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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999

Michael Pressler, new principal at the Archbold Middle School, says his post is one he could retire in. “Absolutely,” he said. “I enjoy being a middle school principal. Not enough people can get up in the morning and say that they enjoy what they do, but that’s not the case with me.”

Friends and relatives of the Rick Ruffer family, Co. Rd. BC, worked on rebuilding the Ruffer’s barn last week. A June 8 fire destroyed the barn. Working on the rebuilding Saturday morning were Wendell Wilson, Wendell’s three-year-old son Stetson, Rodney Short, Chris Ott, Eric Christman, Bud Beck, Mike Britenriker, Tootie Beck, Curt Spotts, Willie Gombash, and Ernie Brown.

Council and members of the Archbold Fire Department, and three members of the community discussed whether or not a warning siren should be blown when AFD gets a fire call.

In response, Brodbeck said a majority of the department members voted to recommend reinstatement of the sirens. The vote was not unanimous, he said.

Bill Swisher said back in the 1950s, there were one to two calls a week for the fire department. Today, Brodbeck said AFD runs 450 calls a year.

Whitney Beck, Pettisville, was one of eight junior fair exhibitors that sold grand champion animals at the Ohio State Fair Monday evening. Beck’s grand champion market lamb, a Suffolk, was purchased for $21,000.

United States postal officials are searching for a way to increase postal box service in Pettisville.

Expanding the present post office is impossible and officials are not aware of another available building in Pettisville to house a post office.

Deaths- Lloyd V. Nofziger, 88, Wauseon; Sara Villanueva, 84, Pettisville.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1984

Don Walters was honored during the water plant dedication for his 35 years as clerk of the water board. Over 350 persons visited the plant Sunday.

Susan Dominique, head librarian, asked council for revenue sharing funds.

Property owners who have sidewalks in need of repair will receive a letter soon from the village. The list was redone after many citizens complained about how the sidewalks were marked in the previous sidewalk survey.

Members of the Wheelmen, an international organization dedicated to the preservation of old bicycles, paraded their machines around the village green at Sauder Village Saturday.

Naomi Schaffner, Fayette, and Ralph Smith, Delta, were honored by the county chapter of the Red Cross for their service. Schaffner served 15 years, Smith three.

Deaths- Mary Lohse, 80, Ridgeville Corners; Aurora H. Garza, 79, Wauseon; Velma Graber, 81, Archbold.

Pouring cold drinks provided by the Archbold Band Boosters kept Joyce Roth busy Monday afternoon. It was the first day of summer band camp at Archbold High School.

Cal Short is 60, and still running 10-Ks and loving every minute of the time he spends on the road. “You know, runners are about the only athletes in the world that want to get older,” Short said. “I might write a book about exercise. And on my 70th birthday I’m making plans to run seven miles.”

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The UN estimates world population will reach 4.7 billion in 1984 and climb to 6.2 billion by 2000.

Rollin Richard (Rick) Purdy, son of Richard, Archbold police chief was appointed an auxiliary officer by council Monday night.

Bonnie Rupp is giving others in the area a chance to benefit from mastering various types of dance and other areas of the performing arts.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1959

Robert Fraas, and Rex Hornish were honored for participating in a six-week summer science course at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. It was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The two Archbold boys were high school juniors selected from more that 1,100 applicants and 40 high schools.

Robert Rufenacht, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rufenacht, recently returned from military service with the U.S. Army in Germany.

Maureen Rupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Rupp, graduated from the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing Friday, Aug.7, at Oak Park, Ill. She completed three years of training at the hospital which is associated with Wheaton College.

Large STOP signs were placed at the dangerous Burlington corner, Rts. U.S. 20-A and St. Rt. 66, last week, following the loss of three more lives at the dangerous intersection.

After ten years of pro and con controversy, the village of Wauseon and the New York Central railroad have reached an agreement to remove the gates from the Fulton Street crossing which will be replaced by automatic electric signals.

The home of Mrs. Albert Nofziger, on the corner of Union and West Streets, sold at public auction Saturday for $10,650. Final bidder was Amos Grieser, who lives next door.

Lawrence Jones, Pioneer, reports 210 young turkeys were recently destroyed by a dog owned by Albert Hale, Pioneer. Loss estimate, $253.50.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The new jet airliners are now “swooshbirds.”…Edgar A. Guest is gone, but his spirit and influence played an important role in American life. The famous Detroit Free Press writer penned a poem a day for more than forty years.

