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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 20, 1998

Council approved construction of three sections of bike paths in the village.

Edward Leininger was promoted to executive vice president/ commercial loan officer,at the Farmers & Merchants State Bank.

Council granted its final approval to an enterprise zone tax abatement agreement with Napoleon-Lynx at its Monday night meeting.

Park board decided to remodel, rather than demolish the restrooms at Ruihley Park.

Council will hire a finance clerk, to handle clerical duties in support of the village administrative staff.

Joseph D. Emch, AHS senior, is a National Merit Scholar. He is the son of John and Beverly.

Deaths- Norris K. Andre, 80, Wauseon; Helen A. Neuenschwander, 73, Wauseon; Bryan W. Nofziger, 28, Archbold

AHS bandsmen Laura Kauffman, senior, received the John Philip Sousa award, and Jennifer Short, senior, won the Louis Armstrong jazz award.

Ben Grime was selected to the Ohio National Dual Meet wrestling team, in Columbus Sunday.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 25, 1983

The Fulton County Solid Waste Facility opened yesterday in Ottokee, near the old county home.

A photograph shows seniors ready to sail their mortar boards: Ken Richer, Troy Roth, and Kent Roth.

Marvin Miller, president of Commercial Club, honored Don Walters as the newest honorary member of the club.

Deaths- Elizabeth Traut, 79, Archbold; Walter T. Juzwiak, 76, Archbold; Valeria Porter, 88, Toledo; Francis Kellermeyer, 86, Stryker; Dora Homan, 86, Napoleon

John W. Fraas, professor of economics and math at Ashland College, received the Ellis Award for motivation.

Marc D. and Tina M. Short home, 1201 Buehrer Road, sold at auction Saturday. Audrey Wyse bid $57,000.

A photograph shows David Lersch, superintendent, and board members Charles Beck, Virgil Miller, and Steven Wyse, checking details on the graduation program.

A photograph shows Kelly Short, pitcher, making the tag on Tammy Parker in the district final against North Central.

Confirmedat St. John’s United Church of Christ: Lara Hall, Shannon Lauber, Candice Speiser, Mark Miller, Brian Meyer, Mike DeVries, Jeff Leininger.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Communism has plagued the world for a long time. It is based on poverty and sacrifice of the masses and special privileges for those who rule…. There was a time, way back in Archbold’s early history, when the village had less than 1,000 citizens, 13 saloons and a brewery that delivered kegs filled with liquid refreshments…. Because it is in short supply, praise can be the cement that will help to hold marriages together…. Can it be that California continues to gain in population because most of its residents come from somewhere else.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, May 21, 1958

Stotzer Hardware is observing its 100th anniversary this week. Frederick Stotzer was the first mayor of Archbold, elected in 1866, when the village was organized and incorporated May 26.

He came to the United States from Switzerland, lived in Toledo and later came to Archbold. He was a harness maker, also sold buggies and saddle equipment.

His son the late Henry W. Stotzer, learned the trade and became sole owner of the business in 1899. His son, Harold F. became a partner in 1920 and in 1946, Robert H. Stotzer, Harold’s son, joined the firmas a partner. He is the fourth generation representative of the Stotzer family.

Paul R. Christy has purchased the Symonds Chevrolet garage and agency, at Defiance, and took possession Monday.

Northwestern Ohio, a region once inhabited by a dozen Indian tribes, will have a scene from its colorful past re-enacted here at the Archbold High School football field on Friday, June 20.

Archbold will be host to a group of 14- to 18-year-old boys known as the Koshare Indians. The boys are members of Explorer Post 2230, La Junta, Colo. They are sponsored by the Commercial Club. Robert A. Ebersole, club vice president and program chairman, estimates more than 3,000 adults and children will attend the one performance.

Michael Holian played the violin in the spring concert of the BGSU symphony orchestra May 18.

William G. Rupp, Navy Ens., is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Essex, operating as a unit of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.

