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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 31, 2002

The Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities asked Deb Stanforth, superintendent the past 15 years, to resign.

One more case of West Nile Virus has been found in Fulton County, according to the health department.

Jose A. Gonzales, AHS ‘01, son of Jose and Maria, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego, Calif.

Ellie Sonnenberg was ready for the rain shower that visited the village July 26 with her umbrella and bare feet, according to a photograph.

“The rain really helped the soybeans, but it would have been better three weeks earlier,” said Rod Nofziger at Pettisville Grain. Bill Fricke, of Archbold Elevator, reported that they received 1-3 inches from thunderstorms that rolled through the area.

Several members of the Ridgeville Fire Department traveled to Elkhart, Ind., July 11, to inspect a new rescue squad vehicle. It is paid for by the Henry County Commissioners.

Ryan A. Holeton, 20, was treated and released at FCHC after his pickup truck crashed into a parked semi trailer at a construction site on West Barre Road, east of the South Clyde’s Way intersection.

Deaths– Ariana Alvarado, infant daughter of Maxine Leyva and Adrian Alvarado; Shirley A. Hammersmith 67, Germfask, Mich.; Esther E. Mohring, 78, Ridgeville Corners; Milton Hesson, 59, Napoleon

Austin McIntosh, 15, Hamilton Lake, Ind., placed second in the United States in his age group in an archery tournament. Austin recently competed in three tournaments that make up the “ Triple Crown” of the International Bowhunters Organization. His parents, Sam and Claire, have owned Pettisville Meats for many years.

An advertisement announces the 90th birthday of Roy Sauder, Aug. 6.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1987

“I have heard several reports of panthers being sighted. The last report was near Zone,” said Marvin Rittenhouse, county game protector. “I haven’t seen one or evidence of tracks,” he said.

The Fulton County 130th annual fair is handicapped accessible. Ramps have been added to dairy, cattle, and sheep barns.

Marvin D. Miller, executive vice president of First National Bank Northwest Ohio, said Jerry L. Lauber was promoted to assistant vice president.

The Archbold Buckeye earned the best advertising idea award from the National Newspaper Association.

Ron Stuckey, vo-ag teacher at AHS, was honored with the Ohio Teacher of Teacher’s award.

Village officials will hold a ribbon-cutting at McDonald’s tomorrow, Thursday, according to a full page advertisement.

Kelli Ehrman, an AHS sophomore, was named to first chair oboe at Blue Lake Music Camp, Twin Lake, Mich. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ehrman.

Deaths– Lloyd J. Carter, 80, Fayette; Darwin L. Clark, 39, Stryker, and son Sterling M. Clark, 14.

50th Anniversary– Albert and Elsie Reynolds; 25th Anniversary– Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Blosser

Nearly 50 women and children will help at Sauder Village next week during the annual Canning and Preserving Week. Orlyss Sauder and Shirley Gerber are in charge of all helpers, and planned the weeklong events.

Kris Jemmott, of Sauder Village, said there were 100 rose entries at the seventh annual flower and rose show.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1962

Glenn Gallaway, AHS vo-ag instructor, has been named by the Ohio State Vocational Agriculture department to attend a workshop at Hobart Welding School, Troy, this week.

Mrs. Elmer Miller, 601 West Holland Street, was hanging out the family wash on clothesline, July 30, when a gust of wind whipped a bedsheet from her hand and carried it up into the electric wires.

It created a short circuit and caused a Toledo Edison transformer to blow.

John Bamonte, who has taught in the local school system for seven years, has been employed as elementary school principal at Delta.

Mr. Bamonte and family are living on the University of Indiana campus this summer where he is studying for a master’s degree. They plan to move to Delta before the school year begins.

Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Storrer, who has been stationed at White Sands, N.M., arrived home Monday. Starting Aug. 1, Gary will compete in a rifle match at Camp Perry for one month.

H.L. Pfost, superintendent of schools of Fulton County, will be guest speaker at the Monday noon luncheon.

Lugbill Bros., Inc., assumed management of the Riegsecker Lumber Yard on Monday, Aug. 6.

Yost Roberts, Fort Wayne, is manager of the supply center.

A “Dump Bozo” stand on the sports carnival midway was popular with young pitchers. Ron Dilbone gets dumped by a perfect pitch, according to a photograph.

