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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007

Archbold and Pettisville school districts were again ranked as “Excellent” on the Ohio Department of Education school district report cards.

Three districts– Gorham- Fayette, Pike-Delta-York and Swanton– were ranked Effective, the second-highest level.

Joan Aschliman, Archbold, chairman of the Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees, said Monday the board has a procedure in place for naming a replacement for Betty Young, president, who resigned.

Aschliman said she could not reveal details of the replacement process until after the board meeting tomorrow, Thursday.

Amanda Beck is one of four finalists in the National FFA Proficiency Award in grain production entrepreneurship. She is the daughter of Mike and Sally, Ridgeville Corners.

Whitney Lecklider was one of 14 contestants in the 48th annual Tomato Festival Pageant at the Henry County Fair, Napoleon. She represents Ridgeville Township and is the daughter of Mike and Deb.

Members of the 14-and-under Gold Softball Team, who won the upper division championship, Sunday, July 22, appear in a photograph: Morgan Cody, Kelsey Mosher, Abby Short, Alyssa Schaub, Trisha King, Courtney Day, Brittany Wyse, Amy Christman, Haley Yoder, Ruth Beck, Tori Williams, Olivia Hussey, Sarah Wyse, Kara Buehrer, Kendra Stahl, Greg Kuhlman, coach.

Deaths–Herbert King 82, Spring Arbor, Mich.; Paul M. Short, 88, Archbold; Leon D. Rupp, 76, Wauseon; Arthur D. Sigg, 80, Wauseon

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1992

Cold showers and buckled pavements, cobblestone freeway exits and Russian soldier graves in the school yard, an empty Lenin Plaza and a Martin Luther statue being restored, were just a few impressions Ann Richer, a junior at Pettisville High School, had during a visit with last year’s foreign exchange student, Janina Schulze. Ann visited for two months in the now–united Germany.

She is the daughter of Allen and Siegrid Richer, rural Wauseon.

The Fayette Meat Packing Task Force was successful in getting its pork to the Far East. Tom Spiess, co-chairman of the task force, said the flight with 100 pounds of Fayette-area pork touched down two hours early in Tokyo, July 28.

Archbold Rescue workers remove Dale E. Beck from his car after it hit a Toledo Edison pole, Aug. 7, according to a photograph.

Earn Degrees–Carolyn Avers, Randy Riegsecker, William Vitello, Tina Reynolds, University of Toledo.

Little Eden Camp, founded in 1944 by a group of men from Archbold, is expanding to a year-round facility. Robert G. Frey is the president of the board of directors; Wendell and Bonnie Beck are summer program directors.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1967

A loss of $150,000 was sustained Monday afternoon by Taut Manufacturing Co., when fire destroyed the two-year old industry located on Oak Street, in the southeast part of the village.

Karl Taut, who worked as a general contractor, started the industry two years ago, and found steady demand for the lines of small furniture he manufactured. He plans to remove the debris and rubble as soon as possible and start rebuilding.

Sue Otte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Otte, Ridgeville Corners, was crowned queen of the 1967 Tomato Festival at Napoleon, Monday evening.

Roger Stuckey bid $1,105 per acre for the 40-acre farm and buildings sold at public auction by the J.C. Armstrong estate, 1 3/4 miles northwest of Archbold in German Township.

This is the highest price ever paid for farmland and real estate in German Township.

The Armstrong home at 610 North Defiance Street sold to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bernath for $8,900.

Dale Rufenacht returned Monday from a three-week trip of Europe, which included the Mennonite Conference in the Netherlands.

Richard G. Stuckey was winner of the Class B Open Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at the Williams County Fair, July 29.

Approximately 175 volunteer workers gathered at the Swan Creek Church of the Brethren to discuss plans, and become acquainted with the migrant workers in Fulton County.

Slow pitch tournament is in full swing. The games are hard-fought battles.

