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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004

Six men asked council to provide leaf collection to property owners in the village.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said when we started doing disposal of brush and yard waste in 1997, the cost of hauling was $15,000, Last year it cost $24,000.

North Defiance Street, from the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing to Lutz Road, will be rebuilt during the next construction season.

Brad Grime, councilman, said, “We’ve been discussing this for so long, we need to get it done. If we put it off, we might lose the project, and we have nothing else planned next year.”

Council agreed to purchase property on Depot Street from James and Charlene Beck for $25,000.

The property will be used to keep construction equipment and materials during the North Defiance Street project.

Richard Cheney, vice president of the United States, visited the county fairgrounds yesterday morning, Sept. 21. He spoke to several thousand people assembled in Spangler Arena.

Rick Schantz, water treatment superintendent, has been named the chairman of the American Water Works Association.

The Fulton County United Way campaign has set a goal of $350,000.

Pettisville Local Schools and its three science teachers have been selected to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities.

Deaths– Myrtie M. Baer, 85, Archbold; Vera Benecke, 90, Napoleon; Jerry Wise, 65, Wauseon; Mary F. Schrock, 69, Pettisville; Russel Overmyer. 71, Morenci, Mich.; Orville D. Pursel, 90, Archbold; Ralph Dehnbostel, 82, South Lyons, Mich.; George Wiemken, 98, Napoleon; Susan A. Hausch, 82, Stryker

40th Wedding Anniversary– Roger and Karen Grieser, Sept. 25, 1964

A group of 90 persons gathered at the Sauder Village campground with their motor homes and campers for a Lake Wales (Fla.) camper event.

John Downey coached his 200th career victory when the Blue Streak football team beat the Evergreen Vikings, 25-6.

Christopher Wyse, AHS ‘04, son of Patrick and Teresa, is a member of the Otterbein College football team.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1989

A photograph shows one of two Vision Quest wagon trains on its way through Archbold, Sept. 7. Vision Quest, an alternative program for juvenile criminal offenders, uses hard work and discipline to help reform youths. The train, known as The Rough Riders, left Archbold one youth short. A young man ran away from the outfit and stole a van belonging to James “Bummer” Dominique. After abandoning the van in Michigan, he stole another vehicle and was recaptured in Pennsylvania.

“If there is a trend, it’s a slight trend up, said David Lersch, superintendent of Archbold Area Schools. Preliminary enrollment is 1,258 students.

An addition of five new students on Monday pushed preliminary enrollment at Pettisville to a nine-year high of 452.

Roger Pinkelman got an early start on his Archbold Village Council career when he was sworn in Sept. 5, to replace David Skinner, president of council, who is being transferred to Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

The Willard Gearig farm on US 20A sold in two parcels Saturday, Sept. 9. Steve Zaerr bought the 22-acre home site and buildings for $134,000. Steve Rupp bought the 54.64 acres of farmland for $2,350 per acre.

Handy & Harman Automotive

Group, Archbold Division, is not closing, according to Nora Brown, administrative assistant at the company office in Auburn, Mich.

A total of 574 animals were sold at the Fulton County Junior Fair Livestock Sale for $156,565.03.

Explicit photographs of a teenage Toledo girl showed up in resident mailboxes in the Ditto Street area, Sept. 8.

Headline–John Rupp Plays Softball In Senior World Series

The Archbold girls cross country team, led by Rachel Sauder’s first place finish, won its own invitational Saturday.

Andrew Kern and Jason Fisher were confirmed during a recent ceremony at St. John Lutheran Church, Stryker.

Teenage welfare mothers in Fulton County are now required to finish high school to maintain their current level of state support.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Ralph and Delilah (Liechty) Seiler

Fairgoers streamed into the Fulton County Fairgrounds Saturday and Thursday and set an alltime attendance record of 130,159 during the six-day event.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1964

Ellyn Lauber, a professor in special education at Wisconsin State University, Eau Claire, Wis., returned from a one-month international congress on the scientific study of mental retardation in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Larry L., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Y. Fish, was ordained to the Christian ministry in St. John’s United Church of Christ, July 21, 1964.

