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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006

The new operational levy for Archbold Area School District, if approved by district voters, will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $342.30 per year in property taxes.

Ken Cline, superintendent, presented the board with figures on how the $2.4 million, 9.78-mill property tax levy will impact homeowners.

More than 100 persons accepted the challenge of the Archbold Fire Department to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation during Community CPR Days, Feb. 18- 19-21. Attendees received classroom and hands-on training in CPR.

Recently, James Wyse, village mayor, and Dennis Howell, village administrator, met with James Hunley of Sunset Development, Columbus, to discuss the possibility of Sunset building apartments in Archbold. The company showed interest in purchasing property on north Westfield Drive.

Sandy Kurivial, an elementary music teacher, and Charlene Neuenschwander, a second grade teacher, presented their resignations to retire to school board.

Dan Grime, AHS ‘04, a soldier in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division, appears in a photograph with members of Kris Warner’s kindergarten class. Class members sent a book about their school experiences and Christmas cards to Grime while he was stationed in Iraq.

Brad Miller, vice president of Miller Brothers Construction, was recently selected as vice chairman of the Toledo Chapter of the Ohio Contractors Association for a one-year term.

The Archbold Area School District has a zero budget for new computers for the 2006-07 school year, said Brent Gnagey.

Deaths–William D. Neal, 63, born in Archbold, Mt. Royal, N.J; Hazen J. Mandly, 81, Wauseon; James A. Hoffman, 57, Napoleon, Hillsborough, N.C.; Fern E. Lauber, 87, Archbold

Andy Brodbeck, fire chief, appears in a photograph standing beside the new grass fire truck.

50th Anniversary–Ervin I. and Lois J. (Bernard) Miller, March 4, 1956

The West Barre Road Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing has become a problem, said Martin Schmidt, police chief.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1991

The Archbold Buckeye was honored by the Ohio Newspaper Association, receiving second-place honors in advertising and third in news coverage in competition.

The final total isn’t in, but the news is good. Proceeds for the 17th annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon exceeded the $18,000 goal by almost $6,000.

“We never figured on this,” said Richard Batdorf, secretary-treasure of the fundraiser. “Yes, we were happily surprised.”

To cut costs in the face of a financial crisis, there will be a wage freeze for Pettisville school administrators during the next school year.

Concern over too many nutrients from animal manure becoming concentrated in farm soil and moving into surface and ground water is prompting legislation by the state of Ohio to force hog farmers to handle manure differently than in the past.

Due to the unsettled political climate, the Pettisville school board agreed to postpone a student trip to Spain. At this time, a trip during the summer of 1992 is being considered.

Deaths– J.R. Sharps, 56, Archbold; Pauline Paxton, 84, Stryker; Alice Short, 69, Archbold; Dale A. Weber, 74, Wauseon.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor – For generations, teachers have played an important role in the lives of children. They have been surrogate parents, police persons, medical and personal advisors and interested counselors….. At one time, Archbold had a songwriter. Chet Theobald was his name and he copyrighted the tune “Two Prunes Get Stewed” sometime in the early 1900s….. The US drug enforcement chief claims, “The typical cocaine user is a white male high school graduate, employed full-time, and living in a small metropolitan area or suburb.”

Annually, Fairlawn Haven residents and staff elect a Valentine King and Queen to reign at their Heart Carnival. This year the honor goes to Nelson Miller, 63, and Opal Aeschliman, 79. They were honored with gifts of fruit and chocolates.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1966

Peter Rupp was elected chairman of the board of the Brotherhood Mutual Fire Insurance Co., at the annual meeting of directors in the home office at Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday afternoon.

Jesse and John Storrer have purchased 225 feet of frontage on Depot Street formerly owned by the Gotshall Lumber Company, and are getting the area ready for use. It’s approximately 1.8 acres and extends from Depot to the NYC right-of-way.

David A. Schrock, a sophomore in electrical engineering at Indiana Institute in Fort Wayne, recently received the Outstanding Pledge Award at a banquet of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schrock.

Thomas A. Schultz, is the Algebra I, II, and geometry teacher in Archbold High School.

Joe Traut was reelected chairman of the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Traut was elected to the board in 1962 and gained the chairmanship last year.

Alan Schaffner, Fayette, is vice president. Wendell Sutton, Fayette, is secretary, and Dick Kleck, Wauseon, completes the five-man board.

