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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997

Headlines- Voters Have Many Choices This Fall; 14 Seek Council, School Board Seats… AHS Student Musicians Recall Details Of European Tour

Archbold schools welcome four new teachers this fall: Bob Priest, Allan Gladieux, Lori Luderman, and Rob Mahnke.

New teachers at Pettisville are Nicole Schrock, John Horning, and Heather Emigh.

Death- Florence Crossgrove, 80, Archbold

Seventy-seven years ago on Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States was ratified. American women were granted the right to vote in all elections and hold any political office. The Archbold Buckeye featured reflections of the sufferage issue by four female public officials: Marcia Cody, Mary Gype, Sandy Barber, and Laurie Storrer.

Gary and Pat Beck sold at auction Aug. 19 a three-bedroom home on 1.6 acres for $88,500 on Co. Rd. D, Stryker, to Craig and Debra Koeppe, Stryker.

John Baumgartner was named alternate delegate to the Ohio School Board Association from the Four County Vocational School Board.

Gary Rupp purchased Rupp Auto Service in Pettisville from his father, Marlin, as of July 1.

50th Anniversary – Charles and Melba Schnitkey, Aug. 30.

Vincent Gillen, Robert Batdorf, James Spiess, and Howard Earl Morr were named to the Fulton County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Six experienced AHS players return to the girls volleyball team: Kacy Stevens, Alisha Gearig, Tina Aschliman, Kristen Rupp, Jamie Selgo, and Melissa Beck.

Rebecca Rich, 1997 AHS graduate and winner of the 1997 United Nations Association high school essay competition, met with John Glenn, U.S. senator, to talk about the land mine issue.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1982

Drought causes severe crop losses in Fulton County. Corn and soybean yields are below normal, said Dave Reed, county agricultural agent.

Smooth teamwork rapidly moved 2,055 persons through two serving lines Friday evening at the cattlemen’s benefit for Quadco. Net receipts for the dinner were at $12,000 Monday afternoon.

Deaths- Marvin L. Buehrer, 78, and Calvin E. Johnson, 65, Archbold

Ervin J. Nofziger, whose farm has been in the Nofziger family since 1844, will receive a plaque designating his farm as a centennial farm at the Fulton County Fair.

Jennette Louise Meyer is the new head of the home economics department at AHS.

Luann Sutton will teach home economics to grades seven through 12 at Pettisville Local School.

The hardest part of taking an animal to the fair is “getting it there,” according to Jodi, daughter of Al and Joyce Nofziger.

The Max Rufenacht family agrees that horses are a family affair. Beth and Vandy appear in photographs with their horses.

Racehorses, farming, and the Fulton County Fair are important to Elmer Leu and sons Herman and Dale.

Sue, Jenny, and Mary Jo Grime sew and cook their way to the state fair.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- College students soon learn that walking is a substantial part of getting educated…. Ruihley Park was the scene of a community event when cattlemen held a benefit for Quadco…. With three disastrous harvests and threatened by a fourth, Russia may find it important to provide food for their people and curtail its war machine.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1957

Norma Burkholder has completed requirements for admission to Capitol University and will enter the nursing curriculum classes beginning Sept. 10. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Burkholder, she is a graduate of Archbold High School.

While watering turkeys from a 1,000-gallon tank on a wagon, eight-year-old Sammy Smucker crushed his left foot by the wagon wheel Wednesday afternoon. Several bones were injured and one broken several times. Sammy will be in a cast for six weeks. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smucker.

George L. Beatty, West Unity, was one of 12 recipients in Ohio of the American Farmer Degree, highest award in the FFA organization. He is shown in a photograph standing in front of some of the corn growing on the 200 acres he farms.

The new addition to Archbold Bowling, Inc., which doubles the size of the former building and doubles the number of alleys, is about completed. The new building will be 80×120 feet compared to the 40×120- foot space of the former building. Bowling facilities will be greatly improved with 12 modern alleys, all equipped with automatic pin setters. They will be installed before the opening day, about Oct. 1.

