Ten Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003
Jose “Joey” Gonzales III, AHS ‘01, is a soft-spoken Marine soldier who remembers when the Iraqis were shooting at him and his unit. He could see their tracers and hear their guns.
A front page photograph shows Gonzales with a truckload of gold bars found by U.S. Marines.
The Vivian Rich home at 301 Vine Street was sold at public auction to Kent Nafziger and Megan Dominique for $105,000.
Headline– North Defiance Street Could Open By Sept. 12, Says Engineer
The last phase of the Woodland Oaks reconstruction project is complete except for a few minor details, said Bob Seaman, village engineer.
Heer Excavating started Monday on the 793-foot extension of Murbach Street. The addition will stretch east from the present east end of Murbach Street.
Deaths–William F. Arend, 74, Stryker; Laurina Behnfeldt, 98, Napoleon; Emma Knight, 91, Archbold; Emagene Yingling, 79, Edinburg, Texas
It’s official: AHS graduate Sam Hornish, two-time Indy Racing League champion, will join Penske Racing, the most successful Indy racing team ever, for the 2004 race season.
Tully Esterline, racing with a sick engine and a flat tire, wrangled a secondplace finish in the Auto Racing Club of America, Saturday, Aug. 23.
Three candidates, including Daniel Bruner, incumbent, Thomas D. Beck, and Richard W. Young are running for Pettisville school board. J.R. Grieser is not seeking reelection.
The Archbold Area School District scored a perfect 22 of 22 on the Ohio Department of Education 2002-03 report cards for a third consecutive year. Pettisville failed to reach 75% in three areas, all in the fourth grade.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1988
After a week of band camp, the AHS marching band is ready for another successful season. Marching and playing in tune is a challenge to all musicians.
Four candidates have filed for judge of the Fulton County Court, Western District: James Hensal, Archbold; Thomas S. Molitierno, Fayette; J. Allen Keiser, Swanton; Mark L. Powers, Wauseon.
With a rash of fatal automobile accidents in Fulton County, a tactical squad composed of the Ohio State Patrol and Fulton County Sheriff Deputies is cracking down on traffic violators.
The Public Commission of Ohio denied a Toledo Edison request on Aug. 9 for a $46 million emergency rate increase.
Radio listeners in and around Archbold will be able to hear religious broadcasting from the Fort Wayne Bible College station, WBCL, over a new station in Archbold, if legal procedures go through.
Jeff and Melodie Rupp plan to open a franchised Subway food shop at 200 North Defiance Street early this fall.
Pettisville Local School has two new teachers for the 1988-89 school year. Although new on the teaching staff, Mary Lou Beck and Jim Sauder are familiar faces to the school and community.
Deaths– Bertha Quillet, 90, Wauseon; Edna Hootman, 69, Archbold
Vicki Hesterman, Ridgeville Corners, was awarded a doctorate degree in mass communication from Ohio University, Aug. 20.
Andy Moyer, Pettisville Ever-Ready 4-H Club, was awarded the overall Showman award for junior barrow division at the Ohio State Fair, Aug. 20.
Samuel Buehrer was awarded Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary.
Four new teachers join the staff at Archbold: Bev Emch, vocational home economics; Beverly Armstrong, Chapter I reading; Kelly Boulton, grade two; Tom Walker, grade four.
Veteran linksters returning to the AHS golf team are David Keesbery, Matt Wyse, Todd Duvendack J.J. Hesterman. Gone because of graduation are David Crossgrove and Mike Rice.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1963
Coffee Break, a four-yearold record holding pacer owned by the C&M Stable, won the $86,000 Maturity Pace at Sportsman’s Park, Chicago, Friday night. It was the richest purse in Chicago sulky racing history. Coffee Break had the post position, took the lead, and kept it to win over Harold J in 2:00 by a length.
The victory boosted Coffee Break’s lifetime earnings to $188,289.
Friday night at Scioto Downs, Columbus, the C&M winner will face some of the same competition in the $16,600 HTA pace, starting from the eighth position.