That makes a total of about 20,000 and while he dwelt on such ordinary subjects as home, mother, the flag, dogs, pie, and old-time Yankee virtues, his ideas touched the hearts of millions and gained him national acclaim.

He was an engaging speaker and won his audiences with his interesting philosophy and some of his most popular poems. Guest’s poems were sunbeams that danced. They sparked good thoughts in the minds of those who enjoyed his rhymes. But like all good things, Guest was criticized by many who found the sunshine in his effusions too bright and sprightly for their withered souls and sour dispositions.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1934

Defiance police and citizens are hunting a slasher, a young man who slashes women with a knife then runs and hides. The latest victim was Miss Mabel Krotz.

She was burning trash in the alley yesterday morning, and was attacked and slashed on the arm below the elbow.

A factory whistle was blown and soon a hundred men or more were looking for the maniac.

Bertha Zimmerman, 56, wife of J.N. Zimmerman, pastor of the English Lutheran Church, Bryan, hanged herself in their home Sunday morning. She has been despondent for months.

Clyde Onweller, county clerk of courts, reports 89 automobiles and trucks were sold in Fulton County in July.

Ohio farmers, to date, have been paid $1,188,536.30 for cooperation in the corn-hog reduction program of the agricultural adjustment administration. Ohio is fourth in the list of states receiving the greatest benefit under the corn-hog program.

Ohio schools can open in September, but legislative aid will be needed to stay open after the first of the year, according to J.W. Fichter, assistant state director of education.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Henry Levy, of Idaho, is visiting in Archbold after an absence of 20 years. After a walk around the village of his hometown, he objected to the habit of butchering trees throughout the village…. John Van’t Hooft and family, of Muskeegon, Mich., are here on vacation. John operated Archbold’s first modern five-and-ten-cent store in the building now occupied by H.L. Fraas.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1909

Edward Payson Weston, 70, cross-country walker, was disappointed he did not walk from coast-to-coast in 100 days. He walked through Archbold on his way to Chicago. Weston will try again next year, starting from New York City on his 71st birthday.

The new Lincoln pennies are selling in New York for from 40 cents to $2 each. The government is regulating how many pennies are being sent to banks. The Farmers & Merchants Bank has secured their quota of the beautiful copper coin.

There is a plan for Devils Lake and Round Lake, in Michigan, to be connected by a channel.

It is little satisfaction to a victim to be told that medical science knows little about hay fever or asthma.

A few years ago girls were cutting their hair short because the weather was so warm and humid. Now they are filling their hair with what they call rats, piling it high on their head with false hair, and covering it with invisible nets and anchoring it with a few steel pins. On top of this they fasten a light-weight basket covered with flowers, ribbons, and other decorative things until it might be called a hat.

The Holderman congregation has purchased land of Menno Rychener and will build a church in Pettisville.

Housewives will do well to be on the lookout for a fellow who is traveling over the county selling hot irons. Victims have discovered that the iron would not retain heat long enough to iron a towel properly.

Lenawee County in which Morenci is located, is tired of the trade that their booze brings and will try local options.

Several persons are looking to buy a house in Archbold. Fair-priced residences are soon sold.

Friday, Aug. 27, 1909

Ed Williams, formerly an Archbold groceryman, and later Probate Judge of Fulton County drew 160 acres of land in the Flathead Reservation drawing. His claim is worth from $7,000 to $10,000.

The young man who starts life by failing to pay his honest debts will never be anything but what he is now- a dead beat. To succeed even in a small scale one must have confidence of others- credit.

Without credit even a government would come to nothing. Confidence is the basis upon which most business is done. To have credit a person must be honest and pay debts.

It’s easy to beat one’s friends, but when one is out of friends and money, he is a tramp. To succeed in life, keep your credit up.

Superintendent Hayward’s course of study for the coming year was approved by the German Township school board.

About 63 percent of the mortality among metal polishers in the last two years in this country was due to tuberculosis, caused by inhaling the fine metal dust from emery wheels.

In general it may be stated that when the soil is plowed three inches deep the plants have three inches of food, and when plowed ten inches deep plants have the opportunity of ten inches of food.

It is more of an honor than a disgrace to be poor. Poverty is accepted as evidence of honesty.

It is proposed by the government at Hong Kong to put a special tax on shipping entering the port, to provide half the cost of a typhoon shelter.

Many mothers instead of destroying the children’s stomachs with candy and cake and other poor choices of food give the youngsters a handful of raisins when they are begging for something in the way of sweets.

The quality of what you have to sell is known to some people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but by advertising regularly with us you’ll reach all of the people all of the time.


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