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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007

A violent storm around 10 pm, Thursday, July 26, downed trees, damaged two barns, and stripped corn and soybean fields southeast of Fayette. It caused major damage at the Mark Schaffner farm on Co. Rd. 21-2. Wes Schaffner was holding onto the barn doors when they were picked up by the wind. One door and part of the roof crashed to the ground.

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold fire chief, said AFD sent firefighters and a truck to Antwerp for the funeral of three Emergency Medical Service workers killed in an ambulance crash.

School board agreed to hire Ryan L. Sell, New Knoxville, as the new AHS vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Also hired were Sarah A. Betts, Bryan, as chemistry and physics teacher, and Beth A. Schnipke, Findlay, elementary guidance counselor.

Three youths and one adult were charged with disorderly conduct after a Wednesday fight at South Street Park.

An Archbold police report states someone fired a gun through the home of Carrie Sleigh, 312 South Lincoln Street, Monday at about 12:48 am.

Station wagon collectors showed off prized possessions at Sauder Village, Saturday, July 28, during the national meeting of the American Station Wagon Owners Association.

Lisa Allison, leader of the Groundbreakers Youth Group, said Tuesday, Mary Austin moved into her new home.

The home was built by members of the Archbold United Methodist Church youth group and other fourththrough eighth graders from the Archbold area, after they learned Austin and her children were living in a house with several problems.

Unemployment in June in the four-county area rose from 5% to 6.2%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 29, 1992

The reports from seven Archbold industrialists for 1992 ranged from down 10% to an exceptional year, with a stop at unpredictable.

A service technician is due in town soon to work on Archbold’s new fire and tornado warning siren system. During the July 23 test of the system, the siren on top of the Archbold Municipal Building did not rotate, making it difficult to hear in all parts of town. This is the second time the siren has failed to rotate.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said it is possible the Beck Greenhouse building, 203 Stryker Street, will come down soon.

The building, formerly the location of Beck Greenhouse, a florist, was purchased by the village, Sept. 16, 1991, as a building site of the new north side Archbold Fire Department station.

Because of the low interest rates, the number of mortgages filed in Fulton County this year will probably surpass last year.

County commissioners have not awarded any bids for the Pettisville waterline project, said Lowell Rupp, commissioner.

Alana Garcia, daughter of Albert and Andrea and an AHS senior, participated in the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts Jazz Combo Camp, July 12-17. It was Alana’s second year attending the jazz camp.

60th Wedding Anniversary– Raymond and Margaretha (Howell) Behrman, Aug. 7, 1932; 50th Wedding Anniversary–Charles and Fern (Zimmerman) Blosser, Aug. 1, 1942

Deaths–William E. Plassman, 93, Napoleon; Peter Joseph Buehrer, infant son of Samuel and Ellen L. (Mc- Dougal) Buehrer

The eastbound Conrail freight train involved in the July 16 accident that killed Rosa Hernandez, Archbold, was traveling 68 miles per hour, according to Bob Libkind, a spokesman for the railroad. The train was authorized to travel at 70 mph.

Robert Lee Miller placed sixth in the World Horseshoe Tournament in Columbus, July 14.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1967

Kenneth W. Hahn, 45, 214 DeGroff Ave., lost his life while fishing in Lake Erie sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

The demand for money in the form of loans and deposits increased $2,050,795.83 in the nine banks of Fulton County. The two banks in Archbold lead all other Fulton County banks by one third in resources.

Lawrence E. Short, mayor, spoke to Commercial Club members, Monday noon. He explained the work he is doing under the Head Start program in Fulton and Williams counties. He said classes are being held in Swanton, Lyons, Pettisville, and Fayette to aid migrant children in education.

Orville L. Freeman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced the national allotment of 59.3 million acres for the 1968 wheat crop. He said this will produce the necessary supply.

Mrs. Glen Rychener and Mrs. Arnold Johnson appear in costume at the Archbold Old Fashioned Day Sale, July 28-29.

The Indians Pee Wee team, coached by Larry Miller, Ed Yoder and James Beck, were league champions for the second consecutive year. Teammates are David Lapp, Kerby Grieser, Tim Ziegler, Frenchy Dominique, Mike Dominique, Doug Schmucker, Danny Hurd, Kent Miller, Jon Stotzer, Charles Rowe, Jon Springer, Mark Miller, Jimmy Henson, Terry Yoder, Jon Grieser, Doug Clark.

