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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 22, 1998

Water rates will increase 10% beginning May 1, according to council.

Headline- Three Republicans, One Democrat Seek County Commissioner Position

Alex Short, 1990 graduate of AHS, was standing with his boss outside the office in Nashville, Tenn., when tornadoes ripped through the area April 16-17.

Ed Fox, president of North Star BHP Steel, Delta, told Chamber members that 85% of the materials used at the plant are recycled steel. Fox said 53% of the steel produced in the United States is used by Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, or Illinois industries.

Richard P. Hallet, was named president and director of the Ohio Gas Co. He succeeds James I. Tuttle, who remains as chief executive officer.

School Board approved the sale of a portion of real estate adjacent to the Colony Meadows Trailer Court.

Deaths- Anne B. Bupp, 57, Hamden, Conn.; Melba C. Schmucker, 79, Archbold; Elsie F. King, 100, Archbold; Orlyss A. Sauder, 91, Archbold; Kevin L. O’Brien, 37, Wauseon; David T. Skinner, 59 West Bloomfield, Mich.; Mary A. Seiler, 69, Montpelier

Pettisville may adopt junior high soccer in the fall.

A photograph shows Jenny Wyse, PHS senior, stuck upside down on the Velcro wall, one of many games at the Pettisville High School After Prom event.

Andrea Genter, Pettisville senior, signed a letter of intent to play softball for Bowling Green State University.

Olivia Borton finished her first year with the Indiana Wesleyan University Cheer Team.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 27, 1983

The grass is greening, trees and shrubs budding, and tulips blooming. A photo shows Tamara Short, of South Defiance Street, who rode her bicycle to a sidewalk refreshment stand on West Street to buy a drink from Jill Dilbone and Stephanie Rupp. The girls reported business is just so-so.

In a photograph Minnie Wyse appears with an unfinished quilt in her lap. Minnie has pieced quilts for area residents for many years.

The Wauseon Kiwanis Club and employees of M.E. Miller Tire Co., will inspect all bicycles in the county bike-a-thon.

Moonlight Madness, that strange, exciting event that comes to Archbold once a year, arrives Friday. It is sponsored by Archbold Retail Merchants.

Sauder Village opened its doors today for its eighth season. Over 528,826 persons from the United States and foreign countries have visited.

Park Board is considering enlarging the swimming pool 40×50 feet, and deepening it to meet state standards.

Merle Wyse was elected president and Larry Rychener vice president of Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home.

Tom Ulrich will spend a month this summer in the land of the Vikings. He will be in Denmark as part of the Rotary International Student Exchange Program.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Many historians say colonial rule was stupid and brutal. Consider what our ancestors did to the Native Americans…. When people had to cook meals outside over an open fire, they longed for an indoor kitchen. When they got one, they started wishing for an outdoor barbecue pit…. Would a 36-hour or 24-hour work week solve any of our labor problems?

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 23, 1938

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 Corners Saturday at 4 p.m.

“Sulphur and Molasses” stage play, was presented by the senior class. Performers are Carol Gautsche, Barbara Gearig, Nadine Gisel, Don Frey, Les Wyse, John Rupp, Darlene Short, Shirley Buerge, Barbara Dohm, Sharon Klopfenstein, Ruth Ann Miller, Shirley Wyse, Pam Lauber, Bill DeGroff, Bonnie Short, Betty Lou Roth, Merle Short, Marilyn Gautsche.

Larry L. Fish has been cast as Pish-Tish in the presentation of the “Mikado” to be given at Heidelberg College.

The new home built by Archie Fielitz on Lindau Street, in the Lugbill Addition, is open to the public Sunday afternoon, April 27.- adv.

Tim Rupp bowled 212 at Archbold Bowling, Inc., Saturday.

Ruihley Park has a new parking area to serve the swimming pool, tennis courts, and picnic areas, on West Holland Street.

Scott, 2 1/2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bernath, disappeared from his home on East Holland Street about 4:30 pm Saturday. George Kramer, local police, members of the fire department, and neighbors joined in searching for the lad. At the peak of the search Scott was found sound asleep on a pile of clothing under the basement steps.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 26, 1933

Carl Schinck, 88, died in his home in Portland, Oregon, March 27. Mr. Schinck will be remembered by older residents here as a former pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. His first baptismal was recorded in 1884, but the exact year of his ministry is not certain. He retired from the ministry in 1915 and moved to Portland.

