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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Jim Wyse, mayor, helps Scott Dominique, commander of American Legion Post 311, decorate veteran graves in the cemetery and Paul Van Sickle, Pettisville commander, places flags on graves, according to photographs.

Archbold School Board voted unanimously to put its $2.4-mill, 5-year, 9.78-mill property tax levy, which was defeated May 2, on an Aug. 8 special election ballot. “Information has been out there in every form possible. How much can we do? What do we do? Wear placards? Janet Wyse asked.

“We need to keep plugging,” he said.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said many citizens wonder how schools operated as they did in the past. He pointed out expectations for students are different than they were 15 years ago.

Since 2001, when the decline in enrollment started, Cline said the district has continually examined its staffing needs and not replaced teachers who resigned or retired.

Archbold Hospital is in the midst of a $2.5-million renovation that’s adding more patient rooms and an intensive care unit. The addition of a cardiologist who specializes in heart-related issues to CHWC staff was a major factor in the decision to include a four-bed intensive care unit, said Phil Ennen, vice president and chief executive officer.

A home owned by Pauline Miller, Fayette, was sold at public auction, Saturday, May 20, to Ralph Cuff, Hillsdale, Mich., who paid $130,000 for the home and 2.62 acres of land in Gorham Township.

Deaths–Kurt Krueger, 76, Archbold; Orval D. Sauder, 91 Archbold; Rodney L. Sindel, 42, Edgerton; Ada E. Andrews, 90, Archbold

50th Anniversary–Glenn and Cora Kauffman, May 26, 1956

Samantha Stamm was one of five Hesston College graduates pictured on the front page of Mennonite Weekly Review, May 15. She was among 159 graduates, May 7.

Chase Schultz, son of Scott and June, has completed a 10-month course in the Naval Academy Preparatory School at the Naval Station Newport, Newport, R.I.

Ray Childs presented a check from the Archbold Area Foundation to Andy Brodbeck and Rod Cheney. The check represents the area Foundation’s Community CPR Event, Feb. 18-19-21, for the cardiopulmonary resuscitation training program.

Police report someone dumped concrete rubble in the parking lot at Auto & Truck Internalists. It appears a large truck dumped the load, said Tera Rogers, a police officer.

St. John Lutheran Church confirmed four Sunday, May 7. Appearing in a photograph are Dale Kern, pastor; Adam Heaston, Breeanne Gobrogge, Katie Richardson, Nathaniel Hammersmith.

Andy Redd became the second tennis player in AHS history to advance to the state tournament after he placed third last week in the district tournament. The semifinal begins Friday.

Katrina Gobrogge won the 800-meter run at the Div. III district meet. Dan Yoder placed second in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Two AHS seniors who participated in their last league meet of their high school career were Lincoln Burkholder and Kristin Hayes. Burkholder advanced to the regional meet with a fourthplace finish in the shot put at district. The girls 4×100 and 4×200 teams of Melinda Sauder, Jordan Fidler, Ashlie Horst, and Haley Frank took second place at district and advance to regionals.

Jenna Grime, daughter of Mark and Melody, graduated summa cum laude from Christian University, Abilene, Texas, May 13.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 22, 1991

Today’s edition of the Archbold Buckeye carries a special 10-page section honoring the graduates at Archbold, Pettisville, and Stryker High Schools. The souvenir edition was made possible by the generous support of numerous area advertisers.

With most of the membership of the Archbold fire department looking on, Village Council postponed the third reading of the ordinance to purchase the Donna Sauder property for a new north side fire station at its Monday night council meeting.

School board has selected the candidates it will interview for the superintendent position. Eugene Winfield, county superintendent of schools, will contact the candidates and arrange interviews.

Sharla King, Tami Ripke, Lisa Rufenacht, and Karrin Short, graduating senior girls, are known as “the clan” at Pettisville High School. Close friends since sixth grade, they will head in four separate directions come fall.

Chamber of Commerce members who attended the annual spring banquet learned the Archbold Industrial Park may soon have three additional businesses represented in the complex.

Mike and DeeAnn Weaver, Defiance, purchased the country home and five acres of Fritz and Niagara Nofziger at public auction, May 18, for $66,000.

