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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998

Justin Beck and Collin Wagner, Pettisville boys, appear in a photograph fishing one early morning in the Pettisville Community Park pond.

School Board accepted the resignation of Kevin Miller from his positions as junior varsity girls’ basketball coach and assistant baseball coach.

Two homes were sold at public auction last week. Alta Spiess, 203 West Lugbill Rd., sold to Steve and Karen Schnitkey for $76,500. Adda Neel, 803 Walnut St., sold to John Graber, $82,000.

40th Wedding Anniversary- Gene and Nancy Rupp, July 26. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Jill Van Deusen began an assignment with the Mennonite Central Committee. She will work for two years as a ministry coordinator for Prison Fellowship, in Washington, D.C.

Council gave Dennis Howell, village administrator, permission to offer Rick Schantz a contract for the position of water treatment superintendent. Schantz, of Wauseon, has been superintendent of the water plant at Swanton since 1990.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1983

Sometime in the future, builders and sign makers in the Archbold area will receive a letter explaining the village zoning ordinances.

The cast of “Annie and Friends” appears in a photograph: Austin Sears, Nicole Leupp, Amy Summa, Tammy Short, Traci Miller, Jon Dilbone, Stacy Leupp, Nate Gericke, Shelly Mauser, Chris Sears, Christy Ziegler, Wendy Hilkert, Carrie Roth, Lana Kauffman, and Toby the dog.

Deaths- Jacob H. Spengler, 78, Archbold; Owen V. Miller, Stryker 91, Stryker; Beryl Kingsbury, 59, Jackson, Mich.

Larry W. Manahan, state representative, reviewed activities of the 115th General Assembly to Rotary Club members Friday.

Kathryn Drake, AHS student and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milan Drake, was selected to attend a summer music camp in Europe, at Blue Lake, Bavaria. About 4,000 students attend the summer camp.

Going south on the Maumee River, a photograph shows three FFA members: Mark Grime, Tim Short, Steve Fry.

A grant of $9,648 for planting trees along village streets has been approved for Archbold by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Of every 140 cars registered in the nation, one is stolen. Only 52 percent were recovered last year…. Female teachers in the United States total 1,455,410, and male teachers 683,162…. Trying to fry the fat out of military waste is discouraging and sometimes hopeless…. Michigan forests cover 47 percent of the state…. Scientists have learned a thundercloud must be more than two miles tall to produce lightning…. The word swivet means extreme agitation, tizzy, frenzy.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1958

About seven miles of streets in town will be surfaced treated and sealed next week by a crew from Northwest Materials, Bryan.

Three horse-drawn vehicles were popular during Old Fashioned Bargain Days Friday and Saturday. Joe Wyse had a matched team of ponies, Eddie Nofziger drove Paul Nafziger’s stage coach, and Charles Smith was in charge of Christy’s open carriage.

Mrs. Don Stamm and Ann were the best-dressed couple, Cletus Aeschliman was bestdressed adult, Mrs. Barbara Frankscowski was second-bestdressed adult at Old Fashioned Bargain Days.

Three Holgate men drowned in Canada on a fishing trip.

Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Frey and Donald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Frey are attending Reppert’s School of Auctioneering at Decatur, Ind., and will graduate Aug. 18.

The Kenneth Roth family and Ronnie Fielitz are passengers on the pleasure boat Canadiana which travels between Toledo and Detroit. It ran into a railroad bridge when arriving in Toledo. No one was injured.

Joe E. Dominique said there will be an open house so the public can tour the new water filtration plant. George Mignin, superintendent of the plant, will explain the process to visitors.

Seventeen members of a Home Demonstration Club, Middlebury, Ind., toured La Choy during open house.

Archbold churches will hold a Music Festival, Sept. 14. Leland Satern, of the Augsburg College Music Department will be guest director.

More hot weather is predicted, so the Ruihley Park swimming pool will stay open 11 more days.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bertsche and children, Sandra Sue, Linda Lou, and Timothy Edwin, have returned to the United States after their second five-year term of service as missionaries under the Congo Inland Mission in the Belgian Congo, Africa. They have taken residence at the Chris. Vonier property, Pettisville.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1933

Corn Huskers orchestra will give a concert tonight in the business district. Old-fashioned guitar and violin music will entertain the public. The group is composed of Dale Miller, Frederick Fankhauser, and Eli Miller. Bring the family and enjoy yourself.

