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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003

Convenience for the agricultural community, avoidance of a large cash outlay, history, and the uncertain future of state funding were some reasons Fulton County officials opted to rent, rather than build, new office space.

The Pettisville Local School District financial picture is not good, and the school board is discussing a new tax levy. Board members discussed the possibility of putting a levy on the May ballot, or waiting until November.

The kindergarten class size showed the biggest drop in well over ten years.

Using terms like “hope” and “maybe,” Ken Cline superintendent, said the Archbold Blue Streaks could possibly play their football game in the new athletic complex in the fall of 2004.

So far the fund drive to build the athletic complex has pledges totaling $2,276,030 toward a goal of $2.6 million. David Lersch is the project co-chairman.

Stephen Buehrer, Delta, was chosen assistant majority floor leader for the Republican Party.

Nancy Yackee, county auditor, was recently appointed to the statewide legislative committee of the County Auditor Association of Ohio.

Northwest State Community College has selected David H. Ponitz, Dayton, to help locate a new college president. He has done 50 or more such searches in Ohio and throughout the United States.

Deaths– Frances M. Stuckey, 94, Archbold; Clara M. Annette, 92, Stryker; Clinton W. Lauber, 77, Wauseon; Marguerite Winzeler, 91, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chris Rychener was reelected president of the Pettisville School Board, Jan. 13. He begins his third year as president.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1988

It will be up to Archbold Village Council to decide if it wants a regional jail in the community, or not. And the whole decision will turn on water.

Charles Boss, Maumee, attorney for the Concerned Citizens Against the Proposed Regional Jail, told council Monday evening, “The issue is not whether or not you’re going to give them water, it’s whether or not you want the jail in your community. You understand it is a complicated and involved issue,” Boss said.

For the first time in 72 years, the Archbold Buckeye icon on the front page nameplate is changed. The new buckeye is improved, showing the shell and buckeye leaves of the beautiful tree nut.

The change took place because many readers failed to recognize the little black spot between the two names. The more detailed drawing gives a better rendition of the beautiful nut.

W.O. Taylor, founder of the Archbold Buckeye, wrote on the editorial page, “We have planted a buckeye at the head of the newspaper, because it stands for the grandest state in the union, which is now conceded the honor of being the brain-center of the world.

“Under the branches of the buckeye tree, the liberties of the people are sheltered; for when the press is no longer free, then freedom and democracy is at an end.

“The Archbold Buckeye is filled with good, meaty news and editorial content each time an issue rolls off the printing press. We strive to make each weekly masterwork better.”

The new improved symbol comes from the drawing board and skillful hands of Norma Wyse, Archbold Buckeye graphic artist and designer. Norma is a descendant of one of Archbold and German Township’s great original families.

The two sides in the Tiffi n River controversy face off once again Jan. 26, this time before the Environmental Board of Review.

The school board budget is in the red by about $20,000, but money to cover it could be forthcoming. David Lersch, superintendent, believes the figures are accurate and does not believe there is cause for concern.

Deaths– Fremont Poorman, 88, Wabash, Ind.; Floyd E. Smith, 75, Wauseon; Donald J. Bernath, 78, Wauseon; Joseph L. Master, 83, Archbold; Della Grime, 98, Archbold; Florence Miller, 75, Archbold; Donald F. Higbea, 76, Defiance

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1963

The Ohio Harness Association honored D.H. Christy and Dale and Floyd Miller, of C&M Stables, Archbold, owners of Coffee Break, a racehorse. It was named the Ohio threeyear old Pacer of the Year.

Coffee Break was rated second in the US as top harness horse of the year. At Springfield, Ill., he set a national record, pacing the fastest mile (1.57) posted by a harness horse regardless of age in 1962.

Coffee Break won nine of 18 starts, was in the money 17 times, and earned $58,002. In 1961 Coffee Break was rated first in Ohio as a two-year-old.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture awarded the Fulton County Agricultural Society a certificate of merit for an outstanding arts and crafts display at the 1962 fair, according to Vincent S. Beck, secretary.

Betty Sue Schultz, a junior, is one of 59 members of the Capital University Chapel Choir who will travel to Florida during semester break.

Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Short returned Sunday from an 8,000-mile vacation trip through the West.

Bud Stuckey, who is employed at the airport in Chicago, Ill., fell while at work and dislocated his right shoulder.

