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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004

Descendants of the Christian Lauber family, who were among the first settlers of German Township, took part in the archaeological survey at the Lauber Hill farm, Saturday. Appearing in a photograph are Scott Rupp, seventh generation, and his sons David and Matt, eighth generation.

Council took the next step toward the reconstruction of North Defiance Street by choosing a third lane.

While reconstruction of North Defiance Street is tentatively planned as a 2005 project, at least one council member reports he has changed his mind.

Larry Baus, councilman, said some things have changed, and, as a result, “I am no longer in favor of doing the project next year.”

Total attendance at the county fair was 257,468.

Paul zumFelde, Wauseon, is the Fulton County United Way campaign chairman for 2004.

School board agreed to purchase three new school buses.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Henry and Dorothy (Wiemken) Gerken, Sept. 19, 1954; 25th Wedding Anniversary– Eleazar and Mary Jane (Alvarez) Garcia, Sept. 8, 1979

Solid Rock Ministries, Wauseon, announced its accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Archbold income tax collection for the first eight months of 2004 is $3,463,879.06, according to Melanie Nagel, assistant village administrator.

Andy Grime and Robert Lee Miller participated in the county fair horseshoe pitching competition. For the third year in a row, Grime won the men’s Class A championship.

Jaron Bernath was low man for AHS with an 84 in the Panther Golf Invitational.

Deaths– Marvel Cuff Fackler, 77, Archbold; Florence Richer, 89, Wauseon

Henry zumFelde, Wauseon, and Terry Stamper, Archbold, lead a parade of 10 horse-drawn carriages over the Lockport covered bridge, Saturday, Sept.11, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1989

The manufactured housing community planned for the south side of Archbold is an entirely private project. The owners said they want to “build the finest manufactured housing community in the state of Ohio.”

Just-right temperatures and nearly no humidity helped make the Labor Day weekend opening of the Fulton County Fair an outstanding event.

Elias Frey was among three county agricultural leaders to be inducted in the 1989 Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame, Saturday evening, at the 132nd county fair.

A suit filed Aug. 25 against the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio on behalf of the Springfield Township Trustees seeks information concerning zoning.

Tom Krill, vocational agriculture teacher at Pettisville High School, recently attended a livestock feeding and management school in Muscatine, Iowa.

Mary Jane Roberts, activity director at Fairlawn Haven, will become administrator of the Henry County Senior Center, Napoleon.

Elroy and Mary (Yoder) Holsopple, Elkhart, Ind., have accepted a Mennonite Central Committee assignment in Africa. He is a former Archbold resident.

Char Sharp, volleyball coach, gave Rotarians a preview of the 1989-90 season at the Friday Noon Luncheon of Commercial Club.

Lowell Rupp and Al Kreuz, county commissioners, and Paul zumFelde, of the county Extension Service, attended County Commissioner Day in Greene County, Aug. 22-23.

Fulton County unemployment dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point in July.

Deaths–Leonard Posey, 72, Evansport; Robert Heindricks, 63, Wauseon

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Orrville, Ohio, has a population of 7,500; however, 9,300 are employed in the city…..Providing care for growing babies contributes to the growth of our national economy…..There are 157 billionaires in the world, according to Fortune Magazine…..Fashions are fickle and chase each other into the next season with increasing vigor.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept.9, 1964

Allen I., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan H. Carter, completed eight weeks of military police training, Aug 28, at the Fort Gordon, Ga., Training Center.

Gertrude Hitt, who has held the State Instinctive Archery Championship for three straight years, won a state championship again this year at Forest Lake Park, near Norwalk.

The 107th Fulton County Fair attracted 38,500 visitors on Labor Day, breaking all previous records.

Contracts were let Thursday, Sept. 3, for construction of the new southside branch of the First National Bank of Archbold.

Dee Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David P. Rupp, has been selected to participate in the freshman orientation program at Taylor University.

Charles Thomas, 14, Cecil, drowned Monday noon in the Auglaize River at the five-span swimming hole, northeast of Paulding. He was with five companions.

