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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

When property owners in the Pettisville Local School District open their property tax bills in a few weeks, they will be in for a surprise.

With millage for a new school building going on the tax bills, it was originally anticipated property owners would see an increase of 7.86 mills to their tax rate.

But with the change to reappraisal and growth, the agricultural-residential rates will increase by 6.16 mills, 1.7 mills less than was presented in the levy campaign.

Council named Dexter Krueger assistant village engineer at its Monday, Jan. 5 meeting.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, told council he wanted Krueger made assistant engineer so he could act in Seaman’s place when he’s unavailable.

The 1.5% village of Archbold income tax brought in just shy of $4.3 million during 2008, the lowest figure since 2000.

The Fulton County Health Department, Fulton County Health Center, and Ohio State University Extension want you to be a loser.

If you want to lose a few pounds, or more than a few, “Be Healthy Now Fulton County” wants you to get involved in its program, which uses a little competition and teamwork to help individuals reach their fitness goals.

For the second year, steers that compete in the Fulton County Junior Fair must have their eyes examined. The steers must undergo a retinal eye scan to assure their identity. It’s a measure to head off cheating.

Mable Stuckey is the January Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven.

Karlin Wyse, vice president of Lugbill Supply, Inc., said 168 lumberyards have gone out of business in Ohio since 2006, according to the Ohio Construction Suppliers Association, of which Wyse is a member.

Most of them were independently owned, but many corporate-owned businesses closed their doors.

Nursing Degrees – Megan J. Hackett, Archbold; Merinda D. Leininger, Fayette, Northwest State Community College.

Honor Student – Ashley Funk, Pettisville, Valparaiso University

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday Jan. 5, 1994

Archbold could end up supplying municipal waste to the small, unincorporated community of Evansport in Defiance County.

Council received a letter from Otto Gerdeman, of the Poggemeyer Design Group, Defiance, expressing interest in purchasing water for Evansport from the village.

There are 87 residents in the town who are tied in to the community sewer system that has been in place for a number of years, Gerdeman said.

Water from wells in the town is of poor quality, with high sulfur content.

The Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMs) has issued its ultimatum to the Northwest Ohio Crisis Line Board: cooperate with our review of your records, or risk losing next year’s funding.

Crisis Line provides a shelter in Defiance for survivors of domestic violence along with counseling and other support services, according to Lou Levy, director of communications for the ADAMs Board.

Fame and fortune greeted Destiny Salyers the moment she made her way into the world.

It wasn’t her vital statistics such as her weight of 8 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces, or her height of 21 inches that brought recognition. It was her timely arrival as the 1994 Archbold Buckeye Baby of the Year. She was born Jan. 1, 1994, at 6:10 am at Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon. The daughter of Jay and Selena Salyers, Archbold, she was also the first baby born in Fulton County.

The Archbold village income tax set a new record in 1993, collecting $2,410,555.44.

Arrow Tru-Line acquired Collier Industries, USA. David W. Shaffer, president and chief operating officer, announced the acquisition to the overhead door industry Dec. 15, 1993. The Archbold company is the largest hardware supplier to the overhead door market.

Tom Krill, son of Melvin and Betty, received two degrees from Iowa State University. He earned a master’s of business administration in agribusiness and a doctor of philosophy from Iowa University. Krill is now employed by the Ohio State University Extension, working in Van Wert.

Peter D. Short, village solicitor, swore in members of Village Council: William Lovejoy, former mayor and newest councilman; Marcia Cody, Fred Witte, and Roger Pinkelman, council incumbents.

Deaths – Donald Penrod, 57, Archbold; Donna Leupp, 71, Archbold; Ethel P. Mac Lennan, 88, Archbold; Irene Conrad, 84, Saginaw, Mich.; Ellery Stambaugh, 77, Stryker, Eugene Carncross, 74, Fayette

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1969

F. F. Hesterman, superintendent of Ridgeville Corners Local School, will retire Aug. 31. He will continue with the school until its termination on June 30.

As indicated early in January, 1968 was a good year for business and industry in the Archbold community, in spite of low prices farmers received for their commodities.

Fulton County dropped to third place in gross dollar per acre income and was exceeded by Darke County, who ranked first. Wayne County was second.

Archbold Area schools attained a new all-time high in enrollment in September of 1,429.

Twenty new homes were built, two duplexes completed, and four apartment buildings were finished to help solve the local housing problem.

The growth in Archbold is indicated by 34 new water meters installed and the fantastic gain recorded by United Telephone Company in adding 360 new telephones in the village.

Combined statements of Archbold banks indicate they continue to lead all other Fulton County banks in resources, deposits, and loans.

Three groups of Goshen College students are studying abroad, some in Guadeloupe and Jamaica as part of the Study-Service Trimester program.

Leaving for Costa Rica is Miss Jean Kay Rufenacht, a junior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Rufenacht. Two are going to Guadeloupe: Miss Shirlyn Jean Liechty, a junior, daughter of Mr. Mrs. Wayne Liechty and Terry Lee Stuckey, a junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Stuckey.

