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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997

Headlines- Strong Voter Turnout Helps Newcomers; Storrer Elected To School Board; Fryman, Grime, Lauber Win Council Seats… George Karagiorge Inducted Into Four County Wall Of Fame… Abby Cordes Ends 65th At State.

Julie Wagler and Mark Troyer begin assignments this fall with the Mennonite Central Committee for one year. Wagler will go to Lebanon, and Troyer, Honduras.

Deaths- Thelma Rychener, 82, Pettisville; Henry Tilse, 84, Ridgeville Corners; Joan M. Williams 58, Chicago

Archbold students who are BPA officers at the vocational school are Kari Baden, president; and Melissa Dehnbostel, historian.

Aaron Short was named to the Hesston College 44-voice choral.

Peter D. Short, village legal council, told council members they must sell the building council owns, occupied by E&E Trailer Sales at public auction, at the intersection of St. Rts. 2 and 66.

The Pettisville High School volleyball team ended the season as sectional champions, district champions (first time ever), and regional semi-finalists.

A photograph shows Jenae Meck consoling Jan Weber after the Blackbird comeback effort fell short against Kalida.

Dan Gustwiller, local postmaster, said that residents who live on mounted postal delivery routes (rural routes), do not need to move their mailboxes.

A photo shows Kylie Ruffer and Alisha Gearig blocking a Rockford Parkway kill in the regional finals in a rematch with Parkway. The defending state-champion Panthers knocked off the Blue Streaks in Division III, 15-8, 15-12.

Archbold FFA was first in soil judging. Teammates are Chase Stuckey, Andrew Hurst, Brian Rufenacht, Nick Buehrer, and Tim Rohrs.

Pettisville FFA rural team members are Aaron Short, Steve Nafziger, Justin Riegsecker, and Cory Rufenacht.

Eric Rohrs shows off fancy footwork during the AHS marching band halftime performance, in a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1982

Richard B. McQuade, judge of Fulton County Common Pleas, ruled in favor of Woodlawn II homeowners and Richard A. Bigelow, the plaintiff, and against defendants Kenneth Stamm and Harley Burkholder to stop Stamm from building a multi-family unit on Lot 107 Dogwood Court, in Woodland Oaks II subdivision. The ruling was made Oct. 29.

A proposal to use the Elmira School for the Fulton County severely behavioral handicapped classes was discussed at the Archbold Area School Board meeting Nov. 8.

Deaths- Perry E. Prough, 87; Alta M. Grieser, 81.

Snowflakes were seen in Archbold Thursday afternoon.

Tim, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lugbill, presented color slides and related his experiences of travel in New Zealand and Australia with the Youth For Christ movement.

Ronald Harmon completed a 12-week course in air traffic control procedures at Oklahoma City.

Michael J. Logan, marine sgt. was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

Robert Ebersole told Rotarians about his three-week trip through China. He and his wife toured with a group of 67 members in the medical and related field.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- If you are superstitious how do you handle the 13 holes manufacturers stamp in a square of crackers?… What was man’s first invention? Some claim it was tying knots…. Scientists claim strawberries have about 350 essential oils.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1957

Headlines: Bond Issue Defeated Approve Two Tax Issues, Light Vote Is Cast In Off- Year Local Election; Streaks Lose In Final Game To Montpelier; Basketball Squad Starts, Locomotives Win 26-0 In Final Game of Season; Six Seniors Play Last Game; Start Practice Sessions For Basketball; list Vacation Schedule.

Front page photo: Junior Class Presents First School Play Friday Evening: Tattletale, the first of two Junior Class plays, will be given Friday, Nov. 8, 1957, at 8 p.m. in the Archbold High School auditorium. A photograph shows the cast: Roger Miller, Michael Wyse, Gene Roth, Alfred Dohm, Sandra Schang, Carol Erbskorn, Charlene Nafziger, Doris Miller, Bonnie Haas, Sharon Aschliman, Tom Grieser, Sandra Maust, Roger Roth, Billy Winzeler, Juliene Crossgrove, Leotus Amstutz, Louana Gisel, Tom Yoder, Nola Nofziger, Joyce Nofziger, Delbert Britsch, Judith Nafziger, Shirley Rupp, and LuAnn Roth.

New officers for the Archbold Hospital Auxiliary were elected at the home of Mrs. Willard A. Mack, Wednesday. They are Mrs. Jesse J. Short, president; Mrs. Wilbur Wyse, vice president; Mrs. May Carr, treasurer; Mrs. Wm. Neal, secretary.

