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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Teachers in the Archbold Area School District will get 6.5% in base pay hikes in a contract approved by the Archbold Area School Board.

Negotiations for wages and insurance issues have taken place since April 2007.

Cast members of the Archbold Community Theatre production of “A Murder Is Announced” appear in a photograph. They are Faith Knapp, Nic Ennen, Peggy Wright- Patterson, Teresa Van Sickle, Fairy Riter, Troy Christman, Theron Steinke, Jan Delaney, and Sara Leininger.

Pettisville won the Division IV boys basketball sectional championship over North Central, Friday, Feb. 22, at Bryan. The Birds upped their record to 16-5.

The Wayne Trace girls basketball team took charge toward the end of the first period and never looked back, defeating Archbold 67- 51 in the Division III district semifinals, Thursday, Feb. 21, at Napoleon.

Kevin Morton, a member of Archbold Park Board, said the board survey of local residents should be in the mail soon.

The Pettisville Academic Quiz Team finished second in the Four County League season, Feb. 19, with an 8-3 record.

“Beaten Purple,” the Bible quiz team of Lockport Mennonite Church, won the firstplace trophy in the regular season with a 13-1 record. Teammates were Stacy Kinkaid, Laurin Waidelich, Claire Graber, Eliot Nofziger, Seth Nofziger.

The Pettisville Academic Quiz Team won the Fulton County Quiz Bowl championship tournament. Teammates are Alyx Smith, Jimmy Baatz, Bethany Hartz, Yu LinLin Huang, Emily Short, Michael Ferguson, Jacob Nofziger, Chris Matthews, Matthew Mock, Cory Moon, Tyler Bechstein, Ricky Shipman.

A late arrival by a demonstrator fire truck delayed the Archbold Fire Department’s final recommendation to the German Township Trustees, Monday night, Feb. 25.

Five Pettisville students received perfect scores from the judges at the Pettisville Local Science Fair, Saturday, Feb. 16: Rebekah Meller, Laura Rochefort, Logan Beck, Nathan Betz, Adrienne Bruner.

Deaths–Sue Ann Pape, 53. Bowling Green; Adele Haubold, 97, Archbold; David C. Weber, 68, Archbold; Edward H. Yoder, 82, Archbold; Robert G. Roth, 71, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1993

Fulton County Health Center volunteers were praised for their more than 18,000 hours service to the hospital Monday evening, during the 20th anniversary dinner meeting.

Dale L. Nafziger, president of the hospital trustees, and Dean Beck, administrator, credited the volunteers for helping keep expenses down.

Auxiliary membership is 225, said Fern Schrock, volunteer coordinator.

Fulton County commissioners have endorsed a plan that will locate an Ohio turnpike interchange on Co. Rd. 24, re-route St. Rt. 66, and radically change the map of western Fulton County.

Lowell Rupp, commissioner, said there would be no problem swapping Co. Rd. 24 for St. Rt. 66.

Farm numbers across the county, state, and nation are on a downtrend while farm size continues to increase by a few acres each year. During 1991, Fulton County lost 60 farms while Ohio farm numbers dropped by 4,000 to a record low of 80,000 farms. Nationally, 35,000 farms went out of production.

Wanda Stopher, Archbold, is a new member of the Quadco Rehabilitation Center Administrative Board.

Stopher taught junior high developmentally handicapped students for two years. She is now taking time off from teaching to raise a family, but is doing some substitute teaching.

Snow, sleet, and rain did not keep area residents from traveling Sunday to the Ridgeville Corners Chicken Pie Dinner, where members of the Ward L. Adams American Legion Post and Auxiliary served 790 dinners.

Deaths–Marlin J. Wyse, 59, Archbold; Orville G. Spangler, 80, Wauseon; Glen W. Weber, 87, Wauseon; Vadys Dielman, 87, Wauseon; Levi Ronald Dean Rains, infant son of Thomas and Lisa Rains, Jr., Fayette

Four Archbold young people will represent the local Knights of Columbus in the regional basketball shoot-out at Maumee Sunday: Lindsey Schnitkey, Micah Sensenig, Kacy Stevens, Bridget Moon.

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1968

A.J. Stamm, chairman of the board and executive vice president of The Farmers & Merchants State Bank, appointed Erie J. Sauder, Dale Miller, Harold F. Stotzer, and K.E. Stamm to develop building plans for an addition to the bank building.

Five high school boys, followed by five girls, celebrated the opening of Archbold in the basketball tournament by dribbling a ball to Bryan High School. The group left the school at 3:30 and arrived at Bryan at 5:30. Adding to the excitement along the way, one ball went free and a slow-moving car popped it when they were near Bryan.

The boys were Scott Gleason, Don Mathews, Steve Schroeder, Steve Dominique, and Tom Johnson. Girls were Jani Merillat, Barbara Burkholder, Susan McRobbie, Susan Beck, and Jane Harrison.

Pvt. James M. Liechty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Liechty, is home on a 13-day furlough from Fort Knox, Ky. He will transfer to Fort Lewis, Washington, on March 9, then to Fort Richardson, Alaska. He is in a Patroling Specialist Unit.

Sgt. James F. Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Cunningham, has completed a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force and has been discharged. He was stationed in Germany.

Herman Kurtz, 46, who escaped Feb. 7 from the Ohio Correctional Institute at Marion, surrendered to police Feb. 20 in Champaign, Ill.

Kurtz was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder for the 1963 shotgun slaying of Mrs. Emma Harrigan, 85, and her grandson Lloyd Harris, 32, in their Archbold home.

