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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Hundreds of visitors to Sauder Village enjoyed hands-on activities during Summer on the Farm, Saturday, July 12.

Bill Runkle, Bryan, drove the miniature train through the covered bridge. Lindsay Galbrath, 12, Lyons, and Jamie Seel, 11, Ridgeville Corners, strung leather britches. Green beans were strung on thread and hung to dry for winter food.

A big bicentennial blast will conclude this year’s Carp Festival. Over $16,000 will go up in flames at the fireworks show Saturday night.

Josh Rodriguez and Brock Thorout are flaggers at the South Defiance Street storm sewer project. They control car and truck traffic while workmen do their job.

Archbold School Board and the classified staff of the school district have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, according to Ken Cline, superintendent.

Martha Arndt and Valorie Juergens are the new owners of Curves at 1917 South Defiance Street.

Olen Genter is featured in a recent Ohio Farm Bureau publication, Remembering the Farm.

Deaths– Arthur J. Ward, 77, Napoleon

Dave Perkins, Bryan, shines in the lead role as Tevye in the ACT production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Nearly 150 adults and children make up the large cast.

June Spiess, formerly of Stryker and a longtime Archbold Buckeye subscriber, recently visited Dick and Barbara Spiess in California. She makes her home in Poulsbo, Wash., with her daughter, Judy, and her husband, Pat Howard.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 20, 1988

Plans for the new Archbold high school are in Columbus awaiting approval by the state. “We’re kind of at their mercy,” said David Lersch, superintendent. “We can’t proceed until we get the go-ahead. We’re hopeful they will be returned by the end of July.”

A new Fulton County water study will concentrate on the Swanton and Delta areas first, but will also look into providing a municipal water supply for Pettisville.

Lowell Rupp, county commissioner, said a Toledo engineering firm will undertake the study.

Marc Fruth, who was selected July 11 as the new Archbold high school principal, was released from a contract with the Stryker School Board at its regular meeting July 12, according to Paul J. Roth, school board president.

Over 800 area diners braved temperatures as high as 103 degrees Friday to support the ninth annual carp festival.

“We had a nice turnout and we grossed over $6,000,” said Karlin Wyse, festival chairman.

Caught in the grip of a prolonged drought, Ohio farmers recall the dust bowl days of the ‘30s. But if rainfall continues to elude the state, 1988 may well become the driest year on record.

For a tremendous job well done, a national retailer honored Sauder Woodworking Company with its Partners in Progress award during a luncheon, July 15, at Founder’s Hall.

Joyce Miller, wife of Mark Miller, a corporal in the US Marine Corps and Archbold native, was here to attend the carp festival.

Deaths– Linda Gigax, 40, Wauseon; Lillian Short, 88, Archbold; Reed R. Bowman, 94, Stryker; Chauncey Wyse, 95, Stryker; Georgie Castor, 84, Stryker

A beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree will earn $17,382 a year in the Wauseon Exempted School District. Wauseon has the highest base pay in the county.

Jim Frey, of Pettisville, planted 22 rows of sweet corn, 200 feet long, and said he will be lucky to harvest enough for one meal because of the persistent drought.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– This sign appeared in Henry County last week: “Thank you Lord for the rain you are about to send us.”… Babylon Village, N.Y., voted into law an ordinance that would fine sidewalk skateboarders $50.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 24, 1963

Mervin A. Farber is the director of Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home for senior citizens, a $600,000 project which is under construction on Lutz Road. Farber spoke to the Commercial Club noontide luncheon Monday.

Robert William Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E., was named the winner of a graduate fellowship under the National Defense Education Act by the U.S. Office of Education.

Next week will be another big week when the Booster Club holds its second annual carnival in Ruihley Park, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3. The midway will be bigger than ever with games, amusements, refreshment stands, and more rides for children.

The Garden Club will hold its fourth annual flower show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, in the State Room of the Peoples State Bank building. It will follow the theme of Gems From Our Gardens.

Five new teachers will appear on the faculty roster at Ridgeville Corners School: Marion Orewiler replaces Eva Clark after 50 years of teaching; Eugene Dehnbostel, Veda Crawford, Thomas Grayson, Lester Gerken.

Russell Schultz uses a 30- year-old hay loader and mows his hay long. He slings it up from the hayrack into the barn. A photograph shows his hay operation in the field.

