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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002

Headline– DD Board Replacement Levy Passes, New Millage Defeated

Council questioned why the intersection of Co. Rds. B-C and 24 was changed to a four-way stop.

Kevin Morton, councilman, said the change was made without any communication or warning from the trustees, and that he has received phone calls and personal visits complaining about the move.

Brad Grime, councilman, said there was no discussion between council and the trustees. “They’ve created quite a hazard out there,” Grime said. One man told Grime he was almost involved in an accident at the intersection when a motorist drove through the stop signs.

Larry McDougle, president of Northwest State Community College, will retire next year from the post he has held since 1991.

A fund to build an adult day care center operated by Hospice of Williams and Fulton counties and Visiting Nurses has reached $450,000. Cost of the project is expected to be $1.5 million.

Groundbreaking for the facility, which is planned on six acres north of Westfield Drive in Archbold, is expected in the fall of 2003. Opening is expected in the spring of 2004.

Collection of the Archbold municipal income tax increased 5.37% in October.

Deaths– Harold J. Yoder, 59, Archbold; Russell Myers, 66, Stryker

50th Wedding Anniversary– Bill and Sue Ann Dominique,

Cindy Allan, Katie Krueger, and Betsy Stotzer, AHS seniors, were named first team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League in volleyball.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1987

This year’s AHS freshman class will be the first to graduate from the new high school building in 1990.

A contractor for building the new school could start in the summer of 1988, but that doesn’t mean materials will be on site, said David Lersch, superintendent.

New car purchasers who get stuck with an automotive lemon have a new Ohio law on their side. The state lemon law took effect Oct. 22.

Archbold auto dealers report most problems under the law are resolved before they reach that stage.

Headline– NWT Union Rejects New Salary Offer

Jason Smith, freshman class president, and Chad Rex, class vice president, stand before the new sign that went up in front of the Archbold Area High School last week, according to a photograph.

Three alternate sites for the Northwest Ohio Regional Jail, one in Fulton County, are under examination.

Benny Avina recently opened Best Buys, a variety store, at 1309 South Defi- ance St. The owner was associated with Nick Avina in a similar business in Napoleon for three years. Nick is a Pettisville high school graduate.

Construction for a conference room and agricultural office was recently begun at the Farmer & Merchants State Bank main office in Archbold. It is planned for completion next year.

The Robert Ludy home in Woodland Oaks was sold at public auction Saturday to William and Joan Price for $62,000.

Headline– Jodi Miller District 7 Player Of The Year; Char Sharp Named Coach Of The Year

Mutterings– Banks paid interest on checking accounts in 1923. That was not done again until 1983.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1962

O.E. Arnos found a piece of rock about the size of a large goose egg that appeared to have been molten hot and fallen on a lawn at Ridgeville Corners. He believed it to be a meteorite. When he returned to find it later, it had disappeared.

Tennyson Guyer, Findlay (R), received 83,870 votes to easily win over Albert Anness, Perrysburg (D), who polled 40,491 votes for state senator.

Delbert L. Latta, Bowling Green, incumbent congressman (R), won easily in the fifth district polling 61,912 votes compared to 24,006 received by William T. Hunt, Paulding, (D).

Bryan’s new North Main Street underpass eliminating the dangerous New York Central railroad crossing may be opened Nov. 20.

William P. McNally (D) polled 4,181 votes compared to Carl Morr’s (R) 5,151. Mc- Nally did not wage an active campaign, but had friends working for him around the county.

The women of West Central Mennonite Church have filled over 4,000 cans with vegetables and fruits to be distributed at various missions. Alvin Holsopple and family distributed 300 cans to the Adriel School at West Liberty and to the rural mission at Logan, where Lester Roth and family are in charge.

Although rain was above average in Ohio for September, reservoir storage and underground water levels were not benefited. Ohio is deficient five inches since March.

Mr. and Mrs. Orrin R. Taylor of the Archbold Buckeye are in St. Louis, Mo., attending the annual fall meeting and trade show of the National Editorial Association. Mr. Taylor is a past president of the newspaper association, which is the largest in the world.

