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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago 2018

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008

Darren Jenkins, a former teacher, high school principal, and school superintendent, took over as superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, Jan. 1.

He replaced John Wilhelm, who is retiring after holding the position since 1997. The center provides support services to schools in the four counties.

The Toledo Area Human Resource Association, led by a volunteer board of 20 human resource professionals including Benet (Lauber) Rupp, received the 2007 Pinnacle Award. She is the daughter of Ed and Bonnie Lauber.

Deaths–Hollis Layne Richer, 17, Wauseon; Donelda J. Erbskorn, 87, Fayette; Elizabeth “Betty” Aeschliman, 89, Archbold; Patrick H. Arend, 79, Archbold; Gaylord W. Parsons, 75, Stryker; Clara Bostelman, 83, Napoleon

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1992

The Ohio Turnpike Commission public hearing on a proposed St. Rt. 66 interchange on the Ohio Turnpike will begin at 7 pm., Jan. 13, 1993, at the Ruihley Park Pavilion.

Ohio Route 66 is one of eight sites for interchanges currently under consideration. It was added to the list of possible sites after a 1979-83 environmental and engineering study.

Orrin R. Taylor, 95, editor/ publisher emeritus of the Archbold Buckeye, died Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Fulton County Health Center, where he was a patient six days.

The Fulton County Joint Vocational School Board budget of $7,391,111 was approved for 1993-94.

Due to the retirement of Dennis Hales, associate superintendent, five administration assignments were changed.

The proposed Lima-Lansing Link highway corridor still is under consideration, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Pamela Nafziger was one of four Ohio residents among the 26 students participating in the Adrian College Fall Phonorama, Nov. 9-19. It is a semiannual fundraiser. She is the daughter of Charles and Laura.

Orrin R. Taylor’s last day in the Archbold Buckeye office was Dec. 17. He continued to compile his “Mutterings” column until his death, and we will continue to publish them until his last string has left the editor’s desk.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Arnold and Luciel (Hesterman) Ripke, Jan. 3, 1943

Deaths–Lydia E. Rupp, 84, Archbold; Hazel I. Shetler, 89, Archbold; Harold E. Weyandt, 74, Archbold; Florence Wolf, 85, New Bavaria; Ira E. Werder, 80, Stryker; Orrin R. Taylor, 95, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1968

The year 1967 was a good year for business and industry in Archbold, in spite of bad weather and low prices which affected the farming community, according to the annual survey in the Archbold Buckeye.

The national economy is in its 72nd month of acceleration, unprecedented in national business history.

Growth in Archbold is shown by 13 new water meters installed and 30 more sewer permits. About 15 new homes and two new apartment units were erected in 1967 to help solve the housing shortage.

New business buildings included the new Paul’s Friendly Service Station on South Defiance Street; a new storage building by Lugbill Supply Center; new concession building in Ruihley Park; and an enlarged street department building on Lincoln Street. Industrial expansion included a 100×200 warehouse addition by La Choy Food Products; 48×74 warehouse by Lauber Manufacturing Co.; 120×150 factory building for Taut Mfg. Co.; 72×766 engineering building for Sauder Manufacturing; bulk storage bins at Zehr & Co.; new warehouse space for Howmet Corporation.

Pettisville High School will observe its annual Homecoming, Saturday, Jan. 6, when the Blackbirds meet their archrivals, the Ridgeville Corners Falcons.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stuckey were among the passengers aboard the DC- 3 that crashed in a field because of poor visibility near Chaing Mai in Thailand, Wednesday, Dec. 27. It broke in two upon impact, making way for escape of the burning plane. Mr. Stuckey received face lacerations and needed dental work. His wife Judy had a few minor cuts on her arms. Both received treatment in Bangkok. They are serving in International Voluntary Service (IVS) in Laos.

Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Stuckey, Archbold, and Judy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stealey, Elkhart.

Because of constantly increasing costs, higher postage of second class mailing rates, increased taxes, and greater inflation, it is necessary to increase subscription rates for the Archbold Buckeye.

Randy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Pape, and Lynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Aschliman, were awarded freshman football letters at the University of Toledo. Pape played defensive halfback and Aschliman, linebacker. The freshmen posted a 2-3-1 record.

Effective Jan. 1, it is illegal to employ youths under 16 years of age to work at certain hazardous agricultural jobs, according to the county agricultural agent office in Wauseon.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1942

During December and prior to Christmas, more than 10 inches of snow fell in this area, making the longest spell of winter weather this community has known in years. Snow fell Thanksgiving Day and continued with spells of near-zero temperatures.