Paul E. Sigg, a navy lieutenant (jr. grade), son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sigg, is a crewmember aboard the guide missile cruiser USS Chicago, which has won the Pacific Fleet’s Tartar missile Efficiency Award.

Mrs. Walter C. Bernath, known to her friends as Mid, has been selected Archbold Outstanding Citizen of the Year, and will be honored Thursday, Feb. 17.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, March 5, 1941

Dale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gigax, suffered head injuries when his glider capsized and crashed near the Kenneth Grieser place, Sunday afternoon.

He was taken to Wauseon Hospital, where he will remain for a few days, but his injuries are not serious.

Dale is one of the boys in the next military draft call.

Fulton County deputies found an abandoned car with an Arizona license plate abandoned on Route 20 and brought it to Wauseon just in time to hear of the loss of the same car broadcast over the state police radio.

Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Swisher found two butterflies in the Fred Yedica house near Kenny’s Gas Station, where they were hanging paper, Thursday. It was a stormy day and the butterflies were flying around the rooms. They were caught and are exhibited in the Buckeye office window.

The population of the Fulton County Jail has been unusually large during the past week. Seven have been accepting food of the county. Some are charged with plain drunkenness, others are charged with intoxication, and some were caught driving cars without the consent of the owners.

To a court of law, there is a difference between intoxication and drunkenness. It requires more effort to prove a drunk than an intoxicated person. The court considers the state of the drunk, while the intoxication may be mild or severe, large or small, complete or partial, plain or fancy.

Three local men are in the military draft call for March 21: Herbert Nofziger, John Leupp, Dale Lindley. They are three of 17 men called from Fulton County.

Vernier Allen has purchased the billiard room business of Jerry Baker and takes over Feb. 28.

Two former Archbold men will have important places in the management of the 1941 Wauseon Homecoming: Fred Ehrat, chairman, and Leroy Aungst, treasurer.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1916

This is national pay-up week. Each person who sells something and pays up helps just that much to make good times. If all pay up this week, Archbold merchants and banks will have the largest cash balances in the history of the village.

The Archbold High School Chorus will present the cantata entitled “Ruth” at the Town & Township Hall, Wednesday evening.

Miss Flora Kluepfel will assume the part of Naomi and Miss Myrtle Burkholder has the title role of Ruth. Miss Thelma Rupp renders the part of Orpha. The male character Boaz is in the hands of Harold Stotzer.

The cantata will be followed by a comedy entitled Obstinacy in which will appear Misses Cecelia Moine, Rhue Nofzinger and Florence Plettner. Wilmer Eicher, Harold Stotzer and Vernon Nofzinger have parts in the farce.

A decision has been rendered by the Court of Appeals in the Stryker local option election case, and unless it is upset by the Supreme Court, there will be no further local option elections in that village inside of the two-year period from the date of the last one.

The North Carolina State Journal writes, “For wherever one may go there are few sections of rural life in our land that do not reflect the great social disease of, Want.”

Since saloons started up at Pettisville and Stryker, Archbold sees no more of that undesirable element from neighboring towns.

Revival meetings at Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church every evening this week, commencing tonight. E.M. Slagel of Pioneer will be speaker. He is a revivalist of experience and an attractive and convincing orator.

Friday, Feb. 25, 1916

Seats were in demand at St. John’s Reformed Church Tuesday evening when Mr. Martin Vog’t gave an organ recital. The concert lasted two hours. It was the first time many people heard pipe organ music.

Mr. Warren told council the T&I will donate $100 to the cost of installing a public comfort station in the Town & Township Hall. The village proposes to dig the cesspool, and keep the T&I station intact.

George Claire, fire chief, told council the town has about 700 feet of hose it can depend on, and some 300 feet of old hose, some in its 40th year. It is the opinion that such a small amount of hose is not sufficient to reach many valuable pieces of property from the hydrants.

Council agreed to purchase 600 feet of fire hose and a $35 hose cart to be located on the south side of the New York Central railroad tracks.

George Priest was granted permission to maintain a slaughterhouse inside the corporation providing the place is kept in sanitary condition.

August Fraas & Son have placed a large ventilator on the roof of the building where the steamroller is kept. It will save much misery from smoke while getting up steam.

August Ruihley, mayor, is having pictures of mayors and pioneers of Archbold enlarged and framed to decorate the walls of the Town & Township Hall.

Pictures of Fred Stotzer, first mayor; Mr. Sloan, second mayor, George R. Betts, mayor in the 80s, and Jacob Vernier and Aaron Levy, businessmen, are ready for hanging.



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