Headline- Vote On $290,000 Sewage Bonds, Tuesday; Archbold Is Eligible For $150,000 Federal Aid If Bond Issue Passes

William C. Buehrer, Army private, is stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 24, 1933

No residents appeared Saturday afternoon to offer objections to the proposition to permit Elmira having electric street lights.

Richard Lauber and John Steenson did not place in the state track meet Saturday. The boys earned the right to compete at the state level by winning events at the district meet in Toledo. M.A. Farber, Archbold High School coach, accompanied the boys to Columbus.

J.C. Liechty Oil Co., will hold an open house for his new gas station at the corner of South Defianceand Mechanic streets Saturday, May 27. Mr. Liechty has added a wonderful improvement to that corner, formerly one of the most objectionable sites on the business street.

Deaths- Nelson Yedica, 25

Doris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Enos Stuckey, who attends Elmira Special School, is the only winner in Fulton County in the eighth grade scholarship test conducted by the Ohio Department of Education.

F.A. Geesey has returned from a winter vacation in Florida. Rates in rooming houses are $2 a week.

Clarence J. Brown, former secretary of state, visited the Archbold Buckeye officeFriday afternoon. He publishes six weekly newspapers near Columbus.

Lucille Rice graduates Thursday from nursing at Fairview Park Hospital, Cleveland.

H.C. Pape, Wauseon, formerly of Archbold, received a 15-year service pin from Standard Oil Co. Mr. Pape began his career in Archbold.

There is always comfort in the thought that even the son of God failed to please everybody.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 19, 1908

A horse that wanted to attract attention sat down like a discouraged dog in his harness on main street Friday afternoon. From a sitting posture the animal stretched out upon the pavement with a satisfied groan.

A crowd of men collected. Some tried to help, and others tried to boss. One man twisted the mare’s tail and diagnosed the case as colic. Another felt his ears and said his temperature was about 108 degrees. Another ran his fingers along the creature’s spine and stopping at where its suspenders crossed was sure it had trouble in its kidneys and recommended hot poultices.

A man with whiskers held his ear against the beast’s heaving bosom and discovered symptoms of curvature of the intestines. The mare was finally steered toward a stable.

As the cavalcade moved away a lady was heard to remark, “I’ve seen and heard a lot of old women around a colicky baby, recommending things, but when a bunch of men get around a sick horse, they beat a grandmother’s caucus a mile to windward.”

Supposing a sewer to Brush Creek does cost each citizen 49¢ a year. Would it not be worth that to have a dry lot and cellar. One mess of cellar-spoiled potatoes would more than pay that.

John Wendt bought the post officebuilding of Peter Eicher for $2,500. This is the highest price yet paid for DefianceStreet business property, almost $100 a foot front. It has a good tenant. Uncle Sam is sure to pay and at $15 rent, with low taxes and insurance, it will pay him better than fivepercent on the money, and the rate of taxes on the property is less than on money loaned.

Friday, May 22, 1908

Ed. Sink, freight brakeman on the Cincinnati Northern fell under the wheels Friday afternoon and both legs were cut off below the hips. He was 33 and married.

There never was a time when the inhabitants of this neck of the woods took as deep an interest in school matters as right now. The law against keeping children out of school is to be enforced next year and a township superintendent of schools employed.

The tramp that threw a rock through the window of a T&I car from a passing freight is locked up at Wauseon. The drummer who sat near the window was cut around the face but after he washed up at Norton’s Hotel he found only a few scratches.

When ground finely the carp makes excellent chicken feed. Carp also fatten hogs. The fishmake excellent fertilizer. Plant a carp with potatoes and the crop will be big.

Now that the new law providing that the state pays half the expense of stone roads there is no reason why German Township shall not have all roads stoned. A stone road is worth $10 an acre to the farm it passes.

Archbold people who attended the circus at Wauseon Saturday were late in getting home. The power was turned off because of the storm. The T&I car made a long stop between Calvary and the Lake Shore tracks.


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