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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Two firefighters, one from Archbold and one from Stryker, were injured battling a barn fire after midnight, Sunday.

Honor Students–Austin Jay Marihugh, University of Northwestern Ohio; Andrew Brink, Andrew Manahan, Jeremy Smith, Mark Kruse, University of Cincinnati.

David Deskins, Archbold superintendent, said talks about a possible wind power project for the school district have been interesting and exciting.

Earlier this month, the Fulton County Board of Development Disabilities and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Local 309, said they have agreed on a new three-year contract.

The Archbold freshman boys basketball team won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League tournament, Saturday, Feb. 9. Teammates are Aaron Wyse, Aaron Bernath, Jacob Gigax, Telly Fricke, TJ Fonseca, Dexter Sierra, Clay Giesige, Aaron Bontrager, Travis Roehrig, Drew Leininger, Garrett Morton. Dave Walker is the coach; Gavin Morton, the manager.

Partnership For Success, a grant-funded program operated through the Fulton County Family and Children First Council, has targeted teen drinking as its first priority.

Delta won the Division III sectional wrestling tournament championship.

Archbold School Board accepted the resignation of Rex Short, custodian. Short has worked 16 years in the job.

Council awarded the Anderzack Pitzen Construction Co., Metamora, the contract to build a new storm sewer to serve Lafayette Street.

The 2008 Fulton County Radiothon, born out of a desire to provide the best possible care and treatment for persons suffering heart attacks, is projected to raise more than $30,000. It is the 34th year of the project.

Deaths–Dorothy A. Grime, 77, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1993

There might be a new library for Archbold in the future, but it will not be at a new location. Instead, the new facility will replace the old, according to library board.

The decision to stay with the present site, said Joyce Klingelsmith, librarian, came in response to issues voiced to the board by community members.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 12, when freezing rain made driving and walking dangerous, firefighters from Archbold, Wauseon, and Ridgeville Corners fought a fire that gutted the Dinner Bell Packing Plant on Lugbill Road.

The Archbold Economic Development Committee has issued a call for a second truck bypass, this time extending from Barre Road to St. Rt. 66 or possibly St. Rts. 6 and 34.

Investigators have not completed work, but as of Monday they do not believe a fire that gutted a portion of the Dinner Bell Packing Plant was by arson.

Gertrude Weckesser, better known as “Gertie” by her friends, was named February Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven.

The Pettisville water transmission and distribution system could be finished in four weeks. There are a few short sections of the main waterline to install.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Stamm, Feb. 22, 1943

Dean’s List–Lincoln Cobb, Pettisville, and Kevin Long, Fayette, Miami University.

The annual Archbold garbage bill has gone up about 4.2% from last year. But it won’t mean an increase in garbage collection fees.

The 19th annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon collected $35,434, a new record. A photograph shows two guest DJs, Phil Rychener and Greg Rupp.

A three-day weekend turned into a five-day vacation when a foot of snow fell.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1968

The new building for the Archbold Post Office will be located at the southeast corner of Ditto and Williams streets. Preliminary plans call for 3,925 square feet of floor space, with an area of 7,100 square feet for parking and movement of postal vehicles.

More than 130 persons attended a banquet last Thursday evening honoring C.F. Murbach as the Archbold Citizen of the Year.

Mr. Murbach will be 83 in April. He drove to the banquet, climbed the long flight of stairs to the State Dining Room in the First National Bank building, received the award, gave an acceptance speech, and greeted those who came to honor him. He was accompanied by his granddaughter, Joy Campbell, a sophomore at Defi- ance College.

The Lions Club sponsored the award, which was presented by Carrol Wolf, club president, and Roger Taylor, vice president.

Pvt. Gary M. Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orval O. Short, will receive an additional eight weeks of training instruction in a special military skill at Fort Knox, Ky.

Pfc. Thomas J. Winzeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Winzeler, has completed two weeks of training under simulated combat conditions at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Stephanie Miller and Donna Genter, seniors at Pettisville High School, and Beverly Nofziger, a junior at Archbold High School, were chosen to play with the All-Ohio Select Band at the 12th annual New Music Reading Clinic at Bowling Green State University, Friday and Saturday.

