2018-12-05 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Chandler Tinsman appears in a photograph in front of the kicking wall he built for the soccer program of the Archbold Parks and Recreation Department. The wall gives youngsters something to kick a ball against for practice. It replaces an old wall made of plywood and a soccer goal. Tinsman, 15, took on the project for a community service project for the Boy Scout Eagle rank.

A photograph shows Chandler Tinsman and others at work on the soccer wall, which is located in Woodland Park, where the village soccer program is concentrated. It is 8x25 feet and is made of concrete blocks.

Pettisville School Board learned the new school building should be finished in May 2011, and ready for students in August. The current high school and portions of the elementary will be demolished in June of that year. School will begin in the new building in August 2011.

A record number of 713 families have signed up for the Fulton County Christmas Cheer program, said Cecily Rohrs, Ridgeville Corners.

Rohrs, who has overseen the project since 1984, said that’s about 150 more than in previous years.

Lindsey Beck, AHS ‘05, is serving as a member of the campus ministries team at Goshen College. She is the daughter of Neal and Julia.

Honor Students–Jacquelyn Dunn, Lauren Rupp, Joshua D. Voll, Ohio Northern University

Children were a special emphasis in the design of the new Archbold Evangelical Church building. A hallway in the childrens area, called Connection Cove, features murals depicting a Biblicalera marketplace.

Headline: Alyssa Ziegler Wins State Punt, Pass, Kick Contest

After a few weeks in Northwestern Ohio, Jennifer Schmidt, youth and family minister at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Stryker, said she finds this corner of Ohio warm and friendly.

Nathaniel Ballmer, Middle School jazz band member, plays baritone sax during the Christmas music program, according to a photograph.

Deaths–Florence Stuckey, 85, Leo, Ind.; Luella J. Makula, 79, Archbold; Adela H. Mahnke, 89, Napoleon

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1993

On recommendation from the finance committee, Archbold Village Council voted to grant hourly and salaried village employees a 2.75% increase.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, told council the cost of living index for the last 12 months had gone up by that figure.

Expansion of the North Pointe Estates subdivision is half finished, said Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator. In addition, the subdivision calls for an extension of Quail Run to the west, and the construction of a new street, North Pointe Drive, from West Lutz Road on the south to Quail Run on the north.

Construction of Heritage Inn at Sauder Village is on schedule. Andy Brodbeck said, “The rain has probably put us a few days behind. We’re probably looking at Sept. 1, 1994 for an opening date.”

Members of the United Way Board of Directors are Corwin “Corky” Nofziger, president; Doug Vajen, vice president and treasurer; Cathy Laub, secretary, and John Emch, board member.

Sue Hoeffel was named program manager of Adriel School specialized foster care program, in Archbold.

Adriel School currently serves children and youths who exhibit learning, behavior, and other special needs in residential or therapeutic foster home settings. The object of the school is to help troubled children become productive adults.

Adriel specialized foster care helps children and youth train to function in the community while residing with highly trained foster parents.

Hoeffel was previously employed by Defiance County Human Services

Fulton County Commissioners and the city of Wauseon have been named as defendants in a lawsuit that seeks a total of $2 million in damages. It is the result of a May 1993 crash between a car and a Wauseon Rescue Squad ambulance.

Beverly Wyse, daughter of Merle and Donna, was recipient of the Financial Executive Institute award at Defiance College.

Jackie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Grime, received an award for her outstanding 4-H secretary record book. Grime served as secretary of the Countryside Clover 4-H Club of Archbold. She was among the 250 county officers who served 52 clubs in Fulton County.

Deaths–Clell C. Short, 71, Goshen, Ind.; Lynn M. Smith, 40, Archbold; Edwin Gerken, 78, Napoleon

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1968

Archbold has the lowest tax rate for 1968 of any of the seven incorporated villages in Fulton County.

Activity report for the Fulton County Sheriff Department for November indicates a total of 52 accidents were investigated. There were two fatalities and 39 persons injured. Property damage was $1,585 and vehicle damage was $38,815. Citations were issued to 46 citizens, and the department cars traveled 2,230 miles.

Honor roll for the second 9 weeks: Senior class, Alpha: Elizabeth Grieser, Kathleen Grieser, Donna Armstrong, Ann Stamm, Michelle Stamm, Ron Grieser, Jerry Lugbill, Randy Nafziger.

Junior class, Alpha: Jim Couch, Don Ebersole, Sandra Frey, Craig Miller, Anita Short, Royce Short, Lynn Wells, Anna Wyse.

Elias H. Frey was the keynote speaker at the annual Indiana Auctioneer Association convention in Indianapolis. He stressed the moral obligation of auctioneers to a capacity audience.

Every year Mennonite churches of the Archbold community contribute farm animals and farm labor to help provide canned food for the world’s hungry. They join other Mennonite groups in a ten-state area who provide canned beef chunks, pork chunks, beef broth, and lard.

Ethel Grieser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Grieser, a sophomore at Hesston College, appeared in the drama “The Chalk Garden.”

Officers for the Retail Merchants Association are Herbert Nofziger, president; Tim Smith, vice president; Mrs. George Shaffer, secretary treasurer.

