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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006

Ken Cline, Archbold superintendent, fielded questions for nearly an hour Monday, Feb. 6, at a special joint meeting of the school board and Archbold Community Collaborative.

School board will review responses on surveys filled out by approximately 300 persons attending the meeting.

The Fulton County Heart Radiothon board lowered the goal for the 2006 fundraiser because of other appeals for donations.

“We know everyone’s been hit hard. Everyone has their hand out,” said Scott Bechtel, a board member.

High school student councils from Archbold and Wauseon found a creative way to put the longstanding sports rivalry between the schools to good use.

What they developed was the A&W Challenge. Students at both schools spent two weeks collecting change, with the total proceeds from the fundraiser going to Sara’s Garden, the non-profit hyperbaric oxygen treatment center in Wauseon.

Dean’s List–Alicia Buckenmeyer, daugther of Dean and Evelyn, Ohio University; David Lawrence, son of Chuck and Carol, Ohio University

Sauder Woodworking used a page and a half to honor longtime employees.

The new Archbold Fire Department grass fire truck has been delivered, Andy Brodbeck, fire chief, told Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce members, Feb. 6.

Rod Chaney, a paramedic on the Archbold Fire Department, recalled an October 2000 rescue run for members of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon program.

Headline – AHS Tops Wauseon, Bryan In Tri-Meet; Tyler Weirauch Records 100th Victory

RichelleAvers,secondgrade daughter of Dan and Angie, competed in the 26th annual Valentine Invitational at Napoleon High School, Saturday and Sunday. She competed in nine events. Avers swims with the Wauseon Aquatic Club and is a member of the United States Swimming Association.

Members of St. John’s United Church of Christ preschool had its own camping trip in the all-purpose room, Wednesday, Feb. 1. Youngsters participating were Jeremiah Hartman, Dakota Stamm, Kaitlyn Beck, Annie Jones, Caden Garrow, Andrew Hogrefe, Gwynne Riley, Adam Walker, Mac Campbell, Jade Gordon, Brittney Haines, Kelly Bilen.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1991

A recent announcement by Toledo Edison will reduce the rates rural customers pay for electric service, if approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Two-and-a-half weeks of weighing the garbage taken out of Archbold has resulted in a lower price hike for refuse removal in the village, according to Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator.

The average weight of garbage picked up in the village was 34.41 pounds per stop per week, down from the 40 pounds estimated by Archbold Refuse Service.

Planning the Archbold 125th anniversary celebration is moving along. Chuck Rychener, a member of the planning committee, told council there are four persons on the parade committee, but none of the four want to be the chairman.

Daniel P. Arend, AHS ‘75, was promoted Jan. 31 to the rank of sergeant and was reassigned to Toledo, where he will serve as assistant post commander.

After two years of meetings, inspections, and negotiations, Handy & Harmon Automotive Group and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have reached agreement concerning OPEA rules violations at the Archbold division.

After 45 years, Archbold American Legion Post 311 will give up renting the room on the second floor of the Town & Township Hall, according to Daryl “Sam” Grime, representing the legion. Grime said membership is getting older and they need a smaller room.

The Archbold Area School District will be the only one in Fulton County not asking voters for a levy for operating expenses.

Archbold municipal income tax collections in January 1991 rose 30.01% over a year ago, according to council.

Deaths–William J. Rupp, 63, Leo, Ind.; John S. Wilson, 49, Stryker; Oneita B. Overmier, 92, Liberty Center

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–A waist is a terrible thing to mind….. A rich Texan left his son $4 million and told him he was lucky he did not cut him out entirely….. Muscovites are the victims of consumerism. Hoarding scarce commodities is running their economy.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1966

A public hearing on the Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance for the village of Archbold has been scheduled for Friday evening, Feb. 4, 7 pm, in the Town & Township Hall by Lawrence E. Short, mayor, and council.

Gordon E. Tatman, pastor of Archbold Methodist Church, Defiance district, for the past five years, will become pastor of St. Mary’s Methodist Church, Lima district, Feb. 15.

George Kramer, Archbold police chief, and Lester Trigg, county sheriff, have found nothing but dead-end leads in their attempt to solve the mystery murder of Robert Montondo, 31, West Unity.

An uncle, Donald Seiler, Pettisville, and his nephew Larry Seiler, Wauseon, met via an auto accident while motoring near Meadville, Pa., 150 miles from home, Monday.

