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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007

Lynn Aschliman is the kind of man who would run into a burning building to save a pickpocket, then thank the thief for hanging onto his billfold.

Now this native son, who has been a business and community leader in this community, is the 2007 Citizen of the Year.

Council opted to go with a scaled-down street project that won’t see Lawrence Lane extended to connect with Lafayette Street at its Monday meeting.

Jim Wyse, mayor, said the village could not come to agreements with the two developers who own property in the area.

How do you tell Americans from Swedes in Sweden? Look for the athletic shoes.

“Swedes don’t wear tennis shoes,” said Kent Vandock, AHS choral music director.

Roger Taylor spoke to the Chamber of Commerce noontide luncheon about his Walking Thoughts column that is published in the Farmland News, of which he owns.

Council will resurface four village parking lots.

Nine candidates have filed petitions for the vacant seat of Paul Gilmore, U.S. congressman.

Kimberly Friesen, an AHS graduate, and Andrew Spotts, a PHS graduate, are serving as resident assistants at Hesston (Kan.) College.

Paving begins next week on the North Lincoln Street project.

Brad Short got the drop on a pair of juvenile trespassers, trapping them inside the shed they entered.

Deaths–Grace M. Lehman, 84, formerly of Archbold; Marvel L. Schmucker, 95, Pandora; E. Lorene Eash, 86, Archbold

In a drill, Archbold firefighters respond to an anhydrous ammonia leak at the Knights of Columbus Hall, according to a photograph. Firefighters Brannon Wurster and Jeremy Hamilton lie on the ground playing the role of victims, who are overcome by ammonia fumes. Landon Boettger washes the pair with a hose and water to decontaminate them. Looking on are Becky Boysel, Linda Chapa, Jamie Wyse, and Gary Esterline.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1992

“What an overwhelming experience,” said Phil Hoverman, AHS band director, after playing at a reception for George Bush, U.S. president, at Bowling Green State University on Saturday.

As band members arrived, each person went through a security check. All cameras and camcorders underwent detailed examination.

“I was given a headset with microphone, said Hoverman, “and instructed to keep it on to communicate with security from then on.”

Diann Rowe became president of the Toledo Chapter of Association of Records Managers and Administrators. She is manager of Northwest Micrographics and Clerical in Wauseon, a division of Quadco Rehabilitation Center.

Reilly-Joe Short won the eight-year-old competition in the Wauseon Knights of Columbus Punt, Pass and Kick competition, Sept 19.

Darla Beck, Pettisville, is beginning a one-year term with the Intermenno Program in Aalsmeer, Holland. She is the daughter of Richard and Judy Beck. Intermenno is a one-year exchange program with Europe.

After a week of AHS band camp and a final marching competition, the percussion section was named Squad of the Week. Members are Lisa Burkholder, Angela Nafziger, Ruby Short, Michael Short, Ted Lange, and Joshua Buckwalter.

County Line Go-Getters 4-H Club members who received an “A” for their projects at the Fulton County Fair are Mark Lange and James Dickerson, chickens; Lange, pigeons; Joy Burkholder, rabbit;

Josh Burkholder, lamb; Jay and Josh Burkholder, turkeys, and Jay, Josh, Judy, Joy Burkholder, Tyler Quillet, and Eric Freytag, pigs–Mark Lange, news reporter

Deaths–Mildred Bernath, 90, Archbold; Vera M. Grime, 90, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1967

The five-mile eight-inch waterline to the new Four County Joint Vocational School is under construction.

Lauber Manufacturing Company started construction today of a new 48×74 warehouse at the east end of the Stryker Street building. It will be completed in 30 days. The company moved into its present building in the spring of 1954.

Queen Carol Schnitkey and her court will reign over the Archbold Homecoming football game against Hicksville, Friday evening. Members of the court are Karla Klinger, 7th grade; Norma Britsch, 8th grade; Charlinda Wyse, freshman; Roxanna Wyse, sophomore; Barbara Burkholder, junior; Marlene Wyse, senior.

Don Turpening has been named assistant coordinator of La Choy Food Products, according to Gordon Swaney, general manager.

B. Robert Kill has been promoted to the newly created position of North Central regional marketing manager of the grocery division of Beatrice Foods, according to William Karnes, president of Beatrice Foods.

Terry Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd E. Miller, has begun a two-year term of voluntary service as an Xray orderly at Pueblo, Colo.

Sanford Wyse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wyse, has begun a 27-month service assignment in the Congo under the Mennonite Central Committee.

