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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Ann Hackett Ayalon, daughter of Hal and Carol Hackett, who grew up in Archbold, now lives in Hod Ha’Sharon, northeast of the capital city of TelAviv, with her husband and children.

In a telephone interview Monday, she said there was a suicide bombing about a three-minute drive from her home, equivalent to driving from one end of Archbold to the other. There was another a mere 15-minute drive away.

Bob Flack was hired Monday by the Pettisville School Board to serve as athletic director. The position was expanded to include directing the summer recreation programs in Pettisville.

Larry Sausser, of York Township, conducted a meeting to discuss largescale farming operations coming to Henry County. About 125 persons attended the meeting Thursday night at the Ridgeville American Legion Post.

Appearing in photographs at the Pettisville prom are Katie Eicher and Derek Meyer; A.J. Macias and Rashel Meck; Danielle Wyse and Tyler Rupp; Blake Nofziger and Amanda Jones; Jeremy Felix and Renee Cordes; Katie Gunn and Brandon Rosebrock.

In an attempt to improve service to its western territory, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center/Medical College of Ohio will station one of its helicopter ambulances at the Fulton County Airport.

Deaths– Aretha C. Hausch, 87, Stryker; Martha E. “Betty” Schroeder, 79, Archbold; Leland Wyse, 96, Archbold; Robert D. Draggoo, 73, Montpelier; Saverna Humbarger, 84, West Unity

Blake E. Schnitkey, AHS ‘01, son of Steve and Karen, graduated from Lackland Air Force Base as an airman first class.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Blaine and Mary Jane Randall, April 19, 1952; Wayne and Ruth Rupp, April 20, 1952

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 22, 1987

The Chief Supermarket chain of grocery stores, based in Defiance, is looking at locating one of its markets in Archbold, according to Eric Hench, chief operating offi cer, who said the company has not purchased any land, but is “taking a look at Archbold for the future.”

Council will reexamine the ordinance concerning bicycles on sidewalks downtown, because of the efforts of Doug Clark.

Council closed South Defi ance Street to repair the Brush Creek Bridge. It decided to add a third lane and pay to widen the Brush Creek Bridge.

Council passed a resolution supporting cleaning the Tiffin River. Richard Weires, councilman, said council met April 7 to discuss the project, “We are in consensus that we were for some type of cleaning, but not an extensive project,” he said.

At an April 16 press conference, Four County Joint Vocational superintendent Dennis Hales called the proposed two tenths of a mill levy on the May 1967 ballot a “goodnews, bad-news situation.”

Bil-Jax, Inc., will build a 70,000-square-foot warehouse and shipping facility on the 10.13 acres they agreed to purchase in the Archbold Industrial Park.

Steve Wyse, vice president, said the facility is in its design stage, but hopes to have it finalized by May and break ground that month.

Deaths– Donald L. Lohse, 60, Archbold; Doris Reitzel, 55, Edon; Marcella Cordy, 71, Fayette

Fern Lauber was recognized as Fulton County Extension Homemaker of the Year at the annual spring banquet at Ruihley Park, April 7.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, April 25, 1962

A.C. Fischer wants May to be clean-up month in Archbold. Large, flashy posters, home window cards, stickers on public club mailings, and badges issued to school children are part of the campaign.

Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller, received word he has been awarded the Olds Scholarship to the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich.

Miller Bros., Inc., has received the contract to start work on the Route 24 bypass, near Defiance.

Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Stuckey, will receive the State Farmer Degree at the Ohio FFA convention.

Howard James Grime, an Army private and son of Mr. and Mrs. John Grime, returned to Camp Devens, Mass., last week after two weeks of maneuvers with the Second Infantry on Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards.

Three girls received caps at Flower Hospital, Toledo, Feb. 23: Loretta Friesen, Odette Leininger, Loretta Blair.

New PTA officers are Orval Sauder, president; Kenneth D. Short, vice president; Mrs. Olen Britsch, corresponding secretary; Mrs. George P. Shaffer, recording secretary; Russell Pilbeam, treasurer. Delegates to attend the PTA convention: Mrs. Dale Pape, Mrs. Arnold Johnson.

