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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

An arsonist started the Saturday, April 14 fire that destroyed a portion of downtown Wauseon, investigators said Monday.

“Investigators have confirmed the fire was intentionally set and originated inside Doc Holliday’s, a restaurant on North Fulton Street,” a press release from the State Fire Marshall office said.

Investigators are tightlipped about the findings.

The Archbold School District is not the only area entity studying wind power. The Fulton County Commissioners are looking into the possibility of a wind farm in northern Fulton County.

Debbie David, executive director at Sauder Village, spoke to Chamber of Commerce members at the Noontide Luncheon. She said over the past year, Sauder Village has seen a good-sized push towards expansion.

The opening and expansion of Sauder Heritage Inn, the awarding of funds from this year’s state capital appropriations bill, and the “big boy train” project are the three main projects at Sauder Village.

Selena Espinoza, an Archbold fifth grader, helps plant a tree in Ruihley Park during the 2007 Arbor Day Celebration, according to a photograph.

Three Archbold bus drivers will meet teams from across northwest Ohio in the Northwest Ohio Regional School Bus Safety Road-EO, Saturday, May 5.

Beth Wanemacher, transportation coordinator of the district, said Linda Schmidt, Joan Cousino, and Sandy Babcock will compete individually and as a team.

During the annual Beacon of Hope event, the Merlin “Mert” Kinsman family made a lighthouse presentation to Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties. It was given in memory of Judy (Mrs. Mert) Kinsman. The presentation dinner was held at Founder’s Hall, Sauder Village.

Deaths–Jerome W. “Jerry” Grime, 47, Fort Worth, Texas; Harvey F. Hogrefe, 83, Ridgeville Corners

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 29, 1992

A group of 11 high school students at Pettisville learn to actively listen, effectively speak, encourage positive action, and promote personal growth.

Students are trained to serve as positive role models, not only to their peers, but elementary and junior high students as well. The 11 are Ann Richer, Christine Richer, John Horning, Trisha Goldsmith, Callie Graffice, Tera King, Sean Rossman, Jennifer King, JoDee Beck, Jim Horning, and Heather Riegsecker.

“They are not trained as counselors,” said Lisa Meeker, on-site program director funded by the Five County Drug and Alcohol Program.” I don’t want that kind of pressure on them.

Ken Nofziger recently ran the 26.2-mile Los Angeles marathon, March 1, in the 55-to-59 age group.

Vance Nofziger, son of Larry and Sally, is a member of the 1992 Bluffton College track team.

Matt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dominique, Bryan, and grandson of Mrs. Robert Corkle, Archbold, will wrestle in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia during June.

In a photograph, Paul zumFelde, county 4-H extension agent, explains the rules of the spiderweb challenge to an Archbold seventh grade team during the middle school outdoor education program a Camp Palmer.

Ralph and Carolyn Metzler, Bedford, Pa., formerly of Pettisville, are coordinating activities for the 20th anniversary of Friendship Village, near Bedford. The campground was founded by Ralph’s father, Ross, and third-generation members of the family are now involved in the business.

Deaths–Robert J. Apger, 59, Archbold

Michelle Targonski, an AHS graduate, played the intellectual girl in the show “Play It Again Sam,” at Bowling Green State University in mid-April.

The comedy was the final main stage production of the BGSU Theatre. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Targonski.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 3, 1967

Richard Harris, who has been superintendent of schools at North Baltimore for nine years, has been employed as superintendent of the Archbold-German Township Local Schools to succeed J.H. Spengler, who has held the position 19 years and will retire June 30, 1967.

Mr. Harris is a graduate of Ohio State University, has a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Toledo and an educational specialist degree from Bowling Green State University, and needs an additional 30 hours for a Ph.D.

Constitutional issues, the Both Commission and Apportionment, were defeated by Ohio voters in an off-year May primary election yesterday by an overwhelming vote

An increase in international surface and airmail rates will go in effect Monday, May 1, according to Richard M. Lauber, postmaster.

The Archbold Fire Department visited the plant of Zehr & Co., on East Mechanic Street, to study the process of producing anhydrous ammonia. Understanding the process will help firemen should they be called to the plant.

