 16 fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at Toledo Express Airport.

Watching television coverage of the hijacked airplanes flying into the World Trade Center, “a lot of us thought it was a TV show,” he said. “We didn’t know what was going on.”

AHS students, staff and alumni will have a chance to build excitement for the Friday, Sept. 21 Homecoming football game against Swanton with a parade and bonfire on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The Archbold Area School Board and the Archbold Education Association, which represents district teachers in labor negotiations, said they will put their issues before a mediator.

Marilyn Freytag, clerk treasurer of the Archbold Community Library, will retire Nov. 30, 2007. She has been with the library 14 years.

25th Wedding Anniversary– William and Sandra (Cannon) Leach, Sept. 4, 1982

Deaths–Warren Beck, 76, Stryker; Mary E. Nicholls, 78, Bryan

Alex Frey, Pettisville, splashes through a ditch on the cross country course in a tri-meet at Mary Jane Thurston State Park, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1992

The reason your drinking water smelled and tasted bad last week was because of algae blooming in the small reservoir, said Larry Short.

Fulton County Junior Fair sales increased from last year. FFA and 4-H members sold 598 large and small animals with gross receipts of $178,105.72, $3,000 over last year.

The United Way budget is $30,345.

Sandra Barber, Wauseon, was elected chairman of the Ohio Lottery Commission at an August meeting in Cleveland. The Ohio Lottery is beginning its 19th year.

Inductees to the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame are Robert Allen, Carl Bratton, Dale Schroeder, Charles Lugbill, and Ted Leininger, who was inducted posthumously.

The ceremonial first shovel full of earth was turned for the renovation of the Fulton County Senior Center, Monday.

Fulton County sheriff deputies broke up 13 fights at the Fulton County Fair. Darrell Merillat, sheriff, said some of the fights were on the midway.

Four students from the Four County Joint Vocational School were involved in an accident on St. Rt. 66 at Henry County Road W, Sept. 9 at about 3:23 pm. They are Staci Vance, 18, Robert Dangler, 18, Alan Huffman, 17, and Bonnie Beltz, 17, all of Bryan.

Drivers apparently are not getting the message about the new village of Archbold ordinance that prohibits stopping on West Holland Street to pick up or drop off children between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. Archbold police officers have been standing in front of the school stopping drivers and advising them of the law, which was passed by village council in time for this school year.

Deaths–Lloyd E. Waldvogel, 74, Fayette; John G. Renz, 89, Wauseon.

Jessica Cobb, daughter of Dan and Jan, began a one-year term of voluntary service with Mennonite Missions. She is working with after-school and womens advocacy programs for Sojourners in Washington, D.C.

45th Wedding Anniversary– Wayne and Mabel (Riegsecker) Wyse, Sept. 21, 1947

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1967

The Ohio Board of Education has allocated $1,089,529 to the Four County Joint Vocational School.

Much effort was expended by district and state officials to secure the federal funds.

Denver Eckert, president of Eckert Packing Co., will speak on “Communism and Youth” at the first fall PTA meeting at the AHS auditorium.

Richard Harris, the new superintendent, will briefly speak on what he hopes to accomplish in the Archbold Area Schools.

David Ruffer assistant professor of biology at Defiance College, presented color slides on the subject “What Is Research” at the Rotary Club meeting, Friday.

Franklin D. Grime, a Marine private and son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Grime, graduated from eight weeks of training at Great Lakes, Ill.

Karl Mohr, a retired county engineer, tells the story of mounting a pipe organ on a farm tractor.

J.H. Spengler, retired superintendent, spoke on “Signs of Maturity” at the Monday Noontide Luncheon of Commercial Club.

The documentary film “Africa in Three Dimensions” will be shown at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, Sept. 25. The James Bertsches, missionaries now home on furlough, are reviewed in the film.

The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hall, 204 De- Groff Ave., was sold at auction Friday evening at public auction to Walter Polesk for $16,400.

The residence belonging to the estate of Clarence Grie-ser at the corner of South Defiance Street and Park Street was sold at public auction Sept. 9 to Terry Short for $9,550.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1942

During the past week, Lugbill Bros., Inc., has announced a reduction on all commissions charged as well as the dairy cow sales held every two weeks.

