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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 2, 2003

A ribbon-cutting at Care & Share was part of the opening of the new Ten Thousand Villages.

Bil-Jax Rental Centers have been sold to a group of employees, including Jeff Fryman, Archbold, and Karen Burkholder, Pettisville. Other principals are Kyle Sapp, Edon, and Larry Burkholder, husband of Karen.

Scott Bockelman recently joined the Ridgeville Corners Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Deaths– Herman L. Beck, 92, Archbold; Charles Davis. Sr., 86, Stryker; Clint Olin Towne, 79, Archbold; Melvin C. Gerig, 81, Archbold; Hurmia Bell Garber, 99, Bryan; Mary Giffin, 83, Wauseon;

Rachel Sauder finished seventh at the National Half-Marathon Championship, Saturday, June 21.

Ian Redd and Wellington Fricke won their age divisions at the state Pitch, Hit, and Run contest in Cleveland, Saturday, June 14.

Tully Esterline will return to Northwest Ohio and drive his own racer pickup truck this weekend at Toledo Speedway, Sunday, July 6.

The county health department continues to watch for the West Nile Virus, the potentially fatal mosquitoborne disease.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 6, 1988

The single-county plan to clean the Tiffin River is still on, but there appears to be some disagreement among the township trustees involved.

Officials from Chesterfield and Dover townships said they want to drop a river-cleaning plan. Joe Traut, Franklin Township trustee, said he wants to go ahead with the project, including dipping out the river bottom, while the German Township Trustees are interested in removing brush, log jams, and debris.

Corncob jelly sounds like a strange concoction, but the smell and taste made up for the unusual ingredient, pink corncobs. At least that’s what 17 girl scouts taking a turn at stirring the jelly believed. The first day camp at Sauder Village was popular with the children.

All shares of Al-Meda Chocolates, Inc., were purchased Friday, July 1, by Ross and Brent Taylor, who became sole owners of the company. There were six stockholders. They will concentrate heavily on mail order.

The Ohio Arts Council approved a grant of $1,169 for the 1989 Sauder Village Enrichment Series.

Groundbreaking was held for the proposed 10,000- square-foot addition to Henry County Hospital. Estimated cost is $686,000.

Archbold soon will have a youth center open a few hours each week at 301 Franklin Street. Ralph Luna is directing Teen Search, which he hopes to have open soon on Friday evenings. The building is owned by Evangelical Mennonite Church.

Deaths– Denver N. Stuckey, 74, Archbold; Kathryn Wilcox, 78, Westland, Mich.; Erma Morehouse, 88, Evansport; Ryan W. Engler, 7 weeks old, Liberty Center; Vernice F. Beaverson, 70, Napoleon; Frank Tanner, 64, Edgerton; Silvia Schmucker, 96, Archbold; Newell J. Newcomer, 85, Bryan; Gertrude Honeck, 81, Napoleon

Doug Nofziger, a PHS grad, was a junior leader at the Diabetes Summer Day Camp, Olander Park, Sylvania, June 20-24. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nofziger.

Norma Wyse, a graphic artist, cartoonist, and copyreader for the Archbold Buckeye, left the staff June 28. She designed the buckeye on the nameplate on the front page of the Buckeye.

John Beck, Ridgeville Corners, is touring the Soviet Union with a group of 28 Ohio students.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 10, 1963

Jim Ziegler went in business after WWII, selling summer treats from a pushcart equipped with dry ice. A row of ringing bells on a push-handle alerted prospective customers that it was treat time. Jim’s assistant was Ted Lovejoy. “We ran a daily route around town. I don’t think we ever made a profit,” he said.

A third floor is being added to the Rupp Furniture Co., building. Paul Ruffer & Son have the contract.

The Rupps moved their furniture store to the building in August 1953, having purchased the large two-story building from C.L. Wyse. It was erected in 1925 by the late Henry S. Winzeler, Bryan, founder of Ohio Art Company. Lauber Merchantile Co., a department store, was the first occupant of the building. Lauber Manufacturing used the building several years, and three storefronts were rented for business locations.

The foundation was constructed to support a fourstory building.

Harold Stotzer presented color slides to Commercial Club noontide meeting members Monday. He related his experiences of visiting his grandfather Frederick’s home in Switzerland, who was Archbold’s first mayor.

Joe Berthold, who has been in the West Unity school system for 13 years, has been employed as superintendent.

Orval Ruger brought the first pickup load of wheat to Archbold Seed & Grain Company. About 2,000 bushels of wheat were received Monday and Tuesday.

