2018-07-11 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Brian Dunn, campaign manager for the Ohio Healthy Families Coalition, said last week he would like to know the name of the company that has decided not to move to Archbold.

Kevin Sauder, chief executive officer of Sauder Woodworking, said last week the unknown company was in negotiations with his firm “to buy or lease our Barre Road plant and set up manufacturing there.” Sauder said, “We are in the process of moving out of the front half of the building, as we are consolidating our RTA manufacturing from four Archbold factories to three.”

Archbold’s 29th annual Carp Festival benefited from good weather Friday, and business picked up after rain clouds vanished on Saturday.

The Archbold Board of Zoning Appeals granted variances to Lugbill Brothers, Inc., for a proposed office building in the Archbold Industrial Park.

The firm is proposing to construct the building for the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, which would lease space to Northwest Ohio Computer Association. Plans call for the building to be built on the south side of Nolan Parkway on a nine-acre site.

Golden Wedding Anniversaries– Roger and Karen (Mohr) Grieser, July 19, 1958; Ralph and Carolyn Metzler, July 5, 1958; Harley and Donna (Miller) Burkholder, July 19, 1958

The Archbold Fire Department spent about eight hours at the Sauder Woodworking co-generation power plant monitoring a sawdust fire, Sunday, July 13.

Members of the Lockport Mennonite Church congregation dedicated a new gazebostyle shelter on church property June 15 in honor of Walter Stuckey, former pastor.

Pettisville School Board held lengthy discussions about funding for the proposed new school.

Board members reviewed various ways they could raise the money needed for the local share of a new school building.

Deaths–Esther L. Arnos, 84, Stryker.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 14, 1993

The Archbold Area School Board put off a decision on the levy amount on Nov. 2 ballot. “As for cash reserves, at the end of 1994, we will be without any,” said Ken Cline, superintendent.

The storm that hit Archbold about 8 pm, Friday, July 9, was not a tornado, said Richard Erbskorn, fire chief. “What we came up with was heavy wind. Personally, I didn’t see any evidence of a tornado.”

Roger Pinkelman, who lives on Short Buehrer Road across from Zion Mennonite Church, has evidence to dispute the straight-line wind determination.

Nine German Township residents and two Clinton Township residents attended the German Township Trustees meeting, Monday evening, to ask questions about the proposed turnpike interchange at Co. Rd. 24.

The village of Archbold will borrow about $1.4 million next year to meet commitments for capital improvement projects.

A new public library will not be in the near future for Archbold-area residents after all, since there will not be a library levy at the polls this fall.

At this point, said Joyce Klingelsmith, librarian, the board tabled the levy decision until an unspecified date.

Archbold will be a hub of activity this weekend for its 14th annual Carp Fest.

From sidewalk bargains to fish dinners, country music to children games, sports tournaments to horseshoe pitching, a morning run and go-kart races, the four-day event offers something for everyone.

Williams County received a $540,000 grant July 6 from the state of Ohio to get a good start on funds to construct a wood-covered bridge over the Tiffin River, just east of Lockport Mennonite Church. The site is within two miles of the Fulton-Williams County line.

The McLaughlin Memorial Library Board of Trustees bought a fifth of an acre lot and buildings directly east of the current library for $50,000. The property was sold by Bessie Wyse Frey Nofziger.

Brenda Schleunes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Pursel, wrote a play related to the Holocaust. The 60-minute performance is based on the true-life story of a Polish woman.

40th Wedding Anniversary– Aden and Juanita (Kissling) Storrer, July 18, 1953

50th Wedding Anniversaries– Robert M. and Lela (Zimmerman) Shinaberry, July 3, 1943; Dale and Doris (Lugbill) Britsch, July 11, 1943

Amy Rich, 18, daughter of John and Sarah, received honorable mention in the April 1993 Cricket League International Art Competition.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 17, 1968

A terrific summer storm of wind, thunder, and lightning, accompanied by a downpour of rain, dumped 1.9 inches of water on the Archbold community at about 4 pm, Saturday afternoon. A second storm hit about 5:20 pm, Monday evening, accompanied by hail and lightning.

Robert Hausch, Joe Nofziger, William Buehrer, Robert Buehrer, Richard Spiess, and Wayne Spiess started from Ely, Minn., June 23, and entered Canada at Prairie Portage for a one-week canoe and camping trip through Quetico Provincial Park, which has 12,550 square miles without roads or cabins.

Andrew Carl Kaufmann was discharged July 12 after serving four years in the U.S. Marines. He served with the 1371 Combat Engineers in Vietnam for 13 months and previously spent six months in Puerto Rico. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kaufmann.

Glenn Galloway, vocational agriculture teacher at Archbold High School, was one of nine teachers honored at a state conference at Ohio State University. He received a gold watch in recognition of 30 years teaching of vocational agriculture in Ohio.

Wesley Liechty, 45, owner and manager of Liechty Motors, was appointed a dealership for Chrysler-Plymouth products.–adv.

Northwest Ohio’s newest post high school facility, the Four County Technical Institute, Archbold, will open in September.

Full-time and part-time students are expected to enroll from all sections of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Some students will need housing. Interested persons who will provide room service may contact the institute.

