Archbold, OH

Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Headline–Genter, Barnaby, Merillat Winners; Pettisville School District, County DD Board Pass Replacement Levies

The issue of municipal leaf collection fell on council again.

No action was taken. Kevin Morton, councilman, brought up the issue in connection with the Tree City Award, which the village has won again.

Council voted to allow village officials to apply for a grant to install boat-launching ramps in the two reservoirs. If the village is successful ODNR will pay a minimum of 75 percent of the cost.

Headline–Village Pays $400,000 On Industrial Park Debt.

Council purchased the home and garage in the 100 block of North Defiance Street owned by Beverly C. Hart for $59,900. The house is the first one north of the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, on the east side of the street. It abuts the railroad property.

Greg and Jodi Nofziger will chair this year’s Pettisville Friendship Days Festival, June 16-18.

Samantha Burkholder, 5, enjoys 75-degree weather on her bicycle, according to a photograph.

Collections from Archbold municipal income tax were down in February. Year-to-date collections were $796,242.50, down $18,702.67 from the same two-month period in 1999.

Deaths–Alfred “Fritz” Nofziger, 92, Archbold; Pluma Short, 93, Archbold

Rachel Nafziger, student at Eastern Mennonite University, will depart for service work in Guatemala City Jan. 13.

Middle school band members will play with the Valparaiso University Band when it visits the school March 15.

Chuck Forward, AHS wrestling coach, became the newest member of the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The photographer discovered Julie Waidelich pushing her two sons in a stroller on a warm spring day recently.

County commissioners will hold an informational meeting March 16 to discuss construction of the proposed $3 million administration building.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, March 13, 1985

Further study into addition and renovation of the Archbold school facilities was approved by school board Monday night. Visitors attending the meeting voiced an interest in the project. David Lersch, superintendent, said he will present more information when available.

The Archbold school board approved a total appropriation of $3,797,324 for the 1985 calendar year.

Mrs. Stahl is surrounded in a photograph by book characters that came alive in her first grade classroom Friday at Pettisville elementary. Pictured are Haley Miller, Aubrey Wonsetler, Dawn King, Lance Grieser.

Several factors coming together have put the Pettisville Local School District into a situation that has seen expenses outstrip revenues.

The regional jail project is rolling, reported Lowell Rupp, county commissioner. “There is a very good possibility of federal funding,” he said.

Orrin R. Taylor, of the Archbold Buckeye, and Mr. and Mrs. O. Roger Taylor, of Farmland News, attended the 24th annual Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., last week.

Deaths–Albert Seiler, 94, Archbold; Jacob Leininger, 5, Henry County Hospital, Napoleon; George Henry Weber, 94, Napoleon

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said spring produces potholes, and the street department has eliminated most of the major ones.

Jason Grieser was awarded a certificate for scoring highest in a fifth grade mathematics contest at the elementary school last week.

A photograph shows Valerie Yoder and Amy Rychener, fifth grade students of the Computer Club, which meets daily at Pettisville elementary.

Mark E. Miller, was promoted to Marine corporal at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.

Phil Baden is a member of the BGSU collegiate chorale. He will travel to Europe on an 11-day tour.

Headline–Girls Upset State-Ranked Edgerton To Win District Title in Final Quarter

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, March 9, 1960

Council passed three ordinances– 864, 865, 866– for hourly labor rates, prohibiting parking vehicles on government owned terraces or berms, and settling traffic fines.

All AHS students who participated in the district and solo emsemble contests at BGSU on Saturday received medals. There were 44 firsts, and 59 medalists.

School Board accepted the bid of J.S. White & Co., Cincinnati, of $415,000 for new school construction.

Donald W. Behrens was named pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, on U.S. 6. He comes from South Sidney, Neb. He and his wife have five children.

William Grisier returned home Sunday from Miami, Fla., where he attended the Dodge Chemical National Seminar. There were 50 funeral directors from various parts of the United States.

