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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999

Thousands of guests lined Archbold streets to view the second annual Festival of Lights: 5,000 to 6,600 people watched the parade.

Tami and Lynn Miller, Pettisville, are operating a new business from their home. It is an online mall that caters to small area businesses, helping sell their products online.

Inducted into the Pettisville Honor Society are Hope Nyce, Alicia Bower, Amy Williams, Desiree Macias, Perry Leatherman, Casey King, Bethany Neuenschwander, Shannon Blosser, Meghan Linehan, Jessica Garcia.

David and Mary Lou Heaston have opened Country Sprouts Greenhouse, southwest of Archbold.

Mariam Stotzer Moore, Huntington Woods, Mich., said she likes to read the Buckeye. “I enjoy seeing the progress my town is making. It’s like a city, quite different from 97 years ago when I was born there.”

Deaths–Louis C. Lehman, 81, Upper Sandusky; Richard Gomez, 28, Archbold; Derrick A. Ruffer, 36, Archbold; Edith E. Rupp, 94, Archbold

Timothy Armstrong and Jenneken Buschur, AHS ‘99, are members of the Goshen College Wind Ensemble.

Returning letterwinners on the Blue Streak boys basketball team are Tim Krauss, Brian Meyer, Jade Dominique.

Lindsay Miller, AHS varsity cheerleader, applies an artistic touch to one of the spirit signs made by students and parents to decorate the AHS gymnasium.

Tom Rosebrock, Napoleon, formerly of Ridgeville Corners, swept both heats and the feature during an indoor kart race at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Sunday, Nov. 21.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1984

Lee Sauder was appointed assistant fire chief, and Rollin Purdy was appointed full-time police officer by William Lovejoy, mayor.

The total payroll package for 1984, when approved by Archbold Village Council, will be about $718,000.

Dale Gigax is many things. Retired from Sauder Woodworking, Dale has been and still is a flier of 43 years. He’s an historical writer, working on a family history that goes back to the Phillistines. He is a builder, having built the house he lives in. He just completed building a fighter airplane from a kit.

Steve Ringenberg, Hannibal, Mo., has been hired by Fairlawn Haven Board to serve as administrator of the 100-bed nursing home.

Northwest Ohio grain is loaded into the hold of the Ever Dawn
ship for transport to Mozambique from Port Huron, Mich. The ship sailed Nov. 24.

Brenda Jo Oyer is one of 37 Anderson College students selected to appear in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Marla Lee, AHS ‘81, is student teaching at North Side Elementary in Mishawaka, Ind.

James Humbarger, AHS ‘80, USAF, was commended by his commanding officer for outstanding work in electronics.

Mike Erbskorn, police offi- cer, fingerprinted 90 children at a clinic sponsored by Jaycee Women Thursday evening.

Sue Stamm is serving as the Archbold contact person for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– The corner of Euclid and East 105th Street, in Cleveland, displayed the first electric traffic light on Aug. 5, 1914…. A $3 million mosque has been constructed in a cornfield near Perrysburg on a 48-acre site. Six miles from Toledo, it will serve 500 Muslim families in that area…. Here’s a tonguetwister to practice: Theopilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve of unsifted thistle, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.

Deaths–Ezra Aeschliman, 87, Wauseon; Nicholos Sommers, infant, Archbold; Charles J. Shelter, 77, Archbold; Angela Buckenmeyer, stillborn, Archbold; Ralph H. Schmidt, 80, Stryker

50th Anniversary–Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schmucker, Jan. 31

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1959

Denver Stamm appears in a photograph with hundreds of turkeys that are ready for the Thanksgiving market.

Over 1 1/2 million pounds of dressed turkeys and nearly two million pounds of live turkeys have gone from the Archbold farms to grace the Thanksgiving tables in eastern markets.

Eicher & Son, Inc. have dressed and marketed 1,589,829 pounds of dressed turkeys, or approximately 100,000 birds.

Wilmer Eicher, Jr., has shipped 151,557 head of live turkeys, or approximately 1,918,285 pounds, delivering them to New York and Cleveland markets.

A. Donald Collins of the Methodist Church was speaker at the Monday Noontide Luncheon of Commercial Club.

DeRoyce Hornish, 1953 graduate and athletic star of Archbold High School, is teaching and coaching athletics at Zanesfield-Monroe consolidated school at Logan County, Ohio.

As a member of the teaching staff for a second year, he instructs classes in industrial arts, mechanical drawing, physical education, driver training, and eighth grade science.

