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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002

Young Spring & Wire is adding more products and employees, while the parent company will close some operations.

Ron Bahler, general manager, said Leggett & Platt “is consolidating some operations and moving some less profitable ones into one. There is no big downsizing,” he said. Locally, the move will have no effect.

Demolition of the former Lugbill Livestock building continues. Workmen are trying to save all the large timber beams.

Bill Swigart, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said he will not seek reelection to the job he has held since 1978.

Carolyn Gisel, Penny Reed, and Merle Gisel had a tasty perk when they judged pies at Sauder Village.

Merle and Marlene Beck live in a log house on Co. Rd. 20, west of Pettisville. The house is made from 6×12 inch hand-hewn logs, mostly hemlock. They are dovetailed to interlock at the corners. Insulation and chinking are between the logs.

A feature story describes how and why they built it in the Fall Home Improvement section of this newspaper.

The Four County Career Center Board of Education approved leasing a General Education Degree facility in Bryan. It is located at South Main Street and will be used for the GED program.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1987

There may be a tenant for the former Nofziger Door Sales building in the near future.

William Lovejoy, mayor, said a light manufacturing firm associated with a local industry is negotiating a lease.

There will be four mailings to voters in the Archbold Area School District urging citizens to say yes to an $8 million school bond issue. They will be one-page flyers, said David Lersch, superintendent.

It was experience that led William Lovejoy, mayor, to name Tim Dominique to council. “He has first-hand experience; he was an extremely effective councilman,” he said.

Lowell Rupp and Deryle Stiriz, county commissioners, signed a document creating the Northwest Ohio Corrections Commission, approving the jail in Fulton County.

Commissioner Al Kreuz, who changed his position on the jail from support to opposition, did not sign the document. Kreuz also alleged that the document was withheld from him.

Ray Childs has opened a fi- nancial planning service office at 1207 South Defiance St.

Deaths– Bertha Lauber, 90, Archbold; Viola Sauder, 81, Pettisville; Wilbur M. Wyse, 69, Archbold; Shirley Lou Dennis, 55, Fayette.

Char Sharp reached a milestone last week when she picked up her 300th victory coaching volleyball.

Ben Reed, Fulton County coroner, said Robert Ludy died of natural causes. His body was discovered in his home. Evidence indicates he had been dead about three weeks.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1962

Top price for a yearling colt was paid by the C&M Stable at the opening sale of standard bred yearlings at Lexington, Ky., Monday evening.

The Archbold stable paid $32,000 for a bay son of Good Time–Miss Marilyn.

St. Peter Catholic Church bell will join others of many parts of the world in ringing for ten minutes at 10 am, Thursday, Oct. 11, to signal the solemn opening of the second Vatican Ecumenical Council.

The Bryan branch of BGSU has enrolled 111 students. It is the first time enrollment has exceeded 100 since opening in 1957.

Several hundred citizens participated in the Fairlawn Haven groundbreaking ceremony in perfect weather Sunday, Sept. 30.

Two long lines of citizens pulled on two long ropes attached to a walk-behind antique plow guided by John L. Short, chairman of the Fairlawn Haven building committee.

Over 50 Goshen College students will be in Archbold Thursday and Friday to work in industries, farms, and homes. This has been an annual project of Goshen students for several years. P.L. Frey, pastor of Zion Mennonite Church, was principal speaker.

Steve Dreffer, Montpelier, is in the starting lineup for Buckeye coach Woody Hayes.

Steve, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Montpelier, nailed down the left guard linebacker spot on the defensive unit. Hayes moved Dreffer from center to linebacker. “Dreffer is a tough little customer, and could be a defensive specialist,” Hayes said.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1937

Over half a million dollars has been added to the tax value of Fulton County real estate, according to M.E. Mattern, auditor.

Imogene Harvey is champion of the 4-H Home Furnishings competition at the Ohio State Fair.

William T. Murbach will enter the University of Michigan this fall to study medicine and surgery. He is the fifth member of the family to study medicine there…. Bessie Short has entered nurses training at Flower Hospital, Toledo…. Earl Roth will enter his fourth year at Ohio State University.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Werder and Mrs. Margaret Nofziger left Saturday to attend the American Legion convention at New York City. Mrs. Nofziger will sail to Europe and the Werders will return home on Thursday.

The Titanic building, 114 North Defiance Street, will be torn down by J.D. Polite. He intends to build a new two-story brick building for a tavern on the street level, with a modern apartment overhead, for his living quarters.

It is well over 50 years old and is one of the last frame business buildings in the downtown. It has become a main street eyesore for many years.

The Wabash railroad that crosses a state highway at Blakeslee will be eliminated by constructing an underpass. It has been the scene of many fatal train/vehicle crashes.

Some time ago, Blakeslee village passed a resolution stating that public interest demands a grade separation at that point, and the village pledged to pay a portion of the construction.

It has been approved by the federal Bureau of Public Works. Cost is estimated at $75,000.

In the first six months of 1937, Fulton County was one of four counties to show an increase in the sale of tax stamps.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1912

Bank deposits are constantly growing in the Archbold banks. This is an encouraging sign.

More people are saving and more are using the banks for checking account purposes than formerly. The man with a checking account has the right to make money of his own.

That is, he may take a piece of paper of no great value and make it worth money, while at the same time the money it represents is working for someone else.

The more people use the banks, the more money there will be in circulation and the greater the prosperity of the community.

Albert M. Buehrer, administrator of the estate of Silas Lichty, has brought suit against Peter Yoder for $10,000 damages for the death of Silas.

It is alleged that Lichty was employed by Yoder as a farm hand, and that Lichty, who was only 17, was put to work at buzzing wood with a dangerous machine, which caused Lichty’s death.

At the last meeting of the Fulton County Medical Society, the doctors had no opinions to offer regarding hay fever and asthma.

Napoleon council won’t allow the Auglaize Power Company to run wires through that town.

There was a butter famine in Archbold, Friday. Dealers had some butter but they were afraid to sell it as they were likely to get it back.

Jacob Ehrat paid $15 for two sections of land in Canada. He has been offered $23, but may sell for $25, especially if the crop of wheat can be harvested.

It has been wet in that neighborhood, but the present fine weather ought to bring crops around. Jacob’s land is in the heart of a good farming district and only four miles from a railroad.

Friday, Sept. 20, 1912

An agent for a gasoline tractor was in town one day this week, but no one was interested in the agency. A tractor is a kind of automobile to use in place of horses. They are not yet as popular as the makers would like. It might be said, it’s a horse with wheels.

The Missionary meeting of the St. Jacobs Lutheran Church will be held in John Leininger’s Grove Sunday.

The trouble-telling customer is begging for sympathy and has few personal friends upon whom he can unfold his tale of woe.

The insulting customer is always scheming to give the businessman the worst of the deal. When he’s in your store watch him carefully, because he’ll steal more than he buys.

Eight thousand suits for divorce were filed in the courts of Ohio during the year ending July 1. At the same time the number of marriages decreased five percent.

Seventeen men cut down a maple tree on Stryker Street the other day.

One man chopped and 16 stood nearby and offered discouraging advice.

Someone telephoned the Buckeye the other day and wanted to know how to prevent cats from keeping one awake at night.

Try putting cotton batting in the ears.



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