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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998

For the sixth straight year, the county fair set a new attendance record: 232,313. The all-time one-day attendance record was on Labor Day 1994, when 55,329 persons jammed the fairgrounds.

Pettisville school board approved the purchase of a neighboring home with detached garage at 283 East Summit St. The board offered $75,000, which was accepted by the seller.

Athletic Booster Club members will decide whether or not to participate in a project to add lights to the baseball diamond at Memorial Park. Karen Weldy is club president. Lights are needed to allow doubleheaders throughout the summer and allow ACME games to start at 7 pm, rather than 5 pm.

Marvin and Sharon Lantz will open their Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe Saturday morning in the former Burlington Elmira school on St. Rt. 20A.

Deborah Stoner and Rachel Ulrich are serving as officers for the chapter of Financial Women International.

Heavy rains Aug. 24-25 caused about $30,000 damage to the Pettisville wastewater treatment system because it couldn’t keep up with the infl ux of water. It damaged two pumps and electric motors.

Four County Joint Board Of Commissioners are waiting on final approval of plans by state officials before proceeding with the construction of a $3 million, 30-bed juvenile detention center.

50th Wedding Anniversary- Wayne and Susanne (Schlatter) Spiess, Sept. 11. They have five children and eight grandchildren.

65th Wedding Anniversary- Jesse and Lucille (Lantz) Short, Sept. 20. They have six children, 16 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Deaths- Selma F. Sauder, 85, Archbold; William Whiteman Sr., 82, Archbold; Dean A. DeLine, 70, Wauseon; Shaun Gugel, 16, Wauseon; Carl D. Schlatter, 80, Toledo.

Roughly $21,000 in counterfeit money was passed in Northwest Ohio in August, according to Gary Blanchi, Toledo, resident agent of the United States Secret Service.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1983

School board learned Widelite, Inc., is claiming no responsibility for the defective light fixtures at Ruihley Park football field. Of the six fixtures shipped back to the factory, the company claimed responsibility for only one problem. The company claims the lights were handled roughly during installation; thus, its warranty is not in effect, said David Lersch, superintendent of Archbold Schools.

Curtains will be purchased for the middle school home economics room, music practice rooms, and the east end of the new gym.

School board employed several persons: Kathy Breeding, custodian; Steve Storrer, assistant football coach; James Grime, special education route driver; Judy Rand, Title I program tutor; Cindy Henson, seventh grade basketball coach.

Enrollment at Pettisville High School is down for the third year in a row, board members were told.

The Archbold swimming pool had its biggest year since Larry Lirot took control as supervisor in 1977. During the season 5,049 kids and 2,092 adults bought daily passes. There were 150 family season passes and 49 individual season passes issued.

Al-Meda Candy Co., formerly of Archbold, is moving back to town. The newly-formed company purchased the farm home of the late Fred Stamm estate, one mile north of Archbold on Co. Rd. E. John A. Rupp, Jr., son of the founder, sold the company to a group of investors. Ross Taylor, Archbold, a shareholder, started negotiations and showed a deep interest in the business many, many years ago, when he was a young man.

The John and Mary Hausch home at 203 Walnut St., sold at auction Saturday to Joe and Ada Schrock, who bid $28,000.

Deaths- Russel J. Short, 66, Gerald; Ralph I. Merillat, 45, Fayette; Willard Cooley, 77, Defiance; Jay Yoder, infant, Defiance Hospital.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Some smart manufacturer could make millions building bridges for potholes…. A schoolteacher observes, “Teaching would be tough if it were not for June, July, and August.”… Are you aware, a duck has three eyelids on each eye.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1958

About 6,000 people are estimated to visit the La Choy Food Products plant here. La Choy officials greeted long lines of visitors Tuesday. The hosts ran out of 3,200 servings of ice cream, and handed out 30,000 souvenirs. Joe Dominique, mayor, said it is the largest crowd he has seen in Archbold during his lifetime.

Joe, son of Mr. Virgil Short, Stryker, received $430.50 for his champion Angus FFA calf in the auction at the Williams County Fair Saturday. Charles Lugbill bought the calf for Eckert Packing Co. for the A&P Food Stores. It weighed 1,050 pounds and brought 41¢ per pound.

Charter night for the newly organized Lions Club is Wednesday, Oct. 15. There are 22 charter members.

The Navy Science Cruiser Award, presented to David, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Neal, will begin Saturday. The Navy will fly Neal to San Diego where will board the USS Bennington.

