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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

The final price tag of the North Defiance Street reconstruction project is $2,765,924.57.

Archbold Village Council approved a final change order, agreeing to the price.

Headline–New Information On Burlington-Elmira Sewer Project Available At Tuesday Meeting

The final closure of the Young Spring & Wire plant, originally anticipated in May, has been put back until approximately July 15.

Michael Altman, employee relations manager, said company officials decided to keep the plant open in order to meet customer requirements.

“It’s good news for some employees. They’ll be able to retain employment a little longer than expected,” he said.

Kevin Morton, councilman and member of Park Board, said there has been some controversy over the spring baseball and softball programs for junior high school students.

Speaking to fellow councilmen at their Monday night meeting, Morton cited several aspects of the spring program.

Council will rebuild a two-block section of Lincoln Street, from West Barre Road to Beech Street, during this construction season. It has an estimated cost of $340,000. Five homes will be affected. Howell said the project runs between two Sauder Woodworking buildings, passing doors the company uses on a daily basis.

Quadco developed two new programs and saw production increase to a million parts a month as the result of its quality efforts last year.

Deaths– Janet Brown, 48, Wauseon; Delila B. Wyse, 92, Archbold; John F. Erbskorn, 82, Morenci; Mary K. Allomong, 79, Bryan

Benjamin Rosebrock is traveling to New York City with the Adrian (Mich.) College Choir, March 10-14. For almost a year, members raised money for the trip. Rosebrock is the grandson of Hattie and Cy Brodbeck.

Lydia Nofziger, Colin Roynon, and Brian and Corey Short, students at Bluffton University, will tour with the Shining Through Ministry team throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois during spring break, March 5-12.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, March 6, 1991

Fulton County Health Center turned a $62,839 operating loss in 1989 to a $437,312 surplus at the end of last year. “It’s a surplus, never a profit,” said Dean Beck, administrator.

Archbold Planning Commission got another look at a request to rezone more than five acres on South Defiance Street. Council opted to send the request of Harley Burkholder to rezone the property bounded by South Defiance, Pleasant, Burke, and Lafayette streets back to the planning commission for reconsideration.

The property was initially zoned R-2, medium-density residential.

Never have 90% of the residents of the Fresh Start Home, Alvordton, used drugs while they were staying there.

Herb Wyse, director of the halfway house, did say some residents were kicked out of the home for using drugs while staying there, but drug use never reached 90%.

Forty acres of bare farmland owned by Charles and Lois Planson east of Stryker sold at public auction recently to Steve Frey, Archbold.

The Roth farm at the corner of Co. Rds. H and 21 was sold at public auction Saturday by Fairlawn Haven. The 76-plus acres were bought by Dan Nafziger for $2,375 per acre. The brick home and 2.5 acres were purchased by Mike and Linda Buck, Swanton, for $48,600.

David A. Nafziger has been appointed district manager for Varco-Pruden Buildings’ Wisconsin Profit Center in a territory covering most of the State of Michigan.

Fulton County Hospital Auxiliary members funded approximately $14,000 worth of purchases for the hospital during 1990. Members of the Archbold unit of the FCHC Auxiliary provided $7,000 to help with the cost of furnishing the new surgical waiting area.

Tu Nguyen and Deborah Sengupta witnessed the federal government in action as participants in the 1991 Presidential Classroom, Jan. 26- Feb.2, in Washington, D.C.

Deaths–Tatiana O. Juzwiak, 83, Archbold; Vida Rice, 87, Archbold; Patricia J. Weber, 53, Morenci, Mich.

A truck belonging to Dan Avers was one of four stolen vehicles recovered from a barn near Fayette, Feb. 28. The rear wheels and hood were missing, and preparations had been made to remove the engine.

Leland Meyers, West Unity, was injured when a stray .22 bullet struck him in the forehead while standing within the Yoder & Frey complex, March 26.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, March 2, 1966

A Fulton County grand jury in session Monday returned indictments for first degree murder against three suspects in the Robert Montondo slaying, Dec. 31. The body of the West Unity man was found near the Trio Bar, Stryker Street, at about 12:15 am that morning. Montondo had been beaten, stabbed and robbed of $100.

Indicted were Robert Overa, Jr., 20 and Eliazer Persas, 20, both of Napoleon, and Frank F. Garcia, 19, Delta.

Fairlawn Haven opened its doors to receive its first residents, March 1, 1964.

