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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wayne Grime spends time each summer day with his buddy Blue, the name he gave a bluejay bird. A feeding tray sits a couple feet from his chair in the backyard. Wayne, whose nickname is “Chirps,” gives a whistle and soon the bird appears. Over four years, the two have built a friendship, and Grime says Blue even eats peanuts off his foot.

Gross receipts for the sixth annual Black Swamp Benefit Bazaar were estimated at $202,600 late Monday morning, according to Bob Aschliman, treasurer.

The Archbold Area School District ranked second in Fulton County in per-pupil expenditures and teacher salaries during the 2005-06 school year. Archbold also ranks second in the county in terms of average teacher salaries.

Council approved a $68,361 payment for property, liability, and casualty insurance for the next 12 months.

Tara Rogers and A.J. Schroeder, Archbold police officers, are the newest bicycle patrol officers. They completed a 40- hour bicycle patrol course last week. They join Joe Wyse, who was the village’s first bicycle patrolman.

Logan Wyse signs documents, Wednesday, June 13, to play tennis for the University of Northwestern Ohio. He is a four-year letterwinner at AHS and has a career record of 71-4.

Artists who work in fiber and metal will gather at Sauder Village over the next few days.

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees ratified the support staff contract in a special meeting, Thursday, June 14.

The new contract gives support staff members a total average of 12.63% in pay raises over a three-year period.

The first carbonated soft drink was created by Dr. Philip Syng Physick in Philadelphia in 1807. Physick used the fizzy water to treat his patients.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 17, 1992

Fulton County has secured a $792,866 10-year interest free loan from the Ohio Rotary Loan Commission to pipe Archbold municipal water into the unincorporated community of Pettisville.

As a result, Archbold municipal water could be flowing to Pettisville by the late summer of 1993, officials say.

In spite of the fact that Gray Steel Fabricating & Machine has never asked for a dime of tax incentive money, Fulton County is working on tax-incentive plans to help bring the Napoleon company to a location near Pettisville.

Additionally, if Gray Steel relocates into the Pettisville School district, employees of the company may relocate in the district and build new homes, and the district may realize some additional tax money.

No one was injured when a small airplane flipped over on landing at the Fulton County Airport, June 12.

Jo Horwath, of Fulton Aero, the fixed-based operator at the airport, said the plane, piloted by Dennis P. Lineham, Wauseon, with passenger Bob DeKnight, Archbold, “went over on its back after landing.

40th Wedding Anniversary– Allen and Donna Gnagey, June 21, 1952

Earn Degrees–Jeffrey Jacoby, son of Richard and Brenda, University of Toledo; Janessa Cobb, daughter of Dan and Jan, Eastern Mennonite College.

Charles L. Zimmerman, 65, senior pastor of the Evangelical Mennonite Church, will retire June 30, concluding 28 years of full-time pastoral ministry in Archbold.

Deaths–Elmer E. Schrock, 78, Archbold; Donald J. Liechty, 74, Houston, Mo.

Michael Short was one of 10 students tied for 15th place in geometry in the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement. Over 24,000 students representing over 730 Ohio secondary schools entered individual and team competition in 18 subject areas at over 70 test centers across the state.

Jennifer Dieringer, daughter of Jeanie and the late Greg Dieringer, was elected president of Alpha Lambda scholastic honorary at Ohio Northern University.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 21, 1967

The 1967 summer school lists a total enrollment of 245 students. Of that number, 164 are in high school and 81 in elementary. There are students from six neighboring schools.

The Archbold Booster Club staged its fifth annual Carnival in Ruihley Park, Friday and Saturday. They were rained out Friday evening because of a wind and rainstorm, which necessitated cancellation of the Kiddie Parade.

David F. Koch, who has been pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church the past 3 1/2 years, has accepted the pastorate of St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Rochester.

Mrs. Orval Short, Archbold, and Mrs. Delmer Benecke, Ridgeville Local Schools, were among 18 Northwestern Ohio teachers who attended a one-week workshop on the special needs and problems of migrant children at Bowling Green State University.

According to a recent probate entry, the entire estate of Harry S. Clague will go to the Henry County Society for Crippled Children. It consists of 60 acres and approximately $15,000.

Harlen Steffen will be speaker at a Youth Rally to be held at North Clinton Mennonite Church, June 30, July 1-2. A hootenany is planned for the first night.

