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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997

Michael Gruen, 11, Pettisville, shows a pumpkin during Pumpkinfest Oct. 3, according to a photograph.

Headline- Tales Of Triplets Told By Families With Local Connection

Urethane millwork made in Archbold by Style-Mark, Inc., added a local touch to the film Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.

A variance request by Clifford Klopfenstein was unanimously approved by Board of Zoning Appeals.

A three-bedroom home at 601 S. Defiance Street, the property of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin I. Miller sold to William Riley for $55,000.

Five acres with 1 1/2-story home, four bedrooms and outbuildings on Co. Rd. 21, between C and D, also 28 acres of land with two and half acres of wooded area was sold by Norm and Betty Volkman for $175,500 to Ivan and Martha Wyse, and David and Amy Lantz.

Jim Barger, who lived in Archbold all his life and managed the A&P grocery store, is now living near his daughter, Karla Ford, in Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Andrea Pifer., AHS 94, a senior nursing student at Capital University was chosen to spend the full semester studying in Kingston, Jamaica.

Deaths- Frances M. Beck, 92, Archbold

Headline- Cordes Defends Title, Boys Finish Fourth

AHS Class of 1967 held its 30th class reunion.

An advertisement celebrates Zeno Miller’s 25th anniversary at Christy Motors.

Neil Rocha and his sixmonth old daughter are pictured relaxing with a magazine in the new Archbold Community Library.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1982

Diane Hatfield, fourth grade teacher at Archbold Elementary School, has won the 1981-82 Teachers in American Enterprise award for grades kindergarten through fourth.

A program designed to meet the unique educational needs of the high ability student is being introduced in Fulton County. Marilyn Walther is directly responsible for presenting the program on behalf of the Fulton County Board of Education to local school personnel.

Pettisville School received $110,000 from the Meister estate.

Pat Leupp was hired as assistant PHS girls basketball coach. She is the former assistant track and field coach at Ohio Wesleyan University and former recreation director for West Unity.

Deaths- Ada Marie Wagler, 86; Olive C. Cooley, 89; Hulda K. Grime, 62; Elmer E. Brown, 84

Three AHS graduates have been selected for the 1982-83 Bluffton College Chorale: Kim Stuckey, Melanie Fricke, and Rebecca Wyse.

The most sought-after ticket in Archbold is a basketball ticket. Season tickets went on sale Saturday morning. Patiently waiting in a photograph are Frances Stuckey, Sharon Stuckey, Don Nofziger, Phil Rich. Handling the sales are Mary Ann Rupp, Gene Rupp high school principal, and Roger Farlee, athletic director.

In a feature article David Rupp Sr. said, “I think the whole idea of Memorial Park is great. You drive down there, especially on a Monday or Tuesday, and see all those kids and young people using the facilities and you can’t regret the quarter percent income tax. It’s a thousand times better to have kids involved in little league, volleyball, or something like that, than playing ball in alleys.”

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1957

Janeth Mae Schantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton H. Schantz, has entered the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, one of a class of 70.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gallaway spent the weekend in Columbus; Mr. Gallaway was a delegate to the Ohio Vocational Association convention.

David Neal will speak at the Monday Noontide Luncheon meeting of the Community Commercial Club and tell the story of the recent World Boy Scout Jamboree in England which he and David Rupp and Wilbur Miller attended.

The 80-acre farm of the George and Clara Meyers estate sold at auction Saturday for $481 per acre. The final bidder was Donald Bernath. There were three bidders. Opening offer was $400 per acre for the excellent farm and good set of buildings, located northeast of Archbold.

Nelson Rupp, Archbold, Ted Howard, Karl Mohr, Wauseon; and Earl Morr, Delta; attended a meeting of the County Officials Association in Urbana Wednesday.

Forty-four attended the Cattle Feeders meeting at the Elmira school Tuesday evening sponsored by Tri-State Farm Service. Speakers were L. Lyle Spiess, Charles Lugbill, and Douglas Graves.

Many citizens are wondering if the water will be left in Archbold’s Swimming Pool for the winter, observing that it is still there. The contractor recommends that the water be left in the pool and that a few pole logs be placed in the water, chained to the sides, to take care of expansion and contraction of the ice.

