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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007

Jayma Gobrogge, a member of the Ridgeville Township Park Board, said the first improvement to the new park is the addition of park benches.

Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction for Ohio, outlined a plan to assist the 19,000 persons who drop out of Ohio’s K-12 education system each year.

She suggested the program should be field tested at Northwest State Community College.

While most cases of mental retardation can’t be cured, it doesn’t mean lives can’t be improved, according to Beth Friess, new superintendent of the Fulton County Developmental Disabilities Board.

Parker Von Deylen, 4, covers the called number on his bingo card while grandmother Linda Von Deylen watches at the Archbold- German Township Fire Department Feather Party, Saturday night.

Casey Short, AHS ‘07, was a member of the cast of the recent Adrian College musical production of “Jane Eyre.”

Three AHS ‘05 graduates have joined the Delta Zeta sorority at Ashland University: Lindsy Brader, daughter of Jonathan and Lorinda, and Brittni and Brandi Meyer, daughters of Michael and Joan.

The Pettisville Class of 1952 held its 55th reunion over the weekend of Sept. 23.

40th Wedding Anniversary– Juan and Odette (Leininger) Rolan, Oct. 28, 1967

Grant Burkholder watches son Gibson, 7, mark a bingo number while daughter Nolyn, 9, gets close to a bingo at the Ridgeville American Legion Feather Party, in a photograph.

Deaths–Marguerite Marie Spengler, 92, Ridgeville Corners; Thelma M. Bohner, 91, Archbold; Martin C. Britsch, 67, Pettisville

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1992

Lower interest rates are reducing the ability of the Archbold Area Foundation to plan future projects. One solution to the problem is to increase the total assets of the Foundation, which will increase interest revenue.

A performance at Niagara Falls, Canada, and a behind the-stage theatre visit with cast members of “Phantom of the Opera” are on the travel itinerary for Archbold High School band members.

Steve Wyse has received council approval to purchase 8.047 acres in the Archbold Industrial Park. The property lies on the north side of Taylor Parkway, between Scott-Port-A-Fold on the east and Archbold Refuse Service on the west.

Roger Pinkelman, a councilman, said it’s time to extend Weires Drive, the north-south road in the Industrial Park. Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said the village will do that next year if money is available.

Mrs. John B. Couch, a resident of Ditto Street, told council of the poor condition of her backyard after crews finished repairs in the alley behind her house.

A dedication ceremony for the Fulton County War Memorial is Saturday at 2 pm. The new granite monument is located on the lawn of the Fulton County Courthouse, South Fulton Street, Wauseon.

Anita Nafziger, AHS ‘90, daughter of Leslie and Annemarie, plays trumpet in the Goshen College Jazz Band.

Lori Coressel, Archbold, and Beverly Nelson, rural Ridgeville Corners, received Master of Education degrees from the University of Toledo in August.

Deaths–Harold H. Short, 80, Wauseon; Orville M. Eicher, 84, Tedrow; Dorotea G. Davila, 89, Archbold; John W. Rutledge, 72, Rockford, Ohio

Kristen Aschliman, an AHS volleyball player, was named First Team All-State in Division IV. Char Sharp, AHS head coach, said, “That shows the kind of players we have.”

Six veterans of World War II were honored at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, by members of Foreign Wars, Archbold post. Honored were Ralph Aschliman, Ruth Brannan, Stanley Cordy, Vern Graffice, Orlando Knapp, Nelson Miller. Each veteran received a fruit basket during the brief program.

Lenny Miller, ranger in charge of Independence Dam State Park, Defiance, told Chamber of Commerce members at the noon luncheon, Ohio budget cuts have not hampered the necessary funds for maintenance and upkeep.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1967

Donald F. Zuver, 36, is in Toledo Hospital with injuries received in a train-panel truck crash at the unguarded Franklin Street railroad crossing Saturday at 4 pm.

The Franklin Street crossing has no warning lights to advise motorists or pedestrians of an approaching train.

Attendance at the 110th Fulton County Fair reached an estimated 94,337 in the six-day and night exposition. Theodore Leininger, treasurer, said the gate, season ticket, and grandstand receipts surpassed all other years, totaling $37,300.89. Fred Hinderer, secretary, said all receipts for 1967 totaled $77,539.20.

Five boys from Pettisville FFA attended the national convention at Kansas City: Tom Wagler, Greg King, Dan King, Stan Grieser, Randy King.

