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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 26, 2000

County officials are discussing increasing the county sales tax one-quarter (.25) of a percent to partially fund the paramedics.

Enjoying the Ruihley Park Kiddie Koral, Wednesday, a photograph shows Sadie Montanus, 7; Rachel Krueger, 9; Nathan Rosenbaur, 3; Janelle Homier, 9; Stephanie Montanus, 8; Riley Krueger, 4; Amelia Garmyn, 4; Adam Steider, 5; and Pamela Steider, 4,

Council learned Monday night the county commissioners have decided to start a tornado siren program. They will fund half the cost of each siren.

Speaking of rebuilding the historic district, Tim Smith, a merchant, said businesses may not be able to afford closing their doors while North Defiance Street is being rebuilt, but things can be worked out.

Council approved the annexation of 20.05 acres of land on the west side of the village. The property is owned by Bob Frey, a local developer. About 13.6 acres will be zoned R-3, medium density residential. Another approximately 6.5 acres will be zoned B-2, highway commercial business.

The property is north of Westfield Drive and east of Co. Rd. 24.

A budget of $12.6 million was approved by council Monday night for 2001.

Park board said buildings or grounds may not be used by individuals for private profit.

Deaths–Willard L. De- Groff, 84, Phoenix, Ariz.; Laura L. McLaughlin, 41, Archbold; Jeffrey E. Grinnell, 38, Archbold; Lawrence J. Hilty, 87, Pandora

Tricia J. Short, AHS ‘98, returned home July 25, after 13 weeks in Mali, West Africa, with the Goshen College study-service program. She is the daughter of Keith and Joan Short.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, told council before the village can issue addresses on Co. Rd. 24, a name must be chosen. One suggestion was to name it in honor of the late Bill Lovejoy, who served as mayor for 20 years.

Joshua Stockburger, 10, shows his art work to his proud father, Ronald Stockburger, at Creativity Camp, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 31, 1985

If you put the reports of industrialists on a graph, it would make a perfect bell curve.

For one group of Archbold companies, things aren’t looking too great.

Those that hinge on agriculture have an uncertain future ahead of them, right beside the farmer.

For Lugbill Brothers, Inc., things are “not very good,” said Chuck Lugbill, president, but he noted the corporation’s other holdings are agriculture-related, “and the ag business is in the doldrums– worse than we anticipated.”

Four months of continuous work turned into happy celebration Saturday when members of the Knights of Columbus hosted the opening of Rebeau Hall.

Located on West Lutz Road, the 64×158 building contains a huge open meeting room, full kitchen, restrooms, storage areas, snack area, and a smaller meeting room. It is available to the community for social, commercial, and business activities and meetings.

According to Pat Arend, reservations manager, as of July 26, 50 events are booked through December 1986.

In 1986 the annual Fairlawn Haven Auction is planned, April 4-5. The junior senior banquet is May 2.

Mike Britenriker, builder, suggested using it for a car show.

The 10,112-square-foot building is fire-proof and accommodates 740 people.

It was a dry summer and a dry year. We are about 10 inches of precipitation behind when it comes to rainfall.

The Class of 1935 celebrated its 50th reunion, July 19.

Luther Gautsche, Archbold, and Bill Harper, of Henry County, were named acting administrators of Quadco Rehabilitation Center, Stryker.

Deaths–Joseph F. Heil, 80, Ridgeville Corners; Howard Skinner, 79, Glendale, Ariz.

Sheriff deputies have increased patrols in the Archbold area, stepping up traffic control.

Earn Degrees–Susan Cowell and Gilberto Magana of Archbold, Randy Frey and Tyrone Nofziger of Pettisville, OSU; Stephanie Riegsecker, Wheaton College; Brent Rychener, Stanford Law School

Honor Students: Randy Frey and Scott Krill, OSU

50th Wedding Anniversary: Denver and Frances Gerig Stuckey

At the groundbreaking ceremony at Archbold United Methodist Church, July 14, are W. Jing Chow, pastor, and Floyd Fought, superintendent of the Defiance district.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 20, 1960

Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities has assumed responsibility for the Sunshine Children’s Home, on Maumee Western Road, Monclova Township, after the demise of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Engler, who founded, managed, and operated the home.

Archbold Garden Club will hold its first annual flower show in the State Room, Peoples State Bank building, Aug. 6-7.

