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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002

The Lugbill Livestock steer sign was taken from the roof of the building before it was demolished. The sign has watched over Archbold since the 1950s and was donated to the Fulton County Fair Board. It will be restored by the Pettisville High School FFA and art department before being placed on permanent display.

If you lived in Archbold this summer, you know something about hot, hot weather and little rainfall.

Statistics from the wastewater treatment plant shows there were total of 42 days of 90 degree or hotter weather from June 22 to Sept. 19.

Stephanie Short, Goshen College history education major, spent the summer tracking how Nicaraguan earthquakes, El Salvadorian coups, and persistent Mexican unemployment have correlated with immigration to the Goshen area. She discovered some patterns.

Headlines– County Unemployment Plummets To 4.3%…. United Way Gains $6,000 In One Week

A full-page advertisement announces the grand opening of Archbold Hospital.

Deaths – Richard E. Meier, 79, Wauseon; Isabelle Coy Etchen, 94, Archbold

Garrett Miller uses his head with a header to a teammate in Pettisville’s soccer game against Stryker, according to a photograph.

Hundreds of people enjoyed music provided by praise bands in Ruihley Park, Sunday afternoon, as part of the Shalom Ministries Fest. Weather was perfect.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1987

Supporters of the proposed new Archbold High School were told to talk it up at a meeting Sunday, Oct. 4.

“Our appeal to you is to talk it up when you talk to your friends, relatives, and neighbors,” said David Lersch, superintendent, speaking to a group of about 53 people.

Northwest Technical College has no interest in purchasing the Ridgeville Corners school building, said James Miller, college president.

Archbold Park Board accepted a bid of more than $55,000 for a beach volleyball court, and council found the money to pay for it.

The Archbold Family Care Home opened Saturday, Oct. 3, with three handicapped men and two handicapped women taking up residence.

The name of Wilbur M. Wyse will not appear on the fall ballot. Wyse, a candidate for village council, was killed Sept. 23 in a car-motorcycle accident in Waterville.

Harold Meyer appeared before council Monday night to protest the location of the Russ Watson Insurance building parking lot.

Cal Short presented a check of $1,700 to Marvin Miller, president of the Archbold Area Foundation. Over 500 people from the area attended Archbold Community Night at the Mud Hens game in Toledo.

Short explained the project resulted from the effort to match a Tom Lauber contribution of $50,000 to the Foundation, challenging the community to match it.

An 80-acre farm located two miles west and two miles south of Archbold sold for $1,890 per acre, Saturday, to Ted Rupp, Stryker. The sellers were Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Ringenberg, Charleston, Ill.

Lester Nafziger stands next to his gift, a solid walnut doll cradle, for the Sunshine Children’s Home auction, according to a photograph.

Deaths– Jeffrey G. Miller, 24, Napoleon; Oscar A. Eicher, 77, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Jay Nofziger, 62, Archbold; Iva Wentz Mohr, 84, Swanton; Alfred D. Schmucker, 88, Stryker; Melvin J. Bleeks, 64, Evansport; Chester J. Stuckey, 76, West Unity

25th Wedding Anniversary– Roger and Sandra Miller, Oct. 7, 1962.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1962

Coffee Break, a threeyear old record holding pacer owned by C&M Stable, won the $8,700 Poplar Hill Pace at the Lexington, Ky., Trots, Thursday afternoon. It was his final race of the season.

Coffee Break set a twoyear old record of 1:58 in 1961 at Springfield and this year on the same mile track turned in the fastest 1:57 mile of any horse racing in the United States. Coffee Break is recognized nationally as “the harness horse of the Year.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Montpelier for the new bridge over the Wabash Railroad, Sunday afternoon.

Donald Wolfe, assistant managing editor, Toledo Blade, will be the guest speaker at a joint meeting of Community Commercial Club, Archbold Rotary, and Lions Clubs, Thursday evening, Oct. 11.

Ronald Lehman, 35, his wife, Doris, 33, and parents, Dewey, 63, and Fern, 62, all of Archbold, received burns Sunday afternoon in a gas explosion and flash fire at a Hamilton Lake cottage.

Susan Fielitz and Phyllis Schrock have been chosen to play in an all-area band, which will perform for the district meeting of teachers in Toledo, Oct. 26.

