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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 15, 1998

Officials of the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon have proposed a 50,000-squarefoot, $7.7-million two-building addition to the hospital. Plans call for the buildings to be connected by an enclosed walkway, said Dean Beck, administrator.

Workers took down the old water tower at the former Dinner Bell packing plant on East Lugbill Road, July 8.

Volunteers from the Northwest Ohio Rails to Trails Association finished the decking on the old railroad bridge over the Tiffin River, July 11.

Bill Priest was named Quadco Rehabilitation Center director of marketing, July 10.

School board accepted the resignation of Delila Dilbone, cafeteria worker for 21 years, and Sandy Babcock, school custodian.

Brent Gnagey, school technology director, told school board members that Sauder Woodworking has given 40 used computers to the school.

50th Wedding Anniversaries- Ronald and Jeanne Robinson, Stryker, June 27; they have two daughters and five grandchildren. Dale and Lucille Grime, Wauseon, July 17; they have two children, seven grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Based on filed 1996 Ohio income tax returns, residents in the Archbold Area School District had the highest average income compared to residents of other school districts in Fulton County.

Deaths- Herbert Alexander, 82, Stryker.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 13, 1983

A knotted rope hanging from the ceiling greeted jeweler Henry Huner when he opened his store Saturday morning, according to a photograph. Huner points to the rope left by a burglar who tried to enter his store.

The fourth annual carp festival starts Saturday, with a Jonah Fish Fry at 5 p.m., and entertainment at the bandstand. Pat Kennedy chairs the activities on the bandstand. ACT performs in a revue and variety show. The Company sings, and the Polka Chips appear with Linda and Lou Ann Zaerr. Charlie Sauder says there will be some fine dunkin’ in the tank. Tim Rupp is chairman of the event.

Linda Ridley, who lives in the Ridgeville Corners area and formerly taught at Pettisville Schools, was hired to teach at Ridgeville half-days.

Jim Stevens and Dave Hickman, salesmen for La Choy Food Products, are pictured in the first quarter company report. A photo shows Stevens and Hickman serving samples of egg rolls to members of the Board of Directors of Gunagmei Foods Corp.

Donald Jantzi, administrator of Fairlawn Haven, discussed “Where We Are Going” and gave Rotarians an update on operations and future plans of the nursing home facility.

Jamie and Jodi Liechty arrived home July 11 from Alaska. They left Archbold June 9 with their aunt and uncle traveling by car to Seattle, Wash. They did a lot of sightseeing.

Mr. and Mrs. Orval Short celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married July 23 at the Evangelical Mennonite Church.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The Stone Age was 8,000 years B.C…. When we lament 10 percent unemployment in the U.S., let’s remember and shout from the rooftops that 90 percent of the work force is employed…. Our nation is growing 6.6 million more than the 1980 census.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 16, 1958

A deluge of rain fell on Archbold in five days, flooding basements, yards, and streets. A total of 5.6 inches came down.

Ralph Rupp, Pulaski, and Lawrence Short, Archbold, have purchased Zeller’s Paint Spot on the northwest corner of the square, in Bryan. They are owners of a water softening service and plan to operate from there.

William Scales and a friend remain missing off the shore of San Salvador, Central America where the young men went skin diving. During a search the boat they traveled in was discovered, but no evidence of the men. Skin diving in the coral reefs is a popular sport for the men who man a missile tracking station on the island for RCA Service Co. Missiles are fired down range from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in to the Caribbean waters. Several radar stations track the distance they travel.

Robert Beck, Whitmer Lake, Mich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Beck, hooked a northern 22 1/2-lb. pike, July 6, while staying at Sunset View Camp, owned by Virgil Sloan, formerly of Stryker. It exceeds the catch by his mother of a 42-in. northern pike by 1 1/2 lbs.

