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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000

Although attendance numbers were down the first two days of the Fulton County Fair, Thursday was above 1999, pushing the total to 235,523. The hot humid weather Friday and Saturday reduced attendance. The all time one-day record is 55,329, set on Labor Day in 1994.

Ryan Hoverman, AHS ‘99, plays trumpet in the OSU marching band.

School board is one step closer to removing and replacing the old theatre-style seats in the small gymnasium at Archbold Middle School.

Dan Storrer cleans one of several grills at the pork producers’ stand Sunday afternoon at the county fair. Wayne Dinius flips sausage patties. Both men live on farms near Archbold, according to a photograph.

Kerry Beck, Archbold native, was named executive director of Becket School, East Haverhill, N.H. The school is a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys.

Deaths–Orrin J. Keim, 89, West Unity; Lucille Rupp, 90, Archbold; Robert L. Roth, 72, Archbold

Wendell Nofziger left Wednesday for Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on a one-year assignment with Eastern Mennonite Missions of Salunga, Pa.

Justin Crites was the top Blue Streak boy and took second place with a time of 17:12 in the Archbold Cross Country Invitational, Sept. 9.

Justin Knierem was named to the all-tournament team at the Stryker Golf Invitational, Saturday.

Members of the Zion Mennonite Church choir sang two hymns during the Fairlawn Chapel dedication program Sunday afternoon.

Tara Ramirez and her husband Shawn were out on a walk with their children on a recent summer evening. Hidden in Tara’s stroller is four-month-old Carson. Shawn pushes twoyear old Sidney, according to a photograph.

Karelle Miller concentrates as she gets ready to serve in Pettisville’s volleyball match with Wauseon…. In golf competition against Evergreen on Thursday, Kyle Linehan sinks a putt on the eighth hole. He ended with a 40 for the day, according to photographs.

Council unanimously approved a nonexclusive cable television franchise agreement with RTEC of Ridgeville Corners at the Monday evening council meeting.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1985

The death of an Archbold woman at the Co. Rd. 24 Conrail crossing has resulted in a $1.1-million suit filed against Conrail in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.

The suit stems from the death of Traci Roth, who was killed at 12:35 am, April 20, 1984, when her vehicle was struck by two Conrail trains. One train was coming from each direction on the double track.

Council passed a resolution supporting a permit allowing overweight trucks to travel through the village.

The private drive that extends from Park Street to the Colony Meadows Trailer Court will be improved and become a street.

Council approved an agreement between itself, Lowell Short, landowner, Bill Rupp, trailer court owner, and The Farmers & Merchants State Bank.

Revenue for the 1985 season at Ruihley Park Swimming Pool was up, but an operating loss was reported for the year.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance for Quick Printing Service, Thursday evening. The business, located at 103 Lugbill Road, asked that a variance be approved to allow a window on the west side to be replaced with a door.

Steve Graffice, owner of Tedrow Auto Wrecking, near Wauseon, was elected president of the Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association.

Yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 17, the United States Constitution reached its 198th anniversary.

Quick Printing, Lugbill Road, has changed its name to JB Quick Quality Graphics.

Deaths–John H. Zimmerman, 53, Archbold; Donelda Worden, 70, Fayette; Filipe S. Contreras, 63, Archbold; Russell Walter, 88, Archbold; Hubert W. Hayes, 90, West Unity

Peace ribbon segments are displayed in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. The giant ribbon stretched over 10 miles with over 25,000 people making a positive statement for peace. Representatives from Archbold are Sarah Hostetler, Phyllis Hostetler, Cara Ulrich, Rachel Hostetler.

Dave Singer, Stryker, finished in the top eight at the World Professional Armwrestling Association, Sept. 2, at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Each individual thinks his job is tough. Being thankful for employment is the most difficult task many people face every day…. Mark Twain built a 19-room house in Hartford, Conn. It had 18 fireplaces and five bathrooms. He said the city had the odor of sanctity that comes with cash.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1960

Gertrude Hitt won another state championship in archery, in target shooting. “I like target shooting because everyone is on an equal basis, knowing the yardages.” But she believes field shooting is really more of a challenge.

The Fulton County Fair reached an all-time high attendance record of 35,000.

Robert F. Greene, 36, a psychiatrist from Worcester, Mass., will head the new clinic of the Maumee Guidance Center for treating the mentally ill.

