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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Citing uncertainties in the state budgeting process for schools, the Archbold Area School Board decided to again withhold action on adjustments to administrator salaries. It is the third time school board deferred the decision.

Scott Miller said the board is waiting to see the eventual outcome of negotiations over the state’s $54 billion, twoyear budget for 2009-11.

“A committee of six members will make the funding decision for all Ohio schools,” Deskins said.

In a photograph, Neal Beck, rural Archbold, appears with a child’s rocking motorcycle he crafted from wood and donated to the Black Swamp Benefit.

The Archbold municipal income tax for 2009 is down and not expected to recover, Dennis Howell, village administrator, told council.

Normally, Howell said when there is a large decline in one month’s results, he can usually explain why.

This year he can’t. “I do not see anything encouraging. We’ll probably see similar results for the rest of the year,” he said.

Brannon Wurster was “Miss Archbold Fire Department” in the Miss Relay Competition at the Fulton County Relay For Life event, Friday and Saturday, at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

David Deskins, Archbold superintendent, said the figures are very preliminary and could be adjusted in the future, but results of state-mandated tests look promising.

Fulton County has recorded its second case of H1N1 influenza, and the World Health Oganization had declared the virus, also known as Swine Flu, a pandemic.

Caleb Yoder, who will be a freshman at Pettisville, will attend the University of Toledo CampMed, June 18-19. He is the son of Douglas and Jennifer.

Cathy Rupp Gordon, AHS ‘80, daughter of Dean and Maryann Rupp, was recently named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She is a partner in a Pittsburgh law firm.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 15, 1994

While Archbold High School doesn’t have a bigger problem with alcohol and substance abuse than other schools or communities, district officials are nevertheless looking at tightening substance abuse policies.

Bill Lovejoy, Republican candidate for Fulton County Commissioner, was tops in votes garnered and campaign dollars spent in the May Primary Election.

A jury in the Fort Wayne, Ind., federal district court returned 14 guilty verdicts against some of the people who were involved in the building of the East Garden Apartments on East Lutz Road.

Instead of May showers bringing spring flowers, it’s been the sprinkler systems that keep lawns green and flowers in bloom. Area crops have been much less fortunate.

Archbold recorded its driest May in 22 years with 1.05 inches of precipitation.

Frozen Specialties, Inc. (FSI), 720 West Barre Road, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Windmill Corporation, has been acquired by a management led investor group. Gene Welka is chairman and chief executive officer.

FSI is a manufacturer and marketer of frozen pizza products that are sold at retail outlets and through various classes of trade. The company will continue to be known as Frozen Specialties, Inc.

Roger Crossgrove was recently appointed to the National Dairy Production and Research Board.

The local dairy farmer, who lives with his family near Ridgeville Corners, is one of 12 new board members.

Cash receipts on Fulton County farms fell for the second consecutive year in 1992, dropping to $78.3 million, the lowest county farm income in five years.

Honor Students – Denay Rupp, Joshua Rychener, Michelle Poorman, Trinda Stutzman, Anderson University; Wendy Grime, perfect 4.0, Bowling Green State University

An open house in honor of Joseph J. Przybysz, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, Archbold-Stryker is Sunday, June 26.

Trust, sacrifice, patience, respect, concern, kindness, and knowledge are just a few of the qualities Ron Dilbone brought to Archbold athletics as trainer, a coach, and a friend.

Deaths–Howard Snyder, 56, Pettisville; Dean Neff, 74, Defiance; Charles Bourquin, 86, Edison

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 18, 1969

Jill Day festivities, in honor of Miss Top of Ohio, Jill Dominique, will begin with a parade at 7:30 pm this evening, Wednesday. It will form in front of the main entrance of the high school on Stryker Street. Lawrence Short, mayor, will appear to make the presentation to Miss Top of Ohio. Also on the program will be a number of entertainers from the area.

AccordingtoRobertDurbin, superintendent of the Four County Vocational School, more than 6,500 Northwest Ohio citizens toured the new schools and its facilities Sunday at an open house.

The previous Sunday, June 8, it was estimated that 5,000 toured the school.

The Archbold Fire Department answered two alarms in less than two hours.

Erick Kuehn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kuehn, has been accepted by Lewis and Clark College to participate in a nine-week study in Munich, Germany. He will receive nine semester hours of graduate credit.

