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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998

The ceramics of Amy Rupp Smith, originally of Archbold, were selected to appear in the Sauder Village Art & Craft Show, Saturday, Sept. 26.

Michael Short received the first Mary Short award from Archbold Community Theatre Sept. 14. Michael has been pretending to be someone else since he was three years old.

On a 3-2 split vote, the school board approved increasing salaries of the district’s four administrators from 9.8% to 11.7%. Scott Miller and Cheryl Storrer voted against the wage hikes, which ranged from a low of $5,500 to $7,750.

Storrer said, “With the uncertainty of the school funding issue that’s facing us statewide, we need to be cautious.” Miller said. “Given the current circumstances, the proposed wage increases are inappropriate.”

Council approved changing the zoning of a lot at 900 South Defiance Street to allow the construction of a Dairy Queen restaurant.

A three-bedroom ranch-style house was sold at auction at 205 Douglas Drive by John and Marjorie Baus to Austin Sears for $77,000.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1983

Darla Smith will reign as the Archbold Homecoming football queen. Court attendants are Peg Miller, senior; Maria Smith, junior; Jenny Smith, sophomore; Julie Hodges, freshman.

Goal of the Archbold United Way Drive is $25,800.

Liechty Motors, owned by Wesley and Doris Liechty, will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 29.- adv.

Archbold Industries, located at the corners of East Mechanic and Lincoln streets, has purchased the building owned by Archbold Truck Lines, Inc.

Dave Walker, AHS grad, is in his third year as a member of the Toledo Rocket football team. The 5-11, 162-pound junior has been the Rockets’ regular punter since the last third of his freshman season.

Lockport Mennonite Church is starting its 75th year. The church began in 1908 as an “end” meeting house of the present Central Mennonite Church. Until 1944, Lockport and West Clinton functioned as part of the Central congregation.

Lockport was named for a village settlement in Williams County that never developed. The cemetery and church are all that remain. At one time there was a gristmill and sawmill at Lockport.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Professional services carry a higher and higher price tag. In the last 15 years, malpractice suits have increased over 300 percent. With the new Medicare rules now in effect, there will probably be many, many more.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1958

The 21st annual 4-H, FFA, and Fat Cattle Show at Lugbill Bros., Inc., will be held this week. There will be 2,500 club calves and choice fat cattle for judging. It is the largest sale and auction of its kind in the Midwest. The Archbold High School Band will give a concert Thursday morning.

Fred, son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grisier, graduated Friday from the Cincinnati College of Embalming.

Ralph E. Hollingshead, West Unity, graduated Sept. 19 from the Cincinnati College of Embalming with highest honors in the class.

Miller Oil Company, who operates the Hy-Flash Gas Station in the former Christy Buick building, has donated a new picnic table to Ruihley Park.

Bernadine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olan L. Beck, has been awarded the John Rich scholarship of $100 by Goshen College.

United Fund drive of Archbold has a quota of $14,619.

Richard Jacoby, 18, was squirrel hunting, Wednesday night Sept. 17, when he heard what he thought might be a fox squirrel. The bushes ahead moved and before him were four red foxes. He drew his gun and killed the largest one, and hit a second, which got away. Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Jacoby, southeast of Fayette.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1933

At a meeting to encourage planting less wheat in Archbold Town & Township Hall Tuesday evening, about 20 persons attended. A committee of three was elected to receive applications from farmers of German Township to plant less wheat. Elected were George Lindau, Adam Schlatter, and Clarence Grime. They will encourage farmers to sign papers to plant less grain.

Jake Gearhart’s gas station, north of Edon, was robbed by two bandits Saturday afternoon.

Ralph Schmid, Paul Riegler, Guy Mignin, comprising the board of directors of the Boat Oar company will increase the wages of the employees 10 percent. The local factory is making strenuous efforts to prepare for increased business in the future.

Attention is called to the new law relating to the sale of beverages. All dealers are required to take out a license for which the tax is $1 before engaging in selling beverages except milk, cream, or proprietary medicines.

The First National Bank of Hicksville has been taken over for liquidation.

Three boys discovered a wrecked mail airplane in a swamp 11 miles south of Jackson, Mich.

Miss Sunny Lowry of England swam the English Channel from France to Dover in 15 hours and 40 minutes.

Give the farmer a fair price for his produce and the depression will soon be forgotten.

Traveling salesmen are coming to local merchants full of pep and hope. They say business is picking up everywhere and that this particular merchant is the only one that is not buying heavily on the prospect of increasing prices.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1908

Rumors are current in Kendallville that the Lake Shore has in contemplation the making of a summer resort east of Rome City that will be equal to that resort.

As yet no trace has been found of Stephen L. Noble of Adrian, who wandered away from his home last Tuesday. Mr. Noble had attended the GAR encampment at Toledo, and it is thought that the heat may have unbalanced his mind. He was 68 years old and a resident of this city from his early youth until about 17 years ago. His son, W. A. Noble of this city, has been in Adrian repeatedly since his father’s disappearance, conducting the search for him.

The powerhouse of the old T&W at Sylvania has been closed permanently and the power now will be furnished for operating the cars by the Rail Light. The powerhouse at Sylvania will be kept in repair for use in case of an emergency. Substations will be built along the T&W as needed and present ones improved.

Someone ought to get up an excursion to take German Township farmers to Delta and Wauseon to go through the milk factory and a few of the biggest cow barns, and get them interested in cow keeping. It will pay big profits in the end.

The Delta man who is prosecuting the boys that stole his watermelons never was young.

A man is a good citizen who will let the neighbor’s hogs stink him away from his own table rather than make a row.

Mrs. William Miller points to six holes in her screen door and tells how she shot at chicken thieves Thursday evening, and how thieves ran in different directions and one man fell back while climbing the fence and began to sneeze as though he were hurt.

Friday, Oct. 2, 1908

A large number of attractive ladies and a number of gentlemen from out of town were in attendance at the annual convention of the 16 lodges comprising this district of the Order of Rebekah, which was held at the Archbold Opera House yesterday morning, afternoon, and evening. Ceremonies were held and much business transacted.

The visitors were entertained at dinner, which was served in the Odd Fellows Hall.

Peter Short, of west of town, left for Goshen, Ind., Wednesday. He will attend Goshen College to study auctioneering.

There was a wild rumor afloat in Archbold that John Forget, the Bohemian who was assaulted at Stryker, had died. Forget is still alive and the bones of his jaw are uniting nicely.

When Jacob Ehrat’s new house is finished and he moves, then Godfried Ehrat will move into the house vacated by Jacob Ehrat, and Ora Lauber will move into the house vacated by Godfried Ehrat, and Fred Yedica may move into the house vacated by Ora Lauber, and F. Julius Dimke may move into the house vacated by Fred Yedica, Getting a house in Archbold is like getting elected to county office. A man must have friends, relatives, money, and be a schemer as well.

Mrs. Lillian Baker has dismissed her breech of promise suit against Lewis S. Frisbee. He married her.

Saturday, tomorrow, will open the new clothing store of Dimke & Roether. It is a duty each citizen owes himself and his property to encourage any enterprise that will keep more business in Archbold.

The city has had its day and now the country is having an inning. Of course, the city people say it is only a temporary financial depression and that business will revive after certain things happen. But if they would only use their eyes they could see that the big towns have lost their attractiveness for the young folks. The country town is building up.


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