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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997

With completion of the official vote count in the county, there were no changes in the results in the race for the Board of Education for Archbold Area Schools. Robert Aschliman was the lead vote getter with 1,216, followed by Tim Yoder with 1,064, and Cheryl Storrer, 1,013. Aschliman and Yoder are incumbents, Storrer is a newcomer to the board.

Fulton County Health Department has closed the books on the meningitis outbreak in the Archbold Area Schools.

Street Department workers will use the village bucket truck to help residents of the 300 block of Ditto Street decorate trees along the street.

The AHS marching band entertained a crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 on Saturday when they traveled to St. John’s Arena in Columbus.

Lisa M. Watson joined the staff of the United Methodist Church as its youth director.

The Sylvester Grime farm at the corner of Co. Rd. D and 24 sold at public auction Nov. 15. A 29-acre parcel with frontage on Co. Rd. 24 sold for $4,300 per acre to Dan Heer. A 46-acre parcel with frontage on Co. Rd. 24 and D sold for $3,750 to Steve Short for $172,500. The one and a half story home with five acres and outbuildings sold for $94,750 to Steve Short.

Deaths – Jazzelyn Aguilar, 3 1/2 , St. Vincent Medical Center; Arvada Fischer, 96, Archbold; Kathryn E. Frey, 78, Wauseon

Kevin Bostelman and Wade Schnitkey were named first team all-district in Associated Press football poll.

James L. Davis III has joined the U.S. Army Reserve delayed training program.

Linde Kauffman, is playing Amy in Little Women at PHS.

Ed and Ione McMillin sent their personal Lear jet and two full-time pilots to Toledo Express Airport to pick up first cousins Christine Sullivan, Marilyn Smith, Madalyn Stanforth, and Ione’s sister Cara Rettig to be guests in the Mc- Millin home at Winter Park, Fla.

School board again questioned the proposed mandatory senior project proposed by the faculty and administration.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1982

For the ninth time since Jan. 1, Archbold High School is in state athletic competition. Under the direction of John Downey, football coach, the famous Blue Streaks will face West Jefferson Roughriders in Springfield at 1:30 p.m.

Deaths- Paul W. Smith, 64; Robert L. Ames, 39; Emma Grieser, 84; Ivan Gearig, 71; Chester E. Eicher, 74

AHS band members were honored Monday evening: Chris Liechty, senior marcher of the year, and Brian Horst, freshman marcher of the year. Philip Hoverman, director, presented the awards.

Glenn Gallaway received the county 4-H alumni award, presented by Paul zumFelde, county 4-H agent.

Four honor scholars at Ohio State University, college of agriculture: Tom and Scott, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Krill; Mike, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Benecke; Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle J. Short.

Joe Frank, AHS ’79, is playing varsity basketball for the Defiance College Yellow Jackets.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Remember when Nikita S. Khrushchev worried Americans when he said, “The Soviet Union will overtake and surpass the United States by 1970 or 1980?”…. You don’t need to be too old to remember when there was no interstate highway, television, atom bomb, telephone…. Take the expectation out of life and what is left?

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1957

Headline: Fulton County Leads Area In Traffic Deaths; NYC Has Freight Wreck-Crew Clears Tracks of Wrecked NYC Freight Cars; Streaks Open Season Friday

Archbold Bowling, Inc. has set Saturday, Nov. 23 as the date for the Grand Opening of the enlarged building with six alleys and 12 new automatic pin setters.

The Northwestern Ohio Basketball League was organized Wednesday evening with ten teams to compete in the schedule.

Members of the League: Edgerton, Bryan, Edon, Defiance, Hicksville, Farmer, Stryker, Ridgeville, Ayersville and Archbold.

Ammon J. Lantz, 70, died at Wauseon hospital, Nov. 18, following a short illness. He was born near Archbold and made his home in Pettisville most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Erma; six sons, Wilbur, Emerson, Edwin and Gene of Pettisville, Dale and Robert of Archbold; three daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Stickley, Wauseon, Miss Ruth Lantz, Pettisville and Mrs. Opal Lauber, Archbold; eight grandchildren; one brother, William of Pettisville; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Rupp, Mrs. Ella Rupp and Mrs. Emma Rychener of Pettisville and Mrs. Cora Eicher, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Max Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Smith, will appear in a dance revue Stairway to the Stars at DeVilbis school auditorium, Toledo. He will appear in tap, acrobatic, modern jazz, and ballet numbers.

An exhibit of Water Colors by C.C. Britsch, Toledo, formerly of Archbold, are being shown at the Town Gallery, 1811 Adams St., Toledo.

Mr. Britsch spent his youth in Archbold, graduated from high school, worked in Gotshall’s office and later became an architect, designing many schools, colleges and public buildings in northwestern Ohio.

Included in his water color exhibit are such objects as “Archbold Sawmill,” “Northwest Ohio Winter,” “Old Mill- Irish Hills,” “Round Lake Cottages,” “Channel Between Devils and Round Lakes,” and many others made at unusual places which Britsch has traveled.

