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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009

By a 4-1 split vote, the Archbold Area School Board voted not to make boys soccer a varsity sport. Roel Galvan was the only board member to vote for soccer at the Monday, March 16 meeting.

In comments to the crowd of about 100 students, parents, and supporters, the four other board members cited uncertainty over the school’s financial future.

Speaking to the crowd after the vote, Galvan said he realized the soccer decision was difficult for everyone. “I understand finances are tough. We don’t know what the future will be.”

Chris Lee, treasurer of the Pettisville Local School District, said local investors bought more than $350,000 of the bonds the district sold for the local share of the construction of the new Pettisville School.

A total of $4.8 million in bonds were sold. The state of Ohio is funding the rest of the cost of the more than $20 million structure through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Lee said the representative of the bonding house that handled the sale told him that normally, when someone says there are local investors interested in purchasing the bonds, that usually means about $20,000.

The representatives said selling more than $350,000 locally is highly unusual.

About 30 persons attended a Monday, March 16 meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a farmers market in Archbold.

Nanette Buehrer, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said there is a high level of interest in the project. Several persons signed up to serve on a farmers market task force.

Nate Addington, AHS ‘05, received the ceramics award in the 2009 juried student exhibition at Ashland University.

Deaths – Theodore W. Blank, 75, Wauseon; Calvin Edward “Ed” Franks, 74, Bryan; Darrel E. “Gene” Hoffman, 84, Archbold; Lewis “Jack” Huffman, 84, Stryker

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 1994

“Befuddled” was the best word Ken Cline, superintendent, could come up with to describe some of the test results in a profile of the Archbold Area School District prepared by the state of Ohio.

Open enrollment meant 10.5 full-time equivalent students left the school district under the state’s open enrollment plan, and that will cost the district roughly $30,000.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said most of the students who moved under the open enrollment plan had been attending private school.

Stephen and Loretta Brannan, high school principal and librarian at Pettisville Local Schools, resigned their positions effective at the end of the school year. Stephen completes 30 years at Pettisville, with 17 years as principal and athletic director. Loretta has been librarian the past 32 years.

Stunned silence greeted the resignation announcements read by Avon Wyse, district treasurer, at the Monday night school board meeting. In addition to the two letters, Wyse also read resignations from Iris Grieser, who retires, and Keith Bruner, who asked to be relieved from his position of eighth grade basketball coach.

Grieser has been employed by the Pettisville school system for 30 years. She retires as playground supervisor, cafeteria assistant, and school bus driver.

Brian D. Rex, an AHS graduate and son of David and Sharon Rex, has accepted a new position with Blade Communications, Inc. The corporation is the owner of the Toledo Blade, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Buckeye Cablevision.

Rex is the financial systems director of the corporation. He will be responsible for accounting and financial procedures of the company and its affiliates. He also will work on special projects.

Farmland of 78.25 acres located at Fulton Co. Rds. B and 18, south of Pettisville, owned by the Ora and Irene Frey trusts, was sold at public auction to Steve Wyse for $2,350 per acre, or a total of $183,887.50.

Jeffrey H. Benecke, son of Dexter and Janis, Ridgeville Corners, was initiated into Delta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at BGSU. It is an international honor society for students in the study of education.

Honor Student – Wendy Grime, BGSU

Deaths–Bernard Pessefall, 90, Stryker; Patricia Collins, 58, Stryker; May I. Roth, 90, Fayette; Margaret Partridge, 98, Detroit; Margaret “Peg” Guerin, 41, Mansfield

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 1969

Summer school will be held for Archbold Area Schools, June 9-July 21.

Richard M. Lauber, local postmaster, appears in a photograph showing Robert W. Rose, commander of BLW Post 311 American Legion, the first sheet of commemorative postal stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of the American Legion.

The two great science fairs in Archbold over the weekend attracted many visitors. The fairs were the 19th Quadri-County Fair, representing six counties of Northwestern Ohio, and the 8th Greater Ohio Fair, representing approximately 60 counties in Ohio.

Mrs. James Miller, the former Laurel Schmucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmucker, brought three students with science fair projects from Olentangy High School, Delaware, where she teaches 9th and 10th grade biology.

The Fulton County Ministerial Association has a program that brings migrant workers in contact with the gospel while employed as farm workers within the county. The association met at the Pettisville Missionary Church, Monday evening, with one half of the county churches participating to work out plans for the coming harvest season.

