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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago Wednesday, July 24, 2002

School lunches will go up 25¢ across the board. Elementary lunches will cost $1.65; middle school, $1.85; high school, $1.95. Cheryl Storrer, a board member, said many families today are eating out several nights a week to deal with busy schedules, so youngsters are used to having many meal choices.

At 11 years old, Tyson Mavis picked up a shotgun and began shooting clay pigeon targets. His father, Terry, and grandfather, Bill, of Alvordton, were trap shooters. Today Mavis is 16 and enjoys the sport.

Receipts from the Black Swamp Bazaar June 21-22 were $166,000, said Bob Aschliman, treasurer.

Deaths– Harold J. Knapp, 79, Archbold; Lester R. Thrasher, 82, Wauseon

Archbold firefighters had a busy 26 hours, July 18, when they battled a barn fire, house fire, and car fire.

A two-car collision on Friday, July 19, sent Corina Tijerina, 60, to the Medical College of Ohio with injuries. She was in fair condition Tuesday afternoon at MCO.

Tim Snyder appears in a photograph winding up for a pitch for the Acme baseball team. Bill Rufenacht is the coach. Beall led the Streaks in hitting with a .464 average. Zimmerman, Litwiler, and Cline also topped the .400 mark. Pugh, Clark, Snyder, and Cline comprised a solid pitching staff with a 2.70 earned run average.

Fern Schrock was recognized for 60 years of service to the community. She was a gold finalist at the Medical Mutual 2002 Outstanding Senior Volunteer awards.

According to an engineering consulting firm in Toledo, there are only small spots of wetlands in a woods where the Archbold Park Board plans a new park.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 29, 1987

A representative of the Archbold Area School Board should have met with village council before announcing its selection of a new site for a proposed high school.

William Lovejoy, mayor, said the board should have been at a council meeting and “cleared the air of a bunch of questions.”

Several Archbold manufacturing firms reported doing well the first six months of the year.

However, Archbold’s industrial giant, Sauder Woodworking, reported sales were not up to expectations.

A prolonged heat wave kept temperatures at 90 degrees and above for 23 days this year.

Dale Leu, a partner in Jim & Dale’s IGA, has sold his interest in the business to partner, Jim Ziegler, effective Oct. 3.

Chuck Rychener, personnel manager at Sauder Woodworking, said to beat the July heat, “We do little things,” which include the ice cream and watermelon treatment…. Bruce Lauber, of Lauber Manufacturing, said employees are allowed to wear short pants. “Whatever is comfortable,” he said.

The hot, muggy weather has resulted in new records for Toledo Edison.

50th Anniversary– Mr. and Mrs. Alton Klopfenstein; 60th Anniversary– Charles and Mildred Geesey

Jerry Grieser, a drag racer since 1974, races a speciallyprepared 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in the quarter mile bracket wars.

Jon Lugbill, 26, Bethesda, Md., recently regained his world title in the Sea-I Canoe competition in the French Alps. Three times previous to this year’s competition, Lugbill won the gold medal in the international event.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lugbill, and the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lugbill and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rich.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– People can ski nine or 10 months at Mount Charleston, Nev. It is 20 minutes from Las Vegas…. About 887 years ago, in 1100, a bridge was built over the Danube River in Munich, which still is in use.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday Aug. 1, 1962

Ralph Schuster’s home on Short-Buehrer Road sold at public auction for $17,000 to Mr. and Mrs. Grant Weber.

The Elmira Garden Club and guests numbering 22 were on tour of the gardens of 11 members, Sunday afternoon. Refreshments were served at the Willard L. Short home.

Soil scientists have discovered more than 300 soil types in Ohio.

Perry Swalley, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Swalley, was bruised and shocked when he ran into the side of the car driven by Charles Davis, Stryker.

The Star Strutters, a baton group of 21 girls from Pettisville, competed in the National Baton Twirling Association contest at Findlay, Saturday, July 28. Mrs. Larry Grieser is the instructor.

