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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bryan Miller is the new head football coach at AHS. He has been offensive coordinator since 2005.

“I love Archbold. I know Archbold is where I want to be. If the right opportunity came along, it would be at AHS,” he said.

“Head coach is something you have to work up to. I knew I would always coach.”

Members of Archbold Area School Board discussed, but took no action on, administrator salaries at the Monday, April 20 meeting.

Board members cited the economy, uncertainty of state funding, and contract with teachers.

With one member absent, the Archbold School Board unanimously voted against implementing bowling as a high school varsity sport.

Promgoers enjoy the evening at the annual Pettisville High School Prom, Saturday, April 18, at the school. PHS juniors appear in a photograph: Jordyn Cerna, Jenna Lemley, Rosy Coronado, Krista Spiess, and Holly Randolph break it down on the dance floor.

Randy Mellott, Fayette, reports his stepdaughter Melinda Gardner said her duty aboard the USS Bainbridge was boring, at first.

“There was not much going on, and it was 110 to 115 degrees during the day,” she said. That was until April 8, when Somali pirates stormed aboard the American freighter Maersk Alabama. The captain, Richard Phillips, offered himself as a hostage to save his crew.

Mellott is a former US Navy explosives ordnance disposal diver.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Glen and Rose (Clark) Burkholder

Deaths–Jewel Taylor, 87, Clarkson, N.Y., formerly of Archbold; Lowell W. Leu, 66, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 20, 1994

A group representing Archbold Village Council, McLaughlin Memorial Library Board, Archbold Fire Department, and the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce will be formed to take another look at where to locate the north side fire station.

“I hope people understand the library is going to build there,” said Joyce Klingelsmith, librarian, in reference to the Stryker-Franklin Street corner location. “There is no question about that.”

John Lauber, an Archbold native and one of five members of the National Transportation Safety Board, has an office with a view in Washington, D.C., at the LaEnfant Plaza.

Its big windows look out over the National Airport. John said he will not seek reappointment to the board when his current term– his second– expires this year.

Council approved a tough, new law to control door-todoor solicitors at its Monday night meeting.

Several years ago, the village tried to pass a similar ordinance restricting solicitations in the village, but a lawyer for a group that solicits door-to-door threatened to sue the village over the issue.

The new ordinance was passed in three readings.

Mr. and Mrs. John Baumgartner, Archbold, and Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Kleck, Delta, attended the National School Boards Association convention in New Orleans, La., April 9-12.

Renee Nofziger Quistorf and her husband, Bill, have opened Renee’s in Everett, Wash. Located in the heart of downtown, it’s the newest women’s clothing store. Renee is the daughter of Rodney and Sandra Nofziger, Pettisville.

Cathy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Rufenacht, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, international honor society of nursing, at Capital University.

Jackie Wyse, daughter of John and Sharon, spent spring break from Hiram College helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Hugo on Johns Island, S.C.

Honor Student – Victoria Sonnenberg, Wittenberg University

Amanda Lienau, Archbold, and Bonney Garza, Pettisville, are among 11 Fulton County students to participate in the first All-County Youth Theater program.

The program is for students gifted in visual and performing arts and was initiated through cooperative efforts of the Fulton County Schools, Fayette Fine Arts Council, and Defiance College.

Sauder Woodworking sponsored two pages of photos and names of employees who have been employed in the company from 10-45 years.

Deaths–Burton Valentine, 76, Fayette; William Wacke, 78, Lancaster; Randall W. Cottrell, 71, Coldwater, Mich.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 23, 1969

Penn Central Railroad Co. agreed to pay 10% of the cost of installing automatic flashing light signals and short arm gates at the Franklin Street railroad crossing, if the village of Archbold will pay 90%. Penn Central will maintain them. One year ago, Penn Central estimated the cost at $33,000.

Fairlawn Haven craft director Marjorie Grieser appears in a photograph giving advice to residents who are making items for the annual benefit auction, May 3. Others in the photograph are Emily Fenton, Mrs. Pearl Hartmann, Mrs. Blanche Gilmore and Mrs. Bertha Scheib.

Larry L. Schroeder, AHS ‘62, Elmwood Park, Ill., son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schroeder, has been named to succeed C. S. Price in the Man Power Planning Division of Automatic Electric Company, Northlake, Ill.

Members of the National Threshers Association are preparing for the silver anniversary at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, June 26-29.

Donald A. Stotzer, a physician and Fulton County Health Commissioner, said the new two-year program to train environmental health technicians begins at Penta Technical College in Perrysburg, Sept. 1. Stotzer said by the 1970s, there will be an urgent demand for trained technicians.

Boy Scouts in Fulton and Henry counties are preparing for the American Heritage Camporee at Harrison Lake State Park, May 2-4.

