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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

It’s taken three years of hard work, compromise, and dedication to get Evelyn Buckenmeyer where she is today: a summa cum laude graduate of Northwest State Community College.

The honors are in addition to her being a high school graduate, married, with three children. Speaking of her duties, she said, “I didn’t really miss things, I just added some.”

Phil Lange, Ridgeville Corners, appears in a photograph filling the gas tank of his truck. He started car-pooling more with his wife because of the rise in gas prices.

His wife, Carol, said their daughter, Tina, lives in Chicago, where the going rate for gas is $2.349 a gallon.

The largest crowds ever assembled on North Defiance Street greeted the American Freedom Train the evening of June 12, 1975. The train visited Archbold for three days. (A feature article and photograph appeared on the front page celebrating the 25th anniversary.)

Marcia Sauder, pilot, prepares to take 10-year-old Lindsae Cartwright and two other youngsters on an airplane ride as part of the Young Eagles program, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, according to a photograph.

Leon Rupp purchased the home of George and Catherine Emmons, 617 North Defiance Street, at auction Tuesday evening, June 20, for $71,500.

Deaths–Esther F. Henschen, 85, Archbold

Brad Dominique and Matt Welch, village employees, busy themselves Monday unloading about 40 potted flowerpots in the downtown historic district, according to a photograph.

Earns degree–Bob Leininger, Fayette, Ohio State University

At the Pettisville School Board meeting, Steve Switzer, superintendent, said Justin Syroka, teacher, resigned.

The 12th annual Sunshine Benefit meal Friday raised $9,600 in a free-will offering, serving 1,300 meals in 3 1/2 hours.

Members of the Archbold Knights of Columbus gathered at the K of C Hall Saturday evening for a mortgage-burning ceremony. They paid the 20-year mortgage in 15 years.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 3, 1985

Council received two bids to improve village-owned parking lots, located at the corner of Ditto and West Holland streets, and the middle of the 100 block of Ditto Street.

A full-page advertisement announces the first anniversary of Christy’s Restaurant, on South Defiance Street.

Darrell E. Merillat, county sheriff, promoted three deputy sheriff employees: Duane Guhl, lieutenant; Robert Albright and Lowell Warncke, sergeant.

The Farmers & Merchants State Bank opened a new offi ce in Delta. James Lindau is manager.

Deaths–Robert M. Lauber, 60, Fayette; Mabel Pike, 90, West Unity; Ernest E. Frey, 72, Davidson, N.C.; Kathryn C. McCord, 71, Stryker; George W. Eicher, 65, West Bloomfield, Mich.; Walter A. Stiriz, 83, Delta; Tom Shadle, 84, Wauseon

Jeffrey L. Rupp, PHS ‘81, a junior at OSU majoring in aviation transportation, was elected student representative of the National Intercollegiate Flying Assn.

Earn Degrees–Ronda Rupp, International Business College; Brenda Oyer, Craig Salisbury, Debra Wyse, Anderson College

Dean’s List–Kim Rychener, Pettisville, Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Thomas Olson, Pettisville, began a two-year assignment with Rosedale Mennonite Missions, Irwin, Ohio.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–The average person writes 291 checks a year…. Fans of Barbara Mandrell will be interested to know she has decided on a pretty name for her new $1.5 million yacht: Lady Encore…. To many people, the word “greedy” refers only to other people.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1961

Headline–Start Operating Sewage Plant Feb. 1; To Hire Superintendent

Archbold and the Ohio Division of Wildlife have reached an agreement to stock fish in the new 204-million gallon, 45-acre reservoir to provide public fishing.

In addition, a 25-year agreement provides for boat fishing, use of the boat dock and boat-launching ramp.

Two Archbold men, Nelson W. Rupp and James L. Frey, were among eight Fulton County officials who took offi ce over the weekend at the courthouse.

Nelson E. Rupp was reelected county commissioner, and James L. Frey became prosecuting attorney.

