2017-12-13 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007

Employees at Fypon, Ltd., and Sauder Manufacturing, created 700 candy cane ornaments that joined 2,750 other ornaments on the boughs of the 2007 Capitol Christmas tree.

Three-year-old colt pacer Artist’s View races down the home stretch to win the $555,000 Breeders Cup race at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. The horse is owned by Dean Miller and Bill Rufenacht.

Sauder Village attendance was 82,000 during 2007. Kim Krieger, director of marketing, said she attributes much of the increase to the expanded Sauder Heritage Inn.

Caitlyn Beldon, 7, sits on the knee of the jolly old elf, Santa Claus, and tells him her Christmas gift wishes. The long line to see Santa extended out the door and onto the sidewalk at the Ruihley Park Pavilion, Friday night, Dec. 14.

David Simon, Parkersburg, W.Va., played Santa. He is the father of Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director.

The decision on whether or not to remove trees at the Fulton County Airport depends on bats.

Last week, Joe Short, commissioner, said R.D. Zande, a Toledo consulting firm, conducted a study and searched the woods for the Indiana brown bat, an endangered species.

County commissioners supported a 65% 10-year tax credit for International Automotive Components Group, N.A., Inc., for the creation of 250 new full-time jobs in Wauseon.

Terry Jaggers routs and smoothes candy cane ornaments made by two Archbold manufacturing companies that now adorn the 60-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn of the capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Deaths–Juanita Anderson, 59, Napoleon

25th Wedding Anniversary– David and Jayma Gobrogge, Dec. 3, 2007

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1992

Chuck Rychener, mayor, split a tie vote in council approving a measure to offer the St. John’s United Church of Christ $60,000 plus five other compensations for .1955 acres of property on the north and west sides of the property.

There’s good news and bad news on the state budget situation coming from Columbus.

The good news is that primary and secondary education is exempt from further budget cuts.

The bad news is George Voinovich, governor, and legislative leaders have agreed “in concept” to raise an additional $200 million through taxes.

Dean and Evelyn Buckenmeyer, rural Archbold, Dean and Kathy Genter, rural Pettisville, and Ralph Figgins, Fayette, attended the 74th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation meeting in Cincinnati, Dec. 7-9.

Amy Weber and Beverly Wyse, who have grade point averages of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale, were recently inducted in Tau Pi Phi, a business-economics honor society, at Defiance College. Both students are majoring in accounting.

Earn Degrees – Bowling Green State University: Stephanie Schnarre, Michelle Targonski, Jodi Miller, Eric Short, Laura Springer, Archbold; Sheri Lou Nofziger, Pettisville

Four Pettisville Christmas angels herald a hometown holiday this season. Built by a Pettisville high school sophomore, the angels were installed Monday, Dec. 7, by Dennis Peabody in a bucket boom truck, according to a photograph.

Charles Eicher, Fayette, reports seeing a large flock of seagulls– at least 200– on his farm pond west of Fayette. Eicher also saw seagulls in open fields along Fulton County Road T.

Deaths–Catherine C. Keim, 83, Archbold

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor, who is 95–If it is true that per capita grain production in the United States has been falling since 1984, we may be facing an international problem with the constantly increasing need for food, as the world has another 95 million more mouths to feed every year..... Humor is not a passing fancy, but can be a survivor skill and, if cultivated, can motivate many lives..... Americans over 50 have a collective net worth of more than $8 trillion, not counting pensions.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1967

Sauder Woodworking Company honored 13 employees for years of service at a smorgasbord dinner, Wednesday evening, Dec. 13, at the Sportsman’s Club, Wauseon.

Winners of the annual Home Decoration and Lighting contest sponsored by the Community Commercial Club:

Door–Clyde A. Sommer, Lugbill Road; window– Alfred LaNeve, Stryker Street; house–Tom Mignin, Buckeye Street; yard–Robert Ebersole, Holland Street; house and yard–Willliam Rupp, Buckeye Street.

Degree–John K. Lauber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lauber, Ohio State University.

Marine Graduate–Thomas J. Winzeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Winzeler.

Deaths–Raymond E. Wyse, 67, Toledo; Bertha B. Short, 70, Bryan.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1942

The Archbold Ladder Company is completing the shipment of 1,560 end tables by mail, and handling the shipment is through the post office. The order is from Sears Roebuck & Co., which sent one of its mail clerks to the Archbold Ladder Co. and local post office to supervise shipment. The cost will be around $700.

