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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Headline– Voters Pass Pettisville School Income Tax, Health, 911 Levies

Bob Buschur said he will not fight Archbold Village Council on the question of adding turn lanes to all four sides of the North Defiance Street-Lutz Road Intersection.

Now, the issue is how much Buschur, who lives on the northwest corner of the intersection at 100 West Lutz Road, will be compensated for 450 square feet of lawn the village needs to complete the project.

Debbie Ramey says she’s not much different from other moms. Perhaps the only difference is she has 12 children, including nine at home.

Nathan Sauder became the president of the Black Swamp Safety Council April 15.

Archbold issued eight zoning permits during April.

Deaths– Patricia A. Baker, 56, Archbold; Lincoln Borton, 83, Archbold; George W. Nafziger, 49, Wauseon; Ann I. Gearig, 93, Archbold

Ryan Howell, private first class, son of Dennis and Tonya, is with the United States Army in Germany. He was previously stationed in Kosovo for three months.

Three Archbold High School students who are studying at the Four County Career Center were inducted in the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. They are Erika Rufenacht, Shannon Roth, and Toby Spengler.

Josh Clark, son of Doug and Betsy, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Huntington (Ind.) College.

Jackie Hernandez won the discus with a throw of 92 feet, two inches in the Pettisville tri-meet with Hilltop and Stryker last week.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 11, 1988

Fulton County voters will have a chance to reconsider their decision on installing an enhanced 911 emergency telephone system.

Gene Rupp, AHS principal, is retiring to take a position at Taylor University.

Honor students of the 1988 graduating class at AHS are Carolyn Avers, John Beck, Kathy Beck, David Crossgrove, Jon Dilbone, Joyce Geiger, Brian Miller, Stuart Rex, Darin Short, Teresa Storrer.

The George Kramer home at 205 Middle Street was sold at public auction Saturday to Chris Vonier for $27,100.

A $10,000 gift to Sauder Village is funding an historical recording.

Members of the Maurice Greenburg family made the donation. It was given in honor of Greenburg, who was the grandson of Aaron Levy, one of Archbold’s first merchants.

Deaths– Dale Rowell, 39, Wheaton, Ill.; Robert Eichler, 73, Wauseon; Douglas Clark, 56, Stryker

Richard F. Celeste, Ohio governor, signed Senate Bill 256 on April 19, making it legal to hunt groundhogs, foxes, ducks and geese on Sundays in Ohio.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– For 12,000 years, wool has been important because the many fabrics it produces have been used to keep man warm…. Two Michiganders are trying to help provide a greater market for farm products. They have developed a new type of furnace that burns corn, beans, wheat and rice, instead of wood…. The nation has a huge bill coming due for the neglect of its infrastructure– bridges, roads, airports, waterways, water/ sewer systems. These are all the things that make everything else possible.

Maria Smith, daughter of Frank and Benilda, won first place of all competing third graders from nine county schools at the fifth Fulton County Spelling Contest, May 3.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Carl and Helen Erb, May 25, 1938

“I’m sure I can live without it, but I am not sure I can live with it,” said Peter Short, a school board member, about the blue stripe of brick in the current plans for the new high school building.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, May 15, 1963

AHS band members voted Mike Miller, a senior, the recipient of the Arion award. Miller will study music at BGSU in the fall. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller.

Sixty-eight seniors will receive Archbold High diplomas, Thursday, May 23.

Donald R. Rupp, AHS ‘37, was named vice presidentcomptroller of Brotherhood Life Insurance Company, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Richard G. Stuckey is probably the undisputed mushroom king of this community. He has found a total of 1,103 mushrooms in one wood lot. He gathered 233 giant ones under a single tree. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Stuckey.

Grant Weber reports finding 800 mushrooms this season.

Members of the eighth grade graduating class of Elmira Local School are David Aeschliman, Roger Fruchey, Sam Grime, Betty Lehman, Bonnie Lehman, Robert Mendez, Carolyn Nafziger, Gary Rice, Pat Short, Sam Smucker, Carol Seiler, Tom Stahl.

Ohio Art Co., Bryan, founded in Archbold in 1908, is constructing a new 100,000- square-foot warehouse on East High Street, to replace scattered warehouse facilities throughout the city.