Don Kirkendahl, county dog warden, and county offi cials are conducting a campaign to have every dog licensed before Jan. 20.

Ralph Short and family are moving from Reno, Nev., to Seattle, Wash., where he will be assistant director of the Internal Revenue Service for the State of Washington. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Short.

Pettisville Local Schools is making a survey to determine future enrollment trends in the district.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Many times the voices of the silent are loudest…. A wit says, “Her dress is rayon, stockings nylon, coat of Orlon, gloves Dynel, and her slip is Dacron. No one is going to pull the wool over her eyes.”… Two thousand years ago, Aristotle said, “Equality may exist only among slaves.” The communists are trying, quite successfully to prove him right…. Christmas bells in December mean Christmas bills in January.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 26, 1935

Fagley Seed Co., on Depot Street, is re-arranging and improving the plant to more than double the capacity, to provide for expected future growth of the seed business. Large hopper bins for safe and convenient storage of seeds are being erected on the second floor.

A fireproof dust room is being constructed to confine dust and fumes of seed.

Fagley Seed Co., has been helping farmers of Northwest Ohio by consistently advertising the superior qualities of seeds grown in this neighborhood.

A snapping turtle went on tour of a sandbank to lay its eggs and ended up in the soup kettle at the P.M. Bacon home.

A.G. Siegel and family have been picking strawberries in their patch and came across some giant ones. Daughter Ruth found a berry Tuesday 7 3/4 inches in circumference and about 2 1/2 inches across.

The first four months of the year show a 40% increase in income of Ohio farmers compared to the same period in 1934.

Wauseon, the only town in Fulton County large enough to hold a primary in August, is short of sufficient candidates to complete a village ticket.

Community Commercial Club will hold a family potluck picnic Friday evening in Ruihley Park. There will be games, contests, and a band concert for entertainment.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 5, 1910

Sunday, the T&I was blocked for several hours this side of Toledo. The target man threw a T&I car off the track to prevent it from being struck by a Lake Shore freight. Passengers were transferred and traffic went on.

The coroner has decided that Earl F. Young, whose body was found on the B&O tracks, came to his death by train, but it is known that he had a large sum of money shortly before his body was found. Some suspect he was knocked senseless and placed under the train, or he was pushed beneath the wheels at Defiance.

About 1,500 people attended the Missionfest of the German Lutheran congregation of this vicinity in Lindau’s woods, south of Archbold Sunday. Some excitement was caused when a horse ran away, threw three girls out of the buggy, and broke the shafts and one wheel. The girls were bruised considerably.

G.Q. Morgan purchased a half interest in a drug store at Edon, Ohio, and resigned his position as pharmacist in an Archbold drug store. He says he never met people more courteous and accommodating to a stranger than the people of Archbold, and he really regrets leaving a place where people were so friendly to him.

Friday, July 8, 1910

An automobile sped through town at a tremendous rate Wednesday. They refused to stop when challenged. They also failed to stop at Stryker, but a Bryan officer got them. They paid a $12.50 fine in Bryan rather than return to Archbold.

The world’s record for milk production has been broken by Missouri Chief Josephine, the prize cow of the college of agriculture at Columbia, Mo. In the fourmonth contest the daily production was 11,536 pounds. The prior record was 10,543 pounds.

A commission of five persons will select a site for the normal school to be placed in Northwest Ohio. Napoleon and Defiance want it. A small college is of no fi- nancial use to a town. Students who attend are mostly wealthy uppers.

The Red Wing Wind Mill plant at Wauseon is in the hands of a receiver. They are ordered to close and sell the plant. Wauseon certainly has its run of bad luck.

The county commissioners found eager buyers for the $72,000 road bonds. The bonds draw interest of 4 1/2 percent and receive a premium of $1.

A number of German Township men say they will buy new automobiles when the Barber Bank pays out.


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