John H., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer D. Rupp, will receive the American Institute of Chemists senior award, May 17, at a special meeting of the Ohio University Chemmedalistry Club. Rupp is a senior chemistry major.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Housewives report flies have been making screen tests…. The mind can retain only what the seat can endure…. If it is true pain strikes at the weakest point, why mention that headache?

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 14, 1937

Archbold’s two strong banks have passed the million and-a-half-dollar mark, according to their financial statements in today’s Archbold Buckeye, for business at the close of the first quarter in 1937.

Payment of the final dividend to depositors of the defunct State Exchange Bank, Stryker, is in sight, but the money that depositors will receive is to be small.

The way to get factories in small towns is for the citizens to help the little local industries to become big local industries.

Ruth, daughter of Myrtle Rupp, leads a busy school life. She sings in the girl’s sextet, plays the pipe organ, and is accompanist on the piano.

American Jews are venting wrath upon Hitlerism by refusing to purchase German-made toys for the American Market. That is why so much of the fiveand dime goods are stamped “Made in Japan.”

When electricity gets to the farmhouse the good wife will be able to have electric lightning turn the churn and the objections to buttermaking will be overcome.

Earl Luty recently stoned the lot near Christy’s Garage, which he recently purchased.

Scarlet fever and smallpox epidemics have been reported in some Michigan towns. Physicians from Northwestern Ohio attended a clinic at the Wauseon Hospital, Friday.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 9, 1912

A meeting was held at the Rink Hall Thursday evening to organize a baseball team for Archbold this season. Emerson Bourquin was elected president; O.E. Bourquin vice-president; Henry Nofzinger, treasurer.

The sentiment was in favor of a salaried team. They decided to form a stock company and sell shares at $5 each.

There is a movement to organize a band to give midweek concerts as a business attraction. Wyland Dimke may be induced to stay here.

He has considerable experience as a leader and instructor.

John Frey has the contract to put the new front in the Moine storeroom.

With the assistance of local buyers, 21 head of heavy draft horses were shipped from Archbold to Detroit Friday.

The prices paid for them would have been considered fabulous in 1895, when the best animals sold for $75.

Professor T.S Orr, who taught school in Archbold last year, left town owing numerous creditors and taking with him all the graduation and entertainment money he could get. He had previously had his certifi cate revoked in another county in the state and had been convicted of using opium, immoral conduct, and using improper language in school.

He was known to be a man who would make many promises that he had no intention of filling and was a dangerous man to be around children.

A new linoleum has been placed upon the floor of the City Drug Store.

Archbold people appreciate the effort of merchants to make their business places attractive.

Friday, April 12, 1912

Harry Jepson, 12, a Toledo boy who stayed with his grandmother in Archbold, is the champion Sunday School scholar of America.

He was enrolled at the Methodist Sunday School here on April 2, 1905.

For the seven years ending on April 2, Harry has attended Sunday School every Sunday. Sometimes it rained, sometimes it snowed, sometimes these were the hardest times when the fishing was good and the wild birds called in the woods, but Harry never failed to show up at the Sunday School.

Clarion L. Shafer, the sightless lecturer employed by the Ohio Commission for the Blind, is coming to Archbold. He will lecture in the Opera House, the evening of April 16.–adv.

Astronomers promise an eclipse of the sun at 5:50 am, April 17. There will be an eclipse of the moon Sept. 26, and an eclipse of the sun Oct. 10.

Charles Humphreys has bought the lots of H.S. Winzeler on Stryker Street with the intention of erecting a modern residence.

Indiana farmers are being swindled by cloth peddlers, who get a receipt which turns up at the bank as a note.

Con B. Kutzli sold 15 acres of his town property to Mrs. Louise Seifert. C.B. bought 40 acres of J.J. Spiess known as the Henry Spiess place.

Twelve good men are willing to be commissioners of Fulton County. The new interpretation of the Smith Law limiting the construction of roads may dampen the ardor of some of them.

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