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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The three issues before Archbold school district voters passed handily in the Tuesday, May 5 General Election.

The Archbold Community Library request for a five-year renewal of .4 mills, plus an additional .3 mills, passed.

The German Township five-year, 1-mill road levy renewal passed.

The Fulton County Senior Center 1.1-mill, five-year renewal passed.

The Archbold Farmers Market opens Thursday, July 2, and continues every Thursday to the end of September.

“It’s a definite go,” said Nanette Buehrer, director of Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce. It will run from 3:30-7 pm on Depot Street, when the street will be closed to traffic.

Buehrer said the Chamber Farmers Market task force has developed guidelines. It allows only the sale of highquality agricultural-based products from within a 50- mile radius of Archbold.

Caryn Theobald, an Archbold physician, competed in the Boston (Mass.) Marathon, Monday, April 20, and ran the 26.1 miles in 3 hours, 57 minutes. She has been a runner most of her life, and was in the Columbus Marathon in 2007.

Kevin Morton, councilman and liaison to Park Board, said it’s estimated the board spends $10,000 in electricity for the Festival of Lights, plus $3,000 in manpower to put up and maintain the displays.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said the cost of the festival “evolved.” Originally, Toledo Edison subsidized a large part of the electric bill, but has cut back its support as the economy tightened.

Morton said the Park Board is in no way suggesting we do away with the festival. Howell said a big Christmas lights display in West Virginia put out donation buckets to help defray the cost.

Honor Students–Alicia Buckenmeyer, Lincoln Burkholder, Ohio University

Deaths–Ryan Allen Rosebrock, 19, Napoleon; Jerry Lynn Lauber, 61, Charlotte, N.C.; Mary Nafziger, 92, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 4, 1994

Archbold voters said yes to the library levy Tuesday night. In a three-way Republican race to win the party nomination for county commissioner, Bill Lovejoy beat Sue Murry and Jeff Farnsworth. While Murry came within 400 votes, it was a clean victory for Lovejoy.

“I’m elated I won this one,” he said, “but remember we had a small turnout. I am going to face a bigger race in November.”

Voter turnout for all of Fulton County was 24%.

Ryan J. Rupp, a senior at Archbold High School, was recently named a member of the Ohio All-State Academic Team.

Team members were recognized for their outstanding academic performance as well as leadership, extracurricular activities, and citizenship.

Land owned by the city of Wauseon around a railroad underpass will be improved by the efforts of Four County Joint Vocational School horticulture students.

Members of the Archbold girls softball team did not play last week because of wet weather. Instead team members came out Saturday to make an attempt at drying the wet field.

Joe Wyse, AHS graduate and Bowling Green University offensive lineman, was invited to a mini-camp with the New York Giants last weekend in East Rutherford, N.J.

Keith Merillat, a second baseman for the Defiance College Yellow Jackets, completed his third varsity season with the baseball team.

He capped the season by being named to the Association of Mideast Colleges All-Conference team for the second straight year.

Archbold fifth graders planted an Aristocratic Pear tree during the annual Arbor Day program. The village honored Mel Arnos, who assisted the village over the years as part of the Tree Commission. He has been active in tree planting efforts for Archbold since 1974. The recognition came on Arnos’ 82nd birthday.

Deaths–Ella M. Wyse, 96, Archbold; Scott L. Quillet, 35, Wauseon; Carl M. Rupp, 75, Bryan

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 7, 1969

Archbold American Legion Post 311 will hold its Golden Anniversary and Awards Program in the high school gymnasium, Saturday, May 10.

Roger A. Munson, an Ohio businessman, will be the feature speaker. He currently is the Ohio State Legion Commander.

Mrs. Jerry Grime was named Mother of the Year at a tea in St. Peter Catholic Church, May 4. Appearing in a photograph are Rev. Norbert Loshe, Mrs. Grime, and daughters Barbara and Sharon.

Mr. Tom Vitello’s sixth grade science classes exhibited projects for elementary children to view. There are approximately 75 projects, and the topics covered nature, animals, electronics, reptiles, color drawings, space, parts of the body, and even cartoons.

Twenty junior county officials were elected last Friday night at the Wauseon Memorial Auditorium, where seven Fulton County schools met in convention.

One Archbold student was among the 23 Ohio State University students who was initiated into Bucket and Dipper, the 62-year-old men’s honorary organization.

Roger A. Weber, son of Mrs. Lloyd Myers, was initiated during the Ohio State May Week activities. Members were elected for their scholarship, leadership, and service to the university.

The largest class in the history of Archbold High School– 109 members– will graduate this year when the most important events of a busy school year will be held Sunday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 20.

