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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002

Council voted unanimously to increase water and sewage rates 2 percent effective Jan. 1, 2003.

School board granted A. Jean Stamm, treasurer, a raise of $2,500 for 2003. Her salary is $52,500, which will go to $55,000.

Thomas Lyberg, pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, lights the third candle of the Advent wreath, according to a photograph.

More than 400 residents will receive a letter from Dennis Howell, village administrator, telling them their mail box is too close to the street.

Walt Lange, Swanton, and Bill Shininger, Fulton Township, were named the new Fulton Soil & Water Conservation supervisors at the annual SWCD meeting, Dec. 5.

Because of uncertainty of money coming from the state next year, the Archbold Community Library Board downsized employee raises.

Brian Waldelich took first place in the eighth grade individual Power of the Pen competition Saturday. A member of the Pettisville team, Waidelich advances to the March regional competition.

Deaths– Luis Rivera, 60, Bryan; Pearl Hess, 89, Wauseon; James Osborne, 82, Wauseon

60th Wedding Anniversary– Orville and Isabelle Pursel, Jan. 16, 1943

Lauren Kern, 11, daughter of Chad and Tina, a sixth grader, will compete in state-level Punt, Pass, & Kick action in Cleveland, Dec. 22.

Jamie Selgo, AHS ‘99, daughter of Jim and Kandy, was recently voted the Mid- South Conference Tournament player of the year in volleyball.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1987

Llyle G. Lauber, AHS ‘52, a professor of social work at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, is an expert in criminology. Lauber was interviewed by the Buckeye because of his extensive background in prison work, and might add background information on the proposed regional jail in this area.

An appeal of the 401 water quality permit for cleaning the Tiffin River remains in effect, but so does an appeal of the permit.

The Dinner Bell Foods, Inc., Defiance, board of directors approved a leveraged buy-out merger by B.J.F. Holding, Corp., New York, at a price of $26.50 per share in cash.

Joseph Wonsetler, a former Pettisville schoolteacher, was recently named the assistant director of student records at the University of Toledo.

Sharon Stannard was recently named assistant superintendent of Fostoria City Schools.

Amy Pickering, a Bryan senior, was recently selected a quarterfinalist in the World Chorus. She is the daughter of Russell and Elaine Kernig Pickering. Amy is an alto in the school chorus group.

Mutterings– At Morehead Hill, Ohio, a six-yearold loaded his parents’ .22 caliber pistol and toted it to kindergarten for Show and Tell…. There are residents of this community who remember when a caravan of gypsies entered our business area from the north in horsedrawn vehicles, including a wagon with a cage of several dancing bears…. Mike Gartner claims: “I once knew a fellow who tried to make a pair of pants out of some weeds. He was sewing wild oats. They took him away one day.”

Max Weber was rewarded $450 for his description of the suspect and car connected with the Aug. 31 robbery of the First National Bank of Northwest Ohio, Pettisville branch.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1962

Napoleon Spring Works, Inc., began operations in October in a new 60×120 building constructed on Lugbill Road. They employ five regularly, but anticipate a big pick-up in business in 1963.

Bill David, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Neal, a junior at Park College, Parkville, Mo., has received an Aquinas Fund Fellowship from Drew University, Madison, NJ.

Vaughn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don L. Hoblet, shot a ten-point buck deer about a mile south of the Zone school, Friday, Dec. 14.

The deer dressed out nearly 170 pounds and was reported by Mr. Jacoby, West Unity, who dressed it, as being one of the biggest deer he had ever seen.

Vaughn is an AHS junior and was among a party that killed five deer in the vicinity of Franklin Township.

The 1962 Henry County Fair was a success. The secretary reports its bank balance increased from $100.72 in 1961 to $939.69 as of Nov. 30, with all bills paid.

Marvin Rittenhouse, county game protector, reports 25 deer were bagged in this county by shotgun and slug in the two-day hunting season, Dec. 13-14.

The Archbold tax valuation is now over $10,116,203, an increase of $240,212 over 1961, according to the office of the village clerk.

Archbold schools reached a new all-time peak in enrollment in September, with 1,011 in the elementary and high schools compared to 950 a year ago.

