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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Archbold High School holds its 115th graduation Sunday when 108 students and two exchange students pick up diplomas. Emily Grisez, class president, will give the welcome after the procession. Speaking for the class are Mindy Lersch and Kelby Beck. Ken Cline, superintendent, responds and David Yoder board president, offers the board response.

Kim Rupp received the Citizenship Award, Pettisville’s top honor, during commencement, Sunday, May 28. She was one of 38 to receive diplomas in the high school gymnasium. Elijah Houck was the class speaker. He advised classmates to follow their dreams. Sylvania Hernandez, the top student, also spoke.

Archbold voters will have a second chance to vote on the district $2.4 million, 9.78-mill five-year tax levy at a special election, Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Dan Borton and Jenifer Neuenschwander give each other “high fives” after Pettisville graduation, according to a photograph, while Brittany Wyse watches.

Additional work won’t be done at the Goll Homestead until August or September. “We were working with the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission. The problem was we didn’t meet guidelines of theirs,” said Kris Jemmott, acting treasurer of the Friends of Goll Homestead.

“We have been in conversation with Krueger Construction. We don’t have to rebid the contract.”

Sam Hornish, Jr., AHS ‘98, a Defiance native and two-time Indy Racing League champion, has added another title to his name after the seventh try: Indianapolis 500. After starting racing karts as a youngster on area tracks, his face will now join those of about 90 other men immortalized on the Borg- Warner Trophy. Less than 1,000 feet from the finish line, he started his pass on Marco Andretti, winning the race by .0635 of a second.

Shawn Ferguson, Fulton County economic development director, is in negotiations to become the chief executive officer of the Lucas County Community Improvement Corporation.

Deaths–Donnelda K. “Dottie” Detter, 83, Pettisville; Eva Maria Gonzalez, 47, Napoleon; Hazel Berniece Headley, 85, Bryan; Odilia Hernandez, 68, Wauseon; Esther Marie Nagel, 87, Wauseon

Madeline Thiel, 22, months, Archbold, was one of the participants in the Pettisville Memorial Day Parade, Monday May 29, according to a photograph.

Archbold third grade students learned about farm life when the Archbold FFA chapter held an ag awareness program, Wednesday, May 10.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 29, 1991

Archbold High School holds its 100th graduation Sunday. Seventy-one students will receive diplomas at the 2:30 pm service. Three classmen will speak: Dan Holland, Rachel Hostetler, and Jason Smith. David Lersch, superintendent, will offer his final graduation response because he is retiring.

Marla Sauder, daughter of Jim and Mona, received the 1991 Citizenship Award at Pettisville High School graduation, Sunday, May 26. The nine honor students are Sharla King, Scott Liechty, Andrew Moyer, Tony Reynolds, Eric Richards, Tamara Ripke, Lisa Rufenacht, Marla Sauder, Kerrin Short.

As students and teachers wind down with the final exams, and head for the summer break, school custodians gear up for their busiest time of year. Cafeteria cleanup at Archbold Middle and Elementary Schools is done as a joint effort by the three custodians: Junior Uribes, Melba Mock, and Kathy Breeding.

Several students from the Archbold-Pettisville area are spending Goshen College spring term in the Study-Service

Term. Participants are Brent Beck, son of Vern and Mary Lou; Brian Miller, son of Virgil and Mary Ann; Patrick Sauder, son of Duane and Nedra; Lynn Miller, son of La- Mar and Eloise; Rick Yoder, son of Nelson and Phyllis.

Confirmed at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Sunday, May 19, Archbold: Heather Riegsecker, Tonia Harper, Hope Grisier, David Krebs, Brian Sindlinger, Chris Stover.

Confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Stryker, Sunday April 28: Carrie Hurst, Jason Freeman, Jeremy Freeman, Billie Schnitkey.

Among the seven students who graduate from Living Word Christian School, Sunday, several are from the Archbold-Fayette-Stryker area: Stephanie Leu, Archbold; Matthew Rupp, Fayette; James Hankins, Karla Sullivan, Hyman Weaver, Melissa Weaver, Stryker.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Ford Cullis writes in the Bryan Times, “After people pay for beer, soft drinks, cigarettes, and lottery tickets, they are lucky to have enough money for luxuries such as food….. If all of us threw away less and cleaned up more, we might catch up on the growing landfill problem….. Way back when Benjamin Franklin suggested that we “waste not, want not,” there were no garbage problems.

New officers of the Archbold Business and Professional Women’s Club, May 14, are Geneva Armstrong, president; Suzanne Johnson, vice president; Carol Sharps, treasurer; Mary Leupp, recording secretary; Frieda Nofziger, corresponding secretary.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 1, 1966

Income tax ordinance No. 1171 was given its third and final reading and passed by village council, Thursday, May 26. The ordinance was signed by Lawrence E. Short, mayor, and Don H. Walters, clerk.

