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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Gene Markley, vice president of Northwestern Ohio Rails to Trails Association, said they will soon open the Wabash Cannonball Trail from Burlington-Elmira west to West Unity.

Speaking to the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, he said the trail will be ready for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding by June or July.

Cara Ulrich breaks a trail while cross-country skiing in the Goll Woods Nature Preserve about 9 am, Wednesday, March 27, after a threeday snowstorm dumped nine inches on Northwestern Ohio, according to a photograph that was taken by her husband, Frank.

Harry Murtiff, a Delta physician, was appointed acting county coroner by the county commissioners, Monday, April 1.

Harrison Lake State Park recently received its 10th straight 4.5 star award.

Many persons attended a two-day conference on historic barns at Sauder Village, Friday and Saturday. They toured the Goll family homestead.

Miller Brothers Construction is the low bidder for this summer’s Ditto-Stamm Street reconstruction project.

Deaths– Gladys P. Beck, 90, Wauseon; Jean Gorsuch, 77, Wauseon; Kaitlyn Jean Pursel, infant daughter of Karla and Jason, Archbold; Helen Hackett, 100, Wauseon; Charles Kunkle, 97, Delta; Ilva Miller, 87, Midland, Mich.

Headline– AHS Symphony Band Earns 20th Superior

Three men took top honors in the Wyse Commons shuffleboard tournment: Isaac Stoll, first; Verden Beck, second; Junior Fielitz, third.

Adam Nofziger, a Goshen College senior, is among a group presenting a service at Lockport Mennonite Church, Sunday at 7 pm.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 8, 1987

Council agreed to purchase the current Nofziger Door Sales building, one mile north of town, for $180,000. It will be used to lure another business to the community.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said the purchase of industrial park land was not contingent on the village buying the current Nofziger Door Sales site, but “did make it more attractive to council.”

Bil-Jax, Inc. has agreed to purchase 10.13 acres in the Archbold Industrial Park at a cost of $101,300.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, told council the firm has firstphase plans for a building of 300×240 feet on the site, which measures 550×803.6 feet. “And they want to get started as soon as possible,” he said.

High winds caused power outages for many residents of Fayette and Delta over the weekend.

Once again the regional jail is searching for a home.

Napoleon became the second community to fight off the project. Citizens of Ridgeville Corners earlier managed to turn the project away.

The jail committee must find a location for the project before June 30, or lose about $4.7 million in state funding.

Treasure House opens April 9 as a new Archbold business at 1300 South Defi- ance St., in the Lugbill Addition, by Katherine Deel, proprietor. The new shop handles used furniture, appliances, antiques, and new gifts in the building which was occupied by the Care and Share Center until several weeks ago.

Deaths– Adra Heise, 89, Charleston, Ill.; Homer Carroll, 86, Wauseon; Merril Bernath, 74, Wauseon; Louise Mignin, 91, Archbold

Vern Beck, Pettisville Local School custodian, checks features on his handheld two-way radio with head custodian Perc Blosser and Phil Rychener, a bus driver, according to a photograph.

A Wisconsin man is charged with criminal damaging for trying to kick his way out of the new Archbold police car.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Do you know about the person who can whistle a tune in five languages?… Way back in the 1920s, W.O. Taylor named the two alleys in Archbold Paradise and Elysian. One thing is certain, there were repulsive odors because the alleys were lined with outhouses, chicken coops, hog and cow sheds. The smells were atrocious and the alleys had holes four feet in diameter and were almost impossible for vehicles to travel…. Archbold has 2,604 telephones in service.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 11, 1962

Sixty-two members of the 1962 senior class accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Burkholder and Mrs. Mary Kauffman are on the annual class trip to New York City and Washington, D.C.

The famous old railroad steam engine No. 999, named the Empire State, was switched off the main line, Thursday evening about 9 pm. It stood on a siding near the depot until the eastbound 20th Century Limited passed.

The famous old engine that attained the speed of 112.5 miles per hour near Batavia, N.Y. will be housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Mary Weires, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weires, and the local winner of the county Spelling Bee, will compete at Pettisville, May 1.

