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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001

County voters will be faced with a renewal of a .25 mill, five-year property tax levy for Emergency Medical Services in the spring primary election.

Jack Graf, county commissioner, said no decision has been made on a proposed .5% increase in the county sales tax to fund full-time paramedic service.

The sun shined, temperatures moderated, and workers poured concrete on the railroad bridge of the Co. Rd. 22-Clyde’s Way overpass Monday.

Kevin Sauder was recently named chief executive offi cer of Sauder Woodworking Co. For nearly two years he served as the chief operating officer. He is the third generation of the Sauder family to lead the family business.

Maynard Sauder, Kevin’s father, continues as chairman of the company. Maynard will provide leadership and counsel for Sauder Woodworking Co., and its subsidiaries.

Roger Crossgrove was elected vice president of the Ohio Farmers Union at the OFU convention, Jan. 25-27, in Columbus.

Jim Dennis, executive director of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, confirmed that more razor wire has been added to the perimeter fence after CCNO’s first breakout of an inmate last July.

Deaths– Ervin E. Wyse, 89, Archbold; Donald A. Auxer, 68, Bryan;

Adam Lauber, an AHS grad, resides with his wife in Truckee, Calif. Lauber said he is returning to the California Smokejumper Unit in Redding for another season.

Peter D. Short, mayor of Archbold, and Jerry Matheny, Wauseon mayor, were celebrity disc jockeys during the Heart Radiothon, Feb. 8.

Sam Hornish Jr., a sophomore Indy Racing League driver for Panther Racing, was out testing at the onemile paved oval of Phoenix International Speedway over the weekend. He finished second both days.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1986

There is no shortage of fluoride for Archbold drinking water, according to Larry Short, water plant superintendent. The village has a four-month supply and more on order.

According to national news reports, a shortage of fluoride has developed because of the farm crisis. The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the shortage.

Council approved naming the industrial park street in honor of Orrin R. Taylor, editor emeritus and former publisher of the Archbold Buckeye.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said naming the street Taylor Parkway would be a way of honoring Taylor and the Taylor family, who have operated the Archbold Buckeye since 1905. “We didn’t ask him because we figured he’d say no,” Tuckerman said.

Computer-aided drafting is a growing program at Northwest Technical College. Kathy Baer was employed as a part-time library assistant at the college.

Deaths–Gerhard Haubold, 76, Archbold; Edith Nofziger, 93, Archbold; Ruth Thourot, Stryker; Elizabeth Altman, 74, West Unity

Richard Helwig, of Northwest Technical College and a historian, told Rotarians on Friday that many ghost towns have disappeared from the eight northwestern Ohio counties. (A ghost town is a town that no longer exists.)

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– When politicians speak out, are they certain constituents are listening…. Parts of the Gramm-Rudman tax bill, passed by Congress, have been ruled unconstitutional. Should you oppose required seat belts and believe they are unnecessary, it is rather interesting and surprising to learn that the first automobile safety belt was invented in 1885…. According to Lee Iacocca, “Even our smartest robots don’t have a lick of common sense.”

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1961

Level of water in the new Archbold million-gallon storage reservoir was slightly over eight feet Tuesday afternoon. A heavy rain Friday and Saturday helped raise the water level.

Fulton County Juvenile Court had contact with 59 children the past year. Twenty-three appeared for traffic violations, two for dependency hearings, and 34 for delinquent behavior.

The estate of Aaron H. Short, Raymond Short, administrator, sold at public auction Feb. 15 for $103,956, at five different auctions.

The West Unity Sportsmen’s Club is sponsoring a Fox Hunt, Feb. 19.

The centennial celebration of the Chicken Pie Supper at the Ridgeville Corners Legion is Saturday, Feb. 22.

Frank Chappuis, Stryker, found a saddlebag used by an early country physician in Stryker. There was an advertisement with the signature of Sabin & Feather, Archbold. A date on one of the papers was 1876.

Ed. Brodbeck, Ottawa Lake, Mich., a former Archbold native, appears in a photograph at the 57-acre lake he built which he calls LaSuAn, seven miles west of Pioneer.

