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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Claire Waidelich holds the net that contains a catfish she caught during the Pettisville Friendship Days Fishing Derby. Friends admiring the netted catfish in a photograph are Tessa Waidelich, Kaylyn McDermott, Taylor Rychener, Mikala Avina.

Valerie and Sarah Kinsman, mother and daughter, opened Kinsman’s Bridal Ltd., at 208 North Defiance Street, June 15.

St. John Lutheran Church sold a brick home located at 109 Short-Buehrer Road, Wednesday, June 21, to A.J. Genter, Pettisville, for $93,000.

Tyson Snider, 20, and Tina Rufenacht, Pettisville, won first place in the men’s and women’s divisions at the Pettisville Friendship Days 5-K road race.

Allan Gladieux, AHS athletic director, presented the Archbold Area School Board with copies of forms that could be used to evaluate coaches.

Emily Rupp, AHS ‘87, daughter of Bill and Melinda, threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Chicago White Sox-Cleveland Indians baseball game, Wednesday, April 5. She appears in a photograph with World Series winning pitcher, Mark Buehrle. Rupp lives in Chicago, where she is vice president of finance for and represented the company at the game.

Earn Degrees–Jason Rose, son of Bill and Cynthia, Ohio Northern University; Timothy Short, son of Keith and Joann, Ohio Northern University

Dean’s List–Garrett Miller, son of Steve and Vicki, Pettisville, Eastern Michigan University; Ashley Funk, daughter of Larry and Linda, Wauseon, Valparaiso University; Trevor Fruth, son of Marc and Karen, Otterbein College; Leah Meyer, daughter of Mark and Jill Peterson, Otterbein College; Stephen Wachtmann, son of Mike and Kathy, magna cum laude, Taylor University; Danielle Rupp, daughter of Neal and Faith, Pettisville, Indiana Wesleyan; Krista Lersch, Wesleyan University

Sarah Aeschliman, 14, and Emma Salisbury, 11, Pettisville, lay out and measure a pattern during A Kids Quilt Camp at Sauder Village. Aeschliman is a volunteer program instructor, which introduces kids to sewing and quilting. Linda Stuckey, a village quilt shop employee, teaches the camp, which runs for three days, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 26, 1991

A meeting is scheduled for Friday between Donna Ferrebee, of Deardorf Property Management, Corunna, Ind., and Archbold officials concerning problems at the East Garden Apartments complex on East Lutz Road.

The meeting is in response to problems that have resulted in frequent visits to the complex by Archbold police.

“When it came about, I believed it would be a good thing for the community.

“Now the situation is different. It’s a pain in the side– or six inches below the belt,” said William Lovejoy, mayor.

John Richard, Fulton County Emergency Management Agency coordinator; William Lovejoy, mayor; and councilmen were at the scene of a simulated leak of toxic anhydrous ammonia, conducted as a practice drill, by members of the Archbold Fire Department.

Deaths–Nettie V. Rufenacht, 95, Stryker; Blanche Fether, 81, Archbold

Degrees–Wendy Renee Rice, daughter of Lowell and Pat Rupp, Huntington College; Anthony Gericke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gericke, Hillsdale College

Dean’s List–Jeff Corbin, son of Larry and Phyllis, Ohio State University

Teresa Storrer, AHS ‘88, daughter of Aden and Juanita, starred in softball and volleyball for the Bluffton College Beavers, and was named to the dean’s list.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Old-time medicine shows that were free entertainment in country towns have been moved to television, but the programs are not as good…. The great Midwest, where we live, is a tremendous national market for thousands of products…. When Andrew Jackson left the presidency and the White House, he had $90 in his pocket.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 29, 1966

An interesting feature of the coming centennial will be the Industrial Exhibit in the gymnasium of Archbold High School.

What Archbold Makes– Makes Archbold was the slogan used 25 years ago, in 1941, during the Archbold Diamond Jubilee.

Robert J. Durbin has accepted the $13,750-a-year post of superintendent of the Four County Joint Vocational School District.

The cost of operating the district is estimated at $630,000 for 63 vocational units and $130,000 for 13 academic units.

Referendum petitions have been filed with the village clerk, Don H. Walters, asking for an opportunity to vote on Ordinance No. 1171, the income tax ordinance passed by village council. Signatures of 154 voters assures question vote on the fall ballot.

