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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002

A record number of families are expected to shop the Christmas Cheer store on the Fulton County Fairgrounds next month.

Cecily Rohrs, chairman, said, “Sadly, I say that over 600 families have registered to participate in the 18th annual Christmas Cheer. Last year there were about 400.”

Steve Switzer, Pettisville superintendent, said classes were held as usual after a student was killed in an auto mishap. Bradley L. Cordial, 17, Wauseon, died as a result of the crash at the intersection of US20A and Co. Rd. 19, about 5:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 23.

Clark and Angie Emmons, Fayette, Chesterfield Township, are one of three couples named state finalists in the Ohio Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farm Couple competition.

Robert A. Ebersole, a physician, was honored for 50 years in medicine by the Fulton County Medical Society, Nov. 14, at a meeting in Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids.

Kevin Eicher played six bingo cards at a time at the fire department feather party.

Deaths– Lucille King, 82, Stryker; Anna Belle Riviere, 78, Fayette; Craig Stubblefi eld, 29, Ridgeville Corners, Raymond Donnelly, 79 Colton

Branches of evergreens were heavy with snow Thursday morning, Nov. 21. Archbold schools had a twohour delay.

60th Wedding Anniversary– Daniel and Barbara Merillat, Nov. 29, 1942; 50th Wedding Anniversary– Homer and Elizabeth Yutzy, Nov. 29, 1952

Whitney Beck and Shane Poulson, Pettisville FFA members, participated in the National FFA Agriscience Fair, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

Kevin Bostelman, AHS ‘98 and a senior on the Adrian College football team, has earned First Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1987

A 50-acre tract of land on Williams Co. Rd. 24-25, south of St. Rt. 34 and south of Stryker, was selected as the site for the regional jail, contingent upon one factor– water.

Another condition states that if the jail does not proceed at that location, the City of Toledo and Lucas County get their money back.

Springfield Township residents decided not only to oppose the location of the Northwest Ohio Regional Jail in their township, but to defeat the multi-county jail concept.

About 170 to 200 people attended a meeting Monday night at Stryker High School.

Fulton County Township trustees, city and village council members were asked to consider 911 emergency telephone service for the county.

The regional jail is coming back to Wauseon and will not go to Springfield Township in Williams County, the Friends of Wauseon and Fulton County believe.

Dinner Bell Foods, Inc., announced Nov. 25, that it received a proposal to acquire the company at a price of $25.50 per share in cash, in a leveraged buy-out merger, Nov. 24.

The Susan J. Roth estate, at Co. Rd. 19 and US 20A, was sold at auction, Tuesday, Nov. 24. Ninety-seven acres with home and buildings sold for $1,850 per acre, or $179,450, to Richard Grieser.

The home of Joseph and Angela Nofziger, located on US Rt. 20, 5 1/4 miles northwest of Archbold, was sold at public auction for $56,500 to David Grime.

Deaths– George William Eby, 28, West Unity; J. Edwin Mast, 71, Phoenix, Ariz.; Howard D. Bender, 69, Wauseon; Mabel C. Riegsecker,

83, Archbold; Pearl Aschliman, 94, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1962

Direct long-distance dialing came to Archbold Sunday, Dec. 2, when three more digits were added to local telephone numbers.

The new system allows local patrons to dial any like-digit area in the United States.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Rupp observe their Golden Wedding anniversary, Dec. 15.

With temperatures varying from 50 to 60 degrees the past week, residents of Archbold have been enjoying Florida-like temperatures. It is unusual weather for early December.

Council received a request for a new sewer on West Holland Street, but tabled action until a later time.

Council approved the new sanitary sewer being laid on Lutz Road from the Fairlawn Haven home west to connect with the main sewer at the intersection of Lutz Road and North Defiance Street.

Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Nofziger, is employed as an engineer with WFRO radio station, Fremont. He holds a first class license.

Shirley Rupp has been nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities.

Henry Walter Jr., has received notice that he has successfully passed the recent Class C examination for sewage plant operators.

Cal Short was injured when he was caught in a tile-making machine at Elmira Cement Tile & Block Co., Thursday afternoon.

He received a broken left arm and bruises and was taken to Detwiler Hospital. He plans to return home in a few days.