Archbold has gone over the top in the Victory Bond Drive to raise $282,000 in bonds and savings certificates.

A dairy cow sale at Lugbill Bros. saw a cow sell for $220.

La Choy Food Products, Inc., is shipping 11 carloads of Table Craft tomato juice to the United States Quartermaster Depot to be used by the armed forces.

La Choy has been making many shipments of its soy and brown sauce to various army camps throughout the United States.

Mr. French Jenkins, president and general manager, announces a new La Choy product known as Vegamato Juice, a mixture of vegetable juices. It is being tested in 20 districts in metropolitan areas east of the Mississippi River.

Joseph Koerner harvested 200 tons of tomatoes from a 15-acre field. His gross income was $245 per acre. He sold $200 worth of tomatoes in the market place before the Edgerton factory started canning tomatoes.

James L. Sellers began his training at the U.S. Naval Training station at Great Lakes.

Mr. Arthur Liechty, accompanied by Ralph Storrer, motored to Atlanta, Ga., over Christmas to visit his son, Pvt. Paul E. Liechty, who is stationed about 12 miles from Atlanta.

War Ration Book 2, which will introduce the point rationing system to the American people, will make its appearance soon. The printing of 150 million copies is believed to be the biggest job of is kind ever undertaken.

Two more Michigan weekly newspapers have suspended publication.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1917

In a neighboring town there is a young doctor who has been working a scheme to get free advertising. He sits in the center of the congregation and prearranges to have a confederate call him out when the sermon is at an interesting point.

Elmer Johnson, of near Stryker, was thrown 300 feet when a freight train struck his automobile. The machine was torn and twisted, and the seat under him was knocked to splinters. Mr. Johnson appears to be altogether.

Harry Six, who once did a high dive in Archbold for a public entertainment, is totally blind and lives with his mother in Bryan. He dove 100 feet into a tank of water, which shocked his nerves and made him blind. He performed in all parts of the United States and many foreign countries for 15 years.

Little Jesse Lutz was shot through the head by her brother, Arthur, 5, at Swanton. The little fellow loaded a shotgun and aimed it at his sister, saying, “I’m going to shoot you.” When the mother appeared the little girl was dying. The father Bert Lutz, is in the asylum. He suffered sunstroke last summer.

According to the new income tax laws, each person having an income of more than $2,000 over and above expenses, and each unmarried person having a net income of over $1,000 must pay income tax. A county officer will visit everyone and have blanks upon which to file statements of income.

Charley Zoogby may die in Morenci Hospital. He is the son of a Pioneer fruit dealer. His older brother shot him with a revolver while playing. It is not known where the child obtained the cartridge, as the gun was thought to be empty.

While Mr. Aaron Leininger was in the barbershop Saturday evening, someone stole a Christmas tree from the front porch of his place of business. Mr. Leininger intended the tree for his grandchildren. He hopes whoever took the tree will use it to help make a child happy.

Friday, Dec. 28, 1917

As farm labor becomes more impossible, the farmer finds he is handling too much land. Eighty acres is too much for one man, even with modern machinery. The farmer is growing older each day while the number of young farmers is decreasing.

The rush of the young to the city must stop some day. Who will raise the food we need?

The fourth week began Wednesday in Wauseon in the Fred Lehman murder trial. Lehman was again placed on the stand, and he holds up wonderfully against the grilling questions of the attorneys.

Lehman spent Christmas in the county jail. He was visited by no one.

The defense has a man to testify that Lehman bought the revolver in question at a Delta Hardware Store in the presence of Guy Flickinger and Sol Laver. Much information is expected to develop in the matter of the 22-caliber revolver.

The new smokestack was raised at the Archbold Grist Mill Christmas Day. A number of superintendents were on hand to tell the workers how to do it. The sack is the largest ever placed at the mill. Continuous night and day running at the mill is telling on the machinery. Wednesday afternoon the mill was shut down because of engine trouble.

The Archbold Grist Mill has orders to make no more patent flour. From now on, only black flour will be manufactured. Bran and middlings will go into the flour. This will probably make healthier and cheaper bread, although it will not look quite so nice on the table. War bread will be a novelty for a while. It is said to be more nourishing and more easily digested.

At the election held in Springfield Township, Williams County, Saturday, the township went dry, 163-43.

This will put the Chappius Saloon out of business, for which a building is being erected outside of Stryker corporation limits.

There is now only one saloon in Williams County, that of Charles Binkley at Blakeslee.

Archbold merchants are limiting each customer to two pounds of sugar. Their stocks are very low, and probably will remain so until next beet growing season.



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