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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007

Council debated the procedure to change zoning laws at the Monday meeting.

Recently, Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals met in a joint session and outlined five proposed changes in the zoning ordinances.

School Board granted members of the classified staff and educational aides a 1.5% raise for each of the next two years.

Approximately 108 acres of farmland in Franklin Township sold for $4,000 per acre Saturday.

The property located near Co. Rds. H and 20 was owned by the Gail S. Andre Trust and sold to Merle and Marlene Beck, rural Pettisville.

Out of 534 computers in the Archbold school district, about half, 250, are six or seven years old, according to Brent Gnagey, technology coordinator.

The 534 machines are supported by a tech staff of about 2.4 persons, including Gnagey. He said on average, the district gets about eight years of use from a computer, but he would be more comfortable replacing every six years, citing “total cost of ownership.”

Sixteen students were inducted in the Pettisville chapter of the National Honor Society at a Monday evening ceremony.

Council talked about the Archbold Cemetery, produce stands, and zoning issues Monday night.

Larry Baus, a councilman, said discussions for a project at the Archbold Cemetery began in 1998. The project has been put off for road construction and budget constraints.

Discussing produce stands, Baus said there are local retailers who have invested heavily in the community, constructing buildings and other infrastructure and paying property taxes. Produce businesses only put up a tent but must pay sales taxes, and the village income tax.

Deaths–Allan Jay Short, 69, Spring Arbor, Mich.; Dorothy M. Bernath, 102, Archbold; Martin C. Britsch, 67, Pettisville; Vernon F. “Pete” Bostelman, 64, Ridgeville Corners

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday Nov. 25, 1992

Record yields, high moisture, and low-test weights sum up this year’s corn harvest, says Bill Fricke of Archbold Elevator.

“Every day of the week was a big day all the way up to Saturday afternoon,” said Neil Rupp of Pettisville Grain Co., Monday. “We don’t expect any corn to come in this week, not before Friday, but we have enough to keep drying until Wednesday, and we’ve been drying around the clock.”

“We’ll be drying corn into February,” said Fricke.

St. John’s United Church of Christ and the village of Archbold could find themselves adversaries in a court battle over about two-tenths of an acre of land.

Council offered the church $30,000, plus provisions, for an area on the north and west sides of the church on the corner of South Defi- ance Street and West Barre Road. The church is asking $60,000 plus contingencies.

Gary Hodges, senior pastor, said Monday, “Any decision must be made at a congregational meeting, where all church members get a chance to speak and vote.”

It wasn’t a record-breaker, but 110,000 visitors turned the 17th season into another success story for Sauder Village.

Joel McCutcheon, senior fullback who rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 21 touchdowns on the AHS football team, was voted Division IV First Team All- District by the Associated Press.

Archbold graduate Rachel Sauder finished her first season in cross country at Auburn University last week. On Nov. 14, she ran in her first NCAA meet at Greensville, S.C.

She placed 34th out of about 250 women, and ran her best personal time of 18:13.

The team placed fourth overall, just missing the chance to go to the NCAA Nationals at Bloomington, Ind.

She is now in training for the indoor track season.

Deaths–Irene Fether, 91, Archbold

Fourteen persons have lost their lives on Fulton County roads so far this year.

A rubber railroad crossing at South Defiance Street has been submitted to state offi- cials for approval.

Firefighters spent about seven hours at a corn dryer fire at the Tri-State Elevator in Elmira Sunday, Nov. 22.

60th Wedding Anniversary– Harold and Cora (Nofziger) Wyse, Nov. 6, 1932

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1967

Archbold firemen met with council Monday evening to ask for protection at the NYC railroad crossing on Franklin Street.

The NYC recently agreed to widen the crossing, which was built in horse and buggy days, and provide a sidewalk on the west side for pedestrians.

Twenty petitions are being prepared and firemen will circulate them among citizens.

The new ice skating rink in Ruihley Park is ready for ice skaters. It is 150×200 feet and was designed by Tom Mignin, engineer and councilman.

Mrs. Nancy Rupp will be the contralto soloist in “The Messiah,” to be presented by the Archbold Choral Society at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, Saturday and Sunday.

Mrs. Rupp also will sing at Findlay College, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, and at Bluffton College, Sunday evening, Dec. 10.

