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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008

Two villages– the village of Archbold and Sauder Village– will work together to create a new, small playground area on the Sauder Village campus, said Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation.

The project is contingent on the village obtaining a $17,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources Natureworks Grant. If approved, the grant will require a 25% local match. The final price tag is $24,000, she said.

Alaina Ann Gerken, the Archbold Buckeye First Baby of 2008, was born Jan. 8, to Phil and Kate Gerken, Ridgeville Corners.

Council withheld $19,500 from Brooks Contracting Inc., the firm hired for reconstruction of East Williams Street-North Lincoln Street.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said “he was not happy with the gentleman, and would be opposed to giving him more work in the village.”

Enrollment for the spring semester at Northwest State Community College on Monday, Jan. 21, was 3,440, said Michael Brown, director of public relations and marketing. It includes full- and part-time students, and those in degree and certificate programs.

Kim Friesen, AHS ‘06, is serving as a minister assistant during the 2007-08 school year at Hesston (Kan.) College. She is the daughter of Kelvin and Jane Friesen.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Melvin and Annagene Evers, married Jan. 25, 1958, North Clinton Mennonite Church

Kent State University honor students: Megan Hesterman, Ridgeville Corners, and Anna Strawn, Archbold, president’s list; Chelsea Holsopple, Christopher Sanford, Brittany Wyse, rural Archbold, dean’s list.

Deaths–Michael P. Rupp, 60, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1993

More than 100 persons came to talk and listen at the public hearing on the St. Rt. 66-Ohio Turnpike interchange, Jan. 13, at the Ruihley Park Pavilion.

Eleven persons, mainly government and business leaders, spoke in favor of the project. There were eight persons opposed who spoke, not counting questions shouted from the audience.

A food pantry is nothing new to Archbold.

What is new is a storefront on 111 Depot Street, operated by FISH. It offers shopping hours twice a month at no cost to shoppers.

Emergency food supplies stock the shelves, donated by the community to be shared with anyone in need. It opened for the first time Tuesday, Jan. 26, from noon to 5 pm.

Keith Barr and Kurt Nofziger were elected to three-year terms on the Pettisville Park and Recreation Committee. They replace outgoing members Doug Nofziger and Herb Short.

Kimberly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Volkman, is marching in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., today, Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Deaths–Nola M. Nafziger, 79, Archbold; Selma Bernath, 89, Archbold; Stanley P. Dinius, 61, Wauseon; Orlando C. Knapp, 81, Archbold; Chantal Farnsworth, 3, Wauseon; Mary L. Nafziger, 62, Archbold; Donald Luke, 85, Bryan; Harry W. Meyer, 69, Holland

Headline –Joe Wyse Named All-Bowl; BGSU Team Ranked 21st

Former Archbold resident, the late Virginia Venrick Buehrer, aunt to JoAnn Winfield, willed her estate to Fairlawn Haven in memory of her late husband, Franklin Buehrer, and her mother, Margaret Rehil. The gift covered the majority of the $275,000 construction cost of the new assisted living wing.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1968

Council is considering how to increase the water storage system in the village. Over 1 1/2 million gallons of filtered water are used daily. There is a great need for more raw water and a larger storage system.

The recent construction of a 10-inch water main to supply Four County Joint Vocational School, more new housing, and expanding industries require more fresh treated water.

Considered among the proposals is more storage space along Brush Creek, or building a huge storage reservoir near Goll Woods to serve Archbold and Wauseon and other nearby towns who are facing freshwater problems.

Pfc. Ivan H. Carter, 20, son of Mrs. Dorothy Carter, 301 South Defiance Street, writes his mother he has recovered from wounds received in action and is back fighting again.

He had been at his home base at Chu Lai for Christmas Day, and was sent out and injured about Jan. 3.

The Ohio Department of Highways started installing a flasher light at the dangerous intersection of Rt. 66 and US 20-A at Burlington, Wednesday. Efforts have been made for many years to get better protection at the dangerous intersection, the scene of many accidents.

“The Air Force claims flying saucers do not exist,” according to Robert S. Easley, Defiance, who spoke at the Friday meeting of Rotary Club.

Easley, a senior at Defiance College, majors in science, and told Rotarians about unidentified flying objects.

Two roadblocks were set up in Fulton County– one near the Chesterfield School and the other in Fayette– to try and stop James S. Darras, 20, Reading, Pa., who was apprehended after a 103-mile chase from Toledo, across Lucas, Fulton, and William counties, into Indiana at about 3 am, Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Rice, Rt. 2, Wauseon, received word by telegram, dated Jan. 15, via Washington, D.C., that their son, Pfc. Stephen M. Rice, was wounded in Vietnam, Jan. 6, as the result of hostile action.

