Archbold, OH

Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Archbold Area School District officials made their best attempt at a five-year budget forecast, and the news is not good.

If the state legislature continues with its current plan to phase out the tangible personal property tax, or CAT tax, and the district $1.1-million, emergency levy expires, the district will be out of money by 2013.

The Archbold Area School Board might purchase property that would make space available for a possible replacement of the middle school.

The board agreed to form a focus group, with the goal of looking into purchasing about 3.5 acres of property owned by Archbold Evangelical Church.

The land is located south of Park Street and east of Blue Streak Drive.

For the 118th year, Archbold High School will conduct commencement exercises, Sunday, May 31, when 99 diplomas will be given to the graduating Class of 2009. Members of the board of education will present the diplomas.

Pettisville High School will graduate 49 seniors, Sunday, May 24.

In spite of the recent passage of an addition to the Archbold Community Library property tax levy, the library budget could be in line for additional cuts, Joyce Klingelsmith, director, told board members at their Wednesday, May 13 meeting.

“This month’s receipts from the state were $9,250 less than a year ago,” she said.

“We continue to spend more than we receive. It won’t be too many months before our carryover is spent.”

Lauren Kern threw a perfect game and led Archbold with three hits as the Streaks (21-3) advanced to the Division III regional tournament for the third straight year.

David Rupp and Steven Kinsman, Archbold High School, and Jordan Klopfenstein and Quinn Nofziger, Pettisville High School, have been selected to play in the Five-County All-Star baseball game, Friday, May 29, at Defiance High School.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 25, 1994

Legislation introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives, Monday, May 23, includes $7.2 million for a new engineering classroom building for Northwest State Community College.

NSCC also is in line for approximately $1,149,000 for renovations to current buildings and replacement of the telephone system.

Rick Hodges, state representative (R-Metamora), said on Tuesday the bill, HB 790, was introduced in the House, Monday afternoon.

“Lynn Wachtmann (state representative, R-Napoleon,) Ben Gaeth (state senator, RDefiance) and I will be watching over it, and, of course, the governor is very supportive,” he said.

Thirty-three seniors will graduate from Pettisville High School, Sunday at 3 p.m.

Following the processional, Stephanie Nafziger will give the invocation. Class speakers, Lisa Hoylman and Mick Weber, are introduced by Stephen Switzer, superintendent.

The Co. Rd. 24 Ohio Turnpike interchange will be built on Co. Rd. 24, officials say. That’s in spite of a rumor around the community that the interchange site had been moved to Co. Rd. 22.

“That’s a laugh. It’s not going to move,” said Lowell Rupp, Fulton County commissioner. “If it has been moved they would have notified us, and we haven’t heard anything.”

The 124-year-old Fulton County Courthouse will have its exterior restored in a three-year, $400,000 project.

The plan is to enter into a contract with Historic Design Group, Inc., of Worthington, to restore the building.

“Since the courthouse represents a major landmark in the county, and since no major maintenance has been completed over the past 25 years, the commissioners are moving to preserve the natural beauty of this important county building, said Lowell Rupp, commissioner.

The building is structurally sound, said Rupp. “The windows are original and need to be replaced. The energy efficiency will pay for the replacement in a short period of time,” he said. “Also, the mortar joints need tuck-pointing and the bricks need to be sealed.”

A home sold by Vicki (Frank) Nafziger, 600 North Defiance Street, was sold at public auction, Saturday, to Stan J. and Suzanne Short for $75,000.

20th Wedding Anniversary– Jerry and Pat Clevenger, May 18, 1974

40th Wedding Anniversary– Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hopkins

50th Wedding Anniversary– Herman and Kathryn (Lederman) Kauffman

Honor Student – Kasey Wyse, Western Michigan University

Deaths – Robert C. Bernath, 79, West Unity; James J. Flores, 36, Evansport.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, May 28, 1969

Fred E. Morr, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will dedicate Goll Woods State Park in Fulton County near Archbold on Thursday, May 29. The unique area contains some trees, which were standing when Christopher Columbus landed in the Western Hemisphere.

“The ancient trees found in the 80 acres of the 321-acre Goll Woods Nature Preserve have been allowed to remain as they were hundreds of years ago, thanks to the foresightedness of the Goll family and the efforts of the conservationists, teachers, and other public-spirited citizens of Northwestern Ohio.

“Now the state of Ohio assumes the responsibility of preserving the outstanding beauty of Goll Woods for future generations.” said Mr. Morr.

A photograph shows Kenneth C. Frank, president of the Stryker Chamber of Commerce, holding the plaque to be mounted on a native boulder weighing over two tons, to be placed in Goll Woods commemorating the dedication, Thursday, May 29, at 9 am.

Stryker Chamber of Commerce is providing the bronze plaque as a memorial to the Goll-Louys families, who have preserved the stand of virgin timber.