Because of increased volume of cattle, the sale continued from noon until 10:15 in the evening.

Harrison Lake is one of the four new artificial inland lakes where canoes, rowboats and sailboats are permitted. All watercraft must be licensed.

Citizens of this community subscribed $8,518.75 to Uncle Sam’s war effort by buying War Savings Bonds in August. Citizens are doing their part to bring a close to the war that struck this nation in December.

The greatest tomato crop on record is being harvested in Northwest Ohio. Farmers have contracted 220 acres with the new La Choy Food Products and will try to get the crop to market and in cans before Jack Frost steps in to end the harvest.

The Post Office says the V-mail service, inaugurated on June 15, is now past the experimental stage. Facilities have been increased to handle a rush of mail to servicemen overseas.

A car driven by Joe Parney struck the car of Simon Miller Saturday night, one mile north of Elmira. Both vehicles hit the ditch. Riding with Mr. Miller was Mrs. Ida Luft. They had been in Morenci, Mich., visiting her daughter. The Miller car was badly damaged and Mrs. Luft suffered an injured shoulder. She was taken to Wauseon Hospital.

Tony Villa and Pedro Florez got into a bloody altercation and were charged with being drunk and disorderly.

The Clerk of Courts reports six new cars were sold in Fulton County in August. The number of used cars that changed hands was 307.

Wayne H. Wyse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan E., enlisted in the United States Navy and is stationed at Great Lake, Ill.

Lieutenant William Neal was home from Springfield, Ill., to spend the weekend with family and friends.... Private Kenneth E. Stamm wrote his parents he is very busy in classification work at Fort Riley, Kan....Private Walter Mahler left for Kessler Field, Miss., Tuesday where he is doing air mechanics.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1917

The new Elmira Glove Factory opened Monday at Wauseon with 12 girl employees.

The Archbold Elevator and Grist Mill have been taken in the federal food control system.

Mrs. Earl Schoonover committed suicide with a shotgun at Medina. She worried because her husband was subject to the military draft.

Fred Shauffel paid $13.40 for his night’s lodging in the Archbold jail, Thursday night. He claimed to be from Bryan. Fred had been drinking some kind of noisy liquid.

Waldo and Victor Miller and the Feather boy have told how the Jacob C. Miller barn was probably burned.

The boys were in the haymow to find cornhusks and silk from which to make cigarettes. The younger boy struck a match in the mow and thought he put it out before pushing it through a crack. But soon the barn was on fire.

Team and medicine wagon for sale. A well-established territory goes with it, free. Reason for selling: I must take charge of the glove factory.– D.J. Mockler, adv.

Rev. T.B. Ashton, Wauseon, will speak at the Missionary Church, Friday at 7:30 pm, on the subject “The World War, Its Cause and Final Outcome.

An offering will be received to buy literature for soldiers of German Township.

For a look of incurable shame, watch the face of a horse being hauled to market on an auto truck.

Friday, Sept. 28, 1917

A carload of six automobiles lasted one day in Archbold. Buyers are waiting for more.

Some Archbold people fear Stryker will go dry, and all the Williams County drunks will be coming to Archbold.

It cost Henry Claire $39.40 to settle up with mayor Ruihley for striking Lloyd Merillat. The trouble happened Saturday night in an alley in Archbold. Mayor Ruihley delivered the offenders a severe lecture, and said that the next time such a thing happens in Archbold, somebody will go to jail for as long as the law allows.

West Unity buyers trucked part of a carload of poultry to Archbold Saturday. They are short of cars on the Wabash Railroad.

Old settlers wonder what became of the small blue rats that used to live in a farmer’s barn. Nobody knows from where they came or where they went. None of them have been seen here for 40 years.

A formal dance will be held at the Rink Hall this evening.

Conrad Buehrer bought the Henry Schrag residence property near the Wetzel homestead for $1,300.

Ralph Rychener, Harold Stotzer and Lloyd Myers spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to prepare for the coming school year.

The New York Central Railroad Depot on Mechanic Street looks fine under a new coat of green paint.

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