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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

The unnamed street that will extend south from Lafayette Street will extend an additional 550 feet to the south, connecting with Burke Street.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said the street was extended to connect to a second entrance at the south end of the Archbold Evangelical Church parking lot. The church is under construction.

Archbold Planning Commission will consider rules and regulations for electricity generating wind turbines.

Steve Schnitkey, AHS ‘68, was one of 10 former University of Toledo athletes inducted into the UT Varsity “T” Hall of Fame, Friday, Feb. 1.

The induction “is really special to me,” said Schnitkey. “It’s an important part of what happened back then when I was a kid.”

According to information provided by UT, Schnitkey was one of the major forces of a dominating defense that helped propel the famous Rocket football teams of 1969-71 to a collective 35- 0 record, along with three Mid-American Conference championships and three Tangerine Bowl titles.

“I was surprised to learn I was the seventh-leading tackler,” he said.

The 34th annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon is Tuesday, Feb. 12. The goal is $27,380, just $20 more than 2007.

Driving a school bus doesn’t headline the list of coveted jobs. “There’s an awful lot to it,” said Steve Switzer, Pettisville superintendent. “It’s probably one of the hardest jobs. Safety is number one.”

Earn Degree–Eli Wagler, Bowling Green State University, son of Tim and Sherry.

Honor students at Owens Community College: Christiana Aguilar, Dustin Hamilton, Dexter Krueger, Ryan Smith, Archbold; Clarence Barrett, Pettisville; Nathan Goebel, Stryker; Andrew John Wilhelm, Archbold, Wheaton College.

Honor students at Bluffton College: Andrea Grieser, Karla Nofziger, Lydia Nofziger, Laura Frey, Wade Enderle, Alexandra Gingerich, Chelsea Wyse, Jared Rohrer-Meck, Brianna Nofziger, Stephanie Yoder, Jacob Short, Justin Rufenacht.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Arden and Mary Jane (Shibler) Grime Feb. 16, 1958

Deaths–Henry Judson Walter, Sidney; Romaigne C. Shafer, 74, Napoleon

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1993

Although farm income fell in Fulton County during 1991, total receipts for the year moved it up to fifth highest among the 88 counties in Ohio.

Average cash receipts per farm in 1991 for Fulton County were $86,854, which translates to $400 per acre. A farm is defined as a place with annual sales of $1,000 or more in agricultural products.

Archbold first graders and members of the elementary hearing impaired class celebrated the 100th day of school Monday at the K of C Hall with a variety of 100 projects as part of their new “Math Your Way” curriculum.

Council will hold a special meeting Feb. 8 to hear a presentation on employee health insurance that could save the village $34,506.98.

Arrow Tru-Line reports a terrific year for 1992, while Archbold Container Corp. said its year was up as a whole, but below average from years past.

Troy Kauffman, son of Dwight and Carolyn, Archbold, presented a vocal program Jan. 30 at Goshen.

Richard “Rick” Hodges, new member of the Ohio House of Representatives, told members of the Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 18, he is impressed with the quality of people serving in the Ohio General Assembly.

Honor students: Stephanie Pape, BGSU; Eric Nofziger, University of Cincinnati; Kimberly Stover, Ashland University; Jeff Rutledge, Eastern Michigan University; Teresa Bott, Jennifer Grime, Teresa Avina, OSU.

Layne Thrasher is a member of the track and field team at Ohio Wesleyan University. He also lettered in football.

Roger Doriot, AHS ‘61, returned home for a year of furlough from missionary work in Irian Jaya, West New Guinea.

Sandra Frey Stegman, Toledo, is directing the newly formed Bach Ensemble at Hope Lutheran Church.

Deaths–Lesta Schroeder Champion, 82, Addison, Mich.; Irene B. Valiton, 78, Archbold; Edna Nagel, 87, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1968

Ten petitions were presented to Archbold Village Council, Monday evening, by Richard Rufenacht, representing the fire department, asking for better protection at the Franklin Street New York Central railroad crossing. The petition requests that gates and lights be installed. It was signed by hundreds of citizens.

