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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Christy Motor Sales and Terry Henricks Chysler- Dodge-Jeep will continue to offer products from their respective manufacturers.

The automakers announced they will take franchises from some dealers.

Chrysler said it will quit supporting 780 dealerships; General Motors was to notify 1,000 dealers they had lost the GM product lines.

Chrysler is currently in bankruptcy; General Motors has used government money to stay afloat.

The Pettisville Local School District will end 2008-09 in the black, but then begin drawing on cash reserves at the end of 2009-10, according to the board’s five-year financial structure.

German Township Trustees presented a check to cover the cost of the new $650,658 Archbold Fire Department aerial truck. It was delivered Monday, May 18.

The new truck features a refurbished tower, turntable, and fire pump. Everything else, including the engine and transmission, is new.

Archbold Village Council and the German Township Trustees had a discussion over four-way stop signs on Co. Rd. 24.

“It’s a lot safer now,” said Randy Ruffer, trustee. But Jim Wyse, mayor, said the stop signs don’t meet engineering guidelines, and Dennis Howell, village administrator, told the trustees they were in violation of Ohio Department of Transportation guidelines.

Jim Frey said he would like to see the likeness of a person painted on the sidewalk near the Stryker Street bollard. He believes it might alert pedestrians to stand back from the dangerous intersection.

Two traffic signs were stolen from the intersection of West Lutz Road and Co. Rd. 24.

Deaths – Michael B. “Link” Lecklider, 53, Napoleon; Lois Seiler, 91, Fredricksburg

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 18, 1994

James Selgo, PHS ‘75, has been named principal of Archbold Elementary School, replacing Michael Sullivan, who is retiring.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said, “We had a very good pool of applicant talent from which to choose; real quality individuals. We are very excited about him joining the administration and feel very positive about his future input.”

An open house is planned by the Pettisville Local School Board in the gymnasium to honor Stephen Brannan, Loretta Brannan, and Iris Grieser, June 5, 1-3 pm. They are retiring.

Archbold High School announced its top nine graduates from the senior class. They will be honored during Academic Awards Night, Tuesday, May 24. They also are recognized at commencement, June 5, 2:30 pm. Honored are Alan Anthony, Michelle Armstrong, Laura Beck, Janelle Crossgrove, Adam Nofziger, Jonathan Rich, Joy Frey, Sarah Klingelsmith, Ryan Rupp.

The Nazarene Church found a new home on East Lutz Road and Sauders will have a new corporate sign along South Defiance Street.

This real estate exchange, said Bob Frey, president of the Archbold Chamber of Commerce, is a win-win situation.

“It’s absolutely the best thing for everyone,” Frey said. “There won’t be a building on that corner at all, but a nice corporate headquarters sign for Sauders, and the land along Lutz Road puts the church in a position for growth.

If Archbold Village Council gives its approval, the village and McLaughlin Memorial Library will swap property. Joyce Klingelsmith, librarian, told council that library board is prepared to exchange land along Franklin Street for Stryker Street land owned by the village.

The Hidden Valley Campground and home of Richard and Evelyn Roth located south of Archbold were sold at public auction Saturday. The property was offered in several parcels (approximately 30 acres), and was sold as one unit to John Breier, Archbold, for $165,500. A decision has not been made if the campground business will continue.

Deaths–Alice M. Beck, 73, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 21, 1969

The first annual Archbold Business, Professional and Industrial Show will take place Saturday and Sunday at Archbold High School.

There will be fun and entertainment for the entire family. There also will be door prizes valued $3 and over $100 given away approximately every five minutes. Door prizes will be given away in a master show drawing. Prizes are donated by show partici-pants.

Fulton County boards of education jointly employed this week Mrs. Veda Crawford, school psychologist, Napoleon, to work during the 1969-70 school year.

The graduation ceremony for the Pettisville High School Class of 1969 is Sunday, June 1, with a Baccalaureate service at 2:30 and commencement at 8 pm. in the high school auditorium.

Rev. J. Robert Detweiler of Goshen College Mennonite Church will deliver the baccalaureate sermon.

The commencement address will be given in two parts by members of the graduating class. Miss Renee Rupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray W. Rupp, and Stephen Lauber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lauber, will present the address.

Eleven honor students will graduate from Archbold High School: Dalynn T. Badenhop, Andre F. Beck, Elizabeth A. Grieser, Kathleen S. Grieser, Debra J. Huner, Kathy A. Link, Jerry L. Lugbill, Randall K. Nafz-iger, Ann R. Stamm, Mi-chelle A. Stamm, Bonnie L. Yedica.

