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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2009

Some citizens question why the Archbold Fire Department has a rescue boat, when there isn’t a major lake or river within an hour’s drive.

However, if anyone asks Joey and Kami Beck, Stryker, they would probably tell you the boat is worth its weight in gold.

Archbold Rescue used the boat to rescue Beck’s 18-yearold son, Bryson, when he became stranded in floodwaters near the Tiffin River, Thursday evening, March 12.

It was one of three times the boat was needed in flood waters after the heavy rains of Tuesday, March 10.

Jim Wyse, mayor, believes there is a unanimous consensus among council members that something must be done to alleviate Archbold Park Board debt.

He said he believes council can come to the aid of the boards without raising taxes and without canceling or postponing any public works projects.

Fifty-five Pettisville High School students and four chaperones leave today to perform in Orlando, Fla. But the charter bus only holds 56.

Bobbie Yoder, PHS band director, said a chaperone and two students are flying to make room on the bus.

While in Orlando, the band and choir will perform once at the Downtown Disney Marketplace and spend a day in each of the four Disney theme parks.

Dorothy Lambert, elementary principal, said 92 children have registered for kindergarten. David Deskins, superintendent, said the number likely will grow.

Winston Fricke recently placed second against 1487 participants in the National Tech Expo Top Gun Student competition in Milwaukee, Wis.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 1994

Tony Urbas Consulting estimated the cost of renovating West Barre Road from Lincoln Street to Co. Rd. 22 at $1,650,000.

Council received the first draft of an ordinance designed to restrict and control solicitors in the village of Archbold.

William Lovejoy, mayor, requested that language be inserted into the ordinance requiring no more than two solicitors approach a resident at the same time.

A large twisted rusting culvert is all that is left of a bridge west of Burlington on St. Rt. 20A. Bridge replace started March 7 and is scheduled for completion in 45 days.

County commissioners from Fulton, Henry, and Williams counties have been invited to participate in, and financially support, a lawsuit to stop the sale of the abandoned railroad corridor property from the Norfolk Southern Railroad to the Northwest Ohio Rails-To- Trails Association (NORTA).

The board of trustees of McLaughlin Memorial Library is back on track for a second try at passing a levy.

Leadership for a citizen levy committee is in place. Promotional signs are on order and an information brochure is in progress, said Joyce Klingelsmith, librarian.

Jill Young, 10, a former resident of Archbold, received a new liver in a 12- hour transplant operation, Monday, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “She received the left lobe of the liver from an adult,” said Jim Feuer, hospital spokesman.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, became the president of the Northwest Ohio Mayors & Managers Association.

Honor Student–Nicole Fortier, Ohio Northern University

NWOAL scholar athletes are Laura Beck, Ryan Rupp, Michele Armstrong.

Buckeye Border League scholar athletes are Julie Aschliman, Touy Bouttamy,

Jim Horning, Ben Moyer, Amy Nofziger, Andrea Nafziger, Stephanie Nafziger, Heather Riegsecker, Ryan Ripke, Mick Weber.

Deaths–Milton D. Rice, 74, Archbold; Mattie M. Shellenberger, 91, Bryan; Arlen M. Schaffner, 64, West Unity; Lula P. Gorsuch, 89, Wauseon; William J. Herring, 85, Wauseon

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 26, 1969

The results of a feasibility study of a reservoir to be fed from the Tiffin River for municipalities, agriculture irrigation, industry, sustained stream flow and public recreation will be announced at a meeting Monday, April 7, 7:30 pm, at the Fulton County Courthouse, Wauseon.

Paul Christy has sold Mike Christy Rambler Sales & Service on Stryker Street, to Jim and Joe Gype and R. Colon, of Wauseon.

James Liechty, having spent since March 13 on furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Liechty, returned to Port Richard, Alaska, on Tuesday.

Jeff Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Smith, was elected president of the next year’s sophomore class at the University of Colorado. Jeff is presently vice president of the 5,000-member freshman class, and at a recent spring election was chosen to head his class next year. He will have a seat on the University Senate next year.

Beverly Sharpe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sharpe, is attending a seminar on education in city schools in New York this week.

Having completed seven semesters of high school work, the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Ridgeville Corners Class of 1969 were announced by Thomas Sherwood, principal. Dennis D. Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Meyer, is valedictorian, and Linda K. Roehl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roehl, is the salutatorian.