This is the first time in the history of the local post office that a shipment from Archbold has required a special mail train.

A hero of Guadalcanal Air Corps, Marine fighter pilot Capt. Marion E. Carl, appears in a photograph raising the Minute Man Flag. It was presented by Mr. George C. Davies, Wauseon, chairman of the Fulton County War Bonds Committee, to La Choy Food Products, Inc., the first manufacturer in the county to maintain a 100% subscription of not less than 10% in War Savings Bonds.

Fulton County Selective Service Board has sent notices to 110 more men who are to appear for first physical examinations at the Wauseon hospital, Thursday of this week.

Archbold firemen have completed the packing of 135 Christmas gift boxes for men in Uncle Sam’s military service from this community, and within a short time men will receive them at the various military training camps.

The Ladies Aid and Ursula Cotta of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church made over 100 dozen Christmas cookies and 25 pounds of candy for the Lutheran Orphans and Old Folks Home of Toledo.

The heirs of Margaret Steenson sold the residence on Stryker Street at public auction, Saturday afternoon. The high bidder was John Rich, who paid $3,300 for this well-located property.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1917

Eight hogs disappeared in September 1916, from the herd J.W. Witt was fattening in a cornfield on his farm near Stryker. It was presumed the animals were stolen. Last Saturday, Mr. Johnson and his men dug down to a certain spot that was not carrying off the water as it should. They found the animals crowded in a 12-inch tile. The animals weighed from 150-175 pounds and were strung along about two feet apart. Although the animals had been there nearly 15 months, they were fairly well preserved.

Lester Casebere, 19, and Millard Tyson, 17, Butler, were victims of “death crossing” at the New York Central tracks Thursday night of last week when their automobile was struck by a fast express train. They were returning from a dance with two young ladies after they left them at their homes before crossing the tracks.

Sixteen people have been killed at the crossing in the past three years.

Merchants of Ridgeville Corners are offering substantial encouragement to an editor who will establish a newspaper in that village.

Section men discovered that a freight car had been robbed on the Wabash west of Alvordton, Thursday. They made a search and found five Studebaker automobile wheels hidden in corn shocks. The property was turned over to the railroad company.

Saturday was the most disagreeable day of the season. Snow with wind nearly all day. Nobody wasted sympathy on the automobiles that stood out in the weather. The poor horses, however, were obliged to stand at a hitching post while the driver filled his insides at the saloon, and were entitled to much sympathy.

Persons who whip their furs find that when they get their returns the furs were graded more closely and the price received less than homebuyers pay. The fellows who always see greener pastures farther on are usually disappointed.

Mr. H.P. Wolfe, state director of the State War Savings Committee, urges all to open savings accounts at the banks and to pay cash for what they buy.

The committee endorses the thrift stamp plans and the war savings certificates just launched by the United States government. The money deposited in banks will be available for the use of the government in the war.

Friday, Dec. 14, 1917

Two women fought for ten minutes in the hallway at the Fulton County Courthouse, Tuesday. Each wanted a spot to hear and see what was going on in the crowded, jam-packed courtroom where Alcy Fenton, “the other woman” in the case of the Lehman murder trial, was testifying.

Mrs. Fenton and her husband both testified. She confessed to many improper meetings and intimacies with Lehman and that he told her he loved her better than he loved his wife, Grace, who was murdered.

On this point the state will evidently try to establish a motive for the murder of Grace.

The testimony of the Fenton woman was full and shameless. She attempted to keep back nothing, and the sensational evidence was the worst that has ever been heard in the Fulton County courtroom.

Witnesses were dismissed during the testimony of the Fenton woman. She bore up well during the trying ordeal of the cross questioning of the attorneys.

Lehman is under trial charged with the murder of Grace at their fine farm home near Swanton on Sept. 17.

In the audience at the courthouse were many women and children who listened with breathless silence to the humiliating answers the woman gave to the direct questions of the attorneys.

Fulton County taxpayers will have to dig down in their pockets to meet the expense of the Lehman murder trial at Wauseon. Already over $20,000 has been expended by the state, and the defense has probably spent an equal amount. It costs a lot to convict a rich man of murder.

Two men from Bowling Green are in this area in the interests of H.J. Heinz Co. They are attempting to locate a tomato shipping station in Archbold. The company has canning and pickling factories in the U.S. and 57 varieties of plants in Canada and Europe. It is the largest firm in the canning business. The company offers to furnish seed and baskets to haul the crop, free. They pay around $14 a ton for the ripe fruit.

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