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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000

A problem with the production of this year’s batch of flu vaccine has pushed back the Fulton County Health Department’s annual flu shot clinics by at least a month.

Photographs show Mike Quimby, 2000 homecoming king, with Stacy Bosco, queen; David Tran, senior escort with Heather Beck, attendant; Lalo Sanchez, junior escort with Erin Stopher, attendant; Joel Grieser, sophomore escort with Chelsea Rychener, attendant; D.J. Selgo, freshman escort with Krista Lersch, attendant; Tyler Rufenacht, first grade escort with Ericka Priest, attendant.

The position of Fulton County economic development director, open since late April, has not been filled.

Lenette Moshier was named the Shalom Ministries director of public relations and agency advancement. Moshier has previous experience in banking and human resource management, and did volunteer service for Shalom Ministries.

Road rage looms as a potential problem in Fulton County, says Darrell Merillat, sheriff.

40th Anniversary–Les and Sharon (Lindley) Gericke

Rachel Ulrich is enrolled in the Bluffton College Organizational Management Program to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The AHS golf team finally hit its stride in the 2000 campaign, winning five straight matches, but finished last in the sectional tournament.

Three members of the Archbold Hoverman family took part in the 29th annual Marching Band Spectacular at Defiance, Saturday evening. Phil Hoverman is the director of the AHS band, and his two sons are Ryan and Trent. Ryan marches and plays trumpet in the famous Ohio State Marching Band. Also appearing in the photograph is Jon Woods, director of the OSU band.

A fall color walk through Goll Woods Forest Preserve is Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 pm.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1985

Council was busy Monday night playing “musical money.” It added funds to the 1985 appropriation, adjusted the appropriations, and transferred some funds.

Council now has permission to install traffic signal lights at the corners of South Defiance Street and Lugbill and West Barre roads.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, told ODOT that council will pay the bill to install the lights, but he said that was before the industrial park land was purchased. Since the purchase of the land, “We must look at things a little differently. We’ll have to come up with the money someplace,” he said.

Citizens who hold posts on the Archbold Area School Board are responsible for the educational function of the district, said David Lersch, superintendent.

Over the years, Archbold fire equipment and firemen have done more than fight fires and do ceremonial things in the community, according Richard Erbskorn, fire chief.

The Archbold Buckeye will hold an “Ask the Candidates Night” at the Ruihley Park Pavilion, Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm.

Deaths–Ruby May Whitcomb, 85, of Pike Township; Melissa K., 10-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Benecke, Ridgeville Corners; Lorena Behnfeldt, 80, Ridgeville Corners; Maxine Johnson, 59, Wauseon; Ruth Diehl, 84, Terre Haute, Ind.

Residents had a taste of winter last week. The downtown was lightly touched with a covering of snow in every crack and along curbs.

Myrl Sauder, vice president of engineering and development for Sauder Woodworking Co., presented the Friday Rotary Club program and briefly discussed the development of the Sauder industries.

Even though it has been in operation about 18 months, Rick Keefer, head of the Fulton County Department of Human Services, called the Children’s Protective Services Team a success.

The team brought representatives from the Department of Human Services, law enforcement, and other agencies into one group.

One of the first things the group did was put together a curriculum for students in third grade. Adaptable to other grade levels, it is based on the theme, “Who Do You Tell.” It teaches children how to avoid physical abuse and sexual abuse, said Jane Kaufmann, social services director.

Carlton L. Kissling, Kenton, attempted to land a Cessna 152 at the Delta Airport and flipped onto its back. Kissling thought the grass looked too tall for a safe landing. When the nose touched, the soft soil it flipped on its back, according to the county sheriff office.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1960

Lyle Lauber was named director of juvenile institute with the Kentucky State Department of Child Welfare at Frankfort, Ky. He will be director of all juvenile institutions in the state.

Presently, Lauber is supervisor of the social service department at the Lebanon (Ohio) Correctional Institute.

Charles J. Dominique, army lieutenant colonel, is attending the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. The school prepares selected officers for future assignments and key government positions. He is a 1938 graduate of AHS.

Bids will be opened Sept. 29 for two village improvements: the new fire station on the south side of the New York Central, and the 204- million-gallon above-ground water storage reservoir for the municipal water system.

The Archbold Merchants Association plans a White Elephant Community Auction in Ruihley Park, Tuesday, Oct. 4. Elias Frey will conduct the auction. Proceeds will go to the Happi- Time School in Wauseon.