Deaths–Dorothy Lantz, 79, Archbold; Paul Freppel, 84, Wauseon; Dale Buckenmeyer, 66, Swanton

Six motorists traveling on US20 received DUI citations May 17, according to Robert Cassidy, lieutenant of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The average blood level of the six drivers was .142; .10 is considered legally drunk in Ohio.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Most cities and villages in America are being mailed to death….. The last surviving wild black bear was killed in the Great Black Swamp in Paulding County in 1881.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 18, 1966

Eighty-eight students will graduate next Tuesday, May 24. Charles L. Zimmerman, pastor of the Evangelical Mennonite Church, will give the baccalaureate sermon Sunday evening, and Dan Ankerberg, director of Christian Education of the Midwest Baptist Conference, will be the commencement speaker.

James A. Rhodes, Ohio governor, will speak at a the Archbold Centennial luncheon Friday, Aug. 5. Harold F. Stotzer extended the invitation in the governor’s State House office.

Council passed a one percent income tax ordinance on salaries, wages, commissions, earnings and income of Archbold residents and non-residents of the village who are employed locally in business enterprises, partnerships and corporations. Each classification is defined in the ordinance. The purpose is to provide funds for the purchase of the design and installation of storm sewers, street improvements and repair, and the acquisition of right-of-way for storm sewers and streets for the village of Archbold.

After 52 years in the furniture business, Peter Rupp will observe his retirement by moving across the street to spend full-time in his insurance office.

A modern and attractive office has been located in the old Norton Millinery Shop, between the barbershop and restaurant, with desks and facilities for a staff of insurance workers.

Mr. Rupp has been president of the Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. of Fort Wayne, Ind., for 35 years and was just recently elected chairman of the board. He also has been vice president of Mutual Security Life Insurance Company (formerly Brotherhood) ever since it was started, in 1939.–adv.

Terry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stotzer, was inducted in Cum Laude Society at Laurell School and will graduate June 9.

The Ed. Sagert homestead, blacksmith shop and other buildings are no more at the corner of West Holland and Ditto Streets. The property belongs to the village of Archbold and will become a parking area.

Headline–Burlington Was Laid Out in 1839; Thrived Until Air Line Railroad Came

At a ladies night meeting of the Archbold Lions Club, Thursday evening, Robert J. Durbin, Napoleon, outlined plans for the proposed Joint Vocational School for the four-county area of Fulton, Defiance, Henry, and Williams counties.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 23. 1916

The fish taken from Lake Erie were never more numerous than this year. The quality of the fish is far above average. Since the government and private societies have become interested in stocking the inland waters, there are fair prospects of providing good and cheap food.

The Great Lakes could be made to supply the entire United States with the finest fresh fish, thus greatly reducing the cost of living. Fish of good quality have been selling in Archbold from 5¢ pound and up. A strange thing about selling fish is that the public will take all it can get. When they have more fish than they can sell in the city, they have only to pack them in barrels and ship them to anybody in a small town. There is always someone to take the lot at a fair price and peddle them out at a good profit.

In his speech before the school children at the spelling contest at the fairgrounds, governor Willis said that he regretted that the schooling is all aimed at college and not making practical citizens.

He expressed the hope that the girls of the future be taught domestic science and the boys agriculture and mechanics. He said a healthy boy takes to such things naturally and a girl gets more deeply interested in schoolwork when practical things are taught.

The higher gasoline climbs, the cheaper used autos may be bought.

Archbold was the scene of much gaiety and many visitors Saturday evening. Young people and old folks from miles around came to trade, see and be seen.

The merchants who offered inducements were doing plenty of business.

One is never so popular in his hometown as when he is about to move out of it.

Friday, May 26, 1916

With this issue we have placed the likeness of a horse chestnut in the nameplate of this newspaper.

Although it is conceded by the sages that everything is for something, the exact use of the buckeye nut remains to be defined. It is said to be an infallible cure for rheumatism when carried in the pocket; however, in its entirety it represents the grandest state in the Union, which is now conceded the honor of being the brain center of the world.

Under the branches of the buckeye tree the liberties of the people are sheltered, for when the press is no longer free then freedom is at an end.

The Buckeye is filled with good meaty news and editorial matter each time one drops. We are striving to make it a better newspaper each issue.

Tonight marks one of the most important social events in our progressive village. It is the 25th annual reunion of the Archbold Alumni Society and the most dignified and formal of local social bodies to hold a banquet and reunion at the Rink Hall, the largest community room in the county.

For this date the hall has been freshly painted and properly cleaned. The decorations of the hall are away beyond anything of the kind ever attempted in Archbold.

In the scheme of decorations are the class colors of all the classes that have graduated from the Archbold schools.

Many members from out of town are expected to attend. Ivo Flory is toastmaster. Music will be furnished by the Ragtime Five.

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