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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004

Work on the new Archbold Woodland Park should start next month, according to council.

Kenny Cowell, a councilman, requested council place a stop sign at the corner of Vine and Williams streets while North Defiance Street is closed for improvements in 2005.

Additional traffic is expected on Vine Street.

Two awards in the Ohio weekly newspaper competition were presented to the Archbold Buckeye: second place in editorials and third in design.

Deaths– Dorthy P. Britsch, 86, Pettisville; Clela M. Detter, 91, Archbold; Richard Stockman, 72, Ridgeville Corners

Western District Court took in more than $1 million in cash receipts during 2003.

Levi Rupp was recognized as the 2003 Eagle Class representative of the Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Marlin and Lois (Beck) Rufenacht, Feb. 21, 1954

Jordan, daughter of Kevin and Janet Miller, received the Margaret Evans Devore memorial scholarship at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Va.

Three Archbold area graduates were named to the University of Cincinnati dean’s list: Mark Kruse, Melissa Ballmer, Jeremy Smith.

Mike Zimmerman, an AHS senior, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Charleston, W.Va., to play football. He was a placekicker for the Blue Streaks.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1989

After a 20-minute executive session, council voted to enter water contract negotiations with the Ridgeville Township Water Board.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said the estimated cost will be $595,000.

Dinner Bell has posted a notice telling workers that the beef slaughtering portion of the Archbold plant will close.

E.L. Elberson, chairman and CEO, said, “nothing is set in concrete, yet. We haven’t been able to make any money on that business for a long time, and it has gotten worse.”

Wauseon will cooperate with the rest of Fulton County on plans to solve some of the county water problems.

Curt Fauver III, Wauseon mayor, told public officials Wauseon would not be opposed to looking to Archbold as a source of treated water, but added, “for all communities, each needs to look at what’s best for its own needs. Wauseon needs to look a supplying itself.”

The newest road in the Archbold Industrial Park was named for Dick Weires, retired councilman. Weires Drive is the name given the street, which runs south off of Taylor Parkway and dead ends. Eventual plans call for the street to loop back out to St. Rt. 66.

Council has been in negotiations with N&R&G, Inc., of Napoleon, about the possibility of locating a recycling center in Archbold.

Swine producers from all over Northwest Ohio take part Tuesday in the Northwest Ohio Barrow Show at Lugbill Brothers Auction.

Paul zumFelde, county 4-H extension agent, is a member of the Northwestern Ohio 4-H International Committee, which met in Napoleon, Jan. 17.

Seven Archbold students were selected to sing among Ohio’s best high school vocalists: Mark Gelios, Sarah Hostetler, Troy Kaufman, Matt Rychener, April Stahl, Kim Stover, Anita Vasquez.

Degree–Joseph Dean Short, Ohio State University, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Short.

Marvin Merillat, a magician, will appear Friday on The Gong Show.

Deaths–Robert R. Keafer, 63, Shelbyville, Ind.; Helen M. Wilkerson, 82, Wauseon; Edward L. Friesen, 60, Almena, Wis.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1964

A brass mill to cost approximately $6.5 million will be constructed by Chase Brass & Copper Co., Cleveland, on a 50-acre site northeast of Montpelier, near the Ohio Turnpike.

James, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rychener, is a serviceman stationed in Korea. Because his birthday fell on the 23rd anniversary of the USO, Feb. 4, he was entertained for the day at the USO in Seoul, Korea, and given a free telephone call home.

It took 15 hours to get the call through, which was 9 pm, Feb. 4, in Pettisville.

Two pieces of hackberry wood are on display in the Archbold Buckeye window. Two trees three feet in diameter were cut into lumber on the John and Gaylord Fielitz farm, 1 mile east of West Unity.

Janet, daughter of Lloyd Myers, will appear on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour TV show, Feb. 12.

Fairlawn Haven, a nonprofit, non-sectarian home for the aged, will hold an open house Friday-Saturday Sunday, Feb. 21-22-23. Finishing touches are being completed. M.A. Farber, executive director, said it will begin operation Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Seven men filed petitions for county commissioner: Republicans Nelson Rupp, R.C. Howard, Wilbur Kleck, Loran Yoder, George DeVries, Floyd Lauber; Democrat Melvin Schnitkey.