Michael D., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walt S. Short, is the winner of the Arion Award in music for the school year 1966-67.

Becky Cowell is the 1967 Fulton County spelling bee champion. She is a student of the Elmira School.

A contract for construction of a new 24×40 building has been awarded to the Harold W. Liechty Construction Company to be erected on the Fulton County fairgrounds. The building will house restrooms, a first aid room, and space for the sheriff department. It will be completed by fair time.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Mr. and Mrs. Clayton C. Heer, Elmira, May 15, 1917.

Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hahn, was chosen queen of the AHS track and field teams.

Tom Storrer set two track records. He pole vaulted 12 feet, 7 inches to set AHS and NWOAL records.

Steve Schnitkey set AHS and NWOAL records in high jump, at 6 1/2 inches.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 29, 1942

A total of 369 men between the ages of 46-65 registered at the Archbold Town & Township Hall, Saturday, in the fourth national registration to military service.

While few may be called to duty, many will be summoned to work in defense plants or be assigned to various tasks to help successfully bring the war to a conclusion.

C.F. Murbach, chief of the Surgical Station at Edgewood Arsenal, Md., has been promoted from major to lieutenant colonel. He was formerly surgeon for the New York Central Railroad and Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon. He is a reserve officer now on active duty.

Housewives will register for Consumer Sugar Rationing Books, May 4-6, at the Archbold High School gymnasium from 3-9 pm. This is the biggest registration of 130,000,000 citizens undertaken in the United States. One and a quarter million schoolteachers will serve as registrars.

Workmen are completing the foundation of the 220×220 foot one-story building of La Choy Food Products, along the New York Central railroad tracks west of town on Stryker Street.

Three train carloads of lumber and six carloads of steel are being unloaded.

Four new houses are under construction in the Lugbill Addition. One is being built by Clarence Baer. Peter Lugbill is building two, and Carl Mekus is building one.

A crew of New York Central workmen is redecorating the interior of the depot on East Mechanic Street. They also will paint the outside.

Emerson King and Joseph Stuckey left Wauseon, Monday, to work in the Civilian Public Service camp at Grottoes, Va.

Paul Stamm has been called to report to CPS Camp at Well’s Tannery, Pa., April 30.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 2, 1917

The prices of food stuffs are advancing at an alarming rate. Flour has reached $15.60 a barrel or $1.95 for 25 pounds. The price is still soaring. Bread has advanced to 25¢ a loaf.

Archbold merchants find the wholesale houses entirely out of spring wheat flour and sugar. In the city, dealers are limiting the quantities of food each customer may buy.

Saturday was one of the best business days Archbold ever had. Several business houses broke all previous records for total cash sales for one day. It proves Archbold merchants are pushing for trade.

Archbold citizens were paying 33¢ for eggs while other towns were paying but 30¢. Be sure to watch the columns of the Archbold Buckeye for their offerings.

Upon two occasions, the Archbold Buckeye has tried to get Archbold businessmen to interest themselves in a Business Men’s Association. Each time it has been a failure.

Nickel sandwiches are no longer available in Bryan or Napoleon. They now cost a dime.

The city federation of Women’s Clubs at Albion, Mich., offered a bounty of 5¢ per dozen for dead flies turned in before May 1.

Friday, May 4, 1917

President Wilson will issue a proclamation ordering registration of all males, excepting men eligible to exemption, between the age of 21-40. Persons failing to register are subject to three to 12 months imprisonment penalties.

The first force of 500,000 men will be selected from the 8,000,000 or more registered. Training will begin around Nov. 1. First drafted force expected to be trained, equipped and ready for active war service by July 1, 1918.

C.C. Creek, of Superior Township, Williams County, has a Jersey heifer, 24 months old, that produced 3.1 pounds of butterfat in two days, while the state cow tester was testing his herd a few weeks ago.

Who does anything for the public must expect to get cursed for his efforts.

Who will keep down the weeds in the yards of all the vacant homes in Archbold?

The Bourquin School had a very enjoyable picnic, Thursday.

One would think the daily press had exhausted its source of sensationalism when here comes the report that women are wearing trousers with pockets in them.

A man and a team in a field are worth a dollar an hour at this time of year.



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