Flying Time, three-year-old pacing colt owned by the C&M Stable, Archbold, drew ninth post position in a field of 12 of the best horses in the United States to compete in the 13th annual Little Brown Jug at Delaware Thursday, Sept. 18.

Only 62 visitors attended the open house at the Swanton sewage plant open house.

Paulding County Fair attracted 7,000 fewer visitors than last year.

The Junior Fair Sale drew 132 buyers at the livestock sale.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1933

The Fulton County Fair was complimented last week with 20,000 visitors, a new record.

The Archbold Homecoming celebration netted a profit of $271.50, according to Theodore W. Dimke, treasurer.

First game of the championship series between the Elmira Diamond Dusters and the Yoder All-American Fumblers will be played in Ruihley Park, Tuesday evening.

Births in Fulton County during August were 34 new arrivals.

Enrollment of German Township schools is 154. The largest attendance is in District No. 5, where 22 pupils are being taught.

The hurricane that struck the East Coast of Texas damaged shipping and property along a path of over 100 miles wide.

William Bell and Harold Clark have leased the Fulton County Expositor, owned by Ohio News, Inc.

The fellow who spends his time looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, will have a good long rest now that we are off the gold standard.

During May the United States imported 65,480 barrels of beer from Germany, Russia, and Poland. If that many barrels are imported each month, it ought to start prosperity in those countries at least.

In a recent conversation the name of Sile Doty was mentioned. Had not heard his name for many years. There was a time when Sile Doty was the Jesse James of Southern Michigan and Northern Ohio and Indiana. If a horse was stolen or a new harness disappeared or a hen roost robbed, they all wondered where Sile Doty was hiding. He stole because he liked it.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1908

Archbold had an exclusive and special hailstorm all its own Saturday evening. It came from the southwest in the form of rain and then struck by a northeast wind that changed to hailstones. Roofs sounded like a hundred snare drums. Skylights and windows were bombarded, and fruit knocked from the trees. The ground and sidewalks were carpeted with shredded green leaves. Cabbages and standing corn were shot to pieces, some windows broken. There was considerable damage. Early settlers said they never saw a worse storm.

Attorneys would like to get a law which will allow them to haul any poor man up before the court on any charge and get money from the state for defending them. A man’s poverty often is his protection.

The latest from the Ohio Marshal Office is a detective department whose duty is to find piles of rubbish and trash and report the offenders.

Detectives have found that a man has a family in another city and a wife in Swanton. Arrest will follow.

It’s not the cost of an automobile that makes it expensive. It’s the upkeep.

The new front of the Vernier, McLaughlin & Co., hardware store will have the largest pair of show windows in this corner of the state outside Toledo. This firm is branching out in many lines and is doing much to anchor the business center of Archbold.

Charles Baer, of Fort Wayne, brother-in-law of Eki Rechlau, has been looking around Archbold to locate a greenhouse. He discovered acre-property higher than anticipated, but succeeded in buying two acres of Joel Plettner behind the brewery for $600. He will erect a greenhouse with heating. He intends to raise flowers for the eastern market. Construction will begin next spring. He will employ some help.

Rents are likely to increase in Archbold. The demand for homes is increasing. Landlords can’t resist the temptation to raise rents when would-be renters offer more than the present tenant is paying.

Friday, Sept 25, 1908

While returning from a soldiers’ reunion intoxicated, Jacob Smitley fell under a load of logs and the wheels crushed his skull. He had a family.

Charles Ogle, who was struck by a trolley car Friday, died at the Wauseon Hospital Saturday. He was 40. He had a family in Fort Wayne.

William Clark pleaded guilty to the charge of forgery and was sentenced to seven years at Columbus.

The prohibitionists of Williams County nominated a full party ticket in West Unity. Ten of the candidates are from West Unity.

E.B. Dillion, of Toledo, says it is unlawful for a minister from another state to perform a marriage in Ohio.

Williams County farmers have solved the hot weather corn-cutting problem by working at night until midnight. For the past few weeks the moon has been shining brightly and has afforded an excellent light. The days have been extremely hot so that the heat and dust combined have been enough to kill man and beast. Many farmers in various parts of this county have been cutting corn at night, escaping the terrific heat and dust.

Henry Nofzinger underwent an appendectomy at Wauseon Hospital Wednesday. There are different reports about his condition.

The 21st Ohio regimental reunion was held at Findlay last week. Two hundred were there to represent 2,000 that marched off to the war.

Raymond C. Swisher has left the United Brethren Church at Bryan and will preach for the Congregational Church at Kelly’s Island for more money.


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