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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

David Deskins, superintendent, said the Archbold Area School District is Excellent once again. Results show the district met all 30 criteria.

For the last two weeks, the village of Archbold has upped its mosquito abatement spraying from once to twice a week. A wet spring left plenty of puddles and low areas in fields where mosquitoes breed.

For about eight years, mosquitoes have been in the news as the carrier of the West Nile virus.

You can’t go to jail for free The Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio voted to begin charging inmates $67.77 per day, plus a $100 booking fee, at its Wednesday, June 24 meeting.

Jim Dennis, CCNO director, reported the inmate population was 533, or 83% of capacity.

The rash of thefts from automobiles continues.

The Pettisville Local School District Board hired Kendra Stahl as a new health and physical education teacher.

The Archbold Junior Acme baseball team finished among the top six teams in the state after taking third in the Northern Regional Tournament in Bryan.

Headline–Acme Baseball Finishes As District Runner Up

Pettisville School Board will pursue geothermal heating and cooling for the new district school building. Board members were concerned about the safety of student drivers exiting the parking area, particularly in winter months when ice can be a factor. The school received a grant valued at approximately $50,000 to erect a wind test tower.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, reports the Nolan Parkway extension project in the Archbold Industrial Park is ahead of schedule. Work will start to extend sanitary sewers west, to the end of the Industrial Park.

An advertisement welcomes the public to the Knights of Columbus Hall on West Lutz Road, Saturday, July 25, to Roast and Toast John Downey upon retiring as AHS head football coach after his 30-year career.

Deaths–Florence A. Aeschliman, 86, Archbold; Larry L. Schroeder, 65; Arvada Mae (Rupp) Reynolds, 86

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 13, 1994

The Archbold Area School Board passed a new, tougher substance abuse policy for its student athletes.

The main issue for Bob Aschliman, board member, was a provision of the policy that could penalize a student for lying about other students’ involvement with alcohol or drugs.

The cost of running the village of Archbold will be down about 11.2%, from an estimated $9,351,970 this year to a projected $8,307,228 for 1995.

It took three to four months to negotiate and it will mean moving Weires Drive, but a three-way land swap and sale of property in the Archbold Industrial Park will allow Bil-Jax to expand its facility.

The swap and sale involved four properties that were transferred between the village and Bil-Jax, plus a private swap between Liechty Specialties and Bil- Jax, said Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator.

In four to six weeks, the Fulton County Commissioners hope to have an engineering firm hired to do the design work on either an underpass or an overpass for the Co. Rd. 22 Conrail crossing.

A brick home owned by Rosella Wyse, located on the east edge of Burlington, was sold at public auction Saturday. The home sold for $60,000 to Lucille Neer, Fayette.

Jennifer, daughter of Jeanie and the late Greg Dieringer, has been selected as a Good News Bear at Ohio University. She will assist new incoming students.

Honor Students–Jeff Corbin, Ohio State University; Victoria Sonnenberg, Wittenberg University

50th Wedding Anniversary – John and Leona (Rathge) Henry, April 18, 1944

50th Wedding Anniversary – Glenford and Ruth (Liechty) King, June 30, 1944

Deaths – Dorothy Hartman, 78, Archbold; Myrtle Moore, 103, Bryan; Jeremy “Whitey” Wyse, 20, Ridgeville Corners

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, July 16, 1969

Jocelyn Arthur attended school with Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 astronaut, at Blume High School, Wapakoneta. She said he had a pilot license before he had an automobile driver license.

A reunion at the Little Red Schoolhouse is Sunday, July 20, at the intersection of Co. Rds. F and 25. A potluck dinner will be served at noon to former students and families.

It was erected in 1870 and is now on the Henry Short farm. It is known as the Clair School and is four miles northwest of Archbold.

Fire destroyed the 75×100 barn on the Clarence and John Rich farm, 3 3/4 miles northeast of Archbold at 8 pm, Friday, July 11.

Four local girls graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Ind.: Joan Buehrer, Sally Keirn, Carol Stamm, Lynette Stamm.

Thomas R. Lauber is listed in the 1969 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America.

The Fulton County Airport, north of Wauseon, will celebrate its first anniversary with a fly-in and drive-in, Sunday, July 20.

Five Boy Scouts of Archbold Troop 63 completed three days of training, July 12-15, in preparation for the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Farragut State Park in Idaho. Attending are Arnold Grime, Mark Pape, John Huffman, Roger Rychener, Jim Frey.

Mr. and Mrs. George Becker, Jr., Christine, Connie, John and Melinda, left Wednesday for a tour of the New England states. On July 20, Misses Christine and Connie will sail for Paris, where they will spend six weeks studying French and touring other countries before returning home by jet on Labor Day.

Jim Couch is at the Fred Waring Music Workshop, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., for two weeks.