Yoder’s All-American Fumblers are leading the others in the Indoor League. The Southside Rinkeydinks have not won a game. Stryker took the Brews in camp after a hard battle 4-3.

Jerry Wessling, parachute jumper, has been contracted to give one of his sensational exhibitions. The popular Kellogg Serenaders will be here Thursday evening to entertain the homecoming crowd.

The chemical truck was called to the John Short farm residence, west of town, near his father’s place, the Bert Short farm. A fire threatened the basement but was extinguished with small loss. John Short was severely burned around the face and forearms to the elbow. He was treated at Wauseon hospital.

He was preparing for the weekly washing and had lighted the alcohol torch to start the gas stove. With the torch burning he attempted to fill the gasoline stove from a milk can containing gasoline. The liquid splashed and ignited.

Service on the new Ohio & Michigan railroad began Monday from Allen Junction to Morenci, following the abandonment of the line by the T&W on Saturday, so shippers experienced no delay whatever. In fact, the new company offers better service.

The Princes Theatre in Wauseon has been sold to Roy Tourney, of Cleveland. He took possession last week.

America’s new back-to-thefarm movement, a dreary trek of families, with many middleaged and old folks that the cities have refused to adopt, is worrying the government. It presents a new set of housing, industrial, and social problems.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1908

Archbold was alive early in the morning and young men and many elder men were excited about the relay race from Wauseon to Archbold against time. The best time was made by Elmer Lauber, one of the Lauber twins, who made a mile in six minutes, five seconds. No one needed over seven minutes to run a mile, which is considered a very good time for amateurs.

When Frank Neilan, the man who picked John Bernath’s pocket at Napoleon, was taken to Columbus, he was found to be Will Slattery of Lima, an old offender, out on 15 years parole. He must now serve out his old offense as well as his new.

Frederick Rudolph Stotzer was born in Berne, Switzerland, April 12, 1832, and died at Archbold Aug. 8, 1908, in his 77th year. He has been a citizen of Archbold since 1858 and was the first mayor of Archbold. He served many terms as councilman and as a member of the school board.

Sunday rate on the T&I Archbold to Toledo and return, 65¢.- adv.

Children played with matches and John Benien’s $6,000 barn went up in smoke, near Napoleon. Food, clothing, and schooling are not all it costs to raise children.

Bishop Oliver C. Sabin, of the Evangelical Church of Washington D.C., says men do not live nowadays to be 900 years old because they have acquired the awful habit of thinking they must die at less than 100 years. Wish the bishop would teach the public the mind cure of heyfever, and how not to sneeze by taking thought. A-chew!

The Metcalf Minstrel Show that started so bravely from Bryan went to pieces at Celina. The Bryan boys are counting ties home.

They are now marking four different sizes at different places on ladies shoes so a salesman can fit a No. 5 shoe on a No. 9 hoof without perjuring his immortal soul and gizzard.

It’s a good time to lay in your supply of winter underwear, rubbers, and artics. Closing out sale at Dimke’s.- adv.

Friday, Aug. 15, 1908

During the storm Wednesday afternoon, a tremendous report of thunder announced that something had been struck. Neighbors soon telephoned that the barn of Dan Rupp, living north of town, was in flames. Men broke into the house since the family was away and got pails, etc., to protect the house. The siding was badly scorched and the barn burned to the ground. No insurance.

In spite of the rain, a large number of people attended the opening of the new building Wednesday afternoon of the Farmers & Merchants Bank.

It is a good time to lay in your supply of winter underwear, rubbers and artics. Closing out sale at Dimke’s old stand.- adv.

Lex Grime has bought a twelve-ton steam roller to use on the Spiess stone road. Lex is becoming a big road builder.

Archbold merchants need money for fall goods and are cutting and slashing prices for cash. People who have the money can save much by buying now. See cut prices in this newspaper.

The president of an Archbold bank was seen sweeping the bank steps the other evening. It did not attract any unusual attention in Archbold. In fact it was hardly noticed. All businessmen in Archbold do what needs doing to get the job done and be successful.

In Archbold men work at their trade even if it doesn’t pay $2.50 a day. He will take what he can get.

Dan Rupp will begin rebuilding a barn to replace the one struck by lightning that burned to the ground. It will be the same size and have a hip roof.

There will be no preaching services at the Missionary Church Sunday.

Henry S. Winzeler sold his dental business to Mr. Baker of Wauseon. He took possession Monday.


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