Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Andrew Ball, 7, appears in a photo fishing in the Fishing Derby at the reservoir. Jackson Waidelich, 6, displays a one-pound 17 1/2- inch catfish, caught using a worm.
The second Black Swamp benefit auction surpassed the first. During the four auctions gross dollars reached $112,045.50. Friday evening, a mini live auction collected $6,495 and the silent auction added $3,173.
A five-year financial forecast indicates the Archbold Area School District will need to ask voters to approve an additional property tax levy for operations in 2005, according to Ken Cline, superintendent.
She grew up a Methodist in Archbold, where she had many Mennonite friends. Today she is a citizen of Israel and the United States of America.
Ann Hackett Ayalon is the wife of Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. They have two daughters and live in Washington, D.C.
Fifteen teachers were hosted by the Sauder companies, June 16-20. They were the fifth group of teachers to complete the Learning Partnership, an internship program featuring handson activities and manufacturing technologies.
Members of the Lions Club volunteered time and talent to shingle a new picnic shelter in North Pointe Park. A photograph shows workmen Ryan Miller, Tom Lovejoy, and Karlin Wyse.
Deaths– Berniece I. Detter, 83, Archbold; W.P. Johnson, 88, Stryker; Dorothy E. Roth, 78, Archbold; Miriam Stotzer Moore, 100, Huntington Woods, Mich.; Rahnold Johnson, Sr., 70, Archbold; Doris Miller, 88, Wauseon; Harold Neuhauser, 83, Bradenton, Fla.; Roger Lauber, 61, Delta
Josh Grieser, 14, eighth grade, son of Jim and Ilsa, is attending Interlochen Arts Camp for a third year. He is a member of the arts band and jazz band, and took part in solo and ensemble competition. Josh plays saxophone.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 29, 1988
Archbold set a new water use record, but in spite of continued drought conditions, village water supplies remain good.
“We’re doing great, said Larry Short, superintendent at the water department. “We have all the water we need. Both reservoirs are full and we’re treating about 2.949 million gallons every day.”
Many area farmers are going to creeks and other streams to provide water for irrigation. While it can be technically feasibly, what are the legal aspects? Could a farmer find himself in legal hot water for taking water out of a stream to irrigate his land?
Samples of materials suspected of containing asbestos were taken from the Archbold school buildings, June 16-17.
An estimated 950 farmers across Fulton County face a 20-30% minimum crop loss due to drought conditions.
Sauder Woodworking Co. was honored by the National Industries for Severely Handicapped at their national conference in Orlando, Fla., earlier this year.
Deaths– Pearl Rupp, 84, Pettisville; James L. Weber, 67, Pettisville; William E. Neel, 84, Archbold; Ulna F. Borton, 79, Fayette
Andres J. Peterson has graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He is the son of Chris and Jackie, Ridgeville Corners.
College grads– Mary Lovejoy, International Business College; Shelley Rupp, Kentucky Christian College;
Kelly Short, summa cum laude, Ohio University; Timothy Schmucker, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries.
Samuel John Buehrer, pastor of Spencerville United Church of Christ, was ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ at St. John’s UCC, Archbold, June 19.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– There are no human rights in the Soviet Union. They just do not exist…. Texas real estate owners are in trouble because of their sagging economy caused by the oil industry recession.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 3, 1963
William Grisier is the new president of the Archbold Rotary Club, succeeding Hal Hackett. Don Stotzer was elected vice president, and Robert Stotzer was reelected secretary-treasurer.
Eliseo Gonzales, formerly of Cuba, arrived last week to minister to the summer work migrants of Fulton County. He will serve until Oct. 15. His wife and fiveyear old daughter will join him to reside in Wauseon.
Record temperatures of 93 degrees hit this area three days. Archbold’s supply of reserve water is good. Several surrounding towns are suffering.
Coffee Break, owned by C&M Stable, Archbold, will compete with 12 top four-year-old pacers in the $93,163 Realization at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y., Wednesday evening.
Coffee Break, who earned a mile track record of 1:57 in 1962, has not won a race all season.
According to the New York Times, Coffee Break “recently turned in the fastest workout in the history of Roosevelt Raceway.”
