2018-10-10 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Kirk Weldy, AHS ‘05 and a senior at Ashland University, said watching the stock market for the last few days has been exciting and frustrating. He is a member of the Eagle Investment Group at the university. The group manages over $600,000.

Sauder Village held “Fall on the Farm,” Saturday, Oct. 11. Draft horses Ace and King pull a plow through the field. They are owned by Chan Hutchinson, West Unity, and driven by Hoover Nofziger, according to a photograph. Hutchinson said the dry ground was hard work for the horses pulling the plow.

Brianna Nofziger, daughter of Max and Angie, Pettisville, was the sophomore attendant on the 2008 Bluffton University Homecoming Court.

Steve Switzer, superintendent of Pettisville schools, has been named recipient of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators’ Warren Russell Leadership Award.

The Archbold golf team finished ninth in the Division III state golf championship at The Players Club Foxfire Golf Club in Lockbourne, Friday. It was the first time in school history the golf team advanced to the state tournament.

Steven Kinsman, a senior, placed 15th; Tyson Bostelman, a senior, 48th; Tyler Bernath, a senior, 61st; Jacob Nafziger, a junior, 26th, and Jarrett Yoder, a sophomore, 65th.

Thirteen area residents appear in a BGSU-PBS television documentary titled Days of The One Room Schoolhouse. Erin Erbskorn and Sarah Beck appear in the film. Erbskorn portrays one of the students who attend a one-room school. Beck is a school teacher. Keri, Derek and Jason Aeschliman, Wauseon, appear as students, and Doris Provost speaks about her days as a student at Zone School.

Others who appear in the documentary as students are Maddy, Lydia, Alec and Evie Brock, West Unity; Emma, Anna and Seth Salisbury, Wauseon.

The students are Sauder Village Junior Historians or their siblings. Beck and Provost are Sauder Village employees.

“We are fortunate to have the funds to keep the swimming pool open in Ruihley Park,” said Kevin Morton, Archbold Park Board member, at a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director, said the cost of a new filter system and its installation for the pool was between $35,000 to $40,000. She said, “The new filters did a very good job this summer.”

Painting the pool cost $15,000, and $4,000 was the cost to paint the large water slide.

Deaths–Phyllis Roederer, 81, St. Peters, Mo.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1993

At the end of the 1993-94 school year, the Archbold Area School District will have about $10,900 cash on hand.

School board officials will either have to short-term borrow from its own funds, or hope they are friendly with the local banker.

That’s what Neil Allen, a school management consultant with Ohio Department of Education, told the school board Monday night.

Basically, Fulton County should get out of the nursing home business.

That is one of the main recommendations presented to the Fulton County Commissioners, Oct. 7, by the Detwiler Manor Advisory Committee, which has been studying the future of the county nursing home for about two months.

Dennis McKay, head of the county Department of Human Services and tabbed to head the nursing home committee, said the report calls for the commissioners to “remove themselves from the administration of the nursing home.”

In spite of a rise in corn yields and harvested acres, 1992 Fulton County corn production was topped by six other Ohio counties, leaving it trailing in seventh place.

At the same time, the county hung on to its thirdplace position in the state for tomato production. It also remains the fourth-largest hog producer in the state.

Sauder Woodworking Co., was recently honored for its support of highway safety. Maynard and Carolyn Sauder were presented a corporate award at the Northwest Ohio Traffic Safety Consortium awards and recognition dinner in Perrysburg.

The award was for Sauder’s support of highway safety programs over the last four years in Fulton County.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Robert and Lois (Neuhauser) Lockman, Oct. 23, 1943

David King, son of Darrel and Carolyn, is a member of the Hesston (Kan.) College Chorale.

Eric Saaf, an AHS freshman, and his father Richard couldn’t believe their eyes when they discovered a giant puffball. The two were driving between Archbold and Stryker when they spotted a giant fungus at the edge of a woods.

Newly-elected officers of the Archbold FFA, which has 40 members, are Jaime Huerta, reporter; Leticia Gomez and Brian Sindlinger, assistant officers; Ryan Yoder, sentinel; Adam Nofziger, president; Ben Merillat, student advisor; Josh Grime, treasurer; Ryan Gigax, secretary; Dan Perez, vice president; Jason Stannard, assistant officer.

Bea Briggs, a middle school teacher and coach, was honored by Adrian (Mich.) College, Saturday. She was one of five inductees into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1968

The Fulton County Board of Education passed a resolution to accept approximately half of the present Ridgeville Corners School District, and attach it to the Archbold Area School District.

German Township Trustees report that stop signs and other caution signs along township roads have been removed by pranksters.

Two Archbold youths have joined the Voluntary Service with the Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart, Ind.

Kathleen Nafziger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Dale Nafziger, began a one-year term of service as a nurse aid at Richmond, Va., and Allen Holsopple, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Holsopple, began a two-year term as a child care worker at Frontier Boys Village, Woodland Park, Colo.

Sauder Manufacturing Co. is completing building a custom designed set of furniture for St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Munster, Ind.

Lions Club members will entertain wives and guests at a steak feast and safari at the Ruihley Park Pavilion Thursday evening in commemoration of the club’s tenth anniversary.

Jack H. Duffy, Jr., 2nd lieutenant, Army, is an assistant intelligence officer with Headquarters H, Field Force Artillery, Lon Binh, Vietnam.

Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Aeschliman are stationed in Germany. Terry is near Munich in the Army Security Agency and David is near Nuremberg and was appointed Reserve Warrant Officer by the Secretary of the Army, Aug. 12.

AIC Richard L. Spiess, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spiess, Stryker, completed a year’s tour at Phu Cat Air Force Base, Vietnam.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1943

Registration for War Ration Book No. 4 will take place in the high school cafeteria next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Persons who have lost their Book 3 must apply at the County Ration Board for other copies of the book, as absolutely no copies of Book 4 will be issued unless Book 3 is presented.

Just when Wauseon boys and girls were ready to start to school in the Memorial Auditorium following the fire that destroyed the high school a week ago Sunday, flames threatened the Memorial Auditorium late Sunday evening.

Fire was discovered on the stage in the auditorium.

The Archbold Telephone Co., is mailing its new 1943 directory to all patrons, and distributed 1,000 the past few days. Shorts continue to lead the number of names listed, with 67 having telephones. There are 66 Nofzingers, Nafzigers, and Nofzigers and 48 Rupps. The five families represent nearly one-fifth of all telephone users of the Archbold exchange.

The new books are a product of the Archbold Buckeye printing department.

Semiannual Clean-Up Days in Archbold are scheduled for this week, starting Wednesday Oct. 20, and continuing the balance of the week.

Ida Beck, 63, of Pettisville, was instantly killed Thursday evening on Route 66 south of Archbold when she was struck by a motorcycle ridden by Charles Miller, 20, and Wilbur Sigg, 18.

Archbold citizens will be asked in the Nov. 2 election to approve the renewal of the one-mill levy for village purposes.

In reality, the levy is for the use in maintaining Archbold parks.

Wauseon had another fire alarm last night, Tuesday. The fire department was called to fight a blaze that had started on the roof of a garage near the grade school building where the school busses are kept. Loss was slight, but many citizens believe the fire was of incendiary origin.

Turn surplus farm equipment into cash and at the same time help the man who needs it. **Use the classified ads in the Buckeye to reach buyers. Low cost.

Leroy Mockler visited his cousin Elmer Wyse in Detroit last week Thursday.

The Archbold freshman class is giving the sophomores a return party Oct. 15.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1918

Since the first gasless Sunday, ten cargo boats carrying 500,000 barrels of gasoline– which otherwise could not have been shipped– have been sent to France from the United States.

Couples in Fulton County who received licenses to marry reached 192 the past year. June was the highest month, with 28.

Bryan is to have a public service Friday night to dedicate the new high school auditorium, which has been under construction for many months. Governor Cox is to be the principal speaker.

Personswhodonateoldclothing for Belgium and French destitute people may still do so. Boxes will be shipped the middle of the week.

George Hutchison, 36, shot himself near Melbern, Wednesday. Worry over the war is said to have deranged his mind.

The market of broom corn normally depends to a large degree on the corn.

Much of the profit of the season can be lost by careless handling after the crop is cured. Careful grading, baling and storing are important.

News dispatches on Sunday and Monday brought the information that Germany is considering the acceptance of the terms of peace upon which the allies have agreed and which were made public by president Wilson in his speeches on Jan. 8 and Sept. 27. It is announced that Turkey will take similar steps.

Mr. E.U. Schnetzler received a letter from his brother-in-law, Mr. Jacob Hauser of Melbern, Iowa, that his son Paul, who was born in Archbold, had died of wounds in France. The deceased leaves a wife and a six-month-old son.

Mr. Hauser was a minister of the Reformed Church.

Thereon A. Betts, 26, of Bryan, died in a French Hospital July 28 from wounds received in battle. He was the first Bryan soldier to die in the war.

Henry Kelm, who was in a hospital at Camp Alfred, Vail, N.J., with an attack of Spanish influenza, has recovered so that he has left the hospital. He did not contract pneumonia, which is the final stage of the disease.

Friday, Oct. 11, 1918

Russell Walter is out of a city hospital at Philadelphia, Pa., where he was for two weeks with an attack of Spanish influenza. He said 25 out of 100 men who had the sickness at that hospital had died. He is serving the United States on the battleship Connecticut.

Moses Rupp, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Rupp of Elmira, died at a hospital at Camp Sherman Tuesday morning of pneumonia, following an attack of Spanish influenza.

At last count, $1,000,500 has been raised in the fourth annual Liberty Bond Drive in Fulton County. It is believed that 80 percent of the buyers of Liberty Bonds had been obliged to borrow the money to buy them, or are already paying interest on borrowed money.

All the bankers of Fulton County, with one exception, have agreed to loan money to bond buyers at a rate not to exceed six percent.

There are about 50 cases of Spanish influenza in Archbold and vicinity. Many are in a light form, but some are quite serious. The epidemic seems to be spreading.

Two thousand new cases in army camps were reported in 24 hours. In army camps, there have been 6,543 deaths from the influenza since the epidemic started.

In several states, all schools and public gatherings have been forbidden.

Approximately $25,000 damage was done to the condensory at Hillsdale, Mich., Tuesday. Sparks from a railroad engine set fire to the building.

More than four million dollars must be subscribed by the American people within the next ten days if the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive is to be successful, according to official reports from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Peace talk during the first part of the week is reported to have hindered the sale of Liberty Bonds in Williams County.

The little village of Tedrow, four miles north of Wauseon, is all torn up with excitement for the last two weeks over the mysterious disappearance of Rev. Dayton C. Degroat, Methodist minister of that place.

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