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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Chuck Rychener, PHS ‘66, is the Memorial Day speaker at Pettisville. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and former Archbold mayor.

Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities listened to criticism and support during a public forum Monday night.

While board members were questioned and criticized by some parents of children and adults who receive board services, many spoke in support of the board and Deb Stanforth, board superintendent.

Aaron Short, AHS ‘97, received Rookie of the Year award for his work at Bashor Children’s Home. He is the supervisor of the Hope unit, which houses sexually abused children.

Jeanette Beck, an elementary teacher, will retire after 37 years in education.

Deaths– Charlotte Farrell, 81, Archbold; Chauncey Nofziger, 88, West Unity

Of 58 responses received by the Chamber of Commerce survey of Co. Rd. 24, only four were opposed to changing stop signs on the road.

Headline– Tri-Flo Owners Ask Council To Rename Underpass Drive

60th Wedding Anniversary– Vern and Ruth Ruffer, June 6, 1942; Floyd and Hutoka Opdycke, May 31, 1942

During the pops concert, May 17, Brian Pinkelman received the Louis Armstrong award and Trent Hoverman received the John Philip Sousa award.

Swimmers who visit Ruihley Park Swimming Pool Saturday should be able to use the new water slide.

Headline– Boys Repeat As NWOAL Track Champions

Josh Clark, 9-1 on the year, struck out eight and allowed only three walks in the 7-0 AHS-Wauseon baseball victory.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, May 27, 1987

The Fulton County Economic Development Council, chaired by Fred Witte, voted to support the regional jail.

A dozen yellow signs reading “Stop the Jail” showed up in Archbold early Monday morning, May 26. Al Carter, a patrolman, said the signs were taken from Wauseon and appeared in several parts of Archbold. They were removed and relayed to the Wauseon police.

Larry Sluder, Wauseon police chief, said it is the second time the signs have been taken. The first time they were found in a lawn in Delta.

Archbold High School confers diplomas on 82 graduates at its 96th commencement Sunday in the new gymnasium.

Fulton County Commissioners are split on the issue of locating the five-county regional jail in Fulton County. Al Kreuz said, “At this time I am opposed to locating the regional jail in Wauseon, and have reservations about locating it in Fulton County.”

A new jail opened this summer in German Township. In spite of the regional jail controversy raging in the county, Erie Sauder, founder of Sauder Village, moved an antique jail from Edgerton to historic Sauder Village.

Council still is negotiating with a big, national company which may occupy the Nofziger Door Sales building north of Archbold.

Heather Hatfield, AHS ‘81, is featured in the May 14 issue of ENR, a weekly construction magazine published by McGraw-Hill publications.

Deaths– Hildred Roth, 84, Archbold; Henry F. Dehnke, 102, Stryker; George (Rodney) Arnold, 62, Archbold; Florence Louys, 95, Stryker; Harry Currier, 82, Stryker

Al Kreuz, county commissioner, said May 21 there is a possibility that a private investor will finance construction of a county jail.

The unnamed investor plus other investors would underwrite construction and then lease the facility back to Fulton County.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, May 30, 1962

The first strike in the history of Archbold took place Tuesday morning when employees of Bil-Jax, Inc., walked out and started picketing.

Michael Walker, an AHS teacher, received a scholarship to Indiana University to study driver and safety education.

The fifth congressional district, which includes Fulton, Williams, Defiance, Henry, Putnam, Paulding, Van Wert, and Ottawa counties, produced $8.3 million in manufactured products for export in 1960. A total of 11,000 people were employed in 26 industries in the fifth district.

Coffee Break, the thirdfastest two-year-old pacer ever, owned by C&M Stables, Archbold, will compete against 13 three-year-olds in the $110,965 Cane Futurity at Yonkers Raceway, New York, Thursday evening. This will be Coffee Break’s first start of the 1962 season, and will be driven by George Sholty, trainer.

Seven students from the Archbold area earned degrees from Goshen College: Bernadine Beck, Arleta Kennel, Dale Miller, Rachel Nafziger, Mary Lou Schrock, Kriss Stutzman, Shirley Wyse.

A bolt of lightning hit the Herbert Grieser residence on Middle Street about 4:30 pm, Saturday.

