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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Headline–Archbold To Induct Inaugural Sports Hall Of Fame Members

Council probably will make decisions about the North Defiance Street reconstruction in September. It is estimated to cost $2 million.

“It makes more sense fi- nancially to get it all done in one season, rather than asking a contractor to come back,” said Jim Wyse, mayor. The state will contribute $300,000.

Heer Excavating is the contractor on the reconstruction of one mile of Co. Rd. 22, north of US20A.

The road will be widened with new shoulders and gutters.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Vernon and Carol (Bretthauer) Sloan, Aug. 8, 1954

Ervin Beck has written a book about Mennonite and Amish folklore.

Heather Beck, daughter of Julie and Neal, sings with Preeminence, a Huntington College group that is on tour.

Deaths–Harold R. Beck, 97, Archbold; Arthur W. Hoffman, 81, Archbold; Lucretia M. Rupp, 95, Archbold

Mike Britenriker, Sr., aced the par-3 130-yard, 16th hole Tuesday at Stryker, with a 7-iron.

The Tiny Tots softball team won first place in the league, with an 11-1-1 record. Teammates are Maddy Smith, Carly Short, Alexa Coressel, Rebecca Addington, Moriah Rosales, Desi Newman, Kayla Leaser, Krista Leupp, Hannah Kern, Peyton Driver, Megan Pontius. Coaches are Roxy Newman and Kari Badenhop.

Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 members hiked over 100 miles in about 10 days at the Boy Scouts of America Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

The wastewater treatment plant is rebuilt. Most village residents will notice a new building, and a number of new concrete tanks. It is operating at 95% of its capacity.

The annual book sale at Archbold Community Library brought in $1,374 in three days.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 19, 1989

Ticket prices for some high school athletic events and lunch prices in the cafeteria will be higher next year.

Toledo Edison has offered the same money-saving special rates to the village of Archbold it has to the city of Defiance.

Although it was a wet spring for Northwest Ohio, June rains at Archbold remained below the 17-year June average. More rain is needed to nurture a growing crop.

Efforts to get an interchange at the intersection of the Ohio Turnpike and St. Rt. 66 will need to wait a little longer.

The Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce and the village council have gone on record supporting the interchange.

The Lugbill auction barn, an Archbold landmark for more than 50 years, has been sold to a Michigan firm. Lugbill Brothers, Inc., sold the marketing division to Michigan Livestock Exchange, effective in August. The local firm will retain its farms and feedlots, Agri- Trading, Inc, and Lugbill Supply Center.

Included are Lugbill buying stations in Fayette and Columbus Grove. The Pemberville buying station will be closed by the end of the month, said Charles Lugbill, president of Lugbill Brothers, Inc.

The last day for employees at the Dinner Bell Foods Archbold plant is July 25, according to E.L. Elberson, chairman and chief executive officer.

Robert G. Frey will enter the 1989 International Auctioneer Championship, Wednesday, July 26, in Cincinnati.

Headline–Village Stands Behind Marco’s Zoning Permit

Deaths–Mary L. Zimmerman, 77, Wauseon; Fern Baumgartner, 90, Archbold; Edna Nofziger, 86, Archbold; Frances H. Bostelman, 85, Adams Township

Graduates–Thomas Hogrefe, Hillsdale College

Community support grossed $2,400 for students at Adriel School, West Liberty, at the benefit Thursday evening in the Ruihley Park Pavilion. Over 300 attended.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 22, 1964

Merchants will observe Old-Fashioned Bargain Days, July 24-25, with pony cart rides, old costumes, and street refreshments.

Lugbill Bros., Inc., shipped 48 unusually fine cattle by train to Forest Packing Company, in New Jersey. The average weight per steer was 1,660. They were raised by Wilson Lehman and his sons, Wilson Jr., 16, and Terry, 10, of Pemberville, on their 180-acre farm.

Thursday nights are adult nights at the Archbold Swimming Pool.

The temperature hit 92 degrees in Archbold, July 29. Water levels are high in the two reservoirs and the crops like the hot weather.

Wilmer J. Eicher resigned as president of First National Bank, effective June 18. He has served as president 20 years and has been a board director for 38 years.

Mrs. W.C. Bernath, Mrs. Bessie Frey, and Misses Darlene Short and June Yost returned Sunday after spending two weeks at Jersey City State College, where they attended a reading conference.

