2017-11-08 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

Headline–Brad Rupp And Family Thankful For Recovery; Brad’s Survival A Miracle, Medical Team Says; Staph Infection Damaged His Heart

Volunteers worked Saturday morning to prepare for the annual Festival of Lights in Ruihley Park. Volunteers Jodi Herman and Cal Britsch check bulbs on one of the swans. Lonnie Short examines bulbs on a Christmas tree. Mary Lee Sauder, 14, and Terry Henricks are busy replacing bulbs, says a photo caption.

German Township Trustees gave the fire department permission to begin searching for a new aerial ladder truck. Township voters approved a half-mill property tax levy, which should generate $126,000 a year.

Fulton County Special Olympics and Con Agra join the Archbold Parade of Lights as the event marks its ninth year.

Robert Latta, state representative (R-Bowling Green), won the Republican Party nomination for the Fifth Congressional District in a special primary election in conjunction with the Tuesday General Election.

Tom Stuckey, president of Northwest State Community College, said efficiency, collaboration, and workforce training are key directives coming from Columbus.

40th Wedding Anniversary– Jerry and Cindy (Aeschliman) Winzeler, Nov. 11, 1967

More than 300 people attended a prayer vigil Sunday, Nov. 11, at the home of Todd and Sabrina Grisier. It was for their daughter Chelsey and Sabrina’s mother Shirley Raker, who are dealing with cancer.

Three letterwinners return on the Pettisville boys basketball team: Alex Frey, Josh Bruner, Logan Frey.

Alicia Drewes, an AHS freshman, has been named Third Team All-Ohio by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. She is the daughter of John and Cynthia.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1992

A Fulton County request to the state of Ohio for $400,000 to improve four miles of Fulton County Road 22 is being budgeted for 1993. The road improvement is planned to begin at Barre Road, southeast of Archbold, and go north to US 20A.

Ruihley Park will be filled with citizens decorating for the Archbold Festival of Lights Saturday morning, beginning at 9 am. Citizens will decorate trees, set up displays, and hang lights.

Jodi Stuckey, who is serving as general chairman for the second year, said, “There will be more tree lights this year, but the committee has not purchased any new, large displays. We are upgrading the lights and we may have another small religious type display.

Unlike his farm neighbors, Wendall Lantz, rural Archbold, isn’t in a hurry to harvest the crop he planted this spring.

Instead of corn, soybeans, or alfalfa, Lantz planted almost two acres of walnut trees. At the earliest, he expects harvest in 25 years.

Nature takes at least 60 to 90 years to grow a walnut log, but he is confident with deliberate care he can improve on nature.

Mark Nafziger, potter at Sauder Village, appeared in a newspaper article in the Wooster newspaper after he conducted a workshop.

Dale Pape, 1992 Citizen of the Year, was honored Thursday evening at the Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Also honored were four local businesses and nine citizens who received special AACC awards.

Morenci council has paid off the last bonds for the $400,000 sewer separation project constructed 29 years ago.

After operating in Archbold for 17 years, Paul’s Harness Shop, 1211 South Defiance Street, will close its doors early in 1993. The business, operated by Paul and Lola Nafziger, is moving to Colorado Springs, Colo.

The horse goods business moved to Archbold from Stryker in 1975, following a fire at their downtown Stryker location.

40th Wedding Anniversary– Leroy and Sue (Smith) Dominique, Nov. 11, 1952; 25th Wedding Anniversary– Domingo and Oralia Rubio, Oct, 29, 1967

Deaths–Walter Westhoven, 66, Wauseon; Edward E. Leupp, 82, Toledo

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1967

The Farmers & Merchants State Bank will celebrate its 75th anniversary, Friday and Saturday.–adv.

Donald L. Teel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Teel, Sr., and David A. Dominique, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen J. Dominique, have graduated from nine weeks of Navy basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. The Teels have three sons serving in the U.S. Navy: Donald L., Paul L., and Jackson F.

Herbert Buehrer picked a quart of red raspberries from his patch. He has picked an average of two quarts a week for the last two months.

The home of Miss May Clair, at the corner of West Holland and Ditto Streets, sold at public auction to Lowell E. Short for $4,000.