Harold H. Smith has been elected president of the Archbold Rotary Club, to succeed Robert W. Short, who served the past year.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Nofziger and children returned Thursday from a 10,000-mile auto tour to National Parks. They were gone one month. They spent several days with his brother, Mr. Chauncey Nofziger, and family at Los Angeles.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sommers were awarded plaques for exhibiting their 1940 Chrysler and 1930 model A Ford at the National Threshers Convention at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Nofziger arrived home June 6 from Ghana, where they spent the past three years under the Mennonite Board of Missions. Nofziger served as secretary-treasurer of the Mennonite Mission in Ghana, as well as carrying pastoral responsibilities. He also did leadership training.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shenk arrived May 31 from Japan, where they served as missionaries under the Mennonite Board of Missions. Shenk served as pastor of the Shibecha Mennonite Church in Hokkaido, Japan.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– If you care not what the Joneses do, you can live within your income….. The man in the moon may have some attraction to the women, but it’s the lady in the sun that gets dad to take a vacation on the beach.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 25, 1941

A display of products “Made In Archbold” will be one of the features of the Diamond Jubilee, Aug. 13-14. It will be a show depicting the progress made in Archbold, when the town celebrates its 75-year anniversary. Within the past 25 years Archbold industries have flourished, and today ship their products not only in the United States, but to every known port in the world.

The growth of the industries and the great variety of items will be displayed in a large tent, which will be erected and conveniently located and free to all.

Mrs. Lawrence Rupp, 19, bride of less than two months, was found dead in the barn on the Noah Rupp farm southwest of Archbold, shortly after noon last Wednesday.

The body was found hanging from a rope in the barn by Mrs. Noah Rupp. The verdict was suicide with no motive known.

R.C. Lung, Montpelier, driver of a bread truck, was eating in Merillat’s Restaurant when someone discovered his truck body was on fire and turned in an alarm.

Firemen responded and found the cab in smoke. The right corner of the cushion had a hole burned in it. Several loaves of bread and some buns on the seat were lost, as were order books.

It is estimated that 119 Fulton County young men will appear at the Fulton County courthouse next Tuesday to register to the call issued by president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

All young men who become 21 by Oct. 16, 1940, will be compelled to register for military service.

Toledo Edison Co., has bought the electric distribution system from the village of Walbridge for $15,250. The lines will be taken over July 9.

Lyle B. Graf, of this community, will be transferred to the new Air Corps Technical School at Biloxi, Miss., from Chanute Field, Ill.; 124 soldiers have been transferred.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 27, 1916

Fulton County commissioners have consented to stand 40 percent of the cost of building 1,800 feet of cement sidewalk in Tedrow.

The word “Ohio” sounds so much like the words the Japanese use for “good morning” that if you say “Ohio” to a Japanese he will answer “Ohio.”

Nine tractors, some pulling two and some, three plows, were demonstrated on the Bannister farm near Wauseon, Tuesday. Each claimed to have the best plow. The machines did good work, and farmers are watching the motor plows with interest.

Daniel D. Short was born in the village of Lacote, county of Louvre, Otzone, France, Feb. 24, 1838, and died June 12, 1916, at the age of 81 years. In 1836, he, with his parents and 13 others, came to America and settled in German Township.

The Schad-Short family reunion was held in Rufenacht’s Grove, Thursday, June 22. Because of the recent death of a prominent member of the family, the attendance was not as large as last year, but the interest and fellowship were beyond any previous gathering.

Gasoline that has been selling here for 25¢ a gallon is selling in southern Michigan as low as 19¢. The government is about to investigate the prices of gas and oil.

Hogs sell for 9 1/2¢ a pound, yet nobody tells the farmer he charges too much and that he is robbing the people, or that he is making half profit on all he sells.

The farmer always gets the best of everything. Perhaps that is why he always grumbles.

Friday, June 30, 1916

The annual convention of the Missionary Church Association of Ohio-Michigan district will be held in Archbold, Aug. 20-27. Tents will be placed in the school park.

Several trainloads of National Guardsmen from the Eastern States have been passing through Archbold on their way to the Mexican border. Soldiers from Ohio may be called in a short time.

Mr. Daniel P. Roth, of Elmira, has entered the race for the loving cup, which is to be awarded to the winner of the 300-mile race without stopping the engine.

Mr. Roth has chosen a course through Napoleon, Ottawa, Lima, Marion, Findlay, and Wauseon. Mr. H.S. Meister is to accompany him.

Harry Thaw’s auto went in the ditch at Corunna, Ind., the other day. Two young fellows who helped get it out refused any pay for their services. Thaw took their names and addresses, thanked them, shook hands, and went on.

Misses Dorothy Hallett, Ilva and Cara Murbach, Orpha Rupp and Vesta Frey gave a picnic party in the Wyse Woods, Thursday, in honor to Miss Otha Short’s 17th birthday.

August Fraas & Son now have a motor car for their business.

Otis Johnson, who taught school in Archbold, has joined the Toledo militia.

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