College Degree–Gilbert D., son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Short, Miami University

Deaths–Ira. B. Graber, 79, Stryker; Earl E. Dierks, 64, Stryker

Happenings International, sponsored by the Maumee Valley Girl Scout Council, was attended by members of Archbold Cadette Troop 214: Becky Grime, Karen Clark, Lori Bettison, Stephanie Rettig, Rosemarie LaNeve, Josie Eash, Barbara Burke. Mrs. Dale Burk and Mrs. Richard Bettison accompanied the girls.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 26, 1944

A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon at 3 pm in the auditorium of Ridgeville Corners High School,and was attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends of Sgt. Paul Schroeder, who was killed helping fly supplies to US troops in China, Jan. 15.

Pvt. William Allen Davis, 34, Ridgeville Corners, was killed in action in the Admiralty Islands, South Pacific war zone, March 30, according to information received by his sisters, Mrs. Sidney Hope and Mrs. Clark Russell.

In a letter that arrived last Monday, he told of being in a foxhole, and the fighting was bad. He was well and cannot describe in the letter what they were doing or where they were.

A large group of Fulton County men was sent for induction at Toledo by the Fulton County Selective Service Board, Monday. Several are from Archbold: David Rupp, Richard Lauber, Charles Miller, Wesley Eash, Joseph Fleagle, John Hernandez.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Davis,

Wauseon, received word from their son, Richard, who is on duty on a South Pacific Island, that he is recovering from head injuries received several months ago.

Pfc. Dale H. Pape returned to Fort Warren, Wyo., Monday afternoon, following a 10-day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Nancy Pape.

Mr. and Mrs. Jos. E. Dominique received a letter from their son, Lt. Charles Dominique, telling them he was fine and he had a pleasant surprise when Lt. Clifford Heer called on him. They had a fine visit and plan to meet again. They are in New Guinea.

Pvt. John Zimmerman returned home Saturday for a three-week furlough, having recently been stationed at Deshon General Hospital, Butler, Penn. John spent 10 months in Africa and Italy, not in active combat, but he saw plenty of activity on the front.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 15, 1919

Friday at midnight, fire was discovered in the engine room of the Gotshall Mill at Darby’s Corners, north of Elmira. Noah and Arthur Liechty, who roomed in the boarding house nearby, were summoned and went to the mill to find the flames had started in the sawdust elevator. The fire gained such headway that the roof was falling in.

A 50-barrel water tank, which was in the top of the engine room, had fallen, and they were compelled to carry water buckets from the fountain nearby to fight the fire.

Four of six airplanes on the New York-Chicago aerial mail route were expected to arrive in Bryan last week in trial flights, but none were seen to pass over Archbold.

In previous trial flights, the men at the NYC Depot in Archbold were given notice to watch for the planes and report the time they passed over town.

Regular mail service is expected to begin between Cleveland and Chicago today.

Thursday evening, telephone messages were received by farmers in the vicinity of Pettisville and Archbold that the Wauseon milk condensory was in flames and that they needed help fighting the blaze.

George Stuff, Ben Wilner and Maurice Beckes appeared before mayor Ruihley some time ago on a charge of trying to steal an automobile from F.A. Geesey. They were sentenced to indeterminate teams in the Ohio Reformatory at Mansfield.

Sheriff Boone took them. They began their sentences on Friday.

R.H. Mitchell and wife, of Cleveland, drove their machine into the steel bridge north of town, Sunday evening. They were blinded by the lights of an oncoming car and hit the bridge. It demolished their high-powered car.

Friday, April 18, 1919

The Fulton County quota for the Fifth Liberty Loan Drive is $825,000.

The bonds are to draw 4 3/4%, non-taxable, maturing in four years with the treasury reserving the privilege of redeeming the notes in three years.

None of the past issues of Liberty Bonds are convertible into Victory Loan Bonds.

All members of the Archbold Alumni Association are requested to attend a meeting at the high school Friday evening at 7 pm to make arrangements for the annual banquet and dance.–Adv.

A year ago, mayor Ruihley purchased a small amount of goldfish and placed them in the old brewery pond.

Last Sunday, Mr. T.S. DeVries called the mayor and asked him to come see they had grown to six inches.

Melvin O. Faber, a Williams County boy who is serving with the U.S. Army in France, is instructing soldiers in agriculture in institutes being held in France.

The idea is to fit soldiers for the occupation of farming.

Our land is still a long way from flowing with milk and money, but we have a start. We must first get milk in our heads before we can get a milk check.

The dairy business presents a bright prospect, and promises to bring Archbold German Township farmers large monthly checks.

A fire of undetermined origin consumed the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holgate, together with the contents, and badly damaged the rectory and household goods.