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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Candidates who have filed petitions for the General Election in November are Peter D. Short, current mayor, and James Wyse, a councilman who is running for mayor.

Two men filed for council: Larry Baus, a four-term councilman, and Kevin Eicher, a newcomer.

Ed Roth had a red oak tree cut down near a home he owns in the 26000 block of Co. Rd. E. The tree died last year and is estimated to be about 300 years old. It was 50 inches in diameter.

Deaths– Francis V. Avina, 82, Wauseon; Dorothy Riegsecker, 82, West Unity; Betty Jane Dietz, 86, Washington, Pa.

The Woodland Oaks subdivision project could be completed in about three weeks, said Bob Seaman, engineer.

Barricades went up and excavation of the intersection began in preparation of reconstruction of the intersection at North Defiance Street and Lutz Road.

Work continues on the South Defiance Street storm sewer. Crews continue building manhole chambers and installing underground pipelines.

An old photograph shows Bob Hope, a comedian, with his brother, Sidney, of Ridgeville Corners. Another photo shows Hope with his niece Dorothy, in July 7, 1946. Bob Hope died Sunday at age 100.

Local baseball players were given the same opportunity former major leaguer Jim Morris had to make it to the “bigs,” and eventually the big screen.

Scouts from major league baseball teams had a chance to evaluate local and area baseball talent at a minicamp staged Thursday, July 24, by the Northwest Ohio Federation Baseball League.

John Huffman retook the kart racing points lead at Fremont Sunday, with a win in the stock heavy feature.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1988

William Lovejoy, mayor, said at the council meeting Monday night he will tell police officers to enforce the downtown two-hour parking ordinance.

Hay in 150 large round bales is sitting in Union County, N.C., waiting for transport to Fulton County.

The hay donation is from farmers in the south central North Carolina county. Two years ago the same farmers received Fulton County hay donations when lack of rain and high temperatures ruined their crop. Now the southern farmers are repaying the favor.

Two new wings of Northwest Technical College are under construction. The framework that will house classrooms and brickwork are nearly completed. The project should be completed by the middle of January 1989.

John Rich has received the Northwest Technical College Master Teacher award, according to school officials. James Miller, college president, made the presentation.

A spokesman of the University of Toledo said Rich will be an assistant professor of electrical engineering there, starting in the fall.

Deaths– Olga King, 93, Wauseon; Vesta Koehn, 88, Pettisville; Meta Haase, 87, Okolona

Kevin Ruffer, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Ruffer, was recently named an outstanding college student of America. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dannie Ruffer.

Julie, daughter of Myrl and Freida Sauder, participated in marine biology week at the Goshen College Marine Biology Station in the Florida Keys, July 13-20.

Dorothy Lantz caught a 27- inch, 7-pound walleye north of West Sister Island, Lake Erie.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Political lives are sometimes short lived. Alliance, Neb., population 9,000, got its third mayor in 32 days. Mayor Dick Zellaha was recalled and charged with using stationery and copy machines owned by the city for personal business. Then, 29 days later, new mayor Duane Worley was recalled because he refused to fire the city manager. The current mayor, Richard Robb, escaped a recall in January when petitioners failed to get enough signatures to oust him from the town council.

Overloaded extension cords caused a $20,000 fire July 29 at the Abel Rodriguez residence, 209 Bankey Street.

Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1963

One hundred gophers fell in just a couple hours one afternoon when two local men downed them on a South Dakota ranch with .22 rifles. Richard Erbskorn and Alan Carter bagged the gophers from a car window on a recent trip west on the ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schwartz, Rockham, S.D.

Also vacationing at the ranch were Mr. and Mrs. Dale (Cy) Gigax and family, who had flown the Sauder airplane to her parents’ ranch for a week of visitation.

William D. Nofziger has been selected as the first chaplain resident to participate in the new chaplaincy-training program being sponsored jointly by the Department of Pastoral Care of Brook Lane Hospital and the Washington County (Maryland) Council of Churches through its chaplains committee.

The program provides the chaplain resident with one year of intensive study and training in pastoral care.

Nafziger Ice Cream Company was chosen a member of the Dairy Guild of America.

Charles Winzeler, music teacher at Archbold High School, has been spending the summer at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Mich.

Orville Lohse is serving with the Peace Corps in Colombia, South America.

Glenn Gallaway, vocational agriculture instructor at AHS, was given special recognition at the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teachers recognition banquet in Columbus last week.

