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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006

For the third time in four years, the AHS boys basketball team has advanced to the Division III state tournament in Columbus. David Borcherdt put up a last-second shot to defeat Johnstown-Monroe, 57-54, Saturday, March 18, in the regional final at Bowling Green.

Archbold High School boys basketball fans stood in line for an hour and a half, but to them, it was worth it to get their Division III state basketball tournament tickets.

In spite of the fact that some roundball pundits give the Streaks practically no hope of advancing against their first opponent, Cincinnati North College Hill, Blue Streak fans interviewed at the high school, Monday, March 20, believe in their chances.

After getting her tickets, Rosemary Short said she enjoys “seeing the guys step up. They enjoy playing the game, and with the fan support, it’s just super.”

Many people support the annual Fairlawn Haven Auxiliary, and some travel great distances to do it. Martha Lenhart, a Defiance native, is an orthopedic surgeon at Silver Springs, Md., in the Washington, D.C. area. For about 30 years she’s been a supporter of the auxiliary auction, which has become a family affair.

Members of the Fairlawn Haven Auxiliary host the 41st annual benefit auction for the nursing home, Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31.

It’s time to review Archbold’s charter, the document that defines how village government operates and conducts business. Jim Wyse, mayor, told council at the March 20 council meeting, the village charter calls for a review every five years.

Work is going well on construction of an $8 million, 64-room expansion of the Sauder Heritage Inn, said Steve Sauder, director of facilities and grounds.

Utilizing Ohio’s newest farmland preservation tool, the Lomer Von Seggern and Thomas and Laurie Von Seggern families have made history in creating the first Agricultural Security Area (ASA) in the state of Ohio. The farms are located between Delta and Wauseon.

Deaths–James F. Beltz, 81, Stryker; Maynard L. Burkholder, 85, Archbold; Ardith Reinking, 82, Wauseon; Shirley M. Campbell, 85, Wauseon; Marion R. Stout, 84, Sun City, Ariz.; Albert P. Kerk, 79, Pettisville; William A. Bill Freeworth, 88, Wauseon

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 1991

In spite of the fact it’s just a few days short of a year since Tony Bennett gave his benefit performance for the Quadco Rehabilitation Center, questions still linger over the $40,000 loss the agency took on the project.

In connection with the questions, the Fulton County commissioners have forbidden the Mental Retardation- Developmental Disabilities Board from paying a $45,000 bill the county agency received from Quadco.

A creative performance plus an exceptionally strong balsa wood structure won Archbold Middle School students first place as well as a special creativity award in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition, Saturday, at DeVilbiss High School, Toledo.

The Archbold recycling shed is now designed to accept plastic and tin cans.

Assessment by a trained professional is one of the major keys of getting an alcoholic or drug addict into treatment that may save his or her life.

The Norfolk & Western Railroad track that traverses Clinton and German townships and passes through Elmira as it stretches from Maumee to Montpelier should be out of that railroad system by fall, a spokesman said last week.

When it comes to Spanish language skills, Pettisville students are ranked the best among 20 Northwest Ohio high schools. They competed at the fourth annual Defiance College Foreign Language Festival on March 8.

German Township Trustees were assured March 5 that the Archbold Area Schools has a signed contract stating the school’s responsibility for underground fuel storage tanks located at the township garage. Dave Lersch, superintendent, told the trustees the fuel tank contract was signed in the 1980s.

Deaths–Charles A. Planson, 69, Stryker; William Eicher, 93, Ridgeville Corners; Andrew Huffman, 99, Stryker; Clifton Cox, 77, Evansport

Debi Sengupta, daughter of Dipak and Heather, won the Rotary District 660 speech contest in Bowling Green on Saturday, March 16.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 1966

Short-Buehrer Road is to be widened and improved and have curbs and gutters some time in 1966.

The improvement of Lutz Road, widening and with curbs and gutters, has been held up temporarily.

Leslie Neuenschwander resigned his council seat.

After chasing Harlen Gregory, 29, 20 miles at 90 miles per hour, George Kramer, police chief, stopped him in Defiance County.

Pvt. Duane E. Plassman, 19, of Ridgeville Corners, was assigned to the 512th Military Police Company at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Feb. 21. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Plassman.

Dedication for the $700,000 Maumee Youth Camp, located at the Maumee State Forest, is Tuesday March 21. It will accommodate 120 boys.

Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Baus, returned home March 2, following four years of duty with the US Air Force. He saw six months active duty in Vietnam.

