Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Steve Switzer, Pettisville school superintendent, said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the passage of an income tax to support the school district.
Marilyn Ripke, Pettisville, seals an envelope containing a note she has written to registered voters in the Pettisville Local School District, asking voters to support the proposed school income tax. Joining her in writing the notes was Susan Tave-Zelman, state superintendent of public instruction, who visited Pettisville Schools, Thursday, April 24, according to a photograph.
Voters across Fulton County will be asked to grant their approval of two levies when they step into the voting booth, Tuesday, May 6.
Dan Pfahl, superintendent designate of the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities, admitted he wasn’t initially attracted to “the can of worms that was Fulton County.”
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, illustrator of childrens books, visited Pettisville and held workshops with elementary students to encourage them to develop their artistic talents.
Deaths– Rafila J. Avina, 47, Wauseon; Mayo Summa, 66, Archbold; Amanda Borton, 97, Munson, Mich; Leo Grime, 82, Archbold; Norbert Rickenberg, 57, Napoleon
Archbold police officers issued 10 verbal warnings to motorists dropping off children in the 300 block of West Holland Street in front of the Archbold Middle School last week.
A village ordinance prohibits the dropoff.
Gene Westrick shares the CCNO Volunteer of the Year 2002 title with Sharon Fox, Defiance.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 4, 1988
After a 38-minute executive session, council hired Cheryl L. Chapa to replace Al Carter, who left the department. She is an eightyear veteran of the Swanton Police Department. Her husband, Frank Chapa, is a county deputy.
A fire started at La Choy Food Products, Monday, when insulation around one of two flour storage tanks began burning.
Rick Hodges won the primary election for county treasurer; Daryl Stiritz fended off Leonard Richer for commissioner. Unopposed Democrat commissioner Al Kreuz will face Republican Paul W. Tedrow in the fall.
When arrangements are finalized, the Laub Brothers Oil Company at 1406 South Defiance Street will grow to a convenience store.
Seven counties are joining together to promote economic development in the region.
Fulton County now has a policy to guide county treasurers, now and in the future, in the safe investment of county money.
Deaths– Harold E. Beck, 66, Stryker; Hettie Blosser Buerge, Sarasota, Fla.; LeAnna Short, 63, Archbold
Jonathon Kunkle performs with two Defiance College vocal groups, the college choir and the chamber singers. He sings tenor.
College Graduates– Elizabeth Ann Crossgrove, daughter of Joe and Karen, Miami University
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– One’s life is shortened 14 minutes for every cigarette smoked…. It’s a simple and true fact we can trust communists to be communists…. The wild turkey population in America is estimated at 30,379…. Smoking cigarettes and tobacco on airplanes is opposed by addicts who say it denies them their freedom of choice.
Jim Rohrs, assistant general manager, and Pat Corrales, manager of the Toledo Mud Hens, gave Rotary Club members a preview of the 1988 season.
The Citizen of the Year banquet, May 12, will honor Maynard Sauder, the 26th recipient.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, May 8, 1963
Council agreed to start changing the streetlights on a few streets to include North Defiance, Stryker, and West Holland streets and Ruihley Park.
Council accepted the bid of Nofzinger Motor Sales to provide the village with a new police car.
Peter Rupp, a businessman for over a half century, will tell of his recent trip to the Holy Land at the Thursday, May 9 evening meeting of Commercial Club.
Beth Green, Fayette, a sixth grade student, is the Fulton County champion speller. Jane Rupp, Pettisville, was second; Barbara DeWitt, Pike school, was third.
The North Morenci-Seneca natural gas field has now expanded to four miles.
A new oil well is being drilled in Fulton County on the Ira Jones farm in Chesterfield Township, east of Ohio Rt. 108.
C.W. Waldvogel and Ned Wonsetler accompanied F.E. Turrintin, Stryker, to open the trout season in Baldwin, Mich., for a few days.
