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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002

The two Fulton County men who were probably infected by the West Nile Virus have been released from FCHC.

Troy Double, maintenance supervisor of Archbold parks, and Kevin Wikstrom, Whitehouse, guide the Archbold Civil War cannon in its new coat of correct black paint onto its period-correct mount in Ruihley Park, Tuesday, according to a photograph.

Brian Rufenacht was crowned the Bluffton College 2002 Homecoming king, Oct. 5.

Amanda Lecklider celebrated her 21st birthday, according to a Buckeye happy ad.

Deaths– Rex Armstrong, 63, Liberty Center; Tony Hernandez, 73, Wauseon; Thomas Gilcher, 85, Kunkle; Donald T. Pile, 91, Archbold; Magdalene Schantz, 83, Wauseon

The Archbold Area School District is currently spending more money than it takes in, and is eating into its cash reserve to maintain operations.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said the district probably will need an operating levy sometime between 2005 and 2007.

Justin Crites, a senior, finished 16th at the Division II regional cross country meet.

Four Pettisville High School cross country runners qualifi ed for the Div. III state meet: Jamie Hamilton, a freshman; Danielle Rupp, a senior; Tyson Snyder, a junior; Jordon Bruner, a senior.

Matt Hines, a fire department emergency medical technician and firefighter, visited St. John’s United Church of Christ preschool with the Medic 12 rescue truck.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1987

The highest quilt bid at the 14th annual Sunshine Bazaar and Quilt Auction was $4,500 for ‘Sunshine Bouquet,’ designed by auxiliary members Mary Beham, Karen Rupp, and Sandra Tinsler.

It was one of 60 quilts auctioned.

Two positions on the Archbold School Board opened when incumbents Roger Rupp and Gary Hodges decided not to run again.

Seeking election to the board are Lynn Aschliman, Donald G. Kleck, Gene Roth, William G. Rupp, and Paul H. Schweinhagen.

Sandy Lugbill explains a math concept to daughter Lisa with the help of an abacus. Mother and daughter enter their third year of home schooling, according to a photograph.

A 23-year, 6.6-mill, $8 million bond issue to be used for a new Archbold High School building is the biggest money issue on the November ballot in Fulton County.

William E. Lovejoy, Archbold mayor, is under political challenge by newcomer Donald A. Young in the General Election.

Vond T. Hall, an AHS graduate, has been appointed Economic Development Director for the city and area of Greenfield, Ohio.

Deaths– James L. Deck, 61, West Unity; Clara Lenhart, 88, Defiance

Mutterings– When autumn tosses you a smile that’s all teeth and no feeling, beware; winter is not far away…. Ohio voters will be asked to approve 236 school levies at the Nov. 3 election.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1962

David Dominique, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Dominique, was rescued from flames in a storage shed at the La Choy Food Products plant Sunday afternoon, after suffering burns on his arms and chest. Mrs. Lillie Yedica, 63, suffered a heart attack and died.

David was visiting his grandmother, Mrs. Leander Dominique, who lives near the La Choy plant, and left the house with his bow and arrows to hunt rabbits.

A short time later fire was discovered in a shed, and the lad’s cries for help attracted Mrs. Dale Nofziger and her son, Lynn, who live nearby, and Mrs. Lillie Yedica, who had been a dinner guest in the Nofziger home.

They ran to the building, saw that David was trapped by the burning crates, and Mrs. Nofziger ran to a telephone to summon the Archbold Fire Department.

In the meantime, Mrs. Yedica, who was shocked by the sight of the trapped boy, suffered a heart attack and died.

Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Valiton, who live nearby, ran to the scene. Mr. Valiton lifted the crates and released the trapped boy, and Archbold firemen arrived and extinguished the blaze.

A new addition to Bil-Jax, Inc., is now under construction on the south side of the present factory building.

It will be 60×100 feet, made of block and steel and concrete construction. It will be used for shipping and storage and will have two truck wells.

Roger Rupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rupp, Fayette, was chosen for membership in the Orpheus Choir at Olivet Nazarene College. They will take a concert tour of the Midwest in the spring.

Earn Degrees– Marcine Nafziger and Joyce Short, St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing.