Donald L. Deatrick, 49, Defiance, and his wife, Marion, 48, and Richard Gype, 26, Defiance, and his wife Mary Ann, 25, were killed in a fiery plane crash when the single-engine plane owned by Deatrick, who was the pilot, crashed at 11:32 pm, Thursday night, during a severe summer storm that lashed the area.

Miss Mary Lou Roth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Roth, an alumna of Bob Jones University, is among 154 students, faculty and alumni taking a fourweek concentrated study in Europe and the Middle East.

J.J. Cramer of Middleport, N.Y., an important canal boat town over 100 years ago, is riding his saddle horse to Juneau, Alaska, and stopped in Archbold, Monday night.

He spent the night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beck and children. He makes between 30 to 35 miles a day.

Angel Serna, a graduate of Pan American College, Edinburg, Texas, has been accepted in the Teacher Corps program to develop studies for migrant schoolchildren. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marciano Serna.

Deaths–Karl H. Norden, 68, Archbold; John H. Otte, 72, Ridgeville Corners; Mabel D. Drerys, formerly of Kendallville, Ind.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 21, 1944

Progress of the Fifth War Loan Bond Drive for Archbold and German Township has been good, but not good enough to make the quota by the end of this week unless more investors go to their bank or post office for purchases.

It is believed the quota can be met this week in order to eliminate the necessity of solicitors calling on the people.

H.H. Ham, clerk of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said absentee voter ballots for men and women in the U.S. armed services are available.

Homer Christy and Peter J. Short saw their certified bank checks returned, which they sent to the War Food Administration in payment of carload lots of eggs at $30 per car to be used as stock feed.

George Becker, who purchased a carload at $30, received his shipment, and the eggs were used in his fertilizer rendering plant.

Mrs. Nancy Pape received a letter last week from her son Cpl. Dale H. Pape, saying he had arrived safely somewhere in England.

Peter Eicher & Son are establishing a modern method of dressing poultry that will speed up the present operation.

Its new slaughtering process is to be handled in a new 20×40 feet addition north of the present building with an automatic conveyor line system.

The birds are killed and hung, then automatically scalded and picked by machinery. Finishing of each bird is completed by hand, then iced and cooled several hours before shipping. The process should increase production speed by 30%.

The principal market for dressed poultry is Detroit and Philadelphia.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 10, 1919

Trustees of Clinton and German townships are losing sleep over the road matter.

Clinton Township trustees have settled it as far as their opinion is concerned, by voting unanimously for a concrete road. German Township trustees have not yet made a decision.

The Fulton County commissioners, of course, will have the last word to say.

Some are in favor of stone and others favor concrete. The Ohio Stone Federation is hot after the officials and cannot see or hear anything but.

The six miles of federal aid road that are to be built from Wauseon to near Archbold is a sure thing. The people along the road have about all signed for concrete.

Concrete roads, five years old, hold up nobly under the strain of heavy milk truck traffic and other heavy large truckloads. Of course, brick may be placed on concrete roads at any time.

It is believed that concrete will not go to pieces as quickly as stone, and that the upkeep will be less expensive.

As far as German Township is concerned, concrete is safer than stone because if no water gets to the heavy clay soil, it will hold up like a rock. Water soaks though the stone and softens the bed, while if covered with concrete it is likely to hold for years.

A bill has been introduced in Congress by Representative Charles J. Thompson, authorizing the Secretary of War to donate to the Village of Archbold, Ohio, one cannon field piece captured by the American expeditionary forces of the enemy during the war.

The bill was introduced May 27 and was referred to the committee on Military Affairs and ordered printed. Number of the bill is H.R. 3389.

Friday, June 13, 1919

Mr. Adam Miller was working in his garage yesterday, Thursday afternoon, when he discovered fire in the rear room.

He gave the alarm and the hose cart was dragged to the scene before the fire alarms were sounded.

Tongues of fire and a great cloud of smoke threatened the entire district of the stave mill sheds and small buildings in the vicinity.

Firemen soon had two streams from the high-pressure hose working in the building and a third stream from another hose working on the rear of the building.

When the fire found those three streams coming, it gave up and laid down.

There were two serious explosions of gasoline tanks spreading the flames, but as there was plenty of water, the fire was soon conquered.

Once more it was demonstrated at the Miller Garage fire that the large Archbold Waterworks system was the best investment the village ever made. It surely saved the town.

Junk or Rubbish Day is next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17-18. Have your rubbish in barrels or boxes and have the cash ready to pay the drayman.­­­– August Ruihley, mayor.–Adv.

Harold Stotzer was elected president of the Michigan University Band at a meeting in Ann Arbor last week.