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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Council approved sidewalks on the east side of South Buehrer Street and on the south side of West Lugbill Road. No sidewalk will be built on Monumental Street.

The Fulton County Health Department confirmed a dead blue jay was found and was infected with West Nile Virus.

Victor Marroquin didn’t need to imagine. The former AHS exchange student from Mexico City had not been back since a 1989 visit, but a long overdue vacation brought him home to his exchange parents, Mike and Bonnie Rupp. Marroquin came to Archbold for the 1984-85 school year. He graduated from AHS.

Trevor Rupp, 2, tried to help cut the grass with a miniature lawn mower, according to a photograph. He is the son of Keith and Linda.

Shocks of wheat, something seldom seen in this age of mechanization, stand in a field of Ron and Elaine Zaerr, along US20A. It will be threshed during the Sauder Village “Summer on the Farm” program.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Dale and Evelyn Quillet, April 20, 1952

A.J. Bumgardner takes a large step into thin air after he leaves the diving board at the swimming pool.

An attempt to raise a 50- foot tower for a restored farm windmill at Sauder Village failed Wednesday, July 3, resulting in broken parts, but no injuries.

The next addition to Pettisville School District campus will arrive on wheels.

The school board authorized the purchase of a modular classroom. Steve Switzer, J.R. Grieser, and Jason Waldvogel traveled to Columbus to inspect modular classroom units for sale.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 16, 1987

“There are a lot of stories I could tell you about Pettisville and Archbold, but I better not,” said Sam Nofziger with a chuckle.

“We used to play Archbold, and when we beat them it was good,” he said with another chuckle.

Nofziger’s early memories date back to 1930 when Pettisville had its first basketball team, coached by Ananias Robin.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers issued a 404 permit to the county commissioners to clean the Tiffin River.

Don Kleck and Paul Schweinhagen, Ridgeville Corners, said they were interested in running for two seats on Archbold Area School Board, but neither has taken out petitions.

Allen Beck, Newport Beach, Calif., was recently elected and installed as president of the American Institute of Floral Designers at a national symposium in San Francisco.

Deaths– Donald P. Grime, 80, Archbold; Richard R. Esquibel, 53, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Verna Miller stands beside her blooming cactus plant. It has 30 blossoms and blooms only one day, according to a photograph.

25th Anniversary– Rudy and Pat Basselman; 45th Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leininger

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Life is exacting. When you run into loopholes you frequently crash in to a thick wall…. 1,368 Americans had heart transplant operations last year, and many more are waiting…. Galveston, population 70,000, a Texas city on the Gulf of Mexico, has always appealed to tourists. It has a special problem because of construction of a $12 million, 4.5-mile streetcar system, which many believe will lure tourist dollars.

Fifty-Years Ago
Wednesday, July 18, 1962

Bil-Jax, Inc., was granted a temporary restraining order in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas, Tuesday morning, by Russell V. Maxwell, judge, Williams County. Judge Maxwell was assigned by Ohio chief justice Carl V. Weygant to hear the petition July 6, asking for a restraining order, as judge Donald C. Van Buren asked the case be heard by another judge.

Bil-Jax, Inc., employees have been on strike since May 29. The petition named the International Union Allied Industrial Workers of America and 17 Bil-Jax employees as defendants.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Baldwin, daughter Janis, and Miss Phyllis Grisier recently vacationed in Sarasota, Fla.

A mass immunization program using the Sabin oral vaccine against polio in Fulton County will be administered in five places starting Sunday, Sept. 16.

Betty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Schultz, returned July 10 from a tour of European countries as a member of the Capital University Chapel Choir.

Samuel Buehrer reports harvesting 56 bushels of wheat per acre from a sevenacre field on his farm southeast of Archbold. The weight was 61 pounds per bushel.

Jane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Buehrer, is on the dean’s list at Heidelberg College.

Roger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Meier, is here on a 30- day leave from Bamberg, Germany.

Motorists welcomed the removal of traffic barriers on rebuilt Stryker Street, Tuesday morning. Work started July 3.

Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Fankhauser returned last week from a four-week tour of the West.