Archbold Boy Scouts started on a four-day canoe trip on the Au Sable River, Grayling, Mich. In the group were Charles Stannard, Doug Rupp, Jim Pilbeam, Rick Yedica, Scott Gleason, Bruce Stanforth, Rex Stanforth, Jim Crossgrove, Bob Clark, Rodney Stannard, Junior Jimenez, Jeff Smith, Larry Beck, Bruce Arthur. Ron E. Dilbone and Mike Grime accompanied the group.

Juliene Crossgrove and Joanne Lisak graduated from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, July 28.

David Grisier, son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grisier who is in the United States Navy, recently graduated from photography school at Pensacola, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. Short have purchased the 20-A Restaurant, east of Burlington, from Maurice Stuckey.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Each student attending a state college in Ohio costs the state $616 a year…. There’s always room at the top rung of the ladder, and it isn’t reached by easy methods…. Henry David Thoreau said, “Only that day dawns to which you are awake.”

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 21, 1937

Lyle Shumaker, county recorder, reports farm values increased 25 percent the past year.

In the past year, 83 deeds were recorded in the county, embracing 1,842 acres for a total consideration of $339,216.30, or an average value of $70.06 per acre.

Residents of Archbold are complaining bitterly of the hordes of mosquitoes this summer due to wet weather. It’s almost impossible to be outside as they keep reproducing by the billions.

Henry J. Walter, postmaster, is pictured with a fish he caught with a broom. The 1 5/8-pound carp was caught right in front of the post offi ce, June 21. It probably swam up Depot Street from Gotshall Pond.

Rains came so heavily in Southern Michigan last week that by the weekend, Bean Creek was running so high that fields were again overflowing.

Archbold Ladder Company will hold its big summer picnic for employees and families in Ruihley Park. It will continue into the night when the large floodlights are turned on.

A new style bubbling drinking fountain has been installed in front of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank building. It replaces an older one that was moved to Ruihley Park.

In the first six months of 1937, there were 134 deaths and 277 births in Fulton County, according to statistician Hartman.

Farmers may use tractors for hauling machinery in connection with farm work, but are not allowed to haul farm crops unless license plates are attached.

It’s time to pay county taxes and Lowell R. Hackett, county treasurer, says payments are coming in too slowly.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 16, 1912

Here’s a chance to buy a railroad. The Toledo & Ironton is to be sold by the receivers on Oct. 8, in the U.S. Court at Grand Rapids, Mich.

A man and woman did a trick bicycle act on main street, Friday evening. They collected about $6 for their work and neck-risking performance.

The Elmira fire company will give an ice cream social Thursday evening. The band will furnish the music.–adv.

There was an ice cream famine in Archbold for a few hours Sunday afternoon. Luckily, the T&I runs often to get the product here from Toledo.

The petition of John A. Rupp and others for a special school district in German Township, east of the Tiffin River and south of the Wabash Railroad, has been granted a hearing in probate court.

A very trampish tramp who talked to himself and gazed abstractly at residents was put in the village jail by marshal Snyder. Several housewives were afraid of him.

Burglars entered stores at Holgate and Malinta last week. They sole guns, knives, cigars, groceries and a bunch of small bank notes from the safe of a Holgate hardware store.

Friday, July 19, 1912

While driving a young colt to the Central Amish-Mennonite Church Sunday, Otto Schantz was thrown from his buggy and broke an arm.

The Delta Atlas newspaper says the two Archbold men who were attacked July 9 on Lafayette Street in Toledo got what was coming to them. The Atlas writer is evidently acquainted in that city.

The catalog mail order houses are anxious for the government to double the postage rates for newspapers. The catalog companies hate the hometown newspapers for accepting advertisements that compete against them.

The Liberty Church, seven miles south of Delta, burned to the ground. It was struck by lightning Friday.

Judge Scott let Clayton Harris, the famous frog hunter, go free upon his promise to let the frogs alone and go to work to support his family.

Frogs east of Swanton are now enjoying their songfest in peace.

Neighborhood farmers say Dan Augustine’s field corn looks a little better than any other cornfields they have seen.

Denver boasts that in its public schools, girls over 12 are taught cooking, sewing, laundry, care of children, and wise management of income.

Other things may be seized by might or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by effort.

Have you ever noticed how chilly the old-time friend becomes when he learns that you are not doing as well as he expected?

Henry Ward Beecher said, “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.



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