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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000

Starting this school year, there will be no more sneaking in the back door of an Archbold school. Visitors will be required to enter through one door, and wear a visitor badge. It’s part of an effort to increase school security and safety of the students.

The Archbold school board has met all requirements to put a $3.3 million bond issue on the November ballot for expansion of the high school.

Archbold has five new teachers: Russ Lambert, fifth grade; Dorothy Lambert, director of curriculum; Ben Gericke, fourth grade; Chris Silvers, physics, physical science, anatomy, and physiology; Jeff Benecke, third and fourth grades; A. Kasra Amirjahed, chemistry and life sciences.

Fulton County was awarded $550,000 in grants recently by Bob Taft, governor, for local low and moderate income family housing programs.

Archbold Main Stop was granted a liquor permit earlier this month.

Deaths–Clara “Cindy” Miller, 75, Archbold; Fred R. Brackman, 93, Fayette; Louis F. Landman, 87, Wauseon

Former Archbold resident James Edward Blose, 64, has been arrested and charged with aggravated murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Brenda, 45.

50th Wedding–Wayne and Nancy Grime; 40th Wedding–Merle and Shirley Klopfenstein; 25th Wedding– Steve and Rachel Sauder

Headline–21 Letterwinners Return To Blue Streak Football

Archbold High School golf letterwinners are Nate Bernath, Stephen Stewart, and Phil Rasey.

Vinh Van Tran, AHS ‘99, graduated from Marine boot camp at Paris Island, S.C. He is the son of Nhuan and Hue Tran, Archbold.

Sarah K. and Maryanne E. Timmes, daughters of Denver and Katherine Short, recently earned college academic honors.

Four members of the Liechty family– Herman and Harold Liechty, Rita Gingrich and Rachel Eby– participated in the 25th annual Twins Days Festival, Aug. 5, in Twinsburg, located between Akron and Cleveland.

A photograph shows four servers at the annual fall sports rally and membership drive: Mary Beck, Cindy Krueger, Ralph Krueger, and Karen Gomez.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1985

Construction of railroad crossing gates and lights at the Co. Rd. 24 Conrail crossing is set to begin in the fall, said Don Holloschutz, Conrail spokesman.

The crossing has been a controversial issue in Archbold and German Township. Since June 1983, there have been six accidents at the crossing.

Denver Stuckey is one of five persons who will be inducted into the Fulton County Ag Hall of Fame, Saturday at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

An additional 20 acres of land was purchased for parking at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The land, adjacent to the north parking lot, will allow fairgoers more parking opportunity. A shuttle bus will be in service to move guests to the midway area.

Northwest Products, a division of Quadco Rehabilitation Center, was recently awarded a defense contract for $276,401 for mechanic creepers.

Deaths–Bernard B. Arps, 57, Ridgeville Corners; Esther Parker, 77, Stryker.

Larry Armstrong carefully tends flowers in his home garden. Many of his special touches will be seen in exhibits by the Fulton County Men’s Garden Club at the Fulton County Fair.

Carol and Tom Storrer and son, Jeff, are among the honored guests Sunday at the second annual Maria Stein Courage to Live Run, at Maria Stein, Ohio.

Carol is a native of Fort Loramie, near Maria Stein. She will be honored for her courageous recovery from a rare paralysis.

25th Wedding Anniversary– Veryl and Norma Burkholder Roth

Earns Degree– Peg Watkins, Kent State University

Five Archbold High School students recently joined thousands of students from across the nation in Washington, D.C., for Youth Congress 1985: Greg Skinner, Teresa Summa, Kathy Drake, Amy Summa, Chris Ehrman.

Returning lettermen to the 1985 AHS golf team are Brian Schweinhagen, Andy Wilson, Mark Stevens, Shawn Stuckey, Greg Todd, and Joe Wyse.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1960

A trench down the middle of Stryker Street will halt traffic while workmen lay a 12-inch tile for the new sewage disposal system.

Widening and resurfacing of six miles of U.S. 20-A in Fulton County is planned by the State Highway Department.

Howard and Glen Schlosser, owners of Enterprise Cleaners, Wauseon, purchased the Archbold Cleaners of Robert Timmons as of Aug. 3, and will operate the local plant as a separate business with Lawrence Clark as manager.