Carl Peirano, who produced several winning football teams at Montpelier before leaving a year ago, is on the move again. Last season he served as head coach at Miamisburg. Next year he will be head football coach at Hamilton-Fairfield, where he signed a three-year contract.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–It is blessed to give. It’s deductible…. Remember sleeping on a mattress of corn husks?… New frontiersmen are saying, “Give me liberty or give me debt…. The sight of the gallows concentrates the mind wonderfully.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 4, 1938
Marilyn Taylor and Harold Neuhauser have the lead roles in the first senior class play, “Spring Fever,” presented in the high school auditorium, Friday evening, May 6, under the direction of C.R. Warden.
The Archbold alumni association met to make plans for the 1938 reunion of old graduates and a reception for the graduating class this spring. Jacob Spengler was elected president and Bernadine Hollingshead, secretary treasurer.
About 11 am, Thursday, Guy Mignin returned home from the boat oar factory to find his home filled with smoke. A large upholstered chair had caught fire and filled the house with smoke. Mrs. Mignin was at their cottage at Hamilton Lake at the time of the fire.
Sylvanus Lugbill escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when the right front tire of his car blew out on Rt. 20, near Ainger. He was traveling about 55 mph.
Miss Esther Bock won third place in a scholarship examination in piano at Heidelberg College, April 22.
Bryan and Montpelier schools, churches, and theatres were reopened after being closed three days because of small pox.
Mrs. Jennie Coy suffered a badly bruised right arm and bruises to her nose when she tripped and fell in her cottage at Hamilton Lake, Sunday.
Residents along the New York Central Railroad tracks are showing great interest in the new streamline train being tested on the straightest length of track in the world between Archbold and Elkhart, Ind.
The train is 1,700 feet long and is one of 50 being built for the New York Central equipped with the famous Baker valve gears made at Swanton.
Citizens are enjoying night softball games under the big, new lights in Ruihley Park.
Thirty-two seniors will receive diplomas at the baccalaureate service at the 45th commencement of Archbold High School, May 23.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday, April 29, 1913
Many fine mares are raising mule colts because so many fine stallions have been converted to carriage horses of the heavy harness type. A veritable horse famine is close at hand.
The farming business is getting to be a big proposition. Farm life today means more than the daily round of chores and the long idle winter spent reading the almanac.
Well-managed poultry stock is preferable to farm crops, in that poultry will produce an income at all times of the year.
United States senators will hereafter be elected by the people. The United States Senate no longer will be insultingly called the American House of Lords.
A well-to-do German Township farmer refused to sign a petition for a road improvement. He said if he subscribed for anything it would be for God and His church.
The man with the petition said this was for a good road to help the people get to church to hear about the Lord and His church.
The farmer saw it that way and wrote down his name for twice as much as his neighbor.
Sam Broadway, who is quite well known in Archbold as a horse dealer, is in jail at Toledo because he refused to pay his wife alimony.
Eating much and doing little is what finishes the retired farmer.
Will Carleton, the poet, left $75 less than enough to pay his debts. But he left literature worth more than money.
Archbold men have been fishing. The exercise is just as good for them as though they had caught some fish.
A Napoleon man thinks he ought to be appointed postmaster because he is a veteran of the Spanish- American War.
Friday, May 2, 1913
The Wabash Railroad is distributing posters along its lines, urging farmers to test their seed corn and not plant it by guess. The railroads are becoming interested in the campaign of agricultural development, knowing full well that more crops mean more freight both ways.
All are convinced that we have only begun to learn to farm in this country. With so many boosting the cause of the farmer, the first of all arts, agriculture must of necessity get some good out of it.
Promoters are working Williams County in the interest of the growing of alfalfa.
They are holding lectures, making demonstrations and arranging for a county automobile parade through the county on May 6.
After July the man who wishes to hunt any kind of game must go to the county or township clerk and take out a hunting license for which he must pay $1, with a clerk fee of 24¢.
Archbold ladies have taken to the art of basket weaving. This is not only a pastime but a useful art as well. They are so interested that a group of young ladies stayed up until nearly midnight to learn some of the fancy twists, and there were no young men around either.
In some towns they object to married school marms, and in other towns they object to single ones, especially if they are pretty. They say the single teachers are sleepy on Monday. It is a difficult thing to please everybody.
Automobiles are becoming easy to sell. The prejudices against them seem to be disappearing.
Get ready to swat the first fly. If you can’t get at his solar plexus, hit it between the eyes.