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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002

In spite of a lower percentage of fourth grade students passing the state fourth grade reading test this year than last, Jim Selgo, elementary principal, said he’s happy with the results.

The test was given during the first week of October. This year, 65% of fourth graders passed the test. In 2001, 77% passed.

The State of Ohio will set aside $200,000 toward the preservation of the Goll Woods homestead.

Jan “Cookie” Ferguson, Pettisville postmaster, shows a display of cuddly Teddy Bears provided by area postal employees for children hospitalized during the Christmas holidays.

Postal employees across the nation have volunteered to deliver special packages from postal employees to sick children.

Bruce Abell, executive director of Quadco Rehabilitation Center, told administrative and non-profit board members the economic recession continues to affect the sheltered workshop.

Deaths– Robert J. Durbin, 85, Archbold; Sophie Grieser, 99, Archbold; Carolyn Palmer, 97, Archbold; Florence King, 89, Wauseon; Martha Short, 89, Napoleon; Ronald Smith, 72, Delta

75th Wedding Anniversary– Roy and Hazel Wheeler, Dec. 31, 1927

Tom Herr, Metamora, was on hand at Santa’s visit to Archbold, Tuesday, Dec. 10, to give horse-drawn rides through snowy Memorial Park. The wagon rides were just one of the activities on Santa’s visit, sponsored by the Archbold Parks and Recreation Department.

Andrew Miller plays the tuba as the Archbold Pep Band entertains the crowd during halftime at basketball games, according to a photograph.

Betsy Stotzer made 14 points against Defiance in the Defiance Clinic Classic final, Tuesday, Dec. 17. It gave her 998 career points. She broke the 1,000-point milestone Saturday, Dec. 21, at Wauseon, when she scored eight points. Stotzer has 1,006 points in her career.

Council voted unanimously to accept a bid from Stuckey Brothers Contracting, Ltd., Archbold, for applying biosolids. The material is transported from the Wastewater Treatment plant to area farm fields.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1987

Preliminary projections indicate it will cost about $9,566,893.16, to operate Archbold next year. That represents about a 9.2% increase over this year’s total appropriations.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said the village is planning to build 800 to 2,000 feet of new road in Archbold Industrial Park next year. We also need to put a sanitary sewer and water line down Barre Road, Tuckerman said.

Six violations of the fire safety code have been found in the Fulton County Jail, and they will need to be corrected, despite the county’s participation in the proposed regional jail. “It’s going to cost a lot of money,” said Lowell Rupp, county commissioner.

“We’ve been very fortunate. Everything went smoothly. That’s when you make progress, when you make accomplishments that benefit everybody,” said William Lovejoy, mayor.

Gordon Swaney, former general manager of La Choy Food Products and vice president of Beatrice Co., will do volunteer service with the International Executive Service Corps, next summer.

Deaths– Jacob D. Miller, 90, Archbold; Augusta Breier, 82, Stryker; Ada Berry, 97, Archbold; Marian Short, 65, Wauseon

Phil Kauffman, PHS ‘64, vice president and general manager of Royal Creations, Villa Rica, Ga., received the governor’s award at a special awards luncheon in Atlanta.

A manufacturer of readyto assemble furniture, Royal Creations was recognized for its community service, economic and special attention to employee needs.

Kelly Short, AHS ‘84, has been named to the 1987 First Team All-MAC Academic volleyball squad, for the second consecutive year.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1963

Charles M. Ham, Wauseon, took the oath of office to serve as judge of the common pleas court.

The Blue Streak basketball team won the holiday tournament championship trophy. Jake Burkholder, athletic director, made the presentation. Teammates are Larry Holland, Duane Hayes. Ron Lovejoy, Mike Johnson, Bob Leu, Virgil Roth.

For the first time in the history of the holiday tournament, the “Sold Out” sign was posted each evening.

From its beginning, Archbold has benefited from the efforts and ambition of local citizens actively interested in the welfare and progress of the community.

A plan to honor a Citizen of the Year is underway. It would be sponsored by the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Commercial Club, and Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Paul Sigg, Navy chief, will leave Norfolk, Va., Saturday, on the USS Hunley, a submarine tender, for Holylock, Scotland, for 18 months.

Fulton County ranks number one in cash income and cattle and calves, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Economics.

