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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000

Installation of traffic signals at the intersection of St. Rts. 66 and 34 near the Four County Career Center won’t happen until December, according to ODOT.

Council approved a resolution at its Monday night meeting to participate in the Fulton County tornado warning siren program. Archbold’s total expenditure for the sirens will be $20,800.50.

Site work for the new Pettisville Post Office began Sept. 13 when trees and shrubs were cleared from the building site.

John Bamonte, honorary United Way chairman, said, “United Way is here to help people in Fulton County from birth to the grave.” He spoke to members of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon. Bamonte said, “We never know what will happen to us or when we will need help from the United Way.”

Bamonte spoke about the excellent support county businesses give to United Way. He stressed that every dollar donated to UW stays in Fulton County.

Deaths–Kathryn Christy, 95, Archbold; Britt H. Roth, 46, Wauseon; Eleanor Stambaugh, 67, Fayette; Ryan C. Mathews, 24, Wauseon; Ruth Cline, 95, Fort Meade, Fla.; Eunice Seiler, 91, Ithaca, Mich.

50th Anniversary– Edwin and Alyce Oberhaus…. 60th Anniversary–Lowell and Alice Geringer

Nathan Lugbill, an AHS student, receives instructions from Rod Cheney, CPR instructor and member of the Archbold-German Township Fire Department, during Save-A-Life Saturday, according to a photograph.

Mike Runyon, Fayette, uses a mallet to mold tin during Elderhostel to make a whale oil burning lantern. Runyon, a full-time employee at Sauder Village, was recently featured in an Early American Homes magazine.

He was named one of the top 200 craftsmen in the United States. He specializes in reproductions from the 1750s to the 1870s.

The Elderhostel program made its yearly stop at Sauder Village last week. The program is under the direction of Cecily Rohrs, her mother, Louisa Strock, and the help of village personnel.

The home of Edwin and Diane Wyrick, 504 North Defiance Street, is the featured home in the Home Improvement section of this newspaper.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1985

Even with talk of farm crisis, farm aid, and foreclosures, there still are farmers in Fulton County making money.

Legally and technically, the responsibility of Archbold Village Council is… Archbold. Council is responsible for “all public property within the corporation limits, its maintenance and upkeep,” said William Lovejoy, mayor.

Four-year village council member David Skinner, who is up for a second term, sees the role of council as being “basically the governing body.”

Leonard Miller, Jr., was recently named the manager of Independence Dam State Park. He, his wife and two young daughters will make their home in Archbold.

Earlier in his career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Lenny, Jr., was a ranger at Hocking Hills State Park.

Erie J. Sauder purchased the Stryker Railroad depot building at auction Sept. 21, and will give the building to the village of Stryker.

He paid $29,000 for the building at auction of Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Buzz) Osborn’s.

Karen Weldy, Sharon Lantz, and Liz Stotzer are serving on a committee from Archbold Retail Merchants to coordinate the Nov. 23 Christmas parade.

Theron J. Short recently completed the requirements for nationally recognized accreditation in accountancy.

Deaths–Henry Wyse, 91. Wauseon

Stair-Trac is the new stair climbing chair in use this year at Archbold Schools. Jenny Smith and Rosemary Schweinhagen demonstrate it in a photograph.

David Gelios graduated last spring from Ball State and is teaching his first year at Foothills High School, Bakersfield, Calif. Gelios is a graduate of AHS ‘80, and played the lead role in the musical L’il Abner. His mother said, “David is single and happy. He has his own apartment and made lots of new friends.”

Earns Degree– Diane K. Amstutz, Ph.D, Northern Illinois University

The Archbold girls volleyball team, ranked third in the state in Class A, won the second annual Golden Spike Invitational at Holland-Springfi eld High School, Saturday.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1960

Lugbill Bros., Inc., Fat Cattle Show & Sale grossed $642,747. The grand champion steer sold for $1 a pound.

Enough fat cattle went through the ring in the two days to make a solid railroad train of 115 cars.

Five are local graduates of La Junta, Colo., School of Practical Nursing: Danelda Kay Sauder, Doris Kathleen Miller, Janet Stutzman, Carolyn Rose Nafziger, Shirley Ann Reynolds

Fire completely destroyed a 60×80 barn Wednesday evening on the Sanford O. Nofziger farm, about four miles northwest of Archbold. Nearly 70 animals were in the barn.

