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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002

Rusty Brunicardi, president and CEO of Community Hospitals of Williams County, told Chamber members that seven beds should be available at the Westfield Medical Center by the end of the year.

It will officially become known as Archbold Hospital and Medical Center.

Archbold Medical Group will retain its offices and examination rooms on the east side of the $10 million building. There will be an open house, Sunday, Oct. 6.

The former Michigan Livestock Lugbill Brothers auction barn on South Defiance Street will disappear. Don Williams, of D&R Demolition & Removal, Archbold, said as much of the building as possible will be recycled.

Three intersections on Co. Rd. 24 will become four-way stops starting Oct. 1.

German Township Trustees wonder with improvements to the intersection of St. Rt. 66 and US20A, will Archbold Rescue prefer using Co. Rd. 24 or St. Rt. 66 to go north?

For the tenth straight year, the Fulton County Fair set a new attendance record of 249,445.

Bill Phelps received the Archbold Community Theatre Mary Short award, Monday evening. He is a former ACT president and current board member.

Ryan and Trent Hoverman, sons of Phil and Carla, are members of the Ohio State University marching band this fall.

Deaths– Rose Magginnis, 75, Auburn, Ind.; Alice W. Trudel, 90, Prescott, Ariz.

Ryan Bernath was named to the all-tournament team after shooting a 75 at the Panther Golf Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 7. He finished second individually.

Headline– Mark Frey Sweeps In First Kart Race

Jason Waldvogel told the Pettisville school board about a new rewards program that is being implemented in the elementary.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1987

United Way officers are Tom Roth, president; Marvin D. Miller, vice president; Cathy Laub, secretary; Keith Short, Paul Cartwright, Steven Nafziger, Brent Winzeler, board members.

The panther still roams. “It was bigger than a fox, but not as large as a collie. I’m not sure what it was,” said Maurice Clark, West Unity, a fur dealer.

“In my own mind I’m positive it wasn’t a dog. It was too fast and smooth moving across the road.

“It was just after daybreak. I was on my way to work around quarter to seven. It all happened so fast.

“I was driving at the west end of Harrison Lake. The animal crossed the east and west road about 75 to 100 yards ahead. It took a couple of jumps across both ditches.”

The 130th county fair attendance was down 13,599 from 1986.

David Lersch, superintendent of Archbold schools, told board members the architects incorporated one more classroom into the new school building plan, along with one more lecture area.

Archbold motorists will be spared a new tax when they register their vehicles. Village council decided not to enact a new $5 permissive tax on motor vehicles at its Sept. 8 meeting.

4-H members who competed at the Ohio State Fair are Tami Rutledge, top 10 in dog obedience; Lynn Miller and Stacie Leupp, top 10 in horse showing; Jenny Henry, four places in floral judging.

Gloria Gaylor, public utilities commissioner, heard 50 persons speak on a proposed $131-million Toledo Edison rateincreaseina41/2-hour public hearing at Defiance, Sept. 10. David Skinner, Archbold councilman, testifi ed.

50th Anniversary– Cletus and Ella Miller, Sept. 16; 40th Anniversary– Marlin and Marie Wyse, Sept 20; Wayne and Mabel Wyse, Sept. 21

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1962

Higher market prices increased the gross receipts at the Lugbill Bros., Inc., 25th anniversary 4-H, FFA, and Fat Cattle Show & Sale, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A total of 2,068 head of fat cattle were sold for a gross of $640,292.24.

Coffee Break, record-holding three-year-old pacer owned by the C&M Stable, drew the fourth position in the first division of the 17th annual Little Brown Jug $74,038 Classic to be run Thursday afternoon at the Delaware County Fair.

Archbold Methodist Church will build additional facilities to include a new sanctuary and Christian education space, at a cost of approximately $140,000. Ralph Peters and Ralph Baldwin are co-chairman of the building campaign committee. Gordan E. Tatman is the pastor.

Fifteen firms bid on contract work to construct Fairlawn Haven. Bids were opened Wednesday afternoon. The facility is being sponsored by 13 Mennonite churches. It will be built on the 38-acre farm on East Lutz Road purchased from Arthur Siegel.

