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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

As many as 140 youth and adult supporters of establishing boys soccer as a varsity sport attended the Monday, Feb. 16, Archbold Area School board meeting.

Scott Miller, board president, told the group the board would not make a decision until its March 16 board meeting.

Arnold Mosher, speaking for the soccer supporters, said studies show that soccer can generate more than enough revenue to cover its total cost, which was estimated at $7,671.

Mosher said the soccer supporters had obtained firm, written pledges of $6,000 from more than 30 persons.

The group would be willing to donate the money to the district general fund, to support other programs.

He said the donation is not “bidding for soccer” or “pay to play.” Rather, the money was raised to support other programs at the school.

Roel Galvin, board member, asked Mosher how he would respond to those who would be upset over the creation of boys varsity soccer, when other programs have been cut.

Mosher said their statistics show the soccer program can support itself.

Martin Schmidt, police chief, called a local man “a person of interest” in an alleged Internet scam case originating in Pennsylvania.

He also said automobile crashes on public roads in Archbold fell almost 38% between 2007 and 2008. There were 79 accidents in 2007.

Jordan Cowell, freshman wrestler in the 130-lb. eight class, claimed an NWOAL championship, Saturday, Feb. 14.

James Roynon, former pastor at West Clinton Mennonite Church, just returned from his fifth trip to Israel, where he was part of a Christian Peacemaker Team. He observed the situation first hand.

David Deskins, school superintendent, was granted a four-year contract by the board, Monday night.

Deaths–Trudy S. Bischoff, 55, Angola, Ind.; Herbert H. Rupp 85, Ruskin, Fla.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1994

Area farmers brought their water concerns to Archbold Planning Commission, Monday evening. At a joint meeting of APC, Archbold Council, German Township Trustees, and the Fulton County Commissioners, it was agreed that APC should recommend to council the cleaning of Brush Creek and to conduct an area water study.

The Archbold Area School Board accepted the resignation and retirement of Michael Sullivan, Archbold elementary school principal.

“It’s been a good run,” he said, referring to his career in education. Sullivan’s career began at the Elmira School in 1963, and he joined the Archbold staff in 1973.

During the 61st Ohio Newspaper Association Convention, the Archbold Buckeye was presented awards in advertising, editorial writing, and general excellence.

If there is one thing Maynard Sauder wanted to make clear about the gift of a new Archbold library, it was the fact that it is not a personal endowment, but a total company decision.

“We talked about this for quite some time,” he said. “Yes, it was my suggestion, but we do make at least one large charitable donation each year before our employees receive their profit-sharing. They all know that.”

Ownership of the generous offer goes back to each and every person within the firm.

Cecily Rohrs of Sauder Village was honored at the Heartland Travel Showcase in Dayton. She was presented an award for “exemplary service to the Ohio tourism industry” by the Ohio Travel Association.

Richard “Rick” Hodges told Chamber members that Ohio is a better place to live and work than a year ago.

Honor Students–Autumn Borton, OSU; Eric Nofziger, University of Cincinnati; Chad Baus, Anderson University

Amy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rich, plays in the Knox County Symphony. She is a freshman and flutist at Kenyon College.

Construction of the Sauder Woodworking electric power plant is completed. They have operated all individual pieces at 100% or more of capacity.

The plant does two things for the company. It burns 200 tons of sawdust the company produces every day, and the two boilers generate two steam turbines to supply a portion of Sauder power needs.

Gregg W. Anderson, who was news director at WHFDFM in the late 1970s, is now staff chaplain at the Kentucky State Penitentiary, Eddyville, Ky.

Deaths–Marjorie A. Ruffer, 79, Archbold; Mary Short, 80, Archbold; Lillian Eicher, 82, Tedrow

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1969

Delbert H. Miller, 44, Archbold, a farmer residing near Ridgeville Corners, drowned in the large Wauseon reservoir at about 9:30 am, Tuesday, where he had gone to fish through the ice. Miller was about 50 feet off the shore in the northeast part of the reservoir, and broke through the ice.

Robert J. Durbin, executive director of the Four County Technical School, was presented the Governor’s Award for 1968 in Columbus by James A. Rhodes, governor. He was lauded for his outstanding work in the Ohio education system.

Mr. Gerald Geiger, chemistry teacher at Archbold High School, has received word that two of his students, Don Ebersole and James Couch, placed high in the preliminary Organic Chemistry Test given at Bowling Green State University.

Stephen Rice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rice, left Saturday for Atlanta, Ga., where he is enrolled in the Career Academy.

Paul A. Zimmerman, pastor at Ann Arbor, Mich., will speak on the “Relation of Bible to Science” at Ridgeville Corners High School gymnasium, Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.

