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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Native students will have priority over students from outside the district, according to the school board open enrollment policy.

“This allows us to shut things down when we decide enough is enough,” said Ken Cline, superintendent.

School board approved converting the AHS athletic director position from a certified position to an administrative one.

David Yoder, board president, said the primary advantage of the change is getting the athletic director position, with its regularly scheduled pay hikes, off the certified schedule. “It allows us to set the salary, rather than them automatically marching up the scale,” Yoder said.

Carl Buehrer, county fair board member, told Chamber of Commerce members, four years ago insurance for the fair cost $18,000. This year it was $61,000, roughly 240% more.

The fire department responded to a small fire caused by workmen cutting steel at the Archbold Hospital, Tuesday, April 18….. Firemen worked on a small brush fire near Quail Run, early Tuesday, April 11.

Deaths–Thelma M. Neuenschwander, 77, Archbold; Maxine M. Croninger, 86, West Unity; Clifford “Snappy” A. Knapp, Sr., 84, Archbold; Tila S. Ramon, 82, Wauseon

Danielle Rychener, an AHS graduate and daughter of Dan and Jan, was elected an officer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Ashland University.

Keri Badenhop, AHS ‘05, daughter of James and Bonnie, won second place in the 16th annual juried student art exhibit at Huntington University.

Jan Delaney, Archbold, and Karen Grieser, formerly of Archbold, are among the cast of characters in the Williams County Community Theater performance of “Harvey.”

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 17, 1991

The Fulton County Senior Center, after looking over the available options at its downtown Wauseon site, has opted instead to go with an entirely new building.

That’s brought down a lot of flack on the Senior Center, said Lois Westhoven, center director.

Another problem, Westhoven said, is people are complaining they weren’t told the Senior Center was planning a new building when voters in the county passed a 1.4-mill tax levy.

Council took steps Monday that could lead to the location of a north side fire station on Stryker Street.

Area legislators seem to have mixed feelings, but generally support the conversion of Northwest Technical College to a state community college.

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has taken under advisement the case of Randy Merillat, rural Fayette, vs. the Fulton County commissioners over the question of restoring the Tiffin River.

The Fulton County Senior Center has been mandated to open a satellite center in Archbold as soon as possible by the Fulton County commissioners.

“Don’t say mandate. I hate that word, said Lowell Rupp, county commissioner. “We didn’t mandate them, we told them to get it started.”

A paperwork snafu has delayed the ultimate annexation of the Handy & Harmon Automotive Group to the village of Archbold.

The Archbold Park Board oversees 63 acres of parks, but to Rick Stotzer, a member of the park trustees, believes equally important “is providing as many activities for as many age groups as possible.”

Robert Durbin, former superintendent of the Four County Joint Vocational School, will receive an honorary degree– a doctorate of technical letters– from Northwest Technical College on May 19. The NTC Board of Trustees approved the degree at its April 4 meeting.

Heather Sengupta appears in a photograph. She spends hours at the sewing machine creating original fashions for her dolls.

Julia F. Nofziger was initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for students in education, at Bowling Green State University.

Joe E. Wyse and Chris W. Miller are enrolled for the current quarter at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill. The men are students in the master’s degree program.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 13, 1966

A large construction project to provide a 140×122 two-story addition to Wayne Poultry Corp., Inc., is underway at its plant, 601 McArthur Street in Archbold just north of Barre Road. Boyer Construction, Co., Wauseon, started building the new additions two weeks ago and the completion date is June 15, according to Virgil Rupp.

Another addition, 140×80, is being built southwest of the cold storage area. This will be a new cold storage building with a capacity of 2,000,000 pounds of finished poultry products.

The former cold storage area in the original building is being converted into blast cells with a freezing capacity of 225,000 pounds daily.

In addition to the two buildings mentioned, a 40×60 shipping room is being constructed adjoining the cold storage area.

The expansion program for the Wayne Poultry, Inc., plant in Archbold was approved by the directors of Allied Mills, Inc., at their last meeting in 1965.

The Lions Club is sponsoring a benefit variety show Friday evening, April 22, with all proceeds going to McLaughlin Memorial Library.

The first annual Benefit Auction for Fairlawn Haven will be sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary to be held at Yoder & Frey, Inc., Saturday, April 16 at 1 pm.

