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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2009

Unemployment during January was 15.3% in Fulton County, nearly five points higher than in December.

“I was a little surprised when I saw the number. I thought it was bad, but I didn’t think it was this bad,” said Jim Wyse, mayor.

“I think the biggest shock for me was unemployment jumped nearly five points. A point or two would have been one thing, but five? That shocked me,” he said.

Of the 88 counties, about 64%, or 56, had double-digit unemployment rates in January.

Lucas Nofziger and Tim Spiess, Pettisville High School seniors and members of FFA, won the District I Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics competition at Owens Community College, Perrysburg Township.

Dean Genter and Joe Short, Fulton County commissioners, spent five days in Washington, D.C., lobbying federal government officials for cash for Fulton County projects.

Yark Automotive Group, Toledo, said its Archbold dealership was consolidated with the dealership in Whitehouse. Vehicles were removed from Archbold and the operation closed on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Company officials believe with the volatile economic conditions in America, it was best to consolidate its GM representation to the Whitehouse location.

The Ridgeville Township Fire Department is expecting a new delivery in about seven months. It’s anticipating the arrival of a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck.

Pettisville School Board approved the purchase of more than 23.5 acres of land at a cost of $10,000 per acre at the Monday, March 9, board meeting.

The land will be used in conjunction with the building program. A new K-12 school building will be built on current school property.

The new acreage is to be purchased from the Genter Trust, located on the south side of Co. Rd. D across from the school. It will be developed for parking, storm water retention pond, a geothermal field, athletic fields, and physical education areas.

Deaths–Stella Mary Wyse Crossgrove, 96, Archbold; Derald “Bud” W. Aeschliman, 86, Wauseon; Donald E. Cripe, 75, Elkhart, Ind.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 1994

When the stripes are repainted on North Defiance Street this spring, a new left turn lane will be add at the intersection of North Defiance and Holland streets for southbound traffic on North Defiance.

The center lane, called a stacking lane, will not affect parking on either side of North Defiance Street, said Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator.

John Grieser, councilman, said the street committee is hesitant to recommend the removal of any tree, but recommended the removal of the Stryker Street trees because of the age and cooperation from Toledo Edison.

In spite of a budget of $7 million plus, the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services faces some rough fiscal waters ahead, so much so that the board is looking to cut $350,000 out of its budget.

A Northwest Ohio Rails- To-Trails organization official said Monday the group expects to purchase the Maumee-to-Montpelier railroad corridor from the Norfolk Southern Railroad by the end of the week.

NORTA plans to open a portion of the South Fork from the Fulton-Lucas County line southwest to the community of Colton, in Henry County.

The council ordinance committee will look at developing an ordinance to restrict door-to-door solicitation.

William Lovejoy, mayor, suggested the village draft legislation requiring groups that want to solicit funds in the village to make application in advance, and give the village a detailed financial statement. “I think we owe it to our citizens,” Lovejoy said.

Randy and Cathy Volkman and Gary and Iola Hofner recently purchased Bruce’s Carry-Out from Bruce Hesterman. It is now operating as I.C. Video & More.

The Archbold income tax has brought in more than $600,000 in the first two months of 1994.

Fulton County Pork Producers were one of five organizations in the state to receive the Superior County Award.

Lee Sauder, Archbold assistant fire chief, was uninjured when he fell through the floor of a burning home at 104 Franklin Street, Tuesday morning.

Deaths – Christine P. Zinkie,71, Archbold; Casimir Dziegelewski, 77, Toledo

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 1969

In a weekend of high-tension basketball, the famous Blue Streaks entertained their loyal supporters in a thrilling extravaganza of tournament thrills. Under the coaching of Jack Miller, the Streaks brought the Payne Panthers to their haunches in the Class A semifinals Friday night by a smashing 67-57, and came right back Saturday night in Bryan arena to sensationally whip-train a scrappy pack of Holgate Tigers, 65-62, to win the Class A District Championship.

James Pilbeam, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Pilbeam, was elected president of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Ohio State University. He also is chairman of the Little Sisters and leader of the Council of Churches.

Mr. Merle Wyse injured the top of his right arm while working at a roll coating finishing machine at Sauder Woodworking Co., Tuesday morning. He was rushed to Detwiler Hospital by Archbold Rescue.

Former Archbold resident Miss Sandra Fahle has been appointed by the State of Ohio Civil Service Commission as an Employment Securities Specialist, effective March 10.

Mr. John Wyse celebrates 50 years employment at Archbold Ladder Company, the oldest factory in Archbold.

