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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Don Yoder, Wauseon, and brother, Paul, of Rossford, stand beside an 1885 blanket chest that was part of the estate left by their aunt Viola Rupp, who died in January. The chest is signed by Jacob Werry, a local cabinetmaker. It sold at public auction Saturday for $8,000, according to a photograph.

For the first time, teachers in the Archbold Area School District will be in line for bonus pay if students continue to perform well.

The Pettisville school board approved a contract for Rebecca Irelan as the new high school English teacher.

Headline– Property Owners Verbally Agree To Sell Land For Intersection Project; Select Winning Bidder

Cecily Rohrs, director of Archbold Friendship House, and Jennifer Thompson, house mom, go over a recent list of donations in preparation of writing thank you notes, according to a photograph. Friendship House is a shelter and resource for the homeless. It was dedicated June 20, 2002.

Gathered to cut the ribbon to the Sauder Village Natives and Newcomers exhibit on Saturday, June 14, are Don Secondine, trading post manager and silversmith; Amanda Jemmott, volunteer re-enactor; Debbie David, executive director of Sauder Village; Lynn Aschliman, president of Chamber of Commerce; Peter D. Short, mayor; and Fred Witte, codirector of AACC, according to a photograph.

The home owned by John and Donald Clair at 400 High Street, sold at public auction, June 14, to Nathan Meyer and Karissa Glover for $85,500.

Deaths– Alton Klopfenstein, 88, Archbold; June Rupp, 73, Mesa, Ariz.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 22, 1988

School board will sell at public auction Thursday, Aug. 4, property owned by the school on East Lutz Road.

Council voted to give its employees a 1.58% pay raise over the “no” vote of David Skinner, who said he hasn’t had time to review the pay request.

Council rejected two bids for two new toilets and a shower at the fire station.

Karlin Wyse is head carp for the ninth annual Carp Festival in Ruihley Park.

A huge storage tank got stuck when crossing the railroad tracks, June 16. The tank was so long it dragged and held fast on the tracks. It required a crane to free it and put it on its way. The tank was 33,000 pounds and was 110 feet long, and was headed to the Kellogg Company at Battle Creek, Mich.

Andy Peterson, Ridgeville Corners, and an AHS grad, who played football for Army and appeared in two bowl games, is a second lieutenant who will serve a minimum of five years in the armed forces.

Ralph Crossgrove, a WWII bomber pilot featured in a May 25 Buckeye story, wrote to say some of the old-timers in Archbold “should remember how I buzzed Archbold with a B-17 four-engine bomber on my way overseas.

“I took a couple of passes at about 400-500 feet and made a 180-degree turn at my brother’s farm and waved to him.”

Crossgrove was on a long trip that would take him to England.

Mary and Martha, daughter of John and Marilyn Young, Glen Lake, Mich., were the Friday night guests of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald “Dude” Young.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother, rather than all major credit cards…. Modern grandfathers and great-grandfathers no longer can pacify grandchildren with listening to the tick-tock of a pocket watch.

Tim Hogrefe and Kurt Rychener are among the 1,400 Ohio youths who attended Buckeye Boys State at BGSU last week.

Council approved the appointment of Grant Bernath as Archbold street commissioner.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, June 26, 1963

Fred Grime, 86, retires after 72 years of barbering, Saturday, June 29, at 5 pm.

Richard M. Lauber, postmaster, said all correspondence must bear a zip code. The new government system is to improve mail dispatch and delivery.

Harley Burkholder will hold an open house for the new Albee home he has constructed in his addition, Meadow Field, just west of Ohio Rt. 66 on Schlatter Road.–adv.

Little Eden Camp, Onekama, Mich., opened its 1963 season June 24, with a boys and girls camp cycle. Chartered buses took 78 youths from Archbold and Goshen to the camp Monday. The ten-day event is for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Ellis Croyle, associate pastor, Zion Mennonite Church, serves as director.

Carmel Quinn, the Irish singing star, will be a featured attraction at the Fulton County Fair, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. She has appeared on television and radio and formerly sang on the Arthur Godfrey Show.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Beauty parlors thrive because their customers are optimists…. If you see him taking a nap on top of a bedspread, you can be sure he’s a bachelor…. Take a dollar, remove the taxes and inflation, and you will have something that looks like a thin dime Government. It’s wonderful…. Summertime is when school is all out, and parents are all in.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 22, 1938

Great happiness came to Archbold, Tuesday morning, when it was noised amongst the populace that Archbold WILL have a Homecoming again in 1938, just as it has had, and perhaps always will have.