George and Shirley Whysall, en route to California in the two-place airplane, said they stopped in Evansville, Ind., for lunch; Pine Bluff, Ark., for gas; and by sundown were in Texaracana, Ark., where they spent the first night, 960 miles from Archbold.

Fulton County led the four-county area in sales tax collections the week of Feb. 20.

Ronald Short, of Lugbill Bros., Inc., handed out trophies to winners of the Four County Barrow Show in Archbold.

The Blue Streak basketball team won the sectional tournament. Teammates are Ken Nagel, Bob Fraas, Jim Fiser, Dean Beck, Denny Miller. They are coached by Bill Arthur.

Coach Philip Buehrer, former AHS athlete, led his Mt. Blanchard basketball team to its first Hancock County tournament crown in 40 years. It is Philip’s first year coaching.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, March 6, 1935

Up to Saturday night, the total amount taken in at the Fulton County Treasury for sales tax stamps was $9,764.84. The sum represents a large advance sale of stamps and will probably be the largest amount of any month.

The Stotzer Hardware Co., plans to construct an addition to their large building on the corner of Holland and N. Defiance streets, with work to begin in the spring.

The building will be 26×53 feet, one story, and constructed on the remaining west end of the lot.

The keen interest of buyers and sellers at the Lugbill Stock Auction is most remarkable. The Monday sale brought 1,500 people to the barns, located one-half mile south of Archbold. Parking space was at a premium.

Early Monday morning, a truck en route from St. Louis, Missouri, bound toward the east for Buffalo, N.Y., crashed and burned on the road past the Lutheran Church, five miles south of Archbold. The truck was carrying 300 cases of eggs.

Assurance that construction of Stryker’s new town hall and waterworks system will be started soon was made positive last week when bids were advertised.

Louis Rupp returned to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., Wednesday.

When A.J. Stamm, cashier of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank, opened the door Saturday morning, he noticed the room was cold, even though he cared for the fire the night before. When he went to the basement there were several inches of water on the floor and a faucet was freely running.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 15, 1910

Samuel Baer, Ridgeville Corners, a brother of Elmer Baer, Wauseon, accidentally shot himself through the hand Wednesday at the farm of George DeLong.

He was in the barn with his nephew, cleaning an old hammerless .32 caliber revolver.

A thief raised the lower sash of a rear window and entered the Kutzli & Spiess butcher shop Saturday night.

The money drawer was tapped for between $25 and $30.

It appears the burglar was familiar with the surroundings.

Mrs. Minnie Allen, twice married and once divorced, brought suit against Martin Weaner, a wealthy Defiance farmer, for $5,000 for breech of promise. Martin did not show up on his wedding day to make her his third bride. She later learned that Martin had been declared an imbecile by the probate judge.

There are over three million dollars in the 14 Fulton County banks. About $400,000 is in Archbold banks.

Someone tipped over L.J. Mignery’s smoke house at Stryker and got away with ten hams and shoulders.

Two automobiles as big as freight cars passed through Archbold Tuesday.

Sheriff Grandy and deputies have taken to riding on the last T&I car Sunday nights to keep order in Fulton County.

Friday, March 18, 1910

Daniel P. Roth, of Elmira, mourns the terrible condition in which he found his buggy team the other morning.

He rented part of his barn to Dan Frey to stable two big horses. Sometime during the night one of the big horses began kicking the small team from which they were separated by a pole.

The punishment must have been kept up all night, for the small horses were almost chopped up alive. Chunks of flesh were kicked off them and their skins were punctured with shoe corks.

The small team was helpless, as there was nothing they could do but stand and take it.

Never buy spectacles of men who come along offering a great bargain. Chances are you will not get a good fit and you will pay more than the glasses are worth.

The Henry County farmer who claims his cider will cure hog cholera says he has tried it and knows what he is talking about.

She didn’t think how it would sound: A widow erected a monument to her husband, with the inscription, “Rest in peace until we meet again.”

Yesterday was the anniversary of the day when St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland into whiskey.

In Archbold if you call them Dutch they say, “We are not Dutch, but German.” It is hard to please all the people all the time.

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