Newly-formed Archbold Kiwanis Club elected offi- cers: Esta Keirn, president; James Clevenger, secretarytreasurer; Herb Grieser, first vice president; George Shaffer, second vice president.

The Elmira Blackbirds won their first county grade school league championship, Feb. 3, with a 9-3 record. Michael Sullivan, principal, was coach. Teammates are Steve Gigax, Douglas Rupp, Mike Lumbrezer, David Riegsecker, Gary King. Dale Stutzman, Dan Heer, Randy Nafziger, Steve Case, Raymond and Richard Rodriquez.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1939

Daniel E. Boone came to Archbold Tuesday afternoon, walking in the shadow of early American history. He is 29 years old. Few people turned their heads to look at the great-great-nephew of the famous woodsman.

Young Mr. Boone comes from Cleveland to where his family moved from Chicago, previously from Savannah, Ga., West Virginia, and prior to that, from Kentucky, where the early Boones lived.

The Lauber Mercantile building, 203 North Defiance St. has been sold to Walter M. Breniser, by the Henry S. Winzeler estate.

Erected in 1926 by H. S. Winzeler and occupied by Lauber Mercantile for ten years, it has been empty the last two years.

Miss Myrtle Clair reported seeing the first robin of the season near her home Saturday, when the temperature was 25 degrees.

Russel Ramon de Alvarez y Sanchez and Walter Work of Ann Arbor, Mich., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Murbach. The former is a member of a titled Spanish family with the title of Count.

Jesse Nofziger made arrangements Tuesday afternoon to take the line of Sterling Dairy Products and sell from his home on 108 South St., until he finds a location downtown.

While shredding fodder in the barn of John K. Buehrer, seven miles southwest of Archbold, Tuesday afternoon, fire started in the fodder and spread. It totally destroyed the barn.

W.O. Taylor, editor of the Archbold Buckeye, gave an address to the Stryker Community Club ladies’ night, Tuesday evening.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1914

Archbold will, in all probability, be without a moving picture show. The Merry Building has been sold, and Mr. Bailey, the manager, has not been able to find a room for the enterprise.

The livery stable of Dickson & Cameron burned at Wauseon Friday morning, together with seven head of horses.

The carload of corn C.H. Landel bought in Archbold and shipped to Edgerton cost him one cent a pound. He had 30 tons. Corn is scarce in Edgerton.

Village council of Delta is making plans to buy the local electric light plant.

Carl Stauffer shot and killed his wife and then shot and killed himself on the street in Bryan, Saturday night.

Miss Gertrude Griffin, 17, of Fayette, says the report of her death in the Toledo newspapers was greatly exaggerated.

Local merchants find an increasing demand for large heavy plows that throw a deep and narrow furrow. Some claim that deep plowing brings better crops, and others argue crops grown near the surface where the fertilizer is strong are better.

The country schoolhouse will be opened for public meetings. Only one thing remains, and that is to get the people to the meetings.

Friday, Feb. 13, 1914

There are only two classes of people in the world: the automobilist and wheelbarrowist. Many of the former wish they were in the latter class.

A queen bee lays from two to three thousand eggs in 24 hours. The man who discovers how to cross a queen bee with a hen will soon have money enough to buy an automobile for himself and all his poor relatives.

The Poultry & Pet Stock Show is now in full swing in the new garage building on Stryker Street. There are about 30 coops, and among some of the finest birds one could wish to see.

It is coming to the point when a few hens properly cared for in the backyard will help to keep the family and pay the grocery bill.

An engineer has submitted to council plans for placing waterworks mains in Archbold streets. The chart looks simple enough.

Twenty-four years ago, Archbold stock buyers counted 12 families in the vicinity of Archbold who were raising ten or more children. The same stock buyer would hardly know where to begin the count of such families today.

The reason farm renters move so often is that they hope to better their condition. Some of them who pay eight dollars an acre rent are complaining that they are getting little more than a living for their work. In spite of this there is an occasional renter who makes money, but he has plenty of capital or credit and gives close attention to livestock.



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