Mrs. Harold H. Smith was elected president of BPW; Mrs. Wm. J. Stanforth, vice president; Mrs. Robert Frey, secretary; Miss BeEtta Miller, recording secretary, and Mrs. Lawrence Mahler, treasurer.

Paul R. Lauber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Glen Lauber, received a doctor of medicine at OSU. Paul leaves Friday for Albuquerque, N.M., for one year of internship at a hospital.

Thomas J. Gallaway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Gallaway, received a doctor of dental surgery degree at OSU, and will serve in the Dental Corps at Fort George F. Meade, Baltimore, Md., for two years.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 17, 1942

The Tedrow Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its Centennial this month with special services starting on Thursday, June 25, and continuing to Sunday, June 28, inclusive.

One of the attractive showplaces in Archbold to take visitors to is the Harry Nafziger Dairy Farm, located two miles north and onehalf mile east of Archbold.

The front of the farm is beautifully landscaped and flowered; the buildings are in a high state of repair and painted.

Mr. Harry Nafziger and his family have been busy for many months cleaning and beautifying their homestead for public and official inspection.

They started two years ago with five dairy cows, and now they have 24, with 16 in full flow of milk. It is done by automatic milking machines in one hour in a speciallybuilt barn.

More than $70,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds were purchased in Fulton County, according to George C. Davies, Fulton County chairman. The government quota for May was $36,000. Fulton County citizens are doing their share to finance World War II. The quota for June is $50,000.

The majority of Archbold merchants have agreed to close their business places Tuesday afternoon for the summer months until Aug. 25.

The plan was followed last summer to give employees a free afternoon during the hot summer months. The plan is followed in many surrounding towns in Northwest Ohio.

From the office of John E. Sweeney, secretary of state, comes this statement:

War is the world’s greatest realist.

With the beginning of the war, a good many fictions have given way to facts. One notable fact that the world has learned is that democracy must define itself or die.

Europe has become a morgue in which dead bodies lie side by side, victims of national suicide, because they insisted upon protesting specious theories instead of protecting themselves.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 19, 1917

It is probable Archbold will have one of the largest automobile service stations in this vicinity. The entire Whitehorne space in the business section is to be covered with a suitable building.

Quite a number of persons have been surprised to find small potatoes growing on the sprouts underground before the vines appeared above the surface. Perhaps a new vineless variety may be discovered which will fool the bugs.

The law compels automobile drivers to dim the upper lights when meeting and passing others on the highway.

The Archbold Fire Department turned out in uniform to honor their old comrade George Mayer, Saturday. The funeral was held at the Missionary Church by Rev. Amstutz.

The state demonstrator for the Home Baking Clubs will give demonstrations in Archbold and German Township, Tuesday, June 12, at 9 am. Misses Vera Lane and Mabel Nofzinger are leaders of the clubs.

Jonothan Nofziger has the contract to put down one mile of asphalt pavement through Pettisville. Price: $10,666.66. It is a county job.

Edward Weldy of near Mina bought a horse and buggy of Frank Weaver, 17, of Edgerton for $5. Both are in jail. The horse was stolen.

The night lamp in the Stotzer Building exploded and burned a sack as well as part of a benchboard. Citizens happened to see it in time to prevent a serious fire.

German flyers raided London last week, dropping bombs that killed 97 and injured 437.

Friday, June 22, 1917

Archbold businessmen who had attractions advertised found business good last week. Archbold trade is growing in popularity. It is the live businessman that brings trade to town.

J.K. Miller, the junk man, bought six automobiles in southern Michigan and is bringing them to Archbold. Some of the cars are nearly as big as a barn.

That was a real storm that came from the northwest, Tuesday afternoon. The banks of black, threatening clouds scurried overhead, casting gloom over the landscape. It was followed by a downpour of rain that filled the gutters, ran over sidewalks and flooded cellars and gardens. The storm did little damage to standing corn, as there is very little corn standing.

The Franklin Township Board of Education has voted to put all of its school buildings in good repair, paint them and add suffi- cient and suitable seats to accommodate the children. Many other township boards have made a tour of inspection of their school plants and are planning repairs and improvements.

Gerold Spoerli climbed the water tower and placed a flag on the top. The Stars and Stripes now float from the highest point in Archbold.

The American Woodworking Company of Archbold has been compelled to refuse several very profitable orders because of lack of capital. If it could have filled the orders, it could have given employment to local citizens. The money would have circulated in the village and the benefit would have been general. Let’s boost what we have and then others will feel like locating here.



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