Sharon Kay McKarns, daughter of Mr. Ivan Weber, was chosen Sweetheart of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Adrian College.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– It might be diffi- cult but you can take care of yourself in spite of the government’s attempt to protect you from the cradle to the grave…. How do people answer the door bell when they live in a glass house?… Customers cannot talk back to vending machines…. In 1913, the income tax paid Uncle Sam on a $4,000 yearly income was one penny. Today it is $840…. Although it may take $20 million to put a man on the moon, rich, prosperous Uncle Sam will do it.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, May 19, 1937

Three high school seniors share scholastic honors in the graduating Class of 1937: Martha E. Dimke, Doris Stuckey, Martha E. Lugbill.

The Girls’ Sextet of the Reformed Church will sing numbers at the baccalaureate program Sunday evening: Esther Bock, accompanist; Betty Vernier, Jane Zeschke, Helen Walter, Helyn Kutzli, Ruth Rupp, Emmagene Vernier.

The Franklin Township School Board opened bids for the various schoolhouses of the township, May 14, and sold them to the highest bidders.

Pettisville High School will graduate 17 seniors tonight, May 19.

Wauseon’s new post office building will be dedicated Saturday, May 22. Program arrangements are being made by Frank C. Kniffin, congressman.

Sixty ice and Coolerator men met in the residence of Jos. E. Dominique, Thursday evening.

A thought after Mother’s Day: Mothers have the most responsibility, least appreciation, longest hours, and most heartbreaks. And they never consider going on strike.

M.A. Farber and his track team have won four fine trophies so far this season.

Friday is the annual school picnic, the final day of school when parents join teachers and children in a grand party in beautiful Ruihley Park.

Marshal C.F. Grime and his assistants hauled many loads of trash to the village dump last week.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 14, 1912

Jonas Nofziger raised his barn with rope and tackle. The man from Ridgeville Corners did the work. Mr. Honer, the carpenter, was with him, and 50 men did the work.

Andrew Nofzinger has traded his farm near Manchester, Tenn., for a livery stable in Manchester.

The Wauseon Tribune is installing a Linotype. It’s a machine that casts a line of type in a lead alloy metal.

Citizens were surprised to see snow on the ground on the morning of May 13, following a day of cold rain on the 12th.

The weight of the snow broke branches, but otherwise did little damage.

Pioneers remember May 22, 1884, when snow fell nearly all day. That was the day the Sells Brothers Circus was at Wauseon, and the elephants cried with cold feet.

After 21 days on bread and water, William Simpson, sent to prison for the Metamora bank robbery, was so poor and thin and liable to lose his mind that labor leaders have used their influence to have the penitentiary officials cease their efforts to make Simpson work. He says he never worked and never will.

The Supreme Court has decided that to solicit orders for liquor in a dry territory is illegal and the agent can be fined and imprisoned for the act.

Twenty-two head of horses were shipped from Archbold yesterday to the Hyden Brothers, of Detroit. They were gathered by the Lindaus.

Friday, May 17, 1912

Mrs. Beech, the woman who is walking from New York to Chicago on a diet of raw foods, may pass through Archbold today or tomorrow. She continues plodding over mud roads and says she is enjoying the trip immensely.

Declaring that she lacked the funds with which to give her child a decent burial, Anna Louise Newman, Dayton, was taken into custody and is said to have admitted placing the babe recently found in a burlap sack under a South Park clubhouse.

A scientist is seeking a way to make air travel safe. Presently, there is only one recipe. Don’t go up.

There will be a meeting at the Fulton County Courthouse next Monday evening to discuss the means and methods of organizing a boy’s corn-growing contest in this county.

The idea is to divide the county into districts, and reward the boy growing the best acre of corn in each district a free trip to Washington, D.C., paid by the state.

The issue of encouraging an Archbold community band is underway, again. The idea is to give free concerts midweek as a business attraction. The musicians will be paid nightly.

Lawn mowers repaired and sharpened by Nofzinger Bros.–adv.

When housecleaning, give your furniture, floors, and linoleum a coat of Stain Floor. It will make them look like new.–Vernier McLaughlin Hardware.–adv.

For the first time in Fulton County history, a president of the United States, William H. Taft, will speak at North Park, in Wauseon at 8 am, Saturday, May 18.

A scientist puts forth the theory that the operation for appendicitis removes a man’s temper…. Baseball results are as well worth worrying about as most other troubles.



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