2018-09-12 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

The Archbold Planning Commission decided it didn’t need to make a decision about a group home project on Sylvanus Street, because it’s not a group home.

Fulfilling Housing, Inc. a non-profit corporation that’s an offshoot of the Filling Home of Mercy, Napoleon, plans to construct a fourbedroom, two-bathroom home for four persons with developmental disabilities on Sylvanus Street.

John Downey, president of the Archbold Educational Association, questioned the wisdom of the Archbold Area School Board in deciding to set aside 1.8 mills for a permanent improvement fund.

Nevertheless, the board went ahead with the move, which will redirect about $390,000 per year from the district general fund to a permanent improvement fund.

The Pettisville FFA chapter held its annual pond party meeting, Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Tim and Theresa Lantz house.

Trishton Rash, Fayette, had the 4-H grand and reserve champion goats at the 2008 Ohio State Fair. Rebecca Rash received first place in the 12-15-year-old goat showmanship competition. She also received first place in the goat skillathon for 14- year-olds, with two grand champions.

AJ and Ashley Short show off their skill with bungee cords during the Fulton County Fair in a photograph.

At the Fulton County Junior Fair Sale, Tuesday, Sept. 8, donations totaled $194,090.

With the market value of the animals included, the sale totaled $254,836.32.

Shuffleboard tournament winners at Fairlawn Haven: Doyle Short, first; Russ McQuillin, second; Dale Gautsche, third.

Headline–Murbach Street Home, Cars Burglarized

Deaths – Erma Lucille Short, 98, Archbold; Shirley M. Lugbill, 79, Archbold; Gloria Rodriguez, 57, Archbold

The RIDGE Project hosts Join The Abstinence Movement, Sunday, Sept. 21, in the high school auditorium. Three nationally - known speakers and musical performances are featured. No charge.

Dedication of the Lockport Mennonite Church was held Aug. 23, 1908, with 850 people in attendance and 161 buggies at the hitching posts.

Today’s membership hopes to match the same number of people– not horse and buggies– at the 100th anniversary service Sunday.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1993

Student numbers are up at Archbold Area Schools and Pettisville Local Schools.

Early enrollment data showed a 25-student increase at Archbold over last year while the student body at Pettisville grew by 38. Both districts added staff to meet student needs.

Open enrollment students account for the boost at Pettisville. Archbold’s growth comes from within the district.

By unanimous vote, the Archbold Board of Education approved a 2.1% salary increase for its superintendent and three building principals Monday night. The action followed an hour and a half executive session.

Archbold Planning Commission members looked at plans for a proposed building at 815 East Lutz Road for a physical therapy clinic, Monday night. The group agreed the project will need a conditional use or land use zoning change.

John Rosebrock of Rupp & Rosebrock Construction, Liberty Center, showed drawings for the project. Ross Wyse owns the land where the clinic may be located. Rosebrock did not name the operators of the proposed clinic, but they will lease the building. Rosebrock wants to start building the complex next fall.

Fifteen more animals were sold at the County Junior Livestock Sale than last year, but total receipts for the sale were down $2,916.22. A total of 613 animals were sold for $175,189.50.

Fulton County Road 22, north from Barre Road (Co. Rd. C) to St. Rt. 20A, is now open to semi truck traffic. The rebuilt road will serve as a truck route around north and east Archbold.

A loss of 30 Fulton County farms in 1992 continued a long-term downtrend.

Jack and Jane Rimbey, Archbold, purchased at public auction a home at 401 North Defiance Street from the Orrin R. Taylor estate for $66,000.

The Farmers & Merchants State Bank purchased at public auction a home at 300 Ditto Street from Madalyn Stanforth and Marilyn Smith for $40,000.

The Archbold High School Class of 1973 met for a 20- year reunion dinner on Saturday evening, July 24, in Montpelier.

45th Wedding Anniversary– Edward and Miriam (Eash) Yoder, Sept. 12, 1948

Deaths–George L. Schroeder, 74, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1968

The Fulton Tube Division of Higbie Manufacturing Company is in the process of completing its fifth addition to the plant since the industry started here in 1958. The new addition will make the plant size approximately five acres under one roof.

The company has received increases in orders from all the major automotive manufacturers it supplies.

Lawrence Greenwald, 30, Rt. 2, Fayette, died of multiple injuries when his auto went out of control on Rt. 66, one mile south of Fayette, at 1:30 am, Sunday.

Machinist Mate Fireman Apprentice David A. Dominique, 19, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen J. Dominique, is serving aboard the fleet oiler USS Manatee off the coast of South Vietnam and on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin. Operating with the US Seventh Fleet, Manatee is responsible for delivering fuel, water, personnel, supplies and morale supporting movies to units of Navy, Coast Guard and Royal Australian Navy.

