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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Council took the first steps toward refinancing debt and renovations at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the construction of Woodland Park.

With contributions still arriving, gross proceeds from the Black Swamp Benefit Bazaar surpassed the 2006 sale by more than $30,000.

According to Robert Aschliman, benefit treasurer, the gross dollars as of Monday, July 9 were $198,852.31. Last year on an extremely humid, hot weekend, gross sales totaled $168,128.

Brad Grime, councilman and chairman of the streets and sidewalks committee, said while he is passionate about building sidewalks in the village, there are some cases where they are not possible. North Lincoln Street is one, he told fellow councilmen.

Yield reports from this year’s Fulton County wheat crop vary widely, said Greg LaBarge, Fulton County agricultural extension agent.

Grant Bernath, 203 West Mechanic Street, told police four solar-powered decorative lights were stolen from flowerbeds in front of his residence.

The village of Archbold issued two permits for singlefamily dwellings in June. Three permits were for utility sheds, two were for fences, and one for a deck.

Sabrina Brubaker, AHS ‘07, and her gelding pony “Hot Hot Heat” closed the 2006 show season undefeated. Her pony, nicknamed “Hank,” was named 2006 Modern Performance Pony of the Year. She is the daughter of Alan and Cathy, rural Archbold.

Twenty members of the Pettisville High School Class of 1982 gathered at the school for the 25th class reunion, Saturday, June 23.

Deaths– Elizabeth A. Fraker, 86, Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 8, 1992

Frozen Specialties, Inc., and Sauder Woodworking Co. have negotiated agreements with the village of Archbold for tax abatement on $33.55 million of new construction, equipment upgrades, and inventory.

Marcia Cody, a council member, asked if school donations to make up for tax revenue lost to abatement were a part of all agreements. Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said the village gets money for the school district as part of the negotiations.

Roger Pinkelman, a council member, said when companies begin playing one community against another, “it becomes a different ballgame, especially when it’s a desirable company.

The latest announcement of budget cuts at the state level has had a profound impact on Northwest Technical College.

Larry McDougle, NTC president, said the institution cannot absorb any more cuts without affecting the quality of education the college offers.

Earth-moving equipment and carpenters are working in Fairlawn Haven. Bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment broke ground June 29 for 10 additional Fairlawn Haven apartments. Six one-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments are included in the addition. Each unit will be owned by the occupant.

Janelle Nafziger and John Ordway enjoy a spin at the Archbold playground on a quiet Thursday afternoon. Not pictured is Nathan Luna, who furnished the manpower to put the wheel in motion.

A front-page feature about Neil Rocha, 13, reveals his love to sing, and he has done so in a childrens choir as well as at school performances.

But that’s not enough for the son of Joe and Diane Rocha. At home, often to the dismay of his older sister Melissa, he usually sings just for the fun of it. He hopes to make it a lifetime career.

“Even if I hear a song only once,” the youth says, “I can remember every single word.” His mother believes it’s very incredible.

Deaths–EurillaJ.Schelling, 79, Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Stryker; Patricia Oxender, 64, Montpelier; William T. Arthur, 99, Gomer.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 12, 1967

The Head Start program sponsored by the Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission has started in the five-county area of Fulton, Defiance, Williams, Henry, and Paulding counties.

In a photograph, Mrs. Carl Holland and Mr. Lawrence W. Short introduce children to the Head Start program with colorful books at Pettisville school. Another photo shows Mrs. Charles Murphy, the Head Start cook at Pettisville.

The large barn, granary, and contents on the Reuben B. Eicher farm, Tedrow, were destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon at 5 pm.

Sixty-nine head of steers were driven from the barn to safety. Other losses included 25 head of feeder pigs, 2,000 bales of hay, 1,000 bushels of corn and the grain dryer. There is no estimation of the loss.

Ten Wauseon firemen were overcome by heat, according to E. G. Gorsuch, Wauseon fire chief.

SP/Richard E. Waldfogel, US Army, husband of Mrs. Darlene Waldfogel, Fayette, telephoned Monday morning that he arrived in San Francisco, Calif., and would arrive in Detroit at 4:15 pm by airplane.

Connie Beck Kauffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. Beck, and Suzanne Marie Klinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle W. Klinger, will graduate from Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday, July 28.

The AHS Class of 1957 held its 10th anniversary reunion at the state room of the First National Bank building, Saturday evening, July 8, with 27 of the 59 members attending.