After seven months of negotiating, a fire contract between Archbold Village and German Township was signed at the Town & Township Hall. A photo shows Floyd Lauber, Willard Miller, and Willard Gearig, trustees; Don Walters, village clerk; and A.C. Fischer, mayor.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 28, 1937

The Archbold Buckeye was awarded second place in newspaper production for all weekly newspapers in the United States by the National Editorial Association.

Two severe rain storms within 24 hours– the first Saturday night at about 10:30 pm, and the second Sunday afternoon– again threatened to reach flood proportions in this community.

Aaron Leininger, an early Archbold pioneer, remembers in 1853-4 when the entire east side of main street was woods without a slashing anywhere.

He remembers when there was only the log cabin of his grandfather George Ditto, and that of his father, on the west side of the street.

Mr. Leininger remembers what a difficult time it was to build the first log schoolhouse at the Jerome Grime corner. At that time Archbold did not exist, and was only a spot in a great mud hole in which big trees grew.

About 1854 the railroad came as far as Wauseon and Cornelius Vanderbilt, investor, was out of money, so others managed to help finance the road on westward.

The first locomotive reached Archbold in 1855, and was that an exciting time. Settlers and their children peeked through the brush at the fearful iron horse that snorted fire and clanged a bell.

The first rails were wood timbers with strips of steel fastened to them. Sometimes the strips worked loose and punched holes in the locomotive.

The first rails were uneven and far from level. The cars heaved, lurched, tossed and rattled fearfully at 12 to 15 miles an hour.

George Leininger, father of Aaron, thought he was on the road to fortune when he got a job drawing stumps and ties on the new railroad with the ox team, at $3 a day.

With coming of the railroad, settlers came in numbers. Mr. Leininger has seen Archbold emerge from a spot in the woods to a prosperous village and is pleased to think he has done his share in the development of the community.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 23, 1912

Hetty Green, 78, the wealthiest woman in the world, has been baptized and intends to join a church. She can afford it.

In spite of the efforts of the authorities and real estate men, aided by the press and clergy, the abandoned farms in eastern Ohio are not being settled as fast as abandoned.

Dr. Unger, of Edgerton, took four girls out riding in his automobile Sunday afternoon.

They were Elizabeth Galhton, 93; Magdalena Dixon, 93, Sarah Brown, 87, and Matilda Couts, 84, with a combined age of 357.

After enjoying their company he took them to his home where Mrs. Unger served them ice cream and cake.

The doctor says they are four of the most interesting girls he has had the pleasure of entertaining for many a day.

The state is making an agricultural survey of Ohio to ascertain why country schools, churches, social organizations, and rural population are on the decline.

When farmland gets to be worth more to sell or mortgage than it is to farm, such conditions must be expected. The more people who leave the farm and become consumers instead of producers, the more demand there is for farm products and the higher produce will be.

About 25 men of Yankee, Scotch, and Hebrew descent were in Archbold, Saturday, anxiously watching the opening of bids for the Stryker Street paving job.

A New York woman has bequeathed her husband $5 to be given him at the rate of 5¢ a day. We hope he will refrain from spending it in riotous living.

There have been three fat crop years and now there are prospects of a fourth. Scientifi c farming helps.

Friday, July 26, 1912

Seven tramps stole a T&I handcar at Swanton and started to pump it to Chicago on the Lake Shore Railroad. They gave up and dumped the car in the ditch and sneaked south through a cornfield.

With this issue the Archbold Buckeye begins its eighth year of usefulness. If hard work and close attention to business will do it, we shall make the newspaper better the coming year. Archbold business and wealth has increased greatly in the past seven years. We hope the Archbold Buckeye has been a help to the community.

Williams County stays dry by a majority vote of 1,786, or 182 more than in 1908. There were not as many wet votes cast as there were names on the petition. All the towns in the county, excepting Stryker, voted dry.

Two Bohemians bought a big dog of Menno Rupp for $25 to take to Detroit to sell.

They started to lead the dog from Menno’s to Archbold, but it refused to leave the kitchen. The dog and Bohemians had an awful argument.

They finally got the dog to the T&I depot in Archbold in a buggy, and discovered the dog needed a muzzle to board.

Menno has been trying to get rid of the dog for some time.

Weston, the cross-country walker, thinks he will try it again in November. This time he intends to walk from Portland, Maine, to Chicago. He hopes to break his record of five years ago.

Dealers assert they can pay 2¢ per dozen more for eggs if they can be assured that all brought to them are good.

Rev. E.E. Cole delivered an anti-saloon address to about 250 persons in the open air at Bryan. He was well received.

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