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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

School board voted to end the senior experience as a graduation requirement for AHS seniors.

David Deskins, superintendent, said it wasn’t the merit of the program that led to the end of the experience. It was finances.

Archbold High School will present diplomas to 112 seniors at its 116th graduation, Sunday, June 3. There are two exchange students in the class.

Forty-two seniors were awarded diplomas at the Pettisville High School graduation, Sunday, May 27.

Janelle Jones, Morgan Cody, McKenzie Goff, and Tori Williams, seventh grade students, researched three local soldiers who lost their lives in World War II– Ted Dimke, Bob Mahler and Tom Polite, all graduates of AHS.

A photograph shows a ribbon cutting for the new Erie Express train at Sauder Village.

Vern J. Nafziger was named the top resident of Fairlawn Haven for June and Brittany Miller, daughter of Roger and Teresa, was named the Kid That Cares.

Garrett Grime, 9, appears in a photograph helping Archbold Legionnaires decorate veteran graves with flags. His father Pete is the post commander.

The Archbold softball team made it to the Division III Elite Eight before falling to Brookville, 3-1, and became regional runners-up.

Joe Frank, varsity softball coach, was named Northwest Ohio Athletic League Coach of the Year.

Deaths–David W. Gelios, 70, Archbold; James L. Gleason, 87, Bryan, formerly of Archbold; Edith Grieser Wyse, 89, Archbold; Vincent Timothy Weber, Jewell; Merle D. Gisel, 68, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 27, 1992

Pam Nafziger, daughter of Charles and Laura, is recipient of the 1992 PHS Citizenship Award. It is the highest single honor given a graduating senior at Pettisville High School. She was honored Sunday, May 24, during commencement ceremonies.

The award is given annually to a graduate to reward outstanding scholarship, leadership, personality, character, attitude, as well as participation and support of school activities.

Pettisville honor graduates were Christine Richer, Jason Grieser, Oralia Siller, James Kruse, Rebecca Short, Pam Nafziger, Teresa Avina.

Elected officers of Archbold Business and Professional Club for 1992-93: Suzanne Johnson, president; Mary Leupp, vice president; Carol Sharps, treasurer; Mary Carncross, recording secretary; Frieda Nofziger, corresponding secretary.

Edwin A. “Andy” Murbach, principal of McCord Junior High School, Sylvania, was posthumously honored May 12 by students and staff members.

The home and lot of Cora Wyse, downtown Pettisville, was sold at public auction May 21, to Vincent and Julie Bedsole, Delta, for $29,500.

Brian Fink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard (Kay) Fink, Toledo, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Arend, will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 27-28.

A gun cabinet built by Eli Baer, a 10th grade industrial arts project, was judged “Best of Show” at Pettisville High School.

Dean’s List –Defiance College: Gene Burkholder, Mary Rice, Beverly Wyse, Amy Weber, Archbold; Christine Richer, Pettisville; Donna Augustine, Lourdes College; April R. Stahl, Calvin College.

Four AHS students were named to Buckeye Boys State: Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Bernath; Andrew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Kern; Jordan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Stuckey; Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Short.

Trent Kauffman, son of Dwight and Carolyn, was honored as outstanding senior choir member at the Friday night Follies.

Deaths–Lawrence L. Rupp, 84, Wauseon; Virginia Buehrer, 83, Flint, Mich.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 31, 1967

The largest crowd in the history of Archbold assembled Tuesday morning for the annual Memorial Day program in Ruihley Park. Kenneth Hahn presided; he is commander of BLW Post 311 American Legion.

Bids for construction of the new $4,995,000 Four County Vocational School and necessary equipment will be acted upon at the July 27 meeting of the Four-County Board.

Eugene Gerken was employed as engineer for planning and supervising construction of the water line from the Archbold municipal water system.

College Degrees–Ronald J. Sauder, Ronald L. Rupp, Mrs. Helen Nofziger Leu, Bluffton College; Donna Marie Gisel, Cedarville College; John G. Grime, Michael A. Miller, Bowling Green State University.

Over 1,700 people attended a dinner Saturday evening at Bowling Green State University in honor of Richard Nixon, former vice president.

He recently returned from a visit to zones of trouble, and although he deplored a “no leadership” status in the nation, he gave his support to the Eisenhower and Johnson administrations in handling of Vietnam and other Far East difficulties.

Tom Storrer, Archbold, and Ken Koch, Cuyahoga Heights, now share the new Class A state pole vault record of 13 feet, 6 1/4 inches.

