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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003

Talk about a church on the move. The Holderman Church, built north of Pettisville in 1908, slowly crosses a temporary bridge on its way to Sauder Village, according to a photograph.

Approximately 40 residents and business representatives from East and West Lutz Road jammed the council chamber Monday evening. Others stood outside the meeting room to take part in a discussion related to building center turn lanes at North Defiance Street and East and West Lutz Road

Discussion lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The Pettisville school board unanimously agreed to place a 1% income tax on the May ballot.

Sue Westendorf, a member of the Ohio Board of Education, told the school board it can be proud of the high caliber of instruction in the school district.

Roger A. Nafziger, son of Earl and Blanche, Pettisville, began duties as the Goshen College Development Officer early in February 2003.

Yark Automotive Group, Toledo, owned by Jim Yark, Toledo, recently purchased Nofzinger Automotive Group, 1910 South Defiance Street.

Headlines–Buckeye Awarded First In Editorial Writing, Third In Features…. AACC Retail Makes Plans For Big Spring Promotion

The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center is going out of the driver education business.

Deaths– Carolyn R. Gerig, 62, Woodburn, Ind.; Garnet K. Gerig, 94, Woodburn, Ind.; Mahlon D. Rupp, 94, Wauseon; Frederick C. Dominique, 54, Delta; Lucille Burns, 86, Stryker

50th Wedding Anniversary– Lowell and Barbara Merillat, Feb. 20, 1953

Abby McElrath and Rashel Meck, Pettisville girls basketball players, are dwarfed by 7-6 Houston Rocket Yao Ming in Cleveland.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1988

For the second year in a row, the Archbold Buckeye was awarded first place in advertising in statewide competition sponsored by Ohio Newspaper Association. The newspaper also earned second place in special editions, and honorable mention in editorials.

John Kim Winzeler, son of John and Eunice, Fayette, was recently awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a captain in the Marine Corps, Camp LeJuene, N.C. The award is for professional achievement and superior performance.

Fairlawn Auxiliary officers are Shirley Gerber, president; Louise Short, vice president; Mildred Durbin, second vice president; Mary Ellen Meier, secretary; Mae Fether, treasurer; Grace Amstutz and Wanda Rich, co-council.

The Archbold fifth grade quiz team placed second in the state at the national competition of Knowledge Master Open, Feb. 10. Teammates are John Kreiner, Heidi Laub, Zach Rupp, Kylee Spiess, Ty Aschliman, Mike Whiteman, Beth Short, and Kristen Rich.

Bob and Joyce Frey were named northwest Ohio chairmen for the Bluffton College 90th anniversary “Sharing the Vision” campaign, Feb. 12.

Country singer Dawn Marie Burkholder and her Sunset Band performed Thursday at Lions Club Ladies Night. She is the daughter of Harley and Donna, Stryker. Members of the band are Dean Kinsman, Don Frank, Steve Waidelich, Doug Fiely, Doug Kannel.

Jon Stacy, 12, represented the Knights of Columbus at the Northwest regional free throw competition Saturday at Fostoria,

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1963

Eugene Bernath, 29, was named Ohio Young Farmer of the Year at the 15th annual

Young Farmers Conference at Ohio State University, Saturday.

Fifteen trustees were named to Fairlawn Haven, Inc., at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Evangelical Mennonite Church. They are John L. Short, Harley Nofziger, Maynard Sauder, Leon Short, Donald Liechty, C.C. Schrock, Olen L. Britsch, M.A. Farber, Merlin Fluckinger, Roy Nofziger, E.R. Murbach, Ralph Baldwin, C.W. Waldvogel, Robert G. Short, Earl Beck.

William Flory, the first Citizen of the Year, received the award from Donald Nofziger, Lions Club president, at a dinner last week.

Otto Roth, president of the Fulton County Board of Education, called a special meeting Feb. 27 to discuss the future of the Chesterfield-Dover Local School District and whether it should be transferred to the Wauseon Exempted Village School District.

Other members of the county board are Floyd Crossgrove, Frank Guthrie, Sheldon Meister, Elmer Welch.

Mrs. Carolyn Palmer, Mrs. Herbert Spiess, Mrs. Larry Blush and Miss Helen Shibler attended the 30th annual International Business and Professional Women’s convention at Windsor, Canada, Saturday and Sunday.

Seniors from Archbold High School will participate in Operation Seek, a statewide project for improving roads.

Paul Frey, a Pettisville senior, was listed as one of the finalists in National Merit Scholarship Tests.

