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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002

The Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities is planning a $434,000 expansion to its Ottokee Street facility in Wauseon, to provide additional sheltered workshop space.

Dean Beck, FCHC administrator, said the hospital ended 2001 with a deficit of $902,000. “We did not have a good year,” he said.

Residential property values are up 15% to 20% on average in Fulton County, according to Nancy Yackee, county auditor.

Dennis Hale, county treasurer, is serving as honorary chairman of the 2002 United Way. Gina Saaf, Wauseon, is executive director.

Everett Ricker retires after 40 plus years, according to an advertisement.

Deaths– Maurice E. Beck, 83, Leo-Cedarville, Ind.

David Bennett helps put together picnic tables for use in the Pettisville Park. FFA members put together 13 tables as a community service.

Steve VanSickle, Michael D. Short, and Michelle Johnson, ACT board members, helped roast Bill Phelps, Sept. 9, after he received the Mary Short Award, according to a photograph.

Mike Wagner coaches the Teal soccer team and Bill Bontrager coaches the Orange team for the Archbold Parks and Recreation first and second grade program.

Luke Yoder, a sophomore at Goshen College, is headed to Denver, Colo., to spend the summer at First Mennonite Church in the ministry inquiry program. He is the son of Timothy and Sarah.

If the St. Rt. 66-US20A intersection passes final inspection today, traffic signals will start signaling stop and go.

Leah Meyer and Jane Beck hit backhanded shots in AHS girls tennis action, according to photographs.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1987

Mark Stevens, AHS ‘87, accepted a golf scholarship to Edison Community College, Fort Myers, Fla.

Wet and weary, firefighters Steve Pape, Chris Neuenschwander, and Graeme Lauber, Sr., take part in fighting a fire at Sauder Woodworking the morning of Sept. 16, according to a photograph.

Sludge disposal in Fulton County must now be approved by the Ohio EPA and Fulton County Health Department.

“It is going to increase our cost slightly,” said Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator. “It will be more paperwork.”

Studying the possibility of extending Lafayette Street west to Co. Rd. 24 was a job that council assigned to Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator.

Tim Dominique was sworn in as a new village councilman Monday evening. He replaces Robert Ludy, councilman, who was found dead in his home Sept. 13.

Work started Monday morning on repairing the cornice of the Municipal Building.

Archbold school board was given information about new state-mandated testing for high school students.

Laws passed by the state legislature will mean an end to “one-size-fits-all high school diplomas” by 1994.

Delbert Latta, congressman, was released from Cleveland Clinic, Saturday. He was hospitalized Thursday for tests related to hypertension. He had triple-bypass surgery in February 1986.

“For the past three years we’ve been the fastest growing two-year college in the state,” said James O. Miller, president, Northwest Technical College.

Deaths– Martha Otte, 85, Ridgeville Corners; Dallas L. Cornett, 70, Marysville; David A. Carlin, 37, Bryan; Audrey Warner, 66, Stryker

Wedding Anniversaries– Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Beck, Sept. 28, 1922, 65th; Rolland and Delila Wyse, 50th; Ron and Sandy Sweinhagen, Sept 26, 1962, 25th; Wayne and Vivian Kruse, Sept. 22, 1962, 25th

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1962

Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Frey and a student at Pettisville High School, is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Test, according to Mark Ray, principal.

Sherman Taylor left Sunday to attend the Seattle World’s Fair.

Scott Theatre will reopen for the fall and winter season, Oct. 4-5-6, according to an advertisement.

The Archbold chapter of the Women’s Auxiliary of Detwiler Hospital will meet Thursday in the home of Mrs. Paul Ruffer to organize for another year of service.

The Archbold Fire Department set fire to the barn on the Arthur Siegel farm Monday evening to make way for Fairlawn Haven.

Ralph Stuckey was the winner of the Class B freefor all horseshoe pitching trophy at the Hillsdale County Fair, Sept. 23.

Five members of the Business and Professional Women Club attended a leadership symposium in Findlay, Sunday: Myrtie Murphy, Frieda Nofziger, Evelyn Rupp, Mrs. Carl Schmucker, Gladys Winzeler.

The first concrete was poured Tuesday to replace the pitted sidewalk and curbing around the Town & Township Hall building, which is being replaced by Paul Ruffer, local contractor.

