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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 23, 2003

One man called the 24th annual Carp Festival “possibly our best ever.” It kicked off with bargain hunters, and ended with a bang!

Jeff Fryman, a Rotarian, said that around 60 golfers took their best shot at a holein one contest. The contest raised about $235 for Rotary.

“I was real pleased. We raised around $125,” said Chuck Rychener, of the Character Council. The people in the (dunk) tank really did an awesome job.”

School board voted unanimously to increase pay for the school administrators and the classified staff, Monday night, July 21.

Deaths– Valetta M. Werder, 77, Pettisville

One firefighter got a little overheated and required attention from paramedics, but otherwise no one was injured after an explosion at S&W Mills, Saturday, July 19.

S&W Mills uses heat to dry alfalfa pellets as part of the manufacturing process. It is suspected a malfunctioning heat regulator caused dust in the bin to explode.

Corey Walker, 11, and Clayton Wolf, 12, spin around and around on the Tubs of Fun childrens ride at the middle school parking lot during Carp Fest. Also having fun was Garrett Morton, 11, according to a photograph.

John Genter was the Carp Fest Chamber of Commerce 5K Run for the Lights winner on Saturday, July 19, with a time of 16:12.

Paul Hershberger and wife, Alice (Roth), came the farthest to attend Carp Fest– New Smyma Beach, Fla. Alice attended her 50th class reunion.

Mario Gomez, Archbold, and Gloria Alvarado, Stryker, enjoy good conversation and good food at the Lions Club Fish Fry, Friday, July 18. Around 800 persons were served.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 27, 1988

Dinner Bell Foods is searching for something to do with its Archbold packing plant; something other than closing the doors.

“We’ve got to find a use for that plant or close it,” E.L. Elberson, president of the board, said Monday.

Construction of Stotzer Lane connecting Lutz Road to Sauder Village is almost completed. Although rain halted work temporarily on July 18 and 22, the combination bike/ walkway soon will officially open to area residents.

“In appearance it will be like the bike paths in Toledo metro parks,” said Tony Urbas, engineer. “Eventually it might be nice to surface the entire lane, but this will be it for now.”

Henry County Commissioners are studying supplying Ridgeville Corners with water from the City of Napoleon. Part of the plan includes supplying Napoleon water to the Four County Joint Vocational School and Northwest Technical College, and stealing their business away from the village of Archbold.

An electric fan is blamed for an early Tuesday morning fire that destroyed the Israel Lerma home at 416 Ditto Street.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Leslie and Virginia Colegrove, Aug. 3, 1938

The Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio has decided to drop its lawsuit against the City of Wauseon and go with an on-site well water for the regional jail.

The lawsuit was filed after Wauseon voters approved an initiative petition ordinance that effectively prohibited the city from being the host of, or providing municipal services to, the regional jail, officially known as the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Barry Cline returned to motorcycle racing last weekend. Barry was named one of ten top racers at Milan, Mich. He placed fourth in a class of 23 Sunday at Delta.

The gas water heater is suspected of causing an 8:08 am fire, July 21, at the Reid Short residence, 408 High Street.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– The Dell Coronado, the great Victorian hotel at San Diego, Calif., was built 100 years ago on 4,100 acres. It was completed in 11 months by 2000 Chinese laborers.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, July 31, 1963

Crowds of smiling faces and happy kids jammed the free circus performances to watch the entertainment of Jesse, the elephant, do his tricks at Old Fashioned Bargain Days Friday and Saturday.

Tomato prospects are looking up for Fulton County producers, according to L. Lyle Spiess, county extension agent, who believes growers will have nearly as good a year as last. Last year’s average yield was 20.5 tons per acre in Ohio. There is much optimism unless an early frost wreaks devastation.

A group of music committees met last week and elected Ed. Roth, of Central Mennonite Church, chairman of the organization to produce “The Messiah” the first weekend in December. Professional soloists will be featured.

The production has been a high point of music and united church participation the past seven years.

A Bryan man parked his car in the sun for a few minutes and when he returned the back seat was on fire. A jug of distilled water was the cause. The sun ignited the cloth seat. He used the water to extinguish the flames.

Burlington’s biggest building boom in many years has been underway since the spring of 1963, with four new houses and a new church under construction.

Pig-nappers stole 60 piglets out of 200 in several nighttime trips to the Kenneth Upell farm, Washington Township, Henry County. The sheriff has no clues.

Wind and hail stripped the 40-acre cornfield of C.O. Donaldson, Montpelier, and fields of wheat, oats, and beans to a loss of $7,000. It’s a major loss in the area, according to F.I. Bell, Williams County extension agent.