People of this town and German Township had come to accept the Archbold Homecoming as an established institution, and when the mere thought of not having one struck them, there was consternation.

Traveling men stopped their car just north of Archbold Friday afternoon to see a large black eagle swoop down and kill two hens with quick blows of its powerful talons.

James A. Seigle, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.G., purchased the Bryan Service Station from Harold Lautzenheiser and Forest Bergman last week. Seigle was employed by the Stine Lumber Company the past two years.

The new streamlined Twentieth Century Limited passenger train went into regular service between New York City and Chicago last Wednesday. It passes through Archbold eastbound at 6:44 pm and about 5:48 am westbound.

The new Century, consisting of 62 cars and ten locomotives, was built at a cost of $6,162,000. It makes up into four trains, permitting the NYC to operate two trains on each section.

Noah Liechty has been hauling logs from nearby wood lots to Gotshall Saw Mill for 25 years.

Fifty years ago, the Whitehorne brothers quit the sawmill business, saying the best of the timber was all cut off. Ever since then, logs have been hauled to Archbold to be cut into lumber, staves, and headings, etc. And Noah Liechty still is hauling logs to town, but not with a team of horses and a bobsled, but with giant trucks.

Ohio farmers will have access to $6,000,000 for new rural electrification projects and project extensions during the fiscal year 1938-39.

Glen Rufenacht injured the first finger on his left hand at the Lugbill Slaughter house while grinding ice, Thursday morning. The finger had to be taken off at the first joint.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, June 24, 1913

The new road law defining the duties of vehicles upon the public highway is something of a change over the old laws, and therefore is of special interest to everyone. The new acts read as follows:

A person driving a carriage or vehicle on a public turnpike, and/or highway, on meeting another carriage or vehicle, shall keep to the right so as to leave the road free for the coming vehicle.

At a meeting of Henry County farmers, a company was organized to erect a mutual elevator at Napoleon. Farmers are sometimes dissatisfied with the prices paid by grain buyers, but when they buy for themselves, they learn they must be good gamblers.

Good roads also help to increase the rural population. With a good road, a horse, and buggy, the young farmer and his best girl may do most of their courting while driving along the highway. The smooth road, the easy cushions and springs of the buggy, the pale moonlight and the twittering birds in the passing hedges; all aid to swell the heart of the youthful swain in the proposing position. To court, to wed, to bear children, to be really happy; all must be assisted by good roads.

C.W. Waldvogel has been delegated to secure five boys from Archbold to run in the relay race from Washington, D.C., to Chicago. They will carry a message from president Wilson to the mayor of Chicago. The boys must be able to run a mile in six minutes or less.

If each business would put out a few electric lights in front of their place, there would be enough light on main street and each businessman would get the benefits of what he pays for.

The Archbold Band and Fire Department in their new uniforms attracted much attention at the convention in Defiance, Wednesday. Archbold came close to being awarded second place.

The man who buys an automobile before he provides the home with a bathtub is not quite a savage. The bathtub and toothbrush are medicine, eradicators, beautifiers, civilizers, and necessities. To wash off all over once in a while is religion.

Two hobos fought with razors at Montpelier. One is in the hospital. The other disappeared.

Friday, June 27, 1913

At the recent election for issuing bonds for schoolhouse purposes, 202 voters registered. Of those who registered, 135 have no children to send to school and 67 have children of a school age.

It requires no great amount of mental effort to see why they voted “no.” There are 125 who did not vote at the recent school bond election. Most of them are men who were busy earning money and did not have time to go to the polls.

Who can guess the number of acres of wasteland along the sides, or right-ofways, of the railroads in the United States. The land, properly cultivated, would produce enough food to feed a nation like Germany.

Two men who looked like gambler’s shills were in town the other Friday selling a fountain pen for 35¢ and promising to throw in subscriptions to two or three farm newspapers.

In fact, they would promise almost anything to get the 35¢ for the pen. Persons who let strangers get their money on impossible promises deserve to lose it.

If the schoolhouse should burn down with the old heating plant the cause, as schoolhouses have at Stryker, West Unity, Toledo, and elsewhere, and still more horrific if some of the children should be burned alive, persons who voted against the bond issue would never forgive themselves for their action.

James Yourish, who has lost four inches of his spinal column, arrived at Atlantic City, having wheeled his invalid chair from Philadelphia.



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