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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003

Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, said traffi c problems associated with construction on South Defi- ance Street and Lutz Road are improving.

Council is considering rearranging its North Defiance Street road construction plans for the next two years to ease the burden of retail merchants and residents.

Merchants in the downtown historic district could be in line for up to $400,000 in federal grant money because of the planned reconstruction.

Someone using a torch started a fire that did between $60-$80,000 damage to an outbuilding and contents at the Don Meck residence on Co. Rd. 20.

Deaths– Charles Leatherman, 76, Wauseon; Lucille W. Leininger, 72, Pettisville; Ada L. Short, 83, Pettisville; Charles L. Poorman, 84, Wauseon; Wayne A. Eicher, 78, Napoleon; Bertha Zuercher, 105, Wooster

Jessica Robbins-Haase took two top awards last month at the Ohio State Fair horse competition.

Janie Beck, a senior, is the only returning letterwinner to the young AHS girls tennis team.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said construction crews working on the West Holland Street waterline are going out of their way to avoid creating another detour.

Pettisville school board approved hiring Judy Borcherdt as school nurse. She also holds the same position at Archbold.

Andrew Lauber, 18, was listed in serious condition after a mini-pickup truck and his motorcycle collided at about 6:09 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Danielle K. Nofziger, representing Ridgeville Township, was escorted by Phil Baden in the Henry County Tomato Festival pageant.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1988

Fulton County will host the annual summer meeting of the Ohio County Commissioners Association, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bids for the new high school will be opened Sept. 13 by A. Jean Stamm, district treasurer.

Fulton County commissioners have increased the amount they are willing to pay lawyers for defense of indigent clients.

Jim Lammy, president of Scott Port-A-Fold, was chosen by People-To-People, a private organization, to tour China during the middle of June.

Speaking to the noon meeting of Commercial Club, he said there are three ways to do business in China. A foreign company can operate in the country, a cooperative venture can be worked out, or a joint venture forming a new corporation.

Lammy said the Chinese are most interested in joint ventures, because Chinese workers would receive higher pay.

Phil Nofziger, a Pettisville native, was named the new principal of Stryker High School, Aug. 8.

Stephen Switzer, superintendent of Pettisville schools, completed the Institute on Current Issues in School Law in July at the Harvard University School of Law, Cambridge, Mass.

Richard “Rick” Purdy will receive an associate degree in law enforcement from the University of Toledo at the Aug. 19 commencement service.

Deaths– Amy Stuckey, 24, Archbold; Harold G. Winnes, 79, Toledo; Gladys Ziegler, 82, Morenci; Harold V. Wise, 76, Fayette; Mabel Fricke, 62, Defiance; Ann Wlasiuk, 85, Warren. Mich.

Amy J. Stuckey, 24, collapsed Monday evening while playing volleyball in the Archbold Church League at Memorial Park. She was dead on arrival at FCHC. 40th Wedding Anniversary–

Loyal and Donna Belle Nofziger, Aug. 22, 1948

Park board approved a childrens fitness program at the Aug. 10 meeting. Tentative plans are for seven weeks, beginning in October. The program will operate under the direction of the Fulton County Health Center and their instructors.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1963

Ronald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen Leupp, began a one-year term of voluntary service under the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, Elkhart, Ind.

Over 265 persons attended the 11th annual flower show of the Elmira Community Garden Club at Elmira School, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18.

Three new teachers at Archbold are Donald Hoblet, June Yost, and Mrs. Lawrence A Ruffer.

Rev. Bill Detweiler, Kidron, and Rev. Bob Detweiler, a minister in the College Mennonite Church, Goshen, will lead a Back-to-School Rally at Zion Mennonite Church, Saturday and Sunday, Aug 24-25.–adv.

Charles M. Ham, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, will be guest speaker at the Friday meeting of Rotary Club in the State Room.

Salisbury Quarry, in Monclova Township, near Whitehouse, is now being patrolled by special deputies from the sheriff department. It was closed to the public three years ago because of all-night parties, drinking, shooting of firearms, and individuals annoying nearby residents. It is owned by the France Stone Company.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Meck, Woodland Park, Colo., write they are living about 1 1/2 miles from town at about 9,300 feet in the Rocky Mountains. “When we look out our living room window, Pikes Peak is in the distance. Nature is most wonderful here.”

