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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Ted Strickland, Ohio governor, will visit Archbold High School, Thursday. Feb. 26, according to David Deskins, superintendent.

Archbold Boy Scouts won the annual Klondike Derby, Saturday. Jan. 31.

Eric Moon, scoutmaster, said, “It was 4 degrees below 0 when we arrived, and it stayed that cold. There was well over a foot of snow.”

Elementary school principals have done some unusual things to encourage students to read. This year Dorothy Lambert, Archbold elementary principal, won’t need to kiss any livestock; instead, she will play in a volleyball game between school staff and the high school volleyball team.

While school and government officials study wind turbine energy, Pettisville Grain Company also has begun the process. Neil Rupp, president, said four wind turbines have been installed at the top of company grain elevators– two at Pettisville and two at Delta.

Lindsy Brader, Brandi Meyer, and Brittni Meyer are members of the Delta Zeta Sorority at Ashland University.

Six Pettisville students received perfect scores in the Science Fair, Saturday, Feb. 21. They are Rebekah Meller, Stephanie Yoder, Tanner Rufenacht, Mackenzie Riegsecker, Hannah Tilley, Dylan Lilleholm.

Descendants of Abe from St. John’s Christian Church captured the trophy for the highest-scoring team at the Bible Quiz, Sunday, Feb. 21, at North Clinton Mennonite Church. Teammates were Morgan Ducey, Chris Jennings, Amy Christman, Ryan Christman, Colin Lehman, Jacob Gobrogge, Brandon Lehman, Tyler Jennings.

Honor students–Leah Gautsche, Mercy College; Keri Badenhop, Alex Nafziger, Morgan Lantz, Huntington University; Darin King, Trine University; Kara Buehrer, Sarah Rupp, Spring Arbor University; Kayla Short, Mindy Lersch, Indiana Wesleyan University

Deaths–Gregory A. Bontrager, 43, Wauseon; Herman Liechty, 88, Archbold; Charles “Til” Schnitkey, 84, Archbold; Joseph T. Furko, 92, Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1994

Nolan Tuckerman, Archbold village administrator for more than 20 years, will retire Aug. 8, 1995.

When asked by members of the press about his retirement plans, he said he intends to become a newspaper reporter.

Spring primary voters on May 2 will find just one county contested race on the ballot. William E. Lovejoy, Archbold; Jeffery L. Fransworth, Wauseon; and Susan K. Murry, Lyons are seeking the seat of Lowell E. Rupp, Archbold, retiring commissioner, whose term ends Dec. 31, 1994.

An advertising campaign designed to attract businesses to Fulton County has generated 100 inquires, said Nelson Bell, Fulton County economic development director.

County commissioners voted to vacate a street and an alley that were originally platted in Burlington.

Archbold Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved three variance requests by D&G Welding at its Feb. 17 meeting.

Nicole Fortier was recently elected parliamentarian of Delta Zeta social sorority at Ohio Northern University.

Howard F. Freeman was recently selected by the Citizen Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as Citizen of the Year.

First graders Allison Frank and David Meyer work at arranging 100 boxes during the 100th day celebration, according to a photograph.

Christ Community Church is replacing windows and doors in its building at Ridgeville Corners. The building was formerly the Ridgeville school. It is a $53,000 undertaking.

AHS music students brought back 11 Superior ratings and five Excellent from the Saturday solo and ensemble competition at Tinora High School. Two ensembles also rated superior in musical renditions.

The Fulton County Adult Basketball Team finished regular season play with a 5-3 record. After a week of postseason play, the team is on its way to the sectional tournament.

Deaths–Elias J. Hartman, 82, Wauseon; Cora Wyse, 96, Pettisville; Walter E. Pingaj, 81, Port Charlotte, Fla.; Clara A. Plassman, 84, Napoleon; Herbert S. Peugeot, 73, Archbold.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1969

Ohio political subdivisions shared in the distribution of $62,632,288 in sales tax and intangible tax revenue the last half of calendar year 1968, according to Roger Cloud, Ohio state auditor.

Last year T.L. Parker, retired teacher and principal of Archbold High School, gave the address when C.F. Murbach received the Citizen of the Year award.

This year he was honored as Citizen of the Year at the annual banquet, attended by over 130 persons. Charles Gautsche, pastor of Central Mennonite Church and a former student of Mr. Parker, gave the address.

A group of farmers attended a special session in the vocational agriculture building in Archbold, Monday evening. They watched a demonstration to determine the back fat of market hogs by the sensory method. David Reed, extension specialist of Ohio State University, explained the probe method and figured the percent of lean cuts in each carcass. Lugbill Bros, Inc., furnished the hogs for the demonstration.