In observance of the Fourth of July with simultaneous ringing of bells across the nation, A.C. Fischer, mayor, requests the village return to the original announcement of Freedom.
Joseph S. Short, superintendent of Millcreek-West Unity Schools for two years, has resigned to accept a position of superintendent of the Pleasant Local District in Marion County, with an enrollment of 1,200.
Roger Meier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Meier, will leave Germany Aug. 15 to return home for release from the army after three years service as an artillery radio repairman.
For whatever it was worth to him, the loser in the National Crow Shooting singles competition got a baked crow dinner.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, June 29, 1938
A 27-acre lake may be created by damming Mill Creek, just across the Fulton County line near Zone, on the Hinkle farm in Williams County.
Mr. Hinkle is ready to donate the 27 acres of his farm to form a lake.
The Amish-Mennonite Central Church will hold a Young People’s Institute, three days this week.
The largest sugar beet crop on record, 63,000 acres, has been planted in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana this year.
M.E. Mattern, county auditor, said Archbold property valuation increased $40,000, the highest in the county.
John Munro, ex-mayor and a gardener, retains the title of raising the first ripe tomato.
The second annual picnic of the employees of the Archbold Ladder Co., was held in Ruihley Park, Thursday afternoon and evening. There were 326 in attendance.
Stryker businessmen will hold their annual homecoming celebration, Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Miss Olive Brown has resigned as superintendent of Detwiler Memorial Hospital at Wauseon after serving the past five years. The board hired Miss Mildred Walker, of Cleveland, to be in charge. Miss Walker has worked for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York for several years and has experience in a hospital in China.
County commissioners are about to take over the improvement of Bassinger Road and provide a substantial blacktop for about four miles east from the Archbold south corporation line.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 1, 1913
Probably the queerest Fourth of July celebration ever held in the United States was the attraction in Archbold about the year 1878.
There was a Swiss society here at that time called Gruidley Verien that was in charge of arrangements. The feature was a parade of most of the Verien on horseback wearing tin helmets and brandishing ancient-looking 16th century armor made of Yankee tin.
There was a large attendance of Swiss who came from far and near. The visitors seemed to get a lot of joy out of drinking and holding up two fingers in imitation of the oath of the three Swiss.
There also was one bowery dance at which each young man was expected to take his young lady partner to the bar after each dance and buy her a drink. The young fellow who bought the most drinks was the big boy with the most girls.
A Low Dutch band furnished the music for the dance, and the dancers were expected to keep the musicians well-beered.
The second fiddler never refused a drink and would often forget to stop playing between dances, unless someone hurried to him with a glass of the amber liquor.
The orator of the day said that America would never have amounted to anything had it not been for the Swiss.
Rather than answer to a charge preferred by Clara Colley, Wm. McDougle, 21, of Leipsic, went behind the barn while the marshal was waiting for him to change clothes, and shot himself through the temple.
The McDougles are said to be one of the best families in that vicinity.
The young woman wanted the youth put in jail.
Friday, July 4, 1913
It stands as a matter of history to the everlasting disgrace of this country that in the ten years from 1903 to 1912, inclusive, a total of 39,808 people– the equivalent of nearly 40 regiments– were killed or injured in the celebrations of the Fourth of July.
A new law requires that every stallion in public service must be examined and certified before Jan. 1. 1914
The object of the law is to raise the standard of breeding and to follow somewhat along the lines pursued by France, Germany, and other European countries noted for good horses.
The Red Cross Drug Store soda fountain has a fine pair of dishwashers. They had to hustle Saturday night. It was hot.
Road building is becoming a science, and instead of having the work done under the incompetent direction of county or town officials, the states are assuming the responsibility of control, with excellent results.
Any vandal can knock and tear down the town, but it requires effort to boost and build it up.
A German Township man who chews five cents worth of plug tobacco each day and swallows the juice has taken stomach medicine from four physicians.
It looks like people of Archbold are becoming more sociable. Anyhow, there are more social news items than formerly. If we want to keep our young folks in the hometown and boost our community, we must give more attention to social matters.
There are spring chickens for the Fourth of July, but no roasting ears or new potatoes.