Preliminary census figures indicate that at least 40 additional Ohio municipalities have reached city status.

Rocky Marciano, retired heavyweight boxing champion of the world, visited the plant of Bil-Jax, Inc., Wednesday. He is the guest of Wilbur Wyse, general manager.

Jocelyn Arthur, who has been teaching kindergarten in Stryker, has been employed to teach third section of first grade this fall.

Stanley Buehrer, who taught and coached at Hilltop last year, will replace Lowell Spiess on the high school staff.

Janeth Schantz will graduate from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing Sept. 1.

Max Smith was walking up a hill on his hands when he sprained his ankle.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–People who walk the face of the earth have had plenty of difficulties ever since the first cave man started out to bully his neighbors…. Inflation is a time when you get it easily and part with it twice as fast…. Great Britain is going American, with reruns of old western movies on television, which are popular…. Silence can’t be misquoted, but it can be misinterpreted.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1935

Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Parker, on a trip to Northern Michigan and Canada, saw the world-famous Dionne quintuplets.

Lowell Hackett and family are moving from Metamora to Wauseon, where Mr. Hackett will become treasurer of Fulton County, effective Sept. 2. He succeeds L.D. Burgoon, who held the office two terms.

The Homecoming netted profits of $655, to be used in Ruihley Park.

Weather conditions have been unfavorable for alfalfa seed production.

C.D. Tooley, Archbold High School English teacher for several years, has resigned to accept a teaching position on the staff of Fremont Ohio High School.

Leonard Klopfenstein, eldest son of S.H., was working in the patch at the farm north of Archbold, and knelt on a tomato worm that stung his knee with the single spine at the rear. He has come to town daily for medical treatment.

It is seldom a sting by a tomato worm is serious. Leonard can prove otherwise.

Albert Ruffer broke his right leg Saturday evening. He was ready to turn the team of horses out to pasture, when the animal wheeled around and slipped, striking Mr. Ruffer in the right leg, breaking both bones.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1910

Jacob Fenstermaker knows just how it feels to have a rat run up a trouser leg, when the trousers are on and when there is nothing between you and the rat.

He said it’s a strange feeling when you try to shake the rat down and it clings harder to the skin.

John Stuckey, who came to help Jake catch the rat, stayed with Jake to help. John thought of coaxing the rat up with a piece of cheese, but Jake said he did not want the rat to come up, but to go down. He said it was up far enough already, and besides, he never believed in coaxing rats anyway. Jake is more for chasing them.

A new barn collapsed on the Ben Ruffer farm. Charles Ruffer fell and had kidneys torn, Arnold Ruffer was hurt internally, and William Wyse badly bruised. The barn had been sided and the men were putting on the rafters when the collapse came.

Simon Luthy, the contractor, saw the danger and tried to warn the men but the time was too short.

One of the largest yields of clover seed reported so far this season was on the farm of Charles Welling, in east Amboy Township. He recently hulled 2,000 pounds of Alsike from nine acres and Aug. 20 hulled 2,723 pounds of the large seed from seven acres.

Theodore Roosevelt was in Archbold Thursday. But his train bound for the Frontier Celebration in Wyoming did not hesitate.

Friday, Sept. 2, 1910

The leopard is an interesting animal. Smaller in size than the lion or tiger, it is more ferocious. The leopard has a worse character than either one.

Living mainly in trees and very nocturnal, this fierce and dangerous beast is less often seen than far rarer animals. It is widely spread over the world from the Cape of Good Hope to the Atlas mountains and from southern China to the Black Sea, where it is sometimes met with in the Caucasus.

The Archbold Buckeye is the only twice-a-week newspaper in Fulton County. Archbold people have reason to be proud of the local press. The Buckeye is doing its share toward the upbuilding and enlightenment of the community and Fulton County.

It costs less than one cent an issue, or less than two cents a week.

The ladies of St. Peter Catholic Church will serve ice cream and cake, lunch rolls and coffee Thursday evening on the church lawn.

Some citizens want to stop the man with the traction engine and the hopper wagons from using the streets and roads, but there is no law under which he can be stopped.

The law says nothing about the weight of loads that may be hauled on anything over a six-inch tire.

These contractors are good spenders. They bring a lot of money to town for help, supplies, etc. Only a few citizens want to stop them.


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