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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001

Council learned about a proposed 60-unit development by John E. Stock, vice president, National Church Residences, Columbus.

The development is planned for the north side of Westfield Drive, east of Co. Rd. 24. The land is part of Frey’s Westfield Addition, presented at the meeting by Robert, Mark, and Kevin Frey.

Planned drainage and street improvements for Woodland Oaks subdivision will be held by the village of Archbold next month. Cost of the project is estimated at $650,000. Three phases of improvement are planned for this year.

Archbold school board increased the salary of A. Jean Stamm, district treasurer, by about $4,000.

After many years, the school board will no longer seek accreditation by the North Central Association.

Peter Short, mayor, received questions on the village tax for the park system, Monday night at the council meeting.

A ribbon cutting for Rupp Furniture & Carpet Co., Jan. 12, celebrated the grand opening of its new south showroom at 107 N. Defi- ance St., in the former Vernier True Value building.

Jed and Lisa Grisez are the new owners of Farmland News.

Susan Burkhart and her historic gardens at Sauder Village were lauded in a threepage article in the January 2001 issue of Ohio Magazine.

Mentors are needed for an after school, one-on-one reading program in Fayette.

Deaths– Raymond Anderson, 76, Stryker; June Franks, 78, Fayette; Lucille J. Wheeler, 70, Archbold; Melvin G. Britsch, 84, Archbold

When Ron Taut of R&K Engines arrived at work Jan. 10, he discovered the remains of a burned-out car in the parking lot.

Kurt Brodbeck, a junior at Taylor University, is spending the January interterm in Ireland as part of Lighthouse Outreach. He is the son of Andy and Sherri.

Donovan Ziegler received the rank of Eagle Scout, Jan. 14. He is the 23rd person from Archbold to earn the honor. He is the son of Tracey and Diana.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1986

Reports from merchants varied when asked about business the previous year. Liz Stotzer, a partner at Stotzer Hardware, said sales were up “fairly signifi- cantly. Every month was up. Christmas was excellent.”

At Liechty Motors, Jim King, sales manager, said, “We had a good 1985 all the way through. The final week exceeded all expectations.”

Bill Dunn, president of Christy Motors, said it was a very good year for his dealership. Cut-rate financing went well.

Leon Nies, former general manager of ITT Higbie Manufacturing, was honored at a dinner-dance Jan. 11. He retired after 20 years with the local plant.

Gary Hodges, a school board member, found out about a fire in his home the hard way. He was informed of the fire when he was called away from the school board meeting last Monday night.

Deaths–Fred J. Steffens, 84, Wauseon; Earl E. Ruffer, 82, Stryker

After nearly a two-year absence, Nancy Graber is back teaching at Pettisville Elementary. In 1983, she left Pettisville for Zaire, Africa, to work as house parent in a dormitory for missionary children attending school in Kinshasa, the capitol city.

Dean’s List–BGSU: Chris Miller (perfect 4.00), Cindy Short, Jenny Werder, Wendy Riegsecker, Renee Seiler; Adrian College: Anne Grieser, Brian Rex; Hesston College: Karen Kinsey; University of Toledo: Rachel Wyse

Park Board has expenditures of $571,100 planned for 1986.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Great amounts of remorse could be eliminated if people did not make New Year’s resolutions…. Which government will be the first to create a department against terrorism?… Back seats are occupied by perfect drivers.

The fire department made 93 fire calls and 196 rescue runs in 1985.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1961

Fulton County Court of Common Pleas had fewer cases pending as of Nov. 30, 1960 than any other county in Northwestern Ohio.

Robert F. Green, a psychiatrist employed to direct the five-county Maumee Valley Guidance Center at Defi- ance, has resigned effective Feb. 1.

Green came to the new guidance center, of which Fulton County is one of five members, from Massachusetts, where he had been an instructor. He plans to enter private practice at Fort Wayne, Ind.

William G. Rupp was elected to the United Way board of directors for a fiveyear term, to replace K.E. Stamm.

Lugbill Bros., Inc., received a new nationwide trademark identification and recognition as a nationally-certified livestock market.

Van Wert has cancelled its Peony Festival for 1961 because of lack of interest. The first festival was held in 1932, suspended in 1942, revived again in 1955, and is now to be abandoned again. The treasurer reports a balance of $2,361.

Max Yoder, an AHS junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Yoder, had the best rate of gain per day on his FFA show steer. He had a gain of 2.18 pounds per day, highest among FFA boys in Fulton County.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Being unable to get out of debt is worse than being in debt…. Reckless drivers prove a car can last a lifetime…. Victor Eash has a new truck for his electric wiring business. On the back door is the sign, Vick’s Volts Wagon… The best nightspot is a good bed…. What starts out as fun often winds up becoming serious trouble.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1936

Pettisville High School defeated Archbold 27-23 in a fast game of basketball before the largest crowd of the season. At halftime, Pettisville led 14-6.

Reports show Archbold’s two banks have combined assets of $1,079,444.11.

John N. Buehrer says Jan. 12, 1919, was the coldest day he remembers. Peter Seigneur, from records he keeps each year, said Feb. 20, 1929, was the coldest day, 26 degrees below zero.

Several of the New York Central’s new locomotives have gone through Archbold the past week using doubleunit diesel-electric engines.

J.C. Liechty has purchased the old livery barn property on Defiance Street and intends to erect a new business building for use as his automobile and implement sales room. Construction will begin as soon as weather permits.

In its 30 years of publishing, the Archbold Buckeye has reached a circulation of 1,000 subscribers.

Ice skating on the municipal pond has had a setback the last few days with thawing temperatures. Monday night found the ice good enough to attract a few ice skaters.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1911

For several hours Saturday afternoon and evening, the T&I was at a standstill because of an accident. Frost in the ground caused an upheaval of the earth at the powerhouse in Stryker, which burst the pipe with which the plant is supplied with water. The plant was started after the accident was temporarily overcome.

The large farmhouse of George Pfund, occupied by his son Edward, burned to the ground Sunday.

The fire started in the kitchen, while the family was away. Neighbors saved all the household goods, excepting some supplies in the cellar.

The house was located two miles east and a mile north of Burlington.

Grant Fleming has a bad wound in the fleshy part of his forearm that may become serious.

He said he and Levi Siegel brought his and Peter Seiler’s dog together to make them fight. When the fight became too serious they pulled the dogs apart.

The Seiler dog turned and grabbed Fleming by the arm and hung on. Fleming says he got his knife out with his one hand, opened the blade with his teeth and stabbed the dog several times.

The animal at last let go of his arm. Fleming’s arm is in bad condition.

The pupils of Archbold High School gave a party and four-course supper at the Archbold Opera House Friday evening.

The hall was decorated in the school colors of green and white. The red and blue of the basketball team was also displayed. There were games, songs, and contests.

A crowd of 25 young folks from Pettisville attended revival services at the Missionary Church Sunday night.

Archbold council has passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to sell, give away, or hold fireworks: crackers or explosives. The marshal now has authority to arrest persons who shoot to make a noise.

Let there be a good attendance at the Farmers’ Institute to be held in Archbold, Feb. 9 and 10.

Friday, Jan. 27, 1911

While going home Sunday evening, John Gurwell’s horse got scared of an auto on the grade north of town. He was taken off the grade and his buggy was broke into many pieces. He was not hurt.

Albert Abbjy, a Syrian, was burned to death in a shanty on the Lake Shore at Melburn, Sunday. His uncle Mose, naked, escaped. Mose claims that $300 belonging to both of them was also burned.

James Boblet, the Peeping Tom, has been ordered out of town by the marshal of Stryker.

Will Dittmer must pay for the buggy he bought of D.M. Buehrer as well as $200 costs, says the Napoleon judge.

Adam Short is recovering from his severe illness.

Farmers don’t visit the neighbors as much as formerly. Nearly all of them subscribe to the hometown newspaper and learn the news that is fit to print.

What other gossip is going around is gotten over the telephone.

New York supports 87 regular theatres, besides a host of concert halls, gardens, resorts, museums, and small audience places.

The farther east you go the more they spend for amusement. New York is the last stop.

Subscribe to the twice-aweek Archbold Buckeye and get the news while it is still news.

Rev. Turner has finished his special meetings at Ridgeville Corners and Pulaski and began meetings at Burlington Tuesday evening.

The Henry County grand jury returned eight indictments against violators of the liquor laws.

It took a postal card 36 years to go from Connecticut to Indiana. Bet a dollar he had it in his pocket all the time.

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