Council authorized the mayor to enter into new mutual protection fire contracts with German Township, Clinton Township, and Wauseon Village.

Charles C. Hirt will direct the combined choir clinic at the Vocal Music Clinic Festival at Archbold in April. He is in constant demand as a guest conductor and lecturer on choral techniques in the United States and abroad.

The Ridgeville Corners School District and citizens met to discuss reorganizing. Some citizens have indicated a definite interest in transferring to Napoleon, some to Archbold, and others to continue the Ridgeville Corners school if the board is called upon to suggest a line dividing the district. Citizens should indicate their preference.

Fulton County Commissioners will develop plans for an airport on the county farm at Ottokee. A nine-man airport authority has been named and plans include eight T-hangers. Rather than issuing bonds, the county will advance the money, approximately $28,000, to construct the hangers, and a 3,900-foot runway will be constructed.

Leslie Leupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olen Leupp, is one of six senior art majors exhibiting in the Gallery of Fine Arts Center at Bethal College.

Otto Dirks, pastor of First Mennonite Church, Lima, will speak at Archbold Zion Mennonite Church on his experiences under communism.

Four students will graduate from Bowling Green State University, Jan 31: William Brooks Worcester, Pamela Taylor Worcester, Tamara Taylor Edwards, Diane Hoffman Weires.

The first recording by Billy (William R.) Beck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent S. Beck, has been cut in Nashville, Tenn.

Dean’s List – Nancy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Nelson, Taylor University; David, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mose Ruger, Ohio State University.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– the United States Postal Department faces the problem of handling 75 to 100 billion pieces of mail yearly….. Hundreds of basketball fans were disappointed Saturday night because they were unable to get tickets for the annual clash between the Pettisville Blackbirds and Archbold Blue Streaks….. By spending money to save money, we make money without money.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1943

Three ration panels have been named for Fulton County by Lyle Shumaker, chairman of the Fulton County War Rationing Board.

Ration Calender – Coffee Stamp No. 28 good through Feb. 7 worth one pound. Gasoline Stamp: 4 coupons good through March 21, worth four gallons each. Tire Inspection – Gasoline A coupon holders, must have tires inspected by March 31; B, C, and bulk coupon holders by Feb. 28.

Ohio may go back to Central War Time shortly if the present bill before the Ohio legislature becomes law, according to Harry E. Schwall, Fulton County representative. “The time change is still of considerable interest,” he said.

William Beck, who has served as the watchman at the North Defiance Street New York Central Crossing for nearly 13 years, retiredeffective this week.

Mr. Beck plans to move to West Unity, where he recently purchased a home after selling the one he owned on Vine Street.

Two Archbold men – Dan D. Frey, Elmira, and T.J. Klaudt – were reelected members of the board of trustees of Detwiler Memorial Hospital at Wauseon, Tuesday.

For some time, Napoleon has been the subject of criticism throughout the state because it became a Gretna Green, a mecca for young couples from a wide area who sought quick marriages in spite of Ohio’s recently enacted law requiring a fiveday wait after applying for licenses.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Porter have sold their house on Ditto Street to Mrs. Fannie Luthy.

Fire caused by gas from a well being drilled burned the huge drilling rig operated by Norman L. Stevens on the place known as the “old Leatherman farm” southeast of Archbold, Wednesday afternoon.

The county Selective Service Board put out a call for several married men without children to be inducted into military service at Toledo, Saturday, Feb. 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Maynard DeGroff, West Unity, will close their bakery and restaurant because Maynard has been called to military duty and they cannot find a manager to run the business. They hope to reopen after the war.

When the shoe of a little boy came sliding down from a bin of wheat and landed in a truck that Gail Schelling was loading Monday near Defiance, he shut off the flow and went up into the barn to investigate. He found the body of his son, Bernard Charles Schelling, 5, smothered to death.

100 Years Ago

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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