City Loan & Savings Company will hold an open house at 200 North Defi- ance Street. Nov. 15-6-17. Edward L. Roth is the manager, according to an advertisement.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1937

Victor G. Ruffer steps into the shoes of mayor of Archbold. He succeeds Theodore W. Dimke. Victor is a businessman, meat cutter, and singer, and has many friends– and hopes to keep them. He has served two terms on the village council, which helps to qualify him for his new office.

The little red and white schoolhouses that have served residents of German Township for many years as places of education of their children will be sold at public auction Friday, Nov. 5, starting at 9 am.

Frank Smith, of the Lugbill Slaughterhouse, bought the Chase home on Depot Street for $3,675 and will occupy it. This is one of the nicest residences in Archbold, and sets the pace for the sale of homes in the village.

A beautiful new door has been installed at the entrance of Stotzer Hardware Co., and on each side are novel shelves to display merchandise.

For the benefit of children and taxpayers, closing the little red schoolhouse should take place as rapidly as possible, according to B.A. Stevens, research director of the Ohio Education Association.

Headline–German Township Voters Elect Trustees, Name Miller, Rupp, Traut

Robert Keafer has a white billy goat that goes by the proper name of Bill. Robert hitches it to a two-wheel cart. Robert was 12 years old, Friday, Oct. 29.

Every member of the family must have a hunting permit to shoot game in Gorham Township, according to Roscoe Schaffner, president.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1912

Remember the fun at the Town & Township Hall tonight. Besides the election returns by telegraph, there will be a mock trial, some surprisingly funny stunts by Archbold citizens, a lot of interesting recitations by young men and women, some good songs by more or less sweet singers, a maiden of mystery will reveal your future, speeches by local orators.

A million pounds of sugar are being made every day in Ohio factories from Ohiogrown sugar beets.

It has been a long time since farmers drove ten miles to see a self-binder work.

Pennsylvania produces 30 percent of the sand used in glassmaking in the United States, about 400,000 tons. The average value of Pennsylvania glass sand is worth $1.40 a ton.

There is big business coming. Plant your advertising campaign now in the Archbold Buckeye.

Archbold would be the center of one of the richest dairy communities in the world if it were not for one thing. The boys don’t like to milk.

The condensory people of Delta are loaning money to the farmers with which to buy high-grade cows.

Because of a shortage of railroad shipping cars, sugar beets are piling up in the yard of the depot.

A large number of Archbold people attended the Christian Science meeting at Wauseon last evening.

O.A. Bourquin is gum shoeing the county. He is the Democratic candidate for county auditor.

After today there will be less politics in the newspaper, and we will hear less of what awful rascals other politicians are.

Friday Nov. 8, 1912

Woodrow Wilson was elected president of the United States. James Cox is governor of Ohio; Barber will be probate judge of Fulton County.

The sugar beets piled high in the depot yard won’t need much washing when they get to the sugar mill.

George Leu raised a radish that is 17 inches long, 22 1/2 inches around the bottom, and weighs nearly ten pounds.

There was a bunch of dirty gypsies in town Friday. On the side of one of the wagons was a rude painting representing the ruins of the gypsies holy city of Bokarrah.

Above the city blazed a rude drawing of the star and crescent, which indicates what the Turks have done to the gypsies.

By the way, what schoolboy or girl can tell us the origin and meaning of the star and crescent?

From the window of an Archbold tin shop, men watched a gypsie woman in a wagon swaddling her naked infant. One of the watchers wondered if binding it so tightly would not kill it.

He also wondered why she did it. Swaddling infants is a custom as old as the Bible. Those who read the book will find that all infants were swaddled. All Orientals do it.

Some people are angered at the editor for putting something in the newspaper. Others are angered because the editor put nothing in the newspaper. We are glad people are becoming more liberal-minded each year.

Nicholas Traut has opened a cobbler shop at the rear of the Opera House. Repairing all kinds of leather goods, well and cheap. Satisfaction guaranteed.–adv.



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