Arnold Johnson, engineer of Fulton Tubing Company, will leave by jet for Tokyo, Japan, where he will assist a Japanese firm, Sanoh Industries Ltd., in setting up a tubing manufacturing operation.
The Archbold industry has been working many months on the extension plan.
The three Japanese who visited Archbold the past summer were Mr. Numora, production manager; Mr. Shinohara, technical supervisor, and Mr. Kato, general manager of Sanoh Industries, Ltd.
Mr. Johnson will be there two months or until the operation is in production.
The 1963 enrollment on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Archbold schools was unofficially 1,011. It is an increase of six pupils over one year ago.
Fifty years ago, Saturday, night, Aug. 30, 1913, Archbold suffered its most devastating fire when an entire block, excepting four buildings, were destroyed.
Approximately one-half of the business section on the east side of North Defiance Street was lost.
The loss was estimated at $175,000. About half the loss was covered by insurance.
Galen Gault, superintendent of the water and sewage plants, was guest speaker at the Friday noon luncheon meeting of Rotary Club.
Mrs. Ann G. Albi bought the Willis Augspurger home on South Defiance Street at public auction for $5,500, Saturday.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1938
Irvin G. Wotring took five reels of motion pictures of the Archbold Homecoming.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Amstutz and son David went to Africa about a year and a half ago, and a photo just received shows them sitting under a tree at their mission station at Aja Yangarakata Via Aba and the Nile Congo Belge, Africa.
Harold is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Amstutz, Pettisville.
Harold and his wife have learned the language and are doing regular missionary work, building up a new station where no work has been done for five years.
Most Archbold business places will close Monday, in honor of Labor Day.
Another week and the streets and highways will be filled with evidences of the return of school days. Happy children on their way in school busses. School bells will announce to the nation that children are back at work and that the summer time recession is over.
The Archbold concert band has been engaged to furnish music for the Fulton County Fair on Thursday, Sept. 8, which is Archbold Day.
Miss Sahra Levy was elected vice president of the Fulton County Central Committee.
Report of receipts and expenditures of the sixth annual Wauseon Homecoming celebration indicates that receipts were $3,361.41 and expenditures $2,985.14, leaving a net profit of $376.27. They have a cash balance in the treasury of $1,272.26.
Council approved extending water mains and adding fire hydrants in the village. The village is growing and improvements are necessary.
Harley Loveland, county sheriff, wants citizens to notify his office when they see gypsies traveling in the county so he and his deputies can watch them. The action is prompted by the loss that befell D.F. Wyse that appeared in this newspaper. Citizens should notify the sheriff office the instant they see the pests.
100 Years Ago
Friday, Sept. 5, 1913
When the (Saturday, Aug. 30) fire (in downtown Archbold, which destroyed almost an entire block) was burning at night the flames could be seen for miles around. About 3,000 people came from every direction in autos, cars, and trains.
Automobiles were parked in all parts of town. The number of drunks in evidence during the fire was something almost unbelievable,
The excitement must have emptied Ridgeville Corners, Ney, and Naomi of all their customers. How it started nobody knows.
The night of the fire two men carried all the clothing their arms could hold and piled the goods in an automobile.
On top of this they threw a mattress and wheeled away. One tramp carried away a plate glass mirror, probably to get a good look at himself.
Immediately after the fire early Sunday morning, the streets and yards nearby were lined with all kinds of goods and merchandise.
By ten o’clock Sunday morning, not one piece of merchandise was in sight.
Farmers on their way home from church saw only the empty streets. What became of the sea of goods is a mystery.
Men don’t like to pump a fire engine. Businessmen and professional men who are not accustomed to manual labor soon blister their hands, use muscles that have long been idle, have no wind and are soon exhausted.
It was the Wauseon engine that arrived first on the scene, second came Bryan, then Toledo.
The two pickpockets locked up by marshal Snyder Sunday afternoon were headed before mayor August Ruihley, Tuesday morning.