Mrs. John Young has been appointed Director of Nursing at Fairlawn Haven in the absence of Lucille Roth, who is on a leave of absence for the summer months.

Kathy Springer has been elected co-editor of the yearbook at Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Ind., where she is completing her freshman year.

College Degrees–Miss Dorothy Alice Andre, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gail Andre, and Miss Connie Rae Rupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Rupp, Bob Jones University.

Honor Students–Douglas Gigax, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gigax, St. Louis University.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 24, 1944

Archbold is to have a fine, up-to-date and completely new moving picture theatre after many months of planning and awaiting permits and materials.

Thomas A. Scott of Columbus Grove will be the owneroperator of the theatre, to be located in the building recently vacated by the A&P store and owned by J.P. Rinkel.

Last fall, Mr. Scott became interested in the possibilities of locating a theatre in this growing community, being attracted by its industrial and agricultural development, and one of the few towns in Ohio of like size without the facility of a modern movie house.

T.J. Klaudt, pastor of St. John’s Reformed Church, will give the Memorial Day address at West Unity, Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.

In the Buckeye window is a picture of Jonas D. Miller holding the 15-lb. Snook which he caught while vacationing in Florida.

It was caught using a cane pole and heavy line with a steel leader, and he used a beak of a fish as bait.

Jonas caught it off the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota, and it was the largest Snook caught so far in the season. The Sarasota newspaper made a feature story of the catch.

Willard Seiler has rented the gas station at the Stamm Corner, one mile north of Archbold. He will take possession soon.

Mrs. H.H. Amstutz of Pettisville has received word her son, Harold, and his family are on their way to the United States.

Archbold’s newly organized Boy Scout Troop will gather scrap paper two days this week as part of the national campaign to salvage paper for the war effort.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 13, 1919

Over $1,000 worth of automobile tires was stolen from the store of the Vernier-McLaughlin Probeck Co., in Archbold, early Saturday morning.

The store was entered through a rear door. A perfectly round hole was cut in the panel of the door, through which a hand was reached and the padlock broken, which was on the inside of the door.

The largest and most expensive tires were taken, while many dollars worth of cheaper tires was unmolested.

From tracks left in the alley, it is evident that the plunder was carried away in an automobile. One citizen heard an auto in the neighborhood at the time of the crime.

Pupils of the 7th and 8th grades will give a literary and musical program in their room this afternoon.

Ormand Schlatter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schlatter, has been put in charge of the new distributing station of the Paragon Oil Co., at Delta.

To many adult folks, high school graduation time is much like another day, but to the children who graduate, there is but one important graduation in their life, and that is their own.

Citizens are ever ready to encourage the young people to complete the courses of learning in the village schools, knowing that education will be of more benefit to them than money.

As half of the young men of France have been killed in the war, the French girls have lost no chance to become the wives of American soldiers.

Over 6,000 Americans have married French women and will bring them to this country at the first opportunity. About half of the American men who have married French women intend to make their homes in France.

Friday, May 16, 1919

Archbold has an opportunity to secure a factory employing a dozen or more people.

Mayor Ruihley has hopes of disposing of the defunct National Pipe Die Plant to Mr. O.E. Waldvogel and his associates, who are now operating The Acme Level & Manufacturing Co., of Toledo, and are engaged in the manufacture of spirit levels and hardware specialties.

Archbold citizens show a friendly interest in getting the industry to Archbold, and the deal may be accomplished.

Commissioners of Fulton and Henry counties met at Napoleon, Monday, and agreed to go 50-50 repairing a mile of the county line road between the Wauseon Road and Adrian Pike.

They will have a joint-session on the county line road south of Archbold today to view a bridge.

Today the seventh annual track and oratorical contest of the Williams-Fulton Athletic Association will be held at Bryan.

Eight schools will have representatives: Archbold, Bryan, Delta, Fayette, Montpelier, Pioneer, Wauseon, West Unity.

Archbold has entered six men in the athletic contests in the afternoon. They are Monroe Rupp, Orlan Whipple, Benjamin Ruffer, Gilbert Hallett, Carmen Rinkel and John Claire.

Archbold has no representative in the oratorical contest in the evening. Many Archbold people plan to attend the contests.

Regular airplane mail service between Cleveland and Chicago was to have begun yesterday, one plane going each way every day, excepting Sunday.

Memorial Day will be celebrated in Archbold with appropriate ceremonies at the Town & Township Hall and the Archbold Cemetery.