2018-11-07 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Tony Rupp, Bill Rupp, Tim Rupp, and Phil Rupp, owners of Rupp Furniture & Carpet Co., celebrate its 100th year of business on North Defiance Street. It was established in 1908.

David Yoder, a member of the Archbold Area School Board, resigned effective, Monday, Nov. 17.

Yoder, who is completing his ninth year, told the Archbold Buckeye he is resigning to spend more time with his family.

“With my wife, Mari, going to work full-time, our personal schedules have gotten much more difficult.

“We still have three kids at home and two aging mothers. We need to make more time for family,” he said.

The Groundbreakers, an Archbold Methodist Church youth group that built a house, were the recipients of the Spirit of Archbold Award for 2008.

Nanette Buehrer, director of the Archbold Chamber of Commerce, said the group had been nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award for 2007. The 2007 Spirit of Archbold Award went to ConAgra.

Youngsters Garrett Morton and Justin Allison told the story of their project, which started as a few projects around the home of their friend Chandler Stevens and his mother, Mary Austin.

Jim Wyse, mayor and 2008 Citizen of the Year, recognized the contributions of many people during his acceptance speech. He credited his family for a portion of his work ethic.

“I never thought anything of working nights and weekends at the family pizza shop. There are no set hours. You work until the work is done,” he said.

He also credited his in-laws, Harold and Joan Plassman, for helping instill a solid work ethic.

Deaths–Sanford O. “Mike” Nofziger, 93, Elmira; John Jacob Spoerle, 80, Roseville, Calif., born in Archbold; Jeffrey Lynn Rashley, 58, Fayette; Hal Hackett, 82, Archbold; Leticia Silva, 54, Archbold

The Farmers & Merchants State Bank is well capitalized and does not need government bailout funds, Paul Siebenmorgen, president and chief executive officer, told the Archbold Buckeye, Friday, Nov.7. There is no reason to take medicine for a disease the bank does not have, he said.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1993

Based on the composite American College Test Score, the AHS Class of 1993 outscored state and national composite figures.

Jane and Jack Rimbey requested a change in residential zoning of 401 North Defiance Street, owned by the estate of Orrin R. Taylor, from residential to business. It was denied.

Ken Cline, Archbold superintendent of schools, presented a list of items needed by the school from “could require replacement any time” to “could wait.” The list had a price tag of $211,259, of which about $144,000 is left over from construction of the new high school.

The Sauder Woodworking power plant generated some electricity in a test.

Myrl Sauder, vice president in charge of engineering, said he expects the plant will be at full capacity by the end of the year. The plant is designed to burn the wood waste product. Heat from the fire will be used to make steam to turn the turbines to create electricity.

Joyce S. Nafziger has a hand-tinted black and white photograph in a Toledo exhibition entitled Artists Who Teach. It is sponsored by members of the Northwest Ohio Art Education Association.

Siegrid Richer, Archbold Buckeye writer and photographer, received three awards in the Ohio Newspaper Women Association contest. She received certificates and cash awards for first, second, and third places.

Fifth grade students learned that reading is good for the mind and the stomach. An agreement by teachers and Barb Erbskorn, owner of the Home Restaurant, says that all students who earned at least 15 Accelerated Reader points will be entitled to a breakfast.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Dale and Mildred Nofziger, Edmonds, Wash.

40th Wedding Anniversary, William O. and Margaret (Otte) Thieroff, Nov. 15, 1953

Kent Beck, AHS ‘77, was one of four Goshen College students to participate in the Clinical Practice Model National Conference, Oct. 7- 9 in Snowbird, Utah.

Deaths–Lester D. Richer, 82, Wauseon; Tom Rychener, 80, Pettisville; Frances Nofzinger, 91, Archbold; Lillie M. Short, 82, Pettisville; Edna A. Cline, 69, Stryker.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1968

The Archbold Cub Scout Pack will register boys ages 8, 9, 10 for the year beginning Nov. 30, at the Archbold United Methodist Church.

Miss Brenda J. Lauber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lauber, is serving with the American Peace Corps in Kunduz, Afghanistan. She is in charge of a wing of the Spinzar Hospital, teaching nursing care and techniques.

Don L. Hoblet, elementary school principal, attended a reading workshop, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Indiana University.

Over 60 persons enrolled in the defensive driving course sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Delbert Latta, congressman of the Ohio Fifth District, said as soon as the 91st Congress convenes, “I am going to introduce legislation to bring about needed changes in our system of electing a president.

Pfc. Arthur J. Roehl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roehl, Archbold, in the Riverena Patrol, Vietnam, was on a ship hit by the enemy, rupturing the fuel tanks. He escaped with his 1966 Ridgeville High School class ring and dog tags. Six men in his platoon were killed.

Marine Lance Corporal Leonard C. Miller, Jr., 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard C. Miller, Sr., graduated from the advanced Aviation Structural Mechanic course at Memphis, Tenn.

Ted Smucker is spending a 19-day furlough at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smucker, before reporting for duty with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.

