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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997

Sauder Village closed its 1997 season with just under 100,000 visitors, said Cecily Rohrs, director of marketing and public relations.

Ridgeville Corners has a new jewelry business. Soul Images, a store offering jewelry and home accessories, opened in August. Located at 20-576 US 6, across from the fire station, the store is owned by Carol Stultz.

50th Anniversary- Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Stoltzfus, Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 29

Shannon Netcher was recently initiated and installed as officer of Jobs for Ohio Graduates at the Four County Vocational School.

Shawn Lauber became the sixth person in the history of Delta FFA to receive the FFA American Farmer Degree.

Jackie Burkholder won honors in gymnastic competition with 110 girls at the Defiance League Of Stars.

Deaths- S. Elizabeth Burkholder, 99, Archbold; Amber Davis, infant, FCHC, Wauseon; Kathryn E. Frey, 78, Wauseon; Floyd C. Sigg, 82, Wauseon; Ralph E. Russell, 88, Wauseon; Lillian M. Sauder, 83, Wauseon

Fifty-two children took honors in the Halloween costume judging at the Ridgeville Corners American Legion Hall Oct. 31.

A photograph shows Tony Grime displaying a 39 1/2-inch Northern Pike, caught by hand with Dave Weber Jr. Aug. 20. Both men are from Archbold.

Doug Krauss, AHS athletic director, was named athletic director of the year.

A photograph shows Louise and Richard Miller with their ten-year-old grandson Kyle Barlow, Bryan, playing bingo at the Ridgeville Legion.

Laura Beck, GC student, played in her final volleyball match against Grace College Nov. 4.

Cecily Rohrs, 35th Citizen of the Year, and 14 businesses were honored Nov. 6 at the annual AACC meeting and banquet.

The move to the new elementary school is underway, according to Jim Selgo, principal.

The Co. Rd. 24 overpass bridge over the Ohio Turnpike will be closed early next week for rebuilding.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday Nov. 17, 1982

Park Board unanimously rejected renovation of the barbecue pit in Ruihley Park. There were two bids: $30,472 and $32,663. Keith Short, trustee, said, “I can’t see using taxpayer money this way.” Joe Furko, trustee, agreed.

Dielman, Inc., purchased the Redi-Mix concrete division of Tri-County Block & Brick, in Swanton.

Deaths- Allie Short, 86; Charles L. Jacoby, 92; Harvey D. Carlin, 79; Esther Moll, 86

Wayne E. Shaffer, Bryan, was elected to the State Board of Education from the Fifth Congressional District.

Jon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Nofziger, is beginning a three-year term with the Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti, in agro-forestry in the Arfibonite Valley.

Pettisville FFA members attending the national convention in Kansas, City, Mo., are Ted Cobb, Chuck Frank, Barry Rupp, Max Nofziger. Ron Stuckey, advisor.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- A house divided may be the best possible insurance for the United States…. In Russia there are no leftovers to feed the pigs…. Jumping from the frying pan into the fire is like quitting construction work to go into farming, according to Ford Cullis of the Bryan Times…. Galesburg, Ill., home of Carl Sandburg, poet, has 900 vacant homes because of plant closings.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1957

Bert Short, 81, Archbold, and Robert G. Hausch, 18, Rt. 3, Archbold, were bruised and cut when their cars crashed 1 1/2 miles northeast of Stryker on St. Rt. 2 at 11:25 a.m. Saturday.

Donald D. Nofziger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Nofziger; Joan Mae Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde R. Williams; and Janice Nafziger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl A. Nafziger, all of Archbold, were recently selected as members of the 82-voice collegiate chorus at Goshen College.

Military address: Pvt. E2 Robert D. Rufenacht, ER 155- 62-777, Co. D 7th Bn 3rd Tng. Regt. Inf., U.S.A.T.C.A., Fort Knox, Ky.

Archbold business area had many flags flying, Nov. 11, Monday, formerly known as Armistice Day, in honor of the ending of World War I.

A new plan has been provided by BLW Post 311, American Legion whereby they will store and display the flags on national holidays.

Denzel Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan L. Short and Rosemary Wyse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Wyse, Archbold, were selected members of the 57-voice Acapella Chorus at Goshen College. The group is under the direction of Dwight Weldy, associate professor of music, plan to go on tour during the spring vacation.

