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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Bob Hartman, Emergency Management Agency director of Fulton County, said he hopes to have Fulton County certified as weather-ready before next summer’s severe weather season.

A photograph shows Arlan Beck, Sauder Village historic farmer, making repairs to an antique threshing machine. Another photo shows Jerry Boynton giving a drink of water to the radiator of an antique Baker tractor that powers the village sawmill.

Presently, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. At Fairlawn Haven, “We really began to think about opening a specialized Alzheimer’s unit about four years ago,” said Steve Ringenberg, executive director.

The new unit soon will be ready for occupancy, “depending on the final state inspection,” he said.

Pettisville school administrators will receive raises ranging from roughly 6% to 10%.

The move restores a 4% pay cut Steve Switzer, superintendent, and Avon Wyse, treasurer, took in 2003.

The Frances Gericke Trust sold a home on Charles Street in Archbold, Thursday, July 8, at public auction, to Charles and Anna Knape for $79,000.

Straw tick bedding was demonstrated to visitors Saturday, July 10, during “Summer on the Farm” at Sauder Village.

Deaths– Clifford V. Heer, 84, Upper Arlington; Berneda Wyse, 74, Stryker; James Johnson, 70, West Unity

25th Wedding Anniversary– Mike and Deb Wachtmann, July 21, 1979

Degree– April, daughter of Mark and Karen Leu, Miami University

Nathaniel Addington, an AHS senior, held the office of Hetuck Reporter at Buckeye Boys State last month. He is the son of Dale and Nancy.

A reduction in hours for county offices and a corresponding reduction in pay for employees was one proposal for eliminating an almost$ 400,000 hole in the general fund budget.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 5, 1989

It was a busy week for Fulton County Pork Producers when they grilled over a thousand pork chops, some 300 sausage patties, and gallons of coleslaw for the Sunshine Children’s Home fund-raiser.

Pending the issue of a license by the State of Ohio, Liechty Motors will be under new management. Gaylord Wagner, president of Wagner Motors in Wauseon, said Terry Henricks, his firm’s new car sales manager, will take over management of the Archbold dealership.

Bruce Stanforth, who grew up in Archbold, recently sent a newspaper clipping to the Archbold Buckeye from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the Coon Rapids, Minn., Carp Festival.

Fulton County farmers will have some knee-high corn on July 4 in spite of the delayed planting.

Christy Keller, Wauseon, received the title of Miss Ohio Teen-Ager at Ohio Wesleyan University, June 23.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Richard and Delores (Neuhauser) Ringenberg, July 16, 1939

Honor Students–Joe Wyse, Kenyon College; Mary Lloyd, Mount Vernon Nazarene College

A group home in Syracuse, NY., for seven youths who have had problems with the law was named in memory of Sandra Short Kainass.

Deaths–Clela Harris, 93, Stryker; Don A. Stotzer, 61, Archbold

Jon Lugbill, Bethesda, MD., won his fifth world title in whitewater canoe-kayak competition, June 24, on the Savage River, in Maryland. He is the son of former Archbold residents Ralph and Viva Lugbill, who reside in Bethesda.

Alvin R. Holsopple appears in a photograph with one of his Crosley Farm-ORoads. He has more of this rare model than anyone else.

Progress is being made toward the establishment of the Ridgeville Township Sewer and Water District. Council has a contract ready to present to the district for the construction and operation of the $595,000 water distribution system in Ridgeville Corners.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 8, 1964

Herbert S. Buehrer, chairman of the building committee of St. John’s United Church of Christ, appears in a photograph breaking ground for a new Parish Hall, along with Nathan B. Wierwill, pastor, and David Springer, chairman of the congregation.

Charles L. Zimmerman, Winona Lake, Ind., has accepted the call to serve as associate pastor of the Evangelical Mennonite Church, beginning July 1. He is a native of Sterling, Kan. He and his wife Elda, of Morton, Ill., have four children.

Fluoridation of water metered by the Archbold municipal water plant would cost approximately $420 per year.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rupp spent Thursday and Friday in Muncie, Ind., guests of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. John Rowley. They attended the opera “Falstaff,” Thursday evening, where Mr. Rowley, a baritone, played the part of Mr. Ford.