En route to Jamaica are Miss Darlene Faye Wyse, a senior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson J. Wyse and Miss Susan I. Miller, a senior, daughter of Mrs. Viola Miller and the late Mr. Miller, Fayette.

Deaths–Frank L. Roth, 88, Archbold; Alfred Andres, 78, Bryan; Leah Schertz, 86, Archbold; Alfred A. Spiess 84, Archbold

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1944

Archbold banks gained over a million dollars in assets in 1943, according to published statements in the Archbold Buckeye. This is the largest gain in any one year in the history of the banks.

Responding to a call for an important meeting in the Town Hall Thursday night, about 50 citizens responded to consider the possibility of a moving picture theatre in Archbold.

A committee will meet with Mr. Thomas Scott of Columbus Grove, who wants to establish such a business in Archbold. Important points under consideration are converting a vacant building or erecting a new structure.

Pfc. Frederick Flory and Pfc. Peter Flory, Marines, were in the invasion of the Gilbert Islands. Frederick was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flory.

Jay Ziegler applied to council for the job of street commissioner and janitor. He will succeed C.F. Grime, who held the position ten years. Mr. Ziegler begins immediately. Mr. Grime will retain his position as town marshal.

Cpl. Clement Harvey, son of Mrs. Beryle Harvey, Stryker, was wounded in action and has returned to active duty.

Rev. and Mrs. Will Bauman, returned missionaries to Colombia, S.C., are spending this week with Mrs. Bauman’s brother, Mr. Jacob W. Rupp and family.

B.R. Mull, formerly of Archbold, was promoted to Trade Relations and Advertising of the Eli Lilly Co., Indianapolis, Ind.

Firemen answered two calls. The chimney burned out at the Orval J. Short residence with no loss and a call to the Kroger Store with no loss.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1918

Martin Richardson, 36, was killed at the Miller Crossing, one mile west of Archbold, at 11 o’clock, Friday morning. He was driving north with the butcher truck belonging to Rychener & Richardson.

He happened upon the crossing just as the 11 o’clock westbound T&I car was headed west. The trolley struck the truck with great force, throwing the unfortunate man out. He fell only about 20 feet from where he was struck.

His side was crushed in, one foot was injured, and a fatal scalp wound was inflicted. He was dead when the first person, Sylvan Miller, arrived.

The truck is a total wreck, having been cut in two in the accident. The body was brought to the undertaking room of Rupp Furniture & Undertaking Co.

In the fancy dairy barns of Illinois and Wisconsin, the cows have a barbershop and bathroom.

The cow is driven into the room where her coat is clipped, her hoofs trimmed, her horns polished, and her teeth examined.

The New York Central depot is being connected with the city waterworks. It has required more digging than has usually been necessary in connecting residences. City water is a great convenience. People hesitate at the $30 cost to connect, but when they once have the water they would not part with it for twice the money.

Several rods of gravel have been placed on the street near the Jerome Grime residence. Mayor Ruihley is well pleased with the improvement, and the committee of the council in charge of the work is getting results.

A real cow man never puts straw or bedding under his cows. It is a waste of labor, and does more harm than good.

Some men are such victims of habit, however, that they cannot break off a bad habit no matter how strongly their judgment tells them it is wrong.

It is not good for the cow to tramp around on straw, stirring up a continuous dust which she is compelled to inhale. Dust is bad for a cow. It clogs her lungs, sometimes gives her a cough and lessens her flow of milk.

Friday, Jan. 3, 1919

Following is a letter by Otto Gigax to his wife written at Camp DeLouge in France:

“Am feeling fine and getting fat, weigh 155 pounds. I never have been sick a minute since I’ve been in the army. I received my birthday present from you today.

“The weather is awful damp and we marched for nearly three weeks continuously, sleeping in pup tents and burning candles for light.

“I’ll bet the people at home went wild when they heard the war was over. We had a good Thanksgiving dinner of beefsteak, mashed potatoes, celery, gravy, rice, doughnuts bread and butter, coffee, an orange, candy and hazelnuts. Some dinner!

“I see Pete Buehrer nearly every day. They gave us our helmets to keep, but our gas masks we won’t get. I don’t look for peace until next summer. I will be home for sure, next fall.

“The regulars will stay here and polish up France for several months. We are still with the French soldiers. They had some rabbits in a pen behind the kitchen. The mess sergeant killed two and roasted them for our breakfast.

“The French are celebrating in the villages. It is not official but the Kaiser has accepted everything unconditionally. The French swear it is true.”

In leaving the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Fulton County, I thank the people for allowing me to occupy the office the past four years.– Charles T. Stahl.–adv.

Memorial services will be held at St. John’s Reformed Church, Sunday, to honor Clayton Buehrer, who died in France of wounds received in action, on Nov. 11, 1918.



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