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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Hundreds of volunteers, donors, and buyers produced a successful first annual Black Swamp Benefit, Friday and Saturday at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Charles Nafziger signals he has another bid for a quilt at the Black Swamp Auction. The event topped $150,000, according to a photograph.

Gary Sears appears in a photograph with his Kit Fox airplane at the Wauseon Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In, Saturday, June 22. The two-seater flies at 80 mph. Sears is building a faster plane in his garage. It will be finished in three or four years.

Mark R. Stockman, AHS ‘74, a Paulding County engineer, was named Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers.

Mutt and Jeff worked the auction ring for children at the Black Swamp fund-raiser. The tall clown and Jeff Roth, auctioneer, drew bids from the crowd.

Lynn Bergman, director of Northwest Ohio Ethanol, said they are now seeking a different kind of investor for their ethanol plant.

Deaths–Blake A. Bachman, 4 hours old; Robert H Stotzer, 80, Archbold; Esta C. Beaverson, 96, Fayette; Erma J. Short, 84, Wauseon

50th Wedding Anniversary– Richard and Margaret Selgo

Traci Erbskorn Tijerina, daughter of Barbara Lugbill and Larry Erbskorn, graduated with high distinction from the College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University.

Headline– Chapa, Rufenacht Tops In Friendship Days 5K Event….Genter And Frank Receive Softball Awards

In a photo accompanying a feature about Char Sharp’s retirement as AHS head volleyball coach, Sharp hugs Jamie Selgo, and Julie Nofziger, assistant coach, hugs Kylie Ruffer after the Streaks went 30-0 to win the Division III state volleyball championship in 1998. Sharon Ziegler and Dale Grime, assistant coaches, watch the celebration. Sharp has retired after 37 years of coaching at Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, July 1, 1987

No employers contacted by the Archbold Buckeye were in favor of the 30 percent increase in worker’s compensation assessments, which takes effect today.

“We hope to break the welfare syndrome,” said Dennis McKay, director of Fulton County Department of Human Services, concerning the new Fair Work Program underway since May 1.

A 404 permit to clean the Tiffin River may be issued by the US Corps of Engineers within a month, according to John Mekus of Pogemeyer & Associates, Bowling Green.

Countycommissionershave decided to charge for copies of jail information requested by the Friends of Wauseon and Fulton County.

A feature story on the front page of this newspaper appears about Ursula and Fritz Goertz, immigrants from West Germany. The couple has lived and worked in the Archbold area the past 32 years.

Deaths– Rose Lange, 85, Archbold; Frances Van Wagner, 84, Stryker; Lloyd G. Gearig, 77, Augusta, Ga.; Robert Layne, 46, South Pekin, Ill.; Bernard Wolf, 70, Stryker; Allen E. Rupp, 85, Marietta; Martha Liechty, 85, Leo, Ind.

50th Anniversary– Dale and Reva Myers

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– President Ronald Reagan has appointed nearly 40 percent of the judges now serving on federal courts…. There are limits to US influence and power. We are not responsible for everything that is happening in the world. Raising the drinking age to 21 and the speed limit to 65 at the same time is a good example of balanced legislation, according to Ford Cullis, Bryan.

Robert Aschliman was named president of Rotary, succeeding Gary Hodges.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, July 4, 1962

The passenger cars of Walter Stuckey and Mrs. Herbert Peugeot, both of near West Unity, collided on the Schmucker bridge near the state highway park north of Stryker, Friday at about 3 pm. Both drivers were injured and taken to Williams County General Hospital, Montpelier.

William P. Arthur earned a master’s degree from the University of Indiana.

Firemen were called to the Ed. Storrer home on Lutz Road, Thursday afternoon at about 3:30 pm, where fire destroyed the well house.

Mr. Harlen H. Schweinhagen, Defiance, has two buckskin deeds to the home place where he lives, 2 miles south of Ridgeville Corners on Ridge Road. The farm has been in his family 107 years.

Last weekend at the Ohio Mennonite Youth Fellowship conference at Beaverdam, Pa., Jeanette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rupp, was selected as a member of the Bible Quiz team that will represent the Ohio Mennonite Fellowship at the national meeting in Peoria, Ill., Aug. 17. Other members are Joe Richer, Beverly Short, Ruth Ann Nofziger, Gerald Short.

