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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

After nearly an hour of debate, council voted to take $250,000 from the village capital project fund to pay down debt on Woodland Park.

That, combined with $50,000 from park board funds, will reduce the $2.45 million debt on park construction to $2.15 million.

During their six years in Russia, Tom and Carol McLennan fought bureaucratic paperwork designed to keep them out of the country, and worked around and through that country’s laws to bring a Christian message to the people.

For three years, the couple led a Bible study in English which was attended by African students attending Russian universities.

The Archbold High School Marching Band performed for about 25 minutes at the National World War II Memorial, Friday, March 27.

A total of 43 students and chaperones left for Washington, D.C., Thursday and returned home Sunday.

“There were quite a few people there,” said Tim Booth, band director. He estimated the crowd at about 200. “I was blown away by the crowd,” he said.

While the size of the crowd, items donated, and money raised, were down, the 2009 Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction was a success.

“It raised money, so it was successful,” said Steve Ringenberg, Fairlawn chief executive officer.

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees voted to cut tuition by 3.7% at its Thursday, April 2 meeting.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Harlan and Deanna (Burkholder) April 11, 1959

Deaths–James A. Singer, 69, Stryker; Juanita Acevedo, 58, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 6, 1994

The recommendation of the Economic Development Commission is that the village of Archbold should locate the new northside fire station on the municipal parking lot located at 201 Stryker Street.

By building the new fire station on the village-owned parking lot, the village does not have to purchase and demolish a house on Franklin Street.

Vaughn Bentz, who was the only loser in a five-way race for four village council seats last November, has been returned to a council chair.

Bentz was appointed by the five other council members to fill the unexpired term of Ed Springer, who resigned at the March 21 meeting.

The decision was made at a March 24 meeting: the citizens of Evansport want a municipal water distribution system in their community, and they want the village of Archbold to supply it.

Otto Gerdeman, of Poggemeyer Design Corp., Defiance, said the decision was made at a joint public meeting of the Defiance County Commissioners and the Tiffin Township Trustees.

David P. Rupp, an Archbold attorney, is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Commission that recently completed an evaluation of candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ground was broken for the construction of a new Fulton County Health Department building at Wauseon, March 31.

Lugbill Brothers, Inc., received the most safety awards of any local company at the Northwest Ohio Industrial Safety Council banquet, March 28, at Founder’s Hall, Sauder Village.

50th Wedding Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. Richard Heer, April 20, 1944

Jason L. Wyse, AHS ‘89, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wyse, was elected president of the student body of the graduate school of international studies, University of Miami, Fla.

“Changing Picture of Enterprise Zone Legislation” is the theme of a panel discussion at the April 28 meeting of the Northwest Ohio Mayors and Managers Association at Bowling Green.

Nolan Tuckerman, Archbold village administrator, is the new president and will moderate.

On a beautiful day in Ruihley Park, the cameraman captured three girls having fun on playground equipment: Brittany Short, Crystal Liechty, Jessica Sauder.

Deaths–Mary Lee Yedica, 62, Archbold; Clarence Buehrer, 82, Wauseon; Earl Sigg, 81, Wauseon

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 9, 1969

Headline–Big Reservoir, Filtration Plant May Be Near Goll Woods; Three Billion Gallons

An enormous amount of manpower, brainpower and citizen power assembled in the courtroom of the Fulton County Courthouse, Monday evening, to discuss a 3- billion gallon reservoir to be located east of Goll Woods. The room was packed, and the only seats open were the judges’. Cost is estimated at nine million dollars and would serve communities of Northwest Ohio.

Lloyd Schmucker will present color slides and narrate experiences of a vacation trip through Alaska at a Commercial Club dinner in the Legion Hall of the Town & Township building.

David Ruger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mose Ruger, was elected president of the State Student Council of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Mr. Art Hoffman, president of the church council of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ridgeville Corners, reports the new parsonage is nearly completed. The home is being erected on a time-and-materials basis, and members of the congregation have done most of the work.

Kathleen Short, Deanna Grime, Penny Hitt, Becky Cowell, and Emma Lugo are the five delegates attending the 24th annual convention of the Future Homemakers of America, April 11-12, in Columbus.