Donald H. Stotzer is president of the Fulton County Crippled Children’s Association; Julius Yackee, vice president; Hazel Aeschliman, treasurer; Elizabeth Edgar, secretary.

During the past summer, Mrs. O.V. Lauber received 16 blue ribbons in flower shows and three red ribbons for second place. She won the awards with rose specimens.

Fire Belles, of the Archbold Fire Department, served 1,000 barbecued chicken or fish dinners at the pre-football game, Friday evening.

Bob Puckett, who lives west of Burlington, landed a 28 1/2-inch, five-pound northern pike from Bean Creek, just behind the Ivan Weber farm.

Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 (David Layman, Ricky Yedica, John Fraas, Mike Schlatter, Frank Crossgrove) canoed 70 miles on the AuSable River, in Michigan, over the weekend. Adults who accompanied the scouts were Ed. Fraas, Ken Yedica, Richard Riegsecker, Richard Bettison.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Ohio has more natural gas stored underground than any other state. Enough is in storage to supply the city of Elyria, for all purposes, for 50 years…. Only a foxy girl can get a mink coat from a wolf…. Campbell’s, in Napoleon, mailed a check for taxes to the Henry County treasury totaling $331,505.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1935

All-night street lighting service started in Archbold Oct. 1. Thirteen new streetlights will be installed in the downtown.

Carl L. Gerken, of Ridgeville Corners, went to harvest his grapes and found someone else had relieved him of the work, and the grapes.

James Scott, 61, living one mile south and 2 1/2 miles west of Archbold, was arrested by Williams County authorities for stealing a shotgun from an automobile parked in Stryker. His residence was searched under warrant and the missing shotgun was located in his bed. He drew 30 days and costs.

Paul Baker will continue as pastor of the Archbold and West Unity Methodist Evangelical churches for the coming year.

In a six-day period, state liquor agents staged 153 raids, which resulted in 170 violations. Twenty-two stills were confiscated and seven transporters of illegal liquor were arrested.

Henry Ford has opened a new five-million-dollar soybean plant at River Rouge, near Detroit, to make many automobile parts from soybeans he is buying off farmers. Ford will make buttons, horns, gearshift levers, balls, light switch handles, distributor bases, covers, window trim strips, dashboard panels, oil for paints, soft soaps, meal for foundry use, and many other things.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1910

It has been 20 years since the cooperage industry was carried on in Archbold. The business has been revived because of the abundant apple crop. Two men are now busy making barrels in the Gotshall sheds.

The staves, hoops, and headings, as well as the barrel, are completed and ready to ship. They are the product of Archbold industry.

Charles Winters, who broke a stove to pieces in the Bryan jail, has been taken to the asylum at Toledo. He has a wife and five children. It is said his mental trouble is upon religious subjects.

A mad dog has been biting sheep and cattle. Hogs and dogs are going mad in Farmer Township, Williams County. Township trustees have posted notices that all dogs running at large must be muzzled or shot.

The Archbold High School Alumni Assn. has selected permanent colors for Archbold schools.

Moving pictures at the Rink Hall Saturday night, 5¢ and 10¢. A complete change of program.–adv.

Myrtle Clair has moved from the cashier’s desk at Flory’s to the desk at the Hub Grocery.

Danny Wyse has quit business in Archbold and will tour Oklahoma.

Friday, Oct. 14, 1910

Sheriff Grandy will enforce the cigarette law and the law governing the sale of tobacco to minors under 18 years old.

After a few hunters start shooting, fox squirrels know enough to keep out of sight until the end of the season.

Heavy soil with clay holds moisture longer than sandy soils. That is why the corn crop is better here than elsewhere this season.

Tommy Leavy’s pet crow has loafed around the T&I depot until it has enriched its vocabulary with some dreadful squawks that sound like curses. That shows the result of bad company.

A.J. Vernier is an enthusiast on the subject of airplanes. He watched with keen interest the man who flew around and over the business district of Chicago, dodging the tall buildings. The same man made a successful air trip from Chicago to Springfield.

The people’s State Bank Co., is exhibiting two ears of corn brought in by Jason Gortner that measure 26 inches.

More material has arrived, and the T&I may soon begin repairing tracks along Holland Street.

After workmen had everything ready, it took two hours to move the brick depot at Stryker Wednesday.


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