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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002

Marilyn Rufenacht Yoder is the 2002 Archbold Citizen of the Year.

The written nomination wrote of her dedication to family, church, community, and the greater world community.

The Archbold Fire Department began offering Advanced Life Support service as of 5 pm, Monday.

Dennis Helmke, a police officer, demonstrates one of the trigger locks the department will give away. Helmke used a rubber gun for the demonstration. Officers use the rubber guns in training, according to a photograph.

Grisier Funeral Homes of Stryker, Archbold, and Wauseon have purchased the Miller Funeral Home in Delta.

Village income tax so far this year eclipsed $3.5 million.

David Finn was the newest member of the Delta Fine Arts Association to take part in its show, Saturday, Oct. 5.

Deaths– Betty R. Riegsecker, 79, Archbold; Robert L. Stewart, 67, Ridgeville Corners; Frances Beck, 87, Grabill, Ind.

The Norfolk Southern locomotive carrying an Operation Lifesaver logo pulled a passenger car carrying law enforcement, government, media, and other officials through Archbold twice on Tuesday as part of the Offi- cer on the Train detail.

According to the Barnesville Enterprise newspaper, the largest pumpkin at their Pumpkin Festival weighed 797.5 pounds. The winner of the tobacco-spitting contest spat 20 feet, 3 inches.

Justin Crites became only the second runner in NWOAL history to win three consecutive league cross country championships.

Mike Overmier walked away with the top kart racing prize in the stock heavy class at the Buckeye Nationals, Saturday, Oct. 5, at Edon.

Ed and Theo Yoder are recent recipients of a Culture of Service award at Goshen College.

Kevin Bostelman, AHS ‘98, is leading the Adrian College team in rushing this fall. In the Bulldogs’ first five games, he recorded 627 yards rushing.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1987

There is talk of a teacher strike at Northwest Technical College. The board of trustees rejected a fact finder’s report that called for an average salary increase of 10.4 percent for the college instructors.

Workmen were cleaning an oil spill from Flat Run Creek beginning Sunday night. The spill was the result of operations at the La Choy Food Products plant.

When Dad retired, we bought him a fishing pole, a dinner, and the store, according to a three-column advertisement. Lee and Dean Sauder, brothers, announce the new ownership of Sauder’s TV & Appliance, Inc.

Bud Hitt was quoted in the USA Today Oct. 9 issue. “I will not give Jim Bakker (former Praise The Lord leader involved in a sex-andmoney scandal) a cent. If he came back, this place (the PTL Ministry) would go under in 30 days. Ninety percent of the people don’t want him back,” he said.

John Wilson, director of personnel, Sauder Woodworking Company, and Erie Sauder, founder, took part in the introduction of a new Ohio product at Northwest Technical College, Sunday.

Peter Short, a school board member, presented Commercial Club members with copies of the information concerning the proposed $8 million high school tax levy to run for 23 years.

Joyce Geiger, an AHS student, is designated a commercial student in the 1988 National Merit Scholarship Program and will receive a letter of commendation in recognition of outstanding academic promise.

Deaths– Mary Short, 96, Archbold; Ralph Lemon, 84, Wauseon; Calvin L. Manifold, 68, Edon

50th Wedding– Floyd and Mary Burkholder, Oct. 24, 1937

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1962

When Harold Lloyd of Stryker discovered his driver license had expired a year ago, he was prompted by his friends at Eckert Packing Co., to drive his horse and buggy to work. Early Friday morning, Mr. Lloyd hitched Dobbin to the buggy and rolled to work, getting there just in time.

Reigning at Homecoming festivities in Ruihley Park Friday night are Helen Nofziger, queen, and attendants Bonnie King, sophomore: Elaine Aeschliman, freshman; Brenda Lauber, junior; Jeanne Yoder, eighth grade; Jill Dominique, seventh.

The fifth annual College Night program for all Fulton County high schools is to be held at Wauseon High School, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Representatives from 12 colleges and universities have been invited to attend.

Archie Fielitz advertises an open house at The House That Fielitz Built on Lindau Road in the Lugbill Addition, Sunday.

A series of revival and evangelistic meetings will be held at Central Mennonite Church, Oct. 21-28.

Lester Stoltzfus fell 25 feet in a silo while working in Lansing, Mich., last week. He fractured his left arm and several ribs.