It appears that 1963 will be another big year in Archbold growth. Local industries plan to expand, more new homes will be built, there should be more employment, and with better farm prices predicted and higher demand for food products, there is every indication the local economy will accelerate in the year ahead.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Americans want infl ated income and deflated taxes, and everything else…. People who love money find it difficult to be interested in anything else…. Modern teenagers burn up the roads that were trails to the pioneers.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1937

The annual Bible School of the three Mennonite congregations of near Archbold– Lockport, Clinton, and Central– will open at the Central Church, Dec. 30, and continue through Dec. 31.

This school has been conducted for a number of years and each succeeding year attracts more young folks. Students come from nearby communities and are lodged free of charge in the homes of church members.

The York Township little red school, located east of Wauseon, burned Sunday evening, evidently from sparks from the chimney. Loss is about $1,500.

Bald-headed fields on Ohio farms put gray hairs on their owners’ heads, according to D.T. Herman, Columbus, of the Soil Conservation Service. He claims that sheet erosion on nearly level land is about as serious as stopping the washing of gullies in hilly sections.

Representatives of the H.J. Heinz Co. are in the area making an attempt to locate a tomato shipping station in Archbold. The company offers to furnish farmers free seed and baskets to pick and haul the crop. They pay about $14 a ton for the ripe fruit.

The historic village of Winameg is at last to have something other than pioneer traditions. It is to have a new centralized school for Pike Township.

M.A. Farber was elected president of the Community Commercial Club.

A plea for donations of high school textbooks for use by inmates at the London prison farm was made recently by chaplain C.E. Shields.

A.G. Siegel says he would just as soon sit on the front porch, put his feet in ice water and ring the doorbell as to go sleigh riding.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1912

South Defiance Street pavement is now on the way. When finished, Archbold will have the business district out of the mud.

Next comes Park Street, with a petition to pave that pretty street. Then comes the street past the Grist Mill, which has much traffic and needs fixing.

Alfalfa hay and ground oats will put quick growth on fall calves, and thus carry them through winter in better shape.

Joseph Miller, a farmer, stopped on the South Defi- ance railroad crossing to argue with the watchman for stopping him from crossing the tracks in front of a train. Miller lived a few hours with his crushed skull.

Proving their faith in continuing prosperity, the officials of the New York Central lines will spend $24,000,000 for new locomotives, cars, and equipment.

Dan Christman, of Delta, who lost both hands in an accident, has invented a pair of hands with which he can do almost any kind of farm work. He can also write with a lead pencil.

Hobos claim the steam heat in the Town & Township Hall gives out toward early morning. Some of the tramps want the marshal to bring them a cup of hot chocolate at bedside before they get up.

Fifteen million pounds of sugar was the product of the sugar beet factory at Paulding for one year. But that comes a long way from enough to sweeten all Ohio.

Friday, Dec. 20, 1912

A large number of German Township farmers enjoyed the Wednesday excursion from Archbold to the sugar beet mill in Toledo. The car was overflowing. The price was 75¢ ‘round trip. P.J. Short was the promoter.

The new Pacific Highway, 2,009 miles long, will extend from Vancouver to San Diego, California. The Ocean to Ocean Road will extend from Washington, D.C. to Portland, Oregon, and will be 3,800 miles.

The Stryker Street pavement cost $17,660. Onethird of the amount is on the general tax duplicate. William Buehrer is the heaviest single taxpayer. His tax on 132 feet cost him $883.50.

A lot of meaningless sentiment against restricting immigration is being sent out by those who would profit by immigration at the expense of the American people. Let no sentiment rule the action of Congress, but let there be restrictions, and plenty of them.

Mrs. Alexander, a tourist, shipped her automobile from Bryan to Chicago by express. It cost her $100. She has just been married and expenses are of no consequence.

A turtle found near Texas in Henry County bore three initials on its back and the date 1861.

It’s worth coming to town to see how much time and money businessmen have been spending on Christmas decorations.

What has become of the female barbers? They were planning to do such wonders.

Lack of capital is responsible for much of the poor farming and poor equipment found on American farms at the present time.



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