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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997

Headlines- Rohrs Takes Risks To Assist Needy… Abby Cordes Qualifies For State Cross Country… Teen Survey Results Indicate Sexual Activity Down, Drug Use Up

Seven residents are running for four village council positions: Marcia Cody and Roger Pinkelman, incumbents; Gregory M. Beck, Jeffrey D. Fryman, Brad Grime, Paulette Lauber, and Mark Stamm. Two incumbents are not seeking reelection: Fred Witte and William Lovejoy.

There are no plans to close the ITT Automotive plant in Archbold, said Jim Gill last week, a company spokesman.

Northwest State Community College will host the marketing efforts of what’s been called the best-kept secret in Ohio. Judy Ennis, director of continuing education at the college, will direct the marketing support plan for the Enterprise Ohio Network.

Ten zoning permits were issued in September.

Jackie Campbell, district superintendent of Gorham- Fayette Schools said last week the district has received a $500,000 grant to make emergency repairs on the Fayette and Franklin schools.

Alicia Hernandez, who works with Women and Family Services, a migrant outreach program, shows off their new mobile health unit, in a photograph.

Deaths- Ruth A. Brannan, 95, Archbold; Louella M. Kulp, 89, Archbold; Robert A. Link, Archbold

50th Anniversary- Robert and Irene Short, Nov. 9

The estate of Florence I. Crossgrove sold a brick ranch house at public auction, 405 South Lincoln St., to Corby Drewes for $60,000.

Nine Archbold residents attended a Youth for Christ regional staff training conference at Camp Michindoh, Hillsdale, Mich.: Rick Wyse, Jackie Wyse, Jonathan Jones, Chad Grieser, Richard Wonderly, Judy Grime, Glenda Stuckey, Cindy Jones, and Rick Jones.

AHS Class of 1977 held its 20-year reunion Oct. 11.

Pat Arend, representing the Bryan Church of Christ was with a group in Washington, D.C., that laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Chris Stover, a tight end on the Taylor (Ind.) University football team helped earn the Trojans a 22 national ranking in the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1982

Pettisville Local School District voters showed solid support for their school yesterday by passing the five-mill operating levy by a resounding 331 to 127 votes.

Robert and Doris Ebersole visited Mainland China for 16 days, and returned to Japan for five days before returning to the U.S. The Chinese people have lived behind the bamboo curtain, cut off from the rest of the world for 30 years. A recent change opened the doors and the Ebersoles traveled there to see the country.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lovejoy celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Nov.

A photograph taken at Sauder Village depicts Ilva Bontrager showing youngsters how sausage was made down on the farm many years ago.

Deaths- Leo P. Miller, 79; Clara Zimmerman, 97.

Ron Cline reports his horses were pleased with the article printed in the Oct. 20 Archbold Buckeye. “I tacked the stories on each stall so the Arabians could read about themselves. They’re all very smart,” Ron said.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Uncle Sam’s problems continue to multiply at a time when jobs are hard to come by. Tax revenue is declining, and inflation and high interest rates add to the woes…. The upper crust is a bunch of crumbs held together by dough…. Rolls-Royces sold today carry a price of $111,000 to $165,000 depending on the extras.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1957

Headline: Halloween Party In Gym Thursday Night: Annual Community Halloween Event To Be Held In New High School Gym, Thursday Night, Free Noisemakers, Cider, Doughnuts.

The Farmers & Merchants State Bank will observe its 60th anniversary, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2 with an open house.

Voters in Archbold and German township will ballot on a bond issue next Tuesday for the improvement and enlargement of the Town and Township hall, which was built by the two taxing districts in 1911.

Richard Zimmerman, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Zimmerman of near Elmira is in Wauseon hospital with cuts, bruises, fractured skull and concussion, following a car-bicycle collision on US20A east of the Elmira School, Monday at 11:38 a.m.

The lad was riding west on his bicycle on US20A in route to an Elmira store. John D. Alexander, 45, Toledo, driving west in his car, Richard started to turn left and Alexander tried to avoid hitting the boy and his bicycle and swerved to the left, but the lad was struck.

Rollin Beck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beck, is in Wauseon hospital with injuries received in an auto accident on US20A at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Rollin was driving west when he fell asleep and the car crashed into a tree.

Three young women from Archbold will be capped in the Investiture Ceremonies of St. Vincent’s hospital school of nursing, Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the Ursuline auditorium, Collingwood Blvd., Toledo. They are Balbina Lisak, Joan Lovejoy and Verlene Nafziger.

