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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999

Changes in the Ohio laws affecting village and city income taxes are not a high priority in the Ohio senate, Lynn Wachtmann, Napoleon, told council Monday evening.

On a split vote last week, the Fulton County commissioners approved paying $169,000 for plans for a new $3 million county office building in downtown Wauseon.

The cost to Archbold students taking driver education doubled from $50 to $100, as a result of school board action.

The board opted to wait for Bob Aschliman, who was absent from the meeting, to return before deciding whether or not to discontinue driver education.

Council unanimously approved a community reinvestment act agreement for Auto Images, Monday evening. Brad Grime, councilman, and owner of the business, abstained from voting.

Officials of the Ohio Department of Transportation will again study the intersection of St. Rts. 66 and 34 to determine if more safety improvements are needed.

Loren Roth, formerly international sales manager of Sauder Woodworking, was named director of international sales.

Deaths– Della M. Dunson, 68, Archbold; Sheila S. Knox, 42, Archbold, Viola M. Miller, 82, Fayette.

Karen Grieser was presented the second annual Mary Short award by Archbold Community Theatre.

Residents of Vine Street line up for the first annual broomcorn race Sunday afternoon.

Park board voted unanimously to place Ruihley Park swimming pool lifeguards on the village hourly wage scale.

Rick Schantz, water plant superintendent, received a Class IV water supply operator license.

John Grieser, Peter Short, and Jim Wyse, all candidates for Archbold mayor, attended council meeting Monday night. Grieser is a councilman.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1984

Voter registration in Fulton County is headed for 20,000. If it continues, registered voters will make up half the people in the county.

For members of the Northwest Ohio Rivers Council in Williams and Defiance counties, the question boils down to this: If drainage is improved along the Tiffin River in Fulton County, is there a good and suffi cient outlet for it?

The office of the Fulton County Board of Elections will be located at 525 North Shoop Ave., Wauseon, as of Oct. 1.

Deaths–Elizabeth Short, 86, Archbold; Nellie Rupp, 78, Archbold.

Lester Trigg, sheriff, said Saturday night was busy. He called in three extra deputies and was out himself. They took in six prisoners in about an hour.

James Miller was elected vice president of the Four County Joint Vocational School Board of Education Sept. 20, to fill the position of James Battershell, who resigned.

Max and Jason Smith kicked their way into the hearts of the Japanese people during a recent three-week hacky-sack tour of Japan, Aug. 8-26. A photo shows Max doing a flying hacky-sack kick while Jason looks on. They performed before a Japanese temple. Max said he’s going to semi-retire and turn the traveling over to Jason.

Headline–Miller Bros. Horse Breaks Five World Records at Little Brown Jug

Fancy Crown, 3-year-old trotter, set five world records at the Little Brown Jug, Sept. 20, at the Delaware County Fair.

Twenty-four days remain at Sauder Village and the rest of the season is filled with lots of activities. The award-winning Blanchard Valley Boys headline Saturday’s extravaganza.

Crews from Miller Brothers Construction put down new pavement on South Defiance Street in Lugbilltown Monday.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1959

Lugbill Bros., Inc., are completing arrangements for its 22nd annual Show and Sale of 4-H, FFA, and Fat Cattle, Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, Sept. 23-24-25. It is recognized as the largest sale of its kind in the Midwest.

The Fulton County Fair is history and has established a new all-time record attendance of 78,000.

Many people saw the silver research balloon floating across the blue September sky, Monday afternoon. It was 20,000 feet above the earth, 60 feet in diameter, and was sent up by the University of Minnesota.

A new era of local banking opened today with the announcement of electronic banking at the F&M State Bank, according to A.J. Stamm, executive vice president.

Harold Bostater, 38, Bryan, RFD, pleaded guilty to a second degree murder charge in the slaying Thursday night of his son-in-law, William Bigger, 20, at his home in Blakeslee.

Record enrollment at Elmira school is 112, and is likely to increase more.

Enrollment in Archbold-German Township local schools reached an even 900 Monday morning, Sept. 14.

The Ralph V. Wilson farm of 153 acres, southeast of Stryker, sold at auction to Lawrence Stuckey, Saturday, for $335 an acre.

C.L. Gerig celebrated his 85th birthday, Sept. 9. He was honored with a picnic attended by the membership of the Pettisville Church of God Mennonite, of which he is minister emeritus, in Reighard Park, Wauseon, on Labor Day.

West Unity officials have increased the monthly salary of their night officer from $225 per month to $300.

