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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Betty Young, Columbus, was chosen president of Northwest State Community College. She is the fifth president and the first woman to serve the position. Her salary will be $115,000.

Archbold Area School District will be the biggest loser, in percentage terms, as a result of the new state twoyear budget. It is anticipated Archbold will receive $32,000 in state foundation funding.

The Ohio Department of Education estimates the district’s state funding will drop by $162,000.

Deaths– Dwight L. Peugeot, 94, Stryker; Jeffrey L. Junge, 41, Napoleon; Gordon W. Swaney 77, Perrysburg; Mahler J. Wyse, 84, Archbold

Juan Rolon recently competed in the National Senior Olympics at Norfolk State University, in Virginia.

The Archbold ACME baseball team clinched a share of the league title and advanced in the state tournament.

Anne Hackett Ayalon spoke at the Temple Shomer Emunim in Sylvania Tuesday evening, June 17. Her talk was part of the 55th anniversary of the founding of Israel. Anne’s husband, Dan, is Israel ambassador to the United States. Others attending from Archbold were Angie Avers, Fannie Nofziger, Carl and Martha Yoder, Debra David, Helen Stamm Foth, Maynard and Carolyn Sauder.

Right now Archbold is fortunate to have just one vacant building in its small downtown historic business district of 2 1/2 blocks. Several buildings that once housed retail businesses are now occupied by professional or service businesses.

Bob Short was out early Monday morning picking up branches knocked down by high winds that ripped through Archbold the Fourth of July weekend.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 13, 1988

Marc Fruth, Stryker, has been approved for the AHS principal position. He will replace Gene Rupp, who leaves after 19 years to take a position at Taylor University.

A ban on open burning in Fulton County became effective July 5, when the county commissioners passed a resolution against the practice.

Temperatures soared last week to record highs, hitting the 100-degree mark twice.

Carp Fest organizers hope for cooler temperatures and record crowds to celebrate the 9th annual festival, July 15-16.

Recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Archbold Rotary Club are John Wilson and Bill Rufenacht. They were presented June 23.

Joseph S. Krueger, physician, joins the Archbold Medical Group, Aug. 1.

Carp Facts– The US government brought 345 carp from Europe to America in 1877; carp can live in water of 106 degrees; the biggest carp caught weighed 82 pounds, from South Africa; Mississippi River produced a 74-pounder in 1963; a 20- pounder will produce approximately two million eggs each spring; some live 47 years; carp can tolerate heat better than beans or corn.

Deaths– Howard J. Yoder, 67, Delta; Evelyn Gates, 77, Stryker

The June 6-7 fish kill in Brush Creek is still under investigation.

Ten AHS students are using Charles Winzeler Music Scholarships to attend five music camps this summer: Kim Stover, Sarah Rice, Barnaby Wyse, Trent Kauffman, Kellie Ehrman, April Miller, Angela Hoffman, Anita Sengupta, Vicki Gansmiller, Anita Vasquez.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Leo and Viola Woolace, Nov. 24, 1938

Dean Zaerr carded his second hole in one in a month at Riverside Greens, Stryker. It was witnessed by Jim Ziegler, Kenny Cowell, and Doug Clark.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 17, 1963

Leon Short will introduce his guest speaker, Mervin A. Farber, at the Monday Luncheon of Commercial Club. Mr. Farber will be the administrator of the Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home.

Noble Paul Lach will be installed as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Sunday, July 21. Immediately subsequent to the installation service there will be a groundbreaking for St. James’ new church.

Joseph Crossgrove, Neil Spengler, Jack Miller, Franklin Winzeler, Edwin Lauber, Archbold; Donald Hyatt, Stryker; and William Brannan, Bryan, spent a relaxing weekend at Cedar Point enjoying the library, art museum, lecture series, and beautiful scenery.

The Nickel Family Singers of Springfield, Mo., will appear at Central Mennonite Church, Wednesday, July 24. The family is on an allsummer tour of the United States and the Province of Ontario. Eight children and mom and dad have toured the past four years.–adv.

Mr. and Mrs. Orrin R. Taylor and grandsons, Jeff Smith and Bruce Stanforth, left Monday by train to attend the annual National Editorial Association meeting at Seattle, Wash., July 17-21. Following the convention they will go to California, see Disneyland, visit relatives, and stop at the Grand Canyon en route home.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– What matters is what a man does with his worth…. Mob action knows no color line…. Much of the trouble in the world is caused by temptation. It kicks the door in and takes over.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 13, 1938

An attempt is being made by the New York Central Railroad to eliminate the service of the North Defiance Street crossing watchman.