Mr. and Mrs. Olen Britsch returned Thursday from a three-week tour of South America. They visited Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Deter returned home from Sarasota, Fla., last week. They spent December in Paraguay and Brazil.

Honor Student–Donna Jean Genter, Bowling Green State University

Deaths– H.H. Rychener, 87, Pettisville; Wada Marzoli, Archbold; Ruth Weisenfelder, Adrian, Mich.

College Degree–Mary Ann Striggow, Michigan State University

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 1944

Archbold High School won the Class B Volleyball Tournament in the local gymnasium, last night, March 28, defeating Pettisville 15-8, 9-15, 16-14.

Pvt. Albert J. Merillat, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Merillat, has been awarded the Purple Heart, which is presented to men in military service for gallantry in battle. In a letter to his parents, he said, “They gave me the Purple Heart, and I’m proud of it. The Red Cross is sending it home to you to keep for me.”

Uncle Sam, the income tax collector, is on his way to Archbold. The new declaration of income tax form No 1040-ES, is being mailed to taxpaying citizens this week. It must be filed before April 15.

No fooling. April 1 is the deadline for buying 1941 automobile license plates.

Robert W. Lovejoy, 22, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Lovejoy of Swanton, was killed in action somewhere in the South Pacific. The US War Department notified his parents and said more information will follow. Robert is survived by two brothers – James of Toledo and Earl of Archbold – and one sister, Amelia Mae at home.

The local Detwiler Hospital Auxiliary met Wednesday afternoon the Mrs. Ona Lantz home. The following officers were elected for 1944: Mrs. E.A. Murbach, president; Mrs. Lantz, vice president; Mrs. E.E. Bourquin, secretary, Miss May Miller, treasurer.

Lt. Benjamin J. Fricke, 21, nephew of Jacob and Harvey Fricke, was killed in a four-engine B-24 Air Force bomber at El Paso, Texas. The plane crashed March 24 killing seven airmen.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 18, 1919

If we had all the money that has been spent on experimental roads, we could pave the roads with brick and have the question of good roads settled for 50 years to come. But then what would the poor politicians do if the road question were really settled.

Alvin Stamm returned home from Camp Sherman last week, where he was discharged from military service….. Frank Carvin arrived home Saturday having been discharged from the military.

Contrary to the usual custom, there will be no reduction on coal, April 1, 1919.

Beginning May 1, there will be an advance of 10 to 15 cents a ton, owing to labor shortages and getting repairs and supplies. This is information given by the coal companies supplying this part of the state.

The Archbold High School freshman class and teachers Misses Lucile Opdycke and Louise Hatch had a class party at the home of Miss Dorothy Ruffer, Thursday evening.

Being centrally located now in Ford headquarters with more room, we are in a position to give you better service than ever.

We do general repairing as before. Fords are a specialty. Phone calls answered day or night. Garage phone is 219, residence is 319.–Harvey King, owner.–Adv.

Pie Social and Spelling School at District No. 11 Friday, March 21, Adra Ruffer, teacher.–Adv.

Friday, March 21, 1919

Fred Reichard is the first Archbold soldier to receive the French Citation Cord of Honor, given by the French government to soldiers for special service in action.

The Ridgeville Corners Savings Bank was robbed sometime Tuesday night. The bank was entered through a rear window and the lock of the vault was melted open with an acetylene torch.

The safe deposit boxes were broken in and robbed of Liberty Bonds and war savings stamps.

So far they have found about $10,000 missing, with probably much more to be heard from. The robbers did not get to the bank’s money and none of it is missing. About 35 boxes were broken into.

The robbery was discovered when Miss Orpha Miller, a clerk, opened the bank Wednesday morning.

The robbers left an acetylene pressure tank with a tag attached. It was filled at 19 South Saint Claire Street, Toledo. Pressure in the tank had been reduced to 38 pounds. Sheriff Spencer, of Napoleon, assisted by Toledo detectives, is investigating.

Ralph O. Rychener, of Archbold, was elected basketball captain for the coming year at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Friday.

Rychener has played for two years on the varsity, and this winter held down the position of running guard. His good work on numerous occasions was the biggest factor in winning games.

An article in the student publication said, “Rychener has the ability to hit the basket from the center of the floor, and succeeded in winning the Illinois game with five beautiful ringers from the middle regions. He is a strong guard and covers the entire court.”



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