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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wed., May 18, 2005

The Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities will ask county commissioners to place a two-mill continuing property tax levy on the November ballot.

“The tremendous increase in the cost of health insurance is killing us,” said Ken Cline, school district superintendent. He said district employees may see significant radical changes in the health insurance program. “We can no longer afford $400,000- a-year increases and absorb those costs,” he said.

A record number, 365 students, graduated from Northwest State Community College, Saturday afternoon.

April Rock, Sherwood, spoke for the Class of 2005. She was the recipient of NSCC top Student of the Year award. Rock also received All- Ohio academic honors as one of the top ten community college students in Ohio.

Honor students named at Pettisville are Devin Sauder, Katrin Lueddecke, Ashley Funk, Amber Geringer, Laura Frey, Jenna Rufenacht, Jenae Knierim, Laura Bruner, Valerie Moden, Krystal Nofziger, Sarah Bruner, Erin Lantz, Michael Schrock, Braydon Meck, Justin Rufenacht, Andrew Spotts, Cali Link.

A new cell or landfill area at the Williams County Landfill, north of Bryan, is a future project of Millco, Archbold. It is a division of Miller Bros. Construction. Jason Pickerman, landfill manager, told chamber members about the expansion.

He said buildings west of the filled area have been removed for a new cell.

Voters in the Gorham- Fayette School District will be asked to approve a $4.8 million-plus bond issue for a new school, plus another half-mill continuing levy for the operation of the building.

Logan D. Short, AHS grad and son of Lee and Linda, won an honorable mention in the student design competition at the 2005 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, in March.

John J. Torres, son of Max and Angela, received the 2005 Outstanding Activities Award for seniors at OSU.

Andy Redd, an AHS junior, became the first sectional champion in school history in tennis when he defeated Maumee Valley Country Day’s David Sanati in the Division II sectional final at Maumee High School.

Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director, said the estimated cost for irrigating the ball diamonds in Memorial Park is $21,000.

Council accepted the request from Sauder Village for annexation to the village of Archbold. It was a unanimous vote.

Deaths–Walter G. Lohse, 74, Wausau, Wisconsin; Virginia Buckenmeyer, 76, Sylvania; Howard Minnich, 86, Holgate

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 9, 1990

What could be more fun than being surrounded by beautiful girls on junior-senior prom night? Beats me, says the facial expression of Adam Lauber, as seven girls take a pose behind the lucky young man. In a front page photo they are Zendra Stamm, Wendy Rupp, Tina Rodriguez, Abbie Case, Lora Gisel, Renee Timmons, and Denay Rupp.

Ten seniors will receive scholastic honors at graduation. Listed are the top 10%: Nicole Aschliman, Chad Baus, Eric Nofziger, Michelle Poorman, Nathan Roth, Anita Sengupta, Erin Short, Laura Short, Matt Stamm, Julie Wagler.

Village income tax jumped over 50% on April. Collection was more than $130,000.

The home of Richard and Marilyn Lenhart, 406 South Defiance Street sold Saturday at public auction to Jennie Carpenter for $37,500.

Olen Genter, Pettisville, was recently recognized by the northwest region of Ohio Farm Bureau for his help in recruiting 50 new members.

“Barnum,” the musical presented by ACT and the Fayette Fine Arts Council, closed Saturday with good attendance at the Fayette Opera House.

New National Honor Society members at Pettisville are Lisa Rufenacht, Michele Nafziger, Christine Richer, Pam Nofziger, Reed Roth, Brad Nafziger, Jason Grieser, Scott Rupp, James Kruse.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 12, 1965

The AHS music department, under the direction of Walter A. Tredway, will present a Spring Fantasy in music and art at the high school gymnasium Thursday evening, May 13, at 8 pm.

Glen Gamber has been named assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Archbold.

Headline–Archbold Centennial Committee Meets Monday To Organize For 1966 Event

Fifty-two scotch and white pine trees were planted by Rotary Club members in Ruihley Park, west of the swimming pool, Friday afternoon.

First National Bank of Archbold will open its new drive-up branch at the corner of Lugbill Road and South Defiance Street, Monday, May 24.

Pfc. Victor G. Sholl, whose wife, Marilyn, lives on Rt. 2, was assigned to the US Army Support Command, Vietnam, April 20. The support command advises the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam on training, use of equipment, and tactical operations.

Fox hunts staged during the winter season by West Unity Sportsmen Club members eradicated 58 foxes– 31 old and 27 young ones.

