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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003

Rain put a damper on attendance during the first four days of the Fulton County Fair. Labor Day attendance was 13,687.

Headline– Heavy Rain Means North Defiance Street- Lutz Road Intersection Won’t Open Early, Says Engineer

Leon Smith, Archbold wastewater treatment plant supervisor, has said he will retire from the position sometime in the middle of next year. He has held the position 10 1/2 years.

Sauder Woodworking Co. received a United States Commerce Department Export Achievement Certifi- cate, Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Loren Roth, Sauder Woodworking director of international sales, and Myrl Sauder, vice president, accepted the award.

The Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce received 30 responses to its survey of merchants in the downtown area concerning reconstruction of the historic downtown, according to Mari Yoder, codirector. A total of 56 surveys were mailed to members.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Jim and Joyce Short, Sept. 11, 1953

Deaths–Dottie M. Purdy, 67, Archbold

Jeff Avina, 39, Fayette, county computer network administrator currently under indictment, resigned the post, according to county commissioners.

He was indicted by a grand jury on one count, misuse of a credit card, four counts, theft in office, and two counts of theft.

Rain that fell between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2 may have spoiled a Labor Day vacation, but it was just in time for the area corn and soybean crops.

Pettisville elementary kindergarten students gather on the merry-go-round for their first day of school and a photograph in this newspaper.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1988

It may have started as a daughter’s 4-H project, but Tom Yoder finds parent involvement is an essential ingredient is showing animals at the county fair.

The Concerned Citizens Against the Proposed Regional Jail lost its court battle last week, and hasn’t decided if there will be a second round.

The South Pacific is an economic force we’ll have to recognize if we want to compete in the world market, said Ed Roth after spending a week in Hong Kong, Aug. 6-12.

In a feature article by Siegrid Richer, Harold Weyandt, 70, talks of his childhood at the Mennonite Orphans’ Home, now Adriel School, West Liberty.

It was a spring day in 1931 when Harold, 13, stepped off the train in Urbana with his eight-year-old brother Charles in tow.

“When I knew they were coming to get me I ran away,” he said. “But they found me. I had only gone to my grandmother’s house.

Deaths– Geneva Sharpe, 58, Wauseon; Dorothy Grime, 88, Quincy, Ill.; Bryant A. Weber, 94, Pettisville.

John Waidelich, a PHS grad, will teach math principles of technology at Four County Vocational High School. He was an honor student at Defiance College and Northwest Technical College.

Greg Todd, an AHS grad and student at the University of Toledo, is taking part in a student exchange program for chemistry and biology students. He leaves Tuesday for a year at the University of Salford in England.

Beth Henry, daughter of Michael and Sue, represented the Archbold FFA chapter as sweetheart at the Fulton County Fair.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Most Americans are not aware that more than half of all registered voters are age 40 or under. Now who has the say?… The federal budget deficit is estimated at $152 million. The US takes on $100,000 in debt every 21 seconds…. After living in Egypt for almost five years, Kent Beck would still rather walk than drive. Even public transportation beats driving in the city of Cairo.

It could be nine months or more before the non-commercial Christian radio station proposed for Archbold goes on the air.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1963

Donald and Vietta Nofziger, Goshen, Ind., will sail from New York on Sept. 13 to serve a three-year term of missionary service in Ghana, Africa, as representatives of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, Elkhart, Ind. Donald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Nofziger, will serve as pastoral assistant and administrative assistant of the primary village schools in the Accra district of Ghana.

The Priscilla Schrock and Mabel Schwartzendruber home on West Barre Road was sold at auction Saturday for $8,000 to Larry Grube, Defiance.

Ronald Fielitz, West Unity, showed the reserve grand champion carcass barrow at the Michigan State Fair last week. He won over 42 entrants.

Lugbill Bros., Inc., sold 2,291 head of hogs Thursday, Sept. 5, which broke the previous record of 2,000 head, established Oct. 14, 1946, when the OPA ceiling prices were removed.

The Archbold Lions Club, in cooperation with Lugbill Bros., county agents, 4-H and FFA leaders, and Archbold High School, will sponsor the first annual Junior Calf Club Show & Sale, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18-19.