Four parcels of real estate sold by Mrs. Leona Trudel at public auction, Saturday. The 73-acre tract was bought by Mahlon Miller for $805 per acre; Mr. Miller bought the 40-acre tract for $530 an acre; the 79-acre tract was bought by Warren E. Frey for $636 an acre; and Mr. Frey bought the 53-acre tract for $460 per acre.

Military addresses appear for Eric P. Yedica and Ronald W. Lovejoy.

Paul R. Shaffer returned from a hunting trip, 900 miles north of Archbold in Ontario, Canada, last week. He brought home a 600- pound dressed black moose.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.”.... More and more Ohioans are realizing that real estate cannot afford the kind of school system the state Board of Education is proposing.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1942

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church will dedicate a service flag Sunday with 11 blue stars, in memory of the men serving in the military. A gold star signifies the death of Theo. W. Dimke, Jr., who was killed in a plane crash at Randolph Field, Texas, in March.

Archbold firemen battled a burning roof at the Harve Shadle farm home west of Burlington, Friday. Most of the second floor was completely destroyed.

Margaret Bock, of the Archbold Gingham Girls 4-H Club, won the State Victory Garden Contest and will go to the national club convention, Nov. 28 to Dec. 3.

Sixty men from Fulton County have been called to Wauseon for physical examinations at the hospital for the December military induction.

The five-inch gun barrel that has stood on the Williams County courthouse lawn went into the scrap drive for the war effort.

The Stryker American Legion has donated the German 155mm.cannon that stood on the boulevard across from the school to the national scrap drive. It also gave two German machine guns, 10 rifles, three sabers, eight bayonets, five empty shells and other equipment.

Ben VanDoren, of Delta, has an alligator he has owned since 1935. He acquired it seven years ago. It is three feet long and eats nothing in the cold weather months. In the summer it feeds on scrap meat.

Michigan Egg Dryers, Inc. started operations this week in Morenci, Mich. It employs 90 to 100 people and uses 800 cases of eggs daily. The entire output will be sold to the United States government, most of which will be sent to England and Russia. The eggs are dehydrated, and when water is added they can be used in anything that calls for eggs. They keep well in any climate.

Come to the American Legion Room evenings to help cut gauze and cotton for surgical pads for the war effort.

Clark Robinson was elected president of the Fulton County Commissioners and Alfred J. Short, vice president.

Pvt. Harold Neuhauser, son of Mrs. Priscilla Neuhauser, writes his mother from Camp Indio, Calif., that he is well and becoming accustomed to desert living, and that it’s hot during the day and chilly at night.

100 Years Ago

Friday Nov. 16, 1917

A Made-In-Archbold Exposition would not be such a small affair if all local industries should make an exposition of products in the Rink Hall. It would be an affair worth attending.

Booths could be erected around the walls of the great Rink Hall. In each booth, Archbold manufacturers could display the items they produce. This growing, prosperous community could make a very credible showing, and people would attend the event from miles and miles around.

There could be booths devoted to flour products, stave mill products, ladder factory products, glove factory products, bottling works products, pipe die products, woodworking products made in local factories, harness goods, cobbler’s work, baker goods, sausage and bologna products, job printing exhibits, blacksmith handiwork, electrical supplies, work of school pupils, ladies fancy work, home-baked goods, hand sewing fancy work, knitting products, etc., etc.

Such a show would convince guests Archbold is an industrious, hardworking village of skillful and clever citizens. People attending from nearby towns and villages would be surprised what this community produces.

The front of the new auto service station, now nearing completion, proves that Archbold possesses skillful workmen who can erect handsome things from such uninteresting materials as brick and mortar.

The new front distinguishes itself from all competitive fronts along the main street in design and execution. When the fire destroyed half the downtown, some people said it would take 20 years to rebuild it. People visiting Archbold today would not know there was a devastating fire.

All old wooden structures have been replaced with handsome buildings of brick and concrete.

Marshal Nofziger is doing good work draining the mud holes off Mill Street. That street is such a busy place that it really ought to be paved, which doubtless will be done as soon as some of the village debts are paid.

The work of reestablishing the Peerless Glove Manufacturing Co., is pushed as rapidly as possible. Eighteen girls will be at work again in a short time.

The roof will soon be on the new service building.

Archbold has no secondhand store.

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