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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000

The United States Postal Service confirmed a site has been secured for the new Pettisville Post Office, south of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks almost directly at the end of Chestnut Street.

Archbold High School sports will be impacted as a result of a party north of Archbold, which was raided by county sheriff deputies early Saturday morning, July 29.

Players found in violation of the school’s code of conduct for student athletes and cheerleaders will not be allowed to participate in at least 10% of their team’s regular season.

The Archbold school board will hire a curriculum director at a special meeting, Aug. 16. Ken Cline, district superintendent, spent 2 1/2 hours interviewing two candidates.

Jerry and Sandy Lugbill and teenage children Betsy and Nathan left Feb. 9 for a short-term position assisting missionaries in their work at the Albania Bible Institute.

John Bamonte, Delta, is the honorary chairman of the 2000 United Way campaign of Fulton County.

Three residential properties were sold at public auction the last week of July. The Lester Wyse estate sold 405 South Street to Jay and Sara Burkholder for $83,000; the Warren and Marguerite Kingsbury home at 313 Ditto Street was sold to Summer Short for $72,000; Kevin and Janet Miller bought the home at 3514 Woodlane Dr., owned by Winnefred L. Leckie-Ewing, for $98,000.

Short-Buehrer Road will have new pavement or an overlay from South Defiance Street to a point west of the Archbold wastewater treatment plant.

Deaths–Adam Dominique, 18, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Lorena Sonnenberg, 82, Napoleon; Lawrence M. Frame Sr., 81, Archbold

There are only two storm sewer lines under North Defiance Street. Robert Seaman, village engineer, anticipates more surprises when excavation starts in 2004.

Jon Nofziger and his wife, Katie Graber, will begin a two-year assignment in China, working as teachers through the Mennonite Central Committee.

A muddy but happy Tully Esterline nabbed a secondplace ARCA truck series finish Saturday at a quartermile dirt track in LaSalle, Ill.

Bob Hofbauer, Montpelier, attempted to land his hot air balloon in the backyard of the Arch Motel, Saturday, Aug. 5, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1985

Tomorrow, Thursday, is the 40th anniversary of the allied victory over Japan, or “V-J Day.” It marked the fi- nal end to World War II.

A two-column headline on the front page of the Buckeye said, “Richard Lauber On First Ship To Bomb Tokyo Harbor.”

“Lottery funds are expected to flow in September,” David Lersch, superintendent, told the board Monday night.

The board will receive $21,873.83 as its share of Ohio Lottery money, but that’s only 25 percent of what the state originally told the district it would receive.

Lowell E. Rupp is serving as chairman of the fifth annual Quadco dinner, Aug. 23. The dinner is sponsored and coordinated by the Fulton County and Henry County Cattlemen’s Associations, with assistance from Defi- ance and Williams county cattle feeders.

Tracy Stotzer was hired by school board Monday night to fill a position left open by the resignation of Keith Ruhe, a seventh grade science teacher, who will join the Williams County schools.

The board hired Judy Rand and Beverly Campbell as part-time learning disabilities tutors.

James N. Thompson, charged with the attempted murder of Ronald Dean, West Unity, pleaded not guilty during arraignment, July 9, in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.

Deaths– Eva Grieser, 94, Archbold; Maxine Beck, 70, Hudson, Mich.

Natalie Lugo, daughter of Dennis and LuAnn, Ardmore, Okla., placed in the top ten of the Oklahoma Cinderella Scholarship pageant, July 10-13.

Earns Degree–James Ebersole, University of Colorado

Erick J. Lauber completed U.S. Air Force ROTC field training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Lauber is a student at Northwestern University.

What started with AHS coach Char Sharp has developed into a career for Lynn Fielitz.

Fielitz has parlayed her love of volleyball into the head volleyball coach position at Defiance College.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1960

Council approved to issue $30,000 in general obligation bonds to build a new fire station on the south side of the NYC Railroad at the corner of West Depot Street and Pleasant Street, on property donated by Eicher & Son to the village.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bertsche and children arrived in Archbold from the Congo in Africa, where they were missionaries. They were evacuated because of uprisings.

Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon are the only high schools in Fulton County to meet the 240-pupil enrollment standard set by the Ohio Department of Education.

Linda Klopfenstein and Marilyn Reynolds appear in a photograph dressed in oldfashioned costumes during Old-Fashioned Days. Other participants are Vera Williams and daughter.