Edward A. Thatcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Thatcher, has been commissioned 2nd lieutenant in military intelligence at Fort Belvoir, Va. He is now assigned to Fort Holabird, Md., for six weeks and then to Vietnam, where he will report to Lang Binh for a year’s tour.

Orville Fricke gave an interesting talk on his experiences operating a foster home for boys at the Monday Noontide Luncheon of the Commercial Club.

Dean’s List–Phyllis Liechty, Gene Wyse, Eileen Yoder, Hesston College

Deaths–Christie H. Short, 63, Archbold; Roscoe A. Bowlus, 87, Fremont

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1944

Henry Ford’s Willow Run bomber plant is nearing full production at a time when the famous B-24 Liberator four-motor airplanes are exacting a heavy toll on Nazi cities and military objectives in Germany and occupied territory in Europe.

Willow Run, the subject of much newspaper publicity and considerable criticism in high places, was constructed on farmland near Ypsilanti. Ground was broken June 1941 and the first airplanes started off the runways 11 months later, in May 1942.

Ora E. Lauber, local chairman of the Red Cross drive, is making plans to receive contributions from this community. The drive, which starts in March in Fulton County, is part of a national campaign to raise $2 million dollars throughout the United States.

Fulton County has over-subscribed the Fourth War Loan Drive by $100,000, according to tabulations Monday. Ebonds may be purchased at banks and post offices.

This time we go to 40,000 feet or 7 3/4 miles, I’m not sure, but I believe we will use oxygen from the start, according to James Sellers, a Navy photographer from Archbold.

Mrs. John B. Couch left Thursday for Chicago to meet her husband, who has a three-day pass from military camp. She returned to Archbold, Saturday night.

Mr. Vern Gisel sold his home on East Holland Street to Mr. Melvin Winzeler last week.

Mr. Arthur Schmucker had three fingers crushed in dough rollers at La Choy last Wednesday, and hopes to be back to work soon.

Pfc. William Rettig Jr., received his first mail in over a month at his post in the New Guinea area. It consisted of 37 letters and other reading matter. He is in an amphibian engineer group.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1919

The Friday and Saturday sessions of the Farmers Institute in Archbold drew fair attendance. There was apparent lack of interest among farmers of the immediate vicinity. The evening sessions were well attended, proving people would rather be amused than instructed. Maybe some farmers were able to pick up some points from the lectures that they have not read in their farm journals or newspapers.

The audience was highly pleased with those who came to entertain.

Although there were 86 autos and 36 buggies in town in the afternoon, businessmen did not do a usual Saturday business, as the institute drew public attention.

The dairy sessions ought to have been attended by all our young men and women farmers.

J.K. Miller, local fur dealer, put out over $7,000 fox furs the past season. Sounds impossible, but that is what Archbold hunters and trappers received from him for pelts.

Never before has there been so much fur caught and sold in this district, and it was like finding money. Farm boys found out it was foolish to allow a $6 skunk hide to run around on their farm and destroy crops.

The small streams around Archbold seemed to be literally filled with fur animals this season, and trappers missed no opportunity in getting them.

There were more muskrat hides than anything else, and they brought from 85¢ to $2. Many skunks were caught, and the quality of their hides was exceptional. The fur man who bought from Miller said the skunk hides he bought in Archbold were the best in quality of those purchased from any other dealer hereabouts.

The trapping season closed Feb. 1, but there are still many pelts in the country, which men are holding for higher prices.

Friday, Feb. 14, 1919

Checks were forged on three Archbold firms last week.

The forgeries were not discovered until the end of the week when merchants’ accounts were balanced, and it was easy to discover such a similarity in the handwriting on each forged check that it’s safe to assume that the three forgeries were committed by the same person.

Mr. and Mrs. David Nofzinger of Pettisville received a telegram Wednesday morning bringing the sad news of the death of their son Lloyd Nofzinger, 24, at the Vancouver Barracks, Wash., Hospital. He died Tuesday night of pneumonia.

He left Feb. 18, 1918, for military service in Washington state. He was taken sick about Christmastime with influenza. He was able to be up, and about a week ago, he wrote that he was obliged to return to bed, as he had a fever.

The family is anxiously awaiting the answer to their telegram of inquiry.

The Archbold High School basketball team has been invited to participate in the basketball tournament at Defiance College, March 14-15.

Two years ago, Archbold entered and came through undefeated, but its chances of accomplishing such a feat this year are slim. The local team has not decided if it will enter.

B.F. Hellem of Medina Township claims the honor syrup of the season. On Feb. 1, he marketed part of the 17 gallons produced from sap, which ran Jan. 24-31. Never before was sap known to run in January in these parts.– Morenci Observer

Farmers should not get scared when prices break for a few days. The food supply is short, and the millions of human parasites who inhabit the cities must eat, so there is no fear for some time to come that the producer of food stuffs will not get a good price for his labor. Real farmers do not get in a panic every time an owl hoots.



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