Gerald L. (Bud) Whaley, 62, Fayette postmaster since 1933 and former fire chief, suffered a fatal heart attack July 27 in his home.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1938

A.C. Fagley, fire chief, warns farmers when hot hay catches fire it can cause great loss. He cites the case of Walter Wyse, who farms northeast of Archbold.

Mr. Wyse inspected his haymow and found a great mass of charred hay, which probably had been smoldering for some time but had not gained headway and caught fire. He kept his eye on it to make certain it did not start again.

Henry Richer, with the help of neighbors, battled a heated haymow where the barn paint was melting. Wauseon firemen tore off the siding and doused it with water to prevent the building going up in flames.

Beginning Friday night, Aug. 5, Lugbill Brothers are inaugurating an extra auction sale of feeder cattle, starting at 8 pm.

The auction will be in addition to the regular Monday and Thursday auctions and is a new experiment.

The attempt of the New York Central Railroad to eliminate the crossing guard at North Defiance Street has been stopped for the moment.

Just one week from tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 11, is a big day in Archbold when the 15th annual Homecoming celebration will be staged.

Albert Schmucker learned how much corn grows in two weeks. He set a stake when the corn was 3 1/2 feet. In two weeks it grew 5 1/2 feet and is now in tassel. F.G. Webster reports he never knew corn to grow that much in so short a time.

Archbold post office employees H.J. Walter, Theodore Buehrer, Ona Lantz, and F.C. Benien are cooperating with the U.S. Post Office Department to get rural people to upgrade their mailboxes to improve the country landscape.

100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1913

Ben Rupp returned from Monroeville, Monday. He says the bridge that went down with Simon Rupp and his threshing machine was an old structure built more than 30 years ago.

There was about a foot of ground on the old bridge. When it went down it gave way both sides at once and went down like a shot.

Mrs. John Siegel cleaned out the stove Saturday and poured the soot and ashes near the chicken coop. A fire started and burned two hen coops, smokehouse and another outbuilding. About 35 chicks were burned. Neighbors responded and put out the fire.

Frank Anstead, 25, of Chicago, was speeding on his motorcycle at 50 mph Thursday afternoon on Coon Road, west of Toledo, when he hit a culvert. He and the motorcycle turned over several times.

He was taken to the home of Gail Fetterman and cared for until Sunday, when he took the train to his home in Chicago. He said the Coon Road was the best between Cleveland and Chicago.

Governor Cox has appointed Frank H. Reighard, of Fulton County, a member of the committee of three to draft a bill revising the law regarding the compensation of common pleas judges.

Emil Leininger drives a two-gang plow. With such a plow and four horses, one man can do as much plowing as two men with single-furrow plows.

Rev. A.E. Witmer and family returned from an auto ride with Gid Weiderkehr Friday evening, and found about 50 members of the congregation of the Missionary Church had taken possession of the parsonage.

They brought gifts of good things to eat and wear and quite a sum of money. The party was to celebrate the return of Mr. Witmer to this charge for another year. He was unanimously elected at a recent meeting to fill the pulpit again the coming church year.

Friday, Aug. 8, 1913

A man with a load of hay met a man and a woman in a buggy in Paradise Alley. They could not pass.

The man in the buggy wanted to turn around. The woman in the buggy refused to turn.

The man with the load of hay said he would pull his load out backwards. The man in the buggy commenced to make excuses about his wife’s stubbornness.

The man on the hay load said, “Never mind neighbor, I’ve got a woman just like her at home.”

Brother Taylor of the Archbold Buckeye notes the beginning of the ninth year of that newspaper.

The Tribune extends congratulations and the sincere wish that the Buckeye may continue for many more years and that each year may prove more and more prosperous than the last.

Brother Taylor reviews the progress along many lines in Archbold since the Buckeye was started: the progress has been steady, many new homes have been built, two miles of pavement laid, a new city hall, two new bank buildings and many improvements on other buildings. Real estate has almost doubled in value and there has been general prosperity along all lines.

For all this we are glad and hope that it may continue.– Wauseon Tribune

They have found the first case of hookworm in Ohio, at Loudenville. It is a disease that belongs to the white trash and poor people of the South.

Some say the hookworm makes men lazy and others say laziness makes the hookworm. Whichever the case, they are usually found together.

All residents of Archbold may attend the Teacher’s Institute, Aug. 18-22, at the Town & Township Hall Tuesday evening. It will be helpful to parents and pupils of the public schools. There is no admission and no freewill collection.

Let all citizens take an interest in the work. A full program will appear in Tuesday’s Buckeye.



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