2018-02-07 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

The person who stole two Road Closed signs and barricades last week created a deadly situation.

Dan Leininger, German Township road superintendent, said water was across Co. Rd. G. Two Closed To Through Traffic road signs were placed at the intersections of Co. Rd. G and 24, and Co. Rd. G and 25-2. Later that evening, both signs, barricades, and the battery-operated flashing yellow lights were gone.

Overall property valuation of Pettisville Local School District fell the past year by just over $1.5 million, according to Steve Switzer, superintendent.

Total valuation for property tax purposes in the 2006 tax year was $443,231,065.

January pool tournament winners at Wyse Commons were Hank Schweinhagen, Ron Ruffer, Archie Fielitz.

Vernon and Marie Frey were named February Residents of the Month at Fairlawn Haven.

Damian Short, 5th grade, Archbold Middle School, and Travis Jaramillo, 6th grade, advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference Grade School Wrestling State Championships, March 28-30, at Ohio University.

With the help of a state school-building program, the Pettisville Local School District could construct a new school with just under 90,000 square feet of interior space, according to Steve Switzer, superintendent.

Libby Cerda and Samantha Boger were dressed as cowgirls for the Pettisville kindergarten 100-Day celebration, according to a photograph.

A home located on Co. Rd. K north of Pettisville was declared a total loss after a Sunday, Feb. 10 fire. It was owned by Howard Dennis.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1993

Archbold School Board voted to ask voters for a 1.4-mill tax levy to fund construction of a new building and for operation of the McLaughlin Memorial Library. In a rare 4-1 split vote, school board members voted to put the levy on the May primary ballot.

Erie Sauder, founder of Sauder Woodworking Co., Sauder Manufacturing, and Sauder Village, will receive the Ohio Governor’s Award at the 60th annual Ohio Newspaper Association Convention in Columbus, Feb. 19.

An informal session on the school income tax option by the Pettisville Board of Education Monday night, turned into a lesson on school financing for most of the 26 district residents in attendance.

Archbold has a new weekend hangout for teens, the “Outback Youth Center,” a non-profit venture located in the former Paul’s Harness Shop, in the Lugbill Addition.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission approved new interchanges for two highways in the state, but St. Rt. 66, Archbold, was not one of them.

Carla Rupp was a panelist, Feb. 6, on the CEP IV Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management Syndrome X program at the University of Findlay. She is the nutrition educational coordinator at Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Mahlon and Irene (Liechty) Miller, Feb. 21, 1943

Matt Baer, AHS ‘88, son of John and Cathi, began a one-year term of voluntary service with the Mennonite Board of Missions as a home repair worker at Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona, in Tucson.

Rachel Sauder, AHS ‘92, is a member of the Auburn University indoor track team.

Deaths–Glada Marie Richards, 77, Wakarusa, Ind.; Frances E. Short, 90, Orlando, Fla.; Jeanette Burlison, 58, Wauseon; Rose McCrory, 91, Toledo

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1968

No trace has been found of Herman W. Kurtz, 46, formerly of Williams County, who escaped last Tuesday from the Marion Correctional Institution.

Kurtz was serving a life sentence on two charges of second-degree murder. He drove away from the Marion institution in a state-owned truck, Feb. 6.

Kurtz was sentenced to life in prison for the shotgun slaying of his wife’s grandmother, Mrs. Emma Harrigan, 85, and his brother-in-law, Lloyd (Bud) Harris, 32, at their Archbold home.

According to the latest tabulation, Fulton County has an abundance of retail stores available to the local population.

For its size, it supports and maintains more stores than do many communities across the country. There are 234 retail establishments in the county that employ one or more persons.

The Sterling Store has been moved from Stryker Street to 103 North Defiance Street. It has 23 locations in Northwest Ohio.–adv.

Ohio’s first large-scale nuclear electric power plant will be constructed northeast of Oak Harbor on the shores of Lake Erie.

The site is subject to review and approval of the Atomic Energy Commission. Toledo Edison estimates it will cost approximately $138 million.

Maynard Sauder broke his left leg above the ankle while skiing near West Liberty on his father-in-law’s farm, Mr. and Mrs. John Yoder, Saturday.

In cold and windy conditions, workmen completed construction yesterday of the 308-foot radio tower for Archbold’s new radio station, WHFD. It will operate on 95.9 megacycles.

Irene Boyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Boyer, has been named the Homemaker of Tomorrow at Ridgeville Corners High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rice and children returned Monday evening from visiting their son, SP4 Stephen Rice, at Phoenixville, Pa., where he is a patient at Valley Forge Hospital.

The Archbold Fire Department was called to Sauder Woodworking Company, Monday afternoon, where an ill employee was taken to the local medical office.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– In the good old days, prosperous farmers built large barns. Today there is little need for large barns..... Crime in the streets will be a major problem this summer. There is no easy solution to the problem..... Striking teamsters in Detroit have been offered a $30-a-week wage increase.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1943

Forty-four more Fulton County men were inducted in the first February call; some go into the Marines and Navy and will leave Camp Perry Saturday.

A new product with the trade name of “Soya-B-Nuts” is being packaged and tested by La Choy Food Products throughout the Midwest. It is made from edible soybeans.

La Choy is adding new items and increasing its facilities to get new products on the market quickly. They will start soon to contract tomatoes and other vegetable products with local farmers.

The third annual Youth Rally sponsored by the GGGs, a young peoples’ organization at the Defenseless Mennonite Church, will be held in the church Saturday night and Sunday.

The 10th annual observance of Brotherhood Week, sponsored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, will be held Feb. 19-28 throughout the nation.

Twenty-three years ago, in 1920, Roy F. Snyder, Chicago, forged two checks totaling $900 on Fulton County farmers. He was caught, arrested, placed in jail, escaped, went to Chicago where he lived under an assumed name, and last week, was caught by Sheriff Lester Irwin, Wauseon, and returned to this county for trial.

Ensign Robert L. Rupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rupp and Miss Virginia Buehrer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Buehrer, were married Thursday evening at the Methodist Church. Reuben Short, pastor, Defenseless Mennonite Church, performed the ceremony, witnessed by 150 guests.

One of a number of meetings throughout the county to promote a closer relationship between public education and American industry was held Tuesday at Bowling Green State University.

The Blue Streaks won their third straight Class B basketball game in the local gym Monday evening by defeating Lyons 43-31.

Three Archbold soldiers– Owen Hayes, Victor Merillat and Richard Polite– met recently in New Caledonia in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.

All citizens of this community are being solicited to contribute to a National Red Cross Drive for funds of $10,600 during March.

Community Commercial Club officers expect a record crowd at the annual Ladies Night Banquet, Friday evening.

100 Years Ago

Because W.O. Taylor’s son, Orrin, is confined at home suffering with small pox, all family members are quarantined, so the Archbold Buckeye will not be published until Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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