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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002

Perhaps, like dozens of youngsters, Pettisville School isn’t quite ready for the start of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Steve Switzer, superintendent, said the school needs to dispose of some old worthless computer equipment and put a door between the guidance office and the commons.

Members of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America stopped at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Friday, as part of the annual Three Rivers Antique Car Run. There were about 100 cars.

County commissioners approved two DD board tax levies to appear on the November ballot.

Pettisville residents had good reason to feel flush with money in 2000, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Taxation, Tax Analysis Division. Figures show the average federal adjusted gross income was $57,999.

That ranks Pettisville district 55th among the state’s 613 school districts.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said everything is ready for the first day of school at Archbold, Monday, Aug. 26.

The board of zoning appeals unanimously approved a variance request for Archbold schools to build a new athletic complex north and west of the high school.

Heather Quillet, of the Countryside Clovers 4-H Club, took a goat to visit Fairlawn Haven residents, Tuesday night.

Deaths– Charles E. Miller, 76, Pettisville; Glada C. Zuercher, 92, Archbold; Ben H. Reed, 80, Wauseon; Velma M. Beck, 82, Archbold; Lueen L. Fetterman Short, 74, Wauseon; Gale N. Brillhart, 88, Archbold

Lee Klinger, 7, competes with another motorcross rider in the stock novice class. He won the class in his age group Aug. 10 at Delta, according to a photograph.

Jordan Beck, son of David and Cathy, showed his Shropshire market reserve champion lamb at the county fair.

Richard Harris, former school superintendent who lives in Gainesville, Fla., writes, “I have lived another year and had the pleasure of reading the Archbold Buckeye, a good newspaper.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1987

Reactions to the Archbold Area School Board decision to put a proposed high school on the ballot were varied.

The Archbold Municipal Building will get its cornice repaired as Archbold Village Council split 4-2 on the $54,000-plus decision.

The Fulton County June 1987 unemployment rate increased from 9.1 percent in May to 9.7 percent in June.

Many persons have wondered how to reduce their electric bills. Some Archbold industries think they may have a way.

The idea involves setting up their own generating plants, producing their own electricity.

A recent survey of agricultural bankers showed Midwest farmland increasing 4 percent in value during the first three months of 1987.

Deaths– Lucinda Miller, 63, Wauseon; Tyler Philip Aeschliman, infant son of Philip and Lisa; Ethel F. Grime, 97, Archbold; Oma M. Wonser, 89, Bryan; Luella D. Drittler, 77, Ridgeville Corners

50th Anniversary– Waldo and Mary Schrock

Benjamin T. Schelling, son of Edward and Rachel, was named best first year camper at Howe Military School, Howe, Ind.

Glenn Ruihley, Ann Arbor, Mich., donated a number of items belonging to the family of his grandfather, August Ruihley, to Sauder Village. He was a mayor of Archbold, and Ruihley Park was named in his honor.

Erie J. Sauder told Rotarians and guests, Friday, interesting events of the early development of industries in Archbold.

Lynn Aschliman has filed a petition for election to the Archbold Area School Board.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1962

John Otte, who lives southwest of Ridgeville Corners, remembers when his father William, and a crew of men unloaded a new Rumley steam threshing engine off a flat car at the New York Central depot loading dock.

The West End Fair is underway. Promoters are Phillip Bowman, Martha Nepper, Mark Pape, Kurt McDaniel, Jane Gleason, Randy Short, David Nepper, Scott Gleason, Keith Short, Jim Gleason Jr., Roger Short.

Coffee Break, a threeyear old race horse owned by Christy-Miller Stable, won both heats of the Review Futurity, 3-year-old pace at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 16. Coffee Break set a new Illinois State Fair track record.

Three from Archbold received degrees at BGSU, Aug. 23: Don L. Bernath, David Lersch, and Lodema Short.

Nafziger Ice Cream Co., is introducing La Harve French vanilla in 70 outlets this week, according to a full page color advertisement.

Paul E. Sigg, chief guided missile, USN, reported to duty on the Navy’s newest Polaris submarine tender USS Hunley, at Norfolk, Va. It is the first submarine tender to be built by the United States since WWII.

A heat wave was centered over Archbold at 97 degrees, Monday, Aug. 20.

