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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002

Fulton County unemployment for July was blamed on seasonal shutdowns in the auto and food processing industries.

Bill Priest, director of marketing for the Quadco Rehabilitation Center, said last week the sheltered workshop will end 2002 with a deficit.

Students at Four County Career Center greeted seven new teachers and a new superintendent when school opened yesterday, Aug. 27.

David Nicholls, Bryan, is the new superintendent.

The county is among 55 counties and cities that will share $28 million in grants to improve housing conditions.

Fulton County will receive $550,000 through the Ohio Community Housing Improvement Program.

50th Wedding Anniversary– John and Mary Grime, Sept. 8, 1952; Gordon and Irene Swaney, Aug. 9, 1952

Joshua W. Buckwalter, AHS ‘96, an airman in the Air Force, graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.

Deaths– Bertha M. Britsch, 105, Archbold; Delilah Anna Seiler, 87, Auburn, Ind.; Rachel L. Weires, 83, Naperville, Ill.

Signs posted in the 100 block of South Defiance Street clearly indicate there is no left turning into or out of the strip mall on the east side of the street. Motorists often ignore the signs and several accidents have occurred.

Marti Estep, interim superintendent of the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities, said after meeting with employees Monday that the number one concern is passing two property tax levies.

A.J. Genter, son of Dean and Kathy, showed the reserve grand champion market hog at the Ohio State Fair, Aug. 4.

Josh Grime and daughter, Andee, 2, display their giant pumpkin that weighs about 500 pounds. It will be entered in a weigh-off in Cleveland, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1987

Helen Wlasiuk ran in the Moscow Marathon. “The run started at the Lenin Stadium. We ran along the Moscow River, past the Kremlin and Gorki Park. There were about 4,000 Soviet runners, I’d say about 75 Americans, and probably 200 Europeans,” she said.

Gary Hodges, incumbent Archbold Area School Board member, removed his name from the November ballot.

Andre Chris Stephen, 56, Sylvania, is being held without bond in the Lucas County Jail, in connection with a Monday robbery of the Pettisville branch of First National Bank Northwest Ohio.

School board decided to recruit citizens to work on committees, similar to the 1986 campaign, but no names were mentioned. David Lersch, superintendent, asked board members to suggest names.

A total of 1,234 students are attending Archbold schools in three buildings, an increase of 70 over last year.

The David and Vera Merillat home in Elmira sold Aug. 2 at public auction to Marshall Crowe, Wauseon, for $35,000

A group of three individuals, including a former La Choy Food Products Co., employee, have proposed a leveraged buyout of Dinner Bell Foods, Inc., Defiance. The company owns a meat packing plant in Archbold.

Lynx Industries, Inc., Montreal, Canada, has purchased Napoleon Spring Works, Inc., as of Sept. 1. Edwin and Alyce Oberhaus have owned the business since April 15, 1965, when they purchased stock in the business from Fred Veigel.

Miller Gas Co., Inc., has purchased the Fisher Oil & Gas Company, Neapolis.

Reduced and free lunches are again available to eligible families in Archbold and Pettisville schools through the National School Lunch Program.

Deaths– Martin D. Kurtz, 49, Stryker; Doris Rupp, 87, Wauseon

Steve Nafziger, of the Archbold Rotary Club, was named chairman of the POLIOPLUS program.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1962

Lugbill Bros., Inc., will hold its 25th annual 4-H, FFA, and Fat Cattle Show and Sale Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.

Gordon E. Swaney has been promoted to general manager, and W.E. Neel to operations manager, of La Choy Food Products.

Fulton County Fair attendance could reach 75,000. Labor Day attendance set a new record of 31,000.

Charles, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Murphy, displays a 23 3/4-inch, 4 1/2 pound walleye that he caught last week in the old reservoir with secret artifi- cial bait.

A five-ton casting, part of a giant overhead crane, en route on an eastbound flatcar on the New York Central railroad fell from the car near the Dielman Products plant at the west edge of Archbold, Wednesday morning.

Gertrude Hitt won the Ohio State Archery Championship in the women’s division, scoring 976 points of a possible 1,680, in competition with 150 contestants for top state honors.

This is the third successive year she won the championship.