The distinguished student rank was won by Kenneth Lee Graber, a student at Purdue University and son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Graber.

Deaths – Ora Rupp, 73, Archbold; Ada Hoy, 87, Napoleon; Charles Rupp, 92, Redding, Calif.; John Weckesser, 69, Pettisville; Werner Schrag, Archbold

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, July 19, 1944

Lugbill Bros., Inc., has begun construction of a new 196×286 barn. A new 42×90 sales pavilion will house the sales pavilion and arena. They suffered a devastating fire on Dec. 10.

Jesse L. Short has been named co-chairman to serve on the State Petroleum Products Conservation Committee.

The program is financed entirely by the petroleum industry to inform the public on the acute shortage of gasoline and to combat black markets. The OPA plays no part in the program.

Rev. Walter A. Maier, St. Louis Mo., noted radio speaker of the Lutheran Hour, was guest minister Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Freedom Township, Henry County, where several thousand assembled to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding.

Cpl. Leonard C. Miller, son of Ed. Miller, who was in the invasion forces in Europe, is hospitalized in England due to back and hand injuries. He and another soldier were blown out of a foxhole, and he doesn’t know what happened to his comrade.

Cpl. Robert Stotzer writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Stotzer, “I went to town to see the movie “Stage Door Canteen.” You can smoke in all theatres. I ate in a restaurant, and the food was bad. For 50¢ I had a little piece of cold pork, a little piece of potato with mayonnaise, a leaf of endive, 12 cold peas and a little slice of red beet.”

Mr. Earl Ruffer, 41, fell from the haymow and broke both bones of his forearms above the wrists at his farm Monday evening.

Pvt. H.G. Lauber, wife, and son Paul arrived Thursday morning from Casper, Wyo., for a 15-day furlough with their parents.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, July 8, 1919

Dairymen who sell their best cows are making a serious mistake. Considering the great demand for milk products, the price of cows is bound to advance rapidly.

Buyers of cows being shipped now seem to have a limit of $150 as the paying price for the cows they buy or export. If a cow is worth that amount for export, it surely is worth that much to a farmer who has a barn, feed, and pasture.

There are too many horses in the country. Horses are always consuming food and producing little and have poor prospects, while the cow has several valuable products that are split several ways with the farmer.

This fall, the demand for cows is likely to increase greatly. Of course, some young stuff is coming up, but it will be three years until a good cow is proven and all the young stuff coming will not turn out well, so if a dairyman has a cow that has proven itself, it is worth about three prices for a good cow.

The farmer must learn to appreciate his own stuff. Past prices are no guide. He must look into the future if he would get full value for his stock. Think three years before selling a good cow and then ask the woman about it.

This is the first issue of the Archbold Buckeye since the newspaper has been published that an advertisement for Rupp Brothers has not appeared in the paper.

The store is now closed to invoice the stock and turn it over to the new proprietor, Mr. Charles F. Hoffman.

It is now against Ohio law to drive faster than 30 mph on country roads. The limit of speed in cities is 15 mph, and not more than 20 mph in residential districts. The new law went into effect July 6. Municipalities are not allowed to fix speed limits above the state law. The law repeals the old law and was passed by the request of the State Automobile Association. It carries a penalty fine and confinement for offenders.

Friday, July 11, 1919

The wind that came so quickly Wednesday evening filled the houses with dust, blew down limbs from many trees, felled some trees across the roads, broke telephone and telegraph wires, broke windows, and tore some doors off their hinges.

There must be a big rain someplace, which will be welcome.

Attendants at the Central Amish-Mennonite Church Wednesday evening found branches and trees across the road.

Mayor Ruihley informed council the state legislature had offered only slight relief for the financial troubles of the village.

Under the new law, the village may issue bonds to meet current expenses incurred before July 1.

To be in readiness to take what advantage we can of this slight relief, the council passed a resolution authorizing the village clerk to prepare a statement of village finances as the first step toward issuing the necessary bonds.

Mr. I.L. Coy was driving his automobile along the road near the Eckelberger residence when the steering gear refused to work and the machine turned turtle in the ditch.

Miss Anna Schrag saw the accident and, believing Mr. Coy must be killed, was afraid to go near. How he escaped death was a wonder.

After a while, he succeeded in getting out from under the machine with only a few bruises and scratches. Luckily the top was up or he would have been crushed.

Archbold is to have a greatly improved electric service.

Not only is the town to benefit by the improvements, but provisions are to be made to carry electric wires out into the country to give farmers the benefit of electric lights and electric power to pump water, iron their clothes, turn their churns and milk the cows.

New transformers are to be placed in Archbold, which will step the current down from the high-tension power of the T&I to a 60-cycle service that will ensure steady and more economical electricity.