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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, May 17, 2000

A bid for upgrading the intersection of St. Rt. 66 and US20A at Burlington/ Elmira will be accepted in November 2001.

Those are the contents of a letter from W. Michael Ligibel, Ohio Department of Transportation, District 2, to Lynn Wachtmann, state senator (R-Napoleon).

Chris and Todd Short, who live southwest of Archbold, Co. Rd. 24, lost their barn in a storm Tuesday, May 9, according to a photograph.

Council voted to purchase a piece of rural land and sell a lot on South Defiance Street. The village is buying 1.75 acres of land on Fulton Co. Rd. 24 from Todd and Christina Short.

The 60-foot wide plot is located at the west end of Nolan Parkway in the Industrial Park. It connects to Co. Rd. 24 at the west end.

The Short land can be used for access to Co. Rd. 24 from the industrial park. Council has no development plan for the land.

Completion of the local cable TV system rebuild will be finished by Aug. 31, 2000.

Henry Moon, an Archbold resident and provost of the University of Toledo, will become a Texan.

Moon accepted the position of president of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, May 12.

Mrs. Lowell (Dorothy) Miller, rural Fayette, was recently honored for 25 years of service and volunteering with the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Downtown Archbold: Past, Present, And Future, was Bill Rufenacht’s presentation to the Monday luncheon of Commercial Club.

Deaths–Ansel L. Fellows, 87, Archbold; Emma Poorman, 93, Swanton; Shirley A. Clair, 67, Stryker; Eugene Schnitkey, 69, Archbold; Thomas M. Dolan, 43, Bryan; James A. Kennedy, 64, Daytona Beach, Fla.

John Torres and Carl Norden, PHS students, were awarded scholarships for their projects at State Science Day, April 29, at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Raelyn Marie Rupp, daughter of Doug and Linda, graduated from Bethel College with an Associate of Arts degree.

Jana Crossgrove, daughter of Roger and Mabelann, was named a member of Towers Agricultural Honorary at OSU.

Five years ago, citizens did not foresee what we have today in downtown Archbold– the reduction of retail businesses, Tim Smith told members of Council.

According to Smith, there are now four unoccupied downtown business buildings within two blocks. He said in 1980 there were 16 retail businesses in downtown. Smith told council, “If we don’t do more to downtown we’ll see more unoccupied buildings in the future, and some of them will be boarded up.”

A fancy 1802 Ohio bicentennial sign is being painted on a barn owned by Lowell E. Rupp, US Rt. 20.

Clark Forward, son of Chuck and Diana, AHS ‘99, will represent the United States at the 2000 FILA Junior Freestyle World Championships in wrestling at Nantes, France, July 3-9.

An editorial on Clark Forward’s hard work in wrestling, and how it paid off, appeared in the May 17, 2000 publication of this newspaper.

Bridget Wyse took the top award in the second annual Fulton County Earth Day coloring competition.

In the midst of the Tuesday night, May 9, windstorm, the Ridgeville Fire Department was called to battle a fire burning in the remains of an old barn in that community.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 22, 1985

Archbold High School celebrates its 94th commencement, May 26. Eighty-two students completed requirements to receive diplomas.

Because of the decline in popularity of three-piece cans and technical obsolescence, the National Can Corp., said it will close its facility in Archbold. About 30 people will be affected by the shutdown.

Two public hearings are going to be held on a proposed Community Development Block Grant for development of an industrial park.

It’s been over four months since retiring Lester J. Trigg, county sheriff, turned over the office to newcomer Darrell Merillat. No one resigned after the change, and there is only one new officer in the Sheriff office.

Marvin Miller, president of the Archbold Area Foundation, accepted a check of $1,000 from Pat Kennedy, treasurer of the Lions Club. Assets of the Foundation hit $30,000.

Deaths–LeRoy S. Wyse, 81, Wauseon; Irma Buehrer, 85, Leesburg, Va.

James Selgo, Wauseon, has been named superintendent of the Stryker Local School District.

Earn Degrees– James LaNeve, Defiance College; Julie Bernath, Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing

Kelly Drake earned the annual Arion music award at AHS.

Kelly Strickler pitched a second no-hitter last week in girls non-league softball action against Liberty Center.

Kim Roth, a Goshen College freshman, set two indoor track records.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, May 18, 1960

Archbold High School will graduate the largest class in history, 75 seniors.