Since arriving in the Western Pacific, Manatee has replenished more than 210 ships with fuel oil, jet fuel, aviation gas, fresh water, ammunition, and 800 gallons of ice cream.

Royce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Short, was elected to a two-year term on the Ohio Mennonite Youth Council, at the state convention in Stryker, Aug. 16-18.

David Knagy, vocal music director at AHS, will speak about his experience in Jordan at the first Parent- Teacher Association meeting in the Archbold High School auditorium.

Ohio Survey Achievement Tests for fourth and sixth grade students will be held in the Legion Hall in the Town & Township Hall Building.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–The 23-hour deodorant gives an afflicted person one hour to dab on a fresh supply..... As the Nov. 5 general election approaches, the mud will get muddier, if that is possible..... A good thing to remember: it takes two to make bad company.

Deaths–Oliver P. Young, 85, Stryker; Anna Swalley, 85, West Unity.

Earn Degrees – Laurel Smucker Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smucker; Carol S. Rowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Rowe.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1943

The 1943 Service Men’s Community Christmas Party is Thursday evening in the Rink Hall.

A.C. Fagley and his employees are completing the rearrangement and enlargement of the office of Fagley Seed Co., on Depot Street.

By removing and changing walls, the office and mailing room is now on the first floor and is 16x30.

The Armed Forces are depending on the American Red Cross for 90% of their supply of surgical dressings. The Red Cross ships 88,000,000 dressings per month. The Fulton County Red Cross has been instructed from headquarters to complete all of its present quota of 70,000 dressings, as well as the quotas for September, October and November, by Jan 1. New helpers are needed.

Louis Stork and Jerome Flory went fishing in Bean Creek, Sunday, and came back not only with a fish story but evidence in the form of 40 pounds of carp, six pounds of pickerel and four pounds of bass. They fished near the Alva Johnson farm, from about 10:30-4:30.

The school board has purchased 50 Ohio Reading Circle Books and eight Teacher Books. There are five books on the list for each grade and ten for the high school.

Mr. Hazen Ruffer escaped fatal injuries Tuesday when he was attacked by a bull while at work at the slaughterhouse at Lugbills.

About a month ago, a Chevrolet coach, the property of Stuart Hyatt, was stolen from the streets of Stryker and was found in Fort Wayne by the police. A boy of 14 years was arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, and confessed to stealing the car and leaving it in Fort Wayne.

Two cars collided Sunday noon at the corner of West and Union streets when the occupants were on their way home from church.

Riding in one car were Mr. Maurice Miller and his sixyear old daughter Margaret. The other car was driven by Miss Beulah Short, and riding with her was Mrs. Jacob Leininger. A light pole was broken off by the impact and it fell on the Miller car.

The Aro Equipment Co., which is working on war contracts at Bryan, is the largest employer in this area. It has a monthly payroll of $205,000 and employs 1,400 people working in its two plants, one in Bryan and one in Cleveland.

Day by day in every way, the tire and automobile situation get more problematical.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1918

One of every 17 men in the Army and Navy are from Ohio. There are approximately 208,000 Ohioans in military service.

R.J. Hough, a captain in the US infantry, was in this area investigating threats and statements made against the furloughed conscientious objectors.

The fracas Saturday nights in our vicinity with assaults against conscientious objectors near Archbold is a serious affair.

The Archbold and German Township service flag made and donated by Mrs. A.J. Vernier was raised Saturday morning in front of the Vernier, McLaughlin & Co., hardware. There are 102 men serving from this area.

Archbold schools opened yesterday with a total enrollment of 226.

Because of delays caused by a windstorm, the aviators were grounded and did not pass over Archbold until Friday afternoon on their flight from New York City to Chicago. Operators at the New York Central stations along the line must watch the planes and report the time they pass over towns.

A new order from the food administration allows the purchase of four parts of flour to one of substitute. Graham flour may be had without any substitute. It is believed there is enough wheat from the present crop for another year with careful management.

No more liquor is to be manufactured after July 1, 1919. It is estimated it will take three years to drink the present stocks.

The price the government is guaranteeing for the 1919 wheat crop is $2.20 per bushel.

Mr. Amos Leininger has a pear tree in bloom. There also are ripening pears on the tree. It is said that trees that bloom out of season will bear no fruit the next season.

A number of Archbold citizens attended the Reformed Missionary feast held near Evansport, Sunday.

The missionary society of the Reformed Church will meet with Mrs. Arthur Bigford, Thursday afternoon.

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