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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 15, 1998

It’s time to start securing the right-of-way for the Co. Rd.22/Clyde’s Way underpass. One issue still pending is a runaround track for Conrail.

There’s no answer so far to the Fulton County Health Center request to assume ownership of its building and grounds.

Hospice Care of Williams and Fulton counties merged April 1 with Community Health Professionals, Inc., a non-profit home health organization based in Van Wert.

Three Pettisville students are in the state writing contest: Jennifer Rupp, Kristi Gerig, and Jessica Beck advance to state competition May 26-27 at Denison University, Granville.

Jania Taylor will present two magic shows to Pettisville elementary students stressing the importance of reading April 1.

Kirsten R. Rich, daughter of John and Sarah, received the Donaldson Award in fiction at the College of Wooster.

Archbold FFA celebrates 50 years at Archbold High School. Glenn Gallaway was the first advisor. R.L. Lorton, Archbold superintendent, brought him to Archbold from Fayette.

Joseph Emch, AHS senior, is a district winner of the Franklin B. Walter scholastic award.

The next administrator of the village of Archbold could be named as early as April 20. There are three finalists from 32 applicants, according to Donna Eureste, assistant village administrator.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 20, 1983

Lawrence Short, Rotary president, told council Monday evening the club wants to build a sidewalk along Lutz Road, from Vine Street to Fairlawn Haven. Council unanimously approved.

A letter from Brent D. Miller, rural Archbold, requested several additional wheelchair ramps installed in the downtown business district.

Clark Skinner, AHS junior, produced an award-winning paper about how one man, Erie J. Sauder, built Sauder industries from a 19×26 foot building with $38, and a public museum. Today the industry covers 18 acres under roof and grosses over $70 million and employs about 885.

Deaths- Lawrence J. Baer, 64, Archbold; Florence Dominique, 77, Archbold; Bertha S. Dennis, 77, Fayette

A photograph shows Delmar Sauder at Sauder Village caring for all the animals. He feeds them and looks after their health. He holds a twomonth billy goat donated by Steve Bowling, Archbold.

Elma, daughter of Nilda Buentello, Archbold, received a scholarship from Ohio State University, Office of Minority Affairs.

Brenda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin S. Oyer, was one of eleven Anderson College students accepted into the college’s Center for Public Service.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- USA Today, a Washingtonbased six-day national newspaper started publication Sept. 15…. I. Always Snoreloudly claims he walked uptown to play cards with his friends because he couldn’t stand to stay home and watch his wife split wood…. A moose can dive 20 feet under water to eat vegetation…. Agriculturists in Saudi Arabia are trying to develop a new variety of watermelon to replace a wild variety the desert produces. The melon survives without water and is so bitter a camel will not touch it.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 16, 1958

Students of Archbold High School won nine superior ratings at the State Science Fair at Akron University.

Steward Wyse, AHS golfer, shot a 48 against Swanton. It was the low of the day for both teams.

Stotzer Hardware is observing its 100th anniversary. The late Frederick R. Stotzer founded the store in July 12, 1858 in the John Imthurn building, recently torn down to make room for the new Farmers & Merchants State Bank.

Frederick constructed a frame building in 1861 on the corner lot where the store now stands, at Holland and N. Defiance streets. He was elected the first mayor in 1866 when the village was founded.

The store is operated by the third and fourth generations of the Stotzer family: Harold and son Robert.

Bil-Jax, Inc., is delivering its first model of a new passenger loading ramp mounted on a truck, to Capital Air Lines, Washington, D.C., this week.

The first unit, completed last week, was viewed Monday and Tuesday by buyers from other airlines.

Donald H. Lutz, Atikokan, Ontario, will be installed as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Burlington, Sunday evening.

Willard A. Mack was elected president of Rotary Club, succeeding Wilmer J. Eicher.

Jared F. Gerig, Fort Wayne, president of the Missionary Church Association, and president of Fort Wayne Bible College, will speak in Wauseon Sunday evening. Walter Tredway will direct a men’s choir of 100 voices.

Fulton County Sportsmen Club will hold its annual fish fry Monday evening.- adv.