Booster Club is making plans for its second annual Sports Carnival to be held in Ruihley Park, Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 2-3.

The farm population in the U.S. totaled 14,313,000 in April 1962, and about 1,320,000 fewer in 1960, according to OSU extension economists.

The third meeting of the Archbold Beef Builders was held June 25 at the home of William Rufenacht.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– If you give crabgrass an inch of space, it will take more in a short time…. Hot weather makes you look forward to cold and snow…. In the relationship between man and religion the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality.–Justice Tom C. Clark, U.S. Supreme Court

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 6, 1938

Alfred J. Short was called Sunday night to bring his bloodhounds to Ann Arbor, Mich., where a woman had escaped from an asylum by leaping out a second-story window.

In about 45 minutes the dogs found the woman, who was three-fourths of a mile from the asylum.

The dogs are often called for work, and have been very successful in tracking down criminals.

The Franklin Street railroad crossing in Wauseon claimed the life of Mrs. Mary J. Lee, 77, Wednesday afternoon, when she walked in front of an eastbound NYC train.

The woman was deaf and did not hear the warning whistle of the train. Her body was hurled 150 feet.

School board hired three new teachers: Evelyn Rupp, commercial teacher in the high school; Mary Winzeler and Wilma Miller, elementary teachers.

H.C. Segrist, county game protector, discontinued paying a bounty on hawks, owls, and crows.

The second annual Archbold Ladder Co. picnic was attended by 326 employees and family members in Ruihley Park, Thursday, June 23.

John Rich has started excavation for the basement of a new home on a lot between Jesse Short and John H. Miller.

Ed Schellenberger and Maurice Miller fell 16 feet from a scaffold while working on the S.C. Nofziger house on North Defiance Street. They landed on their feet. Schellenberger sprained his back and injured a kidney. Miller suffered bruises.

Andrew Shibler, secretary of the Spanish-American 22nd Infantry Veteran Organization, son Felix, and Victor Eash will attend the annual reunion at Lexington, Ky., Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.

The Sewing Society of the Amish-Mennonite churches was held in the Clinton Church, Wednesday afternoon.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 8, 1913

Henry Futter, 83, was instantly killed by lightning during the storm Sunday evening.

He lived alone, and when they went to take him his supper his dead body was found on the floor near the window. His face was badly seared and part of one shoe was torn off. Circumstances indicate he was attempting to close a window when he was struck by lightning.

Archbold merchants will inaugurate one grand half-yearly bargain day on Saturday, called Red Tag Day Bargains.

Every time you patronize a mail order business, you help to keep 50,000 women in slavery at starvation wages, so they must enter dens of vice at night to get enough to eat.

Patronize the clean respectable and responsible country merchant upon whom you can depend.

J.A. Short, of Fayette, went to the barn Tuesday and found his son hanging impaled on a hay hook. The hook had pierced the lad’s thigh.

He hung in that position until discovered and released by his father. The hook had pierced the fleshy part of the boy’s back. He is recovering slowly.

The picnic of the Missionary Church Sunday School in Abe Wyse’s grove was well attended, July 4. There were a lot of children and a grand good time.

The swings in the woods were a delight of young and old.

Ruben Arnsberger, 80, died at the Toledo asylum. The body was brought to Stryker. He was a veteran of the Civil War. He lost his mind over a love affair some 47 years ago.

Friday, July 11, 1913

Heber Bros. show was in town yesterday. All indications pointed to them doing a good business while here.

Mrs. J.C. Paxon, Wauseon, was horribly burned by gasoline Wednesday morning. The accident occurred while she was canning cherries. She died Thursday morning.

Domestic service perhaps gives more change for development than factory work, but it provides less opportunity for getting married, which women care more for than development.

Henry S. Winzeler of the Ohio Art Co., in Bryan, disposed of a large stock of framed pictures during the Bryan Carnival.

Bargain lovers certainly can find a feast in this issue of the Archbold Buckeye. If we ever printed an issue that ought to attract business to town, it is this one. Each merchant is offering goods at such low prices that it is reason enough for coming to town.

You will do better in Toledo than to stay at home during the week of July 22-25, and more especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week. These are the dates for the great horse race meeting in the city on the Maumee River.

Red Tag Day comes every day of the year. Archbold stores will soon be seven stories high.

American Beauty Electric Iron, $5; Hot Point Electric Irons, $3.50, Lectrik Electric Iron, $2.90. All guaranteed and sold by Archbold Electric Company–adv.

This issue of the Buckeye is taken up with Red Tag Day business advertisements. We could have sold more space but none was available.



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