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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007

Discussions between the Archbold Area School Board and Toledo Edison that started as part of the district wind energy project have already yielded cost savings.

The first part of the district energy investigation is conservation. The district could save an estimated 10-20% of its energy bill “if we would just be more mindful of our energy usage,” said David Deskins, superintendent.

Brett Kolb, director of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said everything in his office is set and ready to go for the Dec. 11 special congressional election.

Robert Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Robin Weirauch (D-Napoleon) face off to claim the Fifth District Congressional seat, left open after the Sept. 5 death of Paul Gillmor (R-Tiffin). Gillmor died after falling down the stairs of his Virginia apartment. His death was ruled an accident.

Kolb said he’s expecting a low voter turnout, in the range of 20-22%. “We hope for more, but I think we’ll be far stretched to get that,” he said.

Deaths– Jacquelyn C. Bechtold, 81, Archbold; Edward A. Wiemken, 71, Defiance

Fire destroyed a barn and outbuildings at the same farmstead where a previous arson fire destroyed a house. It was consumed by fire early Saturday morning, Dec. 1. Six area fire departments fought the flames.

There were two buildings to the south. One was fully engulfed, the other was starting to catch fire, and the field to the east was on fire.

This year’s Archbold Parade of Lights featured many wonderful and unique entries, but one that generated a lot of laughs wasn’t the biggest, brightest, or most colorful. It was an outhouse, powered by a lawnmower.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1992

The congregation of St. John’s United Church of Christ voted by an overwhelming margin to reject the village of Archbold offer of $30,000, plus six other compensations.

Joe Long, vice president of the congregation, said less than 10 members voted in favor of the offer. The village wants the land to improve the intersection.

The Christmas season will be a bit brighter for at least 400 Fulton County families because of the county Christmas Cheer project, said Cecily Rohrs, coordinator. There is a great need for products that cannot be bought with food stamps, she said.

A three-month precipitation total of 13.8 inches (September through November) ranked this fall as the thirdwettest in 20 years. Another wet month could well place 1992 in the top five wet years recorded at Archbold.

If voters approve funds in May, Archbold is well on its way to a new library on the south side of Archbold. Current plans call for a onelevel building on the corner of South Defiance and Lafayette streets.

Deaths–Ruth E. Gerig, 90, Adrian, Mich.; Jacob Baird, 72, rural Defiance

Kellie Ehrman, daughter of Tom and Peg, was the first-place winner in the woodwind division of the State Collegian Artist Competition Nov. 22 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She played a 30-minute program on the oboe.

Wendell Beck, in his first year as head girls basketball coach at AHS, greets six letterwinners for the new season.

Chuck Forward, wrestling coach, has 32 wrestlers for the new season, and 13 are lettermen.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1967

Santa Claus and four of his helpers will arrive in Archbold by airplane and parachute from 7,500 feet, landing in the large area of the park east of the swimming pool at 2:30 pm. Weather permitting, the sky-diving Santa and helpers will land after leaving a brightly colored smoke from their heels as they freefall 5,000 feet and parachute the last 2,500 feet.

Charles Dominique, an army colonel, retired Nov. 30 after 26 years of service to the United States. He and his family visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dominique, and other relatives enroute to Chicago, where they will make their home.

German Township Trustees accepted .38 mile of roads in subdivisions in the township: Riegsecker Subdivision, west of Archbold, and Burlington Gardens, south of Burlington. They agree to maintain the streets and keep them in repair.

Willard G. Miller, a German Township trustee the past 33 years, submitted his resignation effective Jan. 1.

At the time he took office in 1934, the going rate for labor on the roads was 50¢ per hour for team work, 35¢ per hour for operating power road gear, and 25¢ per hour for hand labor.

The Board of Trustees appointed Lowell F. Rupp to fill his term.

The A.D. Frey home on Lugbill Road was sold at public auction Nov. 25 for $9,000 to Dexter Wyse.

Ed. Fraas was the final bidder at the public auction, Saturday, of the Robert A. Timmons home on Ditto Street for $11,600.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1942

Archbold people are urged to remember next Monday, Dec. 7, the fire siren will be sounded at 12:25 pm with a mock air raid alarm commemorating the first anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The siren will be sounded for three complete cycles.

A.J. Stamm and Theodore Dimke, local bankers, were in Toledo Tuesday morning to attend the organization meeting to get more information on the Victory Loan Drive. The drive is under the direction of the Fourth Federal Reserve District, and is part of a nationwide instruction for bankers.

