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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007

Voters in the school district who were told to expect a property tax levy in 2009 may get to wait until 2011 to face the issue.

Kevin Eicher gets in a practice run in Archbold before racing in the Marine Corps. Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 29, in a photograph.

Archbold Library Board approved special meeting dates to interview candidates for the clerk-treasurer position, and decided to approach Jay Budde to serve on the board.

Cheryl Storrer said Monday, she and husband Dan are in the architectural planning stage for their restaurant bar project.

Lydia Nofziger, daughter of Ross and Jo, was selected as a junior representative on the 2007 Bluffton University Homecoming Court.

Henry Walter, Sidney, formerly of Archbold, writes, “I’m 86, and writing to tell you how much my family enjoys the Buckeye.

“What happened in Archbold with ConAgra should make national headlines, but only in the Buckeye did I see it.

“A great town got together and saved 360 jobs, and many more through the trucking industry. I tell the Archbold story to everyone.”

Buddy Babcock, a parttime employee of the village of Archbold, touches up the paint on a downtown fire hydrant in a photograph.

Katrina Gobrogge is the lone Archbold cross country runner to advance to the Division III regional meet in Tiffin.

Archbold and Pettisville volleyball teams advanced to the district finals at Napoleon High School. The Pettisville volleyball team won its first sectional title since 2002.

In a photograph, Mel Nafziger, a licensed practical nurse, gives Dale Leu a shot in the arm during a recent flu shot clinic, according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1992

Cost of the addition to the Archbold fire station has increased six-tenths (.6) of a percent. Lee Short, architect, explained the changes are necessary after the project was inspected by a state examiner, who said the building must be earthquake proof. Short said this is the first time in his career he has been asked to design such a building.

With 1,401 students at Archbold and 453 at Pettisville, enrollment during the official count week, Oct. 5- 9, was up in both districts. Archbold has 11 more students and Pettisville, seven.

Wes and Evelyn Wyse and members of their family and staff opened two new stores on the north side of Defiance last week.

Oliver Reeb, a percussionist with the Archbold High School band, drew rave comments from members of the crowd after his drum solo. It was patterned after the drumming style of Gene Krupa, world-renowned drummer. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Reeb, Ridgeville Corners.

45th Wedding Anniversary– Paul and Josephine (Lauber) Short, Oct. 19, 1947

Jennifer Dieringer, an AHS graduate and daughter of Mrs. Jeanie Dieringer, is a member of the Ohio Northern University marching band for the second year.

Deaths–Arlene J. Tanner, 62, West Unity; Robert Roose, 62, West Unity; William J. Allbright, Sr, 60, Xenia

Nicole Aschliman, daughter of Lynn and Joan, is serving as a student ambassador at Taylor (Ind.) University. She also sings alto with the Taylor Sounds.

Autumn Borton placed first last week with a time of 21:11 in the NWOAL cross country meet against Swanton, Liberty Center, Bryan, Patrick Henry, Evergreen, Delta, and Wauseon.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1967

Council discussed passing a curfew ordinance. Officials also decided to study a plan of closing Ruihley Park to discourage destruction of village property.

Dale N. Foor and Ronald E. Wyse have purchased Hood Auto Supply, Inc., and will operate as F&W Auto Supply. Hood Auto Supply, Inc., came to Archbold from Detroit in 1962 and has been located in the Lugbill area.

Gene Sauder, Stryker, rolled a 288 game in the Monday night Classic League at Bryan. It was the highest single game rolled in Bryan alleys.

A brooder house containing 5,800 four-week-old broilers was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning on the Dale E. Beck farm, Pettisville, just north of the NYC tracks, with a loss estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

An NYC crew passing by noticed the fire and called Toledo, who notified the Ohio Highway Patrol, who notified Archbold and Wauseon fire departments, at about 1:30 am.

The fifth and sixth grade boys again competed in the flag football league. Sixtyeight boys were represented on seven teams. The games were supervised by Mr. Hoblet over the noon hour. Joe Heer was assigned the task of having all equipment ready and present for each game. Joe took care of the footballs, flags, timer, whistles, helmets, and scoreboard.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Fricke and Rex Dempsey returned Friday from Grafton, N.D., where they spent six weeks with Fricke’s daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sundberg and family.

Rex assisted with the potato harvest. From 7,000 to 8,000 bushels were harvested each day from 600 acres of potatoes.

Mary Lou Hershberger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Nofziger, is doing student teaching in grade 5 at Topeka (Kan.) Elementary School.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1942

Cpl. John L. Henry has been moved from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Portsmouth, Va.

