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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

R.J. Lumbrezer, Lyons, will resign as the chairman of the Fulton County Republican Central Committee.

Lumbrezer said he has not turned in an official resignation, but has told elected officials and members of the central committee of his intentions. “I will stay on through the Fulton County Fair,” he said, which concludes Sept. 10.

Joe Short, Paul Barnaby, Dean Genter, Fulton County commissioners, appear in a photograph with Rod Cheney, Fulton County paramedic, who taught the men how to administer compression only CPR. It is a new variation of CPR, which eliminates mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Kade Kern participated in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, Aug. 6-8, in Pinehurst, N.C. He is the son of Keith and Kim, and placed 96th in the boys seven year-old age group.

An unknown motorist damaged a fence on the north side of the Nu-Arch Lanes driveway sometime between 2:30-3:15 am, Friday, Aug. 7.

David Deskins, superintendent of Archbold Area Schools, said it will be some time before he knows the full impact of new school funding from the state. The legislation was 3,000 pages in its initial form, he said.

Renee Hurst, daughter of Becky and the late Roger Hurst, represents Ridgeville Township in the 50th annual Tomato Festival Pageant, Aug. 16.

The Mennonite World Conference met in Paraguay, South America, where more than 6,000 Mennonites gathered. Attending from this area: Zion Mennonite– Allen and Ginny Liechty, Virgil and Mary Ann Miller, Helen Weldy, Archbold; Mona Sauder, Wauseon; Lowell and Mary Ann Yoder, Stryker. Central Mennonite– Larry and Bev Armstrong, Archbold. Lockport Mennonite– Jake Short, Stryker, Landon Short, Pettisville. West Clinton– Greg Waidelich, Pettisville.

Death–Henry Bartel, 84, Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1994

Archbold Area School Board approved a measure that applies the district code of conduct to more students. The goal of the code is to reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco by students.

The Archbold Area School District may need additional classroom space as early as the 1996-97 school year, said Ken Cline, superintendent.

Cline suggested forming a team of teachers and school staff members to begin planning for additional space. He recommended starting the process soon.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission will rebuild Co. Rd. 24 to Ohio Department of Transportation specifications when it installs a turnpike interchange.

Completion of the entire project is expected in late 1995.

A land zoning change from agriculture real estate to general business was approved by the German Township Trustees, Aug. 8.

The change was requested by Orville and Frieda L. Rupp and Dora McKee. It is for Section 20, along the west side of St. Rt. 66 north of the German Township Building.

The land being rezoned represents proposed lots facing the highway in the first half-mile north of Co. Rd. E.

Headline–School Board, AEA Reach Agreement On New Contract; Teachers Get 9% Salary Hike Over Next Three-Year Period

Joy Vandock, licensed social worker, has joined the staff of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio. She will be responsible for coordinating the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters program throughout the county.

Honor Student–Jason Grieser,

University of Toledo

Deaths–Erika E. Grine, Wauseon, infant daughter of Mark and Angela (Poncsak) Grine; Gladys O. Wyrick, 91, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1969

According to Richard Harris, superintendent, the staff has been completed and it is anticipated that a record all-time enrollment will be achieved.

Fulton County was given a high rating as a retail market, based upon its level of business activity in the past year.

Laying of concrete is underway for the new West Holland Street improvement at the intersection of Ditto and West Holland streets.

The block of Ditto Street between West Williams and West Holland is to be widened and paved in the next few days.

Archbold had a population of 3,054 on July 1, 1968. Total population of Fulton County is 32,016.

Six candidates are running for council, with four to be elected. They are Archie D. Fielitz, Lester L. Gericke, William E. Lovejoy, Thomas E. Mignin, C.C. Schrock, Mildred M. Shaffer.

The 36th biennial meeting of the Mennonite General Conference will be held at Aldergate Park, near Turner, Ore., Aug. 15-19. The delegates represent approximately 1,300 congregations, with a total membership of over 110,000.

Vernon Oyer presented a check for $1,000 from the Fulton County Society of Crippled Children and Adults to Victor Serino, administrator of Detwiler Memorial Hoispital. The money will go for the purchase of Medco-Sonolator to supplement present equipment in the Therapy Department.

“Seasons of the Year” is the theme of the Fulton County Fair Flower Show. Ten Garden Clubs in the county will have displays depicting the beauty and wonder and advantages of nature in each of the four seasons.

Archbold High School graduates Randy Pape, Lynn Aschliman, and Steve Schnitkey will be among the 70 varsity football candidates reporting to head coach Frank X. Lauterbur at the University of Toledo.

Deaths– Clarence J. Grime, 80, Archbold; Verdie C. Poorman, 61, Archbold; William P. McCarthy 59, San Antonio, Texas; Rose DeVries, 89, Coopersville, Mich.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1944

Lugbill’s big sale event of the year, the 7th annual Club Calf Sale, is next Friday. On that day, judging and auctioneering of 100 or more head of club calves raised by 4-H and FFA members from this great farming area will take place.

The 87th Fulton County Fair is Sept. 4-5-6-7, even though two exhibition buildings were destroyed by fire last Thursday afternoon. The Floral Hall and 4-H Club Exhibit went up in flames. Estimated loss is $8,500.

The remains will be hauled way before the fair begins, according to board officials. Floral Hall was the oldest building on the grounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Alexander, living on the Nofzinger farm south of Archbold, have five sons in the armed services: Herbert, Robert, Roger, Richard, and Duane.

Elaine, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Grieser, broke the two bones just above the wrist, Thursday afternoon. She was playing in the yard of their home on South Street with a scooter and ran against a tree.

1st Lt. Ralph D. Crossgrove, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Crossgrove, who completed 31 missions over Germany and occupied countries piloting a Flying Fortress, is