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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Next week, Whitney Fricke will compete for the Miss Ohio crown at Mansfield. She will represent Cuyahoga County, where she competed in open competition.

There still are last-minute adjustments, but Templo Cristiano-Assembly of God is all set for three days of special celebration in its new home, said Misael Rodriguez, pastor.

The church, which has been west of Burlington-Elmira on Co. Rd. G for several decades, has purchased the former Archbold Evangelical Church on Park Street.

Levi Rupp received the Hemingway Medal for having the highest academic achievement among this year’s graduates at Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind., at commencement, Saturday, May 30. He is the son of Phil and Judi Rupp.

Mike McDonel, 2009 Miami University graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright study grant for 2009- 10. He will take part in a nine-month intensive Arabic language study at the University of Jordan in Amman. He is the son of David Mc- Donel, Archbold, and Karla McDonel, Defiance.

Summer enrollment at Northwest State Community College is up 38.8% and is expected to increase, according to Tom Stuckey, president.

65th Wedding Anniversary– Herman and Kathryn (Lederman) Kauffman, June 11, 1944

Degrees–Jacinta Nafziger, daughter of Mark and Joyce, George Fox University, Portland, Ore. She also received the Outstanding Student award. Jessica King, daughter of James and Darlene, Katrina Lehman, daughter of Eric and Marcia, summa cum laude, Eastern Mennonite University.

Honor Students – Logan Stuckey, Ferris State University; Scott Kinsman, Malone University; Samantha K. Schaffner, Fayette, Heidelberg University; Lizbeth Cruz, Wade Enderle, Alexandra Gingerich, Andrea Grieser, Philip Grime, Lydia Nofziger, Bluffton University

Deaths–William O. Thieroff, 76, Ridgeville Corners; Joyce V. Warner, 83, Archbold; Rev. David F. Koch, 83, Findlay

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 8, 1994

Ernie Zavala was an honored member of the graduating Class of 1994, Sunday. He died of leukemia in his freshman year. Ken Cline, superintendent, told the class their “future will depend largely on how you handle distractions in your life.” Eighty-four graduates received diplomas.

Leon Smith is the new superintendent of the Archbold Wastewater Department. He has worked at the plant for a year, and replaces Ted Lovejoy, who was an Archbold employee 21 years and retired in May.

A lawsuit filed in Fulton County Common Pleas Court to stop construction of an Ohio Turnpike Interchange at Co. Rd. 24 has failed.

The lawsuit was filed by attorney David W. Zoll, Toledo, on behalf of Ervin Wyse and Bonnie Zuercher, both of Co. Rd. H, and D’Ann Weaver, Co. Rd. 24, and others similarly situated.

After a career of 35 years in education, Bob Frey is retiring. The 1965 AHS graduate was featured in a front page article of the May 14 issue of the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth. He is the son of Bessie Frey, who is a retired second grade elementary teacher in Archbold.

Jane Hubbard, Archbold, early childhood education instructor at Four County Vocational School, recently received two honors.

A search committee composed of village officials has reduced the number of applications for the village administrator position from 40 to 12. Village administrator Nolan Tuckerman will retire in August 1995.

Honor Student–Erin Short, University of Akron, perfect 4.0.

Michael DeWyse will represent Archbold at Buckeye Boys State, June 11-18, at Bowling Green State University.

Earns Degree – Meredith McNulty, University of Evansville

Barb Short, AHS head softball coach, will be inducted into the Ohio High School Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, June 17.

Deaths–George Clark, 69, Archbold; Doris Engle, 75, Spencerville; Catharine De- Groff, 87, Bryan

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 11, 1969

Lawrence E. Short, mayor, has proclaimed Wednesday, June 18, “Jill Day” in honor of Jill Dominique, the new Miss Top of Ohio. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dominique. She received the honor by Miss Ohio of 1969, Leslyn Hiple.

More than 5,000 citizens of Northwest Ohio toured the new Four County Vocational and Technical Institute at its first open house, Sunday, June 8.

The Ridgeville Corners Board of Education will meet for the last time, June 3. The school will be consolidated with the Napoleon and Archbold school districts. Board members are Elias Frey, president; Walter Delventhal, vice president; William Buehrer, Donald Badenhop, Donald Kleck; Marie Schnitkey, clerk- treasurer; F.F. Hesterman, president.

Summer school at Archbold began June 9. One hundred and fifty-four students are enrolled in health, typing, driver education, algebra I.

The nursing program of the Fulton County Chapter of the American Red Cross reports approximately 30 high school girls from Fulton County have been accepted to serve as Red Cross youth volunteers.

Harold Plassman, solicitor for the village of Archbold, will speak at the Monday Noontide Luncheon of Commercial Club.