Charles Stannard, a sophomore tuba player and son of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Stannard, was in one of 110 bands in the state of Ohio who performed Friday and Saturday at BGSU.

The Booster Club is sponsoring the Harlem Satellites basketball team to play local athletes on the cage floor March 1.

R.A. (Rudy) Clevenger, park manager for 27 years at Independence Dam State Park, retired effective Dec.1.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1938

Nine Fulton County basketball teams will compete in the Fulton County tournament at the Memorial Gymnasium in Wauseon, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Archbold residents show interest in the pioneer caravan that started in Massachusetts several weeks ago on its westward trek to Marietta. It’s part of the celebration being staged this year commemorating the opening of the Ohio Northwest Territory.

A special program to honor George Washington’s birthday was given by children in the St. Peter Parochial School, Monday evening. A flag was presented to the school by the local post of the American Legion.

Chester Short, son of Ezra, was driving home north of town Saturday evening after the heavy snowstorm when a telephone pole fell on his car. No injuries.

Another accident to the Short family occurred Sunday, when Dale Stevens, who lives at the Ezra Short home, and Bill Short were boxing with gloves, and Dale hit Bill on the nose a little too hard and broke it. Bill’s nose was fixed, and Dale said that will cure Bill of boxing for a while.

To satisfy the needs of the nation, it is essential that a maximum tonnage of sugar beets be produced in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana this year, according to the sugar beet association.

Vernier, McLaughlin & Company is making preparations to double the floor capacity of its hardware store.

The sheds are to be torn down and a fine new twostory 50×100 brick building will join the present brick building on the south.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1913

DeWitt Pledger, an evangelist, was arrested and taken before judge Barber in Wauseon. He was charged with aiding the delinquency of Carl Berkebile, 16. The boy said the evangelist had taken him to Toledo several times but that the stories he had told his folks about what he and the evangelist did in Toledo, he was “only fooling.”

George Miller tried to sell a horse and buggy to a local dealer. The sheriff came and arrested him, as the rig had been hired at a Toledo stable.

Len Gamble, 20, and Carl Mack, 19, Wauseon, confessed to sheriff McQuillin that they had stolen chickens in Swan Creek Township of S.K. Davis and others, sold the poultry in Liberty Center, and bought whiskey with the money. They were let off with a fine and a lecture.

The Riley Township Mennonite settlement is an interesting study. A gentleman who recently traveled though this community had many kind things to say about these quiet industrious German farmers.

They are good farmers. Under their careful tilling they build instead of rob the soil. The weed patch does not flourish among them. Good fences are the rule. Livestock are well-cared for. Liberal use of paint gives a cheerful appearance to most of the farm.

Boys and girls are taught how to work with hand and brain. Wives are not extravagant, and are not a burdensome expense to husbands.

An Archbold minister has quit asking people to come to church. One man answered, “There is no church in this town big enough to handle my cussedness.

Sam Eicher, Solomon Erbskorn, and William Leininger are looking at farmland to buy in Michigan.

Putting men in the penitentiary for arson has reduced the fire loss in Ohio from $11,196,189 in 1901 to $5,718,200 in 1911.

A scientist says that women wore corsets and hobble skirts 5,000 years ago. Now we can account for those pictures of women engraved in the walls of ancient Egyptian temples.

H.D. Meister has purchased the Barber Bank building for a home for the Wauseon Expositor.

Melvin G. Weber asked for a divorce from his wife, Laurena M. He says she refuses to own their child and has left him to debauchery with other men in Toledo.

Friday, Feb. 21, 1913

It is said that the mail order houses have not yet released their catalogs to gain more business just because a few dull months appear in the year. They everlastingly keep advertising their business in newspapers.

Gossips have motor cars beaten to a frazzle when it comes to running people down.

Two thousand dollars was recently paid for a blue cat. Many men have seen blue cats for less than that, as well as pink elephants, and green dragons, and red chimpanzees.

Encourage a boy or girl and you can reach into the years and mold manhood and womanhood. It’s time right now for all to catch the spirit of youth.

He who eats and digests three square meals a day is interested in agriculture, even though he lives in a crowded city.

Considerable grain is coming to market in Archbold. There is some difficulty in obtaining railroad cars.

While visiting his son of near Ridgeville Corners, Sunday, George Clymer of Napoleon went to the barn and hanged himself. He leaves a wife and ten children.

Ezra Oyer, Pioneer, and bride, Mary Rupp, daughter of Sam Rupp, of Bluffton, are spending part of their honeymoon with Archbold relatives.

The blacksmith was not only a man of action, but also a man of thought.



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