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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Council held its first reading of a new sidewalk policy. If approved, the new sidewalk ordinance will repeal a 1984 sidewalk ordinance.

Keeping traffic moving on Defiance Street is the major goal of the new traffic signal project in Archbold.

Pettisville school board discussed hiring a new elementary principal to replace Michael Sullivan, who plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Tammy Burkholder was hired as the new playground supervisor. She also serves as a substitute bus driver.

A three-bedroom ranch house at 213 Walnut Street, owned by Robert J. Grisier, was sold at public auction, June 1. Harold and Mattie Nafziger were final bidders at $78,000.

Quality Communication, Peru, Ind., was hired by Adelphia Communications, Archbold cable television provider, to install fiber optic cable in connection with the rebuilding of the local system.

Deaths–Earl Arno, 86, Westland, Mich.; Delmar Benecke, 86, Napoleon

Lisa Mack, 505 Stamm St., reported to police May 31, a 12-foot aluminum fishing boat, valued at $750, was stolen from her property.

Ryan Kauffman, son of Phillip and Barbara, graduated summa cum laude from State University of West Georgia.

Ward L. Adams Post, Ridgeville Corners, will send three girls to Buckeye Girls State: Jennifer Hurst, daughter of Roger and Becky; Michelle Henry, daughter of Thomas and Joetta; Krista Aeschmeier, daughter of Tony and Cathy.

NWOAL scholar athletes for spring 2000 from Archbold: Owen Beck, tennis; Chris Buehrer, track; Jade Dominique, track; Nick Kammeyer, baseball; Jamie King, softball; Ryan Leininger, baseball; Hank Moon, baseball; Emily Schroeder, softball; Sondra Stahl, track.

Beck, Dominique, King, Moon, and Schroeder were five of 19 to receive special mention as three-time scholar athletes this school year.

Jade Dominique, AHS senior, plays in the 10th annual regional all-star football game at the Perrysburg High School football stadium, July 14.

A photograph shows four shivering girls opening day at the Archbold Swimming Pool: Natasha Velez, Ashley Horst, Dani Dailey, Katelyn Allen.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 12, 1985

If all comes together, the Archbold Industrial Park will be located on the Roth property, south of the village and west of St. Rt. 66. Scott Port-A-Fold, a 32-year-old manufacturing firm founded in Archbold, plans to construct a new facility in the proposed industrial park, the first to take residence.

Landlocked, with all available space being used, Scott Port-A-Fold needs additional space because of an increase in business.

James Lammy Sr., president, said, “with the way we’re running now, with our volume up and our work force up, there just is not enough space.”

At 12:05 am, June 13, 1975, a train arrived in Archbold. Known as the Freedom Train, it consisted of 26 cars, pulled by an old steam locomotive, now a relic in an era of diesel power. Even though it arrived late at night, in the rain, people turned out to meet it.

Deaths–Marvin J. Rupp, 73, Stryker; Rosa Huebscher, 96, Archbold; Wallace B. Collamore, 65, Archbold; Carma D. Wallace, 76, Wauseon; Mary Shetzer, 82, Bowling Green.

Traveling through 15 countries for a year-anda half with The Celebrant Singers was an interesting experience for Jill Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson. They had a private audience with Pope John Paul II at Vatican City, and gave a long concert. They also gave a concert for Mother Teresa.

Carolyn Stuckey was named Woman Athlete of the Year at Bluffton College.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–When August Ruihley became mayor of Archbold, he found village finances in serious condition…. The heart is a fabulous engine. Every day it pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 70,000 miles of blood vessels…. Do you know of anything as uncommon as common sense?

Earn Degrees–Jim Ebersole, University of Colorado; Cathy Rupp, University of Pittsburgh; John D. Meier, Wright State University School of Medicine

Americanism winners at Pettisville High School were Erica Yoder, junior; Sarah Zehr, senior; Jeff Short, senior; Jill Lantz, sophomore; Brad Sauder, sophomore, Jeff Kruse, senior.

An intense windstorm roared through the Eddie Beck farm Sunday morning, and in three seconds shifted an 18×22 shop building off its foundation.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, June 8, 1960

This year’s summer playground program in Ruihley Park is under the direction of Ron Dilbone and DeRoyce Hornish.

The Tri-State Yokefellow House, 10 miles north of Defi- ance on the Evansport Road, will be dedicated Sunday, June 12. The 16-room colonial style house, reconstructed from a large barn during the past year, will be dedicated as a weekend retreat center for Christian services.

