2018-01-03 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Lisa Arend, Fulton County Economic Development director, said county officials are working on five business retention or expansion projects. Work is also ongoing to bring eight new businesses to the county.

Chris Buehrer, a 1996 Stryker graduate, proposed to Jessica Schnipke by spelling out the question “Jessica will you marry me?” in rope-style Christmas lights in Ruihley Park.

Kevin Eicher, new village councilman, receives the oath of office from Jim Wyse, mayor, in a photograph. He will serve four years.

Dean’s List–Andrew John Emch, Joshua Allen Grieser, Kristin Jean Hayes, Bethany Marie Lehman, Casey Lynn Nofziger, Carey Nicole Zsembik, Archbold, and Christopher Joseph Jensen, Fayette, Ohio State University.

Degrees–Michael Aaron Short, University of Toledo, son of Phil and Cookie; Krystina Elise Bowerman, magna cum laude, University of Toledo, daughter of Thom and Linda Ross, wife of Curt Bowerman.

Deaths– Herbert C. Grieser, 79, Archbold; Teresa Emma (Siebenaler) Jones, 89, Bryan; Mary R. Schlatter, 86, Archbold; Kim K. Nofziger, 46, Archbold; Mary S. Minarik, 97, Stryker

Winning the first Bible Quiz meet of the season was the team “Beaten Purple” of Lockport Mennonite Church. Members are Claire Graber, Stacy Kinkaid, Laurin Waidelich, Seth Nofziger, Elliot Nofziger.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1993

Construction of a country inn for Sauder Village is expected to start this spring. Erie Sauder, founder, said blueprints are not complete; they should be ready by May or June.

Carolyn Sauder, managing director, said Monday the facility will be located due west of Founder’s Hall. No decision has been made on a name. It will be a twostory structure with 32 or 34 units. “They’ll be nice, large rooms with comfortable social spaces,” she said.

Archbold and area residents have seen basements, lawns, roads and creeks flood as nearly six inches of rain fell in the last eight days. A total of 5.95 inches of rain were recorded from Dec. 28-Jan. 4.

Residents of the west side of Archbold who have been fighting sewer backups in their basements as heavy rains hit the area were told their problem would be referred to the utility committee.

After the meeting, Chuck Rychener, mayor, said he was concerned about the problem.

“I think we’ve got to take a serious look at some of our infrastructure, if that’s what it is. Maybe we have to reevaluate our capital projects,” he said.

“If it takes a major overhaul of the storm and sanitary sewers in the area, then council will have to decide whether it wants to rebuild streets, storm sewers and sanitary sewers in the area.

“I don’t want to see people have to go through the trauma of seeing their basement flood at every downpour or sustained rainfall.”

According to a photograph, the First Baby of the Year in the Archbold and Pettisville school districts, Timothy Jordan Fonseca, sleeps peacefully in the arms of his mother, Billie, while his proud father, Timothy, looks on. Called “TJ” by his parents, the young man is the couple’s first child. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1968

The Archbold Board of Public Affairs organized for the New Year with officers Ed. Neal, president; Harold H. Smith, vice president; Don H. Walters, clerk; Leon H. Nies, fourth member. Necessary bonds were approved. Harold Plassman swore in the board.

The Archbold Fire Department answered 95 calls in 1967, according to A.C. Fagley, fire chief. There were 23 emergency alarms answered and three police assists. In Archbold, 28 fire alarms were answered, with estimated losses of $209,975.

Firemen answered 18 fire alarms in German Township with losses of $111,525. There were 25 emergency alarms in the township.

A young medic in Vietnam opened a Christmas greeting card and discovered it wasn’t for him. It was addressed to his great-uncle in Ohio and mailed from Arizona by his grandparents.

The medic was not mentioned in the Christmas message, his name and address was not on the envelope, and the stamp had never been canceled by the post office.

“I think it’s postal history,” wrote Navy corpsman David Rupp to his father, Ira Rupp of 5302 Edith NE. “Out of 500,000 men in Vietnam, the card landed in my mail. I can’t understand how it happened,” he wrote from his station aboard the Valley Forge helicopter carrier with the Third Battalion, First Marine Corps.

The letter that inexplicably strayed thousands of miles to wind up at mail call in the hands of a relative was written by the sailor’s paternal grandparents in Phoenix, Ariz. The only address on it was to Emil Rupp, Archbold, Ohio– his grandparents.

With the thermometer registering five degrees and a 40-mile-an-hour howling winter wind, the Archbold Fire Department battled a blaze that destroyed the farm home of Mack S. Buehrer, three miles east and one-half mile north of Archbold.