The Sabin oral vaccine was administered Sunday to 9,415 residents of Fulton County.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– People go on vacations and find the same kind of nice folks they left back home…. Whatever your age, be thankful for a long life in a wonderful world amidst relatives and friends and good neighbors.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1937

Fred N. Yedica, who bought the King farm at the north edge of Archbold, finds that he paid about $500 an acre for the six acres, buildings and all. He believes that is the highest price per acre for land around here.

Two runaway girls were picked up by Fulton County officers, and held for their parents. The girls were hitchhiking around the country with no particular destination. Both are from Fayetteville, Pa.

Fulton County school enumeration has been compiled by county auditor Mattern, and it is known that within Fulton County there are 5,364 children of school age living the county. Archbold has 270.

Miss Wauneta Wyse, daughter of Mrs. Ray Wyse, won the county 4-H Club Health contest and a trip to the Ohio State Fair last week.

The farms of the Jacob R. Nofziger estate sold at auction, Tuesday afternoon. The Lockport farm of 80 acres sold to Wilmer Nofziger for $125 an acre. The farm at Lena Corner sold to Lloyd Nofziger at $140 an acre. The homestead farm sold to Jesse Nofziger at $154.25 an acre.

Miss Imogene Harvey of the Archbold Gingham Girls 4-H Club won the highest honors at state fair judging, and will go to Chicago in October.

Fulton County will lose the benefit of the WPA program.

Lugbill Brothers have added one facility after another as they keep growing. Their new slaughterhouse has refrigeration rooms kept at 34 degrees. The blood and refuse run into hidden septic tanks and no pollution passes to Brush Creek nearby.

Fountain Grove Cemetery at Bryan has 8,500 graves and is 57 years old.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1912

Some of the huge oak logs that were brought to the Gotshall Mill yard, at the east end of Depot Street, are exciting wonders of the earth.

The Grabill (Ind.) Review is honoring the convention of the Missionary Church by publishing a daily newspaper during the convention.

Adolph Gerber, son-in-law of F. Wonser, has finished his musical training and is to have charge of the music department of the Fort Wayne Bible School.

Mrs. George Valentine, of Napoleon, has not spoken above a whisper in nine years. When she heard of her daughter’s death she screamed and has been able to talk in a normal tone.

The son of Rev. Oyer, of the Fort Wayne Bible School, caught his foot in a wagon wheel. His leg was amputated, but the boy’s recovery is doubtful.

St. John’s Reformed Church will hold its annual mission and harvest home festival Sept. 1. The Rev. F.W. Ruprow, of Detroit, will speak the morning service in German, and the evening service in English.

There probably will be citizens who regret that the Stryker Street pavement is narrow, but the council did what it was compelled by the limitations of the law to bring the assessments within the law. It took some close figuring, but the pavement is being laid.

A horse running away at full speed and a young man in the buggy helpless with a broken line shocked citizens on main street Friday noon.

The son of Rudolph Yoder let the horse run north until the animal had enough. This is the modern way of treating runaway horses. Let them run.

Friday, Sept. 6, 1912

German Township Trustees began improvements on the Stryker road yesterday. The trustees and Archbold council are working in harmony, a thing of which citizens highly approve. Let there be more cooperation in all lines of local endeavor.

While you are rolling, tossing, and tumbling about trying to sleep on a hot night, you can find consolation in the thought that it is good for the corn.

The more we respect money and property, and the less we respect learning and virtue, the nearer we are to heathenism.

It has been some time since Archbold people stood in line waiting for a quack doctor to say words over them. The world is getting better.

Last year Fulton County received $6,500 in automobile tax money, which was spent on the roads of the county.

There now are more machines and they will cost something like $7,000 each.

Archbold schools opened Tuesday with a full corps of teachers. There are quite a number of new and additional pupils in all rooms, and especially in the high school.

At the convention of the Missionary Church at Grabill, Ind., Rev. A.E. Witmer was returned to the Archbold circuit. During the convention the Sunshine Makers, 240 boys and girls, took a prominent part in the program. This body of young folks raised $1,300 for foreign missions.

The nearer corn harvest approaches, the greater the chances for a record-breaking crop. Nature certainly is getting good to men. It may be because men are getting better at farming.



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