Four members of the class will present addresses: Ann Stamm, Dalynn Badenhop, Kathy Link, and Randy Nafziger. Jacob Burkholder, principal, will present the diplomas.

Emerson Nafziger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl A. Nafziger, a senior at Pettisville High School, is one of 17 high school seniors who recently accepted the Menno Simons award for study at Goshen College.

Deaths– Matthew E. Smith, three-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Max E. Smith, Sr., died suddenly Friday morning in the family home; Donald K. Leninger, 51, Montpelier.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 10, 1944

A stick accidentally tossed across the Toledo Edison high tension wires near the Harold Short farm west of Archbold, Thursday evening, while a group of young people were hunting mushrooms, caused a number of towns to be without electric service for awhile.

Archbold, Swanton, Edon, Wauseon, Fayette, Swanton, Delta, and Holland were without electric service until Edison linemen located the trouble, according to Otto Vonier, an Archbold serviceman. Towns in Fulton County soon had service restored, being fed electricity from Toledo.

An eastbound Detroit-St. Louis passenger train sideswiped a switch engine at Montpelier, Saturday morning, resulting in both locomotives turning over, derailing passenger and baggage coaches.

Highest honors for the 1944 graduating class went to Mary Lou Kluepfel, valedictorian. Miss Bessie Schmucker, who came here from Stryker in her junior year, earned the second place in class honors as salutatorian.

Mrs. Herma Bernath of Toledo received word of the death of her son, Sgt. Thomas Bernath, who drowned in India waters, April 26. The boy had been in Africa for some time. His wife lives in Toledo. Mrs. Herma Bernath is a sister of Mrs. Warren Fetters of Archbold, and has two other boys in the military service. Sgt. Thomas Bernath was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bernath of Burlington.

Eighteen children were confirmed in the Catholic faith in special services, Tuesday.

Several local men received notices last week ordering induction in the military service. They will be sent to Cleveland for physical examinations, leaving Wauseon by the NYC. The induction center in Toledo was closed a few weeks ago.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 29, 1919

Marshal Nofzinger arrested three men in an automobile, Monday afternoon. The machine belonged to F.C. Stewart, of Detroit. The men were apparently intoxicated with drugs. They gave their names as Edward J. Ward, John Welder, and Steve Williams. They confessed to stealing the car.

The men are safe in the village lockup. The owner of the car was sent a telegram to appear in court.

Burglars got $200 from a safe Wednesday night at the store of Irvin Grime in Evansport. The doors were blown on the safe. Nobody heard the explosion.

The new migrant houses at the beet dumps are made of handsome white pine. The houses are built on skids so they can be moved to another location when necessary.

The Archbold saloons will close May 26. They intend to continue business as soft drink parlors. As the 26th falls on Monday, it is probable that Saturday the 24th will be the last day for King Booze in Ohio.

The courts need to decide whether near beer and other drinks containing small percentages of alcohol, or elements that will develop alcohol in lager, will be allowed to be sold.

It is probable that anything like beer will be forbidden. There is nothing said about cider or homemade wines or the keeping of liquor in the home providing there is no complaint that such places are becoming public resorts.

The legislation is against the saloon and the misery that goes with it. May 24 is intended to mark the end of the saloons in Ohio.

Friday, May 2, 1919

Corporal Albert H. Weckesser, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Weckesser, is still reported as missing in action since Nov. 10, 1918, according to a letter received by mayor Ruihley from the office of the Adjutant General in Washington, D.C.

The letter stated that a reply had been received from the Commanding General of the American Expeditionary Forces to that effect.

Albert was a sharpshooter with Co. A 128th Infantry.

Detective Witt of Detroit came to Archbold Tuesday afternoon and took three young men, Ed. J. Ward, John Welder, and Steve Williams, to Detroit. They stole a car in Detroit and drove it to Archbold, where they were arrested by marshal Nofzinger, Monday.

F.C. Stewart, the machine owner, came Wednesday morning and drove it back to Detroit.

Today is the day of the joint picnic of three German Township schools, which is to be held at the schoolhouse in District No. 15. Miss Mable Nofziger, teacher District No. 13; Miss Gladys Fauver, teacher District No. 16; and Alberta Harsch, teacher.

The largest elm tree in the United States is growing in Rathbone, near Marietta, according to tree experts. It is 32 feet in circumference and is estimated to be from 500 to 700 years old. The tree has a spread of 165 feet and has five limbs branching out from the main trunk as large as an ordinary tree.

There were six blacksmith shops in Archbold, and all were busy shoeing and repairing logging tools.

Wheat is $2.40. No, it is not a joke. This is the price today in Archbold. German Township farmers are very happy.