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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002

With their first performance of the season less than a week away, the AHS Marching Band was busy preparing its show Monday. Rain forced the band indoors, but it didn’t stop rehearsal. A photo shows Brittni Meyer, Alena Grieser, Emily Waidelich, and Tim Booth, director.

James Hensal, Western District Court judge, would like to see a program started for non-violent misdemeanor offenders who go through his court.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said Napoleon and Sylvania have successful service programs for offenders. Brad Grime, councilman, said Bowling Green has a community service program involving offenders.

Marti Estep was named interim superintendent of the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Estep replaces Debb Stanforth.

Attendance of the Chautauqua at Sauder Village drew an outstanding number of attendees. A total of 3,434 adults and children attended the five presentations under the tent.

School board approved new policies for staff and students regarding safe and acceptable uses of the Internet.

Archbold July income tax was up nearly 10%.

Lester King was the first to finish the 16-mile hike/ bike course for the Hands of Grace backroads event.

Bertha M. Britsch, 105, Archbold; Lawrence F. Drews, 92, Deshler; Iris Jeanne Keafer, 70, Toledo; James E. Stuckey, 67, Stryker; Alice Ann Young, 70, Liberty Center

50th Wedding Anniversary– Elwood and Joyce Graber, Sept. 6, 1952

ACT brings “Quilters” to Founders Hall Sept. 19-20- 21-22-24.

Finishing touches were put on Sauder Village’s newest addition, an original Baker windmill, made by a Napoleon company in the 1920s.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1987

John Lauber, an Archbold native, has been getting a lot of attention in the national media recently.

Lauber, head of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at the first press conference following the Aug. 16 Northwest Airlines crash at Detroit Metro Airport, there were 30 television cameras. “That’s an extraordinarily large number,” he said.

A 23-year tax levy to construct a new Archbold High School, costing $8 million, or 6.6 mills, will face Archbold voters in the Nov. 3 election.

Corn silage cut after weekend rains could poison farmers and cattle, said David Reed, county extension agent.

Lack of rain and low water in the Tiffin River is not a problem for the Archbold municipal water supply, according to Larry Short, water plant superintendent.

Sarah Short’s home, 213 Walnut St., was sold at public auction, Saturday, Aug. 22, to Robert Grieser for $49,200.

Rudolph Frederick Stotzer was the first mayor of Archbold. Elected in 1866, he received each one of the 50 votes cast.

Deryle Stiriz and Al Kreuz, county commissioners, and Paul zumFelde, 4-H extension agent, attended a two-day program at Bell Valley, Ohio, Aug. 18-19.

Stephen Switzer, Pettisville superintendent, recently received a doctoral degree in education administration after working to meet requirements the past nine years.

Deaths– Almeda Spoerle, 87, Archbold; Wayne S. Springer, 59, Archbold

50th Anniversary– Russ and Billie Freeworth

Kelli Childs, daughter of Ray and Mona, was named Henry County Tomato Queen.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Mr. Skunk is nature’s most notorious essence peddler whose events alert the countryside…. Are you appalled at the number of actors and athletes, many with six-figure incomes, who are victims of cocaine, alcohol, and other drugs?

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1962

Rollin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Lauber, will serve as a Junior Fair Board member at the 105th Fulton County Fair.

Ben Young has completed a graduate course at Miami State University.

Paul Nafziger and Paul Holsopple returned home Friday after graduating from DeVry Technical College, Chicago, Ill.

Lodema Short, a missionary to Africa since 1947, returned to the Republic of Congo after a two-year stay in the states. She teaches at a mission station at Nyunga. Nearly 200 students attend the school. French is the offi cial language; English, second. The Tshikapa dialect also is used by Lodema and other teachers.

The Congo Inland Mission is supported by several Mennonite churches.

Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Disbrow, graduated in nursing from Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill.

William Charles Crossgrove received a doctorate of philosophy at the University of Texas.

Helen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nofziger, is the FFA sweetheart at Junior Fair Day at the Fulton County Fair.

A 1922 Vulcan steam engine, which Charles Weber has had in his back yard for the past two years, was loaded onto a truck Saturday morning and rolled out of Archbold for the last time. The engine was purchased by Cedar Point, Inc., to be used on a narrow gauge railway ride.

