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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

Republicans Joe Short, Archbold; Merrill Kane, Pettisville; Rich Batdorf, Darrell Garmenn, Jennifer Leininger, Wauseon; and David Pilliod, Swanton, have filed petitions for Fulton County commissioner, according to Brett Kolb, director, Fulton County Board of Elections.

The Archbold Area School Board will ask voters for $1.4 million and at the same time will find ways to cut $1.1 million from its operating budget. Tim Yoder, a board member, said, “The board is not at liberty to get real specific.”

The unincorporated community of Pettisville and the Pettisville School District appear to have mastered stealth technology that permits it to exist without being seen.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, told the school board he discovered the Ohio Department of Taxation website didn’t understand where Pettisville is located.

Those entering the Pettisville zip code in the department website were told that their zip code is in the Wauseon School Exempted Village School District, and that there is no income tax.

Switzer said he wrote the state tax department and asked them to correct the problem. He was told it has been resolved.

The Archbold Buckeye received first place in advertising and third in best sports special edition at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Thursday, Feb. 9, in Columbus.

Chris Ott was named Outstanding Young Pork Producer at the Ohio Pork Producers Congress, Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Columbus.

Deaths–Paul Bernath, 80, Archbold; Leona M. Helmke, 90, Ridgeville Corners; Orpha J. Wendt, 87, Archbold; Niagara Nofziger, 94, Archbold; Beulah A. Grieser, 94, Archbold

50th Anniversaries–Bill and Marilyn (Liechty) Grieser, Feb. 26, 1956; Eugene and Mary J. (“Cookie” Van Popple) Brodbeck, Feb. 17.

American Legion members honored for over 60 years membership in Post 311 appear in a photograph: Charles (Til) Schnitkey, 61; Jesse Nofzinger, 64; Norbert Lisak, 60; William Rettig, 61.

Headline–AHS Wrestlers Win Nail-Biter Over Delta In Season Finale

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1991

David Lersch, Archbold superintendent for nine years, announced his resignation, Monday night. The 54-yearold said he has “other things to explore. I don’t know if I’ll stay in education.”

Voters in the Pettisville School District are asked to reconsider their November decision on the 5.5-mill continuing operating levy in May.

Faced with a lack of operating funds and immediate needs, the school board decided to place the same levy once more before citizens. Restructuring the Ohio educational system, from testing to taxing, was the big subject at the Monday night meeting.

David Lersch, Archbold superintendent, said some districts are challenging the constitutionality of the method of funding schools in Ohio.

Lowell F. Rupp was recently elected chairman of the Maumee Valley Resource Conservation and Development Area for 1991.

Earns Degree–Roger D. Zimmerman, Master of Arts, University of Akron, son of Mrs. Roscoe Zimmerman.

Juan A. Rolon, AHS ‘87, was honored by the Department of University Recreation and Intramural Sports at Ohio State University. Rolon is employed as a student athletic assistant and was chosen from a pool of over 50 candidates.

Dean’s List–Erin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Short, The University of Akron…. Chris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ehrman, Miami University.

German Township Trustees gave its official consent for the installation of gates and lights at the Fulton County Road 22 crossing. The PUCO did not say when they will be installed.

Ann Nafziger, AHS ‘90, daughter of Paul and Ella, has taken some bumps and bruises in her freshman year of Goshen College basketball, but the future looks bright for her and her Maple Leaf teammates.

Deaths–Violet Gisel, 78, Archbold; Pauline H. Borton, 76, West Unity; Katharine Miller, 82, Pettisville; Ada Skinner, 84, Greeley, Colo.,

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1966

Council passed the zoning ordinance and approved the district map and recommendations of the planning commission, which will be published later.

Months of work have gone into the zoning and planning problems as it affects the village and the future growth of Archbold.

The vocational department of the State Department of Education has completed its study of the possibility of an area vocational school for Fulton, Henry, Williams and Defiance counties.

The annual spelling contest, sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Education with trophies provided by newspapers of the county, including the Archbold Buckeye, will be held during March with the final tournament April 25.

Miss Jill Dominique, an AHS sophomore and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dominique, won first place in a contest sponsored by the Toledo Deanery of Catholic men. In competition with eight finalists in the vocal division, Jill won top honors and received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, June 12-17.

Voters in Ridgeville Township will vote on the issuance of $25,000 in bonds to build a combined township house and fire station.

A benefit auction for Fairlawn Haven will be held April 16 under the sponsorship of the Women’s Auxiliary.