Mary Lou Roth was selected to represent the Archbold FFA Chapter Sept. 4 in the Junior Fair Sweetheart Parade at the 100th Fulton County Fair. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Roth, she will be a senior at Archbold High School.

A daughter, Sherri Kay, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Short, West Unity, at Montpelier Hospital Aug. 19. Mother Marilyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wyse. Other grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Short.

Rolland Wyse and family, Stryker, left Saturday for a trip to California, where they will visit their daughter.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1932

Clinton Township Board of Education voted to close the Morris and Olive Branch schools this year. The pupils will be transported to Wauseon schools. Shortage of pupils and increased cost of operation are the causes for the change.

Stryker will hold its annual homecoming and Labor Day celebration Monday, Sept. 5.

Ten thousand airplane passengers were carried in July. No wonder the railroads are worrying.

Copeland’s Corners, north of Wauseon, are being rounded so traffic at the dangerous intersection is given more safety.

There is a law, which provides severe punishment for compelling an employee to buy his supplies at a certain place under penalty of discharge. Peonage is but another form of slavery.

The Archbold High School Band will perform at the Ruihley Park Festival Saturday evening, Sept. 3. Since they have not played together since May 20, a special practice is called for 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3. Louise Mignin, director, wants members of last year’s band to report to the practice. Graduate members are needed for the help they can offer other bandsmen and for the service they can render to the community.

Marriages- Elmer Nofziger and Alice Bernath, Aug. 27; Glen Bernath and Dorthy King, Aug. 24.

Clarence Brodbeck was driving an Aungst Brothers truck, southeast of Archbold, when it skidded and turned over on the freshly oiled road at Bassinger Corner. Charles Buehrer, his mother, Mrs. Ben. Buehrer; and a neighbor, Montgomery Jones; managed to hold up the truck so that the injured man could breathe. Brodbeck was blue from suffocation when an ambulance arrived and took him to Wauseon Hospital. He had no broken bones but many cuts and bruises.

A few years from now, men will tear their hair and say, “Why didn’t I buy in 1932 when things were so cheap?”

To the unemployed person it matters not whether prices are high or low.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1907

It is the fellow who does not get enough exercise to keep his mind from souring and sits around town and spits out sour remarks about everybody and everything.

Such men are being punished with mean consuming thoughts that do them more harm than anyone else, because they are idlers and know they are adding nothing to the country’s wealth.

One cannot help but pity the mental and physical misery of those who have nothing to do.

The storm of Sunday night was one of the most noisy of the season. The lightnings and the thunders had a program of continuous surprises, which scared timid women and children and gave lovers a welcome excuse to repeatedly embrace each other.

Strangers are such common sights in Archbold that natives no longer give them a second look. It is the influence of the T&I trolley.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Sept. 6, 1907

The Van Camp packing company doesn’t want milk from cows that are kept near where hens roost. They claim chicken lice are bad for cows.

During the summer months the Archbold schoolhouse had a thorough cleaning. Several rooms were frescoed and decorated. The building has a bright interior appearance.

Turn out and hear the band concert tonight. You will be surprised to know how well they play and what a healthylooking bunch of young men they are. Even the girls from neighboring towns are getting interested in our band.

The old incline track is being torn down at the Lake Shore Depot. Children who live near the depot ask for what the track was used. Old citizens remember when the track played the most important role in local commerce.

It was the heart of local business. Men would sit and watch the dump car pulled up loaded with good German Township wheat, which grew 30 bushels to the acre between stumps and log heaps and brought $2.50 to the bushel.

Many citizens request that good acts be booked at the Opera House this winter. What keeps performers away is the standing record. The record house in Archbold is $59.50. It has not been broken in 23 years.

There are plenty of people in the neighborhood who are hungry for amusement.

So hungry they seize upon a funeral or a wedding or Sunday dinner with friends. They squeeze every particle of amusement from it. Many have been taught the show is wrong. Few traveling troupes want to come to Archbold.


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