The Women’s Auxiliary of DeEtte Harrison Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, is making arrangements to hold its annual Rummage Sale Aug. 12-13.–adv.

Photographs show hail damage on the farms of Oscar Beck and Fred Stamm.

Keith Short’s softball team will be at Bowling Green. They will take on the Oak Harbor Marines in tournament play.

Howard Brodbeck was installed as Fulton County commander of the American Legion.

Four motorists were cited for traffic violations, 12 parking tickets were issued, and three accidents were investigated with property damage of $600.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–An average of 625 newspapers are bought every second in the United States…. To most people, the shortest weeks of the year are those spent on vacation…. Remember when children could get sick on a nickel’s worth of candy?… Mothers like to refer to their sons as being perfect–but many of them fail miserably when they become husbands and fathers.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1935

Someone tried to steal chickens Friday night from the Dewey Newhouse farm. He heard a commotion and came with his shotgun.

He fired over their heads and the thieves hurried to a parked car. The culprits were commanded to halt, which they failed to obey, and excitedly skidded their gears and drove away.

Both barrels were emptied into the back of the car.

Two young men held up the Bob Toner restaurant at Wauseon, Monday night, and got away with $6.25. The robbers wore white trousers and shirts and were without hats. There were two customers in the restaurant.

There is no big Elmira entertainment this week Friday night. There was another great crowd at the Elmira program last Friday, and one of the features of the evening was a concert by the Archbold band.

Fred Reed has repaired and decorated his rare model Oldsmobile. It is one of seven in the United States. The Archbold Homecoming committee put banners on it and Fred took it to other towns to advertise. It attracted much attention.

Mayor Theodore Dimke has asked all business places to close starting at 10 o’clock Thursday for the rest of the day, so everyone may help entertain the crowd that will come to the Homecoming.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1910

Developments of the past few days indicate an early start upon the survey of the Maumee River from Toledo to Fort Wayne, Ind., under authority of the river and harbors bill passed by Congress on June 25. A canal could be constructed to Chicago.

Fire totally destroyed the barn and contents of W.E. Borton, physician, at Tedrow, Tuesday morning. The auto and buggy were saved. Tedrow has no fire protection, so the entire town was threatened.

Two men stopped in Archbold Friday night. They had a nameless automobile that had been made up of parts of many other machines. Nameplates had been cut off, no two tires were alike, and the whole rig was a bunch of patches.

The men said they were on a tour from Old Mexico and had been in several accidents; hence, the many odd parts.

There was blood, a coat and vest, and a pair of suspenders tangled on the pilot of train No. 16 when it pulled in to Toledo Wednesday. Later the remains of a man were found scattered along the Lake Shore tracks east of Swanton.

The farmer who owns a farm is the particular person who is well fixed. Banks may fail and factories close, workmen strike and mines suspend, merchants fail and towns burn, times may be panicky and crops may be short– but the farmer who owns his acres will get along. He will live in comfort and quiet with plenty to eat, drink, and wear. He is the most independent man on earth. Yet, there are lots of them who do not appreciate their situation.

Friday, Aug. 19, 1910

Edward and Albert Rupp have purchased Lou Rupp’s interest in the furniture and undertaking business of Rowe & Rupp Co. Lou finds that inside work is injurious to his health.

The style of the firm will remain the same. Ed. Rupp will have full charge at present, and will hire some help.

The new owners took possession Monday.

Rioting has been going on at Columbus and the governor has again called the troops from Cincinnati. Business in Columbus is at a standstill. People are afraid to ride the cars and those without automobiles walk or stay at home.

The village was visited by a band of bear and monkey dancing gypsies Monday afternoon. A gypsy man had a black bear, another had a black bear, a girl had a small, dirty cinnamon bear, three squaws had monkeys and all had dirt galore.

The bears did their usual stunts. The largest bear climbed the iron electric pole in front of the bank for 20¢, and the other bears and monkeys did stunts for pennies and nickels.

The children enjoyed the show, but a good scrubbing would have done the whole mess good.

Ben Eicher was surprised when an approaching stranger proved to be his brother from near Adrian, Mich., he had not seen in 20 years. The brother is 74.

At the auction of the Harris farm, Tuesday, there were men from Iowa and Illinois who bid, but they failed to make offers. The first bid was $90 an acre and there it hung for two hours. Then Mr. Wyse bid fifty cents more and the farm was knocked down to him. It seems to be a desirable piece of land but a little big for local farmers, who prefer small farms.


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