David L. Rychener, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Rychener, has received a varsity letter for his participation in the track and field program at Wheaton College.

The Archbold Buckeye this week is the first newspaper in Fulton County to install computer typesetting equipment. The high tech machine is the 154th machine of its kind in use in the United States.

Three busloads of the senior Class of 1969 and seven chaperones left Sunday for the senior class trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City. Accompanying them were Mr. Wilbur Wyse, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rupp, Mr. Robert W. Short, Mrs. Jay Beck, Mrs. Donald Stamm, Mrs. Marie Quillet.

College Degrees–Douglas Rupp and Nancy Springer, Adrian College; Robert Lauber, Georgetown University

Deaths – Margaret Miller Goudreau, 89, Cleveland; Charles F. Gype, 85, Wauseon

Dean’s List – Larry Beck, Baldwin-Wallace

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, May 31, 1944

Miss Gretchen Spoerle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garold Spoerle, graduated with a class of 49 from the Mercy School of Nursing, Toledo, Saturday afternoon. She received the highest honors in her class, the largest class in school history.

Gretchen received the Lyman W. Brewer Medal for scholarship, general nursing ability, personality, and surgical training.

Memorial services for Cpl. Donald W. Thrasher, 27, who lost his life in action, Nov. 27, 1943, will be held in the Pettisville school auditorium.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thrasher, who reside near Archbold.

Through correspondence, they learned Cpl. Thrasher was a member of a group of men who had been stationed at Oran, Africa, who were being sent on a troop ship to India. Their boat was torpedoed; 1,000 men were lost and 1,000 were saved.

Mrs. Pauline Thrasher received a telegram from the War Department, May 16, informing that her husband had been dead since Nov. 27, after having been reported missing in action, stating a letter would follow.

C.A. Sauer, pastor, has been returned by the annual Methodist Conference to the appointments at West Unity and Archbold.

Over 8,000 signatures were voluntarily placed upon the 20 petitions circulated by the Tri-State Auctioneers Association protesting OPA jurisdiction upon farm sales.

Freeman Roth suffered approximately a $3,000 loss, Monday afternoon, when fire destroyed a new tractor, tool shed, some corn, and other implements.

Mr. Roth lives on the former Anna Flory farm southeast of the Catholic Cemetery.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 20, 1919

The total amount of bonds subscribed to in the Victory Liberty Loan Campaign in Fulton County reached the sum of $899,200. Although four of the districts did not reach their quotas, there were enough subscriptions in the other districts to more than cover the county allotment.

Grover Baer came home from Camp Sherman, Saturday night, where he was discharged. He was in the military service overseas almost two years, having served in the famous Rainbow Division as a volunteer. He was in 15 battles and came through without a bump or scratch. His suitcase contained souvenirs he highly values. His overcoat was stolen at the Interurban Station in Toledo.

If the Acme Level & Manufacturing Company will locate in Archbold, it will mean employment for 10 to 15 persons in the village. Archbold needs some manufacturing enterprise; a business employing 10 or 15 persons will add an increased value of 10 or 15 percent value to our real estate.

The question is now up to the citizens of Archbold, whether we want to boost ourselves along or go backward.

Everyone should attend the meeting called by the mayor and boost for Archbold.

The Archbold school closed Friday. It has been one of the most successful years in the history of the schools.

The work of the teachers and pupils has been up to the Archbold standard, and the grades of the pupils have averaged better than average for several years.

There has been less attention to fads and fancies and more work performed, which is quite satisfactory to all concerned.

Friday, May 23, 1919

A telegram from the War Department at Washington, D.C., brings the information that Albert Weckesser was taken prisoner by the Germans on Nov. 10, 1919, that he was mortally wounded and died Nov. 12, and was buried by the Germans.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Weckesser of German Township.

He was a sharpshooter with Co. A, 128th Infantry. He is the only one so far reported from German Township whose life was sacrificed to democracy overseas during the Great War.

Mr. Edward Sagert of Archbold made a garden tool that is now in great demand. Curved like a fish hook, it is good for weeding in the garden It is a long-handled hoe and is about 2 1/3 inches wide. He pounded it on his anvil from a buggy spring. Others saw the hook-like tool. He has been making and selling them as fast as he can. Mr. Sagert has applied for a patent.

After using one, it is easy to see how backbreaking garden work can become easier from the end of a long handle.

Over 7,000 employees of the Toledo Overland Auto Plant are on strike for shorter hours. It means Toledo is losing a large sum of money that was earned and spent in that city.

Many former Archbold people have been working in Toledo and are now without employment.

There are rumors the Overland Plant will be permanently closed.

Miss Anna Flory has made application to have an old mortgage against her property cleared, located at the north corporation limits. Somehow the release of the mortgage was never recorded. She wants the title cleared.