Fulton County farmers have chalked up another record, according to Bureau of Census figures. Fulton led all other 88 Ohio counties in farm product sales of $31,100,000.

Construction is to start early this month on a 41×100 foot one-story addition to Bil-Jax, Inc., located on Lugbill Road, to provide more production welding space for the company, whose major product is steel scaffolding.

David Jonathan Sigg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sigg, Ontario, Calif., received the highest grade of all third grade children in California in a recent I.Q. test. His father Paul Sigg is aboard the U.S.S. Chicago with the seventh fleet. His mother, two older brothers and a sister live in Ontario. David is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sigg.

Robert Frey, Elkhart, Ind., has been named principal of Concord, Ind., West Side Elementary Schools. Robert and his wife Sara and their three children reside at Dunlap, Ind. He is the son of Mrs. Bessie Frey.

Degrees–Dean E Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Miller, Adrian College; Bonita Fraas Ambos, Capital University

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church will dedicate its newly remodeled and expanded worship facilities with a special worship service Sunday. David F. Koch is the pastor.

Pettisville will graduate 39 students, Sunday, June 5. Phil Lersch, of the First Brethren Church, Ashland, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon. He is the brother of David L. Lersch, Pettisville superintendent.

Tom Storrer, an AHS junior and pole vault star, tied for fifth place in the state competition at Columbus, Saturday.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–The Santa Fe famed Super Chief, operating daily between Los Angeles and Chicago, is one of the finest trains. It carries many movie stars and celebrities.

Those who are under movie contracts or with films under production are not permitted to ride airplanes, private or commercial.

The same people reach New York City via the Twentieth Century Limited train that whizzes through Archbold at 90 miles an hour, or the Broadway Limited.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 30, 1916

One hundred thirty-five members and guests of the Archbold Alumni Association were present at the 25th annual school reunion and banquet held at the German Athletic Hall, Friday evening.

Fifty-eight members of the alumni were present, which was the largest gathering of former graduates in the history of the alumni association. Every graduating class was represented, excepting those of 1909 and 1910.

To keep the boys home on the farm, let them see something, like brick roads. Any kind of auto will be easy riding and the cost of fuel decreased, so the freight trucks can compete with the steam railroads. When auto buses run along the country roads it will be easy to get from place to place.

Edison Klopfenstine was arrested in the Gotshall mill yard Saturday night by marshal Henry Nofzinger and put in the village lockup. He pled guilty in mayor August Ruihley’s court Monday morning to assault and battery upon the person of Wm. Claire in front of the Rink Hall Saturday evening. He was fined $25 and costs. He was allowed until Tuesday morning to get the money or work it out on the streets of Archbold at 75¢ a day.

Roy Curtis, Wauseon carpenter, did a high-dive from a roof into a garden. He was not seriously injured.

George Ditto, founder of Archbold, liked to say, “When I lived on the plains in Pickaway County, I was anxious to know how fast the corn grew. So one evening I stuck my cane in a hill. The next morning there were two big ears and a good-sized nubbin growing on my cane.”

Mayor Ruihley thinks a night watchman with police authority is a necessity for Archbold. If businessmen will stand part of the expense, perhaps the council can be persuaded to assist.

Friday, June 2, 1916

Because they danced, 17 members of the graduating class of the Gibsonburg High School were refused diplomas by the superintendent. The entire class threatens to strike and call the ceremony off.

It is claimed that land values increase $10 an acre as soon as centralized schools are established. The children are hauled to school in heated auto busses.

John Miller, 75, lay his neck on a rail in front of a locomotive at Grelton, Tuesday morning. Before the horrified spectators could reach him, the head was cut from the body. He was a wealthy farmer.

The Bryan Press is 62 years old. It is always improving.

Hillsdale, Mich., has 200 widows and 50 widowers, the same proportion in other country towns, proving that when the farmer retires he eats himself to death.

“There are no Russian- Americans, Irish-Americans, or German-Americans. There are no hyphenated Americans until we die.”

Such are the words of Mr. Stahl, of Wauseon, who delivered the Memorial Day address at the Archbold Town & Township Hall, Tuesday morning, to great applause.

The second annual reunion of the Schad-Short families will be held Thursday, June 15, in Rufenacht’s Grove, two miles west of Archbold, at T&I Stop 70. Everybody come early and bring well-filled baskets.–adv.

The Sandusky man who makes gasoline out of a tank full of water and a half-ounce of his dope is moving to Toledo. Another Toledo man is working on a machine to grind sugar directly from the air without using cane or beets. Another is trying to make a light in a sealed bulb that shines forever and consumes nothing.



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