Danelda phoned her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sauder, Monday evening to inform them she had returned to La Junta, Colo., safely following her experiences during the storm that hit Oregon, California, Washington, and British Columbia.

Dean’s list: Elaine Nofziger, a senior at Adrian College.

James Pilbeam, an AHS freshman, gave a talk on his science project, herptology (snakes), before the science class at Adrian College, Tuesday.

Curt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Baer, enrolled at Tri-State College.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1937

Professor Clark M. Garber, a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Aungst, who spent nine years in Alaska with the Eskimos, gave an address before members of the Woman’s Reading Club, Monday evening.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in Archbold Tuesday evening, when the train he was riding passed the main street crossing at about 6:55 pm. Many people were at the crossing to get a glimpse of the president’s train as it sped through town.

Members of the Homecoming committee have planned a community-wide picnic in Ruihley Park, Friday evening. There will be a baseball game between the East and West side; musical entertainment; and entertainment for everyone is promised. Business places will close at 3 pm for the remainder of the day because of the community picnic.

The following students were selected to serve in producing the Archbold 1937-38 yearbook: Velma Stuckey, editor-in-chief; Kathryn Hinderer, editor; Robert Mahler, Clifford Heer, Maynard Short, business managers; Katherine Wyse, art editor; Fannie Nofziger, Frederick Winzeler, sports editors; Marilyn Taylor, photography; Harry Neuhauser, society editor; Esther Bock, alumni; Jesse Ringenberg, calendar; Ilva Short, classes; William Gigax, jokes; Flossie Roth, music.

Although 68 new cases of infantile paralysis were reported in Ohio during the 12-day period ending Sept. 30, there is apparently no danger of an epidemic, according to the State Department of Health.

What might have been a big loss to the many growers of alfalfa in this community last summer due to excessive rains, became a profit for many farmers due to the new alfalfa mill at Stryker.

When employer and laborer war, the public takes the blows.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1912

A lady went to an Archbold printing office and got some gum paper to label her fruit jars. She was told to moisten the label with a little saliva.

Then she went to a drug store and asked for five cents worth of saliva.

Don’t say there is no such thing as a burning hell when Billy Sunday can collect $30,000 a year telling about it.

Mrs. C. Woodman, wearing trousers and a long coat, rode to Archbold on a motorcycle and stopped at the garage on main street.

She said this looks like the finest farming community she has ever seen. She is not advertising anything, just riding because she likes it.

Since leaving New York, she has been arrested only once, for speeding. Her worst enemies are dogs.

The varied interests of the city would crush the farmer’s greatest friend, the country newspaper. City merchants want the country newspapers with advertisements from country merchants out of the way.

Mail order businesses send out letters depreciating advertising in hometown newspapers.

Merchants who use space judiciously in the hometown press will find plenty of customers.

At Elyria, Ohio, they are putting on a chorus of pretty girls in short skirts to raise money for church charity.

All the men quit working on the Stryker Street pavement, Saturday. Some said the wanted to lay off a few days. Anyhow, the delay is beginning to look serious.

Friday, Oct. 11, 1912

Two tramps are in jail in Bryan. They were put off a passenger train and threw stones at the Pullman cars for revenge.

William Abscorn, of near Stryker, had an over-ambitious middle toe on one foot. The toe would not stay down with the other members and the nail grew above the others.

One day recently, William made an unexpected move with the corn cutter, and now the toe will bother no more.

William C. Morgan has been living a number of years in Akron with two wives under the same roof.

One wife has six children; the other, two. The first and real wife of Morgan welcomed the second woman to the home, and they lived happily together.

Now the neighbors are interfering and want to get Morgan and his family before the grand jury.

One of the latest inventions for farmers is an electric light plant driven by a gasoline engine.

When the farmer wants electric lights he presses a button which starts the engine and dynamo, and in a few seconds he can twist a switch and enjoy the lights. The entire outfit costs less than an automobile.

More talk in connection with the proposed extensions of the Toledo & Indiana electric railroad from Bryan to Montpelier and Waterloo was heard here the past few days, following a trip by the officials of the road over the two routes.

Smoking mixtures are due to fall in price. The cabbage and alfalfa crops are large.

A Pettisville man has dug up a potato that looks like Roosevelt. Let him take it to office of the Wauseon Republican.

A Cleveland clergyman says he is in favor of early marriages. Better early than not at all, he thinks.



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