A search is ongoing for Ralph Worley, 40, Wauseon, a bachelor who lived alone and has been missing since Sept. 15.

Gene Bridges, former AHS baseball pitcher, has signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers baseball team and will report to spring training at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February.

Coffee Break, a threeyear old pacer owned by C&M Stable, placed second in both heats at the Little Brown Jug, Delaware, which were won by Lehigh Hanover. Coffee Break led in the second race and was nipped at the wire.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1937

Mrs. Margaret Nofziger will leave on Saturday for New York City, where she will board the USS Washington for a trip to Europe. She will be with a large party on the third American Legion Pilgrimage to Europe. She will be gone two months and will visit England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium.

Jacob Short broke a leg and had other injuries, and Mrs. Short was injured, when their automobile collided Sunday at noon with one driven by Mr. Wanner. Jacob was taken to the hospital. A corn crop blocked his view at a country intersection.

Miss Elsie Rupp will speak in the Wednesday evening service tonight in the Missionary Church. She will tell of her missionary work in South America, and will show lantern slides.

Lois Fees, of Cleveland, is the new teacher of music in Archbold public schools.

The Titanic, 114 North Defiance Street, a low frame building on the east side of main street and for years a landmark in Archbold, was torn down last week by Henry Nofzinger. In its place on the lot now owned by J.D. Polite, Nofzinger will erect a new modern, brick building. Citizens have no regrets the Titanic is gone.

Archbold will hold a special observance Friday afternoon in the high school auditorium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

Peter J. Short thinks one of the abandoned little red country schoolhouses should be moved to Ruihley Park and equipped so that the next generation will be able to see and judge the educational facilities of their ancestors.

Roy Nofziger bought the Fred Schultz 60-acre farm, 1 1/2 miles southeast of Pettisville, for $125 an acre.

Biologists claim that almost every kind of plant life to be found in North America has been discovered in the north and southwestern sand dunes of Michigan.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1912

They are now turning waste material into broom handles at the Yoder Mill.

Orchard land near Los Angeles, Calif., is now selling at $1,000 an acre and up.

We have a new line of boys blouse waists for 25¢ and 50¢. Cheaper than you can make them.–Vernier & Roedel Clothing Store-adv.

Kendallville, Ind., will soon have a street paved with the new “Dallorway” paving. It is a material of cement and gravel covered with a coating of about an inch of tar and asphalt.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lauber and baby were badly shocked Saturday evening when Ray Chase ran into Lauber’s buggy with his automobile, north of town.

There are 275 pupils enrolled in the Archbold school system.

Edgerton council has granted a ten-year franchise to a local company for lighting the streets with electricity. The iron posts and the wires are underground.

The sheriff is after two men who were seen smashing two plate windows in the storefront of Nofzinger Jewelry Co., at Swanton.

It is said the best counsel is that of a woman.

The roof is already on the new residence of Ona Lantz, on Stryker Street.

Eicher & Short pay 23¢ for new laid eggs.–adv.

Friday, Sept. 13, 1912

A bunch of New York stock gamblers have gone down into old Mexico and have been stirring up trouble until the trouble has got beyond their control.

Now they are yelling for Uncle Sam to send soldiers to help them out, and the common people of this country can pay for it.

Congress has appropriated half a million dollars, which are to be divided among the states to be used in experimenting on road improvements. Ohio’s share will be $8,000. Congress must think Ohio is going to pave all the roads with gold on that $8,000.

Citizens are still waiting on council to adopt standard time as the official village time.

As it is, some whistles blow on one time and the others on another. Schools have one time and churches, another. Some clocks and watches are set to sun time and others to standard.

Let’s have one time and be done with it.

Marshal Snyder is giving the jail cells in the Town & Township Hall a coat of black paint, guaranteed to discourage all brands of bugs. The smell of the paint will remind the evildoers of the punishments to come in the hereafter.

The Archbold Fire Company has received five reels of hose. With such modern equipment the old Phoenix ought to do unusual squirting stunts.

Stryker Street has something of the appearance of a logging camp since they began cutting the big maple trees to make room for the new brick pavement.

F. Wonser and N.J. Rychener bought 29 head of cattle from Chicago, Monday. They are butcher stock.



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