Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003
A dead bird and a mosquito pool have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, said Kim Cupp, director of environmental health, Fulton County Health Department.
50th Wedding Anniversaries– Kuno and Milla Kohv, Aug. 15, 1953; Luke and Marilyn Yoder, Aug. 23, 1953
Mike Marti, United States Army major, 1985 AHS graduate, and 1989 graduate of The Citadel, is serving as deputy intelligence officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
He was recently selected to return to Iraq for an additional six-month tour, from Sept 20, 2003-March 20, 2004. He is the grandson of Don and Mary Grime.
Recipients of the 2003 Agriculture Hall of Fame are John Trowbridge, Roger Rupp, Raymond Peters, Charlie Beck.
Deaths– Emma Knight, 91, Archbold; Robert C. Rogers, 80, Kendallville, Ind.; Donald Sharp, 50, Liberty Center; Harvey K. Rhymer, 53, Middlesboro, Ky.
Six senior letterwinners return to the AHS volleyball team: Lindsay Will, Danielle Rychener, Emily King, Amy Wanemacher, Ashley Ruffer, Amy Krauss.
Eight new teachers in Archbold schools are Kyle Harris, Coricia Meyer, Jodi Joy, Jerry Fensler, Bryan Miller, Sarah Ripke, Zach Gericke, Jason Bacik.
Tully Esterline rejoins the ranks of race car drivers, Saturday, Aug. 23, when he runs his pickup in the Auto Racing Club of America event at DuQuoin, Ill.
Headline– Hornish Wins IRL Race, Quits Panther Racing For ‘04 Season
Becky Irelan, Wauseon, was hired by the Pettisville school board to teach eighth, ninth, and 11th grade English. She will also serve as director of the drama program.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1988
Rick Hodges, county treasurer, alerts county residents to check unclaimed funds at the courthouse or when attending the Fulton County Fair.
Miller Brothers Excavating is the low bidder to construct the first part of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
Stephen H. Brannan, 45, Pettisville, was named a board member of the Pettisville Banking Center-First National Bank Northwest Ohio.
John Beck, Ridgeville Corners, said visiting Russia was like a step back in time. Beck was one of 28 high school students from Ohio to attend the second annual youth delegation to the Soviet Union.
Deaths– Orville Badenhop, 59, Bristol, Conn.; Dana Robison, 93, Montpelier; Paul W. Cartwright, 52, Archbold; Winifred Clevenger, 85, Defiance
Bueta Rupp, Pettisville, is listed in fair condition at Parkview Hospital, Toledo, after the motorcycle she and her husband Marlin were riding struck a deer, Aug. 14.
Nine Japanese teenagers arrived July 25 to experience life with an American family. “For us it’s a home-based missionary program,” said Joyce Frey, who with her husband, Bob, hosted a 16-year-old boy for three weeks.
Cheryl and Juli Fielitz will guide the women’s basketball program at Rio Grande College during the 1988-89 season.
John Downey, AHS head football coach, has 18 lettermen returning from last year’s Division IV state semifinal team. This season finds the Blue Streaks in Division V.
Scott Werder won the four-wheel drive modified class, while Archbold racers swept the Tamyia class in one-tenth scale radio-controlled car action, Aug. 21. Michelle Hausch, 16, is the first-ever Fulton County lamb and wool queen. She is a member of the Countryside Clovers 4-H Club, and the daughter of Bob and Sue.
Lynn Wanemacher was the third runner-up in the Ohio State Fair queen contest, Sunday evening.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963
George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kunkle, was selected to serve as a junior fair board member at the 106th Fulton County Fair.
Janet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Myers, has the lead role, Nellie Forebush, in the musical “South Pacific,” being presented by the Clark Players in Clark Lake, Mich.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot music editor wrote, “Miss Myers is the outstanding star of the production.”
Coffee Break, a four-yearold pacer owned by CM Stables, set a track record in a mile and quarter race at Yonkers Raceway, New York, Thursday evening.
Returning to previous form, the sensational son of the famous Good Time won the $32,000 Empire pace in 2:30.8.
Driven by George Sholty, trainer-driver, Coffee Break started from the number one position, went to the front to stay at the head and won by a length and a half over Adora’s Dream before 25,000 harness racing fans.
At Sportsman’s Park, Chicago, Friday night, Aug. 30, Coffee Break will compete with the best pacers in the nation in the $85,000 American- National Maturity Stake.
This will be the highest harness horse purse ever offered west of the Hudson River.
The 80-acre farm owned by Mrs. Amanda Nofziger, west of Burlington, sold at public auction, Saturday, for $560 per acre.