AHS class honors this year go to Allen J. Stuckey and Valetta Aschliman. Allan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Stuckey; Valetta is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Aschliman.

David King, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice King, 205 Wilson St., died in a car wreck Tuesday night on Lutz Road, west of Archbold.

Wilmer D. Rupp was named to the honor society at Oberlin College.

Three Archbold women will graduate from Northwestern Ohio Practical Nurse Training Center, Toledo, June 3: Marjorie Weber, Marjorie Grieser, Virginia Sauder.

Richard M. Lauber, local postmaster, was elected president of the Fulton County Postmasters Association.

Karl Mohr, Fulton County engineer, said this week the county will change its plan of selling road materials to the townships. For about 40 years the engineer office has served as a supply center, selling asphalt, salt, and chloride in small lots.

Bowling champions of the women’s league are Irene Hettesheimer, captain; Donna Huber, Alice Huber, Barbara Lantz, Helen Springer.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– A closed mouth gathers no feet…. Maybe Khrushchev’s reply to Ike’s pending visit to the Soviet Union will be “U2”….The ultimate in refusing temptation is going into a supermarket for one item and coming out with one item…. A homeowner’s utopia has been predicted: In ten years there will be no crab grass and grasses will be grown to any desired height and stay there.

George Taylor, a PHS senior and son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Taylor, has not missed one day of school in 12 years. He is class president.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 15, 1935

Blanche M. Wyse is named the valedictorian of the graduating class of 1935 and Edwin C. Winzeler is the salutatorian.

Archbold and German Township is one of the strongest and most financially successful districts in the State of Ohio.

Howard Bernath, 40, died in Memorial Hospital at Wauseon, Monday noon, of injuries suffered in a farm accident with a tractor at his farm Saturday afternoon. Since he was working alone, it is unknown what happened.

Rev. Kluepfel, former pastor of St. Martin’s Church, now serving in Perrysburg, will give the commencement sermon.

Chain letters asking for dimes and dollars have been trickling through the mails and reaching the hands of residents of Archbold.

There is no limit to train travel and there is no means of transportation that can compare.

Lydia Bock and Florence Fraas are in charge of getting new 4-H Club members.

Archbold is one of the strongest rural communities in the nation. It is surrounded in German Township by the best farmers in America.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 24, 1910

In the Spingfield vicinity, the younger Dunkards are manifesting a disposition to cast aside some of the rigid requirements of the church. A number of the younger and wealthier farmers are buying automobiles, and this has created a scandal among the older and stiffer religionists.

The person called Hotel DeTree, who died in the Wood County Infirmary and left a small fortune, was not the same person known as Hotel DeTree in the vicinity of Archbold.

Joe Boudrey, known here as Hotel DeTree, showed up in Archbold last week as an umbrella fixer. He said he has been staying with his daughters, one at South Bend, Ind., and the other at Grand Haven, Mich.

He thinks the report of his death was greatly exaggerated and was surprised to hear that he had passed to the great beyond. He says he wants to stay on earth a while longer.

We ought to get up an agricultural school for Archbold next February. Young farmers are hungry to learn the latest tricks about farming.

Jacob Miller, who once kept a drug store in Archbold, and Roll Hoy, doing business in Wauseon under the name of Miller & Hoy, are meeting with much success with their own invention. They cannot fill their orders because of lack of room to manufacture. They employ eight men at present.

Friday, May 17, 1910

Lendall Vernier, sonin law of Ed. Sagert, was knocked down by a trolley car at Stryker, Sunday. He cut a gash four inches long to his head and wrenched his back. The trolley pole slipped out of Henry Reifert’s hands and struck Vernier.

Dr. H.F. Bailey, the famous left-handed ball pitcher, will demonstrate his fancy pitching stunts on Monday, Memorial Day. The game will be between the married men and the single men at 2:30 p.m.

Bailey has held some good jobs with some classy teams, and refused all kinds of offers to play ball with professional teams this summer. He has turned them down because he wants to settle down and make a home for himself in Archbold, he said. No admission to the game.

A wagonload of people from Henry County came down to Evansport to fish. They caught nothing but crabs.

You can safely guess that sooner or later Pike Township will be heard from. Ervin Shaffer has just drawn the largest milk check ever paid by the Bryan Condensory.

Persons intending to play sick to get rid of work had better put on their emergency brake. The Wauseon Hospital is closed.

Persons who went insane over the Haley’s Comet would probably have found something else over which to have lost their reason.

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