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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2002

A big spring snowfall hit Archbold with 2.5 inches Monday evening. Grant Bernath, street commissioner, said they tackled the job with four truck-mounted plows, two large tractors, and one small tractor.

Lynn Bergman, of Northwest Ohio Ethanol, said if it can raise $1 million of the $42 million projected cost quickly, construction of a plant can begin yet this year.

Ruihley Park will offer a new attraction to visitors next summer at the swimming pool when a 17-foot water slide will be installed.

Nesnah Ventures, Inc., Holmen, Wisc., is the new owner of the Sterling Milk Company, Wauseon, as of Monday, March 25.

A zoning request by Jim and Darlene King, 911 East Lutz Road, was unanimously approved by Archbold Planning Commission.

Randy Beck told chamber members Monday noon about his experience in helping clean up the World Trade Center site.

Deaths– Alwyn J. Miller, 83, Wauseon; Ruth E. Miller, 90, Sarasota, Fla.; Florence Nafziger, 89, Stryker; Bonnie Gardner, 65, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Kathleen Patterson, 67, Archbold

Sam Hornish, Jr., an AHS grad, returned to winning Sunday, March 24, nipping past Jaques Lazier by threetenths of a second to win the race at Fontana, Calif.

Construction of a sledding hill in North Pointe Park will begin this spring. Ground from the Ditto Street rebuilding project will be transported to the park to build the 20-foot hill.

Swimmers who use the swimming pool this summer who do not purchase a season pass for the 2002 season will pay $1.50 for a singleday admission this year.

What was originally a driveway access to Tri-Flo, Inc., is now two streets in the village of Archbold.

Council voted to apply for grant funding to construct boat ramps and courtesy docks at both reservoirs.

Jill Evans gets an emotional hug from Shannon Ramirez, assistant AHS girls basketball coach, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 1, 1987

Teachers in the Archbold Area School system will benefi t from a gift to the Archbold Area Foundation given by Thomas Lauber, Dover, Ohio.

The $50,000 gift, given by Lauber in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lauber, will provide annual scholarships for Archbold teachers.

Julie Hodges and Chris Ehrman sing of romance in the South Sea Island setting of “South Pacific.” The Broadway musical is presented by the Archbold High School choirs, April 2-3-4. Hodges and Ehrman play the lead roles of Nellie Forbush and Emile deBecque.

County Commissioners have approved an 18.2 percent increase in the budget for the Fulton County Board of Mental Retardation-Development.

A survey of opinions of Ridgeville Corners area residents will be passed out the first week of May. Members of the committee for the Ridgeville Community Concerns met March 19 to discuss the wording of the survey and made changes in a draft copy originally prepared.

A garden gazebo will be featured at the 22nd annual Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction Friday and Saturday at Rebeau Hall, West Lutz Road.

Don Holsinger, Frank and John Smith went to Honduras with the US Army Reserve Unit, Company B of the 983 Engineer Battalion, Bryan. The engineers constructed a farm-to-market road.

A new group concerned with the regional jail met at the Fulton County Courthouse

March 24. The purpose was to keep county citizens updated on jail progress and dispel myths and rumors circulating about the project.

Groundbreaking for a new McDonald’s restaurant is expected in the first two weeks of April, with a completion date within 90 days.

Bathers will line up in front of the Ruihley Park Swimming Pool Bathhouse within several weeks. Remodeling of the interior is progressing, ensuring improved facilities for swimmers.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, April 4, 1962

Lockport Mennonite Church has let a contract to build a new brick and stone building 43.8×121 feet with four wings to adjoin the present fellowship building on the south. The price is $162,360.

Construction begins May 1 and will be completed in November, according to John W. Stuckey, chairman of the building committee.

Paulette Curtis, Fayette, and John Holian, Archbold, were finalists in the 12th annual Quadri-County Science Fair. They will attend the National Science Fair, Seattle, Wash., May 1-5.

Hal Hackett was elected president of the Archbold Rotary Club, succeeding Ralph J. Baldwin. Wm. Grisier is vice president; Robert Stotzer, secretarytreasurer. Board of directors: Victor Eash, W.J. Neal, Wilmer Eicher Jr., Willard DeGroff, James Barger.

Cast members of the Pettisville Junior Class Play, “The Baby Sitter”: Dee Ann Figy, Terry Nofziger, Lynn Rupp, Margaret Snyder, Bob Sauder, Yolinda Rodriguez, John Ruetz, Marlin Klopfenstein, Jim Keller, Rosyln Short, Joyce Graber, Janice Kauffman, Becky Nofziger, Peggy Nofziger.

