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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Bob Buschur indicated at the Monday, April 21 council meeting he will no longer attempt to stop the village from adding left turn lanes to the North Defiance Street and Lutz Road intersection. Buschur’s home is located at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Council approved a sidewalk easement for Lowell Short’s 800-foot one block extension of his Murbach Street subdivision.

School board accepted the resignation of Marlene Coressel, first grade elementary teacher. She has taught 30 years, all in Archbold.

Headline– Church Moves Forward Despite Arsonist’s Work

Deaths– Julie A. Florence, 31, Defiance; Lucille S. Schroeder, 96, Wauseon; Mildred M. Wagner, 59, Stryker

50th Wedding Anniversary– Sam and Janis Oyer, April 25, 1953

Chris Goertz, an AHS grad and a member of the Ohio Air National Guard, 180th Tactical Fighter Group, is stationed in Saudi Arabia.

Andrea Genter threw her first perfect game of the season when Pettisville beat Stryker, 15-0 in softball. She fanned eight players in six innings.

At the request of officials from the Pike-Delta-York school district, an unruly juvenile was removed from one of their school buses in Archbold about 8:10 a.m., Monday, April 14.

In her freshman season, Renee Hurst consistently runs ahead of the pack in distance events. She won the 1600-meter race in Archbold’s meet against Wauseon.

Fern Nafziger, Jennifer Ruth, Beth Liechty, Janie Beck, Sara Storrer, Jessica David, members of the AHS girls ensemble, are included in the Music Fest Concert, Sunday, April 27.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, April 27, 1988

Some councilmen believe the Toledo Edison report last week on a municipal electric system for Archbold was good, but biased.

Orrin R. Taylor, editor emeritus of the Archbold Buckeye, was inducted into the 1988 Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in Toledo, Friday evening.

Jon Kunkle, who now resides in Cooksville, Tenn., is a member of the Defiance College play cast, “The World We Live In.” It is a serious play with a comedy title.

Betty Scott, AHS ‘55, was recently honored at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., where she is a member of the department of music. She was presented the Alumnae Anniversary Award.

Bob Frey, of Yoder & Frey Auctioneers, had an unusual sale April 14. Frey auctioned marine contracting equipment in the Illinois River town of Lacon, Ill. It included small tugboats, barges, and cranes.

Deaths– Leanna Short, 63, Archbold; Eileen Rethmel, 65, Defiance; Anna Neuhauser, 89, Napoleon; Mary Cuff, 77, Hillsdale, Mich.; Dale Rufenacht, 79, Archbold; John P. Lauber, 67, Toledo; William Borton, 78, Wauseon

Four candidates are vying for Delbert Latta’s congressional seat: Rex Damschroeder, Robert Latta, Paul Gillmor, Thomas Murray.

An annual affair, this year’s Quilt Fair at Sauder Village will be held at the new Founder’s Hall, April 28-May 1.

A full-page advertisement announces the 20th anniversary of WHFD.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Do you marvel at the wisdom and accomplishments of such diverse Americans as Andrew Carnegie, Armand Hammer and Lee Iacocca, each of whom have left impressive footprints in the sands of time…. For seven years, Ronald Reagan, president, has held an unusual position. He has posed as an opponent of government while occupying its top chair.

Barry Cline, a motorcross contender in the 250 open races, took the fourth place trophy at Midland, Mich, April 15. One day later at Delta, he was third, and was seventh at Midland on April 17.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, May 1, 1963

David Lersch has been named new superintendent of the Pettisville schools for 1963-64 by the school board. Mr. Lersch is presently head of the Elmira Local District.

Harry Glen Lauber, Jr., David S. Bowman, and Vaughn Hoblet have been named to attend Buckeye Boys State.

Linda King and Mary Ann Amstutz were named to attend Buckeye Girls State.

Forty cars of a 65-car westbound New York Central freight train derailed at 3 am, Wednesday morning, east of the crossing one mile east of Archbold. Hundreds of feet of track were torn up.

The grand opening of Lugbill Supply Center in the Lugbill Addition is this week, April 29 to May 4.

Roselyn Rychener, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rychener, was elected vice president of the Student Christian Association at Goshen College.

A military address appears for Dean A. Zaerr at Fort Knox, Ky.

Liechty Farm Equipment has filed articles of incorporation by Wayne J. Liechty, Loveda Liechty, and Willard Mack.