Deaths–Zora B. Dilts, 84, Stryker

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1943

Union Thanksgiving services, a traditional part of this season, are to be held at St. John’s Reformed Church in Archbold, Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m.

Seventy more Fulton County boys have been summoned to appear at Wauseon Hospital, Friday, Nov. 26– the day after Thanksgiving– for physical examinations for the December military call to service.

Citizens of Archbold who own any property in foreign countries were notified today by postmaster H.J. Walter that they must file reports of their holdings with the Treasury Department before Dec. 1.

Mrs. Lem Barber fell Wednesday evening in her home on Brussel Street and suffered a broken leg and other bruises.

Some strawberries brought to the Buckeye office by Mrs. George Lindau recently attracted much attention. Mrs. Lindau picked the berries in her garden the week before last and also brought along some blossoms.

Mr. J.E. Koerner brought in some hollyhock blossoms, which also are on display in the Buckeye window.

Cass Cullis, publisher of The Bryan Times, will be guest speaker at the Thanksgiving dinner of Community Commercial Club.

A program of music has been arranged, with Betty Storrer and Barbara Werder contributing accordion numbers for the American Legion Armistice Day program at the Legion Hall. Other music includes performances by Mrs. Schlapfer and Mr. and Mrs. Victor G. Ruffer and a community sing. Miss Valetta Taylor plays the accompaniments.

William DeVries, who owns the Red Cross Drug Store, passed the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy last week in Columbus.

Mr. and Mr. Carl Schroeder received a letter Monday stating Pfc. Melvin C. Schroeder has arrived in North Africa.

Military addresses appear for Lawrence H. Rupp, Lowell E. Burkholder, Glenn J. Leu, Edward E. Lohse, Gale Pace, Harry G. Lauber, Phil Hahn, Kenneth Hahn, Ralph H. Heer.

H.L. Fraas & Son has purchased the Brewery Building at the corner of Ditto and Williams streets from William DeVries and plans to move the plumbing shop into the building.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1918

Mr. Harvey King is leasing the repair department of the new Nofzinger Service Station, intending to take possession Nov. 1. He will have the room in which to store cars and more room to serve the patrons of his increasing business.

The building of the old machine shop on the grist mill lots has been sold to be removed.

Halloween was celebrated by the young folks with parties and roasts. There were a few gates, buggies, lawn chairs and small articles carried about by the children. No damage was done to property, and the village marshal only smiled. Young folks may have all the fun they can so long as they do no damage to others or interfere with quiet citizens.

The Chris. D. Short farm of 70 acres was sold three miles west and one mile south of Archbold, Tuesday. About 50 persons were present. The bidding was monopolized by Mr. Luty, whose land is nearby, and Anthony Gruenice, who is a coming farmer.

The farm was finally knocked down to Gruenice for $170.50 an acre. Auctioneer P.J. Short conducted the sale in a most successful manner. The land carries a patch of fine timber. Selling land at auction seems to be the most satisfactory way for all concerned.

There are only 49 Shorts and 47 Nofzingers in the Archbold Telephone Directory. The Rupps follow with 44 names. There also are 20 Wyses, 19 Millers, 18 Roths, and 13 Webers.

While hurrying to answer a call from his daughter suffering with influenza, Adam Fair, Defiance a county farmer, fell over a chair and broke his neck.

Much corn is husked and quite an amount is cribbed. If weather conditions continue favorable, the crop will harvest much better than farmers anticipated.

Although not near an average crop, it is better than last year.

The influenza ban has not been lifted in many Ohio towns and probably will not be lifted for another week.

Friday, Nov. 8, 1918

The grand news came over the telegraph wire yesterday noon, that Germany has surrendered to the allies and the war is over.

Archbold went wild with joy; whistles at the grist mill and stave factory were sounded until the steam was exhausted. Church bells were rung, guns fired, citizens and school children paraded the streets carrying flags and singing national songs.

The stock and farm tools of Harley H. Nofzinger, who was called to military camp, will be sold 1 3/4 miles west of Archbold, Tuesday, Nov. 12.

There are horses, cows, chickens, implements and 14 hogs, including four shoats weighing about 100 pounds each, and eight pigs nine weeks old.

German Township schools did not open Monday as was expected. The trustees may give approval to open the schools next week, if the number of new cases of influenza does not increase.

The state of Ohio has gone dry by an approximately 15,000 majority. The early reports from the cities gave the wets the lead, but when the reports from rural districts were counted Ohio went dry.

Ohio saloons will close on May 26, 1919, and remain closed forever. All licenses end for good on that day.

The New York Central railroad is placing two electric warning bells at the North Defiance Street crossing. The bells are to warn when a train approaches. The bells are for use after the watchman leaves his post.

Joseph C. Short, 66, fell about ten feet from the haymow at his home near Lockport, Tuesday evening. The bones of his right arm are badly slivered and pieces of bone were picked from the flesh. Surgeons are doing all they can, but are of the opinion he is injured internally. At this time his recovery is doubtful.

Vandals daubed paint on the front door and did other damage to the Amish-Mennonite Church at Lockport, Thursday night.

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