2019-01-09 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Business in Archbold is down $46 million in two years, according to Jim Wyse, mayor, in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce at the Monday Noon Luncheon.

Since 2006, we’ve seen a decline around $700,000 in local income tax revenue, he said.

Wyse is optimistic the figure will go up in 2009, but he also is a realist, and predicts it will decline further.

Members of the AHS football team who earned Academic All-Ohio status are Jared Leininger, David Dominique, David Rupp, Brandon Wagner, Christian Goering, Ian Cody, Trey Westrick, Ryan Christman, Tyson Flores, Jacob Lange, Jacob Fidler, Eric McQuillin, Trevor Meyer, Collin Walker, Aaron Bontrager, Ben Miller, Garrett Morton, Jacob Badenhop, Josh Meyer, Nathaniel Hammersmith, Drew Smith, DJ Lersch. Leininger, Dominique, and Rupp also were individually named Academic All-Ohio.

Addtakizz Santana Faye Torres/Cassady is the Archbold Buckeye First Baby of 2009. Her parents are Mary Torres, Archbold, and Danny Cassady, Lubbock, Texas.

Danielle Merillat, Ridgeville Corners, shows off the ninepoint buck she killed Monday, Dec. 1, according to a photograph.

Honor Students – Brooks Wagler, University of Akron; Joel Lange, Ryan Lauber, Bethany Lehman, Jacquelyn Seaman, Archbold, and Lauren Gerig, Joshua Bernath, Laura Bruner, Pettisville, The Ohio State University.

A $1,000 grant was recently awarded to Sauder Village. It was one of two nonprofit organizations to receive a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation.

Quiz teams from area high schools, including Archbold, Pettisville, and Fayette, opened the Northern Buckeye Academic League quiz season with matches on Monday, Jan. 5. Coaches are Chris Moore, Archbold; Lorrie Miller, Pettisville, and Laura Leininger, Fayette.

Two counterfeit bills turned up at a local bank and a local woman received a fraudulent plea for money last week.

Deaths–Donald L. Hoblet, 84, Archbold; Esther M. Bostelman, 84, Wauseon; Howard F. Freeman, 84, formerly of Archbold; Harold L. Emch, 87, Archbold; Richard E. Gautsche, 75, formerly of Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1994

The Northwest Ohio Rails To Trails Association announced Monday it secured $80,000 from an alternate source and doesn’t need the $80,000 the city of Wauseon pledged to purchase the abandoned Maumee-Liberty Center rail corridors.

Many farmers want to repurchase sections of the corridor to reconnect fields that were separated when rails were laid in the early 1900s.

German Township Trustees learned Monday evening Williams County plans to proceed with site visibility improvements and possible drainage improvements at the intersection of Fulton County Rds. BC and 25. The intersection is bordered on the west by Williams County.

Charles Gautsche, pastor of Central Mennonite Church for 33 years, retired Jan. 2, 1994, when he delivered his final message. He was born and raised in Archbold.

Duane J. Horst, AHS ‘77, was elected president of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce. The past six years he served on the board of directors holding the offices of secretary, vice president, and president-elect.

A dinner program to honor the 25th anniversary of the founding of Four County Joint Vocational School is planned for April 14.

Tom and Dawn Wyse are the new owners of Hit Trophy Co. They purchased the business from Dawn’s parents, Bud and Gertrude Hitt, Dec. 31, 1993.

The Hitts have been in business in Archbold since April 15, 1948.

Honor Students – Wendell Nofziger, Hesston College; Kelly Higbea, Valparaiso University; Claire Thompson, OSU

Tereza Wagler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wagler, will represent the Daughters of the American Revolution in the district Good Citizen competition. She is an AHS senior.

Tony Sauder, son of Duane and Nedra, is studying social service in Phoenix, Ariz., during the Hesston College January interim. He is a freshman.

Beverly “Buffy” Wyse, daughter of Merle and Donna, earned a perfect 4.0 at Defiance College for the fall semester. She will graduate with honors May 1, 1994.

Deaths – J. Michael Walker, 59, Archbold; Mary Knappenberger, 80, Archbold; Esther Beck, 92, Archbold; William Murbach, 74, Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of Archbold.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1969

Dale Nafziger was elected director of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association. He and his wife Ruth reside near Archbold and are the parents of four children: Steve, Gary, Jim, and Susan.

Elias H. Frey was reelected president and Walter Delventhal was reelected vice president of the Ridgeville Corners Board of Education. Other board members are Don Badenhop, Don Kleck, and William Buehrer.

C.C. Schrock was named president of Sauder Manufacturing Co. The office has been held by Erie J. Sauder since the company was founded in 1945. Mr. Sauder becomes chairman of the board. Mr. Schrock also is general manager. Other management changes: Frank Ulrich, executive vice president; Virgil Miller, general sales manager; Orval D. Sauder, production manager; Marvin Lantz, production manager; Ron Borton, vice president, controller; Jack Spotts, assistant general manager.

Dale Pape was reelected president of the Archbold School Board. Evan Bertsche is vice president.

