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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dorothy Lambert, Archbold Area School District curriculum director, isn’t ready to claim it, but preliminary information shows the district could receive the Ohio Department of Education “Excellent” rating, which will be the sixth year in succession.

Marcia Rozevink, AHS principal, will retire. Ken Cline made the announcement at the school board meeting, June 19. She was hired as principal on June 15, 1995, and is believed to be the first woman to hold the position of high school principal.

Cline said school officials hope to name a new principal by Aug. 1, which is the starting date of the contract.

The Archbold Area School Board has trimmed a total of $1,210,297 from the budget for the 2006-07 school year.

The cuts, combined with a proposed five-year 9.78- mill, $2.4-million emergency property tax levy, will solve the current financial problems, said Ken Cline, superintendent.

Apparently, the sluggish economy took its toll on the fifth annual Black Swamp Benefit Auction. Hot, humid weekend temperatures may have reduced the crowd size, too. The preliminary gross total was $127,300; a year ago it was $172,000.

A home owned by Ralph and June Rupp in Stryker was sold at public auction, Saturday, June 10, to Karen Derringer for $143,000. Two lots owned by the Rupps sold separately; one to David Newcomer for $8,000, and the other to Todd Thomas for $5,000.

A home owned by A. Dale Frey, in Pioneer Estates, Pettisville, sold to James and Imogene Frey for $78,000.

Deaths–Jon R. Trudel, 45, Great Mills, MD; Roger T. Shook, 48, Archbold

Defiance College graduates from Archbold are Megan Britenriker, Juana Chavez, Jill Evans, Spencer Graber, James Hartman, Marla Miller, Richard Nelson.

Nearly $2 million in assets have been turned over to the Archbold Area School Board.

The Archbold Athletic Building Club, the group that has been raising funds to construct the new sports complex, turned the property over to the school board at the Monday, June 19 board meeting.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 19, 1991

Zoning in German Township becomes a reality tomorrow, Thursday, June 20. Narrowly approved by eight votes, May 7, the new zoning code is similar to the Clinton Township code.

Marvin Nafziger will serve as the zoning officer. Members of the zoning board will meet June 24, at 7:30 pm in the township hall, to familiarize themselves with the zoning code.

Named to the German Township Board of Zoning Appeals are John Graber, Tom Roth, Dan Heer, Corwin “Corky” Nofziger and Jan Cobb. Serving on the township zoning commission are Dale Leu, Jim Rufenacht, Jack Graf, Randy Beck, Jodi Stuckey.

It’s still in the early stages, but the possibility of converting the Norfolk & Western Railroad that runs from Montpelier to Maumee through Elmira to a bicycle and hiking trail is being discussed.

Norfolk & Southern Railroad officials say it is unprofitable to continue operating the business and filed paperwork with the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon the railroad.

Enthusiasts would like to see it link Oak Openings, Maumee State Park, Sauder Village, and Harrison Lake.

Joe Winzeler, son of John and Eunice, Fayette, is now stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, after serving in Operation Desert Storm. He also is the grandson of Joe and Cecelia Traut.

Larry Manahan, state representative (R-Defiance), said last week he will write the Ohio Board of Regents asking it to honor the Northwest Technical College request for community college status.

Ben Gaeth, state senator (R-Defiance), said last week, “I don’t think there’s any question about NTC becoming a community college. It’s a trend that’s developing in the state.”

Brad Rupp and Les Gericke, owners of Lauber Group, Inc., have purchased the building currently occupied by Frey & Sons Real Estate, Inc. 108 North Defi- ance Street. By July 1 the insurance agency will be located in its new home, moving from 201 Ditto Street.

Deaths–Pauline M. Fricke, Defiance; Celia E. Landel, 90, Stryker; Paul F. Rupp, 92, Archbold; Hazel Demaline, 89, Wauseon

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 22, 1966

Youth Day will be celebrated at the Archbold Centennial, Wednesday, Aug. 3. There will be rope skipping, and a freckle king and pigtail queen will be chosen to appear in the parade.

Henry J. Walter, Jr., has accepted a position as superintendent of city water pollution control at Sidney, and assumed the duties Monday. He and his wife have five children.

AHS cheerleaders Nancy Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Beck, and Rebecca Jimenez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Jimenez, spent the week of June 5-10 at the Smith-Waldbridge Midwest Cheerleading Camp at Syracuse, Ind.

Mr. Ed. Huffman saw a deer and fawn near his farm southeast of Stryker, so tame you could walk up to them. Others in this part of Ohio report tameness in the beautiful wild animals.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale L. Unverzagt, 800 West Park Drive, sold at public auction Friday evening to Lowell Wyse for $12,850.