Saturday night the Boosters won over Bud Rupp Carpeting, 13-4. In the second game it was La Choy over Rychener Seed, 5-4. Sylvan Valiton had his stinker ball working to perfection. Syl might get player of the year award.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug, 12, 1942

La Choy Food Products, Inc., plans to start operations at the new factory Thursday bottling soy sauce, according to French Jenkins, president and general manager of the company.

A new driveway is under construction, and much work remains to be completed before landscaping can be finished between the factory and highway. Workmen are busy moving soil and leveling the area.

Numerous comments have been heard at the Buckeye office by farmers and citizens, of the dangerous condition of intersections and crossroads due to the tall cornfields that abound this year. It is the hope of many persons that farmers will cut back the corn at intersections for the safety of motorists.

First Lieutenant Charles E. Dominique telephoned his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Dominique, Saturday afternoon from Washington, D.C., where he had just arrived after completing a secret mission for the government.

He left New York July 6, telling his parents he could not communicate with them for a couple months. His brother Robert and cousin Verle went to see him in New York, but missed seeing him by a couple of hours.

The Board of Public Affairs let a contract to Sherman Shumaker, West Unity, to paint the village water tower located near Ruihley Park on West Williams Street. Work is underway and the contract calls for two coats of paint

Herbert and Corwin Mull, who operate a large farm seven miles southeast of Archbold, report a yield of 102 bushels of oats per acre from a 7-acre field that was planted to corn last year.

Mr. Sylvan E. Keim has been appointed village mail carrier to take the place of Harold Munro until his return from military service, effective Aug. 16.

Linda Baker, who paraded in a bathing suit and was picked up by county police officers, was released from the county jail upon payment of her fine of $10 and costs. She was charged with intoxication. She wore a dress when she appeared in court.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1917

All electric lights were out in Archbold Thursday afternoon and evening. A storm blew down 15 electric poles west of town. Repairmen could not touch the poles or wires until the electricity was turned off.

It took from 2:30 in the afternoon until 8:30 in the evening to make temporary repairs so vehicles could proceed.

All cars stood where they stopped until the electricity was turned on.

At an executor sale Saturday, John Spiess bought the Christian Rufenacht house and lot for $1,525; David Nofziger bought one lot for $302, and Simon Rufenacht bought the remaining lot for $330.

The year 1917 will be remarkable in Ohio potato growing regions. A new fungus disease as well as a new insect attacked the crop in this state.

Green and pink potato lice made their advent in Ohio in June and have become a serious menace throughout the state.

Botanists at the Ohio Agricultural Experiment station have discovered a leaf spot and roll infection caused by a fungus known scientifically as verticillium alboatrum to be attacking the potato crop. Spraying as ordinarily practiced by growers will control the new pest.

Men who are exempted from the enforced military service by the county board are to receive a bronze button on which is stamped “Exempted.”

Eugene Robinson, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Robinson, near Clinton Township, hid in the tall oats to surprise his father, who was driving the binder. His father did not see the child until he tumbled over the machine with one foot cut off.

The father saved the child from bleeding to death by grasping the stump and holding it tightly until the surgeons came.

The shock of this horrible accident was felt throughout the neighborhood. The little boy bore his misfortune bravely; he should recover, but will be crippled for life.

Friday, Aug. 24, 1917

The sons of Fulton County who have been called to fight for their country will be given a reception and banquet at Wauseon Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28.

Every citizen of the county is requested to be present on this occasion and join in extending best wishes and Godspeed to the flower of manhood of this county who leave in a few days for the Soldier’s Training Camp.

The new service station, which Mr. S.C. Nofziger is erecting on the Whitehorne lots, is to occupy all the 51×127 feet of space. It is to be two stories. There will be a block partition 70 feet from the front.

The front rooms will be used for office and sales; the balance for stock, repairs, and supplies.

Mr. A.J. Vernier has moved the old Vernier homestead building to one of his choice lots in the new southside addition. He will convert it to a modern residence with fireplace. It will be the only one of its kind in Archbold.

The annual reunion of the Nofzinger family will be held in Rufenacht’s Grove west of town on Aug. 29.



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