Three from Archbold have been selected for the college choir at Hesston (Kan.) College: Carolyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Frey; Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Truman Grieser; Terry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Stuckey.

Leslie Leupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen Leupp, was a member of the drama “Waiting for Godot” at Bethel College.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1942

Farmers in this community have started to harvest the biggest sugar beet crop in years. About 50 acres already harvested produced 15-18 tons per acre. The Blissfield, Mich., sugar refinery is operating around the clock. The estimated yield is 125,000 tons.

The county Selective Service Board has sent notices to 25 more men to appear at the Wauseon Hospital, Thursday, for physical testing.

Farmers in Ohio and all other sections of the nation are producing an unusually large amount of meat animals.

Townspeople are wondering why some retail markets lack certain cuts and why prices appear to reflect a scarcity of meat rather than the actual abundant supply.

Motorists who observe the state speed limit of 40 miles an hour or less will save one cent a mile in operating costs.

Fire broke out at the South Side Service Station, and for a few minutes before the fire department arrived, workmen and others used hand extinguishers. Don Hollingshead noticed flames near the door of the garage, through which gas was running through a hose to fill a tank buried in the ground under the building.

The Conservation Service, War Production Board, Washington, D.C., is organizing school children in a national drive to collect scrap metal, brass, aluminum, rags, and anything else to help the war effort.

There was good attendance at the Missionary Rally held in the Defenseless Mennonite Church from Friday to Sunday.

The new bridge over the St. Joe River on Monroe Street in Montpelier opened to traffic last week. It cost $49,864, and has been under construction for two months.

Pfc. Melvin Schnitkey has been transferred from a New York address to 59th Evacuation Hospital, Camp Perry, Va.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1917

Clarence Weber attempted to end his life at his home one mile east of Archbold, Friday morning. He went to the barn and with a revolver, fired a bullet into his forehead. The bullet took an upward course and did not strike a vital part of the brain.

Finding he had not succeeded in making away with himself, he tried to fire another bullet into his heart, but succeeded only in wounding himself at a point considerably below the heart.

He tried to fire more shots into his body, but the safety lock had closed and the cartridge would not explode, so he walked to the house.

Clarence was alive yesterday, although there is very little chance for him to live. He is the son of George Weber of southeast of Archbold. His wife was Ida Kreuger. They have two children. He had been to Archbold that morning to get ice for his wife, who is suffering with typhoid fever.

He was badly worried about the military draft, family sickness, and financial trouble.

The frost has finished much undeveloped corn in German Township. Some farmers report as much as one-third of their corn crop is worthless for anything but immediate feeding.

Some farmers think soft corn is feed for hogs, while others believe it makes the hogs sick and opens the way for hog cholera. Some of the corn is very good, however, which will help to balance the losses because of late crops and frost.

It is reckoned that it will take two weeks to get a jury to try Lehman for the murder of his wife, near Swanton. Several of Lehman’s neighbors believe him innocent and some think he committed the crime as charged.

Half a million dollars is the amount Fulton County is expected to raise for the war fund by the purchase of Liberty Loan Bonds. The bonds are to draw four percent and may be purchased at any bank.

Friday, Oct. 12, 1917

Farm tractors that may be driven with lines like a team of horses and may be hitched to about everything movable are popular with farmers in Illinois.

The machines cost less, eat nothing when idle, and may be used for all farm purposes.

The cool weather has started a scrimmage for fuel in Archbold. Piles of old wood have been reduced; boxes, barrels and about everything combustible have been crowded in the heaters. If more coal is not supplied, the demand for wood will be great. Governor Cox is keeping the wires to Washington hot about the situation, but still coal does not come.

In a note to the Pope, the Kaiser has intimated that Germany is willing to make peace without acquiring any territory and that Germany is willing to restore Belgium.

Stryker saloons will close in 30 days. From then on, Archbold will be visited by the thirsty and ragged from west of Bryan. The suitcase and grain sack trade will bring many to town.

If they spend anything with the merchants up and down the street, it will be different from their former custom.

Frederick Lehman, who is under indictment for the murder of his wife, may escape trial until after the war. He was examined by the military draft board on Wednesday and found physically fit.

The law provides that men charged with civil offenses and called to the army cannot be tried until after the war. Lehman plead guilty to the charge of murder when arraigned Wednesday. His trial was set for Dec. 3. Prosecutor Stahl insists upon immediate trial.



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