Mrs. Louise D. Warncke, 53, Lyons, a fifth grade teacher in Wauseon, was killed in a three-vehicle collision while en route home.

Virgil Roth won first place in the annual Prince of Peace contest, Sunday afternoon, at Fayette.

Terry, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Murbach, received a third letter in football at Kenyon College. Murbach, a junior, played defensive guard, and was responsible for numerous fumble recoveries and crushing tactics. His presence is expected to aid the Lord’s defensive unit next year.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1937

C.E. Spithaler, of Detroit, will be installed as minister of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in special services Sunday afternoon.

The Archbold tax rate is the lowest of any village in Fulton County.

After drilling oil on the Henry Dishong farm near Deshler for several months, drillers struck gas at 1,400 feet. Shortly after salt water began to flow, gas pressure forced the water high into the air.

The three Mehrling farms near West Unity brought an average price of $87.50 per acre at public auction Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Charles Ross, of Wauseon, escaped injury when her car turned over and landed on its top in the ditch along Rt. 2, near the Pettisville road, Saturday morning.

Lewis Zimmerman advertised pigs for sale in the Buckeye and sold them in a hurry. This week he tries another advertisement.

Charley Yost, owner of the Fayette Review, is a close friend of H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, and Theo. Dreiser.

Rev. T.J. Klaudt left Sunday for Philadelphia where he will attend the Stewardship meeting of 23 religious bodies in the U.S. and Canada. He will return home later this week.

Charles E. Yost, editor of the Fayette Review, has organized a “Davey for Third Term Club,” the first in the state.

Miss Elsie Rupp, who left about Oct. 26 for Columbia, South America, expected to arrive at her destination the middle of this month. She enjoyed the voyage and is in good health.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1912

August Fraas says that although he is still alive, he doesn’t know how long he can remain in that condition unless those who have employed him will bring him some of the money he has earned.

August has done his work well, and has tried to please his customers. He is thankful for the work and will be still more thankful for his pay.–adv.

The laying of the concrete for the Stryker Street pavement was finished Saturday afternoon. The job may now be considered beyond the harm of cold weather.

An Ontario doctor advocates hot baths as a cure for delirium. Lack of whiskey might serve the same end.

A Newport woman was fined for stealing a dress, which she hid in her hat. Must have been a bathing suit.

A German scientist says that telephones make the modern man crazy. He must be on a four-way party line.

Fancy eggs are 73 cents per dozen in New York City. The city uses 15 carloads a day.

Miss Lydia Wolf is now operator in the telephone offi ce at Elmira.

Mrs. Mary Wagner went insane over the religious revivals at Napoleon and was sent to the asylum in Toledo.

The poor, old tramp who was run down by the gasoline speeder used by the workmen on the Lake Shore Railroad was taken care of by marshal Snyder.

The man is old, deaf, and lame. He has no home, and no particular name. He seems to be possessed of a very limited intelligence. Local authorities are making arrangements to send him someplace.

A petition to pave South Defiance Street is again circulating.

Friday, Nov. 29, 1912

A Cornell professor announces a new ice age is about to strike the earth.

Jacob Rupp, son of Jonas, won the corn-husking contest in Springfield Township, Williams County. It entitles him to a free trip to Washington, D.C., at the expense of the State of Ohio. His winning acre yielded 133 bushels of shelled corn, which is very near the American record.

Archbold merchants are preparing to offer unusual bargains to induce people to come to town on Red Tag Day, Dec. 7. A number of merchants will offer goods below cost to get the customers interested. There will be band music and other entertainments.

Dictators of fashion state that the waistline may be placed this season wherever the wearer chooses. However, it probably will continue in the same place.

Habits in youth may be controlled and directed, which in the man become the confirmed condition of life. The reformer of old men and women has a profitless and an almost hopeless task.

Daily exercise for everyone is splendid and many up-do-date physicians are ordering mental gymnastics for children to restore health, build the nervous system, and develop certain parts of the body.

James B. Snyder, 53, a Bryan dentist, took poison and died in Toledo, where he had been taking treatments. His mind had been in serious condition for a number of years.

The United States still is the breadbasket of the world, according to statistics



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