Hughes TV Radio Records will hold a Grand Opening Friday and Saturday. Robert Hughes recently moved his store from the Liechty building to the DeVries building, formerly occupied by the Red Cross Drug Store.

The Peoples State Bank will observe its 50th anniversary Oct. 19. Recently the bank completed a meeting and dining room in part of the former Athletic and Rink Hall, which is for public use. They are conducting a contest to choose a name for the room.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1932

The Fulton County Fair board met Saturday and discovered they had enough money to pay all premiums and other bills incurred by the annual celebration.

Archbold Exchange Club holds a banquet Thursday. Featured speaker is renowned psychologist A.W. Trettien, of New York. He will speak on the subject, “Our Fears in Modern Business Construction”.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Lorton and son Billy left Monday for Springfield. They will attend the funeral of Mrs. Lorton’s brother, Ira Evans, 28, who was killed in an auto accident near Springfield. He leaves a wife and three small children.

Mrs. Andrew Buehrer will celebrate her 94th birthday Saturday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Buehrer, in Stryker.

It took seven hours to move the home of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Ruffer from Ridgeville Corners to its new location on North Defiance Street, Archbold.

The board of education paid off $4,000 in bonds on the new school building, making $7,000 in all that has been paid on the total debt.

Joshua Nofzinger broke the large bone of his right wrist Saturday afternoon while cranking his car.

Charles E. Yost, editor/publisher of the Fayette Review, was asked to write an article for Theodore Dreiser’s new journal. They have been friends for many years. Dreiser has been a guest in the Yost home.

Joe E. Brown, famous movie comedian, visited his hometown of Holgate.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1907

When the temporary bridge across the raging Tiffin River was built for the Wabash Railroad, west of Burlington, the builders left a number of piles in the bed of the river. As it is impossible to pull the telegraph poles driven into the earth with a steam hammer, it will be necessary to cut them off to allow the steam dredge, which is improving Bean Creek to pass under the present steel railroad bridge. This is a difficulty, which the dredge men had not foreseen and will delay their work considerably.

J.U. Fauster will not be a candidate for reelection to the office of mayor. He says he has not time to bother with it. There is little in the office, but glory and curses, and of those he has had plenty.

Henry Hirsch, of Archbold, buys more clover seed than all the other dealers in Fulton County combined.

Henry Beck chopped his foot with a corn knife. The wound is on the instep and cut through to the bone severing a vein which caused it to bleed profusely.

John Gall, who lives between here and Wauseon, was held up on the public road near Ginter’s corners and was bound and gagged by four masked men. He was robbed of his watch, pocketknife, husking peg, and $2.60 he had tied in one corner of his handkerchief. It is the third crime committed by masked men in the neighborhood in three weeks. Bloodhounds failed to track the robbers because of rain.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Oct. 18, 1907

The diver, who is cutting the piles under the Wabash Railroad Bridge across the Tiffin River, is a reckless chap. He set dynamite in the water Tuesday under the piles and then lighted the fuse from the surface. When the dynamite did not explode the diver again went under the water and fixed it taking such desperate chances with his life that it made the bystanders shudder. One man tried to prevent him from doing such a foolhardy thing but he seemed to enjoy making the bystanders have the creepers.

LOCKPORT- A rain and sleet storm hit Lockport Friday….. Alf. Nofziger is helping Henry Beck cut corn….The joint-district school began Monday.

The body of the young man killed in the freight wreck in Archbold Monday was identified by H.H. Birkenkamp, undertaker, Toledo. He said he knew the man from childhood.

One thing or the other must be done. Either Archbold citizens must raise the rate of assessment so that the school board can have more money to spend or else quit raising so many kids. They are up to the limit 12 mills and can get no more money unless the assessment is higher. The school board must pinch and economize in a shameful manner to make the money reach. Archbold is the richest town in youngsters along the Lake Shore Railroad line.

FOUND- Some money at Amish Church. Owner will identify and pay for this notice.- C.J. Wyse, janitor, adv.


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