Harold J. Leach, an AHS graduate, was one of 32 persons who graduated recently from the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy, Columbus.

Mr. Lloyd E. Miller, Fayette, filed a petition of 193 signatures Monday morning, July 10, to the county board of education, asking for a vote of the Franklin School District joining the Archbold School District.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 8, 1942

Selective service headquarters has announced a new system of granting furloughs to inducted men, effective July 1.

The big barns of the Chris. J. Miller farm, about five miles southeast of Archbold, burned to the ground Wednesday night, and fire departments from Archbold and Wauseon were called to help save the house and other outbuildings. The blaze lit the night sky so it was seen for miles around.

Govenor John W. Bricker told the Wauseon 1942 Homecoming committee he will attend the celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and will head the parade as grand marshal.

Housewives welcomed the news that the No. 7 sugar rationing ticket will include an extra two-pound bonus for each coupon.

The No. 7 ticket is due late in August, and carries with it the right to buy two extra pounds per person, which will help with fall canning work.

The announcement came from Washington. No official word has been received by the local rationing board, said A.J. Stamm, who has charge of Archbold sugar rationing.

The Fulton County Selective Service Board is making preparations for the July military induction call of 90 men. It is believed to be the largest number of men inducted in one month.

Reed Stoner, son of Clyde Stoner, Fayette, was inducted in the Army. His father served in World War I, 24 years ago.

So many girls are wearing slacks these days it’s getting so a man can’t walk down the street any more without getting whistled at.

Henry Ford, an industrial wizard, will celebrate his 79th birthday on July 30. He has seen two world wars.

Stealing three sugar bowls from a restaurant in Bowling Green cost a man $14.30 and costs.

Most Ohio farmers who harvest wet grain in 1942 will need to dry it at home because the elevator space is limited.

Alfred Rupp received a broken leg last Monday when a hay sling rope broke and dropped the load on him.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 10, 1917

Five persons were killed and 196 injured in the United States on the Fourth of July. The safe and sane idea is growing in popularity throughout the country. Last year there were 30 killed and 820 injured.

A number of foreigners who are employed in the beet fields around Archbold are living in the weighing house on the depot grounds.

The German Reformed Church at New Bavaria, Henry County, was fired by lightning and burned to the ground in an electrical storm Friday night.

During his recent religious campaign in New York City, 16 newspapers there gave Billy Sunday approximately $815,200 worth of publicity for free.

For the first time this season, rain did not interfere with the concert given by the Archbold Band. Many enjoyed the concert. Come to town Thursday evenings. The concert is free.

At a meeting of the Northwestern Ohio Grain Dealers Association at McClure, Wednesday, farmers near there estimate it costs $1.65 a bushel to raise wheat, and that $2 is a fair price delivered at the elevator.

Washington government reports the average man in the United States is $11.51 richer today then he was three years ago. The total money in circulation shown in the July federal reserve bulletin has risen from $3,480,000,000 on June 1, 1914, to $4,742,000,000 on June 1, 1917.

Harness makers and horse shoers do not think the automobile is a permanent thing. They say gasoline will become prohibitive in price but hay will go on forever.

Friday, July 13, 1917

Two men were instantly killed and a third severely injured when the automobile they were driving was hit by an eastbound T&I trolley car at stop 84, about two miles east of Bryan, at about 12:50, Wednesday afternoon.

Frederick C. Zink, Toledo, and the third person in the machine, was severely injured. He is in Wauseon Hospital in a bad condition, suffering from concussion of the brain, a broken right arm, and internal injuries.

Zink was in Bryan working on claims from the accident that occurred west of Archbold on July 4.

The view of the road was obstructed by a woods and a house. Motorman F.L. Norris, Delta, signaled the whistle several times before approaching the crossing.

Chris. Bergman, of Ney, is specializing in white rats for experiments in laboratory work by medical professors throughout the country.

He now has 100, and a few black rats and guinea pigs for the same purpose. He expects to crossbreed and have black and whitespotted rats. He also raises some skunks and also has a fine coon.

Members of the Fulton County Holstein Breeders Association at Fayette are planning to get some of their stock in shape to send to the national dairy show in Columbus next winter.

A special grand jury will investigate the collision of the two T&I cars that claimed two lives, maimed two for life, and injured many others near Stryker on the Fourth of July.

If responsibility can be placed, indictments charging manslaughter will be found.



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