Elmer Miller Trucking is completing an area on which to store 58,000 tons of chloride salt, which will be used next winter to salt highways in northeastern Indiana and sections of the Ohio Turnpike.

The 16-acre area, which Miller owns, has been a beehive of activity since Thursday noon, Sept. 3.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1939

Donald W., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Neidhardt, was accepted in the United States Aviation School at Randolph Field, Texas.

Donald, son of Mrs. Ivan Wyse, found a snake coiled in the hay in the barn of his grandfather, W.C. Rupp, north of Archbold, Wednesday. W.C. and son Glen saw it come toward them with its head up as if to strike, but W.C. killed it with a hay fork. It was a blue racer four feet long.

Housewives last week began stockpiling sugar, flour, beans, and lard in fear of reports of war in Europe. The working man is seeing buying power of his dollar decline as food prices climb.

Several reports of the presence of the stinking smut, or bunt, in wheat fields have been observed in Fulton County.

Seed wheat must be closely examined for the presence of the ill-smelling black smut spores.

The Fulton County Fair closed Saturday, and record attendance is expected.

The Toledo Edison Reddy Kilowatt Team beat the Lauber Team, 11-0, in Ruihley Park, Tuesday evening, to win the Softball League Championship. The Kilowatt pitcher struck out 15 men, and only one, Mike Christy, got a hit.

Solomon P. Krieger reports seeing the turkey buzzard with a sheep bell tied to its neck at his place recently. It has been heard and seen from Southern Georgia to Northern Michigan.

Whoever tied the bell to the buzzard must have doomed it to bachelorhood, as it is always seen alone.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1914

May Rilma, adjudged the champion butterfat producer of the world by the tests of the American Guernsey Club last April, was sold for $5,010, Friday, at the sale of Edward B. Cassatt’s herd of blooded cattle near Philadelphia.

May Rilma last year produced 19,639.8 pounds of butterfat. She was bought by John P. Crozer, of Upland, the only bidder.

Give the peddlers who come to town a cold handshake. Their interests are no concern to you. They take money out of town but leave none. They have no business reputation to sustain themselves and are more likely to skin you than not.

The watermelon farmers of Winameg are not as active as in former years. They claim the dry weather injured their crop.

A son was born to Rev. and Mrs. David Rupp at Seirre Leone, Africa, recently. It is their first-born child. White children born in Africa are few.

One cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline is proposed. One cent a gallon will mean a lot of money.

Since the war in Europe the government at Washington, D.C. finds itself in a strange position.

There are no goods being imported and the government has no income from tariffs. Congress must provide some means of raising money to run the government.

All kinds of taxes are proposed. Taxes on soft drinks, tobacco, drugs, notes and documents, matches, beer, theatre tickets, diamonds, jewelry, etc., are suggested.

Friday, Sept. 11, 1914

A T&I trolley car and Olley Lauber on a motorcycle met at the North Defiance Street crossing, Thursday morning. Olley and the motorcycle were carried about three rods on the fender of the car before it could be stopped. He was not injured. Neither was the motorcycle.

There are near accidents at this crossing about every day.

A number of companies of the Ohio National Guards are talking of disbanding. They say lack of public interest is the reason.

Many farmers are in the field cutting the corn crop. They say the crop looks good.

Mr. A.J. Vernier is making many valuable improvements on his 160-acre farm, southeast of town.

About 50 persons, including members of the school board, teachers, and students, attended the parents meeting at the Town & Township Hall. Professor Biery, county superintendent, spoke to the group.

Kaiser Wilhelm, of Germany, has purchased large estates in the United States. He owns several big ranches in Texas and has rented property in a number of American cities. In case of the defeat of Germany, he may come to America. He is said to be very wealthy.

This is the fifth week of the greatest war in history. Germany is still blaming the others for war.

The German armies have been driven back in their advance on Paris. The names of streets in Paris that had German sounding names have been changed.

The Russians have massed 750,000 men to march across the country to Berlin.

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