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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Seniors in the top ten percent of the 2000 graduating class are Sarah Andres, Owen Beck, Chris Buehrer, Kelly Buehrer, Lisa Grieser, Jamie King, Tiffany Litwiller, Hank Moon, Lana R. Nofziger, Emily Schroeder, Lindsay Short, Luke Yoder.

Archbold High School will graduate 117 seniors at commencement, Sunday, in the high school gymnasium.

Under wage agreements by the Archbold Area School Board, teachers will receive a 3% raise each year for the next three years.

A new item in the contract is a vision plan for teachers that will pay for eye care.

Pettisville High School will graduate 40 seniors Sunday.

Providing access to fuel, food, and other convenience items, the Archbold Main Stop opened Wednesday, May 17.

Board members of the Four County Career Center approved two tax abatements, May 18, for Archbold Container Corp., and Frey’s Westfield Addition Ltd.

The 2000 Archbold Elementary School Health Walk generated about $19,500 in donations, according to Ken Cline, superintendent of schools.

Stacy Spengler, 14, daughter of Steve and Jill, Ridgeville Corners, was selected to represent Archbold Middle School at the Medical College of Ohio Camp Med program.

Steve Brannan, of the Pettisville FFA Alumni Affiliate, was recognized as one of the top five members of the Ohio FFA Alumni Association.

Rosemary (Schweinhagen) Fisher was inducted in the Sigma Theta Tau, international honorary society for nurses. She is the daughter of Hank and Sherry Schweinhagen.

Headline–Girls Win District Track, Three Boys Advance To Regional

Members of the Henry County Low German Club performed a traditional German May pole dance at the Sauder Village German Festival, May 20.

Armando Tijerina Jr. is traveling with the BGSU collegiate chorale on a 10- day tour of the southern United States.

An introduction to volunteering is presented at FCHC, May 31.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 29, 1985

Pettisville honor graduates are Nancy Sauder, Josie Short, Renee Snyder, Sarah Zehr, Jeff Short.

A three-week-old Federal Trade Commission ruling requires used car dealers to list warranty information on used cars.

Archbold elementary school students and their mothers will have a chance to review safety rules and see some of the equipment at the Ruihley Park Swimming Pool, Thursday.

Bill Bruns and Leon Goodwin, World War I veterans, were honored at Archbold Memorial Day services.

The St. Lawrence Seaway was built 25 years ago. It’s a gigantic 2,342-mile waterway that joins the two great nations of Canada and the United States.

Deaths–Luetta Leininger, 76, Archbold

Natalie Rath competed in the Toledo Miss Teen pageant, June 21-22, at Lourdes College, Sylvania.

Alicia Gomez, secretary of the Four County Vocational School 500-member Vocational Industrial Club, was awarded a silver medal at the Ohio Skill Olympics, Columbus.

Earn Degrees –Paul and Brenda Stamm Smucker, Indiana University School of Medicine; Diane Sauder, cum laude, Kenyon College; Claire Rupp, Kevin Morton, Rebecca Leu, Miami University

Bill’s Locker Room captured the men’s and women’s slo-pitch titles at the Blue Streak Invitational over the weekend.

Sandy Basselman, Ridgeville Corners, is on an intracontinental concert tour with the BGSU a cappella choir.

Shari Coressel and Dawn Falor, AHS track stars, go to state competition in Columbus.

A brainstorming session about how to provide a local youth center is set for June 1 at the F&M State Bank community room at 7:30 pm.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–if you feel your oats and your age at the same time, you really have had it…. Automobile thefts cost Americans between $3.5 and $5 billion annually.

Fulton County obtained 34 ex-military vehicles with an acquisition cost of $185,431 through the Ohio Disaster Services Agency.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, May 25, 1960

Paul Merillat, Wauseon, former resident of Archbold, will be the Memorial Day speaker in Ruihley Park.

Archbold Legion Post 311 will send David Grisier to Buckeye Boys’ State. Larry Rupp is the alternate.

Edwin R. Murbach was elected to the Council of Ohio State Medical Association. He is a graduate of AHS and the University of Michigan College of Medicine. He will help determine policies, programs, and activities of the 9,500-member association.