Nofziger reports he had more straw than ever stored in the barn, along with a large amount of hay. An adjoining cement silo was ruined and an $11,000 metal silo was damaged. Both were empty.

H.F. (Pat) Munro has retired as city mail carrier for Archbold after 35 years employment.

Off To College–Jack Lauber, University of Iowa; Burlene Wyse, Eastern Mennonite College; Arleta Kennel, Carol Wyse, Erma King, Goshen College

Betty Jo Scott is teaching at the University of New Mexico and studying for a Ph.D.

Fulton County led the four-county area in car sales in August.

Maumee Guidance Center approved preliminary plans for a $30,000 clinic building. The board signed a 99- year lease with Defiance city council for use of a portion of the old hospital grounds for the clinic site.

Fulton County voters will face 14 tax issues when they go to the polls in November.

Archbold firemen will serve a chicken barbecue and fish fry in the Ruihley Park Pavilion Friday before the Archbold-Napoleon football game.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–The number of women in public office is increasing: 17 members of Congress; 347 state legislatures; 20,000 county offices…. The divorce rate might go down if, instead of marrying for better or worse, young people would try to marry for good…. The man who is absolutely certain that his way of thinking is the only right way is usually too stubborn to progress.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1935

A third well is being drilled at Stryker to find a satisfactory drinking water supply for its municipal system. It is being drilled on the Stuckey property, north of Stryker.

The annual faculty dinner was held Friday evening so teachers could meet parents at the school cafeteria.

The amounts for pensions allowed the aged throughout the county have been reduced from $15 a month to about $13. So far about 200 pensions have been cut.

The U.S. Treasury plans a new design for the one-dollar silver certificate bearing the seal of the United States. It will take the place of the present one-dollar bills now in circulation.

Stores, meat markets, and individuals will be held to the possession limit of five rabbits a day this season.

Meat markets have made a practice of buying rabbits from hunters and trappers to sell on the open market and Ohio sportsmen are opposed to the practice.

Wauseon council granted The Lake Shore Power Co., a new domestic electric rate, just like the one recently granted to Archbold by The Toledo Edison Co. The contract is effective for three years.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1910

The trustees of German Township and the T&I railway are trying to make a deal to again lease the ground behind the Town Hall for a depot.

The Lake Shore had a large force of men working on the Defiance Street crossing, Friday and Saturday. The rails have been bound with planks and the intervening spaces filled with crushed stone. The job looks good.

While the excursion train was returning from the opening of the sugar beet factory in Paulding Saturday, the northbound passenger train bearing the excursionists ran into an open switch at Ney and crashed into a standing freight.

Emmet Myers, a locomotive fireman, was instantly killed. Ed. Craig, an engineer, had both legs scalded, and several coach cars were filled with excursionists who were badly shaken and frightened.

The body of the dead fireman lay beneath the wreckage seven hours before it could be uncovered.

Henry Dominique, of Archbold, became excited and jumped from a window and bruised himself. Mrs. Alex Grime, Mrs. Lem. Barber, and Mrs. George Leu were on the train, and uninjured.

Physicians have decided Ezra Rupp has typhoid fever and was removed Friday from his rooms at the Bible Training School in Fort Wayne.

Lou Rupp and family start for Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 11. They expect about 20 persons to join the party.

Friday, Oct. 7, 1910

Eight airplanes will start from Garfield Park, Chicago, at 8 am. Saturday. They fly to New York, making 19 stops; the nearest here is Stryker. Black smoke smudges will tell the aviators where to land, where supplies of gasoline will be awaiting them.

They plan to follow the Lake Shore Railroad and will fly around the outskirts of large towns.

Another trolley car accident happened near Staunton, Ill., Tuesday, when an excursion car bound for the veiled prophet’s parade at St. Louis was met on a curve at full speed by a northbound car. The crew disregarded orders. Thirty-seven passengers were killed.

Gov. Harmon can make no more speeches this week. His vocal organs are about paralyzed. He can still shake hands, however.

Uncle Sam is making every effort to keep the cholera out of this country. The French vessel now held in quarantine had two deaths on board from that dreaded disease.

Frank Gigax, of Hayes County, Nebraska, is visiting his brothers in Archbold, Ed., William, and Robert. Frank left Archbold 19 years ago and has prospered much in Nebraska. The Gigax family consists of 22 children.


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