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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Joe Short, president of the Fulton County Commissioners, said Monday evening the commissioners are discussing plans to slash $1.6 million from 2010 county expenses.

Budget cuts currently being discussed may impact some services the county provides to citizens.

“We are looking at every option to balance the budget. We’re doing everything we can, not to affect services, but when you’re looking at $1.6 million some services people have come to expect may not be possible,” he said.

Short said Vond Hall, county administrator, “has come up with ideas that have not been tried.

Joyce Klingelsmith, Archbold Community Library director; Skip Leupp, German Township trustee, and Sandy Griggs, director of the Fulton County Senior Center, made their cases for the property tax levies their entities are seeking on Tuesday, May 5. The three spoke to members of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce at a Monday luncheon.

The Baus family, operator of CAR 1, a local used car dealership, was featured in the April- May edition of the National Federation of Independent Businesses magazine.

Michael Pole has been named Outstanding Preceptor of the Year by the Bryan Area Health Education Center.

Joe Wyse, an Archbold patrolman, rescued two dogs from a burning house at 202 South Street at about 2:44 am, Saturday, April 11.

Honor Student–Danielle Newman, AHS ‘08, Otterbein College.

Deaths–Helen Ruth Davidter, 86, Sylvania; Virgie V. Aschliman, 83, Stryker

Erica King, a PHS junior who averaged more than 15 points per game, was named District 7 Division IV Player of the Year in 2008-09 girls basketball.

Jason Waldvogel was named Coach of the Year. He has led the Pettisville Blackbirds for 13 years.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 13, 1994

Headline – Woman, Two Men Running For GOP Commissioner Slot; Republican Voters Will Decide Who Will Face Democrat Kreuz In The Fall

The Archbold School Board is concerned about the loss of parking spaces for six school buses if village council builds a northside fire station on a municipal parking lot at 201 Stryker Street.

There have been informal contacts between council and school board, some as late as Monday, but the request of Peter D. Short, a school board member, a letter will go from the board to council.

Pettisville faculty and staff will receive a bonus with their May 20 paycheck.

The extra dollars are a salary adjustment to compensate district employees for the added workload caused by open enrollment students.

Nafziger Ice Cream Co., has joined the Ohio Proud Program. The program is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to help promote Ohio foods and agriculture products.

Nicole Fortier is a member of the 1994 Ohio Northern University women’s softball team.

State champion Kacy Stevens displays her 1994 Knights of Columbus foul shooting awards, according to a photograph.

David King, son of Darrel and Carolyn, is a freshman member of the Hesston College baseball team.

A good deed of three AHS students has not gone unnoticed. When Ryan Gigax, Doug Short, and John Stacy found two packages of tickets for the state high school basketball tournament at OSU, they turned them in.

Bob Aschliman, a school board member, brought his concerns about the status of the Memorial Park baseball diamonds to the board meeting, Monday night. The diamonds have been plagued for years by drainage problems. Rainwater stands on the diamonds, delaying or canceling games.

Deaths–Carl R. Springer, 71, Archbold; Steven J. Zaerr, 35, Archbold; Alvin R. Sigg, 67, Evansport

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 16, 1969

Fulton County Commissioners are one step nearer to acquiring land to take care of garbage and solid waste disposal as required by the Ohio Department of Health.

They have an option on 31 acres– a barrow pit south of Delta owned by George Tedrow– and have agreed on a price of $15,000.

It is estimated it will cost $100,000 or more to provide a suitable unit. Commissioners will need to buy a scale and earth-moving equipment and keep a man on duty at all times.

Three local FFA members will receive the State FFA degree, Saturday, April 26, at the 41st state convention in Columbus. Honored from Archbold are Randy Buehrer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Buehrer; Dan Stuckey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Stuckey, and Mike Richer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Richer.

James W. Frey, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Frey, became the seventh Boy Scout to receive the Eagle Scout honor in a Court of Honor ceremony in the State Dining Room, Saturday evening. Miss Darlene Leininger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leininger, presented a piano recital at the Rotary Club meeting in the State Dining Room.

Rev. Richard Gleason, formerly of Lyons, will be the guest speaker at the 38th annual meeting of the Fulton County Inter-Church Laymen at the Memorial Auditorium in Wauseon, Sunday evening, April 27.

College Degrees–Carla, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Barger; Calvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olen Britsch; Ruth A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley P. Liechty, Larry J., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ore E. Wyse, all at Goshen College; Denny Wood, who makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gautsche, University of Toledo.

