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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

“It’s not a beer tent,” said Nanette Buehrer, director of Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce. “There will be more than just beer, and there may not even be a tent.”

The Archbold Area School District earned the rank of “Excellent with Distinction” on the Ohio Department of Education school district report cards for 2007-08.

This is the first year ODE has recognized school districts with the new Excellent with Distinction ranking, the highest available.

Chad Nicholls, AHS ‘95 and an Archbold native, always liked computers and electronics.

His fifth-wheel family camper is equipped with six flat-panel televisions, computer, Internet, surround sound and a video game.

It’s so unique, it was written up in the August issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.

Gertrude Hitt was outside at her home on Gaslight Drive, picking up after a June 9 storm, when she came upon a piece of paper– a cancelled check just shy of 70 years old made out to Millard Merillat in the amount of $32.72, signed by the late Bert Short.

Luke Meller took first place in senior dairy showmanship at the Henry County Fair, and Janah Miller was named Outstanding First Year 4-H Saddle Showman. She also was Walk- Trot Golden Saddle champion, and was the First Year Outstanding Livestock Exhibitor in horses.

Kirk Weldy was one of five Ashland University undergraduate students who competed in Entrepreneurship Immersion Week at John Carroll University.

25th Wedding Anniversary– Stan and Melissa (Knisely) Harris, Aug. 6, 1983

Archbold Community Theatre is preparing “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen,” a high-seas swashbuckler, for fall presentation.

Union Street reconstruction is nearly completed, said Bob Seaman, village engineer. All that’s left is to lay the final topcoat of asphalt.

Jacob Nafziger watches his putt as the ball rolls toward the cup. He shot a 41 against Bryan and 44 against Stryker.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1993

Two Archbold Village Council members met the filing date Thursday to get in the fall General Election race. The two incumbent councilmen, Vaughn Bentz and Fred Witte, joined three others who had already filed for the four council positions that will be on the ballot.

Filing earlier were incumbents Marcia Cody and Roger Pinkelman, and challenger William Lovejoy.

For the most part, Fulton County crops are looking good in spite of sporadic and scattered rainfall.

So far, said Greg LaBarge, county extension agent, the dry period hasn’t hurt corn. Even soybeans are still good, he said.

Further progress on the Wabash Cannonball Heritage Trail project is waiting for Toledo Testing to finish an environmental assessment of the abandoned Maumee-to- Montpelier rail corridor.

There are a couple of things to check, but the council police and fire committee will probably recommend the fire siren again blow when village firefighters are called.

The home of Henry and Dorothy Huner located at 313 Buckeye Street was sold at public auction to Doug and Roxanne Newman for $81,500.

The estate of Hazel Shelter on Co. Rd. 26-2 sold at public auction. A ranch house and 7.3 acres sold to Joe Beck for $100,000; a parcel of 63.5 acres sold to John D. Wyse for $1,545 per acre, or $87,107; and another 85-acre parcel sold to Rick Wyse for $1,675 per acre, or $142,375, and a final parcel of 74 acres sold to Jim Hensel for $2,225 per acre, or a total of $164,650.

Refuse will only be picked up two days a week in Archbold instead of the current four.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, told council ARS requested the change from four days a week to two as a cost-saving measure.

Malinda Fix and Andrea Christenson, Fayette, were among 10 4-Hers selected to represent Fulton County at the Ohio State Fair with their demonstrations and illustrated talks.

The Just Friends Restaurant team won the championship in the lower division of the sand volleyball competition at Ruihley Park. Teammates were Denise Waidelich, Chris Mossing, Rhonda Waidelich, Melanie Fruchey, Everett Lee, Corey Fruchey.

James Schantz, AHS ‘81, joined the helicopter emergency service in Northern California. He is the son of Martha Schantz.

Deaths–KennethM.Franck, 75, Archbold; Mildred Bacho, 81, Stryker; Alvy Weber, 81, Wauseon; Benito Martinez, 55, Stryker; Josephine Bernath, 98, Archbold; Margaret Swisher, 88, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1968

Miller Bros., Inc., was the successful bidder for a 700- acre water storage reservoir to be constructed by the city of Lima.

Boy Scout Troop 63 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Craig Frankawski. T.L. Parker served as scout chaplain.

Richard Grime, council representative, made the presentation. Don Penrod is scoutmaster.

A sunflower stalk in the Willard Erbskorn garden at 200 Middle Street is believed to be the tallest in Archbold. It has 30 blooms and was measured by his neighbor, Lloyd Leu. The seeds will feed blue jays and cardinals and a few respectful snowbirds next winter.

The Archbold High School Future Homemakers of America chapter chose Michael Zuver as the king during the Fulton County Fair.

Larry Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Armstrong, began a two-year term of voluntary service with the Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart, Ind. He will serve as a child-care worker at the Kansas City Children’s Home, Kansas City.

Betty Scott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Scott, spent three days with her parents en route to Lawrence, Kan., having taught all summer in Brevard, N.C.

Edwin Lantz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lantz, spent a week on a United Methodist work project at the Braden Methodist Church, Toledo.

The Lockport Children’s Choir of approximately 60 voices will end Children’s Day at the Archbold Methodist Church, Sunday.

Dedication services for the Harold and Wilma Good Library at Goshen College is Sunday, Sept. 22.

