2018-01-10 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday Jan. 16, 2008

David Deskins, superintendent of Archbold Area Schools, said Monday, he has been officially notified by the state of Ohio Employment Relations Board that the Archbold Education Association has asked for fact-finding.

The Archbold Education Association, or AEA, represents district teachers and professional staff.

Under fact-finding, an arbitrator, or panel of arbitrators, hears both sides of a labor contract dispute and then makes recommendations about the issues. The two sides are not required to accept the results.

Steve Switzer, Pettisville superintendent, told the board that property tax projections for the district dropped about $53,000 in the 2007 tax year.

But overall, income from local tax sources for the 2007 calendar year was up $44,000.

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, announced a total of $3.25 million in storm sewer, road reconstruction, and other projects during his State of the Village address before Chamber of Commerce members.

Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, has started planning for the next survey of Archbold residents. The last survey was done five years ago.

Deaths–Luella Grieser Rupp. 90, Goshen, Ind.; Carlton Lemon, 79, Malinta; Bruce A. Short, 59, formerly of Archbold; Melvin E. Bostelman, 83, Napoleon

“We want to be a welcoming place for the community,” said Wayne Short, chairman of the Central Mennonite Church building committee.

That’s the reason the church is opening a new sanctuary this month, which is the first phase of a $3.2 million renovation.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1993

Village officials know there are inadequacies in the sanitary and storm sewer systems in the village, but homeowners must do what they can to protect themselves and their neighbors.

Specifically, people who have their basement sump pumps dumping into the sanitary sewer system are part of the problem, said Chuck Rychener, mayor.

“The sanitary sewer system is a dry-flow system, which is not designed to handle storm water,” he said.

“We have many, many, many homes pumping storm water into the sanitary sewer system. And I’m part of the problem.

“When they explained things to me, I realized my sump pump goes right into the sanitary storm sewer system.”

It is illegal to pump storm water into a sanitary system. It also costs the village money to treat storm water that does not require treatment.

“It will take time to get our town, our residences, our homes in compliance,” Rychener said. “But we are committed to it.”

People who live outside the district and had hopes their children could attend the Archbold schools under the open enrollment plan had their hopes dashed Monday night, when the school board voted to close the district to outside students, citing a lack of classroom space.

After much thought and discussion, the Pettisville Board of Education voted to open its doors to students from neighboring districts for the coming school year.

Open enrollment has been looming on the horizon of state education ever since June 1989, the advent of Ohio education reform law, Senate Bill 140. It mandates freedom of choice for students, but limits the choice by permitting school districts to reject outsiders.

The Pettisville water project should flow smoothly from now on, said Lowell Rupp, commissioner.

Archbold Equipment Company has purchased Decker Inc., the Case-IH dealer in Sherwood, said Daryl Nofziger, general manager. The sale became effective Jan. 1.

Deaths–Selma Bernath, 89, Archbold; Bessie A. King, 66, Wauseon; Gaynell S. Hood, 83, Bryan; Eldin “Lefty” Nagel, 66, Defiance

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1968

Gasoline fumes in the sewer lines of the Archbold business district endangered a number of buildings last week.

With special equipment provided by the Ohio Petroleum Council, and after running tests at the Miller Hy-Flash Gas Station at the corner of West Williams and North Defiance streets, a leak was discovered in a line between the large gas tank and the pumps in front of the station. After more excavation, the problem was repaired.

The crisis made national headlines in print and broadcast media.

A helicopter carrying three men crashed on a farm near Ohio Route 109, about two miles north of Delta at 10:30 am, Tuesday morning. In the aircraft were the pilot, Sumner D. Moore, St. Joseph, Mo., and two passengers, Lewis Hayes, Tulsa Okla., and Orville Geddes, Meade, Kan.

The men were making an inspection tour for the Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line in search of a break in the line.

They were three feet off the ground and do not know what caused the crash that ended on its side, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Archbold citizens will vote upon the issuance of bonds at the May 7 primary to build a sanitary sewer system for the village. Council has been studying the sewer problem for many years.

Voters had an opportunity to provide funds for a sanitary sewer system and treatment plant in May 1958 with federal aid available. The bond issue failed, so it will be voted upon again in the May primary election.

Archbold schools throughout Northwestern Ohio were closed Monday because of an accumulation of four to ten inches of blowing and drifting snow and high winds.