The home that has in the past two years served 112 persons was made possible out of the generosity of many people of this community. The many hours of planning and study of needs that went into the construction of the building has made it an example for other communities.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Storrer have been appointed by Congo Inland Mission, to a three-year term as Voluntary Service missionaries in the African Congo.

They will leave in spring or early summer accompanied by their three children.

Richard Wagler, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Wagler, will spend the next two years in Greece. He is a graduate of PHS, and later attended Goshen (Ind.) College and Ohio State University. Richard has been assigned to Greece by the Mennonite Central Committee.

Larry Kinsman and Stuart Short, two Archbold FFA boys, won trophies at the recent Fulton County 100- Bushel Corn Club.

Andy Holien, an AHS junior, was among 351 students and teachers attending the Third Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Columbus, Feb. 11-13.

Mrs. Jo Ann Schrock Alderfer recently joined the nursing staff at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Hospital, Lexington, Ky. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Schrock.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, March 19, 1941

WPA officials and engineers in charge of construction of the new Wauseon swimming pool indicate it may be ready for use by July 4.

The superintendent who has been assigned the contract of this improvement, being paid jointly by Wauseon and the federal government, expects to start work this month.

The pool is to be located in the new park near the Fred H. Wolf residence on Shoop Avenue.

Following is the tentative list of the military draft call on March 25. Two local men are in the call: Morris Hootman and Victor Eash.

The senior graduating class is publishing an annual. This year marks the golden anniversary of the first graduating class and the yearbook is being written as a history of the school since the year 1891.

The seniors have collected pictures of the first class, the first building, the halfway class of 1816, the first basketball team, the first championship team, the first to win a trophy, the 1924 almost state champions, and many other pictures that belong to the ages.

Paul Schlatter has been working at Fargo, N.D., for nearly five years and has a new position in a radio station at Charleston, W. Va. He spent Saturday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Schlatter.

Ohio State University students will be arriving home this weekend for the vacation period. Among them are Virginia A. Buehrer, Clifford V. Heer, E. Pat Hollingshead, Myrl E. Miller.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 7, 1916

At the good roads meeting in Wauseon, Friday, the commissioners and township trustees as well as district contractors heard about the Cass Road Law. The road is for milk wagons and other vehicles. The roads must do the work demanded of them.

A complaint is that stone roads grind to powder and passing autos scatter the road along the sides.

Fulton County is getting much more than its share of the auto-tag tax money. Better not growl about that.

The complaint is that townships lack the money to build roads. The answer to that is townships may issue bonds for all necessary road improvements.

Publishers of Fulton County held a meeting at Wauseon, Friday, with a dinner at the Blair Hotel.

They talked about a lot of things, and some of it was true. All agreed that newspapermen are the poorest business managers in the county.

A farm boy found the jawbone and tooth of a great animal near Swanton. Professor Kilran says it is from an animal that lived and died more than a thousand years ago.

Sam Y. Rupp has the contract to move six Wauseon families to Toledo with his auto truck. He can get plenty more such jobs as fast as they can find houses.

William C. Closet was buried from the Methodist Evangelical Church at West Unity, Sunday afternoon. For several years he was the preacher at Archbold. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a pioneer. He was appointed captain in the infantry.

Friday, March 10, 1916

The cashier of the Commercial Bank at Lyons, Fulton County, is missing. He went to Toledo and sent a note to his father in Lyons saying he intends to leave the country. He also sent his father the key to his bank box and told him to straighten up his affairs.

Officers went over the books and found everything in perfect condition.

Citizens were astonished to find the Miller & Piper Hardware store closed Tuesday morning with a sign that read “Closed Indefinitely.”

It appears Mr. Piper, who lives in Stryker, had financed the business and was dissatisfied with the profits, or lack of, and decided to close the place.

The stock is new and in fine condition. There is no failure as the firm has capital to meet outstanding obligations.

The case of C.D. Snyder vs. G.W. Myers was heard by a jury in common pleas court at Wauseon before judge Wolf, Wednesday.

The case grew out of a written lease of the pond, ice house, and well. Myers claimed Snyder locked him out of the pumphouse; therefore, Myers refused to pay last year’s rent.

The jury decided Myers must pay $138.41, also court costs.

The lease was executed by August Ruihley.

Alonzo Ruihley, a freshman of the law department of the University of Michigan, is a product of Archbold High School. He ranks third in his class.

School resumed Monday. No new cases of the rash have developed and the two patients are not abed. The scare was of short duration.



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