Greg “Pinky” Wlasiuk placed second in Class A shot put with a toss of 53-3 1/2, and broke his old record at AHS. Dave Rychener was fourth in the 880-yard run at 2:00. It was the fourth time he set a new AHS record in the event.

Lynn Aschliman and Randy Pape have signed letters of intent at Toledo University for athletic grants in aid. Both boys will be members of the TU freshman football team.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 27, 1942

Mr. Harry E. Schwall, Wauseon, will give the Memorial Day address in Ruihley Park to honor soldiers of all wars.

Nearly 100 tons of scrap metal– 98.6 tons to be exact– were gathered in the “Last Pound” scrap drive conducted in German and Franklin townships, Friday.

This community has consistently done more than its part in any local, state or national drive, and in this statewide campaign to get in all the metals possible to speed the metals recovery program in the United States. The people of this community again demonstrated loyalty and enthusiasm.

Franklin Township farmers provided 105,981 pounds, or 52.9 tons.

Households that had excess amounts of sugar and were not issued War Ration Books in the sugar rationing registration are advised today, May 20, by the Office of Price Administration, to police their own use of sugar in accordance with the designated consumer sugar allotments.

Practically every Archbold business has adopted some method of listing “price ceilings” on all merchandise in their stores.

The ceiling price listed in retail stores shows the highest price that can be charged for the items offered for sale.

Fulton County farmers have planted approximately 3,000 acres of sugar beets, according to word received at the county agent’s office from the Great Lakes Sugar Company at Blissfield, Mich.

With normal weather and average yields, this acreage should produce between 4,000-5,000 tons of sugar.

Lugbills will hold another night auction of dairy cattle, Friday evening, May 29.

Denver, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Wyse, fell last Friday while playing with a little wagon at their home, breaking the bone in his left arm above the elbow. It was put in a cast.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 29, 1917

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation that all male persons between the ages of 21-30 shall meet at their usual places of voting and register and truly answer all questions put to them by the Registration Board.

According to official figures recently gathered in Archbold, there are 135 males and 168 females of school age in the Archbold Special School District.

Clyde Meeks of Bryan has opened a shooting gallery on the bank lot in Archbold.

The public seems to have little interest in Memorial Day this year. Very few responded to the call of mayor Ruihley to make arrangements to observe tomorrow as a testimony to the soldier dead. This does not prevent individuals from celebrating the day in a befitting manner. The graves of the soldier dead in the Archbold Cemetery will be decorated by their living comrades, but no public speaking or other ceremony has been advertised.

According to a letter received at this office from Secretary McAdoo, it appears all of the Liberty Loan Bonds are not sold, and persons who wish to help the United States send soldiers to Europe to make war on the Germans can help the government by buying as many of the bonds as desired.

The farmer boy who gets up early on the morning of his 21st birthday, grabs his suitcase and hurries to the city or to Western Canada, throws the burden of the producer off his shoulders and takes on a double load as a consumer.

The government has issued a call for 700,000 volunteer soldiers. Let all those who were so keen for war either enlist or crawfish.

Friday, June 1, 1917

Tuesday morning, farmers north of Archbold were surprised to see a huge dirigible balloon sailing over the countryside. There was a huge gondola beneath which held the rigging containing an engine and fan, and two men.

The engine did not make much noise. It was flying low, so low the men could be plainly seen.

The airship made several turns and its course was easterly. At Wauseon, the machine made a circle above the village. The dirigible was driven by its owner, Roy Knabenshue of Toledo. He is a pioneer of this style aircraft, having made the first successful flight in the Baldwin machine at the St. Louis Exposition.

Knabenshue has a plan to use such machines in defense of the coast during the war. His idea is to have the coast patrolled every 50 miles. A point claimed against them is the gas bag is an easy mark for gunners.

George Claire has all the freak egg raisers beaten with his pair of Siamese twins. Two eggs were fastened together with a tube of shell and some skin-like substance. Old poultry men say they have never seen anything like it.

Lloyd Leu sheared an ewe, Monday, which yielded 20 1/2 pounds of wool. There are very few sheep in this vicinity.

Poncho Villa, the Mexican bandit, is again in action. He is said to be at the head of a large and well-equipped force on his way to the American border.

The Archbold High School basketball team of 1917, the champions of Northwestern Ohio, was presented with a silver watch fob at the Town Hall, Tuesday evening, by their coach, Mr. E.L. Watkins. The fobs are the gift of local basketball fans as a token of remembrance for their team’s untiring efforts to be the 1917 champions.



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