Terry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Stuckey, won second and a gold rating at the recent district public speaking contest for FFA members.

John Fraas, star forward on the Blue Streak basketball team, was named First Team All-District.

“Every Archbold fan should be proud of our team and give each boy plenty of credit for everything he did this season. We had three goals and achieved two of them by winning the league and going undefeated in the regular season. Winning the state championship was the goal we missed,” said Bill Arthur, coach.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–”Don’t be too critical toward the atheist, you may be the reason he does not believe in God,” said Thomas Merton…. One airline offers an 11-week trip around the world, staying at plush hotels, including a trip on the famous Orient Express for only $16,500 for two.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 2, 1941

State military draft authorities say 76 Fulton County men have been inducted into the armed services. Ninety more draftees may be called before June 30, 1941.

Archbold Ladder Co. is now employing 125 persons filling orders to customers. They are delivering step ladders, common ladders, beach chairs, ironing boards and many varieties of tables made of wood to Buffalo, N.Y., and points East.

Stotzer’s annual Cooking School and Home Appliance and painting demonstration is advertised.

Mrs. Robert E. Lee found their little daughter, Roberta, standing in the beauty shop watching the wall blazing as the wallpaper was being consumed. Mrs. Lee called the fire department, and in a few seconds, a spray of water put out the flames. Mr. and Mrs. Lee believe the little girl had turned up the temperature dial on the oil stove and fire resulted.

News reports from Washington, D.C., indicate advance preparations are underway for a second selective service registration day in the United States.

The second registration will be for young men who have reached their 21st birthday since last Oct. 16.

By that time, an estimated 1,000,000 and 1,250,000 will have become of age. Population experts believe this will be subject to military service.

A shipment of 100 International Harvester army trucks on board a freighter bound for Britain, manufactured at the Fort Wayne plant, was sunk by the Nazis. The plant is at work replacing the order.

The Montpelier Chamber of Commerce has started what is probably the first drive in the nation to collect old unused aluminum to give to the Defense Commission.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 21, 1916

The agricultural class at the Schantz School borrowed a bushel of seed corn of S.S. Wyse to test. They reported there was no poor seed in the lot and the corn was 100%, test.

The Wolff Clothing Store, Bryan, has changed hands for the first time in many years. Henry Nofzinger has been employed at this store for several years.

Frank McClarren, 60, Delta, was stabbed to death at breakfast by a fellow inmate, Joseph Barbara, at the Toledo State Asylum. The Italian stuck a table knife into Mc- Clarren’s neck. The wounded man died in a few minutes. McClarren has been in the violent ward since 1897. Neither man ever married.

The managers of the elevator at Metamora are testing the farmers’ seed oats, corn, and clover. Some seed oats tested 57, 72, and 98%. Canadian seed oats tested 90%.

Fred J. Wonser has brought suit against the T&I Railway Company for $600 in damages for the wrecking of his automobile at the Stryker Street crossing, Nov. 31, 1915, when the street car failed to stop at the crossing. It was traveling at 30 miles an hour and violated the traffic rules.

If farmers in this vicinity will hold out for a brickpaved road with or without a concrete base, such a road will be one-half cheaper in the long run than any other, and the road question will be solved for 50 years to come.

Friday, March 24, 1916

The two veterans of the Mexican War, Joseph Claire and Daniel Wickey, will be immortalized with photographs in the Town & Township Hall.

From France comes the news that the Germans have halted in their attempt to take the forts at Verdun and still are more than 100 miles from Paris. Thousands of men have been sacrificed on both sides. It is believed Germany is ready to ask for peace.

The Wilson house was not sold at auction Saturday. There was a misunderstanding between the auctioneer and owner. The household goods were disposed of at the hotel corner.

Miss Osie Buehrer started to teach fourth grade and part of third grade in the Archbold schools Thursday morning.

Archbold is not the only town that is hard up for money. Many towns in the state are obliged to squeeze through the same difficulties.

Council is faced with poor tile drainage on West Street. Property owners are faced with water standing in basements.

Governor Willis said he will speak at the County May Day School Festival at the county fairgrounds, May 13.

Mayor August Ruihley has given much time and some personal expense to solving the problem of meeting Archbold’s bonds that are coming due in April.

To raise money for the public improvements at the Town & Township Hall, there will be another municipal basketball game at the Rink Hall, Wednesday evening. Archbold citizens are ready to prove they can get improvements without consulting the taxpayers.



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