The Mecks are in charge of a home, caring for boys who have been in trouble.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– It’s easy to be impressed by the speed of light because it comes too early every morning…. If accidents are decreasing in the home, it’s because people spend less time there…. When interviewed, a couple observing their golden wedding anniversary, said it worked because “she soaked her wedding ring in the dishwater three times a day.”

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1938

A tornado that started one-half mile north of Archbold at the Ephriam Rupp and Enoch Rupp farms at about 11:20 a.m., Tuesday morning, swept northeast for a distance of about 45 miles to Adrian, Mich. It caused great damage to farms, homes, and trees.

Joseph L. Short, traveling near the Levi Nofziger farm, observed the black funnel mass. It crossed the road about a half-mile ahead.

Archbold entertained its biggest crowd of the year, Thursday, Aug. 11, at the 15th annual Homecoming celebration. It was perfect weather. Many former residents attended.

The sheriff office had heard of the Jack Gill methods of obtaining farm produce. It is claimed he had been visiting farmers in Fulton and Henry counties and had claimed his wife was in need of special nourishment and requested that he be given a chicken. It is reported he sold what he begged.

Misses Edith Rychener, Barbara Rose Cloutier, Emmogene Beck, Shirley Frey, Ilva and Richard Rupp surprised Miss Elaine Rupp, Wednesday afternoon, honoring her fifth birthday.

Attendance was good at the Peter Stuckey family reunion held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Short, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Short and Theron, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Roth and daughters, and Mrs. Leland Short and family spent Friday evening with Mrs. Delila Short and children. Jacob H. Spengler has made arrangements so local boys can see the Toledo Mud Hens play St. Paul, Monday evening. About eight automobiles will leave Archbold with 60 boys to attend the game at Swayne Field.

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Clark and sons William and Paul, of Lima, Peru, South America, arrived Monday to visit her mother, Mrs. Priscilla Nofzinger. The Clarks are engaged in missionary and education work in Peru.

Winners at the Morenci Horse Show last week: Sam Schmucker, first for grade mares and colts; Elmer Leu, first for two- and three-year olds; Wilson Leu second for four- and five-year olds.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1913

Ohio is the second state in number of automobiles owned and licensed, at 90,375. New York has 117,509.

Fulton County Teachers Institute is in progress at the Town & Township Hall in Archbold this week. Go listen and learn what a job it is to teach boys and girls. Free and open to the public. No collection.

O.A. Waldvogel visited Chris. Yoder and his new saw mill at Rock Creek Ashtabula, County, Friday. Chris. says he is getting along fine.

Citizens will miss a good lecture if they fail to hear Dr. Graves speak on Some Elements of Character at the Town & Township Hall tonight. It’s all free.

Two Fulton County farmers were arrested and paid a fine of $26 to squire Deyo in Wauseon for selling bad eggs.

Mrs. Mary Ann Sworden thrashed Charles E. Freysinger on the street in Napoleon, Saturday. She was arrested. The trouble has been of long standing between the two families in Liberty Township.

English may be making rapid strides as a world language, but it is our observation that the civilized world eats in French.

Painting the face is an art. Some women can paint and improve their appearance. Others can paint and look like war.

What has become of the old-fashioned farmhand that worked 16 hours a day for $12 a month. Well, one of them is writing for this newspaper.

Friday, Aug. 22, 1913

Members of St. John’s Reformed Church have decided to buy the three lots of the Miller estate, across the street north of the Vernier brick home on South Defi- ance Street, to build a church. Price paid is about $2,500.

The barn of Henry Nofzinger, 2 1/2 miles north of Archbold and two miles east, burned during the storm yesterday afternoon. Dan D. Nofzinger’s new separator burned. It was a total loss. The barn on Chris. King’s place farmed by Albert Aeschliman burned at about the same time. Dave Burkholder’s barn, one-half mile south of Pettisville, burned along with a hogpen and straw shed.

Governor Cox declares that under the new law, he will force every saloon in the state to remain closed Sunday. He compels saloonkeepers to obey every letter of the new license law.

Neighboring towns are preparing jubilee fun and other amusements for citizens. Such things are expected in Yankee communities where amusements are highly valued. The people of Archbold do not value amusements. They appreciate bargains more than amusements. Archbold merchants know this condition and by providing and advertising genuine bargains the patrons are pleased and induced to come to town and in to the places of business.

A Mississippi college professor has figured out the reason boys and girls are so anxious to leave the farm is that Paw is too stingy to invest in labor-saving machinery.

It is of little use to tell tourists what road goes to Bryan or Wauseon. They usually go their own way so they have the fun of coming back.



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