The Leftovers, a local music group of Max Smith, Paul Lauber, Larry Barger, and Terry Murbach, performed at the Booster Club Sports Carnival recently.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– People with nothing to say, don’t take long proving it…. Sydney J. Harris said, “God was not taken out of the schools because He was never there. He can be only in our hearts and minds.”

Seventy-Five Years Ago,
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1937

Donald Stamm and Lawrence Ringenberg, trumpet players, are featured musicians with the Archbold village band. Both men attend Bowling Green University and do solo work for the band.

Herman Barr, an attendant at the Archbold Airport, reports a two-motor Douglas Army Transport landed at the field before a storm hit.

Fire destroyed two large barns and a straw stack Saturday afternoon on the Mrs. Katie Seiler farm, rented by Solomon Erbskorn, 7 1/2 miles northeast of Archbold.

Dozens of nearby farmers and residents of Archbold, Elmira, Pettisville, and Wauseon came to lend a helping hand to fight the blaze.

The biggest crowd in history, 18,000 to 20,000 people, attended Archbold Homecoming.

Kenneth Shough, 17- month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shough, of Evansport, was crushed under the wheels of a truck Wednesday noon, while his mother was buying groceries from a huckster truck.

The Archbold Homecoming brought professional pickpockets to town. Jacob Bernath lost his wallet with $23. Eddie Wyse lost $5 but is not sure when; Emil Grider missed $10. A dip got into Aaron Leininger’s pocket but only got his handkerchief.

The National Reemployment Service has placed 267 individuals in employment during the first seven months of 1937, according to Warren H. Fetters, county administrator.

There are 50 properties in Fulton County delinquent in taxes.

Clela, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lugbill, works in the office, operating a new calculator for her father and uncles at Lugbill Livestock Auction.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1912

Sam Schlatter helped haul brick for the new pavement Saturday. It appears that the town teamsters were too busy and they were obliged to call on the farmers to help. There will be plenty of teaming this fall.

The contract for remodeling the Fulton County Infirmary has been awarded to Carey & Hall, of Defiance. The contract price is $8,950. The improvement must be completed by Nov. 1.

The basement of the Missionary Church is being enlarged and prepared to be used as a Sunday School room.

The heavy rain Wednesday afternoon and night was the salvation of the corn and late potato crop.

It is said Hamilton Lake is a good place if one just wants to fish, but it is a poor place to catch anything. Just ask C.W. Waldvogel.

A Cleveland buyer shipped three cars of livestock from Archbold, Saturday. The cattle and sheep were bought around Morenci.

Soon it will be county fair time. It is believed the Fulton County Fair will be bigger and better than ever.

Lightning struck Mrs. Leafy Dimke’s house Saturday, knocking off a few shingles and part of the ornamental work.

D.L. Schrock intends to go to Texas to look at some farmland.

A storm did much damage Sunday night around Adrian, Mich. Trees and fences were blown down and several buildings fired by lightning.

Mrs. John Wyse, who was injured when Moses Stutzman’s automobile hit the ditch near Ridgeville Corners, is still in serious condition.

Friday, Aug. 16, 1912

Two rotaries burned out Wednesday at the T&I Depot, Pettisville.

While shooting at a mark at Napoleon, Peter Leckler accidentally shot his son Jesse. The boy died in great agony.

Farmers are preparing to store and hold their new oats for higher prices in winter. The present prices are considered too low.

The annual conference of the Defenseless Mennonite Churches will be held near Groveland, Ill., Sept. 3-8.

Fred Grime is moving into the Charles Grime house on the south side of town.

Jacob Spoerli is preparing to take up his duties as janitor of the village schools for the coming year.

The report circulating that I am going out of the oil business is not true. I will make my deliveries regularly by wagon as usual.–D.J. Mockler–adv.

When depositors saw lights in the Barber Bank, Wauseon, they went in to get their money but found a piano store in its place.

There will be preaching services at the Dowell Schoolhouse, Sunday at 2:30 pm.

A.C. Cameron’s barn, west of town, was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in the first storm and was burned to the ground. Thirty-six loads of hay went up in flames.

Levy Nofzinger sold a horse to someone near Toledo for $225. The animal was shipped via the T&I Railway. It weighed 1,475 pounds.



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