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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Scheduling conflicts and a lack of funds have resulted in the cancellation of this year’s village fireworks show.

Mari Yoder, Archbold Chamber of Commerce director, said the fireworks will be postponed until the 2007 Carp Festival.

When Tonya Gomez, Archbold, met a Wisconsin family for the first time, she was slightly nervous.

The family donated two lungs from their 10-year-old son, Adam, to Tonya, who has suffered from cystic fibrosis all her life.

After 148 years in business on the same downtown corner, Stotzer Hardware will close its doors forever on Dec. 31.

“It’s all economics,” said Rick Stotzer, the last in a long line of Stotzers to run the family business.

“We don’t have enough sales. We haven’t made any money for the last five or six years,” he said. “I don’t see it changing a lot. I’ve had to keep putting money in it, and I thought it was silly to keep doing it.”

Stotzer said he’ll feel a mixture of emotions when he closes the store for the last time. The store started as a harness-making business by his great-great-grandfather, Frederick Stotzer.

Dawn R. Berry, 33, Archbold, was given a 13-month prison term in Fulton County Common Pleas Court for stealing more than $17,720 from Kevin’s Plumbing & Heating, Archbold.

Deaths–A. Dale Frey, 87, Pettisville

Summer enrollment and applications for the fall are up dramatically at Northwest State Community College. Michael Brown, director of marketing and public relations, said new figures show enrollment for the summer months is up 16%, on the heels of a 12% increase last summer.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 3, 1991

As a result of a public survey, the Fulton County Health Center is building a new parking lot in the front, or west, side of the building. Dean Beck, administrator, said a survey about a year ago revealed there was a lot of concern about parking. The cost will exceed $125,000. The new parking lot will be concrete, which is cheaper than blacktop.

During hot, dry weather like this past June, Litsa Wagler is at Memorial Park every other day watering the flowerbeds encircling the flag pole and memorial monuments. More than watering, she spends time on her knees weeding, which creates pleasing results.

This is Litsa’s most ambitious flower project so far, but in her imagination she sees a similar riot of color spread throughout Archbold like the flower-filled villages reminiscent of European places of her youth.

Construction started last week on a 72,000 squarefoot addition to the Bil-Jax, Inc. facility in the Industrial Park. Steve Wyse, president, said it will be used for manufacturing of scaffolding and lift products, and could mean more jobs for the community.

“I think long-term, I really believe there will be additional jobs coming at Bil-Jax,” Wyse said. He also agreed the expansion is a vote of confidence in Archbold.

Dean’s List–Mrs. Rick (Carol Hoskinson, AHS graduate, daughter of Mrs. Webster (Alice) Rowe, was named to Who’s Who in American Women for 1991-92. Her daughter Leah, 11, was presented the Presidential Academic Fitness Award in academic achievement at Esther Jackson Elementary School, in Roswell.

Degrees–Susan, daughter of Don and Alice Kleck, Ohio University

Rich Roth, an AHS graduate, was installed as president of Stryker Rotary Club, June 25.

Deaths–Evan S. Bertsche, 64, Archbold; Mary E. Peugeot, 81, Stryker; Lowell Nisely, 69, Delta; Burdell G. Meyers, 63, Stryker; Harvey A. Driver, 85, Germantown, Tenn.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 6, 1966

“Taming A Wilderness” will be the title of an historical and spectacular pageant four nights during the Centennial.

It will be presented on a specially-constructed stage on the football field in Ruihley Park, with a cast of 250-300. After each performance, a fireworks display will entertain the audience.

Speaker for the villagewide church Sunday Service, July 31 will be Herbert Carl Leupold, Columbus.

He has gained renown as an Old Testament scholar and an authority on liturgics, and is a lecturer and writer.

Thomas A. Scott has sold his interest in Scott Port-A-Fold, Inc., to Larry Canter, as of June 20. Scott organized the company and began manufacturing the products he designed in 1950.

The business, located on Middle Street, has been enlarged several times and employs about 20 regularly.

Vandals pried off the door of the womens restroom in Ruihley Park Tuesday night. The damage was discovered by Al Carter, the night policeman.

Depending on the point of view, there will be happiness or sadness in Archbold Friday night when the razor is officially buried in a plot in front of the Town & Township Hall, which will end the growing of centennial whiskers.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– Children have been of retirement age in all generations. But mother and father have had a difficult time convincing them when it’s bedtime….. Delta has increased the cost of overtime parking to a quarter…. “Wasted energy is only a little problem, compared with the lack of it.”–John Steinbeck

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 2, 1941

An outstanding attraction, the Renfro Valley Barn Dance of Renfro Valley, Ky., famous radio entertainers, has been booked to entertain the many people expected to attend the Archbold Diamond Jubilee celebration, Aug 13-14.

