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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998

Kristi Bloomer, Beth Yoder, and Jenneken Buschur, AHS students, were grand champions at a marching band field commander competition at a camp in Illinois. They will participate in the Citrus Bowl halftime show.

Council will auction about half of the Breniser property on South Defiance Street. The village planned to construct a parking lot with 52 spaces.

A task force made up of representatives from Archbold, Fayette, German, Franklin, and Gorham townships, will study the impact the Co. Rd. 24 turnpike interchange will have on the area.

Martin Schmidt, police chief, has been selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

A.J. Genter, Pettisville, sold his reserve champion 250- pound Duroc hog at the Ohio State Fair for $13,500, a record.

Jeffrey B. Neuenschwander, Pettisville, was named assistant superintendent of the water treatment plant.

Kristen Hamlin, Ridgeville Corners, was a participant in the Henry County tomato queen pageant.

Sarah Britsch was named county lamb and wool queen at the Fulton County Fair.

40th Wedding Anniversary- Harley and Donna Burkholder, Stryker, July 19. They are the parents of three and have five grandchildren.

Work has started on the Lockport Covered Bridge.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1983

Archbold soon will say hello to new friends and good-bye to very old ones. By a unanimous vote council voted to begin to remove dying trees and plant replacement ones before September.

Several interested citizens attended the Park Board meeting to protest the board’s decision to forego a regulation-size swimming pool.

The Ohio Division of Community Development is considering a grant request from the county commissioners for a new parking lot east of the Fairlawn Haven Apartments.

Workers are making rapid progress on the education unit at Zion Mennonite Church. The 95×125 foot addition will have a fellowship hall that can be divided into eight classrooms and covered, enclosed walkways, including a ramp to the sanctuary to link the new building to the original church structure. A kitchen, four offices, library, and lounge are included in the new section. Completion of the $500,000 addition is scheduled for November.

“Crops look real good” in the county, according to David Reed, extension agent.

Donna and Rex Ziegler have purchased Cheri’s Lugbill Restaurant from Robert and Cheri Knape as of Aug. 8. The restaurant opened on the first floor of the office building by the late Peter Lugbill in 1934. Earlier it was operated under a tree near the auction building during the summer of 1934. As the Lugbill brothers business grew, more office space was needed. A basement was dug under the building and the restaurant moved there in about 1936. About 10 full- and part-time employees work in the restaurant.

Melvin F. Lange, director of the Fulton County Agricultural Society, gave members of the Community Commercial Club a preview of the 126th county fair.

Sandy Nafziger told Rotarians about her 14-week trimester Goshen College experience in Belize.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Remember about 25 years ago when Walter Reuther proposed a 35-hour work week, so more people might be employed…. Many people start dieting when they occupy too much outer space.

The Archbold Buckeye produced a six-page special section to honor the 125-year history of the five-generation Stotzer family hardware business. The five generations include Frederick, founder; Henry, Harold, Robert, Rick, and Liz.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1958

Archbold is home to the largest American Chinese foods processor in the world. Archbold will be transformed into “Chinatown USA” for a day on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The day also will honor the multi-million dollar expansion, according to Joe Dominique, mayor. Citizens may tour the plant that day.

Commercial Club will host its annual chicken barbecue in Ruihley Park Saturday afternoon. Last year over 1,800 were fed.

Elmira Garden Club will hold a flower display at Elmira School, Sunday.

Zehr & Co. is building an 80×84 block and concrete building near the New York Central railroad to house dry fertilizer. It could be completed by September.

A military address appears for Doyle Hayes.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1933

Earl W. Bernath purchased the meat market from Lugbill Bros. Bernath has been employed by the Lugbills for some time and has managed the meat department. He has many years experience in the retail business. The Lugbills will continue their many other business interests in Archbold and vicinity.

The annual conference of the Defenseless-Mennonite congregations of Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, and Indiana is to be held at Pioneer. Meals are to be served in the church.

The largest crowd in the history of the village of Archbold assembled in Ruihley Park Thursday evening for the 1933 homecoming celebration. It is estimated between 8,000 and 9,000 were in the park that evening.

Pettisville suffered its first defeat of the season at Swanton, Sunday, 5-2.

About 50 barbers of Fulton County assembled in Wauseon to organize a standard of service.

Paul Burry, deputy sheriff of Fulton County, was robbed of $100 by three men who held him up as he was sitting in his parked car at the Arlington Ave. entrance of the Toledo State Hospital, Monday.

Many Archbold residents have been attending the World’s Fair in Chicago.

All of the tennis courts in Archbold are in good shape. They are heavily used.

Let’s try intimidating the depression.

All pie tins left at the pavilion over homecoming were taken to Lytle’s Bakery, where owners may call for them.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1905

John Teachman, 76, who had been missing since Friday, was found by Mr. Newton, Napoleon, and Paul Beard in the woods west of town Tuesday evening. They found him in a reclining position. He had been drinking hard for the past three weeks and had not taken proper nourishment and was weak. He no doubt died from exposure of sleeping in the woods.

William Clark in jail at Bryan for attempted swindle, tried to escape from jail by sawing off the bars.

Mrs. Barbara Nofziger and Miss Fanny Rychener met with an accident Sunday on their way home from the Amish Sunday School. Their horse was frightened from an approaching automobile. It made a short turn in the road and threw the occupants out.

Harry Mack’s team valued at $400 was killed by a T&I car at Delta Thursday morning. The car ran off the track. The passengers screamed and swore, but none were hurt. Harry narrowly escaped death.

Downtown Archbold streets were again crowded with welldressed, well-behaved young folks Saturday evening. Archbold merchants are proud that the town is popular with the young people.

The DT&I has put their tracks in such good condition that the state may permit them to put on passenger trains north and south through Wauseon.

Friday, Aug. 28, 1908

Bicycle thieves are busy at Wauseon.

The tongue of Sucher’s runaway dray team ran clear through one of Adam Moogs horses tied at Bryan.

The Alex Druhot building looks like sweet sixteen in its new dress of paint.

Eight hundred people attended the dedication services of the handsome and commodious new Amish-Mennonite Church at Lockport, Sunday. Bishop Frey opened with an appropriate address. The audience was addressed in German and English. One hundred and sixty-one teams were counted.

The new church is beautifully located near the Lockport covered bridge and beside the cemetery, in which rest so many of the relatives of the congregation.

There is a running fountain in the yard with a large cement tank to refresh all that will. The scenery in the neighborhood is attractive.

Frank Hamel, a returned missionary from south China, will speak at the Missionary Church Sunday morning at 10:45.

The children in the neighborhood of the Lake Shore Depot were excited the other evening when a large bird lighted in one of the trees. The neighborhood was aroused, a gun procured and the creature brought to earth. It proved to be a heron, a shore bird that wandered far from the sea. It was mostly skin, bones, and feathers.

C.F. Gordon with his motorcycle collided with a farmer’s rig on Defiance Street Wednesday.

Harmon Rupp, son of Jacob, returned from agriculture school at Goshen.

Archbold boys are flying kites for recreation. Kite flying took place over 4,000 years ago.


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