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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Doug Krauss, AHS athletic director and boys basketball coach, will retire at the end of the year.

Krauss was boys basketball coach for 22 years. Under his leadership, the Blue Streaks were regional champions three times in the last four years; state runners-up in 1996; made the Final Four at the state tournament this year; Northwest Ohio Athletic League champions 10 times; most recently, 2004-05 NWOAL champions; athletic director 14 years, 30 years in education, all in the Archbold Area School District.

His twin brother, Dave, announced his retirement from Patrick Henry School District earlier this year, after the Streaks defeated PH in the district final.

Archbold High School art students racked up an impressive list of awards this year.

Sue Hurst, art teacher, said 9 of her students have received awards in three shows. They are Britt Wyse, Lydia Kasmoch, Kelsey Grime, Elsie Manahan, Leah Lehman, Megan Hesterman, Kyle Short, Darin King, Kim Friesen.

Heer Excavating received the bid to widen and repave Co. Rd. C from Co. Rd. 21 to Clyde’s Way in Archbold. Heer’s bid was $1,213,211.50. It was about 11.9% under the engineer’s estimate.

Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors has decided to be patient while deciding what to do after the death of Fred Witte, AACC co-director. Mari Yoder, co-director, said she is not interested in taking over on a full-time basis.

Deaths–Valerius “Val” Beck, 92, Archbold; Justin K. Grieser, 30, Wauseon; Cynthia “Cindy” J. Grime, 64, Napoleon; Harvey W. DeGroff, 76, Stryker; Boneta M. “Bobby” Dominique, 76, Archbold; Waneta Irene Free, 90, Wauseon; Jonathon Eugene Hall, 49, Napoleon

60th Wedding Anniversary– Samuel and Ida (Alwine) Holsopple, April 20, 1946

Brad King, a PHS junior, broke the school record in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches, in a meet with Fayette and North Central, April 4.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 10, 1991

Caught between a hot levy and a cold furnace, the Pettisville Board of Education voted Monday night to freeze support staff salaries and heat up its search for a new boiler.

In addition, the board renewed teacher contracts, terminated all supplementals to outside personnel, and accepted new graduation requirements. It also went into a 45-minute executive session to discuss employee salaries and an agreement with teachers.

It is curtain time this week for AHS choir members as their musical production “The Music Man,” goes on stage, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

When it comes to agriculture, Fulton County ranks at the top among Ohio’s 88 counties.

During 1989, Fulton County produced the largest corn crop of all counties. It also ranked number one in cash receipts from the crop.

Fulton County raised the largest number of hogs as well as tomatoes among all Ohio counties, and was sixth for total 1989 cash income from agricultural commodities.

In 1969, the Archbold Buckeye was the first newspaper in Fulton County and one of the first in Northwest Ohio and the United States to install equipment for computerized photo composition typesetting. The offset system eliminated the use of linotypes for producing the newspaper.

The Archbold Buckeye no longer uses its own printing press to produce the newspaper. It now uses the highspeed web offset process of the Bryan Times to produce the print edition.

Four bridges in Fulton County that go over the Ohio Turnpike are being repaired this year. They are part of the $24 million in turnpike projects slated to be completed in 1991.

Deaths–Annette Schliesser, 95, Defiance; Helen Carlin, 90, Bryan; Dorothy E. Beck, 78, Adrian; Harlan Knapp, 68, Bryan; Herbert Sanders, 72, Lakeside

Remember April 6, 1982? It was considerably different than last Saturday.

Archbold had six inches of snow on April 6, 1982, and the low was 4 above 0, making for difficult driving conditions.

Even though it is still on the schedule and a memorable evening, Archbold Elementary School Fun Night, an 18-year tradition, is no more. It will be replaced with a walking program.

50 Years Ago

Wednesday, April 6, 1966

Outstanding youthful scientists from high schools throughout Ohio and many from Northwestern Ohio were in Archbold over the weekend with exhibits in two science fairs of the International Science Fair system. Visitors and judges declared quality of exhibits were far better than a year ago.

Zoning Commission of German Township will hold a public meeting Wednesday evening at the Town & Township Hall to inform residents of the proposed zoning plans of the township and district map, which the commission has been drafting since the first of the year.

Ora E. Lauber, 84, died Tuesday at Fairlawn Haven, having been there 12 days.

He was a lifetime resident of this community excepting two years, 1901-1903, when, with the late Elmer E. Vernier, he operated a clothing store in Montpelier.

Because of the death of his father, Joseph Lauber, founder of Lauber Clothing, returned to operate the business, and his son, William B. Lauber, became a partner. Harold and Marilyn Smith bought the business in 1956. Marilyn was a granddaughter of the founder.

Karen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Peters, graduated from OSU, Friday, March 18.

Archbold Ministerial Association will hold special Good Friday services, April 8, at St. John’s United Church of Christ. T.J. Klaudt, Toledo, a former pastor, will be the speaker.

Charles C. Clausen, formerly of Swanton, was hired by the village of Archbold as a patrolman.

Mutterings, by Orrin R., Taylor–A pat on the back develops character if administered young enough, often enough, and low enough…. Not too many years ago, Defiance, Bryan, and Napoleon citizens “pointed with pride” to their three-story business buildings. Now top stories on business buildings in most small towns and cities are surplus property.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 23, 1941

At about 4:40 pm, Wednesday afternoon, the tail of a passing tornado lashed down and swept a path of destruction from the Henry Eicher farm straight west from Burlington and traveled northward to the Charles Merillat farm, north of Elmira, and the amount of damage was severe. The Ralph Miller garage was wrecked. The helium shed at the airport was flattened. The silo on the Lawrence Schmucker farm was a total wreck.

Jack Ruffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor G. Ruffer, and Ruth Evelyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Moden, Wauseon, were married in Greensboro, N.C. They are living in Washington, D.C., where Jack is stationed at Boling Field.

A bolt of lightning struck the great barn on the John Roth farm, southwest of Archbold, at 6 am, Friday. Several valuable implements were lost, as well as 42 feeder pigs, one cow and a bull. One colt was badly burned and relieved of its misery. Five cows and three calves were burned and immediately butchered. The loss was roughly estimated at $6,000.

Otto Hines, county engineer, suggests to Swanton officials that a plan might be arranged to build a six-inch water main from Swanton to Metamora to help supply Metamora with a sufficient water supply.

The spring improvement program along the Wabash Railroad, near Montpelier, has resulted in employment of 120 more men, and more may be added later.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 11, 1916

Mrs. Snow has lived nine years among the Mormons and has taught music to their children. She knows the Mormon secrets.

She will tell you about the Mormon men having many wives. Mrs. Snow will tell you the stories she received from the Swedish and Danish women of how they were approached by Mormon elders in their native land and how they came to Utah to be the plural wives of the Mormon men.

She will tell you how she became acquainted with the Temple Marriage ceremony and the Garden of Eden scenes in Utah.

General admission, 25 cents. Ladies and children, 15 cents.

It takes a shortage in the supply of wood pulp to bring out the fact that all the little country town newspapers combined use more print paper than all the big city papers combined.

The Western Newspaper Union, which furnishes paper for the little sheets, is the largest buyer of print paper in the world. This concern is finding difficulty in supplying paper. When the present stock is exhausted, numerous paper dealers are going out of business.

The Supreme Court has handed down a decision that Stryker cannot vote dry again until two years.

The Supreme Court affirmed the opinions of the lower courts.

A petition of landholders on West Street was presented to council, Monday night, praying for a sewer on West Street from the corner near D.J. Mockler’s property to connect near Mrs. F. White’s residence with the public sewer.

Such a sewer will drain quite a bit of property.

Farmers are spoiling their autos by piling things in the back seat.

Someone should start a factory and make trailers that will fit a Ford.

Friday, April 14, 1916

Brick-paved country roads are gradually receiving the sanction of farmers all over the state. The Hancock County commissioners declined to advertise for two materials for the construction of 17 miles of the Dixie Highway from Findlay to Bluffton, Ohio.

One of the bids is to be for brick and the other for concrete. There is a difference of $30,000 in the price of the two materials, but the farmers along the route favor the brick because it will be permanent.

Bryan is in the midst of an epidemic of smallpox. There are now 23 cases reported in that village. All schools, churches lodges, clubs, theatres, horse sales, and other gathering places have been prohibited by the Board of Health until it is safe.

The weather has not been favorable to the harvesting of the maple sugar crop. There have been few cold nights and warm days. This year, maple syrup will come mostly from the chemists.

Several wagonloads of dirt were hauled off the pavement in the business district, Wednesday morning, after the new street sweeper made its first round. Dirt was hauled off for several days previously. Wednesday, side streets got their first sweeping. Of course, it will require several sweepings after heavy rains to remove all the mud.

Now that city fathers are setting a good example, it is the duty of each citizen to clean up the front and back yards. The first prevention of sickness is cleanliness.

G.W. Myers has been given the contract to drag the street sweeper at the rate of 50 cents an hour for team and man, with the understanding he is to house the machine during the life of the contract.



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