Dennis Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Meyer, Napoleon, has been elected a member of the Ohio State Junior Fair Board, Columbus, as a representative from the Fulton County Joint Vocational School.

A Taste of Spring is the theme for the annual Tasting Bee sponsored by Archbold Business & Professional Women at the Legion Hall Tuesday.

Deaths–Louisa Ruger, 80, Archbold; Frank S. Keim, 85, Archbold

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 15, 1944

John J. Leu has given Fulton County citizens many years of service as superintendent of the county roads.

Although he is past 73, he is on duty every day. He supervises the work that is planned by Rollo D. Hoyt, county engineer.

Cadet Carl D. Schlatter, son of Mr. John S. Schlatter, is a potential air crewman in training at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center bombardier navigator preflight school.

The faculty of Pettisville Schools will present the three-act comedy, “The Big Blow-Up” in the auditorium Friday evening, March 17.

Lowell E. Burkholder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Burkholder, has reported to Bainbridge Army Air Field, Ga., as an aviation trainee. After completing his duties, he will be transferred to preflight training at Maxwell Field, Ala. He is a graduate of Ridgeville High School.

Two Archbold soldiers, Lt. William Gegax and Lt. Herbert Nofziger, met in England, according to a letter to the Buckeye. They visited in a pup tent at a bivouac area and had some coffee.

From Camp McCain, Miss., Sgt. John B. Couch writes, “I couldn’t wait to write and tell you we ought to try to send some of this rain to Archbold. In 69 days, only seven were without rain.”

Cpl. Kenneth W. Rupp left Friday for Fort Bliss, Texas, after a 20-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mr. Alfred Rupp, and other relatives. He has been in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, two years, and was glad to be home.

Robert Roedel succeeds C.O. Swisher as mail carrier in the business district.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 4, 1919

From Camp Montior, France, William Huebscher writes: “I was at LeMans two different times. Fruit is very expensive and we don’t buy very much. We pay 10¢ for a small banana and orange. Our Francs don’t last very long. I don’t know if I gained or lost weight since I am in the Army. I haven’t seen a scale since I left Ohio, but I’m getting plenty to eat and can’t complain.

Samuel Schmucker sold 144 acres in Section 13, in German Township to John N. Buehrer for $13,680.

W.F. Gutterjohn sold Emanuel Sauder 112 1/2 acres in Section 10 in German Township for $15,000.

Mr. Peter Abele, who was raised by Mr. Daniel Rupp, who left Archbold 15 years ago, reappeared and renewed acquaintances in Archbold. He has been homesteading in Kansas and is here for an indefinite stay.

Having disposed of the 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢ Store to Mr. R.C. Luxan, I thank all the patrons for their kindness and support, and bespeak the same for my successor. Miss Caroline Buehrer will be retained and will be pleased to meet all old friends and customers.– J.G. Van’t Hooft.–Adv.

Friday night, one of the heaviest windstorms known roared through here in years. The blast took down branches and made buildings creak and dust and trash filled the air. For a time, the electricity was off on the T&I and the electric service was off throughout Archbold.

Oliver Poorman, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Poorman, writes from France he is in the same company as Ernest Rowe, and most of the time they are sleeping in old barns with hardly any shelter. He said one night he had to move his cot several times from the dripping rain.

Friday, March 7, 1919

Theodore Buehrer arrived home from France, Saturday evening. He has been discharged after spending five months in France.

Mr. Lewis Rupp family moved from Morenci to the Lee farm 3 1/2 miles south of Pettisville, Tuesday.

Four young men came through Archbold last Tuesday night in a stolen auto, and had a blowout here. They tried to steal a machine from F.A. Geesey’s garage, but found it had no oil or gas and were scared away by being discovered. Then they tried to get in the C.M. McLaughlin garage but found it locked.

E.F. Nofzinger was soon on the job and succeeded in arresting two of them, and they were locked up in the village jail.

Walter Nofzinger and Mc- Kinley Seigel narrowly escaped death at the T&I crossing in Pettisville, Thursday noon. They were driving south in Dan W. Nofzinger’s auto when struck. Neither were injured but the auto and T&I car were damaged. Electric power was off for over an hour on the trolley line.

Misses Louise Hatch, Lucile Opdyke, and Margurite Hoskinson will spend the weekend with Misses Ruth and Mary Winzeler at their home in Evansport.

Mrs. Simon Rufenacht entertained a number of friends at a carpet-sewing bee, Wednesday.

Mr. Jacob Fenstermaker and John Schlepfer are doing the work at the Archbold Bakery while Mr. Wm. Kutzly and Walter Simmons are sick.–Adv.



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