Archbold, OH

Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Ohio’s plan to combat West Nile Virus, the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease, is still up in the air.

Hans Schmalzried, county health commissioner, said Monday the plan calls for the county to begin collecting dead birds, specifically crows and blue jays, to test for the virus.

Two smoke detectors and a plenum. That’s what is left to be completed before the $3.3-million, 20,000-squarefoot classroom addition to the Archbold High School is ready for state inspections.

With inspections completed, workers can begin moving into the addition and teachers can begin holding classes.

Wendy Rupp, daughter of Tim and Patricia, has spent the past year traveling the world.

“I’ve been shocked by the number of people in this community who have kept track of me, even though I’ve been living elsewhere since high school,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce members joined representatives of Homier’s Monumental for a ribbon-cutting Monday morning.

Deaths– Jeanette Pearl Roth, 62, Wauseon; Donna M. Miller, 75, Defiance; Shelia White, 48, Delta; C. Kathryn Messmer, 87, Archbold; Orville D. Stuckey, 85, Archbold; A. Ferne Wyse, 84, Wauseon; Jesse J. Frey, 85, Archbold

30th Wedding Anniversary– Fred and Marolyn Bostelman, May 6, 1972

Tricia Short was inducted in the Nu Omicron-at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society.

Armando Tijerina, Jr., son of Armando and Ofelia, placed second in the senior men’s division of the Ohio portion of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards.

Donny Young tied the school record in 200-meter dash at the Diller Invitational, Saturday.

David Lynn Miller, AHS ‘77, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Miller, graduated from Elim Bible Institute, Lima, N.Y.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 6, 1987

The Four County Joint Vocational School saw the two-tenths of a mill, five-year building improvement levy pass in the Tuesday election.

Thom Ross, police officer, addressed council Monday night to discuss the downtown bicycle ordinance. It was prompted by a dissatisfied adult citizen who was stopped by Ross for riding his bicycle on a downtown sidewalk.

The value of buildings and contents owned by the Village of Archbold is $20,566,133.

Delvin Riegsecker appears in a photograph planting corn in a field owned by his father on St. Rt. 2, east of Archbold.

Archbold High School named nine students honor graduates from the Class of 1987. They represent the top 10 percent of the class: Michael Childs, Mark Coressel, Chris Ehrman, Julie Kinsey, Katrina Merillat, Randy Riegsecker, Brad Roth, Emily Rupp, Jill Schnitkey.

Information about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS, will be covered in future health classes in Archbold Area Schools, according to David Lersch, superintendent.

Kindergartners at the Pettisville school saw two pheasants lingering around the front doors last week. They were identified as silver pheasants. The red-crowned pair meandered away from the Craig Rufenacht farm, north of town. Rufenacht returned them safely home.

Deaths– Anna Woodward, 102, Edgerton; David L. Ives, Indianapolis; Victor P. Miller, 79, Wauseon; Alice Waldfogel, 95, Wauseon; Alvin Heath, 86, Stryker

John Waidelich and Jill Smith were inducted in the Defiance College Alphi Chi academic honor society.

Headline– Committee Backing Jail Forms; Others Want Public Decision

Mutterings– Richard Harris, former school superintendent, writes from Gainesville, Fla., “Sure glad to get the Buckeye and read it from cover-to-cover, ads included. As I have said before, you have a great paper and the community should be more appreciative of your efforts.”

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 9, 1962

David, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mose J. Ruger, an eighth grader at Elmira Local School, is the new Fulton County spelling champion. He won the title at Pettisville, Tuesday evening, May 1. This was the second annual Fulton County Spelling Bee sponsored by the Archbold Buckeye and other county newspapers. Thirteen schools were entered.

Tim Yoder of Yoder Compost, Inc., and Yoder & Frey, Inc., was elected a director of the Chemurgic Council at the 27th annual convention in April in New York City.

Mary Sue Fiser and Larry Frey will lead the seniors in their second play, “The Angel of Red Canyon,” to be presented in the Archbold High School auditorium on Tuesday, May15.

The A.J. Reynolds farm, on Barre Road east of the Clarence Seiler farm, was hard hit by the windstorm in this area last Monday.

More than 80 Wauseon area employees of The Toledo Edison Company gathered at the club in Wauseon on Friday, May 4, to honor John R. Lawrence, western district manager who retires June 1 after 42 years with the company.