A New York Central wrecking crew with one of its giant power cranes was summoned to duty in Archbold Tuesday morning, when a flat car broke down under the weight of a giant hydraulic press that weighed over 40 tons.

The Archbold Swimming Pool will offer Adult Night swimming every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9 pm.

A whopping $3.5 billion fiscal year, the largest in history, was cited today by Roger W. Tracy, state auditor, as proof that Ohio is truly big business.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 12, 1939

Archbold has always maintained its reputation for giving Homecoming visitors some of the most spectacular entertainment features possible. This year the committee contracted the appearance of “The Aerial Ballet,” said to be one of the newest and big time aerial acrobatic acts ever witnessed.

Archbold’s two banks make a most creditable showing for the six-month period ending June 30. Combined assets of both bank assets and deposits are $85,349.10 in the six-month period.

Improvement of a little over two miles of Archbold side streets has been completed. Council discussed buying a new or used truck. The old one is costing too much money to maintain in repair bills.

The destructive Hessian Fly is showing up in wheat fields in Fulton County. If all farmers observed the flyfree fall planting date, there would be very little Hessian Fly to contend with.

The New York Boat Oar Company in Archbold has a large backlog of orders and must expand the plant. Two buildings will be constructed: a 24×80 storage building for holding lumber, and a 28×36 to be used as a paint shop and storage room.

Wheat harvest is underway in German Township, and the reported yields average between 30 to 35 bushels per acre, according to elevator operators.

P.J. Dugan of Neoma was arrested on complaint of Jacob F. Leininger, who charged Dugan for entering and driving over planted crops. Dugan opened the gate to the gravel pit and drove over crops to get to the pit even though a “No Trespassing” sign appears.

Dugan was fined $50 and costs before Justice Deyo. The Leininger gravel pit is a popular swimming hole.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 7, 1914

Prediction of the wheat crop in the United States this year is predicted at 900 million bushels, a new record. America produces nearly half of the world’s wheat production. There are new record predictions for oats and barley.

The Sunday School picnic in Rufenacht’s Grove was well attended on July Fourth.

Mrs. Andrew Shuster visited her sons at Sturgis, Mich., over Sunday. She saw the ruins of the big fire in that city.

Next Saturday at 1 pm Rudolph Seifert will have a dairy cow and Shetland pony sale, and four brood sows. Auctioneer is George H. Rutz–adv.

A friend who has returned from Paris tells us he is sure the French language was invented for the purpose of saying things that one would be ashamed to say in English.

Each normal man wants a home of his own. If the home is in a good town where one feels safe from criminals, where there is good water, good schools, decent society, and where the influences which one’s children come in contact are elevating, that is the ideal location for home.

But when the home is located in the highest part of town, where drainage may be perfect, where the soil is as light as sand and productive as the finest of valley land, where lawns and gardens may be made to suit any taste and where the prices for real estate are low considering the improvements, then the new addition to Archbold of Vernier & Buehrer must certainly meet all ideals.

Then to know that the tax rate is the lowest of any town in Fulton County, is an unusual point of satisfaction of home-buyers in this section of the village.

Vernier & Buehrer are now considering offers for these choice building sights.–adv.

Friday, July 10, 1914

Some people never hand in a news item for publication, but if we happen to miss an item in which they are interested, they are sure to hand us a North Pole stare that would freeze the liver of a polar bear.

An Edgerton man has secured the franchise to furnish water, light, and power to the College of Butler. He will use power from the Auglaize River Dam.

See that the sidewalks in front of your home are in good condition. Then when our good citizens are returning home at night, they will not walk as if they had been imbibing too freely.

Heavy draft horses did not show strong demand this summer as formerly, although those that sold brought good prices. The motor truck is beginning to make a dent in the horse market.

If the present plans develop, Archbold is to have some swell restaurants in the near future. Many towns pride themselves on their restaurants, ice cream parlors, and places of amusement. Our village must look to more public amusement opportunities, too.

When merchants advertise in the truthful newspaper and make good on every word of their advertising, business and trade will come from an ever-increasing radius. The town will gain a reputation of trust and will continue forging to the front.

Damascus Township, in Henry County, declared against centralization of township schools, by a vote of 223 to 115.



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