Paul R. Lauber, son of Glen and Angie, is on the fall honor roll at Ohio State University.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– If a man stays on earth long enough he can outlive his enemies…. Man builds no structure that outlives books…. Do you know of anything closer than a double chin?

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1938

The executive and exhibit committees of the Community Institute met in the home of John S. Schlatter, Saturday evening, to make final plans for the institute to convene in the auditorium of the high school, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22.

Mr. and Mrs. Art T. Desboeufs were injured in an accident about 10 pm, Sunday, when their automobile skidded on the icy pavement, turned around and hit a tree in front of the Mary Cramer house on North Defiance Street.

A posse of men totaling 150 searched for three days and finally caught a female timber wolf. It had caused many farmers trouble in the area south of Edgerton. It destroyed several litters of pigs for farmers, so a search was started that lasted three days. It was chased across the Indiana line, near Butler, and finally shot. The carcass was taken to Edgerton and the animal will be mounted.

The newly organized county council of the American Legion named Owen Rice, chairman, and Eli Shibler, secretary, at a meeting in Delta, Thursday evening.

Remember the blizzard of 1918, when Archbold was isolated? Snow was several feet deep on main street, highways were blocked, few trains ran, business was at a standstill.

S.D. Nofziger, of Elmira, is the retiring member of the Fulton County Board of Education. He has served on the board 16 years, and served two two-year terms as president.

Mabel Sauder, of Grabill, Ind., left Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday evening, for New York City, where she will sail on Thursday for the Belgian Congo, Africa, as a missionary. She is accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moser, of Berne. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Sauder.

Adam Short is improving in St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, where he has been the past six weeks. He was injured in an accident when a car struck him as he was crossing a street.

I wish to announce my candidacy for the nomination to the office of county commissioner of Fulton County, according to the will of the voters at the coming August Primary–Alfred J. Short–adv.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1913

Archbold Business Men’s Association is trying to do much for Archbold.

At the council meeting Monday night, they asked that four arc lights be placed in the business district.

Council talked about the great danger to life and property of the high-tension wires of the T&I Railroad. The wires are above the Archbold Telephone Company with no protective devices.

When the wires fell Tuesday it put a lot of Archbold telephones out of service. There would probably have been some loss of life had anyone been using a telephone at that time.

The important matter is being brought to the attention of the company. Wires just missed some children on the way home from school.

Hundreds of carloads of crude oil were burned trying to protect the oranges from frost in Southern California, but the mercury went down to 19 above. Much fruit was lost.

Werden Grieser was unconscious for a time after his buggy tipped over near the Amish Church. He seems to be all right now. The three girls with him were uninjured.

There will be many less saloons in Ohio after the law limiting one saloon to each 500 inhabitants becomes effective. There are now 8,640 saloons in the state. The new law will put 2,035 out of business.

A number of men have been at work repairing the lines of the Archbold Telephone Company. It may be some time until connections are made on the south side of town.

The outlook for big business was never brighter in Archbold than now. We have the interest of the town at heart, so we urge the businessmen to give their advertising more thought, and, if possible, make their business places more attractive to the public.

Friday, Jan. 17, 1913

Let each parent, citizen, and taxpayer be present at the Town Hall on Monday evening, Jan. 20, to say what is to be done about the schoolhouse situation. For now there is enough room to accommodate the increased attendance, but still they keep coming. The future must be studied.

Wilfred Buehrer has purchased the furniture store, house and lot of John Weber in Evansport.

Thomas A. Edison, the wizard of electricity, announces he is now ready to present moving pictures that talk, sing, play instruments and reproduce all sounds in proper accord with what appears on the silver screen.

This is the age of the woman. We find all avocation, professions, and trades of life opening their doors to admit the enterprising woman. Some are going in their own business. In our admiration of the new woman there is danger of forgetting the wife and mother’s true sphere is a homemaker.

If sugar is really only crystallized whiskey with the drunk left out, then candy contains all the good points of liquor with none of the bad.

When the old folks told us candy would spoil teeth, they may have thought it true, and they may have been too stingy to spend the money to buy the candy.

It is well known that the most severe critics of the public schools and the churches are the people who have never taken the trouble to enter the doors of the institutions that they criticize.

They stand outside and bark instead of entering and learning for themselves the joy of knowledge. It is easier to set up a hue and cry than to make a thorough investigation.



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