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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005

As the nation mobilizes to provide aid and comfort to those who suffered the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Archbold and Pettisville continue to do their part.

With the roar of the engine of a police motorcycle escort, Betty Young, Northwest State Community College president, rolled her motorcycle across the lawn of the NSCC campus, Monday morning, Sept. 19.

It was the start of a trip across the nation that led to California and the stage of the “Tonight Show.”

“No doubt I’ll miss this place,” said Ken Cline, school superintendent, when he told the board he will retire effective July 31.

Five awards were presented to the Archbold Buckeye at the Sept. 11-12 meeting of the Ohio Newspaper Advertising Association in Columbus.

Jake and Julie Dominique have purchased The Pop Shop, 202 Stryker Street, from Kent Stamm.

Representing Filling Memorial Homes, Paul Oehrtman, Napoleon, offered a $151,000 bid for an Archbold property, Saturday. Oehrtman is the executive director of the Metamora Filling Home.

The property is the former Corner Stone Inn Bed & Breakfast, 300 West Street.

Deaths–Ina Hutchison, 86, West Unity; Jessie D. Miller, 90, Fayette; Barbara J. Merillat, 72, Fayette; Florence Bernath, 90, West Unity

While one Archbold man has returned from assisting with the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, a second is in the New Orleans area. Todd Grisier has returned from Louisiana, where he was working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, assisting displaced families and helping recover bodies.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Jerry and Marileen (Ream) Cannon, Oct. 1, 1955

Jocelyn Bechstein and Jenifer Neuenschwander, PHS seniors, will display artwork at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Jenny Maldonado Nofziger, Wauseon, and Allen Rutter, Stryker, recently joined the Shalom Ministries Board of Directors.

Old Photo Corner– Crystal Walters; Beverly Nofziger; Charles Weber, owner and engineer; and Ann Stamm, granddaughter of the Webers, have a memory ride on the 1922 locomotive in Charlie Weber’s backyard.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1990

The goal and number of agencies included in the 1990 Archbold United Way Campaign are reduced from last year. The goal this year is $27,600. Last year it was $29,650.

Council unanimously agreed to the Burlington- Elmira water agreement. Archbold will service the waterline and sell water to the two small communities.

Residents of Archbold are expressing serious interest in local indoor winter recreation.

By a vote of 39-23, the Archbold Education Association approved a new threeyear contract. The old one expired July 31.

Volunteers paint the walls in the new athletic building at Archbold High School. Appearing in a photograph are Rene Gomez, Curt Spotts, Gabe Garcia, Greg Alvarado, John Cowell.

The Blue Streak Marching Band performs at the Orrville High School Marching Band Festival, Saturday, 7 pm.

A plywood silhouette of a family of black cats leashed to a porch handrail at a Ditto Street home demonstrates how to contain cats in the village of Archbold, according to a photograph.

The $13,835.04 loss last summer of the Ruihley Park Swimming Pool was the largest ever recorded.

A flag that flew over the nation’s capitol now flies over the new Archbold High School. It was donated by the Archbold American Legion. Hoisting the flag are David Lersch, superintendent; William Lovejoy, mayor; Marc Fruth, high school principal; Wayne Fackler, post commander.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1965

Eugene W. Winfield, an AHS teacher, has been selected a participant in the 1965-66 National Science Foundation In-Service Institute for science and mathematics teachers at BGSU.

One night each week, the teachers will complete course work in calculus or biochemistry.

William Arnold, Wauseon, has the contract and plans to start construction this week on the new Standard Oil service station at the corner of South Defiance and West Mechanic streets.

Grand opening of Chase Brass & Copper Company near Montpelier takes place Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 am. James A. Rhodes, governor, will officially open the world’s most advanced brass rod plant. Edward S. Fadel is manager of the new plant, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kennecott Copper Corp.

Wauseon Elks Club presented a heart resuscitator unit to Detwiler Memorial Hospital at a special dinner program Saturday evening.