Dick Rufenacht announces in an advertisement the opening of Archbold Auto Supply, 800 Stryker Street.

Donna Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gisel, is one of 71 young women students enrolled in the nursing program at West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park, Ill.

Janet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford C. Nofziger, and Mrs. Ilva Wyse, have completed a year at the Practical Nurses Training Center in Toledo.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Truth always is scarce, and a priceless commodity…. Income taxes take a big bite out of salaries. In 1913, the income tax on $5,000 was $10; in 1912, $68; in 1960, $520.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1937

A two-column photograph on the front page shows the many buildings of Lugbill Livestock Auction. It is the fastest growing business in Archbold and attracts hundreds of people to the village every sales day. Sale days have become busy business days for downtown retail merchants.

Local school officials were called to the county superintendent office Thursday afternoon for a roundtable discussion with the state high school inspector, E.M. Shelton.

The main topic of interest was how to keep improving the school system. Everyone agreed more and more emphasis must be spent on reading improvements. They said all first grade pupils should read a minimum of 12 books the first year.

After a chicken dinner feast, members of Archbold Community Commercial Club talked about the possibility of moving a Little Red Schoolhouse to Ruihley Park for posterity. Park board members are interested in the project.

The killing of a million or more Chinamen will not make a serious hole in the Chinese population. China can keep sending soldiers to the battlefields of the world at the present rate, until the world gets tired of fighting.

If all the adherents would live up to all the tenets of all religions, this would be a grand world in which to live.

A three-column photograph shows Aaron Short and Dewey Stuckey threshing on the farm, west of Archbold. Short’s straw was run in the barn while Stuckey’s was run onto a stack in the barnyard.

Two photographs show the new four-page Miehle printing press that now prints the Archbold Buckeye. It is doing excellent and makes the newspaper look better, and it’s easier to produce the newspaper.

Prosperity starts with work.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1912

The gypsy protects her virtue with dirty garments and ill smelling herbs. The Native American finds they are safer and allowed some freedom when clothed in rags and vermin. So the politicians keep decent men away from public office by making it as vile and offensive as possible.

Tuesday was a busy day for the county commissioners. There was a bond sale, road sale, and bridge sale all in the same day.

E.A. Murbach is making some valuable improvements to his medical office building.

The four prisoners who sawed themselves out of the Lucas County Jail proved there is no such thing as a tool-proof jail. The prison was of the newest type.

About every business house of Cleveland has printed upon its stationary these words: “Sixth City.” If the Sixth City of the United States is not above boosting itself, why should a village like Archbold hesitate?

About 150 men are busy laying double track on the Wabash Railroad between Alvordton and Montpelier.

In abolishing child labor the reformers should be careful not to make mother wash all the dishes and wipe them, too.

Defiance poultry farmers are forming an association to go after poultry thieves. Some farmers have lost as many as 400 chickens stolen in one night.

Coal has taken another jump in price. Those who did not order hard coal early in the season may find diffi- culty in getting a supply at any price.

Friday, Sept. 27, 1912

The sugar beet crop is said to be the largest in history, and the railroads are straining every nerve to care for the crop. Beets brought to Archbold test higher than ever before.

There are sugar beet factories in Blissfield, Paulding, Fremont, and Findlay, and two new ones under construction in Toledo.

If the boys who were in A.W. Heer’s melon patch had come in the daytime, they could have had better melons.

It took 85 pounds of bologna, a wagonload of bread, and a load of watermelons to satisfy the hunger of the crowd that attended the Leatherman sale.

Paul Mohr and Joseph Beck traded horses, and each thinks he bettered himself.

All those who planted corn early in Henry County have been cutting it. Must be because Henry County is wetter than Fulton.

As evidence that the world is getting better we call attention to the fact that it has been some time since we have seen four drunken men trying to pass each other in buggies in Archbold at the same time.

The people who do the most good in the world don’t always make the most money. There are the minister, the schoolteacher, and the editor, for instance.

Two hundred schoolteachers in the city of Grand Rapids, Mich., will quit in a body if they are not paid more money.

Dance at the Opera House on Saturday evening. Smith’s Orchestra from Brailey will furnish music.

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