Kenneth L. Nafziger, an army private, was assigned as a finance clerk at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Food buying and automotive purchases paced the retail market in Fulton County the past year as business activity regained some momentum.

The State of Ohio ended its fiscal operations in the black for the first time since the 1959-60 fiscal year, according to the state treasurer.

Mutterings– If his parents show little interest in reading, don’t blame it all on Johnny and our schools…. First golf course in America was laid out at the famous Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, June 23, 1937

The Archbold Post Office will advance to a second class from a first class offi ce starting July 1. Henry J. Walter, postmaster, will add one more employee.

The county sheriff was called to White City Sunday morning at about 1:30 am to quell a riot.

White City is a streetcar cabin camp on St. Rt. 20, east of Fayette.

Of the five men involved in the trouble, one sustained a gash on the head from a beer bottle, and the rest showed miscellaneous wounds consisting of bloody noses, bruises, and body welts. They were released later Sunday morning.

The great rain, electric and wind storm that struck Archbold on Sunday night was part of a great storm that hit Northwestern Ohio, part of Indiana and Michigan, and caused great damage in flooding and tornadoes.

Approximately 11 million gallons of water fell on German Township Sunday night during the storm, according to Calvin Bixler, weather observer at Wauseon.

The first twins to ask for automobile driver licenses at Wauseon were Ray and Ralph Stine, age 19. They gave their residence as Archbold.

John A. Leavy, of Stryker, completed his 53rd year of continuous service with the New York Central railroad last Tuesday, June 15, and in that time has missed only one week of work because of illness.

The names of delinquent income tax dodgers are to be published at Washington, D.C. The government that forbids a dun on a postal card threatens publication in a newspaper.

The movie studios are producing more and more small town films, proving that the paying audiences are in the villages. The small town is just being discovered.

100 Years Ago Tuesday, June 18, 1912

Council is treating South Defiance Street with oil. It certainly lays the dust.

The T&I have put in a transformer that steps the electricity down to 220 alternating current.

Three alternating incandescent 100-watt tungsten lights will replace the arc on the street corner, which never worked properly.

The new Masonic Temple was dedicated Friday at Bryan.

If you are not paying your taxes you may expect a call to appear before the board at Wauseon.

If there are women in Archbold who want to vote, they are not parading the streets in men’s coats and hats, making speeches or even writing letters to the newspaper.

In a community where half the men refuse to vote because they fear political contamination, there is little demand for female suffrage.

Each businessman ought to stand across the street once in awhile and take a look at his place of business and see how appearances may be improved.

Then take a look around the back of the building and get someone to clean up the mess.

Appearances help sales. One ugly feature cheapens the business as much as one lame leg cheapens the horse.

William Hirsch found a pair of shoes and a purse containing a Lincoln penny, also a shirt and pair of sox, along the bank of the Mill Pond Saturday evening.

It created lots of excitement, thinking someone had committed suicide. A party led by Irvin Grime did deep sea diving and found a number of things.

Excitement ran high for a time, but if any dissatisfied mortal jumped into the water he went on to China.

Friday, June 21, 1912

A small cyclone made a swath about 200 feet wide and a mile long, Saturday evening. It demolished 75 tombstones in Shiffters Cemetery at Pulaski.

An Archbold man is working on an invention that spells fortune. It is an eightday clock. When a lever is pulled it releases a certain amount of feed three times a day.

The machine is intended to feed the chickens while the owner is away fishing.

Theodore Roosevelt whizzed through Archbold at about noon Saturday in a special car attached to No. 19. He was on his way to Chicago to attend the Republican national convention, of which he is slightly interested.

Strawberries are selling in Archbold for 10¢ a quart. There are more buyers than sellers so far…. New potatoes are selling for 50¢ the peck.

Eleven wagonloads of large logs came into town at one time Saturday. They were photographed in front of the new Town & Township Hall. The logs were shipped by train.

The one-man Italian Band with two small boy singers amused the people along main street Wednesday morning. They got about $3.

The Allen Gang mountain outlaws and moon shiners will appear in the moving picture show Friday night.

John Funkhauser’s hired hand let the black team get away from him Sunday night. They ran from Schultz’s, threw him out, and stopped at Jacob F. Leininger’s place.

Art Desboeufs was in Delta Friday evening to adjust the City Hall clock.



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