A military address appears for Allen I. Carter, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Andy, 8, and sister Patty, 6, children of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Brodbeck, caught a 17 1/2-inch bass at Bear Lake, Mich.

Firemen battled a fire at the Sun Printing building in the Lugbill Addition, Tuesday morning.

Michael, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grime, fell in Ruihley Park, Thursday evening, and broke his wrist in two places.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 26, 1939

The Toledo & Indiana Coach Co., was granted permission by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to operate a coach line between Toledo and Bryan at a hearing in Columbus yesterday. The utilities commission gave the T&I permission to ban rail service between Toledo and Bryan.

Six girls and a boy of about 18 years of age fell into the hands of Fulton County officers. The group was canvassing for the sale of toilet articles and spices to Wauseon residences.

They told many conflicting stories about themselves and their goods. They were taken before Justice Ham, who considered their youth and gave them a strong lecture and a warning and told them to get out of the county.

Having passed the $60,000 mark, Fulton County commissioners and county engineer R.D. Hoyt announce that the 1939 county construction program is about completed.

In Fulton County, there are now 528 persons receiving old-age pensions. The average sum is $22.39 per month. The list of pensioners seems to be growing in spite of the deaths, which number about one a month.

Ruth Myrtle Rupp will present the following pupils in a piano recital at St. John’s Reformed Church, Sunday, July 30: Janeth Slagle, Judith Lou Miller, Celestine Grime, Mary Ellen Gautsche, Evelyn Grime, Velma Schroeder, Isabelle Grime, Doris Klaudt, Margaret Barber, Cara Lou DeVries, Frieda Stamm, Loyal and Lois Nofziger, Charlene Croninger, Onnolee Brodbeck, Vearl Dominique, Helen Grime, Mary Lou Kluepfel.

There are 140 families in Fulton County on relief. They are in need of canning jars to preserve garden vegetables for the winter months.

Ohio lieutenant governor Paul M. Herbert will speak at the Archbold Homecoming celebration, Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10.

Plans are to create a lake along the gorge of Mill Creek, west of Zone. A dam will form the lake 400 feet wide and 24 feet deep, with a spillway. The dam will form a lake a mile long and three quarters of a mile wide at the widest point.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 21, 1914

In summertime, calves do as well on sour milk as they do on sweet. It will be interesting news to many farmers, who were heretofore kept from raising calves by the expense of keeping the milk sweet in hot weather.

A robber grasped Mrs. Goldsmith by the throat and demanded money and valuables. She fell to the floor and was found unconscious. The sheriff from Wauseon searched the Goldsmith home near Tedrow, but found no trace of the robber. Mrs. Goldsmith’s watch is all that has been missed so far.

Someone registered at the Bryan Hotel as Hinkey Dink and wife, Chicago.

Clinton C. Ely, who was married only a short time ago, was found hanging in the barn at his home northwest of Fayette. A book salesman discovered him. No reason is assigned for his suicide.

Judge Scott has appointed Thomas F. Ham as examiner of titles in Fulton County, with bond of $2,000.

Ohio’s wet and dry fight is assuming tremendous proportions. Temperance leaders say they already have 60,000 of the 104,000 signatures needed before Aug. 4 to place the issue on the November ballot.

Friday, July 24, 1914

Everyone knows the story of the man who started to build himself a modest little house, but added one thing and another until when finished his house was a palace.

Some such thing is happening in the burned district here in Archbold.

Builders started to construct one-story business rooms, but as the building progressed they see many things and are now about decided to erect two-story buildings. They may all be carried to two stories before it’s over.

The girls of Archbold Telephone Co. and a few friends enjoyed a marshmallow roast in Rufenacht’s Woods, Tuesday evening.

A T&I railway car filled with passengers ran into a broken trolley wire west of town, Saturday evening. There was a grand display of fireworks and some screams from the women. About 500 feet of wire was twisted around the car before it could stop.

The grand jury in Williams County has indicted Frank Schartzer for selling liquor. It is a serious charge.

If things turn out as expected, there will be enough clover seed in the vicinity of Archbold to buy a boatload of automobiles.

H.W. Stotzer says he is ready to build a new business room in the burned-out district as soon as he can find a renter.

Poverty and wealth are mostly a matter of opinion. One man believes himself rich with $100, and another man thinks himself poor with a million.



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