2018-03-07 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2008

Archbold and Pettisville school districts have used their allotments of snow days, and must now begin making up days missed.

David Deskins, Archbold superintendent, said the districts are allowed five calamity days each school year, including days cancelled due to weather.

Enough road salt remains to get through the rest of the winter, according to officials of the village of Archbold, German Township, Fulton County, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The emerald ash borer, an ash tree-killing insect from Asia, has been found in Archbold Woodland Park. Dennis Howell, village administrator, said when village workers were clearing a walking trail in the woods last month, they discovered an ash tree was killed by the borer.

Howell said in Memorial Park, the best shade trees are ash.

35th Wedding Anniversary– Eldor and Judyth (Cranson) Lohse, March 18, 1973

25th Wedding Anniversary– Peter and Luana (Beck) King, March 19, 1983

Honor Students–Jacquelyn Dunn, Lauren Rupp, Stephanie Saneholtz, Joshua Voll, Zachary Voll, Ohio Northern University; Megan Hesterman, Anna Strawn, Chelsea Holsopple, Christopher Sanford, Brittany Wyse, Kent State University; Kelby Beck, Cameron Ruffer, Capital University.

Seth Nofziger, an AHS senior, will participate in the All-State Choir, sponsored by the Ohio Music Association. He was selected to be part of a group of approximately 120 voices representing 600 school districts statewide.

According to Lowell Short, “a larger-than-usual group attended an Archbold breakfast in Florida, Thursday, Feb. 28. About 60 persons attended.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 1993

The Ohio Turnpike Commission voted Monday to build an interchange at Fulton Co. Rd. 24.

The interchange should be open to traffic by the end of 1994 or the beginning of 1995.

Press reports indicate a group formed to oppose the interchange. The Archbold Buckeye was unable to reach a spokesman for comment.

Students from Archbold, Wauseon, Fayette, and Napoleon may apply for tuitionfree enrollment at Pettisville Local Schools.

Archbold and Pettisville school districts are out of snow days after Mother Nature dumped 7 1/2 inches of show on the area, March 4.

The village has already received one new shipment of road salt. Tuckerman said the supply will be replenished.

A new library and gymnasium are in the future of Pettisville Local Schools.

They will be built with private funds by PSF, the Pettisville School Foundation. The new, 20,000 square foot section will be attached to the south side of the current building.

School board approved the use of the district elementary middle school and high school as disaster shelters.

American Red Cross asked for, and received, permission to use the buildings as shelters in case of disasters.

No one group is to blame for Fulton County Health Center financial woes, said Dean Beck, FCHC administrator.

Deaths–Gaylord J. Beck, 63, Archbold

An average of 40 teenagers per Sunday evening are using the facilities at The Outback, Archbold Young Alternatives.

Earn Degrees–Lauri Amos, Susan Cowell, University of Toledo.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 1968

Two science fairs affiliated with other districts in the United States and nearly a dozen friendly foreign nations are to be held at Archbold High School on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of this week.

The 18th Quadri-County Science Fair, representing the Northwestern Ohio counties of Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, and Putnam, and the Greater Ohio Science Fair, representing 60 counties of Ohio who have no other direct access to the National Science Fair system, will bring many new young people, instructors, parents, and sponsors to see the exhibits displayed in the gymnasium, auditorium, exhibit halls, and other rooms in Archbold High School.

Exhibits will be set up Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Exhibit Halls will be set up Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Exhibit Halls will be closed to the public and the exhibitors during the judging on Saturday morning. The halls will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, 1-9 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm. The awards programs will be held Saturday evening.

Judges are chosen from universities, laboratories, educators, and professional men and women, and from the military services. Most come from the tri-state area.

Two finalist awards– one boy and one girl– from each of the two fairs will result in sending four young people to the 19th International Science Fair in Detroit, Mich., May 15-18. These young people receive many more honors and often find their hopes for further education advanced.

Bonita Nofziger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Nofziger, 204 Depot Street, has been transferred from the United Air Lines offices at Newark, N.J., to Chicago, Ill. Since receiving her wings as an airline hostess after graduating from the United Training School in Chicago, Miss Nofziger has been serving as a stewardess operating out of Newark.

Roselyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Aeschliman, Archbold, and Rachel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Nafziger, Wauseon, are members of the 49-voice a cappella Goshen College Choir and will tour 11 days covering 2,800 miles through the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

Sp. 4 Stephen M. Rice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rice, will arrive home Thursday from Valley Forge General Hospital for a 30-day convalescence after amputation surgery from fighting in Vietnam.

Dean’s List–John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Fraas, Ashland College.

Deaths– Aaron D. Frey, 85; Harvey King, 83; Mattie Hartman, 85, Archbold; Gustve Goertz, 75, Pettisville

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 1943

The present financial condition of the Archbold public school is perhaps in the lowest condition it has seen in a number of years. There are funds enough to operate the school and pay a few bills during the course of the school year. But, at present, there are bills outstanding to the amount of $4,000.

The Byron Allison farm auction, near Stryker, attracted many interested bidders. Frank Chappius, who is an adjoining property owner, bid $198 per acre for the 49.90-acre farm.