A cement silo at one of the Wilbur Kleck & Sons farms, near Delta, was knocked off its foundation in a windstorm a month ago. It was razed last week.

Walter Treadway, vocal music teacher at AHS, is undertaking producing the musical, The King and I.” His music students hope to pre-sell 500 tickets to pay the royalties.

Citizens witnessed the partial eclipse of the sun during a period of early daylight, Saturday, July 20.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Grand Hotel, Mackinaw Island, Mich., has a desk sign with these words, “We are closed 81% of the year”… Edward R. Murrow said, “We are being out-spent, out-published, and out-broadcast. We are a first rate power and must speak with a first-rate voice abroad…. An Englishman got the mumps at age 99.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 20, 1938

The Franklin Township school at Zone was entered sometime between July 12 and July 14. A large number of tools were stolen, which belonged to the manual training department.

The county sheriff office is conducting an investigation.

Ohio daily newspapers are wrong to proclaim that Mrs. Carl S. Evans, age 36, of Lima, is the youngest grandmother in the state.

Mrs. Joseph E. Dominique of Archbold became a grandmother at age 35 and 22 days in 1934, when Mary Ellen was born on June 4, 1934, to her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lauber of Archbold.

The Ohio record stands in Archbold, and will remain, until proven otherwise.

Theodore Lockhart, 28, Pulaski, drowned at Clear Lake, Ind., Sunday afternoon. He was swimming with four friends off the “Point,” a sand bar in the lake.

Workmen have started the improvement of Bassinger Road (West Barre Road) from Archbold corporation limits east to the Pettisville Road. The road will be blacktopped.

The new tennis courts in Ruihley Park will host a tennis tournament this summer. Teams will compete from Archbold, Delta, Swanton, and Napoleon.

Charles Louys, living near Goll woods and known for catching turtles, caught a large turtle that nearly ruined his trap.

He brought it to town in a large tub to display on main street.

Viewers said it was the biggest one ever seen captured in Bean Creek, Tiffin River, or whichever name turtles prefer their river to be called.

Jacob E. Schlatter suffered a broken left leg at the ankle while assisting with threshing on the George Rupp farm southeast of Archbold, Thursday morning.

Orrin R. Taylor will be a program speaker at the summer meeting of the Indiana Press Association.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 22, 1913

Since the South Defiance Street pavement is under construction, the traffic from the south has hammered West Street almost as hard as rock. Clay roads would be fine if they would only stay dry.

The happiest man in the world is the common, everyday chap who pays his bills and has the respect of his neighbors. He saves a little money as he goes along, doesn’t try to get a corner on his local output, and is not a slave to his ambition or society.

C.F. Houk, of Edgerton, was awakened Monday night by the terrifying noises made by his horse. When he arrived at the barn, he found a big snapping turtle in the stable at which the horse was making all the fuss.

Mrs. Rudolph Seifert, 47, died Saturday, July 19, of lockjaw. She stepped on a rusty nail and in 13 days she was dead.

This country has the race problem, the social problem, and many other problems, but none are worse than the hobo problem.

An army of idlers, men who absolutely will not work, is a canker on society that must be dealt with. It must be treated as a contagion.

The strong arm of government must find the remedy that cures the problem.

In Indianapolis a split skirt tied up traffic. It might be well if some one would tie up the split skirt.

The Bluffton College and Mennonite Seminary at Bluffton, Ohio, has been endowed with $200,000.

Five branches of the Mennonite Church have united to establish the college. Prof. W.E. Byers of Goshen College will be dean.

Friday, July 25, 1913

At last the automobile with the cowcatcher has come. It was only a question of time.

Touring cars from about every state in the union pass through Archbold. One from California went through Friday and one with a Connecticut tag passed through Monday.

If you wish to be miserable, think about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay you.

In this way you can spoil everything, make misery out of everything, and be as wretched as you choose, says Charles Kingsley.

The Methodist Evangelical Church at Burlington will give an ice cream social next Wednesday evening.– adv.

Mandus Nofzinger is busy running his ditching machine.

Man comes into this world without his consent, and goes out of it against his will. His journey through life is rocky and beset with strange and contradictory experiences.

In order to be entirely healthy he must eat little, drink little, smoke nothing, and see that the air is properly sterilized before breathing.

Scientists say the world is not revolving as fast as it once did, but the man who has a note coming due at the bank doesn’t believe it.



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