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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000

Barrett Norton spliced fiber optic cable along East Williams Street Tuesday morning. The splicing was part of a complete update of the Archbold cable TV system. It should be completed this month.

Three areas of Fulton County have a critical need for additional water, Ziad Musallum, county sanitary engineer, told Archbold council Monday evening.

He also informed council that the county comprehensive water plan shows that Archbold should have “for more than 20 years, a growth supply of water.”

According to the engineer, his department is updating a county water plan that was produced in 1994.

Classes at Archbold local schools started smoothly Thursday with no glitches, said Ken Cline, superintendent.

The Q Cafe, a restaurant operated by Quadco Rehabilitation Center, Stryker, will open Sept. 5.

Curves for Women, a new business at 1917 South Defi- ance Street, owned by Shelly Reagle, opened Aug. 7.

An unclaimed funds list can be viewed at the Fulton County Fair, Sept. 1-7.

Deaths– Louise J. Blaker, 65, Archbold; Alfredo Bonilla, 71, Albonito, Puerto Rico; Estella M. Hoffman, 76, Archbold; Priscilla M. Schrock, 91, Archbold; Allen Schmucker, 68, Toledo; Joseph D. Short, 20, Lafayette, La.; Naoma Arno, 81, Westland, Mich.; Richard Rodriguez, 51, Altoona, Pa.

50th Anniversary– Herbert and Helen Grime

Charles Gautsche will give a sermon at the new Fairlawn Haven Chapel dedication, Sept. 10. Others taking part are Steven Ringenberg, executive director; Ben Friesen, member of the original planning committee; Merle Short, former board chairman; and Ed Waidelich, current chairman.

Rachel Sauder competed in the 2000 United States Olympic track and field time trials, July 14, in the 10,000- meter event.

Photographs show Nathan Bernath and Lucas Yedica, AHS golfers, on the putting green.

Sam Hornish, Jr., thrilled spectators with his ninthplace threatening run on the checkered flag Sunday at the inaugural Indy 300, in Sparta, Ky.

Andrew Murbach and wife Lizzie appear in an old photograph, holding their two baby sons, Ed. and Clarence, on the front porch of the home they built around 1880 at 500 North Defiance Street. Three generations of Murbachs served the community as physicians: Edwin; brother Clarence, a surgeon; Ed’s son, E.R., a surgeon.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1985

Day and night, rain or shine, sleet or snow, a fact of life in Archbold is trucks.

Big trucks, little trucks, tank trucks, van trucks, semi-trucks, reefer trucks, straight trucks, dump trucks, diesel trucks, gas engine trucks, and others.

Every morning of the year and most of the day, exhaust fumes waft over the downtown.

The estimated cost to renew Archbold’s liability insurance is over nine times what it cost last year.

Paul Rupp, councilman, called the situation “a legal way to rob municipalities, and you don’t need a gun.”

Council also approved the purchase of a Fiat-Allis road grader for alley maintenance, at a cost of $15,000.

Attendance over the threeday, Labor Day weekend at the Fulton County Fair was 21,372 ahead of 1984, according to Fred Hinderer, secretary.

Deaths–Elnora Meier, 86, Archbold; E. Lucille Falor, 74, Toledo; Arthur W. Tilse, 76, Archbold

Seven Archbold FHA members and two advisors attended Summer Leadership Camp at Ohio Wesleyan: Vicki Davis, Laura Gansmiller, Paula Schweinhagen, Carmen Stubblefi eld, Teresa Summa, Amy Wheeler, Diana Williams, and advisors Jane Stevens and Linda Rogers.

Rotarians hosted Rotaryanns Thursday evening at a steak-beans-franks dinner in the Ruihley Park Pavilion. The event marked the culmination of a coupon drive. John Baumgartner, president and team chairman, said nearly $10,000 had been raised for the club’s community project.

The local chapter of Jaycees was honored in Columbus for the third consecutive time with the Blue Chip Award. Attending the meeting were Mark Stamm, president; Gene Burkholder, vice president; Carol Stamm, treasurer; Connie Leupp, Sue Stamm, and Beth Fluckinger.

Earns Degree–Cheryl Koss, University of Denver

Lynn Wanemacher, FFA Sweetheart, represented the chapter at the county fair.

Jane Stevens and Linda Rogers attended the Vocational Home Economics Teacher’s Conference in Columbus, Aug 12-13.

