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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago Wednesday, March 18, 1998

Clark Forward (135 lbs.) was crowned state wrestler champion for the second year in a row. He is the first Blue Streak in history to repeat the honor. Forward also is the first Archbold wrestler in history to complete a season without one offensive point scored against him.

Joe Duff, village administrator, told council the village might need to, “step up to the plate” and contribute more money to the Clyde’s Way underpass.

Carol-Ann’s Brew-N-View was welcomed to the business community Saturday at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Marci Sloan Latta, a Stryker High School graduate, will join Bowling Green State University as the director of major gifts.

Ivan “Sparks” Wyse and Olen King purchased the Tri- State Elevator, Elmira, at auction Saturday for $50,000.

A photograph shows Pettisville district basketball spirit in the likes of Nona Liechty, Judy Rossman, and Marilyn Rychener.

In a photograph, Collin Roynon, middle school 8th grade, appears almost dwarfed by the 31-pound tuba he plays in the band. Marilyn Krueger is director.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, March 23, 1983

AHS Band Play-a-Thon will begin with a parade through downtown Friday at 7:30.

A spring snowstorm hit Archbold and photos show residents after the storm: Rollie Britsch, blowing snow from a garden tractor; Jason and Justin Smith, playing on sleds; Wes Wyse, plowing with Jeep; and Paul (Bud) Rupp, using snow blower.

Larry Baus, president of council, continues as acting mayor because of the absence of William Lovejoy.

The Bernice Kutzli home, 309 West St., was sold at public auction to Keith O’Brien for $15,500.

Deaths- Henry H. Badenhop, 74, Archbold; Alva Saunders, 77, Wauseon; Hilda C. Dohm, 62, Archbold; Oacar Trudel, 81, Wauseon

Nafziger Computer Service got its start from Nafziger Ice Cream’s need to keep up with the times. The enterprise is now a division of Nafziger Ice Cream.

Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Stuckey, 40th wedding anniversary, April 3.

Teresa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Aeschliman, student at Bluffton College, was awarded a freshman scholarship…. Betty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Rychener, received an alumni scholarship at Fort Wayne Bible College.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Some people spend a lifetime looking for the needle in the haystack, according to Keep Ona Tryin…. Dealers offer used 707 commercial jets for as little as $500,000, DC-8s $1.5 million.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, March 19, 1958

The eighth Quadri-County Science Fair at Archbold High School begins March 28. Hundreds of students will display projects under the direction of George Clark. Science students at Archbold totaling 167 will show their projects.

Fulton County had 17 fatalities in traffic accidents during 1957.

Twelve superior and seven excellent ratings were given local high school musicians at the annual BGSU competition.

Excellent ratings were won by Terry Murbach, tuba solo; Mike Sullivan, Bob Fraas, David Grisier, David Rupp, trombone quartet; John Rich, Karen Peters, Shirley Rupp, Mile Sullivan, Tom Gallaway, Tom Grieser, brass sextet; Mike Miller, Dean Rupp, Tom Gallaway, Terry Murbach, brass sextet; Maureen Sullivan, Suellen Sullivan, Bonnie Fraas, Deann Rupp, saxophone quartet; Larry Schroeder, Sharon Schantz, Barbara Gisel, Connie Wyse, clarinet quartet; David Grisier, trombone solo.

Fulton County Cattle Feeders Association held a banquet meeting March 11. There were 462 served. Nine stops were made on the tour.

Janeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Schantz, will be capped at Toledo Hospital March 25.

Members of the newly organized Business and Professional Women’s Club will hold their first dinner meeting in the State Room of the Peoples State Bank building Tuesday evening, March 25.

Rollin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayes, completed 16 weeks Army training at Fort Bliss, Texas…. Roger, son of Mrs. Wahneta Vonier, is studying electronics at Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Training Station.

Military addresses appear for Donald F. Hyatt, Loretta M. Kernig, Lowell E. Rupp.

Bill DeVries and Vincent Taylor will attend the 34th photographic trade show in Chicago Thursday.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, March 22, 1933

Both Archbold banks resumed normal business operations Monday morning on a 100 percent basis.

Depositors can be confident that both banks are sound, and are proud to know that most of the citizens were of the same opinion, and did not rush to withdraw funds which kept the banks from failing during the hard financial times we have been through.

If you are thrifty and like to get unusually good values for your money, an excellent opportunity awaits shoppers this week, for Archbold businessmen are making special offers in this issue of the Buckeye.

The Pettisville Quartet, consisting of William Yeager, Kenneth McGuffin, Waldo Roth, and Jesse Frey went to Defiance Sunday afternoon and won first place in the singing contest. They will sing in state competition in Delaware, Ohio, next Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Fenstermaker, and Simon Snyder, living in California, said their houses rocked all night during the earthquake that hit Los Angeles recently.

Donald Leininger, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Leininger, was crushed between a truck and trailer in Dundee, Mich., Sunday. He died six hours later at Flower Hospital, Toledo.

The nation has suffered 37 periods of depression and six great panics since 1796, according to C.C. Kohl, economics authority at Bowling Green College. He said the system is not made to provide security or to provide everyone with work or a paycheck, it is merely to let all get out and win or fail.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 17, 1908

Eighteen young and husky hobos were ditched from a boxcar in Archbold. Passing freights have tramps as thick as bugs in June.

Services were held at Lauber Hill Church for John Baumgartner, 35, Elmira. Survived by his wife and three children.

The public has more than ordinary interest in the ninehour and sixteen-hour labor laws, which recently went into effect among railroad employees. In order that his mind may be clear and competent for his responsible duties, no man who handles train orders by telephone or telegraph is permitted to work more than nine hours a day.

The Pontiac, Ill., Sentinel of March 14 gives a fur-column description of a new underground, cussless, out-of-orderless, girless telephone system just opened in that town. Construction work was done by A.J. Vernier and is said to be one of the finest systems in the state. By means of a finger dial on each phone a person can call up any number he pleases without waiting and without central. On rural lines only the bells cabled ring, which prevents rubbernecking.

Adolph Stamm is the man who had the roads scraped and in good shape for Saturday business.

The new dance that has captured the country called the “barn dance” is being forbidden in most halls. When danced by a number of couples keeping step to the music it shakes the building dangerously.

A German newspaper states that it is possible to keep eggs fresh for any length of time by simply immersing them in a 10 percent solution of silicate of soda, commonly called “liquid glass.” It gives a coating that renders the eggs perfectly airtight.

Friday, March 20, 1908

C.M. Augustine has movefrom Ottawa to his father’s farm near Elmira. He says he has all the town life he wants and is now satisfied that farming is the best trade on earth.

Simon Nofziger delivered a $200 horse to Wauseon Thursday.

F.A Geesey bought the John Bernath farm at about $85 an acre.

There is said to be a man in Henry County who is so pious he will not use the eggs his hens lay on Sunday.

Jacob Ehrat bought the building site of the Misses Barbara and Eliza Schlatter on North Defiance St. and intends to erect a residence there. Consideration $1,500.

Ed Sagert thinks of building a house to rent on his lot near the Godfred Ehrat residence.

The Archbold Improvement Association rented the room above Spoerli & Bear’s for an office room. The association pays the rent and the town band may use the room for taking care of it.

Miss Arvah Hallett taught the intermediate room while Mr. Bailey attended the funeral of John Baumgartner.

John D. Rockafeller says they use him well down south. John has nothing to fear. He is too old to be a desirable candidate for the chain gang and can buy them enough whiskey to be considered a gentleman.


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