The Archbold Booster baseball team finished the season 15-15. It played in the tough Fort Wayne Federation and went as far as the Indiana State Finals, where it was defeated by Waterloo, who became state champions. Teammates are DeRoyce Hornish, Phil Buehrer, Larry Christy, Carl Higbea, Denny Weaver, David Stuckey, Tom Smith, Jerry Snyder, Lee Higbea, Gale Frank, Bill Morrison, Dan Norris, Tom King, Dwight Short, Chris Gotschalk. The coach is Jim Ziegler; Todd Ziegler is the batboy.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1940

After President Roosevelt drew a pen across a document at Washington yesterday, the call started for 16,500,000 young men of America to register for military service. They are between the ages of 21 and 35, according to the draft bill passed by both houses of Congress.

Fourteen Fulton County citizens signed petitions to place a Communist ticket on the Ohio election ballot this year, according to George H. Neffner, Secretary of State.

Mr. Glen Fish purchased the Fayette Variety store last week from the owner, Harry Culbertson, and plans to reopen the business soon.

There have been numerous complaints against persons who pass a school bus while it is stopped to discharge children. Arrests will be made against violators.

Powerful machinery and men are digging the deep trench, 15 to 20 feet deep, to form the base of the 400- foot dike that will hold back Mill Creek water and form the new mile-long Harrison Lake.

Governor John W. Bricker has officially accepted an invitation to attend the Fulton County Fair, Thursday, Oct. 3, and give an address at promptly 1 pm.

Mr. George Kramer has leased the service station north of Archbold of Mr. William DeVries and has taken possession.

Victor Ruffer and Lawrence Ringenberg and a group of Napoleon men will play special musical numbers at the Farmers’ Field Meet at the Ohio State Fair, Tuesday.

Grant Weber brought a puffball to display in the Buckeye window that weighed 8 1/4 pounds.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1915

The fire bell aroused Archbold residents before noon yesterday. The hose cart was quickly hauled to the south side, where the roof of the Martin Bernath house was on fire. The young men soon had the fire out. Mr. Bernath thinks the fire caught from the neighbor’s trash fire.

During the latter half of the Cretaceous period, the sea covered what is now the region of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains as far west as the Wasatch Range in Utah and extended from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. The incursion of the sea over this area was due to the relative sinking of the land.–Northern Pacific Guidebook, U.S. Geological Survey

Something about the season or the weather has made the hooves of a horse soft, especially such horses worked without shoes. The hooves are worn down, cracked and so soft it is difficult to find a place to drive a nail. The best plan is to keep the horses shod all seasons so cracked hooves and lameness will not be as frequent.

Damascus Township, Henry County, has opened a new $35,000 centralized school building. Centralized schools seem to solve the ever-growing school problems. They are cheaper to conduct and give more satisfactory service.

A basement and furnace are being placed in the Lauber Hill Church.

Twenty-five years ago, Mrs. H.W. Stotzer was the eighth grade teacher in the Delta Public Schools.

If Ohio is to have an official censor of moving pictures, it will not be long until there is a censor of speeches, sermons, newspapers, magazines, books, etc.

The railroads are hunting for crippled freight cars and repairing them to move farm crops.

Anyone who has spent several months in South Carolina can hardly believe the state went dry.

Friday, Sept. 24, 1915

Burglars broke in the Napoleon Elevator Sunday night, knocked off the combination wheel on the safe, and got nothing. The same night, Ottis’ store and post office were entered at Ridgeville Corners, where they stole $8 in stamps and $25 in silver at the Ottis store.

Forty-seven hunting licenses to hunt squirrels have been issued by O.A. Waldvogel for Archbold and German Township. We send missionaries to China to teach people not to eat rats, but we license men to hunt and eat squirrels.

Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece are getting into the war with Switzerland and a few other countries making preparations. Seventeen nations are struggling to kill each other. They all are Christian countries. There are Jews fighting on all sides.

What has happened to the elevated railroad that was to run from LaPorte, Ind., to New York at the rate of 300 miles an hour?

Remember to see “The Miller of Derwent Water,” a three-act play at the Town & Township Hall Thursday evening, Sept. 30. Benefit of Archbold Firemen.–adv.

George Mignery, a Goshen horse buyer, has a contract to furnish horses to the French Army. He shipped seven carloads the past seven days.

The Archbold depot speeder that disappeared the night of the Meyers robbery was found in the middle of a cornfield two miles west of Wauseon. A purse was found along the DT&I railroad tracks two miles south of Wauseon.

Uncle Sam has a good grip on good luck. Business prospects are growing brighter and war probability growing less. The future looks good for Uncle Sam. Automobile men are building bigger factories and hiring more help.



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