New Lions Club officers: Don (Pete) Nofziger, president; Earl Griffith, first vice president; Dale Pape, second vice president; Arnold Johnson, third vice president; Richard Bettison, secretary; William Stanforth, treasurer; Arthur Tishler, lion tamer; Ed. Huffman and James Ziegler, tail twisters. New members of Board of Directors: O. Roger Taylor and William Arthur.

A group of 40 young people from the Evangelical Mennonite Church attended a youth rally at Morton, Ill., over the weekend. Members of the church quiz team participated in the program.

A photograph shows Lodema Short helping in the language laboratory at Bowling Green State University. Miss Short is an assistant in the language arts department of the university.

The Bryan School Board had 35 applicants apply for the head football coach position.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– If they tell you that swimming is good for your figure, consider the whale…. Want to feel like a heel? Start some unimportant gossip and see how the story grows.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 1937

A party of six gypsies who paid rent for an empty storeroom in Maumee and moved in were forced to leave town after their rent was refunded. They became a nuisance to the community.

Stotzer Hardware Co., will hold its 12th annual Demonstration Day, Saturday, April 3.–adv.

A last landmark of the great horse-and-buggy days gave way last fall to the building of a fine one-story brick building with plate glass front, where Joseph C. Liechty erected a structure to house his implement business.

Five Hicksville High School boys were arrested a week ago following the theft of 8,000 cigars. Several hundred were found concealed around the outside of the Wright Cigar Factory, where the theft took place.

Milton Sigg of Owl Valley Farms shipped another carload of mostly yellow popcorn to eastern markets.

This is the second car shipped this winter. Mr. Sigg finds the yellow corn in greater demand in eastern markets than the hulless variety, which is quite popular in this immediate vicinity.

The New York Central Railroad has hired 100 extra men to lay new rails on the high-speed track, starting in Pettisville going west to Archbold. The new tracks are 39 feet long and took 20 men to carry them, each man lifting about 87 pounds.

Holy Week was a time of unusual and varied weather for Archbold and vicinity.

Over in Europe, where they are sleeping on their guns, the theory of brotherhood is not so popular.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 2, 1912

Eicher & Short are sending a number of wagons out to gather produce. By such enterprising methods, a large produce business ought to be centralized in Archbold.

B.G. Mapes, of Ransom, found 20 drowned muskrats. He sold the hides for $11 and the carcasses for city food at 15 cents each. They will eat anything in the city.

Roy Replogle has been quite unfortunate in finding places to live in Archbold. By the time he gets settled in one house it is sold or the owner decides to keep it and he is obliged to move. He was to move out of the Clinger house yesterday but Mrs. Baumgartner came to his rescue and bought the place and told him to stay. So he has been having a few nights of real sleep.

Within the next two months American women will spend 12 million dollars for headgear. But if it makes them happier, it’s cheap at any price.

One of the advantages of buying clothes from Vernier & Roedel is that they sell the Hart Shaffner & Marx men’s suit line.–adv.

The publisher and editor of the Fayette Review has women’s millinery stores to the right, left, above and below his office. He says it makes him sleepy as he thinks he is in church all the time.

Some towns and villages have free moving picture shows as a business attraction.

If you want the best work shoe in the world, buy the Lion brand at Lauber’s.– adv.

Friday, April 5, 1912

Mrs. David Beech will walk along the New York Central railroad tracks from New York City to Chicago in April. She eats raw foods and wears a No. 5 shoe. She intends to walk a distance of 25 to 40 miles a day. She wears a special suit for walking and carries a cane.

There will be a meeting of the Progressive Democratic Citizens of Archbold and vicinity at the new Town & Township Hall, Tuesday evening, April 9, 7:30. All progressive Democrats especially invited. Important business to be transacted.– adv.

The Sunday School of the Missionary Church has been favored with such a large attendance that the teachers must make extra efforts to care for the enlarged classes.

Two ladies were held up and robbed on the streets of Montpelier. The thieves escaped.

Ira Van Wagner has bought the Archbold Garage and will have full charge the coming season. He is the mechanic who did the repair work last year.

The Fort Wayne & Toledo Electric Railway Company expects to build a line from Fort Wayne to Bryan this summer and have cars in operation by October.

About 20 wagonloads of mud are being hauled off the pavement on North Defiance Street. Even at that, it’s better than wading in mud to your knees in years gone by.



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