The Brush Creek Farmers 4-H Club, a newly organized club, under the leadership of Wayne Spiess, elected officers: Jimmy Ruffer, president; Tom Winzeler, vice president; Michael Short, secretary-treasurer; Richard Spiess, health and safety; Michael Richer, reporter; Allan Beck and Richard Winzeler, recreational directors.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, May 11, 1938

Kathryn Hinderer and Robert Mahler have the lead roles in the second senior class play “The Eyes of Tialow,” presented at the high school auditorium, Tuesday evening, May 17, under the direction of T.L. Parker.

Firemen were called to the Jacob Fricke farm at 3 am, Saturday, where a chicken coop burned. About 1,300 chicks were lost as well as about 150 old hens.

The large chicken coop was totally destroyed, as well as the Delco light plant.

A pioneer caravan of 36 men will travel through Archbold next Wednesday headed for Bryan, where they will present a pageant.

A new flagpole has been erected in front of the high school building through the courtesy of the late Henry Hirsch.

In observance of National Air Mail Week, an air mail airplane will leave the Archbold Airport, north of town, carrying all the pouches of air mail from six northwestern Ohio counties: Fulton, Williams, Henry, Defiance, Putnam, and Paulding. H. J. Walter, local postmaster, and Clayton Heer, Elmira postmaster, are assisting with the plans.

The airplane will leave Archbold Airport at 1:30 pm, and arrive at Cleveland Airport at 3:45 pm, also making stops at Fostoria and Fremont.

Ohio Highway patrolmen have been assigned to duty in Archbold next Thursday, and Fulton and Williams county sheriffs and deputies will be at the airport to handle traffic.

The final payment of the Stryker Municipal Light Plant, installed in 1932, will be May 1. It has an average yearly income of $12,000 and the plant uses three diesel engines.

The largest mushroom on record is drawing national attention at Waterloo, Ind. It grows a half-inch each night, measures 20 inches around the sponge, 17 inches high, and 17 inches around the base.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, May 6, 1913

An old-fashioned low Dutch Schutzenfest with a brass band and a dance is to be given at Elery in Henry County, May 12-13. It is also suspected there will be something to drink.

The reason why some towns grow is because they have men that push and have energy. They are not afraid to spend their time, energy and money in anything that will boom and benefit the town.

They have confidence enough to erect substantial and modern buildings and residences and work for public improvements in the same manner.

Their work is never considered finished and their accomplishment of one thing is only an incentive of another.

A drunken man on a motorcycle drove into town from Ridgeville Corners Saturday afternoon.

He wobbled across the railroad and then back and down Depot Street. After much effort he got started north.

Drunken men on motor machines are a public menace.

John Weber is recovering from the effects of shock, which he sustained when Henry Merillat and his auto crashed into a bridge near Fayette. The machine also needed a surgeon.

Thursday was the first day of village free mail delivery in Wauseon.

The Archbold band played two pieces on the street Thursday evening. Hereafter the band will get to playing earlier in the evening, and will give more attention to the open-air concert for which the businessmen have contributed.

The Vandalia Railroad will hereafter use the Wabash tracks from Montpelier to Toledo. This means increased traffic through Elmira.

Saturday morning, each business place furnished a man to sweep the pavement. The town provides the team and main street looks like a spotless town.

Friday, May 9, 1913

The Archbold band appeared on the street in its new uniforms yesterday morning to furnish music for the alfalfa campaign. A stand for the speakers was erected on the bank corner. O.E. Lauber spent much time arranging for the event.

The first road to be built will be known as the Bryan- Napoleon Intercounty Highway No. 310, the route being along the so-called Bryan pike in Napoleon Township.

The school board is debating what kind of a heating system is best to put in the schoolhouse. Steam heat has some good points as has hot water.

Alfalfa is making a lot of noise in Ohio, and will continue to do so. Its blessings to the soil have not yet been fully discovered.

The picnic at the Bourquin School was well attended last Friday.

The enormous incubator of S.S. Wyse is one of the sights of the county. People come from far and near to see it.

Congress ordered a survey for a proposed canal from Toledo to Chicago by way of the St. Mary’s River to Fort Wayne, Ind.

The idea is to dig a canal deep enough to float the largest lake vessels all the way from Chicago to New York.

Such a canal would cost less than the Panama Canal they argue, with much more tonnage than the Isthmus canal is expected to carry.

Myers, the liveryman, now has two teams doing public hauling. They seem to have more work than they can do.

There is now room for two more blacksmiths in Archbold.

Farmers are finding themselves short of horses. Some very young stock is being worked.



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