Two horses owned by Donald Christy, Dale and Floyd Miller, of the C&M Stable in Archbold, broke track records at the Ohio State Fair last week.

Barbara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale King, graduated from Kansas City General Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing, Aug. 22.

Roger, an army private and son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl I. Beck, is undergoing advanced training in automotive school at Fort Knox, Ky.

William D. Nofziger, pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church, will return to graduate studies in Louisville, Ky.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1937

Sauder Woodworking, under the supervision of Erie Sauder, owner, is building church and lodge furniture.

They have manufactured seats for two churches at Berne, Ind., a church at Deerfi eld, Mich., and several jobs at Cleveland. They have inquiries from several states.

Samuel Malosh, 83, resident of Richfield Center, near Metamora, answered questions of a gypsy woman who alighted from a car near his home. She asked to picnic on his beautiful lawn. To show her friendship, the gypsy patted him on the shoulder, said goodbye, and departed.

The aged farmer discovered $100 had disappeared from his pocket.

Many residents saw the night-blooming Cereus flower in the front yard at the residence of Anna Althaus.

A new Miehle newspaper printing press is being installed at the Archbold Buckeye. It will print four pages at once. It is the last word in printing equipment for a small newspaper.

People from nearby towns want to know how Archbold manages such a successful Homecoming. The answer is simple: Archbold people give of their time, money, and service to make it successful.

The Fulton County Ministerial Association will hold the annual religious service at the fairgrounds Sept. 5

Jonathan Merillat, 77, farms near Rapid City, Mich. Mrs. Merillat, 72, raised 500 chickens and does all the housework.

The Elmira softball team defeated Archbold 16-2.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug, 20, 1912

A detective was in town yesterday trying to find out where some small boys get their money.

Officer Cole of Wauseon was in town last Wednesday and held a hearing at the Town & Township Hall. He will decide later whether or not to issue warrants to parties suspected of contributing to the delinquency of minors. There is a need of investigation.

The Homecomers basket picnic will be held in the Normal Grove Park, Fayette, on Aug. 21. There will be an automobile parade, motorcycle race, ball game, and music by the Pioneer Band, plus other attractions.

Clothe the boys for school at a great reduction in prices for shoes and clothes at Vernier & Roedel’s Clothing Store–adv.

The city banks are anxious to get money from the country banks, but when a country bank wants to cash some paper to get money to fill out a large loan, there is usually a shortage of city money. Country banks are now aware of this and are governing themselves accordingly.

When German Township has finished the road west of the new Stryker Street pavement, the automobile tourists and farmers who use the road will get a favorable impression when they come to visit Archbold.

If the Archbold Telephone Company would adopt two rings for a call and one ring for a ringoff, it would save patrons a lot of time answering slow ringoffs.

It looks now there will be a shortage of about seven teachers in German Township Schools. Quite a number failed to pass the examinations.

Friday, Aug. 23, 1912

Bill Reinke, who is quite well known around Archbold, is in jail at Napoleon and is likely to go further.

Pat Ryan, who was caught in the act of burglarizing a Ridgeville Corners hardware store, has told on Bill.

Ryan says Bill was the man who got away the night of the robbery. Ryan says he met Bill while on the tramp and that Bill planned the robbery and used Ryan as his goat. Bill has been bound over to the grand jury.

The honorable John W. Winn will speak in front of the Town & Township Hall, in Archbold at 2 pm, Sept. 1. His subject is on the constitutional amendment.

All voters who want more light upon this most important subject should attend this meeting.

Some men of science now claim it is the smell of freshly turned earth that makes the corn grow.

They believe the more often the earth is turned, the stronger the smell. It takes a book to tell why this is so.

Why read the book when these few lines tell it all?

The Fulton County Fair will have more attractions this year than ever before. It will comprise all that is good, clean, novel, and wholesome in entertainment and instruction. No gambling. No immoral shows.

Lightning struck the railroad depot at Grabill, Ind., Saturday night, and it burned to the ground. Some small change and books were lost.

The group of gypsies in town Tuesday did not get much from Archbold. Citizens give them little attention. At Stryker they picked pockets, stole purses, and other items. The Fulton County sheriff overtook them in Stryker and made them give up $100 and costs for taking $90 from a Wauseon man.



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