Gerald, son of Mrs. Alta Short, began a two-year service assignment in Mexico under the Mennonite Central Committee, an international relief program. He will be engaged in agricultural extension work.

Two dairy cows on the Ivan D. Nafziger farm, near Archbold, merited special recognition for high production records from the American Jersey Cattle Club.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 29, 1942

Friday, the largest group to be called to the Toledo Induction Center for final physical examinations prior to being inducted into the Army under the Selective Service Act, left headquarters at Wauseon.

Of the group, 66 were accepted for duty. They are now home on a two-week furlough and are to report to Camp Perry, Aug. 7, to begin service.

Rev. T.J. Klaudt left Monday for Chicago, where he will attend the summer school of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Mr. Tom Yoder, of Goshen, Ind., is again working at the New York Central Depot in Archbold, having begun three weeks ago. He is to be located here permanently.

Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rychener, Pettisville, joined the Coast Guard in Detroit Monday and will leave to take up duties on Aug. 8.

The King-Wyse Manufacturing Company, of Burlington, is a very busy place these days, giving work to more than 20 men manufacturing potato graders, cleaners and sorters.

Their products are attracting the attention of large potato growers in all parts of the country. Their machines have been improved several times since the first were turned out, and the economy of them is solving the shortage of labor in numerous potato districts.

Pvt. Louis Lehman, son of C.L. Lehman, has been transferred from Chanute Field, Ill., to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pvt. Herbert E. Nofziger has been selected to attend the Officers Candidate School, Infantry Branch, at Fort Benning, Ga. He left immediately for Georgia to begin classes.

Upon completion of the three-month course, he will be commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve, United States Army.

Mrs. Wayne Mitchell resigned her position of first and second grade teacher at the Zone School.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1917

A proposition is being advanced to issue perpetual license numbers for automobiles. The tax would be the same, but a number once assigned a machine would belong to it as long as it exists.

This would put a stop to car stealing to a great extent, because a thief driving a car without numbers would at once need to prove his ownership. He could not get new numbers for an old machine and would thus be up against it.

The proposition is attracting much attention and approval.

A garden hose is a good thing when the rains fail.

Under a law that went into effect July 1, all supplies for use at the courthouse and in any public institution of the county must be purchased of the state penal institutions, Mansfield Reformatory and the Columbus Penitentiary.

The Ohio Board of Administration advised the Archbold Buckeye that a great savings may be made by use of state made goods.

The lines of goods now manufactured in the Ohio Penitentiary and reformatory as shown by a price list include soap, underwear and hosiery of all sizes for men, women and children, shirts, waists, neckties, handkerchiefs, duck suits, nightgowns, overalls, gloves, mittens, blankets, mattresses, mops, furniture, tin cans, lawn benches, and a great variety of household necessities.

Crushed stone and screens are supplied at a price that should make it possible to reduce the cost of state-aid macadam roadways near Columbus.

A cow and calf were killed by lightning at the Sam Burke farm near Bryan. Lightning struck a cow that fell upon her calf.

The bodies were so highly charged with electricity that Mr. Burke got a severe shock when he touched the dead animals.

Friday, Aug 10, 1917

Council authorized to make arrangements for construction of a concrete platform at the freight house for the use of the T&I, which is a renter of part of the Town and Township Hall.

This year, Fulton County fairgoers can see an unusual spectacle of a giant balloon racing toward the clouds carrying its burden of human freight.

From the dizzy height of hundreds of feet, the operator will loosen his parachute and dive into space.

If the parachute opens, he descends gently to the earth. If the mechanism fails, he will be dashed to death upon the earth. It will be the most sensational and life-risking exhibition that has ever been witnessed on the fairgrounds.

This year, the livestock exhibit will be far beyond anything attempted in the county. With the prize cows of the world at hand, no other fair in America will be able to present such a display of milch cows.

Lew Packer, Morenci, Mich., attended the first section of his burial at the Packer family cemetery lot in that village.

Seated in an automobile, he gave directions to sexton Ben Robison, who duly interred his right leg in the spot where the rest of his body is to lie when he is through with it. He wanted his body all together.

Packer‘s leg was crushed several weeks ago under a boxcar on the railroad.

Lightning struck and burned a shock of wheat on the Charles Latchaw farm near Defiance.

Latchaw was in his bathtub at the time and got so excited at the sight, he ran out without dressing. It was not until the neighbors came that he thought of his clothes.



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