At the recent Golden Wedding Party at the 102nd Fulton County Fair, 63 couples were recognized. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Aeschliman received special gifts because they have the greatest number of living children, ten; 38 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

The grand champion barrow was exhibited by Robert Keiser, Archbold, and was purchased by Denver Stamm, for Tri-State Farm Service, Elmira.

The Elmira 4-H Club won first place at the county fair last week with their display of sewing. There are 26 members in the club.

Scott Theatre will reopen Friday evening, Sept. 18, for the fall and winter season with The Sleeping Beauty.

Stryker sent a delegation of four citizens, plus an attorney, to Columbus, Tuesday, to protest closing the New York Central freight station.

Bryan council passed an ordinance to stop parking of autos and trucks on street terraces. The terrace is owned by the city and homeowners do not have the right to use them.

Military address appears for Gary M. Pickett.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1934

Clyde N. Onweller, county clerk, took his son, Burton, to Athens, Ohio, to enter the university, He encountered a demonstration by a thousand public reliefers from Jackson, Ohio, who had placed a rope around the neck of the public relief administrator of Athens, and were about to hand him, when they learned he was not responsible for the juggling of the relief funds and the shortening of public rations.

Final agreement for the elimination of the low DT&I viaduct at Napoleon, which has cost several lives, has been made between the city of Napoleon, county officials, and the Ohio State Highway department.

The campaign for funds for the new Defiance Hospital has reached $13,000 and funding for 11 rooms have been donated.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1909
The Buehrer family reunion and basket picnic will be held in the Archbold school park on Saturday. Oct. 9.

While it was raining the hardest Friday afternoon, a man with a team of mules and a gravel bed drove into town. An old woman sat in the wagon amid some household goods while the man and a girl hustled from butcher shop to hardware store in search of a place to buy an umbrella.

When they appeared with two parasols the rain stopped, but this did not prevent the old lady from holding the shower stick over her dripping body, perhaps out of revenge.

William Ruihley, of east German Township, has his share of trouble. He is in continuous ill health; deserted by wife and sued for divorce; no son to do a stroke of work.

The numbering of houses to receive free mail delivery is progressing in Bryan. There will be 19 boxes for collecting mail.

Workmen are busy changing the wires and signal arms on the Lake Shore Railroad. It will be changed to a right hand road around Dec. 1.

Harry Lauber bought the Gottlieb Beck farm of 55 acres for $7,200.

The lady who shot her husband because he overworked the graphophone is not without sympathizers.

The Wright Brothers, of Dayton, are quoted as saying they will build an aeroplane for $7,500 for anyone who wants one.

A man was in town Thursday begging money for a Negro school in Kentucky.

In some country schools they are teaching agriculture. When common men begin to think, tyrants begin to tremble.

Friday, Oct. 1, 1909

J.U. Schnetzler, Bryan, filed a warrant on Byron DeLong, Bryan, charging him with poisoning 12 chickens valued at $60.

Politics and business ways seem to differ radically nowadays. The citizens of this community are continually howling for a change.

When a man has been in offi ce for a few years the public says he had it long enough and hollers for a change. “He had it long enough,” they say.

In our business affairs we want a doctor of experience. If he has practiced 25 years we like him the better. We like to trade better with a merchant that has had years of experience in buying and selling goods, as an experienced merchant adds an increased expense to the consumer. The cry for “long enough” cost Archbold taxpayers about $200 a year for the past two yeas with power service.

Two seedy-looking men who came in an old trap of an automobile tried to buy a pint of bay rum in both Archbold drug stores Tuesday. Neither druggist would sell them. Bay rum is half alcohol and some men, awfully hard up for liquor, can drink it. Some claim it will cause blindness. The men went through town from the south with a suitcase under their knees.

Hop Lee, Defiance, laundryman, left for China or elsewhere with everybody’s shirts and collars.

Henry Recknagel is moving his picture show business from the Spoerli & Baer building to the Archbold Opera House, where he hopes to have room and chairs for his patrons as well as a higher ceiling and more space in which to overcome some of the difficulties beset him in his efforts to give Archbold clean amusement.

Early Tuesday morning, four rigs containing Bohemian beet weeders, in mostly American clothes with bouquets in their hands and white rosettes on their coats, were on their way to St. Peter Catholic parsonage where two of them were to wed. Mr. Johann Korckny, 21, and Miss Anna Studenka, 18, were the happiest-looking people seen in Archbold in many a day.

The bride and her maid were dressed in white. These people are learning to spend money, which indicates they will be Americanized rapidly.


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