C.W. Waldvogel, a local sportsman, was honored Sept. 8 with a certificate by the Ohio Division of Wildlife for his contribution to wildlife management in Fulton County.

Archbold reported 80 more students than a year ago. It was the largest increase of any school in Fulton County.

The Amos Mercer farm of 50 acres, six miles southwest of Archbold, sold for $7,400. It is the proposed site for the Northwest Ohio Regional Detention Home for juveniles.

West Unity saw its sewage discharge permit renewed until Feb. 15, 1965. Citizens must vote on a bond issue in the May 1965 primary to construct a sewage plant. The village has been dumping untreated sewage in the Tiffin River and Walnut Run.

Schwab Bros., of New Bavaria, has purchased the Miller Feed Mill at Mark Center.

The Dale King family recently returned from a week’s vacation of the east. They accompanied their daughter Barbara to Manhattan Island, where she left for Europe as an exchange trainee for a year.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1939

Last day of regular freight and passenger service on the Toledo & Indiana Railway is Sunday, Oct. 15. Last week the Inter-State Commerce Commission gave the T&I permission to discontinue operation.

The meteoric boulder bearing a beautiful bronze tablet commemorating the service of the late August Ruihley, long-time mayor of Archbold and founder of Ruihley Park, has been placed at a prominent location near the pavilion by the Park Board and the Community Commercial Club.

Creation of a lake on Mill Creek, northwest of Zone, eight miles northwest of Archbold, is now a sure thing, according to Denver Ford, state representative. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Fulton County Sportsmen’s Association in the Fayette Opera House, Monday evening.

Out of a total of $244,656.08 asked from Fulton County taxpayers for the June assessment of taxes, a total of $206,883.36 was paid, leaving a total of $37,681.72 delinquent.

Orlo C. Whittecar reports a total of 9,378 gate admissions were paid this year at the Fulton County Fair, the highest in many years.

The origin of the word ballyhoo is credited to the editor of the Archbold Buckeye, W.O. Taylor, by the journal produced by the Columbia University Press, the “American Speech,” in December 1935.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1914

J.A. Patten, Chicago wheat millionaire, says he is sure wheat will go to $1.50 a bushel. Sam Wells, of New York, is just as sure wheat will drop way below the dollar mark.

Because men are at war in European countries, no wheat will be sown this fall.

These countries raise half the world’s supply of wheat. It is doubtful if the United States, Canada, and South America can make up enough wheat to supply the shortage in the market.

Such being the case, it looks like a safe guess for Archbold farmers to put out plenty of wheat this fall.

Russia has many sympathizers in Austrian soldiers deserting to the Russian lines to allow themselves to be taken prisoners.

The Willys automobile factory in Toledo will soon be the largest plant in the world. This shop has a big growing foreign trade.

Archbold automobile dealers have sold 36 vehicles so far this season. The cost was about $17,000. Among those sold were 22 Fords.

Military experts claim the Germans have been drilled and disciplined until they have no individual mind. They approach the enemy in solid formation, standing together as closely as possible. This makes them easy prey to the machine guns. The guns shoot bullets at the rate of 625 a minute.

A hundred of these machine guns in a row can do much damage to a solid column of marching men. The poor fellows are mowed down like wheat before a reaper.

Friday, Sept. 18, 1914

An English writer studying American conditions writes that liquor and differences of religious opinion are at the bottom of most American divorces.

It’s surprising how many people are traveling west by means of the wagon roads. The better the roads are kept, the more the people will use them.

New gasoline cars that carry 20 passengers are being driven over some roads. Such travel may become popular, affording cheap transportation across the country.

Mr. Hale and family, who moved into a house near Wetzel’s Mill, drove here from Illinois. It took them 11 days to make the trip by wagon and horse.

Farmers do right in protecting flocks of quail on their farms. The small birds are worth $1 each to the farmer because it eats insects. Once in a while, the quail will eat a few scattered grains of wheat, but this is small pay for the great good they do.

Within the past few weeks, five sacks of mail order catalogues have been distributed to Archbold mail routes.

One and a half million dollars have been allotted to Toledo banks by the government. The money is to be used in the government’s reserve bank plan, which is hoped to be a preventative for any money scare.

Machine guns and new explosives have only served to make war more horrible and shorter.



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