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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002

Bob Linden, 83, Lansdale, Pa., could have the largest photograph collection in existence of the two New York City World Trade Center Towers.

He is an amateur photographer. His wife, Betty, is a niece to the late preacher William Rupp. Linden took thousands of photos when the building was under construction and after its completion.

The Fulton County Health Department said Tuesday that the first probable human case of West Nile Virus in the county has been reported, and a second is suspected. We were surprised there were no cases last year.

German Township Trustees decided to delay changes in stop signs on Co. Rd. 24 after motorists ignored the first new sign trustees installed on Co. Rd. G.

The Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities granted the Fulton County Board a three-year accreditation for its program.

One Fulton County group is considering asking voters to consider a referendum that would ban smoking in public places.

A home in Pettisville owned by Maurice E. and Dorothy Nafziger was sold at public auction, Saturday. The selling price was $85,500. It was purchased by Robert and Karen Gomez, Archbold.

Proposed new school facilities proposed by the Ohio School Facilities Commission were rejected by the Pettisville School Board, Monday night, Oct. 14.

Deaths– Charity Crossgrove, 88, Archbold; Catherine Nofziger, 69, Tavares, Fla.; John V. McCullough, Sr., 58, Delta

50th Wedding Anniversary– Marlin and Bueta Yoder, Oct. 18, 1952

Whitney and Jordan Beck have entered four head of market lambs in the sheep division of the 29th annual North American International Livestock Exposition, Nov 9-22.

Headline– PHS Cross Country Teams Advance To Regional

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1987

The former Nofziger Door Sales building, one mile north of town, will become an incubator for a fledging company as a result of Council action. Ohio Cellular Products could bring 50 to 65 new jobs to the Archbold area.

Fulton County voter registration is down by 312, or 1.5%, from 20,535 in the fall 1986 election.

The Ohio EPA, the Fulton County Disaster Services Agency, Lowell Rupp, county commissioner, and Steve Lange, township trustee, were involved in cleaning the Flat Run Creek oil spill.

Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Archbold, filed foreclosure papers against Archbold Carriers, Wauseon.

Deaths– Margaret Cupler, 85, formerly of Archbold; Trinidad C. Jaramillo, 69, Pettisville

Jim Rice, AHS ‘56, who lives in the Santa Clara Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., said, “I was out there when there was not that much. Lockheed was there, Sylvania was there, and Fairchild Semi-Conductor. Now, everyone is there. There are so many little companies I don’t know who all’s there.”

Mutterings– Praising children might pay bigger dividends than paddling them…. Stores across America are displaying and selling stoves that will burn shelled corn…. Tossing hats out of the political ring has become a great American pastime.

Scott Nafziger, AHS ‘86, is playing soccer for the Bluffton

College Beavers this fall.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1962

Jennifer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Detter, took the family relic, an old muzzleloader, loaded it with black powder and cap. She went into the woods and shot a fox squirrel and kept on her feet in spite of the kick.

Earn Degrees– Indiana University: Walter Treadway, Master’s in Education; J. Michael Walker, Master’s in Health and Safety.

James Carpenter, 24, Hudson, Mich., who was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with robbing the Farmers State Bank, Fayette, is being held in the Lucas County Jail.

Snow and hail, the first of the season, fell on Archbold Tuesday afternoon.

Dean’s List: Mary Wyse, Defiance College

Roger E., son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beck, completed an eight-week automotive course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The latest US census figures show that 79 percent of farm operators own all or part of their land.

Hay has come of age. From the relative obscurity of the back pasture, hay has moved into some of the nation’s best cropland and become the number one feed for dairy and beef cattle.

Before a farmer decides to use irrigation on crops, he should determine if the soils being irrigated are those that will pay substantial dividends with additional water.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Political oratory is a poor substitute for accomplishments…. The politician, who can out-billion all others, will win if we continue to be gullible…. Five million automobiles and trucks are sent to the scrap heap each year. That helps business and keeps damaged and old vehicles off the highways.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1937

The Community Picnic held in Ruihley Park Friday evening brought the largest crowd of residents to the park in many years.