Larry Seiler was going east to Erie, Pa., when he collided with another auto, which was westbound and driven by his uncle Donald, with his wife as a passenger.

Neither knew the other was motoring in Pennsylvania. Only Mrs. Seiler received bruises.

Waldo Thatcher, Fayette, will give a talk to Lions Club and present slides taken on a recent trip to Russia.

Ridgeville Elevator Company will have an official opening of the new elevator, located one-fourth mile west of Ridgeville Corners on US Rt. 6, Tuesday, Feb. 8. Beck Bros., Inc., will operate the business.–adv.

William G. Rupp, a businessman, filed petitions of candidacy for state representative from the First District of Fulton and Williams counties.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Winter mornings are a good time to question the speed of light…. Truth in government was very short in 1965, especially in the Vietnam crisis…. “There never was a good war or a bad peace,” according to Benjamin Franklin…. If the going is tough–you’re on the way up.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1941

Three Archbold men were in the last US military draft call: Dale Edward Gigax, Lawrence Jacob Bernath, Carl David Schlatter.

William J. Murbach, 22, has tried to enlist in the US Air Force in Canada and the US since Aug. 1. He was accepted after losing 115 pounds and will train at Kelly Field, Texas. He enlisted at Fort Hayes, Columbus.

Mr. Carl Beaverson, who does custom butchering near Fayette, butchered the largest hog of the season last week. It weighed 1,055 pounds. Two hams weighed 66 pounds each. There were 334 pounds of lard, or 41 3/4 gallons.

Walter Breniser has purchased the service station of Lugbill Bros., Inc., and has taken possession. He plans to construct a new building for the business.

A meeting will be held in the Town & Township Hall, Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 pm, to organize the Archbold Fishing Club.

Cecil Small, 42, a parole violator, was arrested by Toledo police Friday night and charged with forging a check cashed by D.P. Roth, of Elmira.

J.J. Woodman will speak in Wauseon to the Fulton County Pioneer & Historical Society about customs, manners and actions of the aboriginal American race.

Sheriff Fred Bartels, of Henry County, has begun a campaign to rid the county of all slot machines and gambling devices such as pinball machines and punch boards. In an open letter, he stated that slot machines are a bad influence on youth.

The Allen State Bank of Pioneer will close its doors for good, March 16.

The surgical instruments of the late J.J. Reynolds, a physician at Defiance for 61 years, have been donated by the family to the Bundles For Britain organization.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1916

The state of Ohio will pay $9,000 toward improving the road from Wauseon to Ottokee.

Bryan preachers and Justices of the Peace are inviting couples to come to that village to get married.

Fearing burglars, George Planson, of Delta, has insured himself from being disturbed by wheeling his safe out on his front porch.

Archbold young and old had better get out its spelling books. The township schools will come in full force to the spelling bee next Saturday evening.

Remember that there were some good spellers in the township years ago, and they may not have forgotten their old spelling lessons at this date.

The Defiance Hospital is to be closed because of lack of support.

Archbold High School has six more games on its schedule and is determined not to lose a single one of them.

Archbold has a fast team and is of the opinion it can now defeat any team in northwestern Ohio.

Newspapers and periodicals printed in the German language continue to have harder times in the United States. Old folks die, and young people cannot read German. So the publications close.

Friday, Feb. 11, 1916

According to G.J. Vernier, an Archbold statistician, there were five births in January in Archbold and German Township– one male and four females. In the same month there were five deaths, two males and three females. Five births and five deaths in January 1916.

The old McGuffey’s speller will be used at the spelling school at the Town & Township Hall, tomorrow evening.

This is the book to which the old folks refer when they speak of children going to school to learn their “A-B-Cs.”

Mr. Ona Lantz says that if a baby was born at his house Wednesday, he knows nothing about it.

On Feb. 15, I will take as partner my son, Luther, and the style of the new firm will be A. Fraas & Son. All indebted to me please come and settle, as we must open a new set of books.– August Fraas–adv.

Wash Gravel–J.F. Leininger sells wash gravel 90¢ per cubic yard; sand 50¢. Please ‘phone No. 240 before you haul.–adv.

Peoples State Bank Co., elected new officers Feb. 1: John H. Miller, president; F.A. Geesey, vice president. Directors: John H. Miller, F.A. Geesey, N.J. Rychener, Simon Short, John Munro.

Financial problems confront the council. Many things that should be done to maintain the public utilities and protect the public cannot be done because of lack of funds. The matter of a curfew ordinance was discussed, but no action was taken.



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