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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998

Florence Roth, a lifelong citizen of Archbold, is the 1998 Citizen of the Year.

A straw-loading contest at the county fair drew female and male contestants. Winning first place were Nick Buehrer, Chase Stuckey, and Rodney Buehrer, of Archbold FFA.

Philip Lange & Sons Apiaries, of rural Archbold, has reason to be proud of the success they had with their honey exhibits at the Ohio State Fair.

Travis Kauffman and Jennifer Short, AHS graduates, were selected to sing with Goshen College’s 41-member chamber choir in Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Describing Detroit Tiger Fantasy Camp, Jim Wyse told Chamber members “playing was great,” but the week also involved instruction clinics. Fantasy players also can play against each other in summer games, he said.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1983

Archbold industrial employment picture looks better and better as 1983 comes to a close. In January 2,600 were employed here. Now, in the third quarter, employment is 2,800.

Robert J. Durbin was appointed to fill a council vacancy. Mario Arellano resigned because he is relocating in Bryan, where he is employed. William Lovejoy, mayor, made the appointment, which was approved by council.

Eight pages in a special section observe the 100th anniversary of the City Drug Store.

Leanna Baus and Fred Witte have filed petitions as write-in candidates to Archbold Village Council. Larry Baus, councilman, is retiring. The term of Richard Weires expires, and he seeks reelection. William Lovejoy, mayor, and Gladys Winzeler, clerk, seek reelection and are unopposed.

Orrin R. Taylor, editor/publisher emeritus of the Archbold Buckeye, was honored Sept. 23 at the 98th National Newspaper Association convention, in Louisville, Ky. He was honored for 50 years of service to national community newspapers. Taylor was president of the association in 1949, which is the largest newspaper organization in the world. He is the oldest living president.

Deaths- Glen Ruffer, 71 Archbold; Nelson H. Beck, 87, Archbold; Wesley C. Sweet, 73, Findlay.

Robert Ebersole and his wife returned Sept. 18 from a 12-day tour of Russia. He presented and narrated color slides of the trip to Commercial Club members Monday noon.

Ten men from Archbold ran in the Toledo Blade 10K Run Oct. 25: Chuck Forward, Kevin Frey, Juan Rolon, Ron Leininger, Ross Moraz, Keith Ruhe, Bob Frey, David Thompson, Mike Sullivan.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall. It was built in 1931 and attracts 1 1/2 million visitors a year…. Persons who never expect too much are never at their wit’s end.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept 8, 1958

Northland Turkey Hatchery, Ltd., owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Orval Wyse of the Wyse Bros., Turkey Farms, Archbold, have completed construction of a large turkey hatchery at Exeter, Ontario, Canada, about 280 miles from Archbold.

Deaths- Solomon Beck, 63, Archbold; Henry H. Rupp, 85, Pettisville; Allan M. Barber, 73, Wauseon; Ezra Frey, 74, Wauseon; Ethel Schroeder, 67, Archbold.

Donald Van Buren, judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Fulton County, reappointed Theodore Buehrer to the Soldiers’ Relief Commission, Fulton County, for five years.

Orval Sauder, Pettisville, struck a bridge abutment on St. Rt. 2, just east of the Stamm Corner Saturday evening.

Wilson H. Wyse, 26, Metamora, formerly of Archbold, was killed and his son Gregg, 3, died seven hours later of head injuries as a result of a two-car collision Sunday noon, Oct. 5, at Neuroth Highway and Mulberry Road, 8 miles southwest of Blissfield, Mich.

Joan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Val Beck, completed a nursing course at the Northwestern Practical Training Center Sept. 26.

Council decided to install a light at the rear of the Storrer service station in the Lugbill Addition.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1933

F.P. Clair, 63, retires this month from carrying mail on rural routes of Archbold. He began his career Oct. 20, 1902. The first two years he drove a horse over the first 24-mile route. He drove the first steam car to deliver mail. After two months it failed, never to run again. He bought a gasoline buggy with hard tires. In 1918 he bought a Ford Model T.

German Township led all townships in the county in tax payments, less than 10% being unpaid.

Stryker Labor Day celebration netted $150.72.

The Citizens Bank at Metz, near Edon, is being liquidated.

