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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Vond Hall has a problem as county administrator. He needs to cut almost $400,000 from the general fund budget.

He must get county elected officials to agree in two weeks, by July 20.

The plan calls for county offices to close early.

On display at Sauder Village is the first No. 1, A.D. Baker steam engine.

While Baker is known for its steam engines, it also manufactured gasoline-powered tractors, making about 300 from 1926 to 1931.

Lugbill Supply Center and David Geringer, an engineerarchitect, and Rupp Lumber Company are involved in the construction of a new Community Pregnancy Center of Northwest Ohio building in Defiance.

Deaths–Inez Arredondo, 84, Delta; Marvin Norden, 67, Ridgeville Corners; Richard Poorman, 59, Ridgeville Corners; Eugene Bernath 83, West Unity

Firemen fought a small fire in the exhaust system at McDonald’s, July 4.

Abbey Jo Damon, an Ohio State University junior and AHS graduate, is one of 20 students who will represent the university as a member of the 2004 Homecoming Court.

Nick Cameron, AHS ‘04, will attend Mount Union College this fall.

He will play football and be a member of the track team.

Traffic in the area of the South Defiance Street reconstruction project is flowing fairly well, said Dennis Howell, village administrator.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 28, 1989

If Mother Nature will cooperate with good construction weather, the contractors working on the new Archbold High School can be back on schedule by the end of July. The heavy rains that hit the area earlier this month put the project behind.

The Pettisville Board of Education voted on a 5% raise and an updated benefit package for administrators after deliberating for over an hour in executive session, Monday night.

Critical areas of asbestos in the Archbold and Burlington school buildings will be removed, according to the Archbold Area School Board. Asbestos will be removed from pipes and boilers in the two buildings, said David Lersch, superintendent.

It was the growth of Archbold that got supermarket owner Bud Peel interested in bringing a Spartan Food Store to the village. Peel said the transfer of 80 acres of land along St. Rt. 66 from the Eli Miller farm has been completed.

A total of 250 gypsy moth traps were placed around Fulton County to monitor moth infestation.

Marie Graf and Kasey Wyse ranked among the best in the nation at the National History Day contest in Washington, D.C.

Deaths–Ada M. Grieser, 85, Wauseon; Pearl M. Meller, 89, Wauseon; Mary Schneider, 94, Archbold

T.J. Winzeler, Archbold, and Ong Bouttamy, Pettisville, were elected to offices at Buckeye Boys State last week. Winzeler held the office of recreational director; Bouttamy, county engineer.

Graduates–Maria Smith, cum laude, and Edward Miller, Capital University; Gretchen Veigel, Morehead (Ky.) State University; Rachel Grieser, University of Toledo

Lifeguards at the Ruihley Park Swimming Pool are April Dohm, Jim Merillat, Sue Cowell, David Crossgrove, Anita Stuckey, Lana Kauffman, Shelly Poorman, Angela Hoffman, Heather Freeman, Glenda Stuckey, Michelle Hausch, Amy Sauder, Liz Crossgrove, Lori Kauffman.

The Fulton County 911 emergency system should be ready in 12 to15 months.

A post card from James Fagley, Washington, D.C., says, “I’m being pulled by a steam engine on a four-day rail excursion from Cleveland to Roanoke, Va.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 1, 1964

Harold Kurtz, 43, Columbia, Northwest Township, Williams County, was given a second life sentence on a double murder charge, Saturday, June 27, after the three-judge panel found him guilty in Fulton County Common Pleas Court. He has been charged in the slaying of two persons.

The third annual Sports Carnival will be held in Ruihley Park, Friday and Saturday. It is sponsored by the Archbold Athletic Booster Club.

Don Stotzer is the newly elected president of the Rotary Club. He succeeds William Grisier. Robert W. Short is vice president; Robert Stotzer, secretary/treasurer.

Members of the Board of Directors are J.H. Spengler and Donald Christy, two years; Leon Diverchy, Hazen Ruffer, John Couch and Robert Short.

Temperatures reached a high Monday afternoon of 94 degrees.

Reuben Short, executive secretary of the Congo Inland Mission, leaves for the Republic on Congo, July 7. He will visit 70 missionaries, July 15-19 at the Mutena Station.

St. John’s United Church of Christ will break ground Sunday, July 5, for a new parish hall, south of the present building.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Pape, Steve, Randy, Mark, and Dan were in New York last week attending the World’s Fair.