Archbold will build a new reservoir capable of holding 204 million gallons of raw water pumped from Brush Creek. Council will purchase 77 acres from Lugbill Bros., Inc., at $1,000 an acre for the new reservoir. The original reservoir holds 104 million gallons.

New York Central Railroad is replacing old track with quarter-mile rails through Archbold. Many citizens were at the main street crossing Tuesday to witness the unloading operation from a work train over a quarter mile long.

Archie Graber, Stryker, who has served 30 years in Congo Inland Missionary work, left Friday for the Congo Republic. He plans to minister to the displaced Baluba tribesmen who are resettling the Bakwanga Valley of the Kasai, 200 miles east of Tshikapa.

Doris Waidelich will graduate from General Hospital School of Nursing, Kansas City, Mo.

Articles of incorporation have been filed by Yoder Compost, Inc., by Timothy T. Yoder, Lucille E. Yoder, and Willard A. Mack.

Muttering, by Orrin R. Taylor–If the stock market rose as rapidly as the temperature last week, there would be some happy investors in this community…. Before Jack Frost gets in his first licks, a drive around the village and on any of our side roads will provide a surprise to all who enjoy beautiful flower gardens.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1935

An all-night rain and the increased price of farm products contributed the success of the livestock auction of Lugbill Bros., Monday.

Many farmers brought stock to town and buyers were here from a great distance to pick up everything offered for sale.

The Lugbill Bros. did a rushing business all day. Bernath’s Market purchased the top-priced cattle offered at the big sale, Monday.

School opened at St. Peter Parochial School, Monday. Sisters Alphonsus and Mary Grace are in charge. A successful school year is predicted.

Alvin J. Stamm and Myrtle Claire have purchased the Eliza Grisier building on main street adjoining the Buckeye office.

The room is occupied by V.G. Ruffer, and the building has been purchased from the heirs of Miss Grisier.

Four Montpelier men drove from Los Angeles to Bryan in three nights and two days. They maintained a speed of 60 miles an hour most of the time, and made brief stops.

The Fulton County Fair hosted 4,300 visitors Wednesday. The Stotzer Hardware and Rupp Furniture had excellent booth displays in the merchants building.

Persons who travel Archbold back streets during rainy weather get an idea what Archbold’s main streets were at one time.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1910

A dispatch from Columbus says: All petty graft for members of the general assembly has been cut off by new rulings by attorney general Denman and secretary of state Thompson.

Wauseon Hospital is still closed. E.A. Murbach, of Archbold, has agreed to put the building in first-class condition, provided the people of Wauseon awaken sufficient civic pride and fi- nancial energy to open and maintain it as a hospital.

The people of that village may concentrate their efforts at a meeting Sept. 21.

Because the fast train struck the two handcars at Edgerton, A.N. Bailey, the foreman, was laid off ten days.

When they heard of it, his entire section gang of 50 Bohemians refused to work under another foreman. Mr. Bailey tried to get the men to stay with the job but they refused.

Children of German Township will have a holiday Friday. The schools will close to enable children to attend the county fair.

Glen Vernier and Eva Fagley were married in Wauseon Saturday.

In the city the milkman stops his horse, takes his hand can and climbs three flights of stairs to deliver a half-pint of milk.

If a city milkman sat in his rig and waited for women to come out in the weather for the milk he would have a job of waiting.

Friday, Sept. 23, 1910

It’s a nice thing to get all kinds of passes to fairs and fall festivals as well as expositions, but a man who publishes two newspapers a week and does commercial printing has no time to spend away from the Archbold


There is an epidemic of sore mouth among the children of Archbold schools. It appears to be a parasitical disease, which in some cases yields stubbornly even to mercurial treatment.

The world is breathlessly waiting for someone to invent a successful cotton picking machine. Some claim to have it, but cotton planters don’t think so.

Forty-two people were killed and about as many injured in a trolley wreck between Bluffton, Ind., and Fort Wayne, Wednesday.

Chris. Rupp, a bachelor of 30 living northeast of Elmira, was driving to Wauseon Wednesday when his team of horses scared at an auto and ran away, throwing him out.

Chris. was picked up for dead and taken home in the machine. Yesterday afternoon he seemed much better and there is hope for his recovery.

A baby girl came to the home of Noah Dominique Sunday morning. It is their first.

Pears are selling at 30¢ a bushel. No real nice ones have been offered here, yet.

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