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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 24, 1998

Headline- Underpass Project Up Against July 1 ODOT Deadline.

County commissioners approved spending $11,500 for new concrete sidewalks near the Detwiler building. They discussed relocating the dog pound and extending underground utilities to the facility. Commissioners talked about rates at the county’s solid waste transfer station. Al Kreuz said the County Task Force is considering hiring a full-time safety coordinator.

Joyce Heilshorn and Wing Fai Leung have sold their twoand a-half-year-old restaurant at 1205 South Defiance St. to Sang and Wan Loi. The new owners have moved here from Kalamazoo, Mich.

The county labor force stands at 22,500.

Randy and Nancy Ruffer celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary June 23. They have four children.

Kristi Short is participating in the Goshen College study team in Abidjan, Cote d’Lvorie (Ivory Coast), West Africa.

Norman Wingard, AHS ’56, retired, was in Archbold, June 15. Norman holds a Ph.D. in geology. He and his wife live in Herndon, Va., They have a son and daughter.

Kristen Rupp and Rachel Schnitkey have made the girls’ city all-star team, after trying out Sunday, June 7, at Mohawk High School, in Sycamore, Ohio.

Deaths- Floyd D. Beck, 80, Stryker; Margaret Greeno, 87, Mesa, Ariz.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 29, 1983

A group of Pettisville students appear in a photograph waiting in line to tour the National Palace in Mexico: Marty Rupp, Kay Nofziger, Nedra Rufenacht, Dawn Schrock, Terry Mull, Jolene Moden, tour guide, and Walter Short.

Bob Nofziger was elected president of District 57, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Toledo, June 18.

Evan Bertsche, director of the Social Work Program at BGSU, was appointed by the Community Planning Council of Northwest Ohio, Toledo, to its newly formed Task Force on Families.

Deaths- Irene Traut, 86, Archbold; Dodie Parritt, 14, Bowling Green; Vern E. Perkins, 75, Archbold; Betty Richer, 46, Wauseon; Ben Aeschliman 87, Archbold.

Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hesterman, Ridgeville Corners, graduated summa cum laude from OSU. He had a nearly perfect academic record.

Carol Hackett, described the trip she and her husband, Hal, recently took to China, to Rotary Club members Friday.

Practicing for the Carp Festival Kiddie Tractor Pull, a photograph shows Janelle Nafziger, Jacob Nafziger, and Nicole Bohner.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The Greeks claim they invented democracy 3,000 years ago…. Flexible packages, dubbed by many as paper bottles, are becoming common on the shelves of retailers…. It costs a pretty penny to go horsing around in New York Central Park. There is one riding stable and school remaining in Manhattan, in operation since 1892 and still popular…. Alcohol, according to keepers of statistics, causes more nighttime traffic deaths than anything else.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 25, 1958

Olen Beck broke his right arm while operating a hay baler Saturday morning.

Firemen went to the Kenneth King farm east of Pettisville and extinguished a tractor fire Saturday morning.

Donald E. Webster graduated from OSU and received a second lieutenant commission in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Gerken and children, Ridgeville Corners, left Tuesday by auto for Los Angeles and will fly to the Hawaiian Islands.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stahl left Sunday to attend an insurance convention at Washington, D.C.

Ethel Traut graduated from Valparaiso (Ind.) University June 1.

A not-for-profit corporation charter has been issued to the Fulton County Saddle Club, Inc.

An adult program of summer recreation will take place in Ruihley Park, according to Ben Londeree, program supervisor.

Robert E. Roth is attending the Stone Laboratory at Put- In-Bay, Ohio.

Tax valuation in the county gained nearly three million over a year ago.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 28, 1933

The long suffered heat wave in this community was temporarily broken Sunday afternoon when Northwestern Ohio was deluged with a genuine summer thunderstorm.

The Boat Oar Co., on Mechanic Street, is the largest boat oar company in the world. It has so many orders that 40 men are steadily employed. Guy Mignin, manager, says the firm expects some foreign business shortly.

Archbold Ladder Co. nears the end of the steamer chair season, but orders keep trickling in. They employ about 30 persons and are running a smaller crew night and day. The aggregate sum paid to employees has helped the local economy considerably.

Adverse weather did its part toward reducing agricultural production this spring by delaying the planting of half the corn crop east of the Mississippi.

During the year and a half of the administration of mayor Theodore W. Dimke, Archbold, there has not been an arrest for drunkenness. In the old saloon days it was a common sight to see the town marshal dragging drunks to the lock-up, and to see children hurrying home from school and stopping to see how their father looked behind bars.

Manufacturers are installing pneumatic tires on farm tractors so that farmers can use tractors to haul loads to town at 35 miles an hour. They also claim that such tires do not pack the soil and are useful in sticky and wet weather.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 22, 1908

ELMIRA- The Elmira Elevator Company has taken to the manufacture of cement building blocks, which is another booming thing for our town, and we think there still are some more enterprises to spring up here like mushrooms in the spring.

C.M. Lower is busy painting buggies and he has Mr. Zigler assisting him in the work. Mr. Baker, who is painting buggies at Monclova, is a graduate of Mr. Lower.

Customers are making frequent visits to the glove factory here in Elmira.

Several carloads of hay machinery have been sold in Archbold. It will be one of the largest hay crops in history.

BUTLER- A remarkable hobo was in town Wednesday. He has been on the road for many years and has traveled over 450,000 miles.

Ten years ago, J.H. Elliott gave him a meal and he came to Butler to thank him and pay for it.

The tramp never gives his name but is known from Maine to California as “A No. 1.” He wears tailor-made clothes, is clean and neat as any businessman, although he has been a hobo since eleven years old.

He has written the story of his life, which is on sale at the Arcade Billiard Hall. He makes a living carving people’s pictures in potatoes and selling them at 25¢. He is selling thousands of his books.

Friday, June 26, 1908

One horse will not make a trip around the world in 1,000 days, for the horse died here Thursday. He passed through Archbold Wednesday. Geca Rosa, who is Hungarian, walked from Delta to Toledo to buy another horse.

It is almost impossible to sell farm machinery in China. Why should a Chinaman buy a self-binder when he can hire one hundred men with sickles for $3 a day.

This is the time of year when the small boy begins to give vent to his patriotism and keeps it up until the day after the Fourth of July. The cannon crackers and toy pistols demand a death roll of many youngsters throughout the United States each year. In some cities the exploding of fireworks is prohibited, thus eliminating much danger and annoyance.

One Archbold merchant sold about 50 hay loaders and could sell more if the factory could produce them. The hay loader is the next best thing a farmer can get when he can’t get help.

The anti-toxin treatment for acute bronchitis in horses has proven a successful method during the epidemic in the neighborhood of Archbold.

No government or law can regulate the supply of farm hands. In the eyes of the working man, the work season on a farm is too short, the hours too long, and the amusements too few.


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