MAYOR’S NOTICE: Children playing in streets are causing complaints by car drivers who are anxious to avoid accidents. Parents please provide other places to play other than streets. A tragedy might occur.- Joe E. Dominique, mayor- adv.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 19, 1933

William, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Wacke, received a twoyear scholarship from Capital University, Columbus.

Swanton village officials are the first in Fulton County to pass the new milk ordinance complying with the state law requiring licensing of all milk dealers. Permits are 50¢ and are valid for six months.

Wheat was $1.07 a bushel in Archbold Tuesday. It is the highest price paid for cash grain in about three years.

Archbold residents may have the opportunity today to see the 24 Italian seaplanes that arrived in Chicago, Saturday afternoon, from a trip across the ocean from Italy. It was headed by Italo Balbo, general.

Several Wauseon residences were entered by a lone prowler who was successful in securing money and food.

This week the Archbold Buckeye starts Volume 29, No. 1. In 1905 this publication was launched by the present editor in the face of a business depression.

Despite the unfavorable business conditions the past few years, the Buckeye has carried on and striven to give readers a better and better newspaper, constantly improving its quality and adding features.

Pioneer is without a railroad, as a result of a decision by the Interstate Commerce Commission, granting permission to the T&W to abandon its service between that town and Allen Junction.

Married- Carl Zimmer and Verna Eicher, July 3. The bride is well known in this community and is a registered nurse.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 21, 1908

C.D. Snyder sold his residence for $2,700. It is in good repair and is a modern home.

The wealth and strength of a neighborhood lies always with the young folks. If you want to know why the neighborhood of Archbold is getting richer every year, just come to Archbold Saturday evening and see the hundreds of young folks who make the evening a weekly holiday. Or come Sunday evening and see the young folks who come to church.

The Rupp Bros. have purchased the lots at the rear of the Vernier mansion and have bargained for some of the lots to Lou Rupp and others. Several new houses may be built on the lots in the spring.

The neighborhood just north of the Archbold light plant is building up rapidly. New houses are seen upon both sides of the street and several others are to build as soon as they can get help.

C.D. Snyder sold his residence property for $2,700. It is in good shape and modern. Property in Archbold is more valuable than any of the surrounding county seat towns.

Godfried Buehrer lost the end of his first finger of the left hand in the cylinder while hulling seed at the Calvin Buehrer place.

Persons who will take the trouble to come to town right now will be able to enjoy a big feast of bargains. Merchants need money for fall goods and are cleaning-up all summer goods at almost any price. See the bargains in advertisements in the issue of the Archbold Buckeye. Your hometown newspaper will help keep you informed on ways to save money right here in your own backyard.

Friday, July 24, 1908

A local talent group is rehearsing steadily afternoons and evenings, on two of the greatest of all American plays. They have secured the services of W.D. Jefferson of New York, to direct and stage the plays.

The parts are in competent hands and there is every assurance of two splendid entertainments.

There will be specialties between the acts and every detail of scenery and mechanical effects will be looked after.

Grant Flemming, who is a tenant of and working for Peter Sieler, is laid up with typhoid fever.

Glen Baker, who was sick the forepart of the week, is again at his work at Daniel Roth’s Store in Elmira.

The county surveyor was in Elmira last Tuesday surveying the line between the Jacob Nofzinger and Andrew Weber farmsteads. He also did some minor work throughout the neighborhood.

In all parts of Archbold citizens are painting, rebuilding, or improving their homes inside and out. Archbold is becoming one of the handsomest hometowns of Northwestern Ohio.

The ice cream social, which was held on the Pettisville school lawn last Wednesday evening for the benefit of organizing a band, proved successful. A large crowd supported the benefit.

It is believed that Vernier McLaughlin & Co. is thinking of extending its hardware store about 100 feet south. They are a growing business and need more room.

Businessmen were in town last week looking for a location for a laundry. They could find no business room empty, or at least at a price they could afford to pay. Rents of business property are high in Archbold.

New cement sidewalks are under construction in front of the properties of Henry Hirsch, Aaron Leininger, and D.L. Bailey.


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