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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Doug Clark, AHS ‘79, takes over as postmaster at Archbold.

The Greenburg Gallery at Sauder Village is filled with nearly 50 of Ann Stamm Merrell’s most powerful art works. Ann died of cancer and would have been 50 on April 29. She was the daughter of Helen Stamm Foth, who appears in a photograph with Ann’s husband Greg.

Even though John Trudel was officially a retired man Tuesday morning, he was still talking about issues that affect his old job as county auditor.

Donna Eureste, assistant village administrator, is leaving to become village manager of Dexter, Mich.

A home owned by the Mathilda Badenhop trust at 504 South Defiance St., was sold at auction Saturday, April 28, to Tim Grieser for $73,000.

A ribbon-cutting was held at Car 1, Monday, April 30, to celebrate its recent move from Mechanic Street to 1601 South Defiance Street.

Hornish Bros., Inc., St. Rt. 66, south of Archbold, a trucking company, recently received its seventh consecutive General Motors Supplier of the Year award.

Production workers at Quadco Rehabilitation Center, Stryker, are being affected by jobs sent overseas.

Derek Schultz pitches horseshoes to earn coyote cash at the Friday night after prom activities, according to a photograph.

Jane Rosario, Kelly Boulton, Melody Grime, Stephanie King Julie Stuckey Sullivan Rosario, and Mark Grime, after-prom committee members, get caught behind bars in the Sheriff Building, according to a photograph.

Deaths– Alta M. Bechtol, 88, Montpelier; Anna Graber, 83, Stryker; William E. Waldvogel, 57, Stryker

Christian Beck, fifth grade, son of Arlan and Brenda, shovels soil around an autumn blaze maple tree at an Arbor Day ceremony. All the fifth graders were given a tree to plant at home, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 7, 1986

Council discussed a proposed real estate tax abatement Monday night. The plan, recommended by the industrial development committee, will abate new real estate taxes for a period of 10 to 15 years within a reinvestment area of the village.

Adam Lauber, son of Bruce Lauber, an Archbold firefighter, found himself holding the hose, cooling the wreckage of a Corvette after it crashed and burned on Co. Rd. 27 Saturday night. The three occupants were thrown. The driver was cited for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, according to a photograph.

Honor students of the senior AHS graduating class are Deb Beck, Michelle Laub, Maria Lehman, Mary Lou Lloyd, Ronda Reynolds, Brian Roth, Gregg Skinner, Gregory Todd, Joe Wyse.

Mild winds did not prevent 752 hikers and bikers from completing the 25-mile course, which wheeled in $35,500 for the 1986 Bike- A-Thon.

A new Archbold Police Department policy that ends the service of unlocking vehicle doors brought on about 25 minutes of debate Monday night during the council meeting.

Deaths–Richard Crandall, 68, Perrysburg; Inez Graber, 70, Stryker; Mable Kuntz, 83, Delta; Donna Schang, 70, Fayette

Michelle Targonski will play french horn with the Ohio State Fair Band.

Earn Degrees–Gregorio Guerrero, Findlay College; Wendy Renee Short, International Business College; Steve Childs, Lynn Nafziger, Troy Short, Miami University; Cindy Short, Leonard Short, Phil Badenhop, Jeff Jacoby, BGSU

Annabelle Stuckey Lerch and Irwin Slesnick, a former AHS science teacher, had a brief reunion March 26- 29 when both attended the National Science Teachers Association meeting in San Francisco.

Last year Lerch received a presidential award for excellence in science teaching. She told Slesnick his encouragement was part of her success.

Erica Yoder, PHS senior, was awarded the Wauseon Elks nursing scholarship.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, May 10, 1961

Bonnie Johnson, Archbold, and Robert Himes, Dayton, high school finalists of the Quadri-County Science Fair, left Tuesday for Kansas City for the 12th annual National Science Fair-International.

Mrs. R. M. (Jean) Gearing, Orlando, with her sister, saw the first astronaut launching at Cape Canaveral, May 4.

The Elmira Community Park became a reality Thursday evening when about 100 gathered in the evening to transport, dig, and plant trees and shrubbery in more than three acres of land just south of Elmira school, about one block from St. Rt. 66.

Harrison Lake State Park may remain in the state park system instead of downgrading by transfer to the Division of Wildlife, a fate threatened to ten smaller parks.

The Hughes Radio & TV bowling team, a member of the Wauseon Bowling Association, won the Booster Division of the American Bowling Congress at Detroit, Saturday night.