Luana Jean Wyse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wyse, began second-semester studies at Goshen College.

Paul Leslie Teel Jr., USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Teel, Sr., was awarded his second Air Medal during ceremonies at the Naval Air Station, Agana, Guam, on Feb. 1.

Dean’s List–Thomas Robert Rupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Rupp, and Stephen J. Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard J. Short, Ohio University.

Military address appears for Pvt. D. Grime, Beufort, S.C.

Nolan Tuckerman, superintendent of the Archbold water and sewage departments, told Kiwanis Club members there has been a 21% increase of Archbold water since 1953.

Sp. 4 Stephen Rice writes from Valley Forge General Hospital, Phoenixville, Pa. “My last surgical operation, the amputation of my left heel will be in a few weeks. Doctors are trying to prevent gangrene from spreading up my leg.”

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1943

War Ration Book No. 2, which provides for the rationing of canned fruits, vegetables, soups, bottled foods, dried and frozen foods, will begin in the high school cafeteria next week.

Mr. Nelson Rupp, Archbold, and Mr. Cy Frank, Oak Harbor, shipped a carload of 22 draft horses from Archbold to New York state Monday, to be used in mountainous country where tractors cannot operate. They plan to ship another carload within a few weeks.

The greatest food shortage the United States has ever faced is before us now. Something must be done about it by you, and you, and you.

This country must produce more food than ever before, and must do it with labor unaccustomed to performing such duties. Many civic and social organizations in large cities are looking for ideas to help aid the problem.

The opportunity and obligation by growers in this area is enhanced by having a La Choy Food processing facility in this community.

Miss Emma Marie Bruns is the first Archbold and Fulton County girl to join the WAAC Corp. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bruns, and leaves today for Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., with 29 others from Ohio.

The Fulton County Selective Service Board and hundreds of men who are registered under the act are wondering how far-reaching will be the newest federal induction to military service.

Sale of new 1943 windshield stickers, which will replace the customary automobile license plates, will start March 1, according to Ora E. Lauber, local registrar.

Farm machinery now in dealers’ hands was released Nov. 28 for distribution through the Country Farm Rationing Committees. Farmers wishing to buy rationed equipment must make application for its purchase through the county boards.

All newspapers have been asked to conserve print paper for newspaper production. The order came from the War Production Board, Washington, D.C.

LeRoy Frederick, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Schroeder, 203 West St., reported last week to the U.S. Naval Training Station, Chicago.

Women’s Auxiliary of Wauseon Detwiler Hospital is sponsoring a Grey Ladies organization to assist in the hospital because of a shortage of workers.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Feb. 15, 1918

With this issue, the Archbold Buckeye resumes publication after suspension because of smallpox in the W.O. Taylor home.

Within a few issues we’ll have order restored and room for the usual amount of news.

The discarded Bryan fire engine was sold by sealed bids. The machine was purchased by J.K. Miller, of Archbold.

Miss Adella Stotzer will be hostess to the Women’s Reading Circle at the home of Mrs. J. Ehrat, Monday evening.

The rapid increase in the production of alfalfa in the United States during recent years has resulted in a more careful study of its possibilities as a food for all types of livestock.

Elliot Ruihley and Harold Stotzer returned to school at Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday, after spending the weekend at home with their parents.

In view of the probable shortage of farm labor next spring, now is the timely occasion to rig up several threeand four-horse eveners to be used on the farm implements. One man with a fourhorse team will do almost as much work preparing the seedbed as two men, each using a two-horse team.

Harry Baker from the U.S.S. Chattanooga, in port at New York City, is spending a 14-day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Mattie Baker, at the home of Mr. Ed. Lauber and family.

In some places in England, motor companies are compelled to fit their vehicles with a hooter that automatically gives warning when a speed of 12 miles an hour is exceeded.

Noah Liechty lost two fingers Tuesday morning operating the buzz saw at the Gotshall Saw Mill on East Holland Street.

Jacbena Short, 76, died of pneumonia at the home of her son, Mr. Bert Short Friday.

It is folly for a man to expect the world to grow better until he begins to notice improvement in himself.



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