Archbold is acknowledged to be the best town between Toledo and Elkhart, in point of receipts to the NYC.

Mrs. Emma Barde has been a resident of Wauseon for over 30 years. She was born in slavery 88 years ago, in Boone County Ky., and freed upon the surrender of Robert E. Lee when she was 15 years old. Mrs. Barde occupies a spic-and-span white frame house, where, she says, she “would rather be than anywhere else on earth.

Victor Ruffer, the singing mayor of Archbold, will be featured when the village band performs a special concert tonight. The mayor will again bow to his enthusiastic public with a local number that should bring the usual storm of applause and demonstration that has come to his numbers in the past.

Mr. Ruffer is not only appreciated in his hometown, but also sings solos with the popular McCune Post Band of Toledo. Another featured local soloist will be Donald Stamm in performance of a trumpet solo.

It has been determined that Donald Stamm is the best trumpet player in Ohio.

Eugene L. Sparrow has been appointed the agricultural extension agent for Fulton County.

Adam Britsch brought in the first crop of wheat for the 1938 season to the Aungst Grain Elevator.

His crop averaged 39.5 bushels to the acre and the test was 60 pounds.

Wheat yields have been encouraging and show much improvement over last year, when kernels were small.

Residents of many states visit Stryker to take the mineral baths and drink from the well that is credited with many medicinal properties, and where the Mineral Springs Hotel is located.

The completed tennis courts in Ruihley Park are the scene of many games by young folks the past two weeks.

Total amount of money rendered by the Fulton County Clerk of Courts the past year, up to July 1, was $57.659.67. Average amounts of judgments were $677.02.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 15, 1913

Newspaper advertising lowers the cost of living, according to the consensus of opinion voiced by speakers at the luncheon given by the Hawkeye Fellowship Club in Chicago.

The cannon in the Archbold Cemetery is in need of a new coat of paint.

A case of whiskey disappeared from the T&I depot at Wauseon. Young lads are suspected.

A couple in New Jersey has just been married after a courtship of 50 years. It is well not to be too hasty about such an important event as marriage; but then, it is just as well also not to go in the other extreme.

When Mr. and Mrs. Fred Funkhauser returned from church Sunday morning, they were most agreeably surprised to find their children and grandchildren assembled at their home to honor Mrs. Funkhauser’s birthday. Those present: Mrs. J.F. Funkhauser and family, Mr. Emanuel Rupp and family, Mr. Clarence Funkhauser and family.

Choice cherries are in demand in Archbold at eight cents a quart. Common cherries are selling for six cents, and poorer qualities find no market.

National rifle matches begin at Camp Perry Aug. 24. Forty-two nations will participate with crack riflemen.

Many Napoleon families are unable to get ice. All local icehouses were swept away by the flood.

Early potatoes have suffered because of hot weather.

Lightning struck Frank Nofzinger’s woodshed early Saturday morning. The noise shocked the neighborhood. Some boards were knocked off with no further damage.

People near Sylvania are selling black walnut logs and stumps to be shipped to Germany. They get fancy prices for some of the stumps.

Friday, July 18, 1913

Miss Lizzie Schlatter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schlatter, south of Archbold, died of typhoid fever at Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday morning. Three of the Schlatter daughters have been living in California. There seems to be some misunderstanding about the telegram and they are not sure if it was Lizzie or Lydia that died.

A city woman had been talking all summer about wanting to see the country and “mingle with nature.” Finally, her disgusted husband told her to go spend the entire day as she pleased.

She spent the time picking violets, lying on the ground watching the clouds through the lacy treetops and responded to nature’s call by wading in the creek.

Miss Ella Grieser is helping Mrs. William Wyse with her work this week.

Since July 15, it is against the law to sell fruits and berries by the box. A new set of weights has been adopted. Even coal dealers will need to be careful how they fill up their bushels when they sell coal in small quantities.

Bertha Trousch, 13, was struck by lightning while hitching up a horse at Blakeslee. Her side comb was shattered. She was shocked but not seriously injured.

An Archbold merchant took in over $800 in one day recently. This is a banner town in which to get sales up, if the bargains and service are genuine.

One of our local secret societies has the following motto, which it would be well for all of us to have framed and hung in a conspicuous place: “There is so much bad in the best of us, and so much good in the worst of us, it hardly behooves any of us to speak ill of the rest of us.”

Isaac Carey has bought another cottage at Hamilton Lake, Ind. …. A Catholic Church is to be built at Montpelier.



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