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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Pettisville Friendship Days return this year with many familiar events and several new additions, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24- 25, with most events at the Pettisville Community Park.

Council had a rare split vote on the Woodland Park project with a 4-2 majority, opting to advertise for bids for the estimated $955,000 final phase.

Construction of Woodland Park is being financed with one-year notes.

Council approved a bid of $171,738 for construction of a 1,400 square-foot restroom, concession, and storage building for Woodland Park.

Evelyn Nafziger smiles in the midst of the chaos around her. Assorted children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, and in-laws are crowded into daughter Julie Beck’s garage to separate 136 dozen eggs for making noodles for the Sunshine Children’s Home Benefit.

The Nafziger Noodle Fest was the brainchild of daughter Norma Kauffman, who, along with sister Esther Nafziger and nephew Eric Richer, serve on the Black Swamp Benefit Board. Two years ago, the noodle booth sold out early on Saturday, leaving many attendees disappointed.

Joan Lovejoy, village fi- nance director, said the village is in a position to repay money borrowed from The Farmers & Merchants State Bank to finish the North Defiance Street project.

Deaths–Louise B. Beck, 89, Archbold; Orpha L. Gearig, 85, Wauseon; Charles S. Hood, 80, Archbold; Victor L. Mourer, Adrian

Degrees–Bluffton College: Debra Armstrong, daughter of Larry and Beverly; Brett Cordy, son of Sharon and the late Albert Cody; Jeremy King, son of Jerry and Stephanie; Erin (Stopher) Leatherman, daughter of Bret and Wanda Stopher; Kent Liechty, son of Allen and Virginia; Virginia Minton, all of Archbold; Colin Roynon, son of James and Nancy, Pettisville

Dean’s List–Goshen College: Janie M. Beck, daughter of William and Kathy; Jessica N. David, daughter of David and Deborah; Erica L. Nofziger, daughter of Neil and Kathy; Emily R. Yoder, daughter of Tim and Sarah.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 5, 1991

Contrary to what one government official said, Northwest Technical College did notify the Ohio Board of Regents, in writing, of the interest of the college becoming a community college.

“Well, I know you’re not here to sit in on council,” said William Lovejoy, mayor, to ten guests at the Monday night council meeting. The problem was concern over the proposed bicycle path along the west side of St. Rt. 66 from Lutz Road to the north village limits.

Council learned more pieces are falling in place in connection with the proposed purchase of Beck’s Greenhouse at 203 Stryker Street for a new fire station.

David Lersch, nine-year superintendent of the Archbold Area School District, was honored at the June 2 graduation ceremony of the Class of 1991.

Winners of the Archbold fifth grade reading program are Rachel Ringenberg, Cindy Betts, Laura Kauffman, Jana Crossgrove, and Crystal Short.

Fred Witte, Archbold Village Council member and executive director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said Monday, a new travel brochure describing the village has been completed at no cost to the village or the chamber. Witte said he is very proud of the brochure, which merchants paid $100 each to produce.

Denise Bott, an AHS graduate, appears in a photograph working in the supply department of her military unit in Sigonella, Sicily.

Degrees–Julie Hodges, daughter of Gary and Linda, Cincinnati College; Lamar Gerig, son of Melvin and Lucy, Davis College; Kevin Nofziger, son of Cloyce and Nancy, Hesston College.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– At whom are they pointing a finger when they say, “Never have so few done so little to get so much from so many…. In 1930, Babe Ruth was paid $80,000 because of hitting home runs. The same year, Herbert Hoover returned his salary of more than $60,000 to the United States Treasury because he appreciated the honor of being president of the United States.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 8, 1966

Brothers of the Brush are becoming more numerous in Archbold as the dates of the Archbold Area Centennial are less than sixty days away.

Centennial Belles are organizing and at the Spring Concert in the high school auditorium Friday evening, the high school pep band appeared in new centennial uniforms and played oldtime melodies.

Several referendum petitions are being circulated to provide for a vote at the Nov. 8 election on the one percent income tax ordinance No. 1171.

Stuart Ries, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ries, who live in the Riegsecker Addition about two miles west of Archbold, is in Detwiler Hospital with a double fracture of his left leg and is otherwise bruised and injured.

In a photograph, Jack L. Holliday, Sylvania, presents A.C. Fagley, fire chief, a certificate from the State Department of Education, Vocational Division, Trade and Industrial Service in cooperation with Archbold- German Local Schools, indicating the Rescue Squad has successfully completed the approved “A” Emergency and Rescue Squad Course.