Superintendent Richard Harris has been appointed to the Policy, Research and Resolutions Committee of the Ohio Association of School Administrators.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Arend were honored as “Catholic Family of the Year” at a family commission breakfast at St. Peter Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 12. Mr. and Mrs. Arend have five children in the Archbold school system.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nofziger and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Lugbill returned Saturday night from a week in England.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Aeschliman returned Sunday from a three-week tour of Europe. They visited their daughter, Elaine, who is training under the Mennonite Central Committee at Emden, Germany.

Deaths–Ricky Eugene Beck, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Beck, Archbold; Mary B. Smith, 99, Swanton; A.B. (Banty) Huber, 83, Pettisville

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1944

More county men have been summoned for induction into the military service, Saturday, Jan 22. Included in the call are young single men as well as fathers.

La Choy Food Products has plans of contracting acreage for growing tomatoes in this area next season. Last year, weather was unfavorable for growing tomatoes. Only one of two lines was used in production.

Present plans call for juice extraction only, which means many girls and women in the community are needed.

Tomato prices are set by the government and they approve hamper rental, transplanting rental, grading charges, etc. Because of demand, prices should be higher than last year.

T/Sgt. Lloyd E. Frazer arrived in Toledo, Sunday, Jan. 16, the day after his father Charles A. Frazer, near Zone, was awarded the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters at ceremonies in Toledo University for Lloyd’s achievements in action in the European War Zone.

Sgt. Dale W. Amstutz is at home from service in the Pacific for 45 days to recuperate. He is a Marine who served on Guadalcanal in the landing party in August 1942. He is suffering from malaria. His mother, Mrs. Eliza Amstutz, is living in the Walter Stuckey home.

Pfc. Jesse H. Storrer is somewhere in England, and has received one letter since arriving in September. It was from his brother Edward. Jesse writes regularly and keeps looking for mail to come though. His father, J.I. Storrer, and others have been posting airmail, hoping Jesse will get the letters. His Buckeye has not caught up with him and has been reading newspapers received by friends.

One of Jesse’s letters had five lines cut out for censoring.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1919

David King, section hand on the T&I, was killed east of Pettisville, Saturday afternoon.

He was at work on the track when an NYC train was passing nearby. King was bundled from the cold around his ears and hard of hearing. It is presumed he did not hear the approaching T&I from the west. He was hit and taken to the Wauseon Hospital and died. He was 58, 3 months, and 27 days. Services will be held at the brick Defenseless Mennonite Church at 10 am.

Theodore Roosevelt, expresident of the United States, died while asleep, at 4:15, at his home at Oyster Bay, New York, yesterday. He was taken with a severe attack of rheumatism and sciatica on New Year’s Day, from which all expected him to recover. The loss of his son in the war was a severe blow to the former president. The funeral is private.

Archbold High School won its first basketball game this season, Friday evening, when defeating West Unity in the Rink Hall, 16-9.

The Archbold team is progressing rapidly and will undoubtedly continue its good playing throughout the season.

John Schlepfer, who is in a base hospital at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, writes: “Am getting along fine. I am getting some kind of a shoe and brace to hold my foot straight. Nobody can get a discharge until they are as well as they can be made.

“We had a dandy time on Christmas Day. We had plenty of good eats and everybody got a present.”

Capt. A.J. Vernier arrived home from France, Sunday afternoon. He brought a fine collection of war relics, which are now on exhibit in the big show window of The Vernier, McLaughlin Probeck Co. The collection is well worth coming to town to view. Mr. Vernier went to France in August and was in the American Red Cross Service.

Friday, Jan. 10, 1919

The following letter was written by John Fether to his sister, Mrs. Henry Bernath from Belgium:

“You said Charley Bernath sent me a box while at camp. If he did, I never got it.

“Well maybe they’ll sign peace pretty soon. As of Nov. 11 at 11 o’clock the last guns were fired. I went over the top four times. All the marks I got was when a big shell burst in front of me and a piece of shrapnel hit me on the knee. It left a red spot but it doesn’t hurt anymore.

“We are in Belgium now. Ask Henry if he wants me to send him a German helmet? It would be just the thing to cut corn or husk in. I think I can find one pretty easy as they lay around here thicker than old shoes.”

Neighborhood News–Defiance motor trucks are being shipped to China..... Henry County grand jury has been put out of business by the in- fluenza..... At Liberty Center, the flu ban was lifted Monday morning and clamped on again Monday noon..... The state of Michigan approved prohibition Thursday..... The Ohio Senate voted for national prohibition, 20-12. The House is expected to adopt the issue.....Mad dog bit Mary Yoder, 11, living east of Wauseon. Head of dog was sent to Chicago. It had rabies and the girl is receiving treatment from the famous Chicago Institute.

Raymond R. Rychener writes from somewhere in France: “Today we hear the big wheels of the army have stopped, hikes are interrupted, and a sort of official Mother’s Day has been declared. I am in a semi-prone position up in a hay loft, tucked in among my blankets writing to you and trying to make myself realize the war has been over three weeks since I have written to anyone.

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