Kenyon College dean Bruce Haywood will discuss establishing a womens college adjacent to the 142- year-old male liberal arts college when he addresses the annual meeting of the Kenyon Alumni Association in Toledo, Feb. 11.

During the reign of Julius Caesar, war cost 75¢ for every killed enemy. In the American Civil War, it was $5,000 per man. In World War I it was $50,000. In World War II it was $25,000 for each casualty.

Thirty-nine Fulton County dairymen will receive efficient production awards next week at the annual Dairy Service Unit meeting, according to L. Lyle Spiess, agricultural agent.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1941

Between March 1-15, the staff at the Archbold Airport will be changed because new fields are being opened in Michigan. The new airports being opened in Michigan are for the Pennsylvania Central Airlines, whose route runs from Pittsburgh to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Rev. M.C. Lehman was a guest speaker at the Central Mennonite Church, Sunday afternoon. He is head of the War Relief Board of the Mennonite churches, and with his wife will soon return to Europe by the Clipper Airplane to make their home in Warsaw, Poland.

Short’s Furniture Co., announces a grand opening of its new store on North Defi- ance Street. Proprietors are Joseph L. Short and Maynard J. Short.–adv.

Roy Bailey, of near Fayette, was brought into Probate Court at Wauseon by the sheriff, charged with delinquency. He neglected to send his 15-year-old daughter to public school. R.C. Reighard, county attendance officer, swore a warrant. Bailey was fined $5 and costs and sentenced to 10 days in the county jail. The jail sentence was suspended on agreement to comply with the orders of the court.

Messrs. George and Walter

Mahler report that Fort Wayne, Ind., has purchased 600 acres of land five or six miles south of the city and has leased it to the government for an airport. Construction will be started shortly, and 15 to 20 carloads of lumber have been hauled to the site.

A large red fox was knocked down and run over near the Bean Creek Bridge on Route 20 east of Fayette.

After a running battle in a big swamp, Ed. Anderson of Alabaster, Mich., brought down his 15th wildcat, shot with a bow and arrow, after trailing it for several days. It weighed 32 pounds.

Fulton and Henry county farmers are pleased with the report that the Lippincott Co., Napoleon, will contract for more tomato acres this year than last– and pay more for the product.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1916

Marshal Henry Nofzinger means that holidays shall be properly honored, so he took the trouble to climb the Town & Township Hall tower and place the new flag in position, Saturday, to commemorate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.

It was the first time the flag had been unfurled and the sight of Old Glory waving from the staff was inspiring to all, who saw it. Long may it wave.

The Archbold-Stryker Gas Co. had some serious problems to solve Friday afternoon. The gas main broke near the Stotzer residence and for a short time, a serious loss was threatened with probable inconvenience to patrons. The gas men made a powerful effort to remedy the matter, and in a short time the leak was closed without loss to patrons or the discontinuance of service.

The spelling contest Saturday evening at the Town & Township Hall was well attended. The spelling contest proved that oral spelling is one thing and written spelling is another.

Carl Leininger won the 1-15 age group; Russell Schultz, 15-30; Jacob Fenstermaker, 30-up; Miriam Stotzer, free-for-all.

Herschel Grime, a teacher at Claire School, reports the schoolhouse was filled to capacity Friday evening for the young folk’s entertainment. The school collected about $15 for the library..

Three properties sold in Archbold, Monday, because of delinquent taxes. Land sold was that of Mr. Harmon Baker, Robert Gigax and, by error, a parcel was sold in the name of Conrad Ziegler, which really belonged to the Frederick Wetzel estate.

Friday, Feb. 18, 1916

P.S. “Put” Sandles, an aspirant for the nomination of governor of Ohio and until recently Secretary of Agriculture, has consented to deliver an address at the Town & Township Hall, Thursday, Feb. 24.

His discourse will be along educational and economical lines, with some valuable inside facts regarding public affairs.

Mr. Sandles comes upon the request of August Ruihley, mayor, to further assist in developing the social center idea. A fee will be charged at the door.

The new pipe organ will be dedicated at St. John’s Reformed Church, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2 pm, by J.J. Vogt pastor. He will be assisted by F.W. Keats, Ph.D., of Toledo, to deliver an address in English, after which a freewill offering will be received.

Mayor and council are seriously investigating the cost of installing a public comfort station in the Town & Township Hall. Such a station is greatly needed.

Forty acres of corn land sold the other day for $362.50 an acre. The same land sold a year ago for $275.

A religious sect in Hazelton, Pa., has set April 4 as the day the world will come to an end. The day has been set many times, but the earth turns every 24 hours, as it has for countless of millions of years before the dawn of reason.

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