Plans are underway for the first annual Archbold Area Trade Fair to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, at Archbold High School.

Purpose of the fair is to acquaint people in the area with the business, industry and service organizations in Archbold.

Each organization will be able to display its wares either inside or outside, depending on its needs. The event will be well publicized.

It will be a good chance for Archbold to show the public what the community has to offer, and why they should do business in Archbold.

Mr. Denver Wyse, an accountant in the refining and marketing department of Marathon Oil Co., Findlay, will speak at the Monday Noontide Luncheon of Commercial Club about all the products that are made from petroleum.

Deaths – Isabella Wesche, 58, Ridgeville Corners; Frances Galbraith, 72, Delta

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 1944

Lugbill Bros. Inc., will start construction of its livestock sales pavilion and sales barn as soon as weather is suitable. Huge quantities of building materials are on the site of the former frame buildings that were destroyed by a devastating fire, Dec. 16.

The Fulton County population has declined 1,473, or 6.2%, from April 1, 1940, according to an estimate by the U.S. Bureau of Census. Inductions in the armed services contributed mostly to the decline, which, in Fulton County, is lower than in many other districts.

The largest group to leave Fulton County since the Selective Service law was passed was transported yesterday from Wauseon to Toledo. There were three busloads. The exact number of men is not known but is estimated at 140, and about 25 were from this community. About half went to the Army and the other half to the Navy.

In a letter to his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William Eicher of Ridgeville Corners, Pvt. Wayne Eicher writes from somewhere in England, “Received another letter from you today, March 1, and I can truthfully say there is no bigger morale builder than a letter from home.”

The civilian food supply for the next few months appears to be more abundant than for the same period last year, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Parker is rehearsing a cast for the first senior class play, “Ghost Wanted.” Rehearsals have been held the past several weeks and will be presented in the near future.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 11, 1919

Work on the collection of $6,000,000,000 has begun by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Washington, D.C. This is the estimated yield of the new tax revenue bill.

The income tax provision of the act reaches the pocketbook of every person in the United States. If net income for 1918 is $1,000 or more, every married person whose net income equaled or exceeded the amount, according to their marital status, must file a return of income with the collector of Internal Revenue for the district in which they live on or before March 15, 1919.

Severe penalties will be imposed for failure to make complete and exact income reports.

The normal rate of tax under the new act is 6% of the first $4,000 of net income above the exemptions, and 12% of the net income in excess of $4,000.

Solomon Schrag, writing from Germany, says he is well and has a warm room and is drilling about five hours a day, and has little time to loaf. “I like this country a little better than England or France. Everything is about 200 years behind the times.”

Mr. Bert Lehman and family moved Wednesday from near Lockport to the John N. Buehrer farm northwest of Archbold.

A goose disappeared from the shed of Mrs. Eli P. Nofziger, Friday night, before the sale. Several neighbors have strong suspicions about how the goose got away. Before anything is done, certain persons will be given an opportunity to return the goose and nothing will be said.

A special T&I rail car will take passengers to the big basketball game Wednesday evening in Wauseon. It leaves here at 7 pm, and returns after the game. Tickets are 25¢ on sale at the City Drug Store and Vernier, McLaughlin, Probeck Hardware Store.–adv.

Friday, March 14, 1919

Writing to his brother Werner from Germany, Solomon Schrag says, “Tell father to send the address of our relatives in Switzerland in your next letter. If I stay here for a long time, I might get a pass to go see them.

“We will get paid tomorrow and I have seven months coming. Will send home a box of souvenirs in a few days.”

Dedication services will be held at the Zone M. E. Church, Sunday at 10. A.E. Smith of Ohio Northern University will conduct the morning service. A basket dinner will be served in the basement following the afternoon services.

Mr. Anthony Gruenice moved Thursday from the Mrs. Joe P. Short farm to the farm he recently purchased from the Shorts, located west of Archbold.

The wheat harvest of the United States in 1918 was four-fifths the size of the kingdom of Austria and more than eight times the size of Belgium.

H.B. Spieth, who was principal at Archbold High School last year, has been employed by the Napoleon school board to take the place of a teacher who resigned.

Mrs. John Landon returned to Elyria, Monday, after visiting her mother, Mrs. Fannie Leu, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Grime.

Street Sale at Elmira, Thursday, March 27, 1919. P. J. Short, auctioneer, and W. C. Rupp, clerk.–Adv.



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