Archbold village officials met in regular session Monday evening and approved installation of three more streetlights. One is to be installed on Lutz Road, another at the end of East Holland St., and one at the corner of Oak and Walnut streets.

H.L. Pfost, superintendent of schools of Fulton county, received a petition on Oct. 31, filed by citizens, seeking to transfer approximately three square miles of school district from Fulton to Williams county school system.

Territory described in the petition borders Williams County and is in Franklin Township.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rychener, Archbold, will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 10, 1957, with a family dinner at noon and open house at the Fellowship Hall, Central Mennonite Church, near Archbold.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1932

In a sweeping of Democratic votes gaining momentum as early morning hours sped on, governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York and John N. Garner of Texas, were certain of election to the offices of president and vice president of the United States. Roosevelt will become the 40th president.

The Paulding Sugar Beet factory, in operation this year after being idle for a number of seasons, estimates they will pay Ohio farmers $500,000 for their next sugar beet crop.

Council authorized the street department to spread stone over several streets before winter weather.

Spanish American war veterans and families will meet in the American Legion Hall Nov. 13 for a potluck dinner.

Mink and muskrat trapping dates have been reduced by 30 days in Ohio.

In characteristic style, evangelist M.A. McCone, speaking at the Defenseless Mennonite Church Sunday night, declared that one must pay a tremendous price to get into hell.

Speaking to the Michigan Youth Council of 1,200 listeners, Merton Rice, Detroit minister, said, “The big metropolitan dailies know the truth, but will not print it.”

Thirty-four billion board feet of lumber is produced in the United States. Farmers use one third of the product annually.

What this country needs just now is an equitable distributor. Some people are too short, too rich, too fat, too intelligent, too lean, too ugly, too stupid, too happy.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1907

People are flocking to the Panhandle district of Texas at the rate of 300 a day. Railroads are one week behind delivering cars of goods. Thousands of acres are being bought weekly. Excursion Nov. 19.- See J.F. Yeager, adv.

John Funkhauser thinks he will get $700 dollars in money off his eight acres of potatoes.

Of course he put a lot of extra labor and expense on the patch, but he believes it will be a bigger profit than on any other crop on his farm.

Archbold Band assisted the Delta Band in a concert Thursday evening. The boys say they were treated very well in the Yankee town. They met some nice people at the dance after the entertainment.

Owing to the fact that in some unaccountable way, mistakes were made in checking reserved seats for the lecture course. We ask all holders to call at the Red Cross Drug Store and have the tickets rechecked.

Where are the knockers who said the Schantz building would not stand six months?

Henry Oldfield, father of Barney, the auto-speeder, was injured while stepping off a transit car in Toledo.

The Red Cross Drug Store will have a new peanut and popcorn machine. They will serve them hot.- adv.

The farmer of the future will need an education- and a good education at that. Parents must keep this fact in mind.

Amiel Schnetzler says one term on council thoroughly converted him. He is for all kinds of improvements. He wants a sewer to Brush Creek, improved electric light services, water works, better sewage system, pavements on Stryker Street and the whole length of Defi- ance Street. He says he wants to see the old town fixed up and doesn’t care whether the second, third, or fourth generation pays for it. He would not have the new pavement taken from in front of his house for three times what it cost him.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Nov. 15, 1907

Edward Payson Weston, the world’s greatest walker, is nearly 70 and is trying to repeat his great feat of forty years ago. He walked from Portland, Maine, to Chicago, 1,235 miles in twenty-six days, or fortyeight miles a day.

He is not advertising anything but is an advocate of outdoor exercising and wants to demonstrate to Americans that walking prolongs life.

His route brings him into Ohio Nov. 16, when he will reach Coneaut. The same day he will walk through Kingsville and stay in Ashtabula over night. He will come through Archbold Nov. 22.

Three men who were found dead along the Lake Shore Michigan Southern Railroad at various points in Indiana last week were murdered, said AE Snyder, chief of the railway detective force. They were murdered and robbed by tramps.

No use to deny it. Prohibition is gaining so rapidly in the south and middle states that the troubles of the liquor traffic are increasing rapidly.

The state of Alabama, just think of it, is now a prohibition state, Texas is getting there by counties and other southern states are legislating against liquor.

Here in Archbold the town has dropped from fourteen saloons to four, and none of the four are becoming millionaires.


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