AHS seniors honored on awards day: John J. Jimenez, Rychener award; Betty Lou Schultz, Fagley and Arion co-winner; Linda L. Short, Arion co-winner.

Two girls go to Buckeye Girls’ State: DeAnn Rupp and Elaine Gearig. Alternates are Melinda Nofziger and Bonnie Johnson. They are sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary and Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Mark Blosser, Rt. 3, Archbold, has purchased the Gulf Oil Distribution agency from J. Jacobs, Wauseon, effective May 23.

County commissioners have appointed Don Kirkendall, Wauseon, county dog warden. He succeeds C.E. King, Archbold.

Thirty-one seniors will graduate at Pettisville High School.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Henry Fraas was capable of holding a pitcher who had lots of smoke on the ball, when he was a star player for Archbold…. Snow on Memorial Day is unusual, but it happened here May 30, 1910…. If you build your house on a cement slab, the floors will not squeak.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 22, 1935

Twenty-seven seniors will graduate at Archbold High School.

To date, 15 reunions are scheduled in Ruihley Park Pavilion this season.

Seventy years ago, Peter Short brought a willow switch along home from a trip to Indiana. He stuck it in the ground on the farm now owned by Jacob Mendly. It grew to a mighty tree, but a few days ago during the electrical storm, lightning struck and it was split in two.

Village officials of Wauseon find their general fund low, having $1,200 in the fund and about $1,269 in unpaid street light bills.

Residents are without a place to dump trash and rubbish gathered on Clean- Up Days.

German Township District school teachers have been hired for the coming year: Ruth Winzeler, Dist. No. 3; Wilma Stamm, No. 5; Elzina Rupp, No. 7; Violet Spiess, No. 9; Lodema Spiess, No. 10; Grace Short, No. 12; Mary Winzeler, No. 13; Mary Stuckey No. 15; Lodema Short, No. 16.

The first of Williams County closed banks to pay depositors in full is the Kunkle State Bank.

Irene M. Ruffer will graduate as a nurse from the Toledo Hospital.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 31, 1910

Wauseon Commercial Club is raising a bonus of $7,500 to secure an industry of the United States Maleable Co. of east Toledo, to open a factory in the old vacuum plant building to employ from 50 to 100 moulders.

A 16-lot addition to Elmira has been filed with John Theobald, county recorder. The names of the streets are Fulton, Clinton, and Archbold. Archbold is the name of the main business street. The addition is known as Ruger’s first addition to Elmira. All the lots have been sold.

Floyd Dominique was arrested for fast driving on North Defiance Street Saturday evening. He was taken before mayor Downer and fined $6.75.

He ran into J.R. Hoffmire’s buggy and nearly knocked a lady down. The driving ordinance must be enforced for public safety.

Three are a crowd was what two others thought on their way from Ridgeville Corners to their homes eight miles north of Archbold Saturday evening. The two men sent the third one into an Archbold drug store and then drove on and left him. The third man hired a livery rig to go home.

The Central Amish-Mennonite Church is redecorated and presents a neat, clean, and attractive appearance. The church is often pressed for seating room.

Friday, June 3, 1910

It is no use. You can’t cut much of a dash with German Township girls unless you have a road horse, rubber tire buggy, and shiny white collar.

According to reports, Saturday was a great day at Ridgeville Corners. They drank everything dry but the well and smoked up about all there was to burn.

It was a jolly shivering bunch of people who stood in Nofziger’s field Monday and watched a ball game where the single men walloped the married men, 9-4.

Three calves to one cow at one time is an unusual event in this neighborhood. It took place on the Funkhauser farm, in southwest Clinton Township. The triplet calves are doing well. They weighed 60, 63, and 65 pounds.

Adam Waldvogel holds the tile ditcher title for the third time. He has 10,000 tiles on his farm and wants 3,000 more.

By a secret indictment of the Williams County grand jury, Henry Flory was charged with incest by a sister of his dead wife.

It will be remembered that Flory accidentally discharged a gun that killed his wife sometime ago.

Have you noticed that most all of the persons who come through town in big touring cars have no children? Perhaps that is why they can afford the cars.


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