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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001

The future is bright for making Ethanol fuel from corn, but there are circumstances that make an Ohio ethanol plant less attractive.

The contract between the Village of Archbold and the Fulton County Commissioners for advanced life support services is closer to being ready for signatures.

Archbold High School art students were winners in the Best of Fulton County Student Art Show sponsored by Sauder Village: Danielle Rychener, Hot Peppers, excellence; Logan Short, Jolie Squared, best of show; Mark Kruse, Coyote, honorable mention.

The Pettisville school board accepted an $18,400 grant from the Knowledge Works Foundation to help cover costs of gathering input into the uses and design of the school facilities.

Council will advertise for bids for construction of a new storm sewer in North- Pointe Park.

Over 900 persons were out of work in Fulton County in October.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Mahlon and Valeria Wyse, Dec. 25; 60th Wedding Anniversary– Earl and Ada Stuckey

The AHS wrestling team placed sixth in the Bedford Tournament, Saturday, Dec. 8. Donnie Young, Aaron Zavala, and Josh Rufenacht finished as runners-up.

Marvin Nafziger was named 81st president of the Toledo District Golf Association.

Clark Forward and the University of Michigan wrestling squad took first place out of 50 teams at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 1.

James E. Carothers, an Alvordton firefighter, was in fair condition Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, after the fire truck he was driving crashed early Monday morning, Dec. 10.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1986

The Ridgeville Corners area is no longer recommended as a site for a regional jail, said Gary Pence, of the criminal justice coordinating committee and executive director of the criminal justice coordinating council.

Ridgeville Corners is “out of the running,” he said.

A negative response to the proposed Ridgeville Township regional jail is being sounded loudly this week.

Fifty-one citizens attended an emergency meeting at the middle school Saturday afternoon to form Citizens Against the Regional Jail. Raymond Childs is the chairman.

In an exciting double overtime quiz meet Wednesday afternoon, the AHS quiz team defeated Toledo Rogers, 170-160. Teammates are Randy Riegsecker, Chris Ehrman, Julie Hodges, Mark Coressel. Alternates are Joyce Geiger and Jon Dilbone. Substitutes are Val and Denise Bott.

Bertha Bednar, a Fairlawn resident, told council cable costs will go from $8.20 to $11.95 a month. She said she has 20 signatures opposing the increase.

Joe and Lynn Long and their children, Kevin and Robin, remodeled Christian Union Church, at Zone, into a home.

Care & Share agreed to purchase the empty building at 1201 South Defiance St. Marilyn Yoder is the coordinator.

Storrer’s Marathon, in the Lugbill Addition, has been sold to LaRue and Lana Short, and is Short’s Marathon as of Nov. 1.

Thomas George Harrelson was named to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for alleged bank robberies.

Deaths– Gracie Aguilar, 44, Archbold; Raymond Zaerr, 89, Archbold; Katie King, 91, Archbold

Dawn Falor, a sophomore at Spring Arbor College, was named to the NCCAA All-District volleyball team.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Keeping your mouth shut can keep a lot of ignorance from falling out…. It’s a sobering fact. China is home to one-fifth of all humanity.

Six young men who live in or formerly lived in Archbold are named as Outstanding Young Men of America for 1986: David M. Lersch, Mark W. Stamm, Dean P. Buckenmeyer, Archbold; Eric S. Fankhauser, Perrysburg; Robert A. Suydam, Jr., Wauseon, and James J. Merillat, Kapaa, Hawaii.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1961

Council has transferred ownership of the 1.56 acres offered for sale Nov. 16, to Fred W. Veigel, Napoleon. Mr. Veigel owns and operates the Napoleon Spring Works and plans to erect a new factory building on the site he purchased from the village of Archbold.

Mr. Veigel found it necessary to vacate his building in Napoleon and locate temporarily in a vacant garage in Wauseon until his new building is available.

A five-point buck was struck by a car driven by Rick Schultz, Saturday evening, 11 miles west of Bowling Green.

Lions Club members will be entertained by a vocal quintet of Victor Eash, Wesley Eash, Burnell Crossgrove, Richard Rufenacht, and Donald Stamm.

Eugene, army private first class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Spiess, arrived home by airplane from Landshut, Germany, for one month.

Ralph Shinaberry wrote a new chapter to his chronicle of war against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Michigan wheat rebel led a parade Thursday morning at Hillsdale, Mich.