At the request of Floyd Lauber a recount for the office of German Township Trustee was held at the Board of Elections office on Monday night Nov. 11. There was an error in recording the vote in the poll book of 100 votes in Floyd Lauber’s favor. Total vote for Mr. Lauber in German Township was 146 instead of 46. Total vote in the three precincts was 474, which makes him the elected person.

David J. Stoltz, Rt. 3, Archbold, was pledged by Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Ohio State University, Columbus. He was one of 937 students pledged by 44 social fraternities at the University.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1932

Six Democrats won county government offices in the recent election. This is the first time in many years that so many positions were wrested from Republican control.

Mrs. John Siegel can remember in the early 1870s when Jacob Berthod was the leading merchant in Archbold, and had his store on the lot where the City Drug store is now. She remembers when the store burned to the ground and the lot was used as the village show lot.

She remembers when John Brodbeck was the shoemaker. He made a special last of wood for each customer, and kept it on a shelf for when the customer ordered another pair of shoes or boots.

Archbold residents felt the first days of winter when several inches of snow fell over night Tuesday.

William Ruihley sold 40 acres at public auction to George Rupp at $52 an acre.

Mervin Farber, high school basketball coach, is getting his varsity team in shape for the coming season. He predicts another winning team this year, even though he lost several boys to graduation.

Married: Raymond Grieser and Florence Stamm. They will live with the bridegroom’s parents.

James Hastings, Adrian, was fined $214 for trying to run a load of liquor from Michigan into Ohio.

Politics is one thing and prosperity is another. Pity the day when they really become cause and effect.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1907

Archbold banks cashed the checks of the Lake Shore Railroad Saturday. The road issued the men checks of $10 each. The bankers do not think the road is treating them fair by compelling the banks to use their own money to cash their checks, but rather than let the men go out of town the bank has been bothering itself with the business. The amount paid out in Archbold Saturday exceeded $2,000.

The carpenters now have the Farmers & Merchants Bank building complete. The roof is to be flat and covered with composition. The furniture is to be the finest and the interior work will be a surprise. Of course Archbold is proud of the building. It is something for visitors to look at and has all the earmarks of prosperity. Besides it is a straight out-and-out business proposition.

It is not necessary to go to Europe to find surgical wonders, not even New York. One of the most wonderful feats of surgery of modern times has been successfully performed here in Archbold.

Over a year ago, Johnnie Winzeler, 20, living near Archbold, twisted and broke his arm in a threshing machine. They refused to knit and after numerous trials. An examination revealed the ends of the bones had been twisted and ground together until there was no way of fitting them; besides the ends of the bones had healed and could not join. A wonderful thing was done. The ends of the bones were sawed off, the ends brought together and fastened with a silver plate. Steel screws were sunk into the bone.

When the bones grew together the plate was removed. Young Winzeler is husking corn with the healed arm. The miracle was performed by Murbach & Fauster, physicians. The x-ray photographs are worth driving miles to see.

Discussing the sewer to Brush Creek, W.G. Fisher makes a valuable suggestion. He has figured that a 30-inch sewer with a one-foot fall to the mile will discharge a tremendous amount of water, even more than Archbold will ever need.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Nov. 22, 1907

The string of hitching posts on Depot and Holland streets will make the farmers smile. They can not complain now that there is no dry place for them to get in and out of their rigs and tie their teams. It has cost the corporation thousands of dollars, but it is worth every cent.

Several township schoolteachers have told their pupils that we live in the Mississippi Valley. It is a mistake. Bean Creek flows into the Maumee, into Lake Erie, into Niagara River, into Lake Ontario, into the St. Lawrence River, and into the Atlantic Ocean.

When general stores average $200 a day in gross receipts for three weeks, you may know they are doing some business.

Damascus, in Syria, is the oldest inhabited city in the world, although there are ruins of many cities in Asia of which there is no history.

Only a medicine show can fill the Archbold Opera House. Truly, villagers want their amusement sugar-coated. There have been all kinds of shows in the house but the medicine show is what they want. It gets the money. The last show has nothing to complain of in the way of receipts.

There is an acre of land in Texas for each man, woman, and child in the United States.

Archbold merchants are going after the trade with clock games, premium tickets, trading stamps, etc., until Saturdays and Thursdays are almost holidays. Come to town and get into the game.


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