Richard Leininger was the final bidder, paying $191 per acre for the 137-acre farm of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Roth, southeast of Zone, which sold Friday, Feb. 17.

Charles R. Eisenhart, dean of Defiance College, has been named president of Adirondack Community College, Glen Falls, N.Y.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–It’s a depression when the average workman cannot afford to buy a new car to tow his new pleasure boat to a nearby lake…. If overweight people ate less, they might live longer, and thus be able to eat more…. The girl who seeks a perfect husband is sure to travel far…. On what would a policeman in a nudist camp fasten his badge?

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1936

The Archbold Waterworks Board has purchased an electric thawing machine that is doing a big service for the community. It is getting much attention from offi cials in nearby towns.

John Lauber fell on the ice near his daughter’s home in Wauseon, Thursday. Two bones were broken in his left leg.

Edwin Wyse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Wyse, slipped and fell on the ice while doing chores and broke both bones in his right leg. His sisters, Mrs. Homer Gautsche and Mrs. Lawrence Gautsche, helped him to the house and cared for him over the weekend.

Student enrollment at Ohio State University is 10,905, compared to 9,705 last year.

Many have claimed that the repeal of prohibition would result in a decrease in drinking, but the number of drunks landing in Fulton County jail doubled the past year.

The new Bryan Post Office will open March 1.

The new Ohio vehicle license plates will have blue numbers on a white background.

Men cutting ice near Damascus Bridge on the Maumee River report cutting ice 19 inches thick.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1911

Mr. Cole, the county probation officer, was in Archbold Tuesday, looking for bad boys and enforceing laws preventing crimes against children.

In Lenewee County, Michigan, several physicians give out prescriptions for whiskey to friends, so they claim; otherwise, the local option law is being enforced.

A Van Wert fruit dealer reached into a bunch of bananas to take out what appeared to be a rotten banana, and to his astonishment the decayed fruit not only refused to come out, but wiggled out of his fingers.

He discovered it was a live snake, which proved to be nearly six feet long and as thin as a finger. It is called a Mexican whip snake, usually harmless.

This is the year the 17- year locust is due. Scientists have been watching it for hundreds of years and they say it never fails to show up.

They claim it takes 17 years for the eggs to hatch and that all the time the eggs are under ground. But the clearing away of the forests and the cultivation of the ground have destroyed the eggs of the pest to the extent that not much damage is anticipated. They do not kill the trees; they merely strip off the leaves, which grow again next season.

A town, like an airplane, can’t stand still. It is either going forward or downward.

Friday, Feb. 24, 1911

The Archbold Post Office honored George Washington’s birthday by closing part of the day, but everybody else kept pecking away.

E.P. Kluepfel, pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, has been offered the management of the Lutheran Orphans’ and Old People’s Home at East Toledo.

As the Dean bill did not pass, it let governor Harmon out of a bad hole. If it had passed he stood to lose the dry vote if he signed it and the wet vote if he vetoed it. Either way he would have got the worst of it.

A man from Morenci was in town last week looking for a place to start a saloon. As the Dean bill failed to pass, he will hardly return.

A man was here a few days last week looking for a suitable location for a pail and tub factory. He met with encouragement from Archbold businessmen.

New subscribers are constantly coming to the Buckeye. Who would not take two newspapers a week for the price of one. This newspaper is not forced upon anyone. When a subscription runs out, it stops.

The shipping department of the Ohio Art Company is being moved from the Moine building to the Hirsch building across the street. The rooms on the west side of the street will be used for manufacturing.

About $500 has been subscribed to stone the road from Darby’s Corners north to the Angola Road. The state is expected to pay half and the balance is to be paid by donation.

Much of what we call love at first sight fails when it comes to the second, sober view.

One firm in Milwaukee will take all the sour kraut that a small factory in Archbold can make.

Pearl Ruihley and her art class accepted the invitation to view the Charles B. Taft collection of famous paintings at his palatial home in Cincinnati, Thursday. Charles is the brother of W.H. Taft, U.S. president.



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