The Men’s Garden Club of Fulton County will have a memorial service for the late Harry Rupp, a former member, in Ruihley Park.

A military address appears for Roger V. Meier.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Many people believe retirement is a snare and delusion…. Think how dull life would be if people were not against a lot of things…. A woman was arrested in New York City for smoking a cigarette on Fifth Avenue on Sept. 28, 1905.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1937

The general conference of the Mennonite churches will convene in Turner, Ore., Aug. 19-26. Turner is a small town about 60 miles south of Portland.

The Paroff Trio comes to the Archbold Homecoming from Fort Worth, Texas. They appeared at the Frontier Fiesta five weeks and were the sensation of the Billy Rose Thrill Show.

Misses Grace Short, Lodema Spiess, Ruth Winzeler, and Mr. M.C. Winzeler received diplomas at BGSU, Friday.

Lloyd Esterline, 13, was caught and injured in a hay baler near West Unity, Monday. His father operated the baler and the lad got caught and broke a leg.

The first butchering took place at the new Lugbill slaughterhouse Monday. They killed for 11 customers that day.

The General Conference of the Mennonite Churches will convene in Turner, Ore., Aug. 19-26. The annual conference of the Defenseless Mennonite churches will meet in the church in the country four miles from Berne, Ind. Aug. 25-29.

With rain falling on eight days, July 1937 established itself as one of the wettest hot-weather months in recent years. Five inches of rain was recorded.

Right now is the time to buy a home in Archbold. There are no prospects of homes becoming cheaper.

Drunken driving research has proven that one glass of beer will make some men drunk.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1912

People who build new houses are greatly surprised when others, almost strangers, come just to see their new house.

Some country schools have not enough pupils to keep the teacher busy and others have so many the teacher has not time to attend to all.

Can’t we pass a law compelling the people in each district to have the right number of children?

All political parties offer country editors all kinds of free, political news reports. It is no trouble to fill up the newspaper.

What we must publish is information that people wish to read.

The depositor’s committee of the failed Napoleon bank report that depositors will receive 100 cents on the dollar. Seventy percent of the claims against the bank have already been paid.

In some Michigan towns they are uniting all the protestant churches in to one body to save expenses.

The reason young men don’t tell what they are doing in the city is because they are usually doing work they would be ashamed to do in the hometown.

Beef has jumped in price from 3 to 8 cents a pound in the cities and is going higher, it is believed. Scarcity of cattle is the cause.

There have been many near accidents at the North Defiance Street and Stryker Street intersection. Drivers must be careful in rounding the corner.

After he has his machine repaired Moses Stutzman will be careful how he rounds corners near Ridgeville Corners, especially where a deep ditch is at hand.

Friday, Aug. 9, 1912

Archbold has had several instances of the social unrest said to be due to the high cost of living. Men have quit their jobs in twos and threes at the stave mill and on the railroad. Their complaint seems to be that they cannot earn enough to live as they would like.

Fishbaugh & Karsch, of Celina, are on the Stryker Street paving job. Their tools are at hand and they unloaded bricks yesterday. They have eight men on the job. They offer able-bodied laborers 20¢ an hour. They need more men.

The new Dairy Building will add an interesting chapter to the Fulton County Fair. This will be one of the finest structures on the grounds. Professor Oscar Erf, of the Ohio State University, will demonstrate making cheese and teach other phases of the milk and butter business.

Weiderkehr Brothers have traded their jewelry stock at Stryker to L.C. Pixley, of Clayton, Mich., for an 80-acre farm. Mr. Pixley also bought the shoe stock, and intends to move it to Clayton. He intends to continue the jewelry business at Stryker.

The Gotshall Brothers had a $15,000 fire at their plant in Toledo, Wednesday morning. The plant is located on Hawthorne Street and the Lake Shore Railroad tracks.

Bert Teeple caught two strangers in Benecke’s Hardware store in Ridgeville Corners, Tuesday night. Teeple held one of them with a shotgun until the sheriff arrived from Napoleon. The other got away.

Joseph Stoy does not wear those two crutches as ornaments. He is waiting for his toes to heal that got under the wheel of a loaded wagon.

Notwithstanding their heavy fur coats, the bears are active on the stock exchange.



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