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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 22, 1998

A new circulation record for adult fiction was set for the Archbold Community Library during June. Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, said 2,243 adult fiction books were circulated. She said the pesky roof leak has been repaired.

50th Wedding Anniversaries- Herb and Virginia Nofziger, Lyons, July 25. They are the parents of three children and eight grandchildren….. Harold and Lydia Juillard, Stryker. They have seven children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Richard and Virginia Lumbrezer, Fayette, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary, July 27. They are the parents of four and have four grandchildren.

Fire at the home of Mark Wyse, 7170 St. Rt. 66, on Friday, July 10, was traced to a new car.

Park Board agreed to have plans drawn for a Memorial Park open shelter with enclosed restrooms. At the request of Vaughn Bentz, board member, cost of the drawings should be limited to $3,000.

Cathy Beck, board member, reported a hole in the tennis nets at Ruihley Park.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 20, 1983

Council approved raise increases for mayor and clerktreasurer: mayor to $6,200 from $4,500, clerk-treasurer to $9,600 from $7,000. It is the first increase in four years, said Nolan Tuckerman, administrator.

Foresters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told 22 persons that Archbold has many dead or dying trees, especially maples, at a July 12 meeting.

A public meeting Tuesday at the Fairlawn Haven Activity Center announces long-range retirement community plans to supplement Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home and Fairlawn Apartments.

The Peugeot home, 206 Vine Street, sold at public auction for $26,100. Buyers were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Zaerr.

The Mrs. Frances E. Root home, 206 Depot Street, sold at auction Friday for $20,200. Frenchy Dominique was the fi- nal bidder.

J.J. McRobbie, who left La Choy Food Products in May, was named to the new post of chief operating officer of Beatrice Foods Co., grocery group.

Deaths- Paul E. Pursel, 64, Wauseon; Earl C. Gearig, 79, Archbold; Fred W. Rudolph, 81, Stryker.

Class of 1958 held its 25th class reunion July 9.

25th Wedding Anniversary… Mr. and Mrs. Don Short, July 20.

Jason Smith, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max E. Smith, Sr., is in San Francisco making a TV commercial, demonstrating hacky sack skills.

Dean Nafziger spent many hours organizing the Pedal Tractor Pull for Carp Festival.

After an absence of over 30 years, Dean Slagle and his wife, Janet, walked in to the Buckeye office Thursday afternoon. They reside at 11 Ventura Drive, Dunedin, Fla.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- It is estimated there are from 14 to 18 square feet of skin on the average adult body…. “Victims of procrastination ought to seek immediate counseling, within a month, or two, or three,” according to Ford Cullis, Bryan Times…. Mexico’s favorite brand of firewater, tequila, is named after a town 42 miles northwest of Guadalajara, where thousands of acres of maguey cactus plants are grown, the plant from which tequila is distilled.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 23, 1958

Archbold merchants are preparing for the second annual Old-Fashioned Days in downtown Archbold, Friday and Saturday. Special features are planned such as carriage rides and lots of ponies and horses to please all the boys and girls and parents. Come see the ladies and gentlemen dressed in antique costumes.

Willard DeGroff, Wally Waldvogel, John Leupp, and William Grisier appear in a photograph helping youngsters during the Fishing Derby at the reservoir Saturday morning.

Maurice Barden, Frank VonSeggern Jr., and Floyd Richer agreed to work with the fair board to develop plans for a beef barbecue Sunday at the Fulton County Fair.

The new Syncro Corporation plant recently erected in Hicksville was opened for public inspection Friday evening. They manufacture electrolytic capacitors and motor-run dielectric capacitors. They have plants in Oxford, Ferndale, and Troy, Mich.

C.W. Sallows, Morenci, Mich., has acquired the Ives Music Press and opened Sun Printing Co., in the Dennis Roth building in the Lugbill Addition.

William G. Rupp, Navy Ens., is aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex, which furnished air coverage for the U.S. Fleet amphibious operation that landed a reinforced battalion of 1,800 U.S. marines over the beach at Beirut on July 15.

A magnolia tree blooms at the Marvin S. Wyse home in Pettisville.