Fulton County Commissioners have 30 days to make improvements in the county jail, as directed by the Ohio Department of Industrial Relations, or injunctive action will be taken to prohibit further occupancy. County citizens have turned down two bond issues to provide a new jail, and commissioners have been reluctant to spend money to modernize the 90-year-old building to today’s standards because of the great cost involved.

Mr. Walter Tredway, director of music at AHS, was the Kiwanis Club speaker at the Thursday noon luncheon. He challenged the members to think about the needs and rewards of a new auditorium to serve the community.

The Archbold Fire Department was summoned Saturday evening at 7:50 pm to the Denver Stamm farm three miles northwest of town, where fire was discovered under the barn floor.

Sunday morning at 11:50 am, the rescue squad was called to St. John’s United Church of Christ, where pastor Clarence Higgins became ill and was taken to Wauseon Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Elton Rufenacht, Stryker, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday in the Social Room of Lockport Mennonite Church.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1943

Robert L. Rupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rupp, was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve last week. He will go on active duty at one of the Navy’s air operational training centers before being assigned to a combat zone.

The Office of Censorship asks that newspapers not publish troop identifications, and asks parents and relatives not to reveal them in letters to soldiers. Don’t give the enemy anything that may lengthen the war.

If you know what ship a sailor is on, or what company or regiment a soldier is with overseas, then you know a military secret, warns the Office of Censorship in Washington, D.C.

Street commissioner C.F. (Tex) Grime discovered a novel method of cleaning the snow off main street - with the road grader, Sunday afternoon.

The top dairy cow brought $225 at the Lugbill Bros., bimonthly Dairy Cow Auction sale, Friday afternoon. About 90 cows were offered for sale.

Peter Eicher & Son gave a supper at the turkey dressing plant on Mechanic Street, in Archbold, Wednesday evening, to about 35 employees and turkey raisers in celebration of the end of the season. They devoured two 27-pound toms. The Eichers estimate during the 1942 season they butchered and dressed over 75,000 turkeys. The birds were dressed, ice-packed in barrels, and shipped to Detroit.

Horsemeat for human consumption was on sale at Cleveland last week for the first time.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1918

The house of Louis Ryan, farmer and auctioneer of near Advance, Fulton County, was all but totally demolished by an explosion of natural gas at 10:30 am, Friday morning.

The upstairs windows were blown out and the downstairs doors and windows were demolished. One end of the house was ruined. One picture on a wall was broken, the curtains blown out the windows.

The Ryans were away at the time. The hired man, Layman Barnhardt, went to the house and smelled gas. The house was heated by a gas well.

Ryan went to the cellar to investigate and lighted a match, which caused the terrific explosion.

Barnhardt was severely burned and flesh fell from his face. Neighbors saw flames shoot from the windows 15 feet, but when they arrived there were no flames.

John Berthold, Jr., formerly of Archbold, was seriously injured when struck by a freight train at Swanton, Wednesday. He was discovered lying in the east of the depot and was given medical aid.

Mr. Sam Y. Rupp has broken all records in marketing heavy hogs. Saturday he marketed four straight hogs, which brought $241.60 or 16¢ the hundred. Combined weight was 1,510 pounds, or averaging 380 pounds each.

German Township has produced some weighty hogs, but this is the heaviest four recorded.

Miss Muriel Snow, formerly of Bryan, now a nurse in France, cabled her parents that there is no truth in the report a German prisoner struck and broke her arm. She is in good health.

Right in the coal country they are complaining of a shortage of coal. They say it is being shipped out of their territory. Governor Cox says the fuel administration is blundering in distributing of coal in Ohio.

Friday, Jan. 11, 1918

The buying of thrift stamps may start many people in the habit of saving something for a rainy day.

Foreigners do not need teaching in saving, they all know how. It is the American who spends all he gets and kicks because it is so little.

Mayor August Ruihley delivered his annual address to council. He recommended giving attention to the outlet of the north drainage ditch, providing grading for the streets leading to the new beet dump and the new plant of Standard Oil Co.

He also said Archbold’s bonded debt is slightly in excess of $61,000. Council must issue refunding bonds to meet obligations due, for which there is nothing available. Council is compelled to be more rigid in economy.

Mr. Joel Beck has started a former specialty that could become profitable. He raised an acre of broom corn. Having acquired the Althouse broom-making equipment, he and his son Vernon busy themselves making brooms during winter nights. They have more demand than supply.

The farmer who works into a specialty might become successful and profitable.

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