Next year, the Blue Streaks will enter their fourth league affiliation in seven years when they join the Northwestern Ohio Athletic League.

Since 1952 and including this school year, AHS has been independent in athletics five out of seven years. Being independent always creates a problem in scheduling games.

Mike Walker presents the most valuable player award to halfback John Jimenez, according to a photograph.

This year, for the first time, Archbold has organized a Pep Club, which was started before football season began. Officers are Junior Bechtel, president; Joan Schrock, vice president; Cara Lou Schrock, secretary treasurer.

Licenses will be required in Ohio for all watercraft effective Jan. 1. A new division has been set up for the purpose.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– I shall lose my life for want of language.–Shakespeare …. A recent study indicates women weigh less than they used to and men weigh more.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1934

Four Archbold churches unite for a Thanksgiving service tonight, Wednesday, at 7:30 at the St. John’s Reformed Church. C.W. Stuckey, of Detroit, is in charge of meetings at the Defenseless Mennonite Church. He will be the Thanksgiving speaker at the union service.

Businessmen and citizens of West Unity have organized a Community Booster Club to foster the interests of the community.

Passenger and freight trains on the NYC were delayed Monday morning when three freight cars piled up at the Burnell Street crossing in Wauseon, at about 8:30 am.

Another contract is to be let by the Ohio Highway Department, Columbus, Saturday, Dec. 8, for construction of another unit of highway on US Route 20-S in German Township.

Mayor Herbert Demaline, of Wauseon, and village council employed Paxon & Canfield as extra legal counsel to help the village solicitor John Darby fight the $15,250 damage case filed against the town by Herbert Bonnell for pollution of the water of Turkeyfoot Creek by sewage from the village.

New car sales in Fulton County have fallen during November. Up to Nov. 26, 39 new cars were recorded.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1909

At the Lincoln Theatre Saturday evening, a grand war drama stirred the patriotism of the audiences. The local moving picture show is constantly growing in popularity, and manager Recnagel will hold on and try the five-cent admission awhile longer and will not raise to ten cents unless lack of patronage compels it.

Alabama went wet. To one who has been through Alabama the only wonder is where the dry votes came from.

How many children this time of year ask their parents, themselves, and each other, is there really and truly a Santa Claus? If there is, why are no two pictures of him alike?

When a young man plans to beat a creditor or cheat those who place confidence in him, he has burned the bridge that may carry him from a life of ordinary labor to one of position and prosperity.

Automobiles ought to be cheap in 1911. Eighty-three million dollars worth of auto factories have been incorporated in Michigan.

The gasoline engine is doing more to keep the boy down on the farm than a course of lectures, oral or printed. Labor saving devices are appreciated more on the farm than ever before. It is important to use mechanical means instead of hand labor.

Edgerton children must stick their gum on the old walnut tree before entering the schoolhouse.

Robert Walter’s horse was found in a nearby orchard after he had reported to the sheriff it was stolen. It had broken loose from the rail.

Friday, Dec. 10, 1909

Peter Burt, a Lake Shore Railroad conductor, was cut in two by a backing locomotive at Edgerton, Monday night. He had a family and several pieces of property in Toledo.

John Harris, 40, son of Dick Harris, committed suicide in Toledo, Monday. He leaves a wife and seven children. John always has been unlucky. He lost an arm two years ago.

Anthony Moine, of German Township, signed a bond of surety for one of the newly elected township offi cials last Monday. Moine is 92 years old. Can anyone else in the county claim to have a surety for a bondsmen of such grand old age? Mr. Moine retains all his mental faculties at his advanced age.

The greased pig was caught at the skating rink Wednesday evening. And it was a sight.

The audience was fenced off and the skaters and pig were turned loose in the ring. Ed. Grime got a leg hold and carried the pig once around the ring. But it took ten minutes and he was declared out.

Romeo Dominique got the pig around the ring, but fell and was out. Peter Diehlman made a good start with the porker. He slipped, his knee touched the ice, and he was declared out.

Noah Dominique took the pig around the ring but took time to rest half way around. He also rested again when near the ark. Then with a mighty heave the young blacksmith hoisted the pig onto the ark and a tremendous shout went up.

The judges were F. Geesey, Ed. Downer, and D. Bailey. The pig was worth $8.25.

The cow sale at the Wauseon condensory was not well patronized. Some farmers who bought cows at the sale last year claimed they were stung.

The two young fellows John O’Niell and Charles Edwards, who broke in to Weiderkehr’s store in Stryker, were sentenced to the reformatory by judge Killits.


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