Steam whistles and bells blasted March 23 at 3 pm, signaling the first departure of the only paddlewheel steamboat in America. The Delta Queen left the levy at Cincinnati on a 3,000-mile cruise of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

A half-page advertisement tells about telephone dialing anywhere in the U.S. Bargain calling time is now a nationwide service.

Fred Taylor, Ohio State University basketball coach, will speak at the Williams County Ohio State Alumni Club annual meeting and banquet at Orchard Hills Country Club.

Headline–A.J. Short & Sons Have High Herd

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, April 27, 1938

Archbold citizens along the New York Central railroad lines witnessed test runs of the new 20th Century streamline train. Workmen began constructing the new Franklin Street NYC crossing. The east and west high-speed tracks are being raised 11 inches to accommodate the crossing.

It is believed the crossing will be reopened to traffic within a week. The crossing at Lincoln Street, near the Ladder Company, will be permanently closed.

The new Ohio highway maps recently issued by the state show Fulton County has four north and south highways and three east and west roads, which does not include the Angola Road, which soon will be added to the state system.

Mrs. Ralph Miller, of Burlington, was surprised to find four egg yolks in a White Rock chicken egg when she opened it in her kitchen.

William Short, of Archbold, son of Ezra, left his car parked on Fulton Street in Wauseon, Wednesday night, with the keys in the ignition. When he returned for the car at 11 pm, it was gone. It was discovered abandoned Thursday morning in Tedrow.

There are 42 cases of small pox in Williams County, mostly in Bryan and Montpelier.

Mary Nafziger and Martha Lugbill appear in a photograph as waitresses at the Lugbill Restaurant.

A Fayette school bus was rammed Thursday by a big truck east of town on Rt. 20. The children were shaken and the bus had considerable damage.

Businessmen and citizens will meet at the Town and Township Hall Friday evening to discuss the Homecoming celebration.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, April 22, 1913

Harvey Avers fell against a buzzsaw near Antwerp and had three ribs sawed in two. His lungs were so exposed his breath whistled though his side when he breathed. He is on his way to recovery.

The minstrel show given at the Opera House Friday evening for the benefit of the Archbold Fire Company was well rendered and well patronized by the citizens. About $65 was taken in at the door.

The firemen will look good in their new uniforms at the Defiance Firemen’s Convention. Archbold deserves a creditable representation at the big meeting.

A child of Mr. and Mrs. Cartensen had several teeth knocked out Friday by a boy who rode a bicycle on the sidewalk. The boy on the bicycle hurried away.

There is a fine for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.

A new and open field for handsome women who want to enter the business world is that of traveling manicure artists.

The ruralists have not yet enjoyed the luxury of having their fingernails trimmed and polished by a pretty woman with small pink and white hands.

Such a businesswoman would find farmers ready to leave the plow long enough to have their nails polished. Even the hired hand would be excused if he left off forking manure while the manicurist put a few artistic flourishes on his fingernails.

Dowie’s successor has cured a blind man in public.

The late Alexander could cure a blind man too, when he could get an actor with good eyes to play the part of the blind man.

Speaking of preventing divorces. It is seldom that a man wants a divorce from a good cook.

Cramer Bros., of near Pioneer, has purchased an eight-gang plow which cuts a swath ten feet wide. It requires a 25 horsepower engine to pull it.

Friday, April 25, 1913

Next week, Thursday evening is the first open-air band concert on the streets of Archbold.

The idea is to give people a chance to come out and do their shopping Thursday evening.

Come and be entertained by the town band.

The opening day of the Panama Canal is Jan. 1, 1914.

Captain Anunden, the Antarctic explorer, and his boat the Fram are to be the first to pass entirely through the canal.

Lots of buggies are being sold. Seems that a buggy is dumped back of the barn as soon as it begins to rattle.

The Elmira Fire Department has put up a bell tower, and with a big alarm bell and plenty of buckets and ladders, they are doing much to reduce the rate of insurance.

About the nicest appearing building blocks are the ones manufactured by the Lauber Brothers at Elmira. The blocks appear to come near the ideal for building purposes.

The contractors for the South Defiance Street pavement are on the job. Some of their tools and machinery has arrived and is unloaded.

Drinking water from Archbold wells contains much lime. Lime is good for stomach trouble and inflammatory rheumatism.

If Archbold water were advertised so people would know how good it is, more people would want to drink it.



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