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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002

The fifth and final phase of Woodland Oaks and extension of storm sewers on South Defiance Street are the two biggest projects on Archbold capital projects list for 2003.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials are aware of an odor complaint in the area south of Archbold. They can’t connect it to Gardenscape, the composting facility south of Archbold on St. Rt. 66, in Henry County.

Pettisville School Board accepted $14,650 in donations from the music boosters at the Monday night, Dec. 9 board meeting.

Plans are underway to carpet the high school and elementary music rooms and have new doors and door frames installed.

Without fanfare, the Archbold Hospital & Medical Center opened for business Monday, Dec. 9, and treated its first patient, Cathy Volkman, who underwent gall bladder surgery Monday morning.

Deaths– Mitzi “Dip” Miller, 64, Knoxville, Tenn.; Orville E. Rueger, 82, Archbold; Walter L. Maust, 81, Archbold; Arnold Ludeman, 78, Archbold; Everett G. Ricker, 75, Archbold

Shannon Liechty, PHS ‘00, was named a McMaster Scholar at Defiance College, Dec. 2. She is the daughter of Steve and Nona.

Three area students took part in the Christmas Noel at Goshen College: Jennifer Yoder, Amanda Short, Joanne Gallardo.

Amy Short, 8, with a Christmas tree that will be installed near her gingerbread house. She was one of several youngsters who made gingerbread houses at the Archbold Community Library, Wednesday, Dec.4. She is the daughter of Gordon and Pat, according to a photograph.

The Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities is in the process of interviewing applicants for the vacant superintendent post.

Blue Streak wrestlers won the Findlay tournament, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1987

Sunshine Children’s Home will need a conditional use permit for the proposed family care home in Pettisville, according to William Swigart, county prosecuting attorney.

About 250 to 300 people opposed to the construction of the proposed Northwest Ohio Regional Jail in Springfield Township, Williams County, braved cold temperatures and biting winds to make their feelings known to government offi- cials and the media.

Archbold Area School District notes went on the New York Bond market, Dec. 9, and were negotiated at 6.35 percent.

The Farmers & Merchants State Bank is rated the 13th-largest agricultural bank in the nation and the number one agricultural bank in Ohio, according to the recent issue of Agri Finance magazine.

Deaths– Catherine Mc- Clarren, 82, Pike Township; Roger E. Behnfeldt, 27, Air Force major, Napoleon, killed when his airplane crashed on a weather mission over North Vietnam, Aug. 19, 1972. He was listed as missing in action by the U.S. government until Dec. 8, 1987.

Headline– Gary Hodges and Roger Rupp Attend Last School Board Meeting

Jill Lantz, a PHS grad and daughter of Charles and Sharon, has been named to the roster of the women’s varsity basketball team at Hesston (Kan.) College.

Ora and Ruby Wyse have beguna21/2-monthMennonite Central Committee assignment in Akron, Pa., where they are working in shipping at SELFHELP Crafts headquarters.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1962

Dale Rufenacht was elected president of the Community Commercial Club for 1963, succeeding Herbert Lantz. Other officers are Lawrence Short, vice president; Wm. Grisier, secretary, and Jos. Crossgrove, treasurer.

Members of the board of control are Gerald Young, Gordon Tatman, Dennis Roth, Donald Stamm, Tim Yoder, and Robert Hughes.

Tobogganing and ice-skating were popular at the South Side Park, at the corner of South and West Streets, last week when there was plenty of snow and cold weather for outdoor sports.

Winter officially arrives Saturday, Dec. 22.

A westbound truck driven by Robert J. Reardon, 52, Olmstead Falls, sideswiped an east-bound Wabash freight train at the crossing on US 20-A, west of the Howard Rice place at about 2 am. The truck and cargo of toys and milk burned and caused $30,000 damage.

Joyce Shipe, sophomore, has been raising a mouse opossum that her father, M.E. Shipe, found while washing out a banana truck at Shipe’s Buckeye Service Station a month ago.

Karl H. Taut, a contractor, has been making flower tables and built-in ironing boards of his own design in his 52×32 workshop.