A model of the proposed new Fulton County Health Center was unveiled Thursday at a press conference at Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1943

The biggest sale event of the year takes place at Lugbill Bros., auction sales, Friday, when approximately 900 head of choice cattle will be sold.

It will be highlighted by the annual judging of the 100 Club Calves entered by boys and girls who compete each year in the big event. In addition, 800 head of choice finished steers will be sold, consigned by the many producers in this great agricultural area served by Lugbills.

About 40 carloads, nearly a trainload of the finest dryfed steers, will go though the sale ring.

County sheriff Lester Irwin and his deputies will be on hand to handle traffic. This is the outstanding fat cattle auction in the Midwest and is nationally recognized.

The initial operation of the new equipment installed by La Choy Food Products, Inc., for testing and handling of the 1943 tomato crop, is Thursday.

Limited production will be started Monday and gradually increased as tomatoes ripen. A unique system has been installed for fluming the tomatoes from storage yard to the production plant. Capacity of the tomato product is 25 tons hourly.

La Choy is planning to convert the tomato equipment to produce apple butter, jams and jellies at the close of tomato season.

Leroy Wyse is in a Japanese prison, according to a card received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Wyse, who live near West Unity.

Last Monday they received a card– the first direct communication they have had from their son, although they were advised in June 1942 by the War Department that he was missing.

The card was headed: “Imperial Japanese Army” and on it were a number of printed spaces in English, which were filled in, and the card bore the signature of Leroy, which his parents recognized. The card said he was a prisoner and in good health.

Also, it bore information he was not injured or being mistreated.

He said, “Tell all friends and relatives that I’m ok.” To his parents he wrote, “I hope you are well. Don’t worry about me, I am ok. Love to all.”

The family and friends knew he was at Corregidor with Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1918

Thirty men will leave from Fulton County for Camp Taylor, Ky., Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, at 8:54 am.

All men in Fulton County who have attained age of 21 since June 5 must appear before the County Draft Board at the Military Board Office in the courthouse at Wauseon for registration for the enforced military service.

Mrs. A.J. Vernier is busy making a service flag, which she intends to present to the village. At present there are 81 Archbold and German Township boys in the service, seven of whom are officers. Mrs. Vernier intends to place about 90 stars in the flag as boys will be called to the service this month.

In the room of the Archbold Volunteer Fire Department hangs a service flag containing six stars for men from the organization who are with the colors. The men are William Viers, Ora Nofziger, George Rieth, Otto Gigax, Fred Barber and Clark Swisher.

Fulton County has until Sept. 1 to furnish 12 war student nurses. It is stated that 1,000 graduate nurses must be sent overseas each week for the next two months to meet the requirements of the allied armies.

The old sixth regiment, in which there are several Archbold boys, was reported to be within 40 miles of the French front and is moving nearer the battle positions.

Mr. W.O. Taylor and family attended the family reunion northeast of Wauseon to help Uncle Lucius P. Taylor celebrate his 101 birthday. The old gentleman now has a good start on the second century of his existence. He is in good mental and physical health and talks of current events and manages his own business. He is the oldest person in Fulton County.

The Buehrer reunion was held at the Archbold School Park, Aug. 14, with 125 present. The family has 15 boys in military service, some of whom are in France.

Simon Luthy helped two fellows out of Ford trouble north of Pettisville. They invited him to leave his own Ford and go with them to Pettisville to have a drink.

After they had the drink, the fellows left Simon and started for Michigan. Simon found his Ford had been stripped of everything. One of the men wore an army uniform.

There are about 100 men at Camp Sherman who are classed as conscientious objectors and are available for farm work at once.

Friday, Aug. 23, 1918

Frank Gooderdeen was badly injured and his horse had to be killed after the animal tried to paw a Ford to pieces, which it met on the road near Delta. Gooderdeen was riding the horse.

Mr. W.F. Poorman received a telegram from Washington, D.C., stating that his son Freeman Poorman had been seriously wounded in action, July 18, in France. The news came a month and one day after the date of the wounding.

It was the first word Mr. Poorman heard of his son since the lad left home. The family mailed an advertising sheet and offered a liberal reward for information concerning the boy. No reliable information has been received. Numerous adventurers and jokers seemed to take delight in torturing the feelings of the family and sent letters offering information regarding the whereabouts of the lad, none of them offered specific information, and many wanted the reward.

Freeman is the first boy from near Archbold to be wounded in action in the war.

Fred Bruner went to Toledo, Monday, and while at Bay View Park he saw the great aeroplanes do all kinds of fancy circus stunts. He watched the airships turn somersaults, flip-flops, and round-offs.

Jos. Clark of near Bryan was just plain drunk. Mayor Ruihley kept him overnight in the cooler and taxed him $20, Thursday morning. Joseph was ashamed.

Considerable loss is caused each year from stinking wheat smut on wheat. This is the covered smut and many times is not noticed on the wheat while it is being harvested.

Clayton Eugene Schuster, an erstwhile Archbold student and dramatic actor, writes from somewhere in France that he has gained a few pounds, and French people so far as he has seen are 50 years behind the times. They plow with oxen, wooden plows and two persons to a plow, one to drive the oxen and one to hold the plow. He said the people are very religious and the churches are great and grand and the surroundings and decorations of the churches are magnificent. But the people still use candles, beat grain from the heads, and wear homemade clothes and wood shoes.



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