Mutterings, by Orrin R Taylor– If the girls didn’t feel buoyant and the boys didn’t feel gallant, what a dull world this might be…. Many teenagers believe their parents are a necessary inconvenience…. If it is true we are saddling our costs of government on future generations, will they contend we had a lot of fun at their expense?

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 7, 1937

The New York Central railroad track through Archbold is the longest and straightest in the world. As far as the eye can see in either direction, the rail line is straight.

The Twentieth Century Limited that travels through Archbold during the supper hour gains on other trains by 45 minutes from Chicago to New York, and its return.

During holidays and special occasions, there will be two or three sections, traveling one behind the other, to accommodate the traveling public.

Council appointed James Hayes as village night watchman to succeed E.P. Tanner, who resigned.

T.W. Dimke, mayor, and E.C. Lauber, clerk, were authorized by council to enter into a contract with German Township Trustees regarding the new township water tank.

Lytle’s Bakery has changed hands but the name will continue the same. Mrs. Viola Lytle has sold the bakery to Ralph Lytle, of Bowling Green, and no relation to each other.

The Lytle family has rented the Chase house on Depot Street. Mrs. Lytle has made no future plans.

A horse show will be a feature at the Archbold Homecoming.

Over 8 1/2 million people are still unemployed in the United States.

Liquor cure institutions are opening in many American cities. They disappeared during prohibition days.

Taking electricity to the farmer is making more progress than any other national project. When the farmer’s wife has electricity in the kitchen, much of her labor will be saved, and more home comforts may be provided.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 2, 1912

The discovery of a skeleton of a mastodon near Lyons was made in a low, wet place that had never been plowed.

When turning a furrow, the plow struck an obstruction, which proved to be a tusk of a large animal. It measured five feet in length and five inches in diameter.

An investigation resulted in the finding of two teeth that weighed about four and a half pounds each. As soon as Mr. Peebles gets through with the rush of his farm work he will make further effort to find the remaining bones of the animal. One of the teeth has been at the home of Henry Peebles for some time where it has attracted the attention of many people.

Such a skeleton was found in the railroad ditch just back of the Levy property in Archbold, about 30 years ago. J.R. Hoffmire hired men to dig it out. Most of the bones were partially decayed and the ivory tusks when first unearthed could be whittled like soap.

Such animals lived and died some 12,000 years ago.

The weekday ball games took in about $7 at Wauseon. They discovered those who complained of Sunday games do not patronize the weekday games.

Delta and Archbold will cross bats in Lohse’s Field, July 4. This promises to be one of the most interesting games of the season.

It is a breach of the peace to dance the “turkey trot” in Connecticut, to say nothing of being a breach of etiquette.

So far the ball games have been a losing venture. The gate receipts are about $30 and expenses about $35.

Delta businessmen have chipped in and reopened the Lincoln Hotel in that town. Now they are talking of taking their Sunday dinners there just to boost it along.

Friday, July 5, 1912

It is estimated that something in the neighborhood of $400,000,000 a year could be saved throughout the country by improving 20 percent of the roads in America.

There was great excitement along main street Tuesday when a swarm of bees took up residence. They buzzed around citizens and horses but did little more than buzz.

After a time they settled on the front of the Flory Building. Peter D. Nofzinger came with a hive, face netting, gloves, pails, and a bee smoking apparatus.

After many trips up and down the ladder, under a constant fire of advice from the crowd, he succeeded in getting part of the bees into the hive. Some colonized farther up the building. Peter harvested them with a specially constructed net on a pole.

By sundown most of the insects had settled in the hive.

An Indian woman wants a divorce because her husband tried to compel her to wear his old false teeth.

When the case comes to trial her attorney might work in a few bits of biting sarcasm.

The school census of German Township shows that there are 560 children of school age.

Michael Weromizak, a wanderer, was struck by a freight train west of Wauseon Thursday. He died in a few hours at Wauseon Hospital.

C.M. McLaughlin has decided to build a beautiful bungalow style house on his Stryker Street property. The new pavement ought to inspire all real estate holders along the beautiful street.

The Archbold Electric Light Plant has made a contract to wire and light the Lake Shore Depot.

The Boy Scouts that passed through Archbold on bicycles were on their way from Burlington, Iowa, to Buffalo, NY. They sold photographs and accepted tips. The whole group would have been of more use in an Iowa cornfield.



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