Deaths–Ira T. Berry, 74, Archbold; Mrs. Ellis (Bernice) Roth, 43, Leo, Ind.

Shirley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Rupp, was named Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity Sweetheart of the Year at Adrian College.

Members of the Pettisville senior class play are Judy Aeschliman, Paul Holsopple, Karen Peters, Marlene Rupp, Paul Nofziger, Jean Schlatter, Lou Ann Nafziger, Pat Leu, Lowell Leu, Sandra Nofziger, Karen Short, JoAnn Schrock, Sam Roth.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.–Abraham Lincoln…. The individual who has integrity does not proclaim his virtue…. Take all the adjectives out of a story and what do you have left?… Many Americans play so hard they have no energy left for work.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 29, 1936

William, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Murbach, is a member of the corps of cadets of Culver Military Academy, where he is preparing for college. He is a junior.

County commissioners have given approval to the promoters who will cross the county with a Texas-to- Detroit gas pipeline. The main line is a 22-inch diameter steel pipe. A crew of 22 men is working in Defiance County. Construction cost is $17,000,000.

The proposed concrete football stadium at Bryan has been approved by the WPA. Bryan businessmen have donated $1,000 to pay for materials. The federal government will pay the labor. Cost of the stadium is $10,000 and will seat 1,000 persons.

The county sheriff and deputies harvested slot machines Thursday. They picked up 22 machines, nine game boards, and 33 punchboards. Gambling of all kinds is punishable under law. The church lottery is just as serious gambling as the saloon ball game in the eyes of the law.

The new electric organ was demonstrated at the Archbold Lutheran Church, Tuesday evening. It is one of the modern marvels of music. The music comes from a loud speaker device.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 9, 1911

Jean A. Parre, who performed upon the violin to a small audience at the Archbold Opera House three years ago, has since improved his reputation and is drawing large houses in different parts of the state.

Someone opened the safe at the office of the Brick & Tile Co., Saturday night and scattered the books around, but did not get into the strong box. The safe was not locked and nothing is missed.

The engine room door was also broken open. Nothing of value was taken.

E.A. Murbach broke his leg while riding in an automobile Sunday night. The man driving the automobile, near Napoleon, was confused by the twisting road in the moonlight and the headlights of the auto, and mistakenly turned into the canal.

Murbach’s small bone was broken in the right leg and the ligaments, badly strained. He may be bedfast for some time.

Construction has begun on the 50×60 addition to the Hoffmire Equine Hospital, on East Williams Street.

The superintendent of the Schlitz brewery branch, of Toledo, was arrested and taken before mayor Heise of Wauseon. Ben E. Hines was charged with soliciting booze orders by mail. For the offense the penalty is from $150 to $800. Hines was released on $1,000 bond.

Many citizens wonder if they will get the big tile in the railroad ditch before it begins to throw off fever smells this summer.

The Ohio Art Company is enjoying a very busy season at this time.

Pitching horseshoes is becoming a popular form of amusement in Archbold.

Friday, May 12, 1911

Citizens are surprised at the appearance of the crushed stone placed along the tracks of the Lake Shore Railroad. The stone stretches in a perfect line nearly all the way through the Archbold corporation.

One hundred and thirtyfour new towns in Canada want newspapers. They also want many other business enterprises.

To look at the streets at some hours in the day one would think there is no such thing as a customer.

Frank Nofziger was to buy a moving rig of William Fields and went to Wauseon to finish the deal, only to learn that Fields had been killed.

He was engaged in raising a building when things went wrong. He yelled the men out of the way but he was the last to leave and a beam struck him with fatal results.

When the Town Hall and calaboose are sold, all the livestock in and around the cells will be thrown in for good measure.

Petitions to oil five streets have been presented to the Stryker Council.

Hundreds of Americans will spend thousands of dollars to see King Edward’s coronation parade. And it will not be as grand a sight as the New Orleans Mardi Gras doings. Not at all.

When it comes to scolding, talking slang, calling vile names, and acting crazy, Archbold has some small boys that can give Billy Sunday a quarter-mile handicap and still beat him.

The Wauseon Council paid the Wauseon Republican $15 for printing bonds. An Archbold printing office has never had a chance to print a bond.

A human skeleton in an English mine has been discovered. Scientists believe it is 200,000 years old. The owner of the skeleton must think it’s a long time to judgment day.



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