2018-05-16 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Archbold Area School District will need additional money in the form of a property tax levy by 2011, according to Christine Ziegler, district treasurer.

The financial information comes from a five-year financial forecast required by the state of Ohio.

Ziegler, David Deskins, superintendent, and board members pointed out the five-year financial forecast is a planning document– a “work in progress,” said Scott Miller, board president.

Ziegler said trying to plan more than two years into the future “is total speculation.”

Pettisville and Stryker high schools will hand out 92 diplomas, Sunday, May 25.

Like most graduating seniors, Heaven Randolph, Pettisville, will prepare to move away from home.

But it won’t be her first time. From September 2006 through June 2007, she lived, worked, and studied in Washington, D.C., as a congressional page for congressman Paul Gillmor.

“It was exciting. I never really thought I’d like living in the city, but I really loved it,” she said.

The Archbold Area School Board approved cafeteria price increases at the middle school. David Deskins, superintendent, said milk has been 30¢ for several years; the board increased it to 40¢.

Also he said, the middle school cafeteria serves high school-sized lunch portions for $1.90. The price will increase to $2, equal to a high school lunch.

Rainfall spaced every other day last week has impeded corn planting, said Greg LaBarge, county extension agent.

Two AHS seniors received music awards at the recent Pops Concert. Jonathan Pole received the Louis Armstrong Award and Claire Graber received the John Philip Sousa Award. Tim Booth is the director of bands.

Honor Students – Sarah Beck, Andrea Bowman, Lara Gautsche, Katrina Lehman, all of Archbold, and Michelle Yoder, Pettisville, Eastern Mennonite University; Chase Schultz, United States Coast Guard Academy: Leah Gautsche, Mercy College of Northwest Ohio.

Deaths – Dale King, 90, Stryker; Winonah Sanford, 87, Stryker; Dora Gericke, 93, Defiance; Marjorie Taylor, 88, Wauseon.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 19, 1993

Members of the Fulton County Farm Bureau and the Land Acquisition Committee have not given up efforts to stop the development of a bicycle and hiking trail along the abandoned Maumee-to-Montpelier Railroad Corridor.

Marcy Kaptur, congressman, called for both sides of the issue to meet and come to compromise agreements.

“Marcy wants us to get together. What are we going to talk about,” said Richard Grieser, president of the Land Acquisition Committee.

“We want to talk about buying it.”

Fulton County Commissioners have not signed papers or approved bids, but S.W. Johnson Company, Maumee, was the apparent low bidder for the Co. Rd. 22 truck bypass project.

The bypass will see portions of Co. Rd. 22 from Barre Road in Archbold to US20A handle heavy truck traffic in and out of Archbold, particularly to the Sauder Woodworking Company.

Archbold High School will graduate its 102nd graduating class Sunday. Included among the 96 class members are five foreign exchange students who will receive certificates.

Opening the program is Tammy Overmier, class secretary, who will give the welcome.

Dean and Colleen Zaerr sold their Archbold restaurants to Barbara Erbskorn as of May 10. The two restaurants are the Home Restaurant, located on North Defiance Street in downtown Archbold, and Home Away From Home, located on South Defiance Street in the Lugbill Addition.

The Zaerrs have sold their home and will move to Pineville, La., later his month. Their son, Troy, and his wife and family make their home in the area. Zaerr said the two restaurants employ about 20 full- and part-time employees.

New open enrollment laws should prove a boost to Pettisville Local schools next school year.

While neither student gain nor loss has been finalized, Stephen Switzer, superintendent, anticipates some real growth in terms of student enrollment. So far, tentative acceptance has been extended to 37 students.

At this time, Switzer said, only four Pettisville students have applied at neighboring districts. Superintendents have agreed to share such information to assist each other through a difficult planning period.

Last week, the Archbold girls softball team completed the NWOAL season with a perfect 7-0 mark when Susan Pape pitched a five-hitter in the Streaks’ 6-0 win over Wauseon. “We are really happy to wrap up the league title,” said Barb Short, head coach.

College graduates–Matthew Rychener and W. Matthew Wyse, Anderson University; Stephanie Leu, Nations Institute; Anita Sengupta, University of Michigan.

Deaths–Violet S. Towers, 93, Bryan; C.D. (Chet) Gisel, 82, Wauseon.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 22, 1968

Graduation ceremonies at Pettisville High School are Sunday, May 26, when 42 students will receive diplomas.

Kristen Lantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lantz, Pettisville, was among 100 students honored at the 28th annual Recognition Day ceremonies at Bowling Green State University, Sunday, May 19.

Miss Lantz was presented the Francis W. Treadway Award as the senior pre-law major with the highest point average. She is the second recipient of the award.

School officials on the campus of El Cajon Junior College banned bare feet, tattered sweat-shirts, shorts, t-shirts, floppy shoes, and similar attire.

The Archbold High School band presented the Spirit of ‘76. Mark Pape, Steve Storrer, and Jerry Zuver appeared in 1700 fife and drum costumes.

Graduation ceremonies for the Pettisville High School Class of 1968 are Sunday, May 26, when 42 seniors receive diplomas. Dale Wyse, pastor of Inlet Mennonite Church, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon. The commencement address will be given in two parts by members of the graduating class.

Jon D. Fielitz will spend ten weeks this summer in Appalachia at a Community Center. He is sponsored by the regional office of the Office of Economic Opportunity as part of the anti-poverty program in Eastern Kentucky.