Nona Britsch has been selected by Pettisville Legion Auxiliary, Post 445, as its representative to Buckeye Girls State.

Deaths–Charles J. Gushman, 78, Archbold; Louis Merillat, 87, Archbold

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 12, 1944

Archbold will go on Eastern War Time–one hour faster than the present Eastern Standard Time–effective at midnight (12:01 am), Sunday morning, April 16.

The proverbial April showers arrived Tuesday in great torrents, swelling small streams, sending Brush Creek and Tiffin River over their banks, and flooding farm fields.

The Board of Public Affairs met Monday evening and made plans to purchase an automatic control system for the water tank in Ruihley Park. The new control will turn on the pumps whenever the water level falls below a certain point.

The Archbold Board of Public Affairs and all employees have been battling a serious leak in the water mains the past week, causing them much worry.

The Fulton County Interdenominational Youth Fellowship will meet Sunday, April 16, at the Defenseless Mennonite Church in Archbold.

Due to a last-minute rush of news and advertising, some valued correspondence had to be left out of this issue of the Archbold Buckeye.

Two Erbskorn brothers, sons of Mrs. William Erbskorn, see each other regularly in England. In a letter from Noble last week, Mrs. Erbskorn learned Noble and Willard (John) are in the same division in England. They bought a bicycle together.

Twenty-three Fulton County Selective Service men were inducted into the Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and two went to the Navy, according to the latest list of names released by the Fulton County Selective Service Board.

John H. Miller, 84, president of The Peoples State Bank Co., died in his home in Archbold, Sunday morning, April 9, after several weeks of illness.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 1, 1919

A meeting of the schoolteachers of the south half of Fulton County was held at the District 13, German Township School House, Saturday.

The schoolhouse in this district is the most modern building and the most thoroughly equipped country school in Fulton County. Its arrangement, according to all state specifications, and its thorough equipment was a great surprise to many of the school teachers of the county who are teaching in carelessly-built shacks and trying to do good work with the little or no equipment.

The teachers were taken to and from the schoolhouse from Archbold in autos. Superintendent H.M. Jay and Mr. William Miller did everything in their power to make the meeting a success. Thirty-two teachers were in attendance, as well as a number of pupils and visitors.

Miss Fauver, a teacher in District No. 13, demonstrated a class in first grade reading, which opened the eyes of the visiting teachers.

Mr. Olley Lauber has been taking the place of Earl Cherry at the telegraph office during Mr. Cherry’s absence, because of sickness.

A macadam road about five miles long is to be constructed west of Delta this summer, costing $95,000.

When completed, it will make a continuous good road between Delta and Wauseon. It is believed the road will be completed before the end of the year.

German Township paid the most real estate taxes of any township in the Fulton County in December.

Friday, April 4, 1919

Three trees will be planted in the school yard Friday, Arbor Day, to honor the three Archbold men whose lives were sacrificed to democracy.

A Carolina poplar will be planted for each of the following soldiers: Clarence Lauber, Clayton Buehrer, and Fred Kluepfel. In honor of Theodore Roosevelt, a weeping birch will be planted.

Commencing April 9 until Oct. 15, the following merchants will have their place of business open on Wednesday and Saturday evening and closed on Monday, Thursday and Friday evening at 6 pm: Roedel & Short, Lauber Clothing Co., Buehrer Brothers, Rupp Furniture & Undertaking Co., Walter’s Shoe Store, Luxan’s 5¢ &10¢ Store, Star Dry Goods Co., Rupp Brothers.

A new rack to hold more books has been placed in the Archbold Library the past week. Misses Emma Vernier and Sarah Levy, librarians, expect to purchase new books to fill the shelf.

Members of the Library Association who have not paid their yearly dues are requested to do so.

The Amish Sewing Society met Thursday at the Amish- Mennonite Central Church.

A number of young folks from Archbold attended a dance at Bryan Tuesday evening. They traveled on a T&I rail car.

After having spent nearly two years in the service of my country, one year of it with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, I have returned to Archbold and have purchased the veterinary business formerly conducted by my father.

I respectfully and earnestly solicit all business of a veterinary nature, to which I will give prompt and careful attention. I believe 22 months Army experience with the U.S. animals has fitted me more than ever to care for the animals here at home.–Colenzo H. Hoffmire–