Local sports fans are talking of organizing a local basketball league in Archbold this fall and winter and plan to rent the old Athletic Hall for the games. They hope to organize several teams.

The second season of notable concerts in the magnificent music hall of the Toledo Museum of Art will open Oct. 16.

More homes burned in 1933 than in any year past.

The road from Butler to Hamilton, Ind., will be paved this year. The state has approved the expenditure. An 80-foot right-of-way is being secured. The road is known as Highway No. 1.

Uncle Sam will spend $184,350 to buy pork to help the poor.

The Village of Archbold has paid off its last dollar of general indebtedness.

Two armed thugs flagged Burke Gerber, of Lyons, Sunday night and threatened him at gunpoint for his money. They got a small amount, but Gerber had more under the seat.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1908

Belle Lloyd met with a severe loss last week. She had $108 in bills hidden for safekeeping. Mrs. Lloyd later drew out $36 from her treasure, which left $72.

Imagine her surprise several days later when she found that a rat had chewed the money into bits as fine as sawdust, and snugly ensconced in the remnants was a nest of hairless, salmon-colored rodents.

In the spring, Archbold sent two cans to the condensory. Now the daily average is 38, an increase of 1,400 percent. If the rate of increase should continue for five years, Archbold will have the biggest condensory in the U.S.

It costs $200 in cash and two years in the penitentiary for students to haze each other or play distressing practical jokes upon their fellows.

People don’t rush to a political speech, and howl themselves hoarse to help some fellow who never really earned a dollar in a lifetime, to some fat office. Neither do men go parading around carrying greasy torch lights and wearing stinking oil cloth capes to advertise themselves as chumps, as they once did. The public has learned that it requires very little brains to tell how things should be done.

There was a low Dutchman near Archbold who raised many geese. He heard that his geese were bought by the New York Jewish community, whose religion forbids them to use swine grease. He said he would fix the children of Israel, so each day he caught his geese and poured lard down their throats. His geese were awfully fat.

Road contractors unearthed a large number of Indian skeletons while grading a road near Kigar, in Henry County.

A dike will be built along Bean and Iron Creeks to satisfy farmers whose land has been injured by the improvement.

Veterans of the Spanish- American War will meet at Clyde, Ohio, Oct. 14.

Friday, Oct. 16, 1908

The funeral of Jeff Nofzinger, 44, was held at the Amish-Mennonite Church Tuesday. He died Saturday morning at the table after a hearty breakfast. He had been in ailing health for about a year. He left a wife and four children.

Dogs have been tearing sheep in the neighborhood southeast of town. P.C. Burkholder found three killed and several torn. Others have had losses in that area. The owner of a sheep-killing dog must stand the loss if proven.

A week ago Saturday evening, L.A. Altman was driving home from Archbold, and was met by a big automobile on the grade near John Grime’s. Lou threw up his hand for the machine to stop, but nary a stop.

When the machine struck the bridge, Lou and his outfit struck the water and mud in the sinkhole at the foot of the embankment. The buggy went upside down with horse and nose in the water. Mr. Altman had to hold up the head of his horse more than an hour before someone happened along to help him get the animal out of the mire. L.A. would give 30¢, any way, to know who the people were who treated him so shabbily.

A T&I car struck a load of hay Tuesday morning at Madison and Superior streets in Toledo. The load of hay fell upon a passing buggy and a man. They dug the man out and he was all right, except for a sprained ankle.

We, the undersigned men of the Village of Archbold, do hereby agree to close our places of business at 5:30 pm, commencing Oct. 19, and ending April 1, Saturdays and two weeks during the holidays: Theodore & Gype, Rupp Brothers, Lauber Clothing Co., Dimke & Roether, J.P. Flory, Whitehorne Brothers, Vernier, McLaughlin & Co.

Five girls and three men are now employed in H.S. Winzeler’s novelty factory. He has orders enough to keep 15 people busy for several months. He is engaged at present in the manufacture of framed pictures.

There is a demand for houses to rent in Archbold from $10 to $15 in Archbold.

Chris. Yoder intends to build two fine modern houses to rent from $12 to $15. They will have French kitchens with baths, hot and cold water, hot water heat and electric lighting with hardwood finish throughout.


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