Shinaberry’s last publicized tactic was to dump surplus wheat at the ASC doorstep in Hillsdale. The event drew nationwide attention.

The Stryker Panthers will host the annual holiday tournament, Dec. 28.

Cheryl Diane Wyse, Fayette, wrote a letter to Santa telling him, “I did not get what I wanted last year, so I want the same thing this year: desk, typewriter, roller skates, thongs, organ, and that is all. Thank you.”

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–There are 400 railroads operating in the U.S. At the beginning of the century, there were 1,224…. You can give and give of your personality and not lose a thing…. Japanese experts claim they have developed a Leghorn hen that can lay 13 eggs a day…. A man just returned from Florida advised us the bathing beauties he saw weren’t worth wading for…. New York Harbor has 770 miles of waterways and is the biggest port in the world.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1936

Fred Dominique, 68, was up town and took ill. He stopped at the home of his son Leander and family on Vine Street. He died at 7:30 of heart trouble.

The new Florence-Edon school building was dedicated Sunday afternoon. Frank C. Kniffin, a congressman, was the keynote speaker.

Milton Sigg brought in a winter watermelon to the Buckeye office. It was raised on his farm. The melon is sweeter than other types. Mrs. Sigg reports she has a pullet, purchased from the Archbold Hatchery, that lays a doubleyolk every other day.

J.C. Saunders has just completed the construction of an 18×20 addition to his south side service station, near the NYC Railroad on South Defiance Street.

Since it began in Ohio, the National Youth Administration has steadily grown in importance to the youth in this state. It has provided useful and beneficial employment to thousands of needy persons.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1911

The attorney general has sent instructions to all county attorneys and mayors to prosecute under the gambling laws, merchants and dealers who use any game that depends upon chance for goods or prizes.

Merchants who do not use such schemes complain they cannot compete with those who employ such questionable methods.

Butler and Auburn, towns in Indiana, went dry at the recent election.

Archbold is the only incorporated village in the county without a postal savings bank. Uncle Sam always saves the pie and cake until the last.

The 300 moose and 2,500 deer killed and shipped out of the state of Maine during the past hunting season cost nine human lives.

Swanton has a stock company playing at the opera house and Wauseon has the Sharpstein Medicine Show.

Two hundred postmasters in freemasonry met at Hudson, Mich., last week and made ceremony.

Send the Archbold Buckeye to a friend, family member, or relative as a Christmas gift. It will remind them of you 104 times a year.

Thomas Edison has perfected moving pictures that talk. That was one of the virtues of the moving picture show. It did not annoy our ears with words.

By aid of the talking and moving pictures, Thomas Edison has told president Taft he can make sixty million people see and hear him.

But the sixty million don’t want to see or hear a political speech. What the sixty million want is to see all the Indians killed and the cowboy ride away with the pretty girl.

Friday, Dec. 15, 1911

Fire broke out in the oven at the Ohio Art Company Tuesday noon. Since the stave factory was not running, no alarm could be whistled, but the electric light plant did what it could to arouse citizens.

Men brought a few pails of water and extinguished the blaze. There was much smoke.

C.P. Stuckey’s son nearly lost an eye. The boy had stuck a slate pencil through a rubber ball and in bouncing it the pencil cut a gash in his face, just missing his eye.

Sam Schantz returned Saturday from visiting friends in Michigan. He says there are many golden opportunities for farmers in that state. Land that may be bought cheap produces good crops.

His friend Joseph Hearsh has been very successful in introducing alsyke clover in his neighborhood. He has discovered it will grow and thrive between the pine stumps.

Many old settlers are poor in Michigan because they pay more attention to hunting and fishing than to farming.

Dirt roads are in bad condition from the continuous rains.

The more mud we have, the more demand there will be for stone roads, sidewalks, and pavements.

John D. Archbold has been named president of the Standard Oil Co. It is claimed that his ancestor was the railroad engineer after which the biggest little town on the earth was named.

Princess Infanta Eulalia, of Spain, has offended her nephew, the king, by publishing a book advocating divorce.

She and her husband, the duke of Varagua, were once our guests on the Midway Pleasance at the World’s Fair Columbian Exposition at Chicago.

Anyone know where we can buy a copy of her book?

It is said that the Wauseon Expositor has been sold to a man named Strong, of Toledo.

We have had plenty of rain of late and mud galore. Why not blame Squire Ruihley for the bad weather; about everything else we don’t like we blame on him. So, why not blame him for our overabundance of rain and mud.



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