Sgt. Roscoe Zimmerman surprised his wife last Wednesday when he arrived from Camp Rucker, Ala., for a few days.

A huge construction project at the La Choy Food Products is underway with the installation of a sewage disposal plant, known as Dorr System Biological Disintegration, and is located 300 feet east of the main factory building. Riegsecker Bros. is constructing the system, which is 50×60 feet and 25 feet deep.

J.L. Sellers has closed his photo shop in Archbold and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was given a rating of petty officer, first class photographer.

Pvt. Jack Christy arrived home Tuesday from Camp Edwards, Mass., for a sevenday furlough.

Herbert E. Nofziger arrived home from Fort Benning, Ga., where he completed a second lieutenant officer course. There were 165 men in his class.

Archbold banks lead the entire county in total resources, according to recent published statements in county newspapers.

Mr. William Wyse lost the end of the third finger of his left hand, and the fourth finger was cut, while operating a shaper in his factory, the Archbold Ladder Company, Friday.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1917

John Franks, 45, a bachelor and Sunday school worker, was found dead in the haymow seven miles southwest of Archbold, Saturday night.

He had set the lantern on the ground floor and went to the mow, where he was found dead. He and his two brothers kept bachelor’s hall.

August Ruihley, whose name is the only one that will appear printed on the Nov. 6 ballots, has served Archbold many years.

He is just closing his first term as an occupant of the chair of mayor, but has been the guiding spirit of the several

Archbold councils during the past years. Citizens who recognize the large amount of time and attention he has given the affairs of the village without charge are ready to recognize his many services to the community.

While he was the village mayor, he spared a large amount of attorney fees, and as he has about all the local interests at his fingertips, he is able to do many things to save the village money.

His administration has been one of enforced economy. The village is so short of funds that expenses must be carefully guarded to make the money stretch until some of the village bonded debts are paid. There is little prospect that the funds will be increased within the next two years, so someone with experience and great care must guide the village forces. Archbold is fortunate to have a man of Ruihley’s ability, sobriety, and experience to handle the delicate affairs of the incorporation.

As a war tax of 8% on all fares over 35 cents will soon go into effect, the passenger rates on all trolley lines will be raised in the near future. No rise in freight rates at present. At Elmira on Saturday, Nov. 3, 50 head of good cattle; 15 milch cows, some fresh, some springers, some that give 60 to 70 pounds. Also some shotes. Six months, 6 percent.–Harvey Nofzinger, P.J. Short, auctioneer.–adv.

Capt. J.H. Spengler, his wife and two daughters, have arrived at Jacksonville, Fla., from Washington, D.C. Mr. Spengler, because of his long and credible military service, has been chosen as adjutant of Camp Joseph E. Johnson, which is being established at Jacksonville, Fla., for the training of special lines.

He was born in Archbold, June 16, 1881, and graduated from Archbold in June 1899.

Friday, Nov. 2, 1917

The village council, composed of young men whose terms of office are soon to expire, has served the village well to the best of their judgment and ability. The affairs over the council table have been conducted in a genial and friendly manner, with no stubbornness or bullheadedness in evidence at any time.

It is to their credit that they have made very few mistakes and have, been very cautious in spending the precious and few dollars of the village.

There have never been secrets, neither has there at any time been a desire to work revenge on anyone. There are seven on the ticket to be voted Nov. 6. They all are the names of good citizens who will make excellent officers when elected.

Henry Nofziger has served the village well as marshal. His patience and endurance have often been sorely missed, but he has smiled and stuck it out. It is a difficult job to work for everybody and have so many to please, but Henry has made many friends and few enemies during his term in office. Henry is a great source at a fire.

Regarding the mayor question, we can say frankly that August Ruihley is candidate at the request of more than nine-tenths of the representative businessmen of Archbold. Every ex-mayor of Archbold signed the petition for Mr. Ruihley. Although there is no other candidate for the office, we advise the citizens when voting next Tuesday that they show their appreciation of what Mr. Ruihley has done in the past two years for our village.

An X placed before the name of August Ruihley means that the voter stands for law and order.

The 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation by Dr. Martin Luther was observed throughout the United States and Canada at 12 noon, Wednesday, by the ringing of the Lutheran church bells. The bell at the Lutheran Church in Archbold was rung.

Archbold’s dry vote has been increasing at each election. It remains to be seen how near the vote will come to getting over the top next Tuesday. This is the center of the only wet spot in Fulton County. The result of the Archbold vote at next Tuesday’s election will be noticed far and wide.



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