Kenneth D. Short purchased the Farmers & Merchants State Bank building at the corner of North Defiance and Depot streets, March 27. He plans lobby improvements and creation of rental office space.

Ellis Croyle of Zion Mennonite Church will speak at the April 12 meeting of Community Commercial Club in the Legion Hall.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Scouting gets a big lift from the Den Mothers who faithfully accept responsibilities. In the U.S. they total 310,298…. Some of the beautiful young girls in their modern makeup look like they had been shoveling coal and forgot to wash the dust from their eyelids.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Mar. 24, 1937

The Pettisville High School basketball team completed the 1936-37 season with an excellent record, winning 20 of 26 games, A. Robbins was the coach.

There was a sit-down strike in the Buehrer School, Ridgeville Township, Nov. 3, just across the Henry County line. There are about a dozen boys and a few girls in the school.

When the teacher, Miss Lucile Hoffman, called for school, the girls came as usual but no boys appeared. When she checked she discovered they were sitting along the curb.

They said they were on a sitdown strike. In about an hour they declared the strike over and entered the schoolhouse.

When the parents heard about it they told the boys they knew a sure cure for “sit-down” strikes and if such a thing happens again they will apply the remedy.

Three local boys appear in an Easter photograph on the front page: John Spoerle, Allen Dominique, Richard Ellis Roth.

Workmen are completing the new public ladies’ restroom in the Town & Township Hall. The outside entrance from Holland Street is nearly completed.

Another 22-inch gas line is to be run from the Panhandle district of Texas 2,200 miles to Detroit, to convey more gas from the wasting Texas fields to Detroit industrial plants in hopes of supplying the growing demand for cheap fuel.

Archbold businessmen will close their stores Friday afternoon between 12 and 3 pm during Good Friday services at the high school auditorium.

Getting ahead in the world is a matter of staying behind the procession. The last shall be first when the column is reversed.

100 Years Ago Tuesday, March 26, 1912

Peter Valiton, the trouble man of the Archbold telephone lines, has had many troubles during the recent storms. There also is a big demand for new telephones.

The household goods of Noah Dominique were sold at auction on the corner Saturday.

C.J. Ives has withdrawn from the race of auditor. He has made a good official, but the third term does not meet the approval of many voters.

How times have changed. Not so many years ago, the sturdy Mennonite farmers of central Kansas never would have dreamed of going to their church gathering otherwise than slowly and solemnly. But a few days ago, a whole delegation went to the Mennonite conference in Canton on motorcycles.

Several carloads of handles soon will be ready to ship from Yoder’s Mill.

A lot of new machinery has been put in including a new 60 horsepower engine, a saw mill rig, squaring machine, trimming saw lathe, sawdust run.

This industry ought to succeed where there is still plenty of timber from which to make handles.

Bryan–The Ohio Art Co. now has 60 employees at work. The factory is to be enlarged.

C.F. Lunderdale has invented and patented a steel barrel and is thinking of manufacturing the same in Fayette.

At least a half dozen people from Archbold intend to take the examination for mail carrier at Wauseon, April 6.

Friday, March 29, 1912

The Lake Shore Railroad has called a halt on fast speeding trains. Orders came from superintendent F.M. Smith, in Chicago.

Passenger trains must not exceed 60 miles an hour, except Nos. 25 and 26, and the Twentieth Century Limited, which may run 70 miles an hour at favorable points.

Freight trains are restricted from fast running and the restrictions must be obeyed notwithstanding moderation in the weather.

Fred N. Yedica sold his big team for nearly $600. Fred had them only a few months and realized a nice profit on the deal. Big horses bring big prices is the moral of this deal.

August Fraas still is as lively as a squirrel and runs up and down ladders and puts on eaves troughs in the highest style of the craft.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is waging war on weeds.

Public roads and railroads often furnish a breeding ground for weed seeds.

Farmers are taking more pride in the appearance of their homes and fields, but often are discouraged by neglect of the officials to destroy weeds along railroads and highways.

Instead of toy squirt guns and pound cans, farmers are now buying real air pumps and barrels of chemicals with which to give their orchards a real spraying. To make it pay, it must be done right.

Emil Spiess, of Archbold, intends to move onto the Rice farm recently purchased by J.J. Spiess at $98 an acre.

O.E. Miller did not like the way the mother of ten pigs carried her ears of corn into the nest. He went in to take the corn away and she grabbed his leg. He had a restless night. In the morning he sent for the doctor. ArchboldBuckeye.com



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