Mike Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myrl Henry, Napoleon, and Jim Rentz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burl Rentz, Ridgeville Corners, will be among the 1,350 boys expected at Buckeye Boys State, June 9-17. The boys are students at Ridgeville High School and are sponsored by the Ward L. Adams American Legion Post 454, Ridgeville Corners.

James King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard King, Wauseon, and Shirlyn Liechty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Liechty, have been named honor scholars at Hesston College.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Most June brides get left at the kitchen sink….. Eventually, we hope, those who plan our super school system in Ohio will awaken to the fact that real estate owners are really getting tired of footing the mounting costs levied on them….. Several nearby towns are planning to build swimming pools. They should determine the size, then add 50%, and that might be right.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 4, 1941

Archbold will be 75 years old Sunday. It was incorporated June 8, 1866. Fifty persons were the original signers of the petition to incorporate the village.

The livestock capacity of the Lugbill Sales Barn will be nearly doubled when the new 70×196 barns are completed. There will be a 14- foot driveway through the building with haylofts overhead. A new tool shed is being erected near the slaughterhouse. The parking area will be enlarged.

Because of the great stockyard fire in New Jersey, special orders arrived at Lugbill Livestock Auction to make up 12 cars of cattle. The plan was to get stock through to the east without a stop for rest or water in under 36 hours.

Mayor Victor G. Ruffer and council are negotiating with the Ohio Highway Department to widen North Defiance Street from the Town & Township Hall to Williams Street.

Wayne, 19-year-old son of Waldo Opdycke, missing since Monday morning, was discovered hanging over a fence with his face and head badly mangled from the shotgun he had taken to shoot crows. The gun discharged when he climbed over the fence. He leaves a father and three brothers, Willard, Lloyd, and Dale. His mother died a year ago. He is a graduate of Fayette High School.

By June 30, Uncle Sam hopes to have 30,000 young men enrolled to be trained as airplane pilots. There are now 12,000 pilots in training.

As the United States Army approaches two million, 550,000 soldiers will participate in intensive combat maneuvers at training grounds in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Enrollment in high schools in the United States is now 100 times what it was in 1870.

Many farmers will soon receive electricity from the 83 miles of REA lines to be built in Williams County this year.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 6, 1916

Eight firms bid for the $5,500 bonds, which Archbold is issuing at 5 percent to meet other bonds falling due. The bids were complimentary to the credit of the village, and the premiums offered were quite flattering.

The bonds were awarded to Stacy & Braun, of Toledo, whose bid was the highest. It will pay a premium of $124.74. In addition to the premium, the company also furnishes the printed bonds, which saves the corporation about $25. Bids were opened Monday.

The Methodists have decided not to remove dancing and card playing from their list of restrictions. An old man once testified in a meeting that dancing led straight to perdition– he knows it is true because he met his wife at a dance.

If anyone wishes to do all the work, furnish all the money and take all the cursing, and be accused of stealing vast sums, let him stand up and be counted for one of the committee to provide Archbold with a Golden Jubilee. Next Thursday is the day–50 years since Archbold was incorporated.

The government experts at Washington, D.C., are certain the truck garden is better for the health than spring medicines.

Wauseon boys are warned not to bathe in the mill pond, as the water is believed to have been contaminated.

Common pleas court judge Wolf ordered the lot no longer used by St. John’s Reformed Church in Archbold to be sold for $625.

The Germans are still pounding away at the forts of Verdun in France. The fighting is said to be the worst the world has ever known.

The Germans have made small gains. Men are still being killed by the thousands to the amusement of kings and Kaisers.

Friday, June 9, 1916

Fifty years ago yesterday, Archbold became an incorporated village. At the time, Archbold was mostly stumps and frog ponds with big timber growing all around.

The mud holes are now covered with pavement and the stumps are gone and the sites hidden by handsome residences or proud business blocks.

Half a century more will, in all probability, witness as many changes as the past 50 years, but few of us will be here to see them.

The earliest settlers have passed away. The first generation of those born on this soil is now composed of a few that are carrying crowns of gray and white, and in another 50 years they will be obliged to refer to the records to discover how the village of Archbold came about. Let us forget our desires to be avenged for wrongs, real or fancied, and make the village one to which others will be attracted.

Archbold has many things for which to be thankful and of which to be proud, so let us make our part of it better.

Through the efforts of national, state, and private fish hatcheries, the Great Lakes are becoming profitable fishing grounds. The waters can be made to help reduce the cost of living.

A half million young pike from the state hatcheries have been placed in the lake at Hamilton, Ind.



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