Cash receipts from farming were $30,342,000, with cattle and calves accounting for 34 percent.

W.J. Neal asked council to install flasher lights on Stryker Street for the protection of school children and pedestrians.

Archbold Buckeye subscription rates will increase to $3/year. Newsstand single copies are 10 cents.

Richard Lauber, postmaster, said mailing rates will increase Jan. 7. First class jumps from four to five cents. Airmail letters will cost eight cents.

Yoder & Frey, Inc., the world’s largest farm machinery auction, will hold sale days on Mondays and Tuesdays, twice a month, for the first five months of the year.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin G. Wotring have purchased the two homes of her father, Mr. Ed. Delong, on South and Brussels streets, and they intend to improve the properties.

The Union Pacific streamline train named The City of Los Angeles went through Archbold on the New York Central tracks, the longest straight stretch of track in the world, on Thursday evening at about 9:15 pm.

Many Archbold residents gathered at the crossing and depot to watch the brightly colored train as it skimmed along the rails.

Glen Clark reported his Ford V-8 was stolen from the street in Wauseon, Friday night. It was found in an alley in Wauseon, Monday, with the gasoline tank empty.

Holiday shoppers have found in Archbold wellstocked shelves in beautifully decorated stores for the pleasure of shoppers.

The Community Chorus will present a special Christmas program at St. John’s Reformed Church, Sunday evening, starting at 8 pm.

Raymond E. Orwig, of the Swanton CCC camp, is being held at the county jail awaiting the action of federal officers. He is charged with stealing $40 from one of the CCC boys.

William Bundy, 56, a WPA worker living southwest of Wauseon on the Burkholder farm, left to cut brush along the road and fell dead in the ditch. He leaves a widow and eight children.

Mrs. Angela Arage, 70, suffered a broken right leg, Thursday morning. On her way to do shopping, she slipped on the ice near the old filling station at the intersection of Stryker and North Defiance streets.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Clair butchered last week and made a sausage of 73 1/2 feet.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1912

Dr. Alex Green, formerly of Delta who was sent to prison in 1905 for murder, was pardoned by Gov. Harmon. He is dying of consumption.

Many towns in Michigan of 100 inhabitants have moving picture shows that are profitable. This form of entertainment is appreciated in some communities more than in others.

The fact that the German Township Trustees offered to pave the south road if landholders would raise $500 shows that German Township is getting ready to say the last word in road building.

It is an awful fight to start the first gravel road. Some farmers believe roads will ruin all the taxpayers, but a short gravel road demands more gravel roads.

It was easier to get the first stone road than the first gravel one, which proved that the education in road building had begun. The money spent for gravel or stone roads was not wasted.

Twenty-three hundred love letters were found among the effects of an Australian bachelor. Evidently he either had to die or marry to stop them.

Statistics prove that bachelors go insane oftener than married men, but any married man knows that the bachelors have more time for such activities.

The Ohio Art Company, at Bryan, has closed part of the factory until after the holidays.

Friday, Dec. 27, 1912

The only union veteran of the Civil War who will hold a seat in the 63rd Congress will be general Isaac Sherwood, of Toledo, according to information received from Lawrence Washington, of Virginia, assistant librarian of Congress.

General Sherwood was a resident of Bryan when a young man and served as probate judge of Williams County. He came to Bryan in 1857 when he purchased the Williams County Gazette.

When the 63rd Congress convenes next March, there will be six members who served in the Confederate Army during the rebellion.

Jacob Fagley, while relieving the flagman at the Lake Shore Railroad crossing on South Defiance Street, fell face down across the tracks Tuesday noon, just after a train had passed.

He was carried to Dr. Coy’s office, where he was soon revived. Jacob said he knew nothing of what happened. He has a badly bruised chin.

Ed Leininger has moved onto the Peter Nofzinger farm and Joseph Leininger has moved onto the Ed Leininger farm vacated, 2 miles south of Archbold.

The fine stone road south of Archbold will soon be finished to the county line.

Chris Rupp and Wm. Lantz helped Sam Lantz move to the farm he bought north of Fayette.

From reports received, one farmer in six would rather go to a circus of nickelodeon than attend a farm meeting.

There was a horse buyer here from Wayne County. He wanted a carload of gray horses, but could not find them. There is a growing demand for gray horses.



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