He will discuss the progress of the sanitary sewer system and the problem the village faces to finance construction.

Fourteen graduate students will participate in BGSU’s first graduate abroad program in Madrid, Spain, this summer.

Mrs. Hal Hackett and Kenneth Lause, Archbold teachers, will be members of the group.

Dean’s List–Gloria Short, Bruce A. Yoder, Eastern Mennonite College; Connie Baer, Bernard Frey, Gene Wyse, Eileen Yoder, Hesston College.

College Graduates–Stephen L. Pape, BGSU; Connie Baer, Joyce Beck, Bernard J. Frey, Ethel Grieser, Paul Liechty, Eileen Yoder, Jon Fielitz, David May, John Sauder, Phyllis Liechty, Hesston College.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 14, 1944

Discovery that the north wall of the Home Restaurant building was cracked and shifting outward at the floor level caused Garold Spoerle to close the restaurant yesterday morning until the wall had been braced and the danger of falling reduced.

Earl Nofzinger, an Archbold man and aeronautical designer with the Gibson Manufacturing Co., Greenville, Mich., shared honors when one of its gliders led the sky train in the invasion of Normandy last week.

According to Robert S. John, NBC news analyst broadcasting from New York City, the glider bought by the Greenville school children and made by Gibson was the first to land. Another commentator the same afternoon said that Allied commanders pronounced the gliders a great success in troop landings, so they may need many more made by the company, second in production in the United States.

It is said the gliders and troop-carrying planes of the invasion stretched for 50 miles.

Each glider holds about 40 soldiers and is big enough to carry a jeep and many men. Spread of the wings is 84 feet.

In the Buckeye office window this week is a miniature boat sent by 1st Lt. Charles Dominique to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Dominique. He is in New Guinea and says the boat is an exact duplicate of the type used by natives.

Mrs. Kenneth Stamm left Toledo three weeks ago Tuesday for San Francisco to visit her husband, Pfc. Kenneth E. Stamm. She was joined later by her sister, Miss Dorothy Bernath of Toledo.

A four-month trip over 17,000 miles– 44 days of it on an old sailboat designed by Napoleon III– is the story in a few words of the return of Rev. and Mrs. Harold D. Amstutz and David, 10, from Central Africa to Pettisville.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 3, 1919

The new Memorial Tablet is now placed in the Town Hall. It is a fitting memento of the service rendered by Archbold and German Township men during the war.

It carries the names of all persons who were in the military service in Europe.

The Archbold band made a fine appearance and delivered excellent music on Memorial Day. It is not certain there will be band concerts on North Defiance Street in downtown Archbold this summer.

Beginning Saturday, June 14, both The Peoples State Bank Co., and Farmers & Merchants Bank of Archbold will be open Saturday evenings.– Adv.

Mr. S.S. Wyse has purchased a tractor which will plow the fields and do other farm work.

Farmers are at their wits end to get the soil in shape for planting corn. It plows in poor condition, but when it comes to preparing a bed for corn, it seems almost impossible to get the soil in condition.

Peter Seiler had 13 horses on ten acres at one time trying to break up the clods. Some fields that have been plowed look very discouraging. It appears the drags, floats, discs, and harrows do little good pulverizing.

In spite of all the difficulties, corn is being planted. Farmers ought to have a wonderful crop to pay for all their trouble and labor.

The ladies of the Lutheran Society will clean the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church on South Defiance Street, Thursday.

Mr. B.R. Mull has decided not to return to Archbold because he has bought a business at Continental.

Friday, June 6, 1919

Farmers around District No. 7 are busy preparing the soil for the corn crop. Some being unable to get their oats sown are now planting corn instead.

Because of the heat, horses need to take more rests. More tractors are being used as a remedy to get farming done.

Lot owners of the Archbold Cemetery should not lose sight of what Ordinance No. 162 means. If you want your cemetery lot attended to after you have passed away, make provision for the maintenance and care of your last resting place now.

A nice item for your last will and testament would be as follows: “I hereby give and bequeath to the Trustees of Archbold Village the sum of $____ for use as a permanent fund to maintain Archbold Cemetery burial grounds.

The old brewery pond is used as a swimming pool these hot days. The council, however, objects to the kids swimming in nature’s garb.

Someone ought to donate a shed whereby kids can dress and undress and put on a suitable bathing suit.

Some members of council report some men make a habit of swimming in the village pond without the usual bathing costume.

Another member thought this was a French practice and not in harmony with the USA custom, and therefore bathing suits should be procured by the bathers.

Council was instructed by the mayor to procure a shed or building for the mud bath in the old brewery pond. There were no objections to the bathing, only bathing suits are mandatory for proper bathing.