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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004

The next step in the Sauder Village walk through time will be a recreation of the first pioneer settlement in German Township.

Just as Natives and Newcomers tells the story of Northwest Ohio between 1803 through 1834, the pioneer settlement picks up the story and carries it through 1859, just prior to the Civil War.

Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties broke ground for its new adult day care center and hospice administrative office building, Friday, Oct. 1, at Westfield Drive in Archbold.

Sabrina Brubaker, 16, appears in a photograph with her Shetland driving pony Hot Hot Heat, (informally known as Hank) competing during a national horse show in Rantoul, Ill., in August. Brubaker had an undefeated season in the junior exhibitor and open competition divisions.

The AHS marching band pay homage to the popular television comedy Hee-Haw with its halftime show at the Homecoming football game, Friday. In a photograph are Tara Nemcik, Micah Grime, and Justin Hines.

Toni Neuenschwander and Linda Schmidt prepare slices of pie to serve at the band parent barbeque in Ruihley Park, Oct. 1, according to a photograph.

60th Wedding Anniversary– Leo and Sylvia Mishler, Oct. 8, 1939; 50th Wedding Anniversary–Richard and Conna (Graber) Grieser, Oct. 10, 1954; George and Dorothy (Carroll) Strayer; Nov. 6, 1954; Marlin and Valda (Gochenour) Short, Oct. 16, 1954

Ten persons were named to the Archbold Sports Hall Of Fame: Bill Hollingshead, 1944; John Jimenez, 1960; Larry Holland, 1963; John Fraas, 1966; Jerry Zuver, 1973; Cathy Rupp Gordon, 1980; Kim Bosco Ginn, 1982; Andy Peterson, 1983; Char Sharp, coach; Bill Arthur, coach.

Roger Nofziger, PHS ‘73, was named executive director of development at Goshen (Ind.) College.

Julie Dominique and son Jared, 8, listen to interpreter Jennifer DiDonato explain how mats were made during the period of 1803-1839 at the Sauder Village Natives & Newcomers exhibit, Sept. 25, according to a photograph.

Deaths– Kuno Kohv, 75, Archbold; Janice Torrence, 80, Archbold; Lola E. Stuckey, 94, Stryker

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1989

The Fulton County commissioners are not endorsing a seven-tenths (.7) of a mill levy request placed on the ballot by the Four County Mental Health Board.

“We’re not against mental health,” said Lowell Rupp, commissioner. “We all support it, but there are problems with the latest levy request.”

The Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio, the organization behind construction of the regional jail, has opted to pay a $2,000 charge levied against them for a June 1988 fish kill.

The communities of Burlington and Elmira could be one step closer to getting Archbold municipal water.

Lowell Rupp, commissioner, said last week county officials met with representatives of the Ohio Water and Sewer Commission Rotary Loan Fund.

“There is money available,” Rupp said. “It sounds pretty good.”

Area crops apparently sustained only minor damage as the mercury dipped below the freezing mark for two successive nights last weekend.

When Charles Eicher, Fayette, builds a house, he doesn’t need a blueprint. A rough sketch will do, even a magazine picture.

“Oh yeah, sure,” says the 88-year-old builder with a twinkle in his eyes. “People come to me with a drawing from a newspaper or magazine and I’ll draw ‘em up a plan of my own.”

The AHS Marching Band is one of five high school bands featured during a performance of the Ohio State University Marching Band at the 19th annual Defiance Band Spectacular, Oct. 7, in Fred Brown Stadium, Defiance. “It’s shaping up to be a real unique evening,” said Phil Hoverman AHS band director.

Dale Nafziger was elected assistant treasurer of Anne Grady Center, Holland, at the September meeting of the board of directors. The center is the only private nonprofit residential facility in Northwestern Ohio serving adults with severe and profound mental retardation.

Deborah Phillips, Archbold, is coordinating an Ohio Department of Highway Safety program for youth in Fulton, Williams, and Henry counties.

Miller Brothers Construction, Inc., was an ODOT contract winner for work in Mercer and Auglaize counties. The contract is for $2,326,083.43 to resurface 6.5 miles of Ohio Route 29 in Celina, east from 0.2 miles west of State Route 703 to 1.04 miles east of the Auglaize County line.

Deaths–Alta Starry, 70, Dayton; C.L. Rupp, Blissfield, Mich. 50th Wedding Anniversary–Mr. and Mrs. Harold “Bud” Eager, Stryker; Roger L. and Karen (Wood) Grieser, Sept. 25, 1964

Headline– Homecoming Game Features Queen, Downey’s 100th Win

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1964

Total enrollment in the Archbold – German Local School District reached 1,107 students. Some of the migrant pupils have already withdrawn and a few more will be leaving in the near future.