Carolyn Rupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rupp, Fayette, joined the Treble Clef Choir of Olivet Nazarene College. They will take a tour of the Midwest in the spring.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Mark Twain was one of the early tourists to visit the Hawaiian Islands and sing their praises, “The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.”… The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in…. It’s the free cheese in the mousetrap that snares its victims.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1937

Peter Eicher appears in a front-page photograph, surrounded by a flock of turkeys. His hands are in his pockets. The birds pick at his clothes and try to pull off his buttons. Many toms weigh 20 pounds; hens, 17 pounds. Mr. Eicher has about 600 excellent birds soon to be ready for the marketplace. He is proud of his 79 acres of corn.

An Archbold farmer, N.R. Grieser, was a victim of a confidence game, which concluded in Bryan, Thursday. It involved horses. He believes he got clipped $630.

The Stryker Boat Oar & Lumber Company, with a factory and warehouses in Archbold, is busy producing four or five carloads of boat oars for export.

Mr. Guy Mignin, manager, finds a steady and growing demand for the products of the Archbold plant.

Miss Ruth Rupp was notifi ed Tuesday that she won the Mu Phi Society national scholarship, in Toledo.

Applications for enrollment in the Civilian Conservation Corps are now being accepted by Pauline Aungst, CCC selecting agent at the courthouse at Wauseon.

Honor roll students for the first six-week period: Clifford Heer, Kate Hinderer, Velma Stuckey, Ilva Short, seniors; Evelyn Clingaman, Joan Lytle, Doris King, Madalyn Taylor, Ruth Rupp, juniors.

Charles Bourquin has accepted employment in the Lugbill Grocery.

It takes 28.6 percent more money to feed a family now than one year ago.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1912

A Wauseon man is hoping that the little states of the Balkans will clean up Turkey. Yes, the whole Christian world has been wanting someone to clean up Turkey for the last 600 years.

Some schoolteachers oppose a uniform textbook law. Of course, the teachers do not buy the books.

Perhaps one reason eggs are so high is that the farmer’s wife is too busy riding around in their new automobile to bother with the chickens.

The fire alarm rang for the first time since the bell was placed upon the new Town & Township Hall. The fire was on the roof above the Archbold Buckeye office and the Opera House. August Fraas and son Luther were patching leaks on the metal roof when the fire started.

Bill Rienken was released from the Napoleon jail last week. Bill had been trying to get the night watch job at Ridgeville Corners. He told some of the businessmen that he would catch someone breaking in sometime. His opportunity came when a hobo named Ryan came to town. Bill and Ryan came together in a barn one night. They had liquor and Bill told Ryan just how to rob Fauver’s Hardware store. Ryan was caught and squealed on Bill. They let Bill out. They may do something with Ryan.

What’s it about? Three times someone has telephoned the Buckeye office from Toledo asking the population of Archbold. The census gives us 1,082, counting C.W. Waldvogel as one person.

Friday, Oct. 25, 1912

A movement has been started in Ohio to prevent the slaughter of young calves for food. Veal has little nutrition. Boards of health are often unfriendly to the practice of killing calves one, two, or three weeks old.

In some instances it has been discovered that calves in embryo have been utilized to make money. Physicians do not recommend such food for children or adults.

A successful test of a beet topping and lifting machine, invented by W.H. Good, an employee of the Cincinnati Northern Railroad shops, was made Friday afternoon at the Hankhammert farm on South Shannon Street. A horsedrawn team of horses can pull and top one acre of beets in two hours, which would take 30 men to do the same job.

There was a big crowd at the dance in the Archbold Opera House Tuesday evening.

So long as there is so much competition in business there will be merchants who will sell goods at less than cost to hold a customer’s trade.

By the way, people come from 18 to 20 miles distant to buy building materials in Archbold. There must be good material at low prices for sale in Archbold.

The postmaster general has ordered all post offices be moved within a quarter of a mile of the railroad depot. This does not affect Archbold, since the office is well within the quarter-of-a-mile limit.

Vacuum cleaners for sale or rent.–Vernier McLaughlin & Co.–adv.

Forty-eight of the 50 voters in Grabill, Ind., voted to incorporate the town for school purposes.



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