A group of Archbold alumni are making plans for a spring dance to be held in the Archbold High School gymnasium, Thursday evening, May 31. Peter Palmer has been contracted to furnish a 17-piece group for an evening of dancing from 10 pm to 2 am.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– In 1959, the Bell Telephone System revenues were larger than the national public revenues of Canada and Sweden combined…. Sixtysix years ago, April 23, 1896, the movie industry was born. Thomas Edison unveiled the “flickers” in New York City and since then the great movie and entertainment industry became an important part of the American scene…. If it is true “life begins at 40,” who knows the date when “death begins.”

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, April 28, 1937

Louis, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Baumgardner, was kicked by a horse Monday afternoon, at their farm north of Lauber Hill. The injury caused several stitches in his forehead.

A sale by the receiver of the Arcade and National Bank building at Wauseon was completed Friday.

George Gorsuch’s bid of $10,000 for the Arcade building was accepted, and Charles A. Ross was high bidder for the National Bank building, paying $8,000 for the corner location.

Human nature hasn’t changed.

Archbold people are just as curious as they were 25-30 years ago, especially when it is new cars or any innovation in modern manufacturing.

Friday evening, a sleek, low, red, three-wheeled automobile stopped in town, accompanied by a modern Cord car.

No one paid attention to the novel Cord, but you should have seen, and if you were up town, you joined the curious that gathered around the new type auto, just as people did 30 years or more ago when the first Brush, White Steamer, Maxwell, Buick, Overland or any new type car stopped on main street.

This new car, called the “Airomobile,” presages, perhaps, the future motif in auto designing.

It is low, has three wheels (two in front, one in the rear), is shaped like an airplane body, seats five passengers, and is extremely modern in that it is a streamlined car with an air-cooled engine.

The car that stopped in Archbold was a test machine occupied by two couples. In the accompanying car were three engineers testing the new Airomobile for speed, operation, and road travel on all types of highways.

It will take more than 50 new cars to fill the orders Archbold dealers already have booked. When cars were plentiful they could not sell them. Now that sales are easy, they cannot get them.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 23, 1912

“How’s come you don’t print nothin’ about us in the newspaper?”

“How’s come you don’t tell us about you’ns to print in the newspaper? We ain’t no mind readers.”

Calling attention to the rapid multiplication of parks throughout the nation, Mr. Burnham, of Chicago, urged town planners to conserve and further this movement in every way possible in a lecture.

Promoters have not given up the idea of paving Stryker Street. Some of the heaviest taxpayers in the village are in favor of the improvement, and some way may be found to put the pavement through.

One man with hand tools will not be able to keep the pavements clean. A twohorse sweeper will be necessary sooner or later.

Paul Brothers are not able to find a building suitable to meet their needs, so they may be obligated to move out of Archbold to another town.

Have you noticed the strip of red paint around the new Town & Township Hall? It means the building is nearer finished than it was a month ago.

The Fayette street commissioner ordered all vehicles and implements exhibited by merchants to be taken off main street. The main street is for public use and not a display area for private merchants.

Merchants in Alvordton, in Williams County, want someone to start a newspaper in their town.

Lion brand work shoes are selling like hot cakes at Lauber’s.–adv.

Friday, April 26, 1912

A coat of paint is hiding the ugliness of the old blacksmith shop on main street. If property owners would take time to improve storefronts, it would impress visitors coming to town. An attractive town increases the value of all property and makes people want to live here.

The threatened strike of all locomotive engineers on the railroads east of Chicago may be averted by a compromise between the labor leaders and the managers.

German Township farmers are not selling off their horses as closely as they did last year, but are keeping enough for their own use. Prices seem to be always advancing in spite of the pleasure cars.

Archbold is in need of a hand or a small steam laundry.

The price of potatoes at the grocery store may soon reach $2 a bushel.

Forest Short, son of Amos, reports he can plow as straight with a gang plow as with any others.

Thirty percent of the best college athletes die before 50. The strain and excitement of the games before they are fully matured burns up their lives.

Twenty-four states now have laws prohibiting high school fraternities. New laws must constantly be passed to prohibit new abuses of the innocence of children in the public schools. If the many rumors that float around town were true, there would be much to print in the newspaper.

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