The brave patriots who founded this country, who dreamt the dream of freedom before there was freedom, saw so very wisely what an important role newspapers could play in the life of this Republic.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 5, 1939

Attaining the title of “Roll of Honor Bank” is the signal position of The Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Archbold. The designation is announced in a full-page advertisement.

The signal honor of having a surplus fund to equal the capital stock is one that is rare and worthy enough.

Contract for the construction of a new theatre to be erected in Bryan to replace the Temple Theatre will be completed by fall. It will have air-conditioning and cost approximately $100,000.

Forty-three new cars were delivered in Fulton County in June; 412 used cars changed hands.

Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Nofziger, Montpelier, have been charged with arson of a property they own on South Defi- ance Street, in Archbold.

Eighty-one years ago, July 3, Frederick Stotzer came to Archbold from Toledo, where his business had not been profitable and started here as a harness maker.

Frederick was a civicminded pioneer, taking a deep interest in the welfare of the community.

When Archbold was incorporated, he stood so high in the community that he was unanimously elected first mayor of the village.

Mr. E.L. Downer has sold his barber shop at Elmira to Howard Stahl, and has accepted a position as watchmen in the State Highway Department, near Wauseon.

Approximately nine hundred Fulton County boys and girls are enrolled in 4-H Club work this year.

Not discouraged by several concerts stopped by rain, the Archbold band gave its program with flourish Wednesday evening before a good crowd of appreciative people.

In India, people are allowed to marry at age 5. Often girls have been promised to their husbands as much as ten years before they are born. There is a record of a child having become a mother at the age of nine, although, generally, the husband and wife live apart until the girls reach the age of 12.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 30, 1914

One cannot help being pleased at the evidence of growing unity among the local churches.

At the recent conference of the Central Amish-Mennonite Church, members of about all other plain-clothes churches as well as of all other churches were in attendance at the laying of the cornerstone last Sunday.

Persons were present from many congregations and quite a number who profess no religion at all. This in comparison with the time when religionists of this vicinity would not go to church of another denomination to attend the funeral of a relative; and when men refused to eat at the same table with a so-called nonbeliever.

That there are so many churches and so many definitions of God and Christianity is the reason that less than half of the people of the United States belong to a church.

When men become liberal in their religious views and are not easily led here and there by their prejudices, then true Christianity and brotherly love will really begin to assert itself.

There is a movement afoot to unite all Christian churches, but some think it is too late. The divisions have weakened the church beyond repair.

On a post in front of the Red Cross Drug Store in Archbold, is a large red R. This is to save tourists the trouble of stopping and asking the road to Stryker.

The letter L near the same corner tells tourists to turn left at the first corner to get to New York City. The letters were put up by the National Blazed-Trail Association, an institution that is marking the trail from coast-to-coast. They are now about 800 miles on their way to the Pacific Coast.

The route passes through Archbold, Bryan, Goshen, Elkhart, and Chicago. This is to be called the red coastto coast trail.

The markings are simple enough. R means right, L means left, and X means danger. Three parallel lines mean straight ahead. The association is at work blazing trails and side trips in all parts of the United States. The tourist trade ought to amount to something to Archbold restaurants and garages.

Our ice cream venders could probably drum up some business with large signs. It will take big, flashy signs and swell-looking storefronts to get the best trade.

Friday, July 3, 1914

Good-bye, burned district. All but 51 feet are now engaged for reconstruction.

New buildings are now under construction or will be begun to cover the entire burned district excepting the Whitehorne remaining 51 feet.

Several businessmen would be glad to rent this 51 feet of space if a building were erected. There is a parcel 60×60 across the alley in the rear.

The great bake oven on the Godfried Ehrat property is being torn down to make room for the new building.

Council has found water at 160 feet for a village water supply. Further tests have not been conducted.

The well seems to be all right when tried for two hours with a compressed air pump.

Good schools are the greatest asset in building a town. Good schools attract attention of surrounding towns. There is nothing that awakens the interest of villagers like the attention of citizens of nearby towns. Let us encourage our schools and watch the results.

The Elmira Band will have a celebration July 4 with two ballgames, foot races, and other competitions, plus music by the Elmira Band.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings of next week, Red Tag Day will be advertised in this newspaper. A special feature is releasing balloons with coupons redeemable for 50¢ each. Balloons will be sent up each evening. Here is a chance to get something for nothing, or at least a discount.



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