The heirs of Ira Short sold two farms and personal property at public auction, Saturday, near Stryker. Sixty-one acres and buildings were bought by Adeline Aeschliman for $600 an acre. Lowell Wyse bought 68 acres of bare land for $595 an acre.

Deaths– Walter H. Britsch, 85, Munson, Mich.; Charles N. Bernath, 90, Stryker

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 19, 1944

Staff Sgt. Paul E. Schroeder, 21, son of Mrs. Anna Schroeder of Ridgeville Corners, was killed in action in a plane crash near Kweiling, China, Jan. 15.

He was the victim of a plane crash on a mountainside near Kweiling. All members of the crew were instantly killed. He was a flight engineer on a Liberator B-24 bomber.

A home at Gerald belonging to Mr. Wiemken and occupied by Mr. John Winzeler and family burned to the ground Friday afternoon. The Winzeler family had lived there about seven weeks. The blaze started on the roof, and its origin is unknown.

It is estimated that 4,000 acres of tomatoes and 2,000 acres of sugar beets will be contracted in Fulton County this year, according to E.L. Sparrow, county agent.

He also informs that 1,000 part-time workers for tomato and sugar beet harvests will be imported into Fulton County. The workers will come from Texas and will be scattered throughout the tomato and beet areas, which means the vicinity of Archbold will have a good share of this imported labor due to there being a great acreage of tomatoes and beets contracted.

Mrs. Roscoe Zimmerman received a cable Saturday from her husband, Sgt. Roscoe Zimmerman, saying he had arrived at his overseas destination and is fine.

Mrs. Mayme Frey received the following letter Monday, April 17, from her grandson Pvt. W. Virgil Jones saying, “Here I am and I can’t tell you where. However, in the Pacific area and everything is much better and we get better food than we’ve ever had.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 11, 1919

John Bell, the Denson merchant, had a visit from three burglars at an early hour last Sunday morning. The thieves attempted to blow the safe after wrapping dry goods to smother the sound. They managed to ruin the safe but did not secure any of its contents, being apparently frightened away. They were tracked to the north about 80 rods, then south and east. They were seen going east in an auto at Seward and were headed for Toledo.

The damage to the safe amounted to $175, which was covered by insurance.

This is the second visitation which Mr. Bell has received from burglars in the past few months, and he is becoming accustomed to the experience.– Morenci Observer

Archbold City Drug, without all its regular players, lost to Wauseon’s City Team at that place Thursday evening 40-22, Saturday evening.

Out of every great event and for every great cause has come some fitting memorial. The great American organization of mercy has its Red Cross; the Y.M.C.A., its red triangle. For the boys serving their country on land or sea, came the service star flag and pin.

The service flag met the psychological demand during the war, but now a new need has arisen. Something is needed to keep alive that thrill which we all feel now for the inspiration and the triumph of the fight for democracy. The poppy should be the victory flower, and the torch of liberty the emblem chosen by a grateful world to memorialize the devoted sacrifice of men, who, like the hero author of “In Flanders Fields,” gave their all to save humanity. Let us keep faith with them.

The number of men served could be shown by their service star– of blue if they lived and of gold if they have died– in the upper left-hand corner; service bars in the lower left-hand corner would tell the length of time served with the colors.

Friday, April 11, 1919

Council Must Fiddle For More Money To Make Paradise Alley Respectable–Town Hall To Have Its Neck and Ears Washed, Once

Village council met in regular session Monday evening with Mayor Ruihley in the chair and all members present.

Upon motion, the council ordered all outhouses on the east side of Paradise Alley to be removed. There have been so many complaints of the condition of this alley, it seems impossible to make it respectable in any other way; all small buildings and sheds are to be torn away.

Upon motion, it was ordered that the Town Hall receive a thorough housecleaning– something it has not had since it was erected. Marshal Nofzinger is to have charge of the process and is to engage such talent as he can get to assist him. The Marshal has not yet decided where he will begin.

The petition of Frank Nofzinger and others asks for the improvement of Park Street with either gravel, slag, or stone, and that the drainage be improved. The cost is to be assessed against the property holders for their foot frontage and the cost of improving the intersections to be assessed against the village.

Resolution No. 161 was passed. The resolution provided for the refunding of North Defiance Street, Town Hall, and Waterworks Bonds to the sum of $3,500.

Resolution No. 162 was given its second reading– a permanent cemetery fund to which citizens may donate to ensure permanent care of their lots.

Resolution No. 163 was passed. It provides for the borrowing of $1,000 for the service fund in anticipation of the collection of the next taxes.

Council adjourned.