Pfc. Paul E., AHS ‘59, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lovejoy, is participating in Exercise Silver Hand, a major joint field training exercise conducted by the US Strike Command, at Fort Hood, Texas.

Two Blue Streak track and field champions established new records. Tom Storrer now holds the 24- year-old NWOAL pole vault record at 12 feet, a half inch higher than the old record. Greg Wlasiuk threw the discus 136-11 1/2, to beat Andy Murbach’s record of 135-7, set in 1953. Wlasiuk also set a new AHS shot put record of 45-9.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 15, 1940

Alfred J. Short, German Township candidate for county commissioner, won the nomination in the primary election Tuesday. Lowell Hackett was nominated treasurer and Lester Irwin, sheriff.

A well-known jurist, Homer A. Ramey, will give the high school graduation commencement address, Tuesday evening, May 21. C.E. Spithaler, pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, will give the baccalaureate sermon, Sunday evening.

Paul, son of Mrs. Lydia Bock, is the valedictorian of the 1940 high school graduating class. Donna, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Walter Spengler, is salutatorian. Thirtyfive seniors will graduate.

A great, enthusiastic crowd saw the opening of the softball league season in Ruihley Park, Monday evening. The Archbold High School marching band led the opening festivities in new uniforms. Victor G. Ruffer, mayor, threw the first pitch.

Albert Schmucker, of Elmira, was burned when flames enveloped his entire body while working on the Jonathan Wiederkehr farm, near the Archbold Airport.

Mr. Schmucker stopped along the road to fill the tractor with gasoline from a milk can. Mrs. Ward Replogle heard his screams for help, phoned neighbors, and Nelson Heer, who lives nearby, was first to reach the stricken man approximately 10 minutes later. Mr. Heer said he was lying in the ditch with all the clothes burned from his body, excepting his shoes. The grass was burning around him. He was wrapped in a blanket and rushed to Wauseon Hospital.

Wauseon council is studying the possibility of eliminating the Franklin Street New York Central Railroad crossing with an underpass.

The 17th reunion of the Spiess-Knapp-Miller families will be held in Ruihley Park, Sunday, May 19.–adv.

Ora E. Lauber, treasurer of the committee to raise funds for the building site of the new Archbold library, reports $1,200 has been received.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 11, 1915

The Archbold Band, consisting of 26 pieces, entertained Wauseon people Tuesday night with one of its famous concerts.

The band is easily one of the best bands in this part of the country.–Wauseon Republican

Archbold now has two saloons, and judging from the reports coming from that lively little village, we would imagine that the saloons are not helping the town to any great extent, and its people are thinking seriously of getting up a petition to vote them out.–Napoleon Signal

Section men picked up a man along the Lake Shore Railroad tracks at Wauseon. The man appeared to be unconscious and was taken to the hospital.

After he obtained a good meal he walked off, giving the kind nurse a horselaugh.

A large class was confirmed at St. Peter Catholic Church, Monday. Bishop Schrembs, of Toledo, and several clergymen were present.

Alex Jacobi, Oakland, Calif., and his daughter Grace were motoring on a boulevard last week when a bee stung him on the face. The surprise and pain caused Jacobi to lose control of the car, which overturned and fatally injured his daughter.

We wish to thank all those who contributed so liberally to the apron and kitchen shower of the Dorcas Society at the St. John’s Reformed Church, Friday.–The Committee– adv.

If farm crops turn out as good as predicted, every farm boy will want an automobile instead of a buggy.

Japan is about to make war on China. Italy is about to declare war on Austria. The whole world is anxious to go crazy.

Friday, May 14, 1915

Dedication of St. John’s Reformed Church will take place on Sunday. The congregation has labored heroically to erect a suitable edifice to the glory of the Triune God.

This edifice arose slowly but persistently through the assistance of the laboring men and the financial aid of the congregation, which figuratively watched its growth with happy expectations.

John Lloyd, of Bryan, threw himself under a train at Cadillac, Mich., Thursday. The body was cut in two. A note was found in his pocket in which he stated that he was friendless, homeless, and jobless, and was starving. He preferred death to begging.

Jonas S. Short drove to town Wednesday with three of the best basswood logs that have come to Archbold in a long time. They were delivered to the yard of Gotshall Mill.

It would be good for Archbold if someone would start a canvas glove factory. Merchants complain the season is approaching and it is impossible to get canvas gloves.

When tourists begin coming through Archbold, they will find some new restaurants to enjoy.



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