Fire started in the furnace room at the northwest corner and spread rapidly to the walls. The home was destroyed, which firemen found impossible to conquer.

A nationally known authority of UFOs, Robert S. Easley, Defiance, will speak Friday to Rotary Club members.

He is the author of “The Flying Saucer Mystery,” which will be published in February. He has written a number of articles for various saucer publications.

He is associate editor of UFO Magazine, Cleveland; Scientific Advisor for Aerial Phenomena Investigation and Research Committee; Ohio Director of the Interplanetary News Service and Committee Member of the International Sky Scouts, London, England. O.P. Kluepfel has arranged the program.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1943

Motorists have until Jan. 31 to have their automobile tires inspected by officials appointed by the Fulton County Rationing Board.

This is part of a national campaign to keep tires in running condition on cars and assist motorists in getting every possible mile out of them.

A total of 24 official inspectors have been appointed in Fulton County.

The Community Orchestra, which has been rehearsing for the past two months, practiced again Sunday afternoon. The orchestra numbers 20 and is planning a program in three weeks.

The following resume of the new point-rationing plan will prove helpful to homemakers and merchants:

There will be two types of stamps in War Ration Book No. 2–red and blue. Blue will be used for processed foods; red for meats.

Every day, the New York Central, one of the greatest arteries of rail traffic from New York to Chicago, carries heavy cargoes to and from war producing plants and food processing centers.

An average of 80 freight and passenger trains pass through Archbold each day. Local industries contribute heavily to the incoming and outgoing products.

Facing a critical shortage of teachers in Ohio, the state Department of Education needs to fill 300 vacancies. It is hoped all unemployed teachers who might be interested in returning to the classroom will register.

The plan also provides for the registration of interested persons who are not now qualified to teach but who could qualify by September 1943, by taking short courses during the year or during the summer months.

A nationwide campaign to collect millions of books for men in the armed forces was started by the American Library Association, Red Cross and USO through March 5. It is hoped collections will exceed the 10,000,000 quota of 1942.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Graf said their son Lyle has been transferred from England to Africa.

Each week, the Archbold Buckeye publishes the names and addresses of men and women in military service from this community in all parts of the world. Getting mail is an important event in the lives of the boys in military service.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1918

Roy Moore, 24, a Holgate drayman, was instantly killed Tuesday when he opened a door to the home of Steve Haines, a bachelor, and thus set off the trigger of a trap shot gun. He received the full charge in his chest.

Haines, who had left his house to spend the evening downtown, found the dead man when he returned home at about 9:30. The body was stiff and cold and it is presumed that Moore was killed early in the evening. He leaves a wife and four small children.

Some time ago, Haines claimed a thief entered his home and stole $150, and after that he rigged a loaded shot gun and placed it near the door with a draw string attached to the knob so the first person entering the house would receive the charge.

The Wyse Bros., factory is busy filling orders for two million toy shovel handles and small flagstaffs. It takes considerable labor; all the work is done by local employees.

Mr. Henry S. Winzeler of the Ohio Art Co., takes the entire product for his factory, located on North Defi- ance Street.

Eight persons were baptized at the Defenseless Mennonite Church in Archbold, Sunday evening.

At a meeting of the state school examiners in Columbus last week, 2,400 applications for life certificates were made by school teachers.

Because of a new law, teachers having 100 months teaching experience and a year of normal work are entitled to a life certificate.

One hundred and twentytwo men from Camp Sherman at Chillicothe are to be sent to France for war service.

Friday, Jan. 4, 1918

While Ralph Wiggins was at work at his job on the railroad Sunday, his house at 2606 Norwalk Street, Toledo, caught fire from an oil stove. Mrs. Wiggins and their three children were obliged to run from the burning house to save their lives.

After being charged by Judge Fred H. Wolf, the jury in the Lehman murder trial filed out of the jury box at 4:15 Wednesday afternoon. They looked weary after 13 days of listening to the trial and seemed anxious to have it over.

The jury spent the evening in the main courtroom without reaching a verdict, and at 11 pm they quit voting and went to bed. They complained bitterly of the cold.

Fred Lehman, the accused man, was confident to the last he would be acquitted of the charge of murdering his young wife on Sept. 17.

A fixed price of $8 per ton is in the new contracts for next season. It may be said the sugar beet crop has a firm footing in this area. The labor of unloading has been met with the new sugar beet dump, and that is encouraging.

The prices paid the laborers were quite satisfactory, as they earned from $3 to $6 a day working in the fields.

Now that the government has taken charge of the railroads, the presidents and high salaried men of the roads are to be discharged to increase the wages of the workmen.

In Archbold, five men have been laid off of the section gang.

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