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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005

Approval of a federal Emergency Management Agency application and compliance with Ridgeville Township zoning are required before Christ Community Church can open a relocation center for Hurricane Katrina survivors in Ridgeville Corners.

FEMA needs local security and medical information before any decision is made about relocating survivors.

Continuing a tradition stretching back many, many years, members of the AHS Homecoming Court will preside over activities, including a Thursday, Sept. 22, pep rally, the Friday, Sept. 23, game against Swanton, and a dance at the Ruihley Park Pavilion.

Members of the Court: Lara Gautsche, queen; Austin Marihugh, king; Darrin King, senior escort; Erin Buehrer, senior attendant; Caroline Kinsman, first grade flower girl; Camden Warncke, first grade crown bearer; Alexa Kennedy, junior attendant; Derric Martinez-Otterson, junior escort; Dusty Kauzlick, sophomore escort; Dani Newman, sophomore attendant; Sarah Stuckey, freshman attendant; Steven Kinsman, freshman escort.

Perfect late-summer weather was not good enough to help set record attendance at the 2005 Fulton County Fair.

Jacob Wagner, a nineyear old Archbold boy, smiles proudly beside the lemonade stand he set up Saturday, Sept. 10, to raise money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. His total revenue for the day was $205; the largest single donation was $30. He is one of several Archbold persons involved in hurricane relief efforts.

Neil Weber, Wauseon, will head the 2005 Fulton County United Way Campaign as chairman. He is a PHS graduate, and Wauseon school superintendent for 15 years. Weber retired from the Wauseon system after 36 years of service and is the interim superintendent at Swanton.

Mike Short, Stryker, received the ACT Thespian Mary Short Award, Monday evening. It was presented by Steve Van Sickle, AACC president.

Seven zoning permits were issued in July and August.

Keith Lehman, an Archbold physician, has been installed as the treasurer of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

Deaths–John J. Rupp, 83, Boynton Beach, Fla.; Ruth Frey Shenk, 75, Harrisonburg, Va.; Kerstin Ing-Mary Whiteman, 85, Archbold

Timothy A. Armstrong and Michael R. Miller, Archbold, recently completed 12 weeks of U.S. Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1990

All of Archbold and surrounding German Township are now part of the Fulton County 9-1-1 Emergency System. It went in to service yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The system is located in a new building south of the Fulton County courthouse. Herb Gurwell is the coordinator.

Members of the Archbold Education Association are scheduled to vote on a new contract today, Wednesday.

No details of the contract were made available to this newspaper during the open part of the Monday evening meeting of Archbold Board of Education.

David Lersch, superintendent of schools, said Fulton County commissioners have estimated the assessment for the Elmira School building waterline at $8,185.

Patrick J. Dougherty has opened the Pondview Veterinary Clinic on St. Rt. 2.

Local dignitaries turned out for a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Fox Chase community, south of Archbold.

While there is no proof of danger from the old Fulton County Landfill, a plan is being prepared to manage the site better. Hans Schmalzried, county health commissioner, said there is liquid material, called leachate, leaking from the side. Concerns are the material is headed for a drainage ditch, and potential dangerous chemicals may enter the environment.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1965

An estimated crowd of 43,000 attended the 108th Fulton County Fair on Labor Day. Perfect weather contributed. A total of 101 couples attended the Golden Wedding Party. Fred Hinderer, secretary, reports a record number of entries in 11 departments exceeded expectations.

Norbert Loshe, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, will observe his 25th ordination anniversary. Loshe is pastor of the Archbold and Stryker churches, and was treasurer of the Brunnersdale Seminary in Canton for 11 years.

The Family Book Store of Archbold, suppliers of religious literature, will hold a grand opening at a 40×80 first floor location on Rt. 66, Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Maynard Wyse started the business in her home, and has expanded to employ four full-time persons. Ownership includes Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Wyse and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Wyse.

Barbara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale King, arrived in New York City on the S.S. Castel Felice after spending a year as an exchange trainee in Europe.

Craig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pickett, writes for Buckeye readers about construction of the astronauts’ Gemini space capsule. Craig is a laboratory electronics technician with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, St. Louis, Mo.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1940

The petition signed by a number of residents of German Township praying that two rows of sections be taken off the east end of German Township and added to two rows of such sections from western Clinton Township, was presented to the Attorney General of Ohio for final decision.

