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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Bruce Lauber, a German Township trustee, said the group is in a quandary over what to do about Co. Rd. 24.

Archbold village council asked the trustees to change the stop signs along the road to allow north-south traffic to flow without stopping.

Council wants the change to expedite ambulance service to the Fayette area once the village begins operating its Advanced Life Support rescue service in the fall. Trustees received a letter signed by about 100 persons, asking that no changes be made to Co. Rd. 24.

Volunteers were busy Saturday morning at Friendship House. A photograph shows Zack Voll planting flowers on the northwest corner of the home. Tom Thatcher appears sweeping the bedroom floor.

Council approved to extend water service to St. John’s Lutheran Church at the intersection of St. Rts. 66 and 34.

Gudrun Wittgen, a schoolgirl fascinated with the ancient art of paper cutting, has turned it into a lifelong experience. Her work is showcased at Sauder Village through June 10.

Mark and Kathy Homier have opened a new facility, Homier’s Monumental, north of Archbold.

Deaths– Elton J. Aeschliman, 80, Wauseon; Lenin Nieves, 77, West Unity; Linda Sue Epling, 554, Stryker; Garald E. Fether, 73, Fayette

Josh Grieser, son of Jim and Ilsa, returns to Interlochen Arts Camp for a second year to study music.

Mary Short, Pettisville, is one of seven Goshen College students serving with DOOR.

Nick Lynn jumps off the starting block on his way to wins in the 100- and 200-meter sprints at the Montpelier Invitational, according to a photograph.

Linda Schmidt received a plaque from Steve Nash, a team supervisor from the American Red Cross, recognizing her for 10 years of service coordinating bloodmobile visits to Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 20, 1987

Council continues to study the issue of riding bicycles on downtown sidewalks. The original ordinance, passed in 1952, allowed the imposition of a jail sentence up to 10 days for violation of the bicycle ordinance.

Council approved a change order of more than $48,000 that increases the price of last year’s Beech Street improvement project to $471,691.78. The change order included $10,500 for special backfill.

The location of property lines between the Archbold Bowling Lanes and the Mc- Donald’s restaurant, under construction on South Defi- ance Street, is the basis of a lawsuit filed in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.

Deaths– Elizabeth Whysall, 84, Wauseon; Russell F. Schultz, 86, Archbold

A purchase agreement for a new family care home in Peaceful Valley, rural Delta, was signed Tuesday, May 12. A controversy over the project is already brewing.

No guest speaker will address the 39 graduates at Pettisville High School during graduation exercises Sunday.

Instead, Shawn Blosser and Nellie King will share the podium as the featured speakers.

Erie Sauder received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the 100th commencement at Defiance College, Sunday.

Jackie Wyse and Kasey Wyse compete at National History Day in Washington, D.C., June 7-11. They are the first Archbold students to earn the honor since 1980.

Michelle Miller started the softball week with a nohitter against Montpelier, 15-0.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Some humans are very lucky. Their hands have never yearned for a hoe or the shaft of a spade….. One writer refers to cigarettes as dangerous pacifiers, and also suggests that alcohol is a drug of choice.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, May 23, 1962

All four Archbold High School students who entered the Future Scientists of America awards program for 1962 received honorable mention certificates: John Holian, Pamela Taylor, Mary Sue Fiser, Jonathan Wierwill.

Archbold school board has decided to honor the top ten students of the 1962 graduating class, rather than two: Mary Sue Fiser, Bonnie Fraas, Linda Leininger, Sue Ann Roth, James Rupp, Joyce Short, Rachel Sigg, Louise Stuckey, Richard Weires, Connie Wyse.

David, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mose Ruger, a pupil at the Elmira school, won first place in Fulton County 8th grade tests. Terry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Stotzer, won 8th, and Mike, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Nofziger, 9th.

Three from here received degrees from Defiance College: Cherie Short, Ben L. Young, and Joy Link.

T.L. Parker, a teacher in Archbold schools for many years and a veteran of WWI, will be the Memorial Day speaker at the American Legion Post 311 ceremony in Ruihley Park, Wednesday, May 30.

Don Hamrick, who is employed on the Nelson Miller farm on U.S. 6, five miles west of Ridgeville Corners, was attacked last Tuesday by a bull that broke its tie rope.

Farmers and ranchers are building more and more farm ponds for water supply, erosion control, fishing, fire protection, and recreation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 12, 1937

A.G. Wacke, who for ten years has served as pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Archbold, has had a call to the Hope Lutheran Church at Hamler.

Archbold will stage a horse show during the 1937 Homecoming celebration, Aug. 12.

Three new drinking fountains have been installed in the Stryker business district. The old-style fountain in service for years has been removed to the park.

Willard Beaverson has a large apiary at the place he farms near West Unity, and just recently received shipments of bees from Texas to start new hives.

One pound of coal burned in the average locomotive can turn one gallon of water into steam.

The primary importance of bees is not their production of honey, but the fertilization of fruit crops.

The Junior-Senior banquet will be held next Friday evening with all the young folks dressed in their best for the important social event of the year.

The United States still is buying gold at the rate of about $35 an ounce, which is really worth only about $19. This country now has about 60 percent of the world’s supply.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, May 7, 1912

President Taft is to speak at Wauseon the week of May 12.

Agents are selling a machine that makes two pounds of butter from one pound of butter and a pint of milk. The process has been known for years. It’s all right to use this kind of butter at home, but is against the law to sell it. The penalty is a fine and imprisonment. The machine sells for about $3.

The Lake Shore Railroad is repairing the main street crossing.

Walkover shoes are sold at Vernier & Roedel. We also sell Stag trousers. Get a new pair if they rip. Also see our slip-over rain coats.–adv.

I want your hide! Highest prices paid for hides and furs. E.G. Crosby, Elmira.– adv.

Edward Gigax is in the Ann Arbor Hospital, where his leg was amputated four inches above the knee.

Eicher & Short will get the old town hall building. They intend to place it beside their plant on the Lake Shore grounds. It is to be covered with steel and will give them the much-need floor space.

Women will never understand man so long as he prefers a glass of beer over an ice cream soda.

If everyone thought first before they speak, there would be mighty little conversation.

Friday, May 10, 1912

Charles Bernath, of Stryker, must not be geared right. Since he began farming at Stryker, horses and other livestock have up and died. The other day he plowed under his best gold watch.

The Franklin Stock Company presenting the thrilling western comedy “A Cowboy’s Love” at the Archbold Opera House for one night only, Saturday, May 11. Special costumes and scenery and refined vaudeville.

Some of the country girls who come to town Saturday evenings can give the city girls points on style.

They are here with the tight and pannier skirts and the last word in hair dressing.

But it’s hard to tell whether they look any sweeter than the pretty Mennonite maidens in their plain gowns and natural hair.

The Methodists of the U.S. made a gain of only two percent in membership during the past year, while many pulpits are empty.

Nearly all denominations agree that the churches are not increasing in membership and wealth in proportion to the increase in population and wealth of the country.

Each one that discusses the condition seems to have a different list of causes.

The fellows who have some scheme by which they make the others earn their bread will soon be taking a vacation.

Before many years there will be no more battery of long white whiskers to ornament the front row at a political meeting.

August Ruihley is moving his office from the old Town Hall to the new. He takes care of the upper floor and pays $8 the month rent.

The cinders are down and R.E. Wiggins soon will begin constructing the concrete sidewalk along the Lake Shore Depot on Mechanic Street.



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