Derailment of seven empty cars on a west-bound, 169-car, freight train on the New York Central about 1 1/2 miles east of Archbold, at 11:50 p.m. Friday, was responsible for a second and tragic NYC train wreck near White Pigeon, Mich., at 2:15 a.m.

The seven freight cars spilled over both main line tracks, blocking east and west-bound traffic and making it necessary to detour east-bound NYC trains over the “Old Road,” or Michigan Central line from Elkhart to Toledo.

Mutterings…Communists are said to be making much ado over the Little Rock and other integration incidents. This is just another case of “the pot calling the kettle black.” Few Americans know the Russians are adept at the practice of segregation in their schools. They have had one set of schools for those of Mongolian descent, and another for the White Russians. So don’t worry too much about “what our friends abroad think about the segregation problem.”…What’s new? A Lansing, Mich., firm is marketing a spare tire in a can, which will inflate a tire and also serve as a fire extinguisher.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 1932

In the 42 taxing districts of Fulton County, 1933 rates for taxation will be increased in nine and decreased in the remainder of the 33 districts.

The elevator at Kunkle burned Monday evening, losing 1,200 bushels of wheat and 1,400 bushels of oats.

Eleven inches of snow fell Tuesday night in the heaviest November snowfall in years. It stopped highway traffic, bus travel, and farm work.

Archbold citizens made an annual donation of food to the Wauseon hospital: 323 quarts of fruit, 50 glasses of jam/jellies, 100 pounds of sugar, honey, and noodles, and many bushels of vegetables.

New York Board of Trade gamblers took the money away from county, the money backed treasurers and small bank cashiers in the way of bets on their games of chance, and the New York bonding companies must now pay the money back to fulfill the bonds of those who were induced to steal. That is just a part of the financial merry go-round.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Nov. 29, 1907

All poultry bought by Archbold merchants was shipped out before Thanksgiving. Poultry is a risky property and merchants are timid about loading up with it, but are paying big prices for what they take.

Hogs have taken an awful drop. One reason is the beef trusts cut price campaign in England at two cents a pound less than in America. The beef trust is trying to drive out competition. Another reason was that pork was so high working men could not afford it. Of course the break was a bad one for the time being, but will be paid. The fact that all England is buying American shoes at American prices gives the beef trust a chance to get even. The foreign converts to American goods have been helping times here.

Anna Gould climbed the stairs at Norton Hotel while Weston, the great walker, was at supper, sought him out and told him that she waited upon him at table when he ate dinner at Stryker.

While upon his first great walk, forty years ago, Weston gallantly acknowledged the honor standing; and said she held her age well, wished her many healthy years and hoped to meet her again.

Mrs. Gould is sure Weston is one of the greatest men of modern times. Weston, the walker, says there is no bet on the trip. He furnished all the funds from his private purse. The automobile was furnished free by a Buffalo firm to light him at night. He hopes to make a lecture tour when his trip is finished. Forty years ago he made the trip from Portland, Maine, to Chicago in 26 days. He completed it this time in 23.

He was met in Chicago by an immense throng of people who lined Michigan Ave. for miles.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1907

Shorts appear in the Archbold telephone directory 31 times; Rupps are listed 23 times; Nofzingers, have 30 connections. There are 10 Burkholders, 9 Greisers, 9 Millers, 10 Roths, and 13 Wyses. If the next generations of leading families of German Township increase like the present, they will be compelled to seek a new country or divide up the land.

Archbold people can be proud of the local banks. When all the East was red with the excitement of the money scare, the Archbold banks never sweat a hair; just hugged themselves and said “we are ready for trouble if it comes.” Not a check was refused, not a certifi- cate postponed, not a merchant or farmer inconvenienced, not a car delayed, everything moved as smoothly as though nothing happened. The Wall Street fellows are too late. The young Archbold businessmen don’t get scared as easily as the financial scarecrows of the East.

While drilling for water Saturday on the Adam Miller property, in Gype’s field, at a depth of 110 feet a pocket of gas was struck. It was lighted and burned a blaze twelve feet high for 12 hours. Many people went to see it.

Daniel Graus, his wife, and the Tyrolean singers, gave a recital to an audience of 150 at the Opera House on Saturday.

Peter Sieler says two new railroads have come near his land in Alberta, Canada, He says many new towns have sprung up in two years, and thousands of people are going there.

Lucius P. Taylor, over 90 years old, one day last week helped raise a barn on his farm in Pike Township, where he has lived for many years. Notwithstanding his advanced age, Mr. Taylor is as strong and active as a man much less his age.

A school girl was assigned the subject of “men” for a composition, and this is what she wrote: “Men are what women marry. They drink, smoke, and have many pockets, but they won’t go to church. Perhaps if they wore bonnets they would. They are more logical than women and also more zoological. Men and women sprung from monkeys but the women certainly sprung farther than the men.”


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