Edward Muldoon, general manager of La Choy Food Products, was guest speaker at the Monday noon luncheon of Commercial Club.

Improvement of 4.95 miles of Route 108 in Fulton County is included in specifi cations for which the Ohio Department of Highways will receive bids Aug. 9.

Ralph H. Burkholder was promoted to captain in the United States Air Force. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Burkholder.

Work is nearing completion on the new $8,000 Speed Office and Public Restrooms at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

George Kramer, Archbold police chief, is in Wauseon Hospital for surgery on Wednesday.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for a school for mentally handicapped children will be held in Wauseon, Sunday, July 24, by the Fulton Henry County Association for Retarded Children. It will be known as Happi- Time School.

Popularity of the first Under the Stars dance is shown in the smiles of teenagers in a photograph: Karen Peters and Rex Hornish, and Elaine Gearig and Joe Deering.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–In 1952 presidential aspirant Adlai Stevenson said, “They pick a president and then for four years they pick on him.”… It is true, golf is a rich man’s game. It also attracts a lot of poor players…. One of the best tranquilizers is a clear conscience.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 24, 1935

Archbold is to have a real Homecoming celebration again this year.

Aaron Leininger has a valuable possession, a relic in the form of an Amsterdam German Bible printed by Hinerick Workstein in 1686. Books 249 years old are not plentiful. The Bible was brought to America by the first Leiningers, who came to America in 1837.

The new building being constructed by H.F. Stotzer at the rear of his present building on the corner of Holland and North Defiance streets is underway. The foundation was completed last week and workmen are laying brick. It is 23×56, and one story.

Archbold and Fayette are the only corporations in Fulton County to be free of bonded indebtedness, although both have indebtedness on school bonds, which are spread over the entire school district.

Wheat yields in this community are turning out good despite the unusually heavy straw that gives farmers long hours of extra hard work and causes threshers longer runs at each farm than anticipated, to remove the golden grain from the stalk. Menno Short reported 40 bushels to the acre, the highest so far.

Just as the band concert was at its height, Wednesday evening, the fire siren summoned volunteer firemen to the Aungst Elevator on Mechanic Street.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Aug. 5, 1910

Pastor Meyers of St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church will hold a Missionfest in John Leininger’s woods on Sunday, Aug. 21. The woods are located only one-half mile from the church. Pastor Weber, of Lima, and Pastor Reuter, of Van Wert, will speak.

Two big automobiles collided near Ney, Friday. Both were owned by a Toledo real estate business. Luckily no one was hurt. The two machines were racing at the time.

The daily press lost a lot of public confidence when it tried to scare the people about Haley’s Comet. The old reliable country press told the truth and retained public esteem.

Burglars broke into six houses in Stryker Saturday night. They went up one street and down another. In most places they cut out window screens and either got nothing or were scared away.

When Chris Beck finishes graveling his lane this fall, he will not be obliged to hitch up his team to help automobiles out to the road.

The picnic of the Springfi eld German Reformed Church will be held in Jacob Buehrer’s woods, Thursday, Aug. 11.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 1910

Through Charles Lindau, Col. Hicks, of Detroit, bought and shipped 23 head of driving, wagon, draft, and chunk horses from Archbold Saturday. The load cost about $4,000. The prices paid vary.

Buggy and saddle horses are picking up in price. The demand for heavy horses is steady and seems to be on the increase.

One would think the good horses are picked up but buyers seem to find them.

Mr. Lindau is very successful in bringing buyers and sellers together.

At last the warring forces of Fulton Township have compromised. The centralized school proposition is to be settled and a bond issue of $12,000 has been sanctioned.

They will vote on the proposition Aug. 12.

Judge Barber sentenced three girls to the Girl’s Home, at Delaware. They are Nellie Dull and Garetta Boyd, 15, and Mable Pelton and Mabel Hanna, 14. The Hanna girl was returned to her mother on probation until she is 21.

Two young men also were fined for assisting the girls in the delinquency, namely Theo. Shufelt, $25 and costs, and William Gillingham, $10 and costs.

The U.S. government has set a fine of $100 for placing writing in a third or fourth class mail package. Heretofore it has been only $10, but in either case it is cheaper to pay postage on a letter than to take chances of a fine.

Formerly the mail inspector collected the penalty of $10 from the offender, but now the court will hear the trial and fix the penalty, making the offense more public.

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