Eight area students will receive degrees at the Goshen (Ind.) College 62nd commencement: Donald D. Nofziger, Berdene Wyse, Orlene Stuckey, William Nofziger, Denzel Short, Annabelle Zuercher, Carolyn Rufenacht, Richard Gautsche.

Little Eden camp season begins June 7 at Onekama, Mich.

While Olen Genter was looking down the marker line on his tractor June 1, he saw what appeared like a dog. As it came closer Olen realized it was a beautiful buck deer.

Lurline Kull, Wauseon, was employed by the Board of Park Trustees as head lifeguard at the Ruihley Park swimming pool.

Donn L. Bernath graduated from Ohio University June 5.

Mrs. Howard Brodbeck, Mrs. Sam Miller, and Mrs. Jos. Cowell attended the First District American Legion Auxiliary convention at Port Clinton, Saturday.

Neil Spangler graduated from Albion College June 6.

A photograph shows Robert Nofziger, Leon Short, and Frank Tanner enjoying a game of shuffleboard at Camp Palmer. Sixty Commercial Club members held a picnic at the park.

According to a survey, Ohio leads the other 49 states in miles of edge-lined highways.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Remember when breakfast foods and movies were silent?…. The real poverty of our day is poverty of spirit…. Aches, pains, and minor worries fade in significance on a beautiful June day.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 5, 1935

The Archbold Band gives its first concert of the season on the streets of Archbold Wed. evening, at 8:30 p.m.

F.C. Benien waves the baton. O.P. Kluepfel has returned to his first love, the clarinet, and thus saves the band the expense of hiring a clarinetist. Kluepfel is considered the best clarinetist in this part of the country, although his cornet playing and leadership have served to make the Archbold Band one of the most popular aggregations in this part of the state.

German Township paid the most of any of the townships in the county in taxes, $1,049.89, and was exceeded only by Wauseon, the county seat, and its total of $3,866.34.

The Archbold Board of Public Affairs named W.G. Theobald, clerk, to succeed H.J. Walter, the new postmaster.

F. Mercer Pugh, formerly of Archbold and now residing in Wauseon, will open an office here to continue his service as Counselor at Law, after being prosecuting attorney for a term.

He will have his office on the second floor of Lauber Mercantile building.

Nearly 200 attended the 1935 reunion of the Alumni Association and reception for the Class of 1935 at the high school building, Friday evening.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 14, 1910

William Leininger says the field where he dynamited stumps is free of cutworms. Peter Nofziger, who lives south of him, is exploding dynamite on top of the ground to exterminate the worms.

Some farmers claim the shock bursts kills the worms as well as sterilizes the eggs.

The Buckeye will be glad to print the results of any such experiments.

The conductor on train 37 westbound Thursday night notified Archbold that a man was overboard between Archbold and Stryker.

A Stryker section crew turned out at night and searched their territory but found nothing. An Archbold crew was routed out and found the body of a man near Miller’s farm.

The corpse was brought to Rowe & Rupp’s undertaking rooms and coroner Cosgrove was notified.

The man’s pants pockets were searched that revealed a letter of credit from a bank at Denver, Colo.

The letter said he is a drinking man and is liable to spend his money for drink. The corpse is that of a man about 45, decently dressed.

One leg was cut off and one side of the head was knocked in. The theory is he stepped through an outside door thinking it was the toilet room.

Coroner Cosgrove received word Monday morning the deceased was a painter by trade and had a wife and children in St. Mary’s, Pa. His relatives want the body shipped there by express.

A train ticket from St. Mary’s to Denver, $1.86 in cash, and a check for $13.46 was found on the body.

Friday, June 17, 1910

Paul Kreamer says he planted the maples in the Lake Shore depot yards in 1876. They have grown considerably in 34 years. Wilson Cone planted the maples south of the depot, on West Street, at about the same time.

Charles Allen intends to use his gasoline tug to pull his plows and loads this summer. He started for Okalona with eight wagonloads of hay behind it. It pulled the loads all right, but he could not turn the corners with them.

A wandering checker player has been defeating local experts in Edgerton and Wauseon.

A man who claims he can count that high says 12 retired farmers have moved to Pettisville within the past five years, and that more will move there in the near future.

The idea of building a town hall seems to be quite popular. If citizens are of the same mind when they go to vote, we may have a fine new building.

Half an acre of ground has been purchased of Barbara Nofziger and added to the south side of the Catholic Cemetery, northeast of town.

About 30 members worked at the grounds Monday. The old fence was town away to make room for a new iron fence. The large trees in front were cut down, the stumps blown and the ground leveled.

The entire cemetery was mown and raked and put in good condition.


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