Archbold, OH

Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000

A proposed increase in the Fulton County sales tax is just one of several options being considered to fund advanced life support services.

Brad Peebles, commissioner, said the Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board was charged with evaluating the manpower issue. They also were asked to evaluate additional funding options, if additional funding is required.

The meeting among downtown merchants and property owners, village offi cials, and members of the downtown committee was positive, according to councilmen. “Merchants and business owners are positive,” said Bill Rufenacht, councilman and committeeman.

A Pennsylvania museum wants to purchase and preserve a cannon that stands in the Archbold Cemetery as a monument to the Civil War dead of German Township.

Council hasn’t decided what to do about the offer of The Civil War Artillery Museum of Venetia, Pa. It will discuss the matter at the Monday night, Aug. 14 meeting.

Brad Grime, councilman, looks over the Civil War Memorial cannon in the Archbold Cemetery, according to a photograph.

Mark Nafziger and daughter, Fern, 14, demonstrate the art of raku pottery to the Bolthouse family of Traverse City, Mich., during Explore the Crafts Day at Sauder Village, according to a photograph.

Marvin Lantz, owner of The Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe in Burlington, was granted two variances for a parking lot by the German Township Zoning Board of Appeals Monday evening.

Joyce Frey was installed as president of the auxiliary of the National Auctioneers Association, in Norfolk, Va. She spoke at the Saturday evening banquet.

Rob Wyse turned in a consistent performance in his first-ever night of racing at the kart track at Fremont, July 21.

Deaths–John J. Carpenter, 79, West Unity; Lee R. Spielvogel, 71, West Unity; Marjorie Weber, 63, Hillsdale, Mich.; Wilma L. Kruse, 79, Stryker

Richard Rufenacht reported someone kicked down the door to his shop at 507A Stryker Street, July 24.

Whitney Fricke, seventh grade, was crowned Miss Ohio National Pre-Teen, May 6, in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of Rob and Audrey.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1985

A ribbon-cutting opened Rebeau Hall Saturday. Appearing in a photograph are Andy Dominique, grand knight; William Lovejoy, mayor; Don Grime, Bob Corkle, Allen Dominique, and Frank Grime. An honored guest Saturday night that included music and dancing entertainment was Blanche Cantwill, Toledo, who donated the land for Rebeau Hall.

Myrl Sauder was appointed to the Pettisville School Board Monday night. He will replace six-year member Steve Rupp, vice president. Richard Nafziger was elected to fill the vice presidency. Rupp resigned due to recently moving out of the school district.

Archbold will receive a community development block grant request of $125,000 from the state to help develop an industrial park.

Little Eden is its name. The beauty of nature is all around. It’s easy to believe you’ve stepped into the garden of Eden at Little Eden Camp, according to a feature article written by Judy Winnett, Buckeye staff writer.

Zehr & Company, Archbold, commemorates 30 years of business Saturday. The company was founded by James Zehr, Sr., and is now managed by his son James Jr.

Deaths–April McMullen, 4 1/2-month-old daughter of Ralph and Mary Ann Bernath McMullen, West Unity; Edith Short, 90, Archbold; Everett Demaline, 88, Wauseon; Paul J. Rychener, 64, Wauseon

Dean’s List–Scott Bostelman, BGSU

Dave Singer, Stryker, won the Michigan State championship of the World Professional Arm Wrestling Assn., July 27.

Jeff King and Bob Cannon just returned from 10 days at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Which problem bugs you most? Keeping up with inflation or the Joneses?… There have been many misstatements in the history of civilization. Remember way back in Biblical times when “those in the know” warned Noah he faced a small summer shower?… Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four consecutive terms as president of the United States. He was the only person to fill that important office four terms.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 27, 1960

A new feature at Old Fashioned Days will be saddle pony rides. Joe Wyse will run the pony ring Friday and Saturday.

Lodema E. Short is at the home of her brother, Laural. She does missionary work for the Congo Inland Mission Board, Elkhart, Ind.

Ervin Eicher, Sarasota, Fla., was guest speaker at the Monday noon luncheon of Commercial Club.

Orrin R. Taylor was named an honorary member of Archbold Rotary Club, Friday.

West Street Fair promoters paraded in the business section to ballyhoo their entertainment. A photograph shows some of the performers, in costume: Steve Schroeder, Rex Stanforth, Junior Jimenez, David May, Bruce Stanforth, Mike Lindley.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Happi-Time School, Wauseon, took place Sunday. Appearing in a photograph: R.C. Sommers, Wauseon; Nelson Rupp, Archbold; Albert Austermiller, Napoleon; Otto Nofziger, Archbold, and E.R. Moser, Napoleon.

Lloyd Leu has removed a 79-year-old elm tree from the school ground.

A system of conveyor belts, augers, and electricity can feed up to 800 steers in 15 minutes, and Lawrence Nofziger does the job at the new Lugbill Bros., Inc., cattle feeding operation on Lugbill Road.

Mrs. A. H. Benien wrote a letter to the editor complaining about the village mosquito spraying program.

The Fayette Art Club will hold its annual show in Memorial Park, Aug. 4.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 31, 1935

An automobile parade, horse show, pulling contests, amateur program, and free acts are features for the Archbold homecoming, Aug. 8.

Sheriff Harley Loveland, Wauseon, was called to the Leitner home in York Township Tuesday afternoon to care for a young man who had apparently gone insane. The man became obsessed with the idea of taking a neighbor’s child to the hospital for an operation. When the father interfered the man became violent and attacked him, then he began manhandling a woman of the household.

Ohio motorists must be responsible for accidents or barred from the highways, according to a new state law recently passed by the legislature, beginning Aug. 20.

While the law does not compel every driver to carry insurance to protect those he might injure in case of accidents, the state insists he must be financially responsible if he is to continue operating his car.

Many short drives nearby afford motorists beauty spots near home.

Fulton County commissioners have purchased a new road-leveling piece of equipment costing $350, to be used for making roads more smooth on country roads.

Miss Ruby Spiess will open a ready-to wear store in the north half of the Walter Shoe Store. She will sell womens, girls, and childrens clothing as well as novelties and stylish articles.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Aug. 12, 1910

Conrad Britsch had a narrow escape at the slant crossing east of town Tuesday. While crossing with the team the tug links caught on the rail. The work train was coming and whistling terrible warnings.

The links were charged with electricity and Mr. Britsch could not take hold of them. The team was plunging and rearing and trying and trying to tear away.

Mr. Britsch in desperation thought of his pocketknife and cut the tug and got away just as the train thundered past. The tug links were mashed flat by the passing train.

Jack Grice, who lives in the brick house near the cider press, is in trouble in Henry County.

He is charged with horse stealing. It is charged that he went to the house and told Sam Ripley’s aged mother that he had bought a horse from Sam for $8.

He left the money with her, took the horse and drove to Fayette where the sheriff overtook him.

Grice is a newcomer in Archbold and claims to be a cistern cleaner.

There will be preaching services at the Methodist Church Sunday evening. The morning services have been discontinued and the meetings will be held every Sunday night.

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