Archbold Community Commercial Club will sponsor the Home Decorating and Lighting contest for the Christmas season.

German Township Trustees bid Tuesday night, Nov. 28, for a four-wheel drive utility fire truck to be used as a first-out truck at all fires and to fight small fires.

A2C William W. Edwards III, son of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Edwards, Jr., Wauseon, returned home early Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, from a year’s service with the US Air Force in Vietnam.

After a leave with his parents and wife, the former Tamara Taylor, he will be stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Al Bollington, world renowned organist, will give a concert in the Archbold High School auditorium. It is sponsored by Grisier Music.– adv.

Wauseon is to have an underpass at Shoop Avenue for Route 108. It will cost $10,000.

The village will have the added cost of moving sewer and water lines, and the balance will be paid by the New York Central System.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1942

Hundreds of Fulton County motorists have appeared before the newly appointed committee to get approval on applications for supplemental gasoline rations.

Last week, motorists were called upon to register their cars for the national gasoline rationing program, and hundreds in this and other communities in the area appeared before registrants in the public school buildings.

Ration books are available for four gallons of gasoline a week, or about 150 miles a month.

The William C. Rupp farm, north of Archbold, was sold to Mr. and Mrs. William Wyse several weeks ago. Their son-in-law, Mr. Walter Crossgrove, will move in the spring.

Milady’s hosiery is now in the news in the national salvage program, and residents of this community can help in the war effort by bringing in discarded hosiery.

Silk is critically needed for the production of powder bags and other war materials, so collections must be continuous for the duration of the war.

Persons wishing to contribute to the program may leave such hosiery at Helen’s Dry Goods Store or Fish’s 5¢ & 10¢ Store.

A total of $6,370.52 was subscribed by 2,496 donors to the DeEtte Harrison Detwiler Memorial Hospital fund in the 1942 campaign, according to Lowell Hackett, director, Wauseon.

Approximately 35,000 turkeys were raised by German Township farmers. William J. Eicher had a flock of 7,000 near Archbold. Farmers are reaping a pleasing harvest from feeding turkeys. The new Eicher & Son’s packing and dressing plant, which opened in September, is now employing 20 persons.

Mr. and Mrs. Otis Lovejoy, Swanton, who made their home in Archbold for many years, have three sons in Uncle Sam’s military service: Harold L., Robert W., and Charles E.

It is reported that false rumors have been floating around the county that farm tractors will not get necessary gasoline. The rumor is absolutely erroneous. Farm operators of tractors will be eligible to secure all the gas needed to operate their farm, according to the gas rationing board.

The Dixie Dandy Dog and Monkey Circus will be presented at the elementary schoolhouse next Monday.

When I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of high genius, the first question I ask about him, “Does he work?”–Ruskin

100 Years Ago

Friday, Nov. 23, 1917

Local merchants are short of sugar. Last week, purchases were limited to two pounds to a customer. Now some of the dealers are entirely out with slim prospects of getting enough to supply the local demand. No sugar is to be had at the wholesale houses in Toledo, and merchants in other cites are not taking orders.

Citizens who have sugar are helping out those who have none.

A sugar crop is coming in about three weeks, so the scarcity may not last long.

Below is a partial list of the milk checks cashed in Archbold for October milk. There are many checks for amounts of less than 40 dollars, which do not appear on the list. This proves that farmers of this neighborhood are awakening to the many advantages of this country in production of milk. When our farmers begin to realize what they have in the way of wealth producing land, this soil will be considered as valuable as similar soil in neighboring states.

Charles Siegel must have some real good cows. His milk check for October amounted to $190 for milk from five cows. What farmers need is more real good cows. A good cow eats very little more than a poor one.

A meeting of farmers is called at the courthouse in Wauseon for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24, to organize a farm bureau for Fulton County.

Mr. Albert Swartz is sick at his home in Toledo with typhoid fever.

Mr. Joe B. Short bought the Grime property on North Defiance Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Weber are the proud parents of a baby boy. Miss Pearl Weber spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Mabel Wolfe. Miss Ada Wolfe is assisting Mrs. Arthur Weber with the housework.

Mr. William Beaverson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lauber and daughter Ilva, and Mr. and Mrs. Simon Lauber spent Sunday with Mr. Henry Gearig and family.



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