The Detwiler Hospital board of trustees has taken an option on approximately 20 acres of land on South Shoop Ave., directly across from the present hospital building.

Deaths–Mary Fether, 85, Archbold; Louis E. Dominique, 48, Archbold; Leona Scheer, 64, Stryker

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 14, 1943

Robert M. Snowberger, 22, won his Navy Wings of Gold and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve following flight training at the Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola, Fla.

Fulton County residents are putting their extra dollars this month into “Shangri La” the Navy’s new 130 million dollar mystery ship to bomb Tokyo and avenge Pearl Harbor.

A one-armed man, Amos Steadham, 19, of Nockdoches, Texas, is now serving a 90-day term in the Toledo workhouse for attempting to wreck train No. 8 on the Wabash Railroad near Blakeslee by placing scrap iron on the tracks.

His attempt to wreck the crowded passenger train was discovered 45 minutes before the train was due through Blakeslee.

Jerome Flory, a crossing watchman at the North Defiance Street crossing, reports 1,897 cars and trucks passed between the hours of 8 am to 5 p.m.

George Grime has been appointed stockyards and depot groundskeeper for the New York Central Railroad. He will have the keeping of the stock pens and the care of the depot yard. Perhaps he will give the place a better appearance.

The next contingent of draftees called for induction July 15 will go to Toledo for final physical examination. The call is not as large as usual.

Farmers around Holgate received $34,000 for growing peas this season for the St. Marys Packing Co.

J.C. Markey, president of Aro Manufacturing Corp., of Bryan, announced a system of payment to former employees now in the armed services. The system ranges from $10 to $200 dependent on the length of service.

Two men were working day and night to win the battle over heavy rain, and had two bits of hard luck over in Henry County.

While Ray Fahringer was engaged in plowing with a tractor, the plow unfastened from the tractor. When he started to hook the plow again the beam caught his left leg, throwing him to the ground and fracturing his leg.

While his brother was attempting to help, the plow again slipped and broke his brother’s leg.

Brigadier General Carl R. Gray, Jr., in Africa, has announced that Charles A. Fraser, of this community, formerly a locomotive fireman on the Montpelier division of the Wabash Railroad, is now firing a French locomotive somewhere in North Africa.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 9, 1918

Quite a number of children and grandchildren of Grandma Spengler called on her at her home in Pettisville, July 5, to honor her 92nd birthday.

There was a good crowd at the Reformed Sunday School Picnic in Rufenacht’s Woods, July 4.

A son was born July 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rychener of Pettisville.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Short spent Sunday in Toledo.

Since Michigan has become dry, many strange faces are seen on the streets in Archbold nearly every day.

The Woman’s Missionary Society of the Reformed Church will meet with Mrs. C.D. Snyder, Thursday evening.

The Fourth was a quiet day in Archbold. Quite a number of thirsty men from the west visited the village during the day and evening. They all seemed anxious to get out of town as quickly as possible. There was no disorder and not much of anything else. Few business places were open. The Archbold Buckeye force spent the holiday getting out the Friday newspaper.

At about 2 pm, Monday morning, men working in the bakery saw a man attempting to break in the rear of the Nofziger Garage. The would-be burglar was slow at the job, and spent some time prying at the doors and windows. Nightwatchman Alva Nofziger was soon on the job. He fired five shots in the direction of the prowler. The man ran over a pile of coal and through the lots and disappeared. Several citizens were witness to the incident.

Some 80 ladies of the Amish-Mennonite congregations gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Wyse, Thursday, to sew for the Belgians. They will meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Short today and at the home of Mrs. Jonas Short, Thursday.

Mr. E.F. Nofzinger and family and Mr. and Mrs. George Claire spent the Fourth at Devil’s Lake.

I am adding a shoe-repairing outfit in connection with my harness business. Hoping for your patronage.–Andrew Shibler.–adv.

Friday, July 12, 1918

Fifty registrants of the Class of 1918 have received notice to appear before the Fulton County Draft Board at Wauseon on Tuesday, July 16 at 9 o’clock for physical examination. Of the 50, 10 are from this vicinity.

The tomato crop promises to be a good one.

Grocery men feel the effect of the gardens upon their business. The little old backyard garden produces many meals for the table.

Kansas has been dry so long the jails and poor houses are empty. Less than half the population of Kansas has ever seen a saloon.

The rain of yesterday afternoon came in time to save the pasture and give some of the crops a boost. Potatoes are now making fair promise.

In a swail east of the NYC depot, a coot is rearing six young coots. They look much like a bantam hen and chicks. The mother coot has long legs, webbed feet, a bill two inches long, and is of dark brown color. The young coots are black. Careful persons may sometimes see them feeding along the beach between the water and the cattails.

Mr. Shellito has moved his candy pail stave factory to a point about nine miles north of Archbold, where he is turning out staves as usual.

The Catholic Church will hold its annual picnic in Joseph Grime’s Woods, just west of town, Sunday. Everybody invited to attend.–adv.

The rain we had last week made much money, but you can also make money by trading at the Sanitary Market & Grocery.–adv.

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