The basic loan rate for wheat in 1941 is set at 98¢ per bushel. And while the actual loan rate may vary slightly with different sections of the country, the penalty on the marketing of excess wheat is set uniformly at 50 percent of the “basic loan rate”–or 49¢ per bushel.

More than 2,300 wheat growers in Fulton County will receive marketing quota cards, said C.J. Grime, AAA chairman, yesterday.

This year the Fourth of July marks the passing of an era in Ohio. This is the last year in the Buckeye state when fireworks and firecrackers can be sold.

Effective Aug. 1, it will be unlawful to sell, offer for sale, and shoot fireworks. After that date, community organizations or individual groups desiring to have fireworks displays must get permits from authorities.

Many other states have for many years had bans on the sale of fireworks.

In the first six months of 1941, the Archbold Volunteer Fire Company answered 20 fire alarms, according to Tom Porter, clerk of the department.

The famous New York Central Twentieth Century Limited passenger train was 39 years old last Saturday.

Seven days a week, the fast Chicago-New York trains have carried thousands of notables, businessmen, and pleasure seeking passengers through Archbold on the great railroad system. The first run was made June 15, 1902.

Every newspaper in the country carried the news of the Century’s 20-hour schedule between the two greatest cities in America.

Then the marvel of the world, the Century now does the city-to-city run in four hours less time than in 1902, but the 16-hour schedule represents the modern age of travel.

An alien, John McCarie, a Bohemian, who registered last fall, is held in the Williams County Jail pending investigation by the United States Department of Immigration.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 4, 1916

It’s the glorious Fourth of July. In 1776, the people of the United States resolved to be free from the English yoke.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4. On that great day, 140 years ago, the people of the colonies gathered to hang together or hang separately. We have been hanging together ever since.

But the adoption of the Declaration of Independence was to be sacrificed by the blood of the patriots and the war of the Revolution, in which the Immortal George Washington led the bravest and most determined army the world has ever known.

The congregations of Stryker and Archbold Catholic churches gathered in the basement of St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold Friday evening to honor Rev. Janssen on his silver jubilee as a priest.

The allies are now taking the offensive in the European War. The English have been piling up munitions for two years and have over two million men ready to make an assault on the German lines. The French have a large force and plenty of material ready, and are about to begin pounding the Germans at the front of Verdun.

The Dorcus Society of the Reformed Church meets Wednesday afternoon at the school park.

Three young fellows drove a five-passenger Mitchell automobile into the Archbold Garage about 9 am Sunday morning with melted front tires. They came from Cleveland. They left the car and took a freight train out of town.

Do you remember when you could buy a fine young rooster for 15¢? That is not now. Roosters have come up in the world since then. A rooster weighing 3 1/2 pounds now costs you 84¢.

Friday, July 7, 1916

At the council meeting Monday night, fire chief George Clair reported some of the older members of the fire company refused to believe they had been retired, and the chief ordered to recruit the company up to standard. He said the members above the age limit as ordered by the council continue to come to meetings and insist upon having a voice in the proceedings.

The discussion of celebrating Archbold’s 50 years of incorporation was discussed by citizens who are in favor of such a celebration. It will require labor, sacrifice, and an expenditure of some money to get up such a celebration. Dates were set, but they conflict with the dates of the missionary meeting in the school yard, so other arrangements will be necessary.

The number of private persons who have ordered city water put in their homes are few. None object to the advantage of village water. All are convinced of the purity and convenience of it, yet the demand for service is not what it should be.

It may be the cost of installation is an objection. The village brings the water to the curb and the householder must do the rest.

The householder must pay for the meter and a minimum of 50¢ a month for the service.

The weather has been just right for haymaking. Farmers are getting the crop well under cover. One or two days more and a much better crop than last year will be harvested. Hands are scarce, so the women, children, grandpas and machinery have helped.

Corn is coming right along. The crop is beginning to make fine promises. There is a scarcity of help.

Tourists who camp are good spenders with Archbold merchants. It may pay to provide free camping space for tourists.

Fakirs sold all kinds of notions on the street the other evening. Some of the merchants are in favor of placing prohibitive taxes on such itinerant vendors.



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