Contractors for the new lake project northwest of Archbold, near Zone, brought in two Caterpillar tractors and other equipment to start work on the dike that closes the mile-long gulley, and were moving dirt on Tuesday. The spillway will be started as soon as possible, made of concrete to allow water to spill over should it reach heights of 24 feet.

Earl Luty has contracted to buy the new business building in the Lugbill Addition, to take possession Dec. 1. Leander and Jacob Riegsecker plan to erect another business building more suited to their purpose. Luty intends to use the building for storage.

Over five million dollars in income ranks Fulton County third in total farm income in Ohio.

Sixty-Six State Highway Association, formed to obtain improvements on the route which goes north and south through Archbold, has been organized. The highway runs from Dayton north through Defiance, Archbold and Fayette.

This is the time of year when sneak thieves would visit Archbold. The same night, a bicycle was stolen and left in the Archbold Cemetery. The Archbold officers who caught and apprehended George Campbell and his woman delivered him over to Fulton County officers, who saw he got five years in the penitentiary and his woman serve six months in the county jail. Officials say he will not bother Archbold homes again for several years.

About 125 volunteer men helped wreck the Crout barn near Tedrow, Monday afternoon. It was picked up and thrown down by the strong wild wind.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1915

A course in Morals and Manners is the feature of the new elementary course of study mailed to county superintendents of public instruction.

Copies will be distributed to every grade school teacher in the state.

Here are Ten Things To Remember that all teachers will be expected to impress on the minds of the youngsters:

Do good to all.

Speak evil of none.

Listen before judging.

Think before you speak.

Hold an angry tongue.

Be kind to the distressed.

Ask pardon for all wrongs.

Be patient toward everyone.

Stop the ears to a talebearer.

Disbelieve evil reports.

The book is crammed with practical instruction on good manners in the home, on the street, at the table, in the schoolroom, on the playground.

It is the first up-to-date textbook for the use of teachers ever issued by the state.

Besides the morals and manners course there are detailed suggestions for language, arithmetic, music, geography, hygiene, sanitation, and physiology.

Arthur T. Desboufs, who has a newly stuccoed house on Stryker Street, read the article in the Buckeye about tourists stopping to look at stuccoed houses and doubted it. The other day he went home and found an auto load of tourists walking around his house and making investigations.

Camden, Mich., uses free movies as a business draw. The pictures are thrown on a screen stretched cross a building on the main street. People stand and watch.

If Archbold had a larger hotel, much of the tourist trade could be stopped here. It is a good after-supper drive from Toledo, and tourists often stop late in the evening and ask for the best hotel. Norton’s is often filled.

Friday, Sept. 17, 1915

A two-story private automobile went through Archbold, Tuesday. There was someone trying to sleep on the upper deck and a number of men and women apparently having a good time on the lower floor.

They drove quite sensibly. Almost any kind of a large car could travel at such a sane speed. The car was on its way to the Pacific Coast. The passengers were Mr. Conklin, the builder, and two daughters and a son, two nieces, driver, and machinist.

The car has seats or chairs that turn down into beds, or berths in the roof, a kitchen with hot and cold water, an ice chest holding 100 pounds of ice, a small steel bridge with planks to cross a 15- foot stream with a car, has nine speeds and can climb the hills with ease.

The car has a separate toilet room, bathroom with shower bath and many other conveniences. The doors and windows have screens. The lighting and cooking is done by electricity from its own plant. It also carries a cinch that can be attached to the motor so the car can pull itself out of the ditch, if necessary.

There is a desk with books, typewriter, etc. The car also carries a Victrola and other musical instruments.

Inside it is 21 feet long, 7 1/2 feet wide, 6 1/2 feet high. It carries water tanks and camping supplies. It is by far the most impressive car ever to pass through Archbold, and demonstrates many possibilities.

The owner prophesies big things within the next ten years.

Ohio Is Second In Automobiles– Ohio will realize a million dollars from automobile tags this year. So far, Ohio is second with 168,000; New York is first, 212,882, while Pennsylvania is third, 151,523; California is fourth, 150,323. There is a future for the automobile.

Woman Makes Heap Of Trouble In Henry County– Bert Stanton, Deshler, claims he was wounded by a shotgun in the hands of John Morrison, a farmhand. Stanton claims he went to the farm where Morrison is employed to deliver a message to the woman in the case from mayor Tussing, of Deshler.

The message was to the effect that the place was not a proper one for the pretty widow and her baby to stay.

There are so many stories told by different witnesses that Justice Bretz bound the whole trouble over to the Grand Jury.

The pretty widow and her babe are still at the same place.



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