Arnold T. Johnson, project engineer of Fulton Tubing Inc., left Detroit Airport for London, England, where he is to supervise installation of a unit for brazed tubing production at Birmingham, England.

Over 300 attended the dedication program of Fairlawn Haven, Sunday afternoon. John L. Short, chairman of the board of trustees, presided.

Nancy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Nelson, a freshman at Taylor University, was named a member of the 75-voice university chorale.

Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Traut returned last week from a month tour of Western States and Canada. They traveled 7,500 miles.

Waldron State Savings Bank, Waldron, Mich., was held up at 9:28 am, Monday. The lone bandit escaped with $2,172.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar B. Gautsche began a term of service under the Mennonite Board of Missions & Charities, Elkhart, Ind. They have been assigned to Sunshine Children’s Home, Maumee, as unit leader and unit hostess.

Tim, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Smith, returned to Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–If the going gets more difficult, you’re on the way up….. The teacher who can devise a method of education without studying will win a popularity contest….. The man who has everything is kept busy making payments.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1939

The annual sale of 4-H Club calves and finished cattle will be held at Lugbill Bros. Auction, Thursday, Oct. 12.

Most of the stock will be White-face Herefords and Black Angus. There will be between 15 and 20 carloads of fat, long-fed, ranging from yearling to heavy.

Rev. Elias Frey, bishop of Archbold Mennonite Churches, was in Chicago Monday to tell President D. Roosevelt their communicants will refuse to bear arms in the event of war.

Adam Schlatter, chairman, and Clarence Grime, vice chairman, will head the Fulton County Corn Husking Contest Friday, Oct. 20. Location to be determined.

The 140-acre Stoltz farm sold at auction Friday afternoon. Jacob Rueger paid $186 an acre for 10 acres and Peter Schang bid $163 per acre for 140 acres.

Jacob F. Leininger gravel pit farm of 115 acres sold at auction Wednesday afternoon to Sam. Wederkehr for $76 an acre.

Gustav F. Leininger advertises his woods will be open to the public Sunday afternoon to gather hickory nuts.

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rupp and sons Stanley, Paul, and John Jr., will leave Thursday for a trip to the West Coast for a month.

William Ruffer fell while at work on the roof of the barn on the A. C. Aungst property.

People often desire Biblical names for their children. In Romans 16:21, there was a kinsman of Paul whose name was Sosipater. Anyone is welcome to use the name.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1914

The number of farm sales in the Archbold Buckeye is a sure indication of agricultural prosperity. Last year there were very few public sales.

Elmer Johnson, of Williams County, will harvest 40 acres of soy beans this year.

Oliver O. George, of near Delta, is an educated dairyman. He keeps a complete set of books and cleared $2,605 last year on his cows. He thinks milking cows is not a disgrace but a mighty good business.

Oats will not be cheap this year. The Canadian crop is largely a failure in the markets of the world.

Canada will have none for shipment, not even into the United States. The United States will have the export trade in oats all to itself. Presumably the English will want some American oats for their cavalry horses.

“No country on the face of the globe can compare chemicals as well as Germany,” declared a traveling representative of a wholesale drug house in explaining the tragic ascent in the price of the drugs as inability to get more.

“It won’t be long until some lines are completely consumed and more will not be available,” he said.

Over 17,000,000 men of eight nations are now engaged in war or preparing for it. Seventeen million men have been removed from productive occupation from useful citizenship in order that they may kill one another.

Friday, Oct. 2, 1914

According to the Montpelier Leader newspaper, the Valley Electric Road will be completed to Colombia, Northwest Township, within a month.

Williams County will then have three interurban rail lines. It is not known whether the lines will be extended from Columbia to Pioneer, Montpelier to Edon. The steel is now laid about a half mile east of the road running north from Metz.

German airships have again succeeded in dropping bombs on Paris, injuring two persons.

Because the war has shut off the market, there is no demand for raw cotton. Ten cents is considered a fair price for cotton.

Former president Taft thinks that after the great conflict is over there will be universal desire for peace. True, but by that time half the able-bodied men of Europe will be enjoying eternal peace.

There was no band concert at Evansport Saturday evening because of Wilfred Buehrer’s sale.

Wonderful progress is being made on the G.J. Vernier bungalow on South Defiance Street. That bids fair to one of the finest residential districts in the county.

Get a few good cows and pay the farm mortgage.

Farmers are so successful raising tomatoes at Winameg that a new canning factory is to be erected at Metamora.

There will be a box social at the Bourquin School, Dist. 12, Friday. Ladies, please bring box lunches.



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