You’ll live if you must go without eating or drinking, but you’ll never survive if you miss the performance of “Mystery,” in rehearsal to be given by an all school cast at the auditorium, Tuesday evening.

Members of the cast are Paul Merillat, Jane Fankhauser, Leonard Schmucker, Pauline Spengler, Phyllis Schlatter, Mary Lou Kluepfel, Ione Lauber, Dale Pape, Dean Lytle, Don Stotzer, Curtis Etchen, Chuck Mignin.

Archbold citizens are expected to buy $282,000 in US Victory Bonds. The Fulton County quota is $1,164,000 in the national campaign to raise nine billion dollars in December. Based upon the assets of county banks, the quota is $1,164,000.

This thrifty community not only has been sending its young men into Uncle Sam’s various military branches, but it also has been buying liberally of the many bonds offered by the United States government, which is borrowing money from the citizens of this great nation to prosecute the war in Europe.

National gas rationing went into effect yesterday, and the thousands of motorists in this county made every hour count during the final time on Monday to get extra supplies of gasoline.

Lt. Eddie Bourquin was recently moved to Camp Phillips, Kan., where he is an instructor.

There are over 100 names of boys serving in the war effort on the Military Honor Roll displayed in Archbold.

Officials of the New York Central Railroad discovered an 18-inch chain lying across one of the rails of the main line at Kendallville. It was discovered it fell from a passing freight train and was not an attempt of sabotage.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1917

The “Hello” telephone girls had a potluck supper at the home of Miss Edith Miller Monday evening in honor of Blanche White’s 18th birthday.

About 250 basketball fans witnessed the opening game of the season at the Rink Hall, Friday evening between the Montpelier and Archbold high basketball teams. Archbold won 28-19.

Fishermen have been making some fine catches of fish in Bean Creek recently. Fred Schaffer of Stryker caught a 14-pound pickerel in the stream one day last week.

War times have had little effect upon the sale of automobiles in Ohio. The number of licenses issued by the state automobile department this year will show an increase of 100,000 over last year. In addition, more than 5,000 licenses have been issued for “electrics” and as many more have been issued to dealers, which will swell the grand total close to 360,000. Thousands of licenses also have been issued to owners of motorcycles.

W.F. Rankin of Tarkio, Atchinson County, Mo., raised 680,000 bushels of corn this year on one farm, which at the current market price is worth a million dollars. He is called the king of corn growers of the world.

Farmers say hogs eat soft corn like candy, but refuse to put on weight. Might try reading the optimistic market report to the swine.

Seems strange that our neighboring village of Stryker should vote out the saloons under the Beal Law and then shortly after, elect a wet mayor and vote wet in statewide prohibition. Such are the uncertainties of politics.

Mrs. Luther Fraas and daughter Evelyn, of Bryan, spent Saturday and Sunday with Mr. August Fraas and family.

Friday, Nov. 30, 1917

Fifty more policemen are to be employed in Toledo to attempt to check the wave of crime in that city. Robberies, holdups and burglaries are very common.

The Ohio Dairy Co., is paying out $67,540 to farmers around Morenci for October milk, almost twice as much money as they paid for milk the same month last year.

J.E. Coy, of near Stryker, father of Alva, who was killed in the T&I wreck west of Archbold on July 4, has filed a suit against the company for $15,000 damages for the death of his son. The case was filed in the Williams County Courts.

The sugar beet crop is about harvested. Some 70 cars have been shipped from Archbold with about 30 carloads still in the pit in Archbold waiting for cars. A few wagonloads are still out but not many. It is the best sugar beet crop ever harvested in this vicinity.

The proceeds from our pie social Thursday evening amounted to $42. Superintendent C.D. Perry gave an illustrated lecture, which was very instructive. We appreciate the assistance of all who helped to make it a success.–adv.

As Louis Colon was driving home toward Lockport from Stryker, Saturday evening, his car collided with another driver traveling north in a Ford. He turned slightly to his left to avoid a pile of sand in the road and just at this point met the other car coming rapidly south. Mr. Colon’s car was badly wrecked and his wife, who was with him, was badly injured, so badly that for a while it was feared she would not recover. Mr. Colon escaped without injury. Recent nights have been very dark, making driving more dangerous than usual.

According to a new law, it is required that every dealer or manufacturer handling explosives do so under a license. This does not include dealers in small firearms and cartridges. The clerk of courts Davis B. Johnson of Wauseon issues licenses. The price is 25¢.

On many farms, the water for the filter sock passes through a small tank in which the cans are placed soon after milking. This tank can be covered, or, at small expense, enclosed in a milk house.



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