Bonilynn Short has been selected the AHS Jennings Scholar. She is one of approximately 300 outstanding teachers from Northwest Ohio to attend a series of six lectures by noted thinkers and doers from all over the world, at BGSU.

Sauder Village attracted 720 visitors over the Labor Day weekend.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1960

James Lee, 17, escaped injury Aug. 16, when the tractor he was driving went through the second-story open sliding door of the barn on the Ed. Rebeau farm and crashed 15 feet below.

A&W Drive-In in the Lugbill Addition will observe its grand opening Saturday and Sunday. It is owned by three Damman brothers: Victor, Henry, John.–adv.

Milton, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lavon Siebenaler, Rt. 1, Edon, was asphyxiated in shelled corn while playing in the granary on his parents’ farm Monday.

The Robert Rose home in the Miller-DeGroff Addition was sold at auction last week to O.V. Lauber for $11,000.

The annual dahlia and flower display, sponsored by Elmira Community Garden Club, is Sunday.

A test well producing five barrels of oil an hour near Melrose in Paulding County has prompted investors to start another well threequarters of a mile northeast. Ora Rupp, an Archbold investor, and Everett Myers, a promoter, inspected the test well, which encouraged them to try it again, according to a photograph.

Dan L. Sommers’ home on South Defiance St., was sold at auction Saturday to Donald Sommers for $10,700.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–If a man can sort out what is his business and what is none of his business, he’s headed on the right road to success…. Giddy delights are an important part of teenage living…. Wonder what people talk about who live where the weather is perfect?… Parents often forget they are responsible for this modern generation.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1935

Owen Rice announces the opening of his office for the general practice of law, Sept. 3, 1935.–adv.

There are many kinds of beans in the world, but Sem Myers shows one of the strangest. It is a bean with a pod 38 inches long.

The beans are about two inches apart in the pod. People eat pods and all. One pod is enough for one meal.

They are called the Yardlong Beans.

A westbound truck sideswiped an eastbound passenger car near the Amish-Mennonite Church, Monday noon. Glass was broken in the car and fenders were crushed. Nobody was injured.

The truck drivers tried to get away and were caught by deputy Alfred J. Short of Fulton County, and Ben. Farber of Williams County.

They were overtaken near Hicksville. The drivers were brought back to Archbold and made settlement for the damage and fees.

Mrs. Ed. Kruse is suffering severe injuries received when attacked by a hog while doing chores at her home, Friday evening.

Her husband Ed. was away threshing and Mrs. Kruse was doing the chores.

A sow with young pigs attacked her and threw her down three times, bruising her legs and breaking some of the small bones in her hand.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1910

A summary of the facts and figures gathered from the land appraisement, confirms this as one of the wealthiest farming counties in the state, and German Township as the richest in the county.

Fulton County is appraised at over $22,000,000. Of this amount, $5,151,313.00 is incorporated villages and the balance, $17,484,475.00, is on the farms.

The stone road south of town is progressing rapidly. The south two miles are finished and that on the Bryan Pike is also finished. Automobiles speed along at a joyful rate.

Stone is now being placed on the north mile. They hope to have the entire job finished in six weeks. It will be as good a road as there is in the county.

Down in some parts of Texas where labor is cheap, farmers top the corn. They cut off the top above the first joint of the highest ear. It is done just after the ends of the silk begin to turn.

They claim the top makes the best of fodder and the balance of the strength goes to the ear. Some claim it saves labor as they let the lower part of the stalk stand in the field and need not handle it so many times until it gets back in the field in the form of manure.

Friday, Sept. 9, 1910

Peter D. Nofziger says he asked 15 men who had loads of apples at the cider press what they intend to do with the juice. All said they intend to make vinegar.

Peter says he intends to make vinegar, too, if there is any left.

Guy Miller, son of C.G. Miller, is taking a course of reading in conjunction with actual experience upon his father’s farm, near Fayette, preparatory to a course in agriculture at the Ohio State University, at Columbus.

Farming will soon jump from an occupation to the rank of a profession.

Smart farmers keep their manure in the dry, or better still, haul it right from the stable and spread it on the soil before anything is lost.

Those who can spread the manure on top of the crops so the strength will wash down to the roots of the plants, will find their crops get an earlier start and stronger stems than by plowing the fresh fertilizer under where the roots must lift it up again to get any good from it.

Watermelons are smiling in front of the grocery stores. Archbold is on the watermelon route between Tedrow and Defiance.

Loads pass here early in the morning. Those fellows, around Winameg get about $100 an acre for their melons. They claim it is easier money than corn.


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