Charles Winzeler, AHS teacher, presented color slides and presented a travelogue about Ireland and England at the Monday Noontide Luncheon of Commercial Club. Richard Weires introduced the speaker.

Archbold students were among the winners in the Mathematics Contest at Defiance College, Jan. 25.

James Ebersole, 7th grade, placed first; Deborah Sauder was fourth. Mr. Jim Fields was the teacher.

In Algebra I, Stephanie Swann and Patsy Ebersole tied for fourth. Mr. Wendell Beck was the teacher.

Deaths–Sarah Aschliman, 88, Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of Archbold; Rebecca Rodriguez, 3 1/2-month-old daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Misael Rodriguez, Archbold; Ira Short, 73, Stryker.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, March 1, 1944

Headline–Archbold High Wins Fulton County Class B Championship; Face Whitehouse, March 2

Archbold firemen were called to battle a blaze in the Galen Grieser home near Eckley at about noon, Monday. The call came when the fire truck was in Christy’s Garage getting a badly-needed clutch replaced.

Parents who wish their sons’ participation in Boy Scouts should contact E.F. Bednar.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Merillat received word from their son, Pvt. Albert Merillat, that he is in Italy and has been there since December.

Pfc. Harold H. Smith writes he is attending power school at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla. Mrs. Smith and son Max left last Thursday to spend several weekends with Harold, having rented a home in the country near Drew Field, where they can be together evenings and Sundays.

Mrs. S.D. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Miller left Friday for Sarasota, Fla., where they will spend the remainder of the winter. They will visit Roman Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Miller, and plan fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico.

Two busloads of Fulton County men were taken to Toledo last Tuesday for induction in military service.

No calls have been received for the March induction, but many local men received their 1-A classification the past week, and that indicates quite a number of fathers will be called in the next military induction.

J.E. Koerner has been transferred from the Archbold Airport to the communication station at Pellston, Mich.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1919

The Archbold City Drug basketball team had no trouble at all defeating the Triangle Five of Toledo 50-16 at the Rink Hall, Saturday evening. At no time did the visitors threaten to catch up with the lead of the locals.

The Triangle was about the speediest team the Drug has met this season, and the score does not speak well of its ability.

Tonight the City Drug meets the speedy Crescent News five of Defiance on the local floor, and fans may expect an interesting contest.

A very enjoyable evening was spent at the home of Mrs. S.C. Nofzinger, Thursday, when 52 ladies gathered there to attend the seventh annual Experience Social of the Methodist Evangelical Aid Society. A bounteous potluck supper was served at 6:30, after which all took part in community singing led by Mrs. T.P. Mullen. Contests and games occupied the remainder of the evening.

The body of Lloyd Nofzinger, 24, arrived from Vancouver, Wash., Monday morning, and was taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Nofzinger of Pettisville. Funeral at the Union Church and burial in Pettisville Cemetery.

This newspaper hoped to print the entire list of January milk checks banked in Archbold in this issue, but lack of space forbids and it will be continued in the next Buckeye. The list is growing by leaps and bounds, both in dollars and names. The astonishing total will be a surprise to all. Some checks begin to sound like bank statements.

The 120 acres owned by William Saunders, east of Burlington, was sold to William Rupp of near Darby’s Corners for $26,000. Mr. Rupp takes possession March 15.

Friday Feb. 21, 1919

From a copy of The Aerofoil, a newspaper published by the soldiers at Scott Field, Bellville, Ill., we learn that William H. Wyse, formerly cashier of an Archbold bank, has been honored with an appointment to the office of corporal.

John Schlepfer arrived from Camp Taylor, Ky., Tuesday afternoon, having been discharged. He was wounded in an auto accident in France, and spent about four months in hospitals in France and the United States.

John limps a little, but other than that seems to have recovered from his accident in which his right foot was broken off at the ankle and only hanged by the skin. When he reached his home, he found that kind friends had painted and papered his house and neighbors had prepared his house for his homecoming.

John was in the service over ten months and can tell many interesting experiences about ‘over there.’

Cpl. Raymond Rychener of Pettisville writes a letter from Minot, France, regarding the conditions under which he served: “It is impossible for me to make you understand the conditions under which we lived during 36 days from Nov. 1 to Dec. 6. Even when I try to tell you sometime, I doubt if you will believe me. You will scarcely believe that during most of that time we cooked our own meals– when we had anything to cook– and foraged French (and German) gardens for cabbage and turnips. You will probably doubt that often we drank water out of creeks, which contained dead Germans and horses; or that often we were compelled to stand for hours in the road, in a freezing rain, waiting for the engineers to come and fix a bridge or mend a road. On one occasion I fell asleep on a big pile of 155-millimeter shells the Germans had abandoned. They were encased in wicker containers, and made a good bed.”



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