Because of the late harvest season, field losses at best will be high, according to L. Lyle Spiess, county extension agent.

Michael Walker, AHS athletic director, attended the state basketball meeting in Columbus.

Paul Landis, state athletic commissioner, said all basketball coaches in the state must attend the rules interpretation meeting to remain eligible for tourney play. He said there soon will be Class A and AA tournaments for golf and wrestling.

Salt mining under Lake Erie and sand and gravel dredging along the shores are producing a substantial income for the State of Ohio.

Farm debt in 1966 amounted to $41.6 billion compared to $8.3 billion in 1945, according to OSU extension economists.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1942

Monday evening, Archbold firemen were called to Tedrow to fight a fire that threatened the United Brethren Church. Firemen from two towns conquered the blaze. A.C. Fagley estimated damage of up to $3,000.

Private owners of automobiles and motorcycles must register to receive gasoline ration books. Owners in Archbold-German Township will register at the high school cafeteria.

Elementary students will present the operetta “Taffy Ann.” Cast members are Sue Ellen Scales, Verlin Eash, Bill Fankhauser, Nancy Fagley, Barbara Christy, Arthur Kleck, Ruth Springer, Ronnie Aungst, Betty Storrer, Dick Short, Dick Nofziger, Carolyn Grime, Ralph Lugbill, Shirley Bernath, Barbara Werder and Jane Murbach.

The Fulton County Selective Service Board has received a telegram from national headquarters, authorizing the sending of questionnaires to male persons 18-19 years of age eligible for military training.

The War Production Board has requested civic officials, businesses and citizens to dispense with outdoor Christmas lighting. The request does not apply to indoor lighting.

In a blinding snowstorm late Tuesday afternoon, 12 Army airplanes with open cockpits passed over this area traveling eastward, and when near Wauseon, weather forced the 12 planes to land in fields of the Hollister farm. One of the planes nosed over in landing.

Roy Stutzman was helping Raymond Zaerr on his farm Sunday evening combining beans. Mr. Stutzman’s clothes caught in the power take-off and were torn to pieces. He received a number of serious bruises and a broken nose.

Housewives and consumers will not be able to purchase coffee this week, but restaurants, hotels and hospitals may purchase their regular allotment, according to the Food Rationing Board. Permits allow one pound of coffee during a five-week period.

Cities are to hasten preparations for a statewide blackout trial run, according to the Defense Director.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1917

Clare Woolace, 41 drowned in Bean Creek, southwest of the Goll Cemetery, at 5:30 pm, Saturday evening. Woolace, Ben Stoner and Vern Gleason were fishing. Stoner was cooking and Woolace took a pail to fetch water from the creek. The bank was high and steep and the current, swift.

He stepped in a leaf-filled hole at the bank, stumbled and slid down ten feet to the water. He was a big heavy man. His hat was left on the bank. The body was discovered about six rods from where he fell. The lantern was also recovered.

The body was taken to the home of his mother in Fayette. He has been twice divorced and is the father of three children. August Ruihley investigated the matter and is convinced it was an accident. The body was in the water about four hours. Neighbors gathered and helped find the body by lantern light.

As there is no Justice of the Peace in Franklin Township, Justice August Ruihley finds all things coming his way.

S.C. Schantz has purchased another Republic truck. He will haul milk and do trucking with three machines. The demand for trucking service seems to be on the increase.

President Wilson has named Thursday, Nov. 29, as Thanksgiving Day. Turkey is likely to be scarce on family tables this year. Many people prefer a chicken as a thank offering. There are many things for which to be thankful even in these abnormal times.

Joseph Leininger paid $25 and costs in Justice Root’s court in Ridgeville Corners for having a green skunk hide in his possession. Joseph Smith was arrested for hunting on Sunday. Oscar Smith had his fine suspended.

Owners of dogs in Ohio will be required to list their dogs with the county auditor instead of with the assessor in the spring, unless they wish to place a valuation on them.

The basketball season will be opened Friday at the local Rink Hall against Montpelier.

Rabbit season opened Tuesday. Hunters are more plentiful than rabbits.

There will be a pie social at District 10 on Wednesday evening, Nov. 21. Ladies bring pies and boys bring pocket books. Come and have a good time.–Nellie Barhite, teacher.–adv.



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