He has decided to add a new 60×100 building as soon as possible.

A total of 8,009 Fulton County citizens took the oral polio type II vaccine when it was administered, Sunday, Dec. 9.

Earn Degrees– Ohio State University: Myrl D. Sauder, John R. Scales

Robert Kramp, pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church since September 1957, accepted a call to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– The fellow who growls all day should be dog tired at night…. The man who misses his car payments will soon be back on his feet…. If smokers refuse to use ashtrays in cars, how will you induce them to use a seat belt?

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1937

A record-breaking crowd attended the Monday auction at Lugbill Bros. It taxed the capacity of the sales ring, their facilities for handling livestock, and, in fact, the entire organization. Everyone had to work at top speed to take care of business and the crowd.

The sale was also the largest in number of personal checks written and sales consumated. A contributing factor to the success of the event was that the cattle market had been a little stronger the past week.

The popularity of this auction has been growing constantly, and the three Lugbill brothers are doing everything possible to take care of business and the crowds.

Adam Short, of near Stryker, suffered injuries late Friday afternoon when he was struck by a car while crossing Cherry Street in downtown Toledo.

Miss Ilva Nofzinger has given up her position as teacher in the Wauseon grade school.

A petition is circulating to dragline Bean Creek, near Darby’s Corners. The plan is to clean out the channel, do brush removal, and rebuild some dikes.

For several miles near Darby’s Corners there is very little fall in the land and during heavy rainfalls, when water is high, the water piles up and spreads over the surrounding countryside. The overflow seems to be at its highest north of Darby’s Corners.

In Southern Ohio communities, coal dealers complain of the competition from truck operators who are delivering coal from small mines to homes and farms. This is only practical and profitable near the mines, for truck operators soon learn that the cost of transportation and the wear and tear on trucks quickly cuts into their profits.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1912

The United States Department of Agriculture has for sale four half-zebra and half-burrow hybrids. They ought to be useful to the incoming administration.

Patrons of rural routes should remember, now that cold weather is here, to provide themselves with postage stamps and thus save the rural mail carriers from the necessity of picking pennies out of the boxes. Carriers are not required to do this, and it is an imposition to ask for the service in freezing weather.

Imagine yourself trying to pick up pennies after driving 20 miles with freezing fingers.

The building committee of the Archbold council is to meet with German Township Trustees to determine who is to do the janitor work of the new Town & Township Hall and who is to pay the bill; also, how much is to be charged to use the hall and offices and who is to collect.

German Township’s twofi fths interest and Archbold’s three-fifths in the new building makes a lot of odd figuring.

The seats are being placed in the new Town & Township Hall. There will be 300 chairs for the auditorium and a number of leather chairs for the stage. Edward and Peter Rupp have charge of the work.

There are too many people in Europe. They are talking war to get rid of some.

When marshal Snyder gave the town jail a coat of paint, he blotted out the lives of millions of bugs.

The Hub Grocery will pay you 11 cents for your chickens, ducks, and geese.–adv.

Friday, Dec. 13, 1912

Three hundred Ohio boys who won in the state corn contest will travel to Washington, D.C., to be guests of Congress.

An expert at figures has decided a farmer earns about $1.25 a day for his labor.

Aaron Leininger is building eight lumber dump wagons for the Gotshall Brothers, in Toledo.

The Stryker Street pavement was practically finished Sunday. There may be a few touches to finish. It has been put down under adverse conditions of labor and material supplies, but the weather has been on the side of the contractor all along.

All the merchants agreed that Red Tag Day was a grand success.

Amos Frey has plans to change his restaurant in Wauseon to a five and ten cent store.

Mr. and Mrs. David Nofzinger, of Pettisville, visited friends at Grabill, Ind., Sunday. Mrs. Nofzinger is preparing to visit her daughter in Oklahoma.

If all the persons from Archbold looking for free passes to attend the livestock show at Chicago are successful, there will be a large attendance from here.

Steel corn cribs are now in use at the Ohio Experiment Station at Wooster. The cribs are built on concrete and said to be rat-proof. They cost $150 each and hold 500 bushels of corn.



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