The beautiful Ruihley Park pavilion will be the scene of many happy picnics and reunions during the coming warm months. Contact P.S. Short, clerk of the board, for reservations.

The new post office rulings affect postmasters who give employment to relatives and carriers who have relatives as substitutes.

Rupp Furniture Co. started moving their furniture stock into their own building, which has been remodeled. A large stairway was built from the balcony at the rear of the first floor to the second floor. They will vacate the room they have occupied in the bank building for many years.

Stotzer Hardware Co. has taken over the agency of Kelvinator electric refrigerators.

Slagle’s Super Service now conducts an agency for Plymouth automobiles and other Chrysler cars.

Miller Auto Supply Co., has taken on the agency for Gibson electric refrigerators.

A president serves four years in office, or forty-eight months- a year for each state.

The law of ultimate compensation is still in effect. Any inflation will be but a temporary relief. In the end all must be paid by someone, sometime, somehow.

All men want to enjoy success, but there are only a few willing to endure the kicks, knocks, and the bumps as well as the grinding labor, self-denial, hardship, disappointment, jeers, jibes, and humiliation that must be endured along the way.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 21, 1908

Some investors are making as much as 14% on rental property in Archbold.

The old Ottokee Fair will hang up $2,000 for races next fall. Why have such a big stock show? Not one person in fifty goes to see the stock. People go to the fair to be amused, not instructed.

Chris Merillat is in serious condition from blood poisoning. He picked up a board and was throwing it when a nail scratched his hand.

John B. Schnetzler says he built the Thomas building in 1861. It will be moved to make room for the new Peoples State Bank.

Delta is paying $1.18 a hundred pound for cow’s milk. The best the co-operative creamery paid was 55¢. There are no hard times around Delta.

William Leininger sold $600 of milk from nine cows last year. He got his money every month, could pay his store bill regularly and keeps his credit up. He says his cows are only common stock and five of them are young. He can see profit in the milk business and is ready to learn all he can about the dairy business. He is going out of the horse business to give more attention to milk. William has 180 acres and five boys that work.

A drink-crazed sailor arrested at Edgerton as a crazy tramp jumped from a window of the Bryan courthouse, 14 feet to the ground and started a lively chase. He was captured.

The mule seems to have come to this neighborhood to stay. Ten years ago a mule was a curiosity here. Now mule teams are common sights. The mule is said to be the only animal alive, which Noah could not have had on the ark.

Carp are selling in Archbold at 6¢ a pound. They are a hardy fish, grow to enormous size and reproduce rapidly. They provide food for people at small cost and properly cooked are a delicacy.

Don’t sit on the ground or shed your winter underwear until after May 15.

Lard wanted by Wonser & Rychener, 8¢ a pound.- adv.

100 Years Ago

Friday, April 24, 1908

The bank of Wauseon, known as the Barber Bank, closed its doors Tuesday. Hundreds of depositors gathered to look at the sign on the door and discuss the possibilities of the bank paying out. The bank was composed of E.L. Barber, H.A. Barber, Addie L. Barber, and Sophia H. Barber.

A.M. Buehrer is the new cashier at the Peoples State Bank Co., on North Defiance Street.

John D. Short will build a new house this spring.

With approval of the Archbold Improvement Association and the cooperation of all local businessmen, a machine shop will be erected near the grist mill by Edward Ruffer. He will invest $4,000 in the enterprise. He will construct a building. It will be furnished free for five years.

The house being moved from the lot just north of the Mrs. Joseph Lauber residence, on North Defiance Street, by the owner Amiel Flory.

Elmer, 13, son of George Seiler, was plowing with three horses Tuesday morning. The horses ran away and threw the lad upon a barbwire fence in a way that cut his throat from ear to ear. Had the cut been slightly deeper it would have severed his jugular vein. The artery bulged like a marble. I.L. Coy, physician, dressed the wound. He believes the boy will be all right.

While his mother was getting breakfast Tuesday morning, Neal, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton DeGroff fell on his face upon the stove. His hands burned until his mother rescued him. It is feared he will lose his eye.

A tribe of gypsies passed through Archbold Tuesday. They were dirty as usual. The squaws worked the back doors telling fortunes and begging. Gypsies are fond of gold. When they get possession of a gold eagle they put out its eyes. They seldom let it see daylight again.


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