Charles Marzolf, a nearby farmer, has been appointed caretaker of the new Harrison Lake, near Zone. He received the appointment from Don Waters, commissioner of conservation of Ohio.

The new lake is 110 acres. It has been filling with water for several months, and the water has been tumbling over the spillway for some time.

Mr. Marzolf sold 52 acres of his farm to the state to help form the lake. The state plans to build one of two shelterhouses this summer. Rowboats will be allowed on the lake, but each boat must be licensed at a cost of $1. There are lots available for construction of cottages. The lake has been stocked with blue gill, perch, and black bass.

A countywide tin can drive starts this week to secure necessary metals for the war effort. Trevor Davies of the WPB met with a committee here last week to prepare plans for the Fulton County Tin Can Collection.

Housewives are asked to have flattened cans at the curb in front of their houses the morning of March 16, when the village truck will pick them up. Rural homes are asked to send their cans with schoolchildren on March 12, 15, 16. Trucks will pick them up at various schools.

Cans should be washed, labels removed, ends placed inside of the cans and flattened. Rusty cans are of no value.

A large portion of the salvaged tins will be used for canning foods to be shipped to the armed forces overseas; nearly all raw tin is in the hands of the enemy. Every single can will help the war effort.

A new high was reached, $262, for a milk cow at the Lugbill Livestock Auction. A total of 127 cows were sold by the end of the sale at six o’clock.

The home Victory Garden program for 1943 is the most vital civilian undertaking in the entire war effort.

The Vernier McLaughlin Probeck Company said from now until the last of this year, the fruit and vegetable garden will be of first priority.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 5, 1918

Archbold High Gets Second Place In Big State Tournament

Archbold High’s basketball team returned from Delaware, Ohio, Saturday evening, where they made a wonderful record at the state tournament at Ohio Wesleyan University.

First opponent was Ashley High. Archbold won 27-10. Next was undefeated New Philadelphia. Archbold won 19-17. Next was undefeated Lorain High. Archbold fooled them, 19-12.

In the last game, Mt. Vernon had the lead by five points. With 30 seconds left, the score was 20-20. A Mt. Vernon player made a long shot just as time was called. Our man fouled him and he made the free throw, 23-20.

In five years, Mt. Vernon was an undefeated team at the tournament, and won the state title three times.

Not enough credit can be given Archbold High. There were 32 teams in the tournament, most of them large city schools with a wealth of material from which to choose players. Archbold went through the tournament with five players.

The large schools had plenty of substitutes to relieve players; Archbold had none. Archbold played as a team and forgot individuality, and accomplished the unbelievable. Archbold made a record for the village.

The trip proved to be an educational venture for the team, who learned much by watching other teams play. Archbold did not attract much attention until they defeated New Philadelphia. From then, they gained favor of the audience until the final contest, excepting Mt. Vernon rooters. Archbold was cheered by the entire audience, including the student body of Ohio Wesleyan University.

The team received excellent treatment and the event will be long remembered by the visitors. Although the team did not bring back any trophies, they gave Archbold High a still-greater reputation in basketballdom in the state and one of the best teams in the state of Ohio.

Fred Lehman, 26, a young Fulton County farmer, was committed to the penitentiary shortly after a motion for a new trial in the common pleas court at Wauseon was overruled. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor without parole.

He was found guilty of having shot to death his 23- year-old wife, Grace.

Thrift stamps are now on sale at numerous business places around town. Those who wish to contribute to the support of the war in Europe may patriotically purchase the stamps in any quantity desired.

Friday, March 8, 1918

The amount of electricity used to pump the water for Archbold waterworks has been alarming to the members of the Board of Public Affairs.

Upon investigation, it has been discovered that the valves of both pumps have become worn and the amount of water lifted is not satisfactory. The valves have not been replaced since the plant was rebuilt.

Citizens are using the city water more than ever, and the pumps must be taken apart one at a time and new valves replaced. During winter months, patrons used more water than during any of the summer months, perhaps because the water was permitted to drip from the faucets on cold nights to prevent freezing.

One citizen said water rates are cheaper than plumber bills, and that’s the reason he and other citizens let water faucets drip on cold nights.

Citizens need have no fear of lack of fire protection, as the tank on the truck is kept filled at all times. A full tank will run two lines of hose for several hours.

A.G. Seigel, a councilman, requested that the proper council committee take a look at the road that runs east from the Flory Corners. The road is in extremely bad condition. If there is any gravel on that road it has disappeared. The committee will look in to it.

Council has the usual trouble of dodging from fund to fund to have enough money to pay bills. Several funds, including the health fund, are exhausted. The person who maintains the village cemetery wants his money each week instead of monthly. The new village treasurer, Andrew Shibler, was present with the books of the village. It was the first time a village treasurer attended a council meeting in many moons.

Mayor Ruihley reported the state boiler inspector has presented a bill for $6 for inspecting the Town Hall boiler. He also ordered some changes in construction of the boiler.

Since bakers are unable to get spring wheat flour, Archbold bakers have suspended bread making. Bread is being shipped to Archbold from nearby towns.

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