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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Dennis Howell, village administrator, will look into the possibility of purchasing laptop computers for members of Archbold Village Council and Laurie Storrer, clerk of council.

The goal, Howell said, is to cut down on the use of paper and copy machines to save money and make work easier for council.

The possibility of laptops for local lawmakers was discussed at the Monday, Jan.19, meeting.

While Archbold and the rest of America suffer under difficult economic times, there are local entrepreneurs who are optimistic and expanding their businesses.

Kyle and Tara Brodbeck, owners of The Locker Room, have opened new retail space in the Archbold downtown historic district.

Bette Kohv, owner of The Scrapbook Korner, has moved her shop into a much larger area.

Chad and Michelle Kruse and Kari and Justin Dominique, owners of Videos Unlimited, are adding a party supply business to their operation.

The Archbold Area School District has used four of five snow days built into the calendar. Does that concern David Deskins, school superintendent?

“Yes and no,” he said.

“Obviously, it’s very early in the school year to have used four of five available snow days, also known as calamity days. However, in reflection, I don’t know if there were any decisions that I would have made differently.

“Safety is the paramount concern.”

The AHS Class of 1973 held its 35th class reunion.

Bill Phelps has a starring role in the Archbold Community Theatre production of “Barefoot In The Park,” which will be presented at Giffey Hall in the Ridgeville Corners Theatre District, March 6-7-13-14-15.

Deaths – Majorie A. Nafziger, 95, Pettisville; Lucille Short, 98, Stryker; Dorothy A. Nafziger, 83, Archbold; Ruth A. Quimby, 72, Nettle Lake, Ind.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1994

Lee Short, architect, presented a long-range plan for improving the Stryker Street-North Franklin Street area by removing four older homes with a proposed new McLaughlin Memorial Library building on the southeast corner.

School board accepted the resignation of Ron Dilbone as assistant football coach and athletic trainer.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said Dilbone was the finest athletic trainer in Northwest Ohio, if not all of Ohio. Dilbone was connected with two-a-day football practices for 43 years.

Lynn Aschliman was elected school board president.

A $3,500 board service fund was established. Board members’ compensation remains the same at $25 per meeting for up to 12 meetings a year.

Council agreed to a new contract with Archbold Refuse Service that increases the cost of trash pick-up by about $10,000. It will cost the village about $124,000.

The final cost to council to replace the pressurized sanitary sewer line on North Defiance Street from Olds Lane to West Lutz Road was $107,436.35.

The city of Wauseon and the Northwest Ohio Rails To Trails Association have reached an agreement to purchase the abandoned railroad right-of-way that bisects the county seat city. Both sides confirm under the agreement, Wauseon will pay NORTA $80,000 for a three-mile stretch of the former Maumee-to Montpelier rail line from Fulton County Roads 13 to 16.

Lowell Rupp, a 16-year veteran of the Fulton County Commissioners office, announced he will not seek reelection when his term expires at the end of this year.

A low point in his political career came in 1980, when he was defeated after four years in office. The defeat was over the landfill deal and accusations that were never proven, he said.

Rupp cited the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, commonly called the regional jail, as a big controversial project, but one that was positive for the county.

Wanda Stopher was elected secretary-treasurer of the Quadco Rehabilitation Center Administration Board, Jan. 12. She replaces Melba Schmucker, Archbold, whose term of service expired.

Stopher also will serve on the executive committee and program committee.

Pettisville P.A.R.C. Board started the year with three new board members: Paul Grieser, Fred Johnson, and Linda Riegsecker.

Death–Irene M. Frey, 85, formerly of Pettisville.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1969

Over 8,000 pounds of boned beef will be canned Monday and Tuesday in the new building of Sauder Woodworking Co. The Mobile Meat Cannery is moving to Archbold next week for two days, where 50 or more volunteer helpers will aid in the processing, along with a federal meat inspector.

The Pettisville Homecoming Court will be honored when the Blackbirds host Tinora, Saturday evening. Members of the court are Marlene Gruenhagen, a sophomore; Joyce Liechty, junior; Deanna First, junior; Linda Ramos, queen, senior; and Renee Rupp, senior.

David P. Rupp, Jr., has become a partner in the law firm of Rice & Plassman, effective Jan. 1. Rupp has been associated with the firm since September 1967.

William G. Rupp was elected president of the Fulton County Board of Education. Hal C. Hackett was elected vice president.

New members of Lions Club are Dave Garside, John Hall, Richard Frank, Edward Lauber, Paul Nafziger, Dave Schnitkey, Ronald Leu, Max Yoder.

Vaughn A. Hoblet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Hoblet, has been appointed to a position with the State Personnel Department. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.

Mr. Ira Rupp, Jr., Albuquerque, N.M., is inventor manufacturer of a new device that aids in detection of counterfeit money and altered checks, identification cards and other documents.