Pioneer’s new post office building opened Saturday.

David, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rupp, Holland St., has been selected a delegate to Boys’ State at Camp Perry June 13-22.

Lou Klewer, outdoor editor of the Toledo Blade, will speak at the Arbor Day program at Archbold High School.

Fire destroyed the large barn, straw barn, and machinery shed on the W.J. Lauber farm, east of Darby’s Corners Saturday at 4 p.m.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 19, 1933

The Archbold Board of Education re-employed R.L. Lorton for the next school year. Lorton came to Archbold public schools in 1921, and has served continuously since then.

Miss Clara Nofziger has purchased the stock in the Jacob Bernath building in Elmira, taking possession April 13. Miss Clara intends to conduct a general store business.

As far as taxpaying ability, Archbold is the first in Fulton County. Of the 740 pieces of real estate assessed for taxation in Archbold corporation, only 61 are delinquent.

Five district schools will hold a spring potluck picnic in Ruihley Park Friday.

The four district schools taught by Melvin Winzeler, Mary Stuckey, Irma Stamm, and Ruth Schlatter, will hold their last day of school picnics Friday.

German Township Trustees have received two tons of government flour to be given out to the unemployed. This probably will be the last of the free flour as the pile is rapidly approaching the bottom. Sahra Levy and Emma Vernier are handling individual allotments.

Married- Elmer Trudell and Alice Miller Saturday evening. They will live with the groom’s parents.

The fellow who once yelled bloody murder about the high cost of living ought to be in his glory in the breadline.

The idle workingman is not earning and consequently not getting. The hopeful businessman is earning and not getting. If men should lose hope, the world will crash.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 14, 1908

Harry Lauber is the new apprentice at the Fred Grime barber shop.- adv.

The Lake Shore Railroad has cut wages of the section men from $1.55 to $1.35 a day. Railroads are temporarily in disfavor in the money market and they have difficulty in getting money to make improvements.

One by one the descendants of German forefathers have died until there are only a few left in the neighborhood of Archbold. The young folks are rapidly forgetting the language and customs as well as the idioms and prejudices of the grandfathers. A very small percentage of the congregation can understand a sermon in the German language.

The young folks are patient and polite about not understanding. They suffer through the tedious German sermon, just to please a half dozen old folks in the audience.

When after forty years of married life the old couple still court, spark, and make love, it is a safe guess they did not marry for money.

Fielding White sold the first catch of fish Wednesday. There were some big carp. Some cooks can make carp taste like the finest fish.

At the Chicago Coliseum where Ringling Brothers Circus is appearing for a month, the 14,000 seats are sold and 5,000 others turned away.

Evansport- Mr. Fred Spiess and family, Mr. A.W. Heer and family called on George Buehrer Sunday evening. The time was spent singing.

Friday, April 17, 1908

Lockport- The foundation for the new Amish Mennonite meeting house have been laid and much of the timber and material is on the premises. Contractor Albert Vernier, of Stryker, thinks he can get enough men to rush the work along. Much of the material and labor has been donated so the amount of cash to be expended will be small.

The assessor is coming. If he finds a dog he charges it up to the owner of the property.

Saturday evening, Archbold people tried to get some amusement in Chicago. They found seats for the Merry Widow show sold seven days ahead at from $2.50 to $10 a seat.

I.W. Gotshall sold his property to Eli Schenk Saturday for $1,750.

General Sherwood is still promoting his dollar a day pension bill for veterans. He has made arrangements for another hearing before the invalid pensions committee and is working among the members of both sides of the House to secure a favorable report upon his pet measure.

I.W. Gotshall returned from the East and says business looks blue in Philadelphia, New York City and other money centers. They hope that farm crop prospects will boom the railroad stocks and that the transportation companies will square things up with the public.

The $200,000 collected in taxes in Fulton County will provide some reasons for wanting office.

Deweyville, Utah- Dear Buckeye: It’s dry here, no rain for two months. Our grain is in the ground. We have high hopes of copious showers. Old residents say it always rains when the Mormons have their conference, which is going on in Salt Lake City. When Mormons meet, angels weep. Yours truly, T. Meister


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