Former resident and pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, P. Kluepfel, now of Perrysburg. will be the keynote speaker at the Community Commercial Club in the Legion Hall Thursday evening, Oct. 14.

The English department of Archbold High School is sponsoring a writing contest that continues throughout the school year.

Big logs still appear randomly at Gotshall Saw Mill, near the T&I tracks. Workmen are sawing a big log 4 1/2 feet in diameter. The white oak is to be used to make boats for the Hacker Boat Works, Mt. Clemens, Mich.

Miss Esther Bock, pupil of Mrs. Olga Stuempel Reighard, will give an organ recital Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Reformed Church.

D.V. Bailey, formerly of Archbold and now of Kalamazoo, Mich., called on Archbold friends, Friday. He saw many improvements in the village and many changes to the business district.

Mrs. Andrew Buehrer, who has spent the summer months with her daughter, Mrs. Lydia Buehrer, in Stryker, is expected to return to the Conrad Ziegler home this weekend to spend the winter months with her daughter. She will celebrate her 99th birthday, Oct. 15.

Archbold Public Library had 4,204 books in circulation during the hot months of July and August.

A fine new door with little display shelves on both sides was installed at the front entrance of Stotzer Hardware last week.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1912

After Nov. 1, men who enlist in the United States army will be obliged to serve seven years, rather than three– four years of actual service and three years on call duty. Men who have in mind joining the army are rushing in before the new law goes into effect.

When you give a professional beggar anything, he is not thankful but considers himself the wise guy and you, the sucker.

He so speaks of you to his associates and when he exchanges sucker lists with another beggar, your name is down for what you will fall for. The way to stop begging is to give nothing.

The land around Archbold raises 200 bushels of potatoes per acre. In other places they consider 100 bushels a fair crop. Perhaps farmers ought to raise more potatoes.

Ten indictments were returned by the Fulton County grand jury Tuesday afternoon.

Hog cholera is playing havoc with swine in the eastern part of German Township. Dan W. Nofzinger has lost 40 head. Albert Nofzinger, Charles Rychener, Aaron Gerig and others have had serious losses.

The state doctors are working in Putnam and other counties inspecting the new cholera serum, which is said to be quite successful.

Although the combination to the safe was written on a tag and hung on the safe door, burglars broke into the post office at Pioneer Tuesday night, broke the combination off the safe, but did not get it open. They got nothing.

There is music in the air. There is now an aeroplane that will carry a brass band of six pieces.

Friday, Oct. 18, 1912

A force of about 15 men began working on the Stryker Street pavement yesterday morning. The contractors are now a few days behind the scheduled time of completion.

Bohemian men and women beet weeders are earning $5 and more a day in the fields around Archbold, but it is a transient job and back-breaking work.

The T&I has purchased the Gass property east of the depot in Wauseon, and will erect a depot.

Burglars entered two hardware stores in Defiance Wednesday night and stole a lot of revolvers and small plunder.

Col. Theodore Roosevelt was resting easily in his bed in the hospital at Chicago yesterday morning. The doctors said if he lives past today with no symptoms of blood poison, he stands a good chance of continuing his eventful life. His speaking dates have been canceled.

Rev. Kluepfel delivered the graduation sermon Sunday evening. He spoke on the obedience of children, where many parents fail.

Charles Nofzinger fell from a ladder while working on the new barn at the Solomon Johnson place Monday morning. He hurt one foot and got a bad shaking up.

Thrashing is in progress around Elmira. Lou Bernath got 1,000 bushels from a 14 1/2 acres of oats.

Mr. Percell will move from Grabill, Ind., to the place Jonas Short bought from Harry Lauber.

There still is a shortage of men to work on the Stryker Street pavement.

Silk hats are common in eastern cities, but it has been a long time since we saw one worn on the streets in Archbold.



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