Mr. and Mrs. Elias H. Frey are in Washington, D.C., attending the inauguration of the 37th president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon.

Mrs. Frey was a member of a group attending a reception at the National Gallery, where she met Mrs. Richard Nixon, Mrs. Spiro Agnew, and Mrs. Earl Warren.

Deaths–May Clair, 90, Archbold; Maynard W. Riegsecker, 49, Delta; Clarence E. Buehrer, 70, Toledo

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1944

Because of the dire need for paper, a local pickup has been planned for Friday, Jan 28.

The shortage is being felt severely by all industries which use paper or cartons for packing products, and the situation has reached such proportions that some local merchants are now being required to return empty corrugated cardboard boxes.

S/Sgt. Paul E. Schroeder is missing in action since Jan. 15, in the Asiatic Theatre of War, according to a telegram sent to his mother, Mrs. Anna Schroeder, Ridgeville Corners.

Paul is a flight engineer and gunner with an air force crew of a B-24 Liberator on bombing missions in India and China, under the command of Gen. Chenault. He had seen much action and was in the big raid on Rangoon.

Lt. William Gegax writes his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Seifert, he arrived safely in England.

While workmen were cleaning the floor with gasoline in the repair room of John Rich & Son Garage, Thursday, the furnace ignited the fumes. They were quickly extinguished.

Larry Bourquin, son of Charles, who is a Merchant Marine, displays in the Buckeye window souvenirs his father sent: a plate from an Italian airplane; American bayonet; two German bayonets; 75mm. shell; Arabian knife.

Pvt. Dale Pape reported to duty Jan. 18, at Fort Frances Warren, in Wyoming.

O.P. Kluepfel was reelected president of McLaughlin Memorial Library Board; R.L. Lorton, vice president; Mrs. A.G. Siegel, secretary; Mrs. E.E. Bourquin, treasurer.

The Archbold street commissioner has laid drainage tile that starts from nowhere and goes to nowhere.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1919

Archbold High School has been invited to participate in the annual state high school championship tournament held at Edwards Gymnasium, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, next month. Fans of the cage sport, who were at the tournament last year, well remember the splendid team the Fulton High School sent, and are hoping they will send as good an aggregation as they produced last year.

Ohio high school athletic officials and leaders of athletic activities at Ohio Wesleyan University are making great plans for the eighth annual Interscholastic State Basketball Tournament to be held the last of February and the first of March.

Desiring to secure more details regarding their son, Clayton O. Buehrer, who was reported to have died of wounds received in action in France, Nov. 11, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Zeigler had a communication addressed to the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross at Washington, D.C., and received the following information Jan. 6, 1919:

My dear Mrs. Zeigler, It is with infinite sorrow that your son, Private Clayton O. Buehrer, Co. L, 356th Infantry, was mortally wounded by shell fire while on duty in the battle of Meuse River, after which he was taken to Field Hospital No. 354, Nov. 11, where he died the same day.

He was buried on the hillside by the roadway leading from Nouvart to Beauclair.

We hope these few details may help you a little and that perhaps we shall have a more full account to send you later on. Sincerely yours, Wm. R. Castle, Jr.

Humor–Before marriage, the man talks and the woman listens; after marriage, the woman talks and the man listens or else they both talk and the neighbors listen.

Friday, Jan. 17, 1919

Isaac N. Aeschliman, 34, son of Nathaniel Aeschliman, met death in the streetcar accident, which occurred at London, Ohio, at about midnight Monday.

He was on his way to attend a Threshermen’s Convention at Columbus.

Funeral is to be held today, Friday, at the Clinton Amish-Mennonite Church at 10:00 suntime.

G.Q. Morgan was selected to act as chairman of the council in the absence of mayor Ruihley.

Local farmers are getting their cow eyes opened.

When the milk checks are due, you can be sure to find quite a number of farmers on their way to the bank to get their monthly wages. Some of them get checks big enough to be called a salary.

That milk check coming in as regular as tax time looks good to Uncle John from the farm. Maw and the children are getting into the habit of spending the milk check in their mind some time before it comes. Maw has her eyes on part of it and the children also have some needs that may not be ignored.

The village merchant also is finding a good word to say about selling milk. He can notice that his book accounts are less and shorter when there is a milk check in the deal.

Even the traveling men who sell the merchants goods have a brighter smile and a fine new story to tell when they know there are milk checks in the neighborhood.

Yes it’s a little work. Paw would rather sit by the stove and earn nothing than getting a dollar an hour for fussing with the cows.

Them milk checks smarten the whole family.

Don’t overlook the inside pages of the Buckeye this issue. They contain editorials, correspondence, local news, and other interesting reading matter as well as interesting advertising.



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