Ronald “Sonny” Wyse and daughter Renee, 6, escaped from a truck mired in deep water along Airport Road, Thursday noon. The roadway gave way just before a bridge and the truck he was driving slipped down the embankment and turned on its top. They escaped through the window. His son Randy, 7, stayed with his grandfather Harry Wyse at the Clark sand pit, three miles west of the scene of the accident.

Edgerton’s new post office building will be dedicated July 26.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 26, 1933

Wauseon council completed negotiations for 61.7 acres of land from Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rupp for $6,000. The land adjoins the present waterworks site and is to be used for the construction of an additional reservoir.

Under the direction of O.P. Kluepfel, the Archbold band gave two Sunday concerts at Walbridge Park in Toledo.

Deaths- Peter Rebeau, 82, pioneer resident of Archbold; Isaiah Zaerr, 66.

Four days of sizzling hot weather left town when thunderstorms went through Sunday. Temperatures hit 100-110 degrees.

Married- Orval Short and Thelma Lee, Sunday morning.

German Township school board will have painting done in Districts 15, 12, 5, 9.

The Doherty Men’s Fraternity Chapter 70 will hold its annual picnic in Ruihley Park.

The Ohio & Michigan Railroad Co., has purchased the Toledo & Western from Allen Junction to Pioneer, and started daily freight service Monday between those points.

The farmer cannot complain that things are not coming his way. The blacksmith now calls at the farm; the feed mill comes to the farmer on a truck; the bread and grocery truck as well as the meat wagon stops at the farmer’s door; and the ice man visits; the telephone, electric lights, power lines, doctor’s car, all find their way to the yard of the farmer.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 28, 1908

Friday the most violent electric storm of the season broke over Archbold. Blinding lightning kept up an almost continual play. The crash and roar of thunder seemed all around. Rain descended in torrents and flooded the ditches, gutters, and streets. It became so dark that streetlights came on.

Brave firemen dragged out the old Phoenix to Burkholder & Ziegler’s hay barn, which was ablaze. It burned furiously from every crack and crevice. Nearly twenty carloads of choice hay went up with the building. Nothing but a few offi ce fixtures was saved. The loss was nearly $5,000. Little insurance.

During the storm the barn on the Simon Leininger place burned together with its contents consisting of all the harvested crops, two old horses, and a team of colts. One of the colts was saved, but it is in a hopeless condition. A wagon and a buggy also were saved.

Harry Beebe, Tedrow, got a 22-caliber bullet in his brain and died Friday. He was in the woodshed when his brother fired at a mark on the side of the shed. The ball went through and killed Harry.

Menno Kutzli bought a brown pony and buggy for his children. The ill-natured pony bit his son Fielding on the cheek that caused a serious wound.

All indications show that the Frogley store at Swanton was robbed of goods by parties with an automobile.

Workmen are starting the second floor of the Peoples State Bank building on North Defiance Street.

Friday, July 31, 1908

Loss of the Burkholder & Zigler hay barn fire last week will fall heavily upon the young men, coming as it does at the end of a bad hay season. But having the Archbold spirit they will go at it again.

They plan to build a larger and better hay barn with ventilators and other protection and will be ready to hold up their end of the Archbold market.

An enormous hay crop is expected. It will take several trains to haul it out of Archbold. But farmers can rest assured that Burkholder and Zigler will be in business to help them out.

Misfortune may quench the public spirit of Archbold citizens, but only for a short time. It takes more than a fire to hold Archbold down.

The same day his brother Seth died, Eli Nofziger also suffered a stroke of paralysis and has since been unconscious. Most of the brothers and sisters of Eli have died in the same manner.

With this issue the Archbold Buckeye begins its fourth year. We have little to say except that we have worked hard for the citizens of this community and show no partiality to anyone.

The subscription list and advertising patronage have grown steadily. We have, so far, been loyal to Archbold merchants by not publishing competitive advertisements from neighboring towns. Some merchants appreciate the policy.

The Buckeye will continue to be a twice-a-week newspaper.

An ostrich feather, if held upright, will be seen to be perfectly equal on both sides, the stem dividing it exactly in the center. In nearly all the feathers of all other birds the stems are more or less on one side.


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