Members of the Community Commercial Club toured the new Archbold Refrigeration, Inc., plant, Monday.

The plant was constructed by Eicher & Son, Inc. Here freshly dressed turkeys are prepared for nearby markets, placed in specially designed moistureproof bags from which all air has been removed and frozen, ready for shipment to market in Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago and other cities.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 1932

William Sigg, just married, sold hogs at $2.85 and later at $2.50; wheat at 40¢; oats 7¢; butter 8¢; eggs 10¢; 200-pound calves at $54 each.

Hundreds of people gathered at the old Maumee River bridge at Defiance to watch the workmen move the old steel bridge over about fifty feet to make room for the new one to be erected. The old bridge will be re-opened this week so that travelers may use the old bridge until the new one is finished. In the meantime traffic has been ferried across the river near Kingsbury Park. A new steel and concrete bridge will be built to replace the old one, which has done duty on the Maumee since 1886.

Earl Peugot, living near Stryker, was attacked by an enraged boar, when he went into the barn yard. The boar knocked Mr. Peugeot down, seized his left elbow in its mouth, lacerating the flesh and injuring his left leg, before the animal desisted its attack.

H.S. Winzeler, owner of the Ohio Art Co., at Bryan, which was founded in Archbold, has been in Detroit the past few months where he recently purchased another manufacturing plant. Last week he opened a retail gift and art store on Washington Boulevard and will sell products of his company, namely pictures made in Bryan, and hammered brass, copper dishes and trays made in California by another of his factories.

John Steenson and Donald Ruffer entered the boxing show at Bryan Monday night.

Fooling the farm flock into working overtime by the use of artificial lights is a sound, profitable practice, according to R.E. Cray, Ohio State University.

Forty shopping days until Christmas. Archbold merchants will be expecting you. Money spent here stays here and passes from hand-to-hand, endlessly.

Henry Ford says Hoover must be re-elected to save the country from further depressions. How many stops are there to bottom?

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1907

During Halloween festivities someone broke into Druhot Brothers poolroom and emptied the cash drawer of its contents, about $10. Entrance was gained by breaking the glass and shifting the bolt on a rear door. There is no clue.

A thirty-dollar house greeted the combined Delta and Archbold bands at Archbold Opera House Thursday evening. After paying railroad fare for ten Delta bandsmen, hall rent, printing bill, etc., there will be little profit. The Archbold Band will return the compliment and perform at Delta, Nov. 7.

Edward Payson Weston, 69, the great American pedestrian, leaves Portland, Maine, Tuesday afternoon to walk to Chicago, a distance of 1,235 miles. He plans to complete the walk in 26 days, and will not walk on Sunday. He plans to walk through Archbold on Friday, Nov. 22.

Pupils present every day during October in District No. 16, German Township were Ervin Roth, Floyd Schlatter, Harry Short, Homer Gautsche, Ormand Schlatter, Oscar Gautsche, Paul Kohl, Raymond Yoder, Caroline Roth, Cora Rupp, Ella Kohl, Fannie Rupp, Francis Miller, Herman Short, Rosa Kohl, Sadie Miller, Sarah Yoder. Absent one day: Gladys Nofzinger, Olen Schlatter, and Marion Winzeler.- May Miller, teacher

You may search America over and you cannot find a community where farm wives spread such lavish Sunday meals as in German Township, Fulton County. There are many young folks who help prepare the work-feasts. Such would cost a fortune in a city. Here spreads are prepared every Sunday in the summertime. The quantity consumed at the Germantown dinners would cost $1 per person in New York City. The dinners take place after Sunday church, and up to 150 people are served. If you have never been invited to a German Township Sunday dinner, you haven’t lived.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Nov. 8, 1907

Following are candidates elected to Archbold public office: R.E. Chase, mayor; O.E. Lauber, clerk; A.E. Theabold, treasurer; William Ruffer, marshal; councilmen: John Munro, E.E. Bourquin, Eli P. Nofzinger, Henry Fagley, Martin Theabold, I.L. Coy.

The first lecture course at the Archbold Opera House was a grand success. The house was filled and $18 was taken at the door. This pays expenses and leaves $6 profit to pay the next attraction. The committee is working hard to give Archbold people wholesome, moral, and instructive entertainment.

People are flocking to the Texas Panhandle at 300 a day. Railroads are one week behind delivering cars of goods. Thousands of acres are sold weekly.

Jonas Yoder’s new boy arrived Sunday…. Mrs. Albert Spiess is recovering from typhoid fever…. Abe. Nofzinger’s first-born son came Monday.


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