The annual Chicken Pie Supper served by the Ridgeville Corners American Legion and Auxiliary was attended by 975 persons Saturday night.

James S. Grant, manager of the Toledo Edison Company, Western District, announced a budget of nearly $30 million for expansion throughout the 2,500-square-mile system in 1968.

Carlton M. Higbie, Jr., president of Higbie Manufacturing Company, Rochester, Mich., announced the appointment of Charles Peters to the newly-created office of executive vice president.

Thirty-five couples attended the Rotary Club 13th annual charter observance in the State Dining Room. Four members of the Four-County Joint Vocational School presented the program: Robert J. Durbin, superintendent; Dallas Cornet, Duane Bachman and Ray Tearney.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor–Here’s a prescription of sure-fire method to have a good night’s sleep. Try a hard day’s work….. Men are quick to buy their wife an automatic dishwasher. Nothing takes the contented look off a man’s face like a dish towel….. It’s difficult for fathers and mothers who enjoy a cocktail before dinner to convince their children a drink of soda pop will spoil their dinner.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1943

C.F. Grime, street commissioner, was severely burned on his left hand and arm Monday afternoon when the tar he was heating exploded.

Inspection deadlines for

Book A tire holders is March 31;forBCTbookholders, Feb. 28.

American housewives will soon be fighting the Axis in a way as vital and effective as the boys on the battlefronts of the world.

They will be hitting hard at the foes of democracy with a weapon that has won the decisive battles of world history. Food is the weapon. Use all food sparingly and waste little.

The Civilian Defense organization is preparing a 23-county air raid blackout, which will take place sometime this week during nighttime hours. The village fire siren alarm will sound and all electric lights must be turned out in homes and business places for 15 minutes.

The Fulton County Selective Service Board has sent notices to Fulton County men for induction in military service March 6. The number is unknown. There will be two calls in March. A group of 36 lower-aged men and married men without children will be the second call.

The response to the appeal for emergency food workers presented by the Archbold Buckeye last week exceeded all expectations and is a tribute to the public spirit of citizens of this community.

War took its death toll in Fulton County. Last week, Private James Kahle, 30, of Lyons, was killed in action in the North African campaign; Charles Kline of Ottokee is missing in action, and Sgt. Beverly H. Harlton, Wauseon, was wounded in action in the South Pacific.

Autos driven by Glen E. Fish, Fayette, and R.E. Childers, Montpelier, sideswiped Wednesday at 8 pm on US 127, 1 1/2 miles north of West Unity. Both were badly damaged.

More than 300 weekly newspapers in 29 states ceased publication during 1942.

Eddie Austermiller, Napoleon, was the successful bidder at the John Vogt auction sale last week. He purchased the 1912 Flanders Roadster that Vogt bought new for $2,000.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1918

During the storm on Thursday night, 11 poles holding up the high tension wires of the T&I were blown down between Delta and Wauseon. Most towns along the line were without electric service for a number of hours, and trolley cars stood on the tracks until morning.

A test of seed corn made in Fulton County by the various towns and townships proved that about 50 percent of the seed corn in Fulton County is fertile.

Provost Marshal General Crowder has recently announced the last increment of men selected in the first military draft may begin on Feb. 23, and continue for five days.

It is not known when the next draft will come, but it depends upon the removal of troops to France.

Ohio 1919 automobile license plates will be manufactured at the Ohio Penitentiary. The machinery can produce 4,000 tags a day.

Warrants of arrest were served at Bryan, Wednesday, against the three owners of moving picture theatres, charging them with the violation of a state law prohibiting theatrical performances on Sunday.

August Kolbe, who operated a thirst parlor at Ridgeville Corners, had his license transferred to his brother, and has obtained another license to operate a saloon at Okolona, Henry County.

Mr. Olley Lauber is now night operator at the New York Central depot at Holland.

Small pox epidemics are reported in Hillsdale, Mich., Napoleon, Holgate, and Holland.

Friday, Feb. 22, 1918

Sebastian Rueger and others representing 51 percent of the property owners within a mile of the road on the line between German and Franklin townships, filed a petition asking for the grading, draining, and graveling of that road, commencing at the northeast corner of Section 10 of German Township, or one mile north of Lauber Corners.

Landowners to pay one-third and the remaining to be assessed upon the taxable property in two townships. The petition calls for gravel.

Considerable damage to farms and buildings has been reported from Springfield Township, northeast of Stryker, the result of a terrific rain and huge windstorm that invaded this community on Valentine’s Day last week.

The farm of Emile Planson suffered greatly, which wrecked his straw barn and tore it to pieces. Two hogs and one cow were killed. The chicken house was wrecked beyond repair.

Owing to the high cost of print paper and everything that goes to make up newspapers, 160 country newspapers in the United States were forced to suspend publication in 1917.

Hundreds of new automobiles will be delivered by wagon roads as soon as weather conditions will permit.

Public Meeting–There will be a meeting at the Town Hall, Monday evening, to organize for buying thrift stamps and war saving stamps. All are invited. Be sure to come.–adv.

The Bernath School is now the proud owner of a new bookcase.

NOTICE–There will be a meeting at the Town Hall, Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock to organize German Township for county agent work. All farmers interested are invited to attend.–adv.

A dairy herd can be kept on a small farm with less hired help than any other stock with the exception of hogs, and the better the grade of the herd, the larger the net profits.

Harold Bradley, 23, a teacher at Bordner School, east of Swanton, and a cousin have been arrested. They are suspected of having stolen grain and chickens from nearby farmers. A quantity of oats, bran, and corn was found in the former’s home.



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