The Archbold Beef Builders 4-H Club met July 9 at the home of Brenda and Lowell Gisel. After a business meeting they adjourned for refreshments and games.

A Dayton man, Paul Lessis, 33, is in the Ohio State University Clinic for eye treatment suffered during the July 20 solar eclipse.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– O’Hare Airport is now the nation’s No. 1 aviation center…. Part of Marietta’s Campus Martius Fortification, or the Putnam House, is regarded as one of the few remaining examples of colonial structure west of the Alleghenies.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, July 27, 1938

Because of six days of rain, the fog horns at Cape Cod, Mass., blew for 61 hours straight, the longest time in over 200 years.

Mr. Paul R. Lankenau, superintendent of the Ridgeville Rural Schools the past eight years, resigned to accept a position in teaching law and economics at Woodward High School in Toledo. Under his leadership, the Ridgeville school system has grown from 54 students in 1930 to 114 in 1937-38.

Five members of the Archbold Band will appear in a parade at Cincinnati, Monday: Victor Ruffer. Eli Shibler, O. P. Kluepfel, Dewey Rupp, Robert Short.

Fred Bruner and Ervin Baer are neighbors in Archbold. They live in cabins on Lincoln Street and usually get along peaceably.

As the story goes, Fred owed Ervin money and he went to ask for it. Fred seems to have been drinking and proceeded to hit Baer with a hoe handle.

Before Justice H.H. Ham at Wauseon, Fred was fined $10 and costs.

A turkey buzzard was circling near the Wilmer Eicher farm Friday morning. Henry Pape and Delmar Beck saw the huge bird and the two got into a car and attempted to follow it. Delmar was driving about 20 mph when Henry shot the bird with a 16-gauge shotgun. The buzzard had a 5 1/2-foot wing spread and has been nailed to the barn for doubters to see.

The Archbold Band is one of the best and most famous in this part of the state, Southern Michigan, Eastern Indiana, and for that matter, the Western Hemisphere and the islands of the sea. Come hear them Wednesday nights in downtown Archbold.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, July 29, 1913

Reports from DeKalb County, Ind., adjoining Williams County, are that thousands of dollars worth of farmland and crops have been destroyed in that county as the result of the ground burning.

A number of days previously a small boy started a bonfire, which got out of control. The result was that the ground caught fire and a number of farms were consumed; fields of wheat, oats, corn, onions, and sugar beets were devoured by the hungry flames.

The ground in that section was once a tamarack marsh and is something on the order of peat. The hot dry weather of the summer has put it in good condition for burning.

Through her attorney, J.B. Templeton, Harriet E. Evans has filed suit for $5,000 damages against Lottie L. Sherman, for enticing away the plaintiff’s husband, Frank Evans, to deprive the plaintiff of the affection, society, and services of her husband.

Once there was a young man who came to Archbold. He was famous for his capacity for beer.

The young man would order 14 glasses of beer on the bar at one time. While all the loafers and bar flies were watering at the mouth, he would begin at one end of the line and drink all 14.

The young man later became a successful evangelist. His name was Snow.

About 50 Archbold citizens attended the boat demonstration in Toledo, Sunday.

Once an Archbold man died of a broken heart because he was put out of church for having lazy-backs on his buggy seats. And now that man’s grandson rides to church in an automobile. Still some think the money spent for schools is wasted.

Friday, Aug. 1, 1913

Charles Bliss, a promoter, established a $5,000 company with a building at Grabill, Ind. When he saw his capital would not produce, he sold his stock and disappeared. The company is now in the hands of the receiver.

The man who paid $16 to have his automobile tires filled with jelly guaranteed to last longer than air, got as far as Stryker and found he was leaving a track of jelly along the road.

The old shanties that still make unpleasant sights along main street are not nice to look at, but are a monument to the honesty of Archbold people. Had they been in some other towns they would have burned long ago.

A boy who has led a horse between rows of corn ten hours a day while the father held the handles of the corn plow may some day be a farmer, but the bets are all the other way.

There are at least 14 ways of getting out of Archbold on Sunday, but the people who just stick around home are likely to feel the best on Monday morning.

In Williams County, 950 sheep were killed or injured by dogs in one year.

There is a post office law which imposes a fine of $500 or a year’s imprisonment on anyone who takes mail not belonging to them. That applies to newspapers as well as letters. Make sure it’s your mail before leaving the post office.

Theodore Dimke will join his father, Henry, and they will open the old blacksmith shop near the Grist Mill.

Samuel Schmucker paid $16,000 for Joel Schmucker’s 86 acres in Franklin Township.



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