To add to the enjoyment of the Christmas season, the Archbold High School Chorus, composed of students in grades 10 to 12, will present a “Concert of Carols,” Monday, Dec. 16.

The chorus will meet at the school, proceed to the downtown area, and assemble at the corner of Stryker and North Defiance streets, weather permitting.

Deaths–Floyd H. Gautsche, 64, West Unity; Elizabeth Cook, 87, Archbold; Lillian Rice, 78, West Unity; William C. Thomas, 65, West Unity

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1943

The great livestock auction sales barn of Lugbill Bros., Inc, just south of Archbold, was destroyed by fire in a terrific blaze lasting nearly an hour, Friday evening, The loss being the heaviest fire suffered in this community, estimated at $250,000, partly covered by insurance.

Lugbill employees were able to drive to safety about 500 head of livestock quartered in the barn. The only animals lost were two riding horses, 11 calves, two cows and one hog.

It is impossible to get materials and labor to reconstruct the enterprise.

One unusual and fortunate event took place. Denver Stuckey and his father Emanuel were in one part of the barn. When told what was happening, they escaped but a few seconds before the whole area was in flames.

Never before has a fire so completely eliminated a business enterprise so important to the community.

A chicken hawk, poised to attack Earl Peters on the Levi Rupp farm, Thursday, was halted when Earl threw his wire cutting pliers, stunning the bird of prey in its tracks.

Sgt. Marce Gayton, home on furlough, was the first man called from Fulton County under the Selective Service Act. He left in a contingent, Jan. 28, 1941. Marce is a Texan of Mexican descent.

He has spent 19 months overseas and saw action first in the Fiji Islands, then Gaudalcanal for three months, later at Munda Air Field, and in the New Georgian Islands. He suffered with malaria and other complications and was sent back to the states for treatment. Marce was in much of the terrific action in the Pacific War Zone, and, like many American soldiers, has witnessed the treachery of the Japanese. He is wellknown in this community.

Pfc. Lloyd E. Allen writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Allen, “The people here in Sardinia are plowing and sowing wheat and other small grain.

“They have no tools with which to work and use a forked stick drawn by one horse or oxen. To sow small grain, they scatter it by hand from a basket. They do not raise large amounts of any one thing.

“In Sicily, our tents were in a cotton field, and here in Sardinia we have better tents which accommodate seven or eight boys.”

Residents near Addison, Mich., last week saw a P-47 Thunderbolt making test lights overhead, and believe at the controls was Charles Lindbergh, who has been making high altitude flights for the Ford Motor Co., at its huge Willow Run Plant.

Lindbergh has been making high altitude tests for some time at elevations of 40,000 feet, to check the performance of these planes.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1918

Regular daily trips over the proposed airmail route are expected to begin between New York City and Chicago, Monday, Dec. 9. The New York-Chicago route was established by the post office about six months ago, and several trial flights were made in October. The route passes over Archbold, and many citizens saw the airplanes in the trial flights.

Many planes are now available since the armistice was signed. A hanger has been constructed near Bryan, and that place will be a regular stopping point.

Fourteen squirrels are now running at large in the Bryan Courthouse Park; six are tame gray squirrels shipped from Kentucky. The remainder are fox squirrels. The town council recently passed an ordinance protecting the animals from molestation and providing a fine of $10 to $50 for violations of the ordinance.

John Dale, of Poland, was the first soldier to leave Fayette to take part in the war in France. He was killed in action in October. While in Fayette, Dale worked on the Guy Acker farm.

Lieutenant Floyd Schlatter from Archbold was the first boy to be discharged from military service and return home. He was a machine gun officer, and is now in the reserves and could be called back to duty in case of more trouble.

Mr. Arthur DesBoeufs and Mr. Otto Kluepfel were in Perrysburg from Thursday afternoon until Saturday morning. They played in an orchestra for a home talent play both nights.

It is surprising how many local citizens have signed up for library cards at the Archbold library. The librarian reports so far, 355 persons have received cards.

It has been about 45 years since the spiritualistic craze was at its height. Spirit meetings and spirit mediums were everywhere. They made the spirits rap on tables, made the tables dance, and made the spirits play pianos and made ghosts appear.

Friday, Dec. 6, 1918

A telegram received Wednesday by his sister, Mrs. Ira Porter of Tedrow, bore the sad news of the death of Clarence E. Lauber of Archbold, who was killed in action, Nov. 11, the last day of the war in Europe.

He was well known in Archbold and had lived in the Norton Hotel for some time. He leaves his father, three brothers and three sisters. His many friends are still hoping the report of his death is an error. Several other Archbold boys were in the same company with him.

War Savings Stamps are one of the best investments on the market today. They are little bonds, netting 4.27%, redeemable on ten days notice, non-taxable, and backed by the best government on earth.

The limit for each individual is $1,000 maturity value, which costs $844 in November.

Several locomotives on the New York Central Railroad are equipped with the new electric lights. The lights are about as powerful as those used on the electric cars.

Ivan Werder, from somewhere in France, said he is going away from the firing line, instead of going toward it. He said his company is now busy building bridges.

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