Final bidders were Sanford Nofziger and Mr. and Mrs. Hal Hackett. The Hacketts bought the buildings and ten acres, and Mr. Nofziger, the 70 acres adjoining his farm.
Council saved the village about $31,000 a year in interest charges by refinancing sewage bonds, which the village issued several years ago to install the plant.
Joan Smith will be a member of the graduating class of the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, Thursday evening, Sept. 5.
Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– One reason the golden rule wears so well is that it is seldom used…. The wedding is a ceremony where a man loses complete control of himself.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1938
Archbold Ladder Co. is leading the community softball league in Ruihley Park.
Tax-exempt property in Fulton County totals $2,509,420 according to M.E. Mattern, county auditor.
Observations in Ohio cornfields lead R.D. Lewis, a specialist in Agronomy at Ohio State University, to declare that farmers are shifting from open-pollinated varieties of corn to hybrids faster than anyone could predict a few years ago.
Miss Pauline Rupp has been engaged as a commercial teacher at the Lyons High School for the next school year.
Paul E. Baker, pastor of West Unity and Archbold Methodist churches, has been appointed financial secretary and field man for the Worthington, Ohio, Children’s Home. Mr. Baker took the pastorates here and West Unity in 1934.
The Charles Winzeler family of nine children living southwest of Archbold has become well known in the county and state for work in 4-H.
Daniel F. Wyse, 78, was walking from Burlington to his Archbold home, when a car of gypsies stopped him. A woman in the car got hold of his clothes and jerked him about. When he got home he discovered his purse and $30 was missing. Mr. Wyse said there were a number of children in the car.
Peter Seiler, 75, died at his farm home northwest of Archbold, Friday evening. He had developed pneumonia and was in poor health the past year.
Guy Speary, 35, was electrocuted when he brushed against an electrified screen door at the Erett Wilson barbershop. It is alleged the barber rigged a line to the screen to scare off kids. The barber was arrested.
Victor Eash walking east on Rt. 2 from Stryker to Archbold Sunday morning, found three four-leaf clovers and two five-leaf clover stems. That should be good luck for anyone.
100 Years Ago
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1913
A colony of Mennonites of Grabill, Ind., are thinking of locating at Assilla, Ga.
The growing lack of social intercourse among farming people is attracting the attention of the government in Washington, D.C.
There are some well-to-do farmers who never wear anything but overalls, as they never go anywhere requiring a store-bought dress suit.
The heavy wind was good for the cider-maker. In some orchards, apples and pears were blown to the ground.
Automobiles from about every state in the union pass through Archbold this season.
Jacob F. Leininger is having a large boat made by Archbold artisans. The boat will be used as a pontoon to carry the pipes through which gravel will be sucked from the Funkhauser pit.
The gravel when put on the bank brings 62¢ the cubic yard. The gravel is to be used to improve three miles of south road.
The increase in value of farmland has not made the land more productive of anything but interest.
The Huff Orchestra of Fostoria, seven in number, called on Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stuckey, Thursday.
The postmistress at Lyons has a room in the rear of the post office. Friday night a burglar stole some tools from a blacksmith shop and had raised a window to enter the post office when the postmistress let out a scream that made the postage stamps curl.
The burglar was not deaf and had no chance to stop the sound of the screaming, so he beat a trail for elsewhere.
Friday, Aug. 29, 1913
One of the strangest things is at the Hoffmire Hospital & Livery Barn, on Williams Street. There is an old cat and she has a daughter.
The other day the daughter was awarded with a nest of fluffy little kittens. The grandmother cat was not pleased at all with her daughter’s family and took every opportunity of showing her dislike for the little ones. Then a sad thing occurred.
The young mother came home in a badly-wounded condition. Maybe she had met with a steel trap or had been lamed by a passing auto.
The grandmother seemed to realize that the young mother was incapable of caring for the little ones, so the grandmother cat got busy and adopted the whole lot of kittens.
The grandmother cat has since been doing all a grandmother cat can do to feed and care for her daughter’s kits. And since her grandmotherly heart has been opened, she has even added to her cares another stray kitten of doubtful parentage.
Probably there never has been a period when people worried as much as they do now, notwithstanding that we live in an age when there is not half time enough for anything. It is no doubt for this reason that we are dyspeptic, nervous, and bald.
Lightning struck in Harvey Everett’s house, Thursday, and also in the house of Mrs. Short. Fortunately no great damage was done.
Two hundred farm boys will camp out at the state fairgrounds. They will extend the glad hand of welcome to all visitors.