Members of the Community Commercial Club heard Mr. Ceaphus Schrock, member of the village council, discuss the proposed income tax at its Monday noon meeting.

Misses Marilyn Arnos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Arnos, Stryker, and Vivian Hess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hess, Napoleon, are attending Buckeye Girls State at Capital University, Columbus, this week.

Richard Erbskorn represented the Archbold Fire Department at the 92nd annual convention in Carey, Saturday.

Miss Jean Rufenacht, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Rufenacht, will represent Fulton County at the State Dairy Princess Contest, June 24, at Columbus.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Flying saucers have been a part of the American mystery scene since 1947. How many have you seen? Neither have we….. Instead of repeating gossip, you can be a good citizen and forget to mention it to anyone.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 18, 1941

General McPherson Highway will be the new name of US Rt. 20 beginning July 24, according to a bill passed by the 94th General Assembly.

Mr. A.C. Fagley, local fire chief, and Mr. Eddie Hoffman will represent the Archbold Volunteer Fire Department at the annual convention of Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen at Crestline, today.

Colonel J.H. Spengler, born in Archbold, is commanding the 31st Quartermaster Division at Camp Blanding, Fla.

Mr. Don L. Parlette has been engaged as full-time instructor of music in Archbold schools for the coming year. He is a graduate of OSU and taught in West Unity schools for three years and part-time at Archbold schools the past year.

Jack Christy and Donald Hollingshead are included in the contingent of 11 men to leave Fulton County, Saturday, June 21, for a year of military training.

Opportunity wears overalls and has mud on his shoes. Too many associate it with fine clothes and a fat bankroll. The American people have 37,000 ways of earning a living.

Robert Roedel has placed a large, new white, red, and black sign over the Roedel Clothing Store.

Robert Short, son of Bert, went with a group of young YMCA men to Lake Geneva last week. He soon will be home from college at East Lansing, Mich.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 20, 1916

Saturday evening witnessed one of the largest crowds Archbold has enjoyed for some time. The Town & Township Hall was filled to standingroom only by those who witnessed the German Township commencement exercises.

The streets also were filled to capacity with shoppers and pleasure seekers. Autos and buggies lined both sides of the streets and overflowed to the side streets.

The Fulton County soldier’s monument will be cast as soon as the foundrymen can gather the metals at a reasonable cost. The war has boosted prices of metal beyond the reach of the financial committee, which wishes to wait until prices decrease.

Four Napoleon school teachers will marry this summer. The schoolhouse is good, but not a certain gateway to matrimony as the kitchen. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

The entire world seems to be depending upon Northwestern Ohio for hay. Buyers are as liberal and as affable as political candidates.

Local buyers have been paying $17 and $18 a ton. No farmers are complaining of the high prices.

Lloyd Leu has shorn his lambs. The best one delivered a fleece of 18 pounds. One yearling had a fleece of 17 1/2 pounds.

Cooney and Cullis, owners of the Fayette Review, have purchased the Swanton Enterprise. They intend to publish both newspapers once a week.

Montpelier council has ordered nameplates to mark all village streets for free mail delivery.

Friday, June 23, 1916

Council was honored Monday evening by the presence of ladies from the Women’s Reading Club. They asked council for the use of the unoccupied room in the Town & Township Hall, known as the mayor’s office, to be used as a public library, with the understanding that the service of the book is to be free to the local public.

Councilmen thought the room was in the hands of the mayor to do as he pleased, but he declined all the responsibility, so council passed a motion giving the room to the club for use as a free circulating library and reading room during the life of the present council.

J. Riley Wyse, 69, retired farmer and director of the Fayette Bank, died from the effects of falling down stairs at his home in Fayette, Sunday evening.

Commencement exercises of Elmira Special School District will be held Friday evening. Graduating members are Anna Rupp, Minnie Clingaman, Lola Miller, Wilbur Short, Thurlow Nofzinger, Leland Nofzinger, and Arlie Pearce.

The National Guard of all the states has been called to military duty at the Mexican border. There are many vacant places in shops, factories, mills, and farms.

Although there are large numbers of men who could not be spared for army duty, it seems the kind that can be spared are not the kind they want for soldiers.

The entire Mexican country is inflamed because the United States soldiers that went into Mexico a few months ago to help the government capture the bandit Villa are still there with no signs of withdrawing. There is really no government.

Bands of robbers called armies under different leaders called generals have been overrunning the country and fighting each other.



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