Mark Mignin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mignin, was presented the grand champion trophy at the Pinewood Derby by Mr. Richard Grime, committee chairman of Cub Scout Pack 263, Sunday afternoon in Ruihley Park. Judges were Myrl Sauder, Ralph Heer, and Don Sommers.

Stanley Buehrer has accepted a position with the Winnebago Children’s Home, Neillsville, Wis. He will be supervisor of vocational and recreational activities. He will assume duties June 17.

Rita Rohrs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rohrs, is valedictorian of the Ridgeville High School senior class. Robert Boelter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boelter, is salutatorian.

Deaths–Raymond A. Grime, 64, Archbold.

College degree–Edgar Dean Beck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Verden Beck, Defiance College.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 19, 1943

Commencement exercises for the 1943 graduating class of 46 students will open with baccalaureate services in the high school auditorium on Sunday evening, May 23, at 8 pm. Rev. R.E. Springer, pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, will deliver the sermon. Special musical numbers also will appear on the program.

The following evening, Monday, May 24, commencement exercises will be held at 8:30 pm. Mr. Frank Slutz, an educator and lecturer from Dayton, will deliver the address.

In a change from former years, there will be no reserved seats for either of the above exercises. There will be plenty of seats for all who come.

Within less than two hours, 20 conscientious objectors from southern Ohio and Pennsylvania were given work on farms in Lenawee County. They were taken to Adrian in custody of a government probation officer to be interviewed by farmers of Lenawee County and operators of dairy farms. The 20 were soon assigned, and 30 more applications filed for more men to come to that county.

The Archbold post office will distribute information Thursday, May 20, to enable all citizens to fill out necessary postal card application blanks for the issuance of War Ration Book No. 3. All citizens have from June 1-10 to get the necessary application card sent into the Columbus office.

Pvt. Menno R. Hausch told Community Commercial Club members about the battles around Gafis in North Africa, Thursday evening.

He spoke of the work of American soldiers, the attitude of German and Italian prisoners who were brought back to the US, and the boat that Menno returned on after being wounded while at the front near Gafis.

Before the Fulton County grand jury in session at Wauseon, Monday, two indictments for second degree manslaughter were returned against E. Dominique of Wauseon, growing out of an automobile accident in which the lives of Arnold Gottschalk, Wauseon, and Mrs. Ethel Dowell, Toledo, were lost. Dominique is said to have driven on the wrong side of the road to avoid hitting another, and crashed into the Dowell machine. Gottschalk died a week ago. George H. Howard, Wauseon, was foreman of the grand jury.

Willard G. Miller was the high bidder for the Mrs. Celia Flory’s residence and extra lot on North Defiance Street, paying $4,685 for the well located and modern home. The extra lot facing Ditto Street was included in the deal.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 14, 1918

Olen Grime will represent Archbold High School at the big state track and field meet at Ohio State University on Friday and Saturday.

Detroit, Mich., is now the largest dry city in the United States. It is reported the city is losing much population of thirsty people.

After paying for chicken feed, E.C. Sullinger, of Wauseon, reports a profit of ten dollars a week from 250 hens kept on a town lot.

Ninety-four men are to leave Fulton County for the different branches of the military service by May 25. By the close of the year, it is estimated that 800 men from Fulton County will be in uniform.

Wauseon council has given poolroom owners permission to remain open one hour longer, Saturday evenings.

Jake Leatherman was up in the Woolworth building in New York City. They shoot you to the top in a big cartridge that scoots upward though a big gun barrel to 1,000 feet.

It reminded Jake of the time he went up to the top of a tall monument to listen if he could hear the angels singing.

The monument is 60 feet square at the base and is built of solid masonry of sacred traditions. Jake says the elevator makes one feel heavy going up, but one’s heart feels as though it were going to sneeze when coming down.

William Wells of Tipton, Mich., saved his wheat for 20 years. The authorities found 7,000 bushels in his bins. Much of it was spoiled. Wells is to be examined for his sanity.

Charles Robasser was sentenced from one to 20 years in the Ohio Penitentiary by judge Wolf at Wauseon, Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to having shot his son while in a drunken frenzy.

Friday, May 17, 1918

Next week is commencement week in the Archbold schools. It means the completion of 12 years of schoolwork for eight young men and women. They are Otha Short, Dorothy Hallett, Vesta Frey, Louella Lindau, Harry Jepson, Walter Bernath, Vernon Nofziger, and Byrl Swisher.

Archbold firemen tested the pressure of the waterworks plant Saturday evening. They discovered a stream could be thrown 30 feet over the Archbold Elevator. All firemen were shown the location of the rope to pull for the fire whistle at the Grist Mill. With such modern equipment and a thorough knowledge by the firemen, they will be able to protect village property. The village now needs a hook and ladder wagon.

Families to whom graham bread was an occasional luxury now find the bread more wholesome than white bread. The bran in the flour helps give the digestive apparatus something to keep it out of mischief. Many stomach troubles disappear when black bread is eaten.

At the end of the seven years war, the most noted of Germany’s generals had fallen, hosts of officers had disappeared, the land was untilled, the seed corn was eaten, and men hunted men for food.

Men in khaki and navy blue are sacrificing brilliant careers and risking their lives to make this country– your country– a safe place to live, and to make the world safe for democracy.

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