Sam Lauber showed the reserve champion market lamb, and George Kunkle won the purebred Hampshire sow showmanship award at the Fulton County Fair.

A two-week Vacation Bible School at St. James Lutheran Church, Burlington, was attended by 78 children.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Beer bars for the home are one of the latest promotion-selling ideas in American cities…. Candy provides enough energy to aid you in reaching for one more piece…. Political coattails are getting shorter and less effective.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1938

Two girls without funds and with no prospects of employment were hitchhiking their way from Detroit to their home at Huntington, W.Va.

They said if they succeed in getting home, they will stay where their meals are regular and friends are plentiful.

Napoleon seeks a new hospital as the present building is inadequate. They propose to seek WPA aid and are discussing the possibility of securing a hospital costing about $150,000.

Paul Steiner and family of Angola, Ind., moved to Pettisville last week. Mr. Steiner is the new pastor of the Missionary Church. H.H. Amstutz was pastor the past three years.

Harold E. Burkholder, a farmer of near Archbold, won first place Thursday in the Ohio State Fair sheepshearing contest.

The five young bandits, all under 25 years, who have been robbing tourists camps throughout Northwestern Ohio were held Wednesday in Fort Wayne by police.

They were recognized by Frank Gobel, of Fayette, who operates a tourist camp near Fayette, which was robbed, it is believed, by this group a few weeks ago.

If the five are found guilty in Indiana they are subject to 25-year sentences. Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Nofziger, of Burlington, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home Sept. 5. A family dinner was served to about 45. Their seven children and their families joined in the day’s celebration.

Evelyn, AHS ‘35, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rupp of Vine Street, is the new commercial teacher in Archbold High School.

Firemen answered a call to the Lloyd Myers farm near his slaughterhouse on Bassinger Road, a short distance east of town.

Council passed a law making it unlawful to park a truck or vehicle in an alley in the business section, except when unloading merchandise or passengers. Violators will be penalized.

There is great agitation in the county to have the commissioners apply for federal grant money to build a needed addition to the courthouse.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1913

The Nofzinger reunion will be held at the Klopfenstein Park, Wednesday, Sept. 10. All persons related to the Nofzingers by blood or marriage are welcome.

It is a basket dinner. All come and have a good time. If all the Nofzingers attend there will be a crowd.

No people have been more proud of their town than are the people of Archbold.

And indeed they have a right to feel proud. The town is surrounded by wealthy farmers and beautiful farm homes. It has beautiful and well-kept streets and private residences and its merchants have always enjoyed a good business.

The reunion of the Spiess family was held at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Spiess, Sunday, Sept. 6.

Frederick and Catherine Wetzel to Conrad Ziegler, lot No. 113, Rupp’s 2nd Add., Archbold, $1.

It is wonderful how poor a memory a chronic borrower has. He can’t remember when he borrowed a tool from you, or promised to return it.

Two hundred and fifty bushels of peaches sold at $2 a bushel and a lot of Archbold people are disappointed for not getting enough of the fruit.

Henry Weber, who lives on the Mrs. Baumgartner place, is cutting corn this week. He thinks it will run 100 bushels to the acre.

Friday, Sept. 12, 1913

Soloman Keiser’s mare stood on its rear legs and fell backwards upon the owner. The mare struck its head on the pavement and died. The man was severely injured. It was worth $200.

Today is clean-up day. Twenty teams and 75 men are promised. David Snyder has been made manager of the day with Wilson Meyers and J.O. Swisher as assistants.

Dinner and supper will be served in the Town & Township Hall by a committee of six.

The day will be spent cleaning up ruins of the fire.

While excavating at Defi- ance on the site of old Fort Winchester, the graves of ten soldiers were opened.

The bodies had brass buttons on them by which they were known to be soldiers. They were buried about the time of General Harrison.

The Allen Bank of Fayette was closed Wednesday afternoon by order of banks of Ohio.

Down through the eastern part of Ohio there are thousands of abandoned farms. They say the soil is just as good as that around Archbold.

The land is close to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Erie, Buffalo, and other cities.

What are the teachers going to do with all the children when school commences.

Some of the little ones will probably be compelled to sit on the floor.



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