Archbold Area School will offer a physical fitness program to men and women starting Feb. 6 and continuing through April 6.

Miss Charlotte Sharp, girls physical education instructor, will conduct the program for women in the old gymnasium. Mr. Ron Dilbone, head football coach, will conduct the program for men in the new gymnasium.

Activities will consist of volleyball, physical exercises, group games, etc. There is no charge.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–If you’re so busy you do not have a moment to spare, are you on the brink of bankruptcy?….. Newlyweds soon discover they have become baby-sitters….. One piece of rich candy gives you enough energy to reach for another….. How to afford, and what to do in retirement, are two major problems….. Interest on the debt is greater than the expenditures of every state in America.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1943

Lyle M. Shumaker was elected chairman of the new Fulton County Rationing Board at its meeting, Friday evening, in Wauseon.

T.L. Parker, principal of Archbold Schools, was elected president of the Fulton County Society of Crippled Children.

Mr. Parker has done research work of the physically handicapped at OSU and plans to announce special committees to make a study of the problem in Fulton County.

“The Fundamental Difference Between Church and State” was the subject of Rev. H.L. Krueckeberg when he spoke to the Community Commercial Club, Thursday evening. He is well known here.

One of the largest contingents of draftees from Fulton County– 93– left Monday morning for Camp Perry via the New York Central. Parents, relatives, and friends bid the boys goodbye and watched them jam into one coach of the NYC.

Headline­­– Archbold Banks Lead County, Resources Pass $10 Million

Howard Shambarger, former Montpelier resident and high school graduate, has been appointed one of six men to act as envoys to Persia to take charge of developing a better system of finance that will protect the interests of the country in time of war. He is a financial expert for the government in Washington, D.C. He will be gone for a year.

The scarlet fever quarantine was lifted from the Floyd Crossgrove home Saturday.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1918

In the cities last week, streetcars and trains were blocked while thousands of men and women could not get to employment. Many manufacturing plants were obliged to cease operations.

The roof of the Stryker Street Garage caved in sometime Friday night. Tops of several automobiles were crushed. The beautiful hearse of Rupp Furniture & Undertaking Co., escaped the cavein. Men labored all day Saturday to clear away the mess.

One of the greatest broods of periodical cicadas, or 17- year locusts, is announced by the Ohio Experimental Station to appear over the whole of western Ohio in 1919.

Chicago is completely blocked by a snowstorm. Many streets are impassable. The poor people must suffer and perhaps die of hunger and cold. It is the worst storm in history.

The storm raged Friday night and all day Saturday and night, with biting wind from the south and west. Sunday the temperature registered 6 above 0.

For the first time in history, the New York Central Railroad was completely shut down. All trains were stalled from Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Three boys started to drive cattle from Darby’s Corners to Archbold, Saturday morning. They faced the storm for about five miles before reaching Archbold.

Peter Liechty, Clarence Buehrer, and Charley Kutzli will have painful faces as a result. Frozen ears, noses, toes and faces were common. The temperature recorded 18 degrees below 0 with winds of 60 miles per hour. More storm is predicted.

Military training camps were hard hit by the storm.

John S. Snook, representative in the U.S. Congress from this district, voted against women’s suffrage in the House of Representatives, Thursday. The measure passed the house by a majority of one vote.

Friday, Jan. 18, 1918

Few pleasure cars are seen on the highways just now, because of enormous snowdrifts blocking the roads.

Old citizens are wondering what kind of flood will ensue if there should be a January thaw. Railroads are slowly digging out, and it will be a week before they are running.

Ice harvest is about over. Cakes average about ten inches and are clear. It is believed there is enough in storage to supply the local market all next season.

A car of hard coal was received by The Archbold Mill & Elevator, Monday. It was parceled out to those having the greatest need. Everyone is worried about the fuel situation.

Toledo manufacturing plants are to be closed and 45,000 men laid off to save coal. Every Monday is to be a holiday.

There was no school in Archbold, Monday morning, because of difficulty heating the building.

Skim milk is usually so abundant on the farm that its value in the diet is often overlooked. Quart for quart, it contains a little more protein and a little more sugar than whole milk, and much less fat.

Because W.O. Taylor’s son, Orrin, is confined at home suffering with small pox, all family members are quarantined, so the Archbold Buckeye will not be published until Tuesday, Feb. 19.



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