The Unit A, Fish & Game Hearing for Fulton, Williams, Defiance, and Henry counties will be held in Archbold, Tuesday, April 19.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 30, 1941

Work on replacing part of the dam at Harrison Lake, which was washed away in a heavy rain last fall, will start April 15, when Jesse Storrer will move his excavating equipment here from Indiana and complete the work. Harrison Lake will then be filled with water from rains and flowing springs, which constantly empty great quantities of clear, pure water in Mill Creek.

Boards of education throughout Ohio have been warned by Gov. John W. Bricker that if the practice of “stealing” pupils from other districts in order to get more funds from the state foundation program is not stopped, the courts will be asked to intervene.

Over 9,000 more trees were planted Saturday along the shores of the new Lake Harrison, northwest of Zone, under the direction of Walter Givin of Fayette, scoutmaster, and Glen Fish, assistant scoutmaster, and members of the Fayette and Wauseon Boy Scout Troops.

Archbold Ladder Co., and Crossgrove Brothers, contractors, were acquitted by the Fulton County petit jury late Tuesday afternoon, in a suit for $25,000 damages filed against them by Mrs. Sophie Pocock, Delta.

Through the efforts of the Delta Community Service Club, a 68×400 branch factory of a Detroit body company is being located in Delta at the east end of Main Street, will start the middle of May, and when in operation, approximately 70 men will be given employment.

Last week, Mr. L.H. Leavy purchased the Lowell E. Porter Drug Store in West Unity, and has already taken possession.

Mr. Leavy is a graduate of Archbold High School and has many years experience in drugstore work, starting 34 years ago under the employ of the late E.U. Schnetzler. Following the World War, he has been employed by the Red Cross Drug Store in Archbold.

Delta officials last week received information that they may be able to widen its main street, east of the business section, as part of Uncle Sam’s military highway development program.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 18, 1916

The road past the Central- Amish Mennonite Church should have attention of the authorities. It is used more than any road in the vicinity, and during the spring has been in questionable condition. The road also is on all the tourist maps.

Farmers think the alfalfa is frozen in this area. Peter Seigneur can pull stalks out of the ground and believes the crop is ruined. In some fields, a stalk shows green here and there, but much of it is destroyed.

Some farmers claim after the alfalfa is two years old and has long roots it will not freeze out as quickly as the first winter.

Nobody gets mad at the merchants because they will not give away merchandise for free, but the same persons will expect the editor to give his advertising space for nothing.

Horse buyers cleaned G.W. Meyers’ livery barn of all stable horses, Friday. Mr. Meyers thought he knew where he could refill the barn. Some men think he will meet with some discouragement since horses are in lively demand right now.

The farmer who refuses $150 an acre for his land has no cause to complain of taxes. Let him sell the land and let the other fellow pay the taxes.

Saw the first auto tourists pass through town Sunday. They asked where there is a good place to eat.

Trainload after trainload of automobiles keep passing on the railroad. Where will they get all the gasoline?

Mrs. Snow talked on the subject of “Life In A Modern Morman Harem” at the Town & Township Hall. Should she ever return to Archbold, she will be well received.

Friday, April 21, 1916

The Archbold Electric Light & Power Company and the Archbold-Stryker Gas Co., submitted bids for lighting the streets. Both figured on the basis of a ten-year contract for 24 lights and each submitted the same price per lamp per year– $54.

Archbold will have three Clean-Up Days this year. In case of rain, the cleanup will not be spoiled. Have your stuff in barrels and boxes not too heavy for one man to lift. Be right there with the money, for if the drivers must carry the stuff, finger it out of boxes that are too heavy, or run after the money, it will cost more than ten cents a barrel. Get busy and clean up.

Council finds some diffi- culty in getting the contractors to make the needed repairs on the Stryker Street pavement.

G.W. Meyers was granted permission to place a standpipe at the curb in front of the livery barn, to be used to fill the sprinkler tanks.

Mayor Ruihley reports he viewed the ditch north of town through which much of the village is drained, and finds the ditch in poor condition. He recommends a sewer.

Council members will have hard nuts to crack. They believe great responsibility in the lighting contracts and electric franchise will need all their brains and judgment to decide what is right, knowing that no matter what they decide, there will be grounds for complaint.

A fellow drove through town the other evening with an autobus built for conveying children of farmers to and from centralized schools.

Several more business rooms could find quick renters in Archbold.

Newcomers complain there are no first-class houses for rent in Archbold.



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