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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001

County commissioners would like a .5% increase in the county sales tax to fund full-time paramedics. Jack Graf, commissioner, said there is a question if it’s legal to earmark funds from a sales tax for a specific use.

Even though all the traffic lights are scheduled with the same goal in mind, keeping traffic flowing north and south on Defiance Street, they operate on different schedules. Dennis Howell, administrator, said the longest a motorist on Lutz Road will wait is 35 seconds, or a minimum of 17 seconds before the light starts to turn green.

Robert G. Frey was named to the Ohio Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at the annual convention in Columbus, Jan. 13-15.

Last year construction in Archbold was estimated at $12,032,315, according to the report of Carma Grime, village planning/zoning inspector. Grime issued 103 zoning permits.

Construction began on Spangler Arena at the Fulton County Fairgrounds last week.

Kristi Strang, spokesman for American Profile magazine, said Archbold will be featured in the Midwest edition under its Hometown Spotlight section.

Deaths– Marylynn Andrews, 80, Liberty Center; Cora M. Crossgrove, 91, Archbold; Hazel A. Burkholder, 91, Archbold; Bertha Mohring, 85, Ridgeville Corners; Freeman Riegsecker, 75, Archbold; Castulo Flores, 75, Evansport; Janice Hartman, 29, Bryan; Nancy Oyer, 38, Poolesville, Md.

Trent Hoverman, an AHS junior, was elected to the All-Ohio Honors Band. He is the son of Philip and Carla.

Gary Blosser and Brad Faler, Pettisville, and Mrs. Jeff “Boots” Schrock, Wauseon, recently attended a Stephen Leader’s Training Course in St. Louis, Mo.

Kaitlyn Marie Beck, 6 months, wears a Blue Streak bandana as she sits on her mother’s lap at the Swanton game Friday night. She is the daughter of Tim and Jamie, according to a photograph.

Christian Grisier, an AHS art student, adds a finishing touch on an elephant in a mural scheduled to be hung in the Archbold Community Library to honor Sarah Rich, past children’s librarian, according to a photograph.

John Trudel, county auditor, will retire from office, April 30.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1986

With Archbold school board discussing discontinuing using the Ridgeville Corners school building, there seems to be little public comment on the matter. The school board is suggesting building a new elementary school on East Lutz Road.

A weathered wood shelter on Co. Rd. C, near an old cemetery four miles east of Archbold, shelters one of the last sawmills in the Black Swamp. Lawrence King and his son are the sawyers.

County commissioners predict a budget of $11.9 million to operate the business of Fulton County in 1986.

Deaths–Melvin C. Roesch, 84, West Unity; Fannie Frey, 90, Archbold

Phillip Kauffman, Carrollton, Ga., was named the Carroll County Citizen of the Year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kauffman, rural Wauseon, and a Pettisville High School graduate.

Susan Dominique, director of McLaughlin Public Library, spoke to Lions Club members Thursday evening, and related the history of the library.

Rosemary A. Wyse, AHS ‘51, assistant professor of English at Goshen College, has been named a Fulbright lecturer by the Board of Foreign Scholarships, which administers the Fulbright educational exchange program.

Efrain Canales, Jr., added the 1986 Ohio state 112- pound championship and the Region II Tri-State championship to his list of boxing accomplishments.

William M. Isaac, formerly of Bryan, and former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, is organizing a bank consulting group in Washington in connection with a law partnership.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1961

At least 809 companies announced plans to expand facilities or to build new plants in Ohio during 1960.

Archbold’s $995,000 sewage treatment plant will start operating, Monday, Feb. 6.

Roger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beck, was driving home about 6:15 p.m., Friday evening, three miles east of Archbold at the slant crossing, and was stopped on the south side of the NYC railroad tracks. When the train passed, he discovered the caboose was disconnected and was a length behind.

Riegsecker Bros., Archbold, was awarded the general contract to remodel the nurses home at DeEtte Harrison Detwiler Memorial Hospital in Wauseon into a rest home.

Raymond Gansmiller, Stryker, has been employed to operate the Stryker municipal electric plant, to succeed Charles Coy, who resigned because of health.

The Wauseon Board of Education has taken an option on a 20-acre site on the Stuckey farm in the south part of town on which it may build a new elementary school.

The price is $600 an acre and the option runs for 90 days.

The first distribution of gasoline tax money, $1,760,000, in the New Year was received Thursday at the county treasurer office.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Women marry boys, and before they realize it, make men of them…. Youth is a pleasant time when we dream of the ramparts we will storm and the dragons we will slay…. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”–John F. Kennedy…. Average wage for many males in Great Britain is $40.70 per week; women, $20.77…. St. Petersburg, Fla., reports the coldest December since 1935. And that isn’t good for a city that appeals to thousands who want to live in the sun.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1936

George V, King of England, died at Sandringham House, Norfolk, at 11:55 p.m., Monday night in his 70th year, having reigned as king of 450 million people for 25 years. His eldest son, the Prince of Wales, 41, a bachelor, succeeded the throne.

Peter C. Short, West Unity, employed at Lugbill Bros., narrowly escaped death last Thursday afternoon when his auto was struck by a Wabash engine at the crossing just south of West Unity.

L.W. Fraas assisted E.P. Tanner in testing cattle in German Township Monday morning in a statewide tuberculin testing program.

Eighteen months ago the Fulton County Home at Ottokee had 50 residents. Now it has 38.

While operating a band saw at the Archbold Ladder Co., Ervin Eash severely cut the third and fourth fingers of his left hand.

The Fulton County Board of Education elected S.D. Nofziger president.

Nelson Rupp and Cy Franck are offering 30 head of draft horses, Jan. 25, at the airport farm, southwest of Archbold.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1911

Joseph Lantz, of Middleberry, Ind., formerly principal of schools there, has purchased Alfred Rupp’s interest in the Stryker Dry Goods Co., and will take possession next week.

There will be a special meeting of the German Township school board Saturday at 1 p.m., to discuss hiring a teacher for District No. 5. Miss Eva Eicher resigned.

There was a rival basketball game Friday at the Rink Hall, on the second floor of the Peoples State Bank building, between Archbold and Wauseon. The hometown team won, 16-8.

Hardware men are showing several styles of forced air spray pumps. Someone in this town could earn a living spraying trees and shrubs.

Why doesn’t someone start a “scrap” tobacco factory in Archbold. Tobacco can be bought off the farmers, manufactured and sold at a good profit. There is enough scrap used in Archbold and neighboring towns to keep several persons busy producing tobacco products.

Some Fayette people believe their town has lost population because the place is dry. Some claim other towns have increased because they are dry. And there you are.

The Home Missionary Board reports that several hundred new towns in the west, with 200 to 1,500 populations, have no churches. When some young folks leave home and go west they leave their church behind.

Politicians seem to be about the only one demanding appropriations for the improvement of the Ohio canals. The canal is a back number and will probably be laid to rest with the oxcart and the corduroy road.

One Archbold mother argues it harms a child to complete high school. She says in the last two years of school they are considered young men and young women, and have only a few studies to keep them busy. They are allowed to dream their time away, which has a tendency to teach them to be idlers, dreamers, and impractical citizens.

Friday, Feb. 3, 1911

Persons who have lived under the impression that Henry County is hopelessly wet will be surprised to learn that the farmers in the east end of the county are dry.

Since Feb. 1, the one way rate to Toledo on the Toledo & Ironton trolley is 85¢; round trip is $1.55. Several rates between country stops have been raised from 5 to 10¢.

August Ruihley has been appointed by the Probate Court of Fulton County as administrator of the estate of Andrew Walder, deceased.

Mr. Ruihley will now proceed to collect all money due Andrew Walder and also dispose of his personal and real property.

Montpelier citizens decided to pave some streets by a majority of 281 votes, Tuesday.

Some citizens want the Archbold Buckeye to run certain persons out of town. What the Buckeye wants is to run more persons into the town. Too many have been run out, already.

Congress voted $100 a year raise for rural mail carriers. After a while, carrying mail will be a position instead of just a job.

A blind man can tell which is the prettiest girl at the party. She is the one the others say the meanest things about.

The state inspector thinks Fulton County officials are $700 short. The county offi cials think the inspector is wrong and has not earned his salary.

Two Montpelier physicians say Urlin Johnson has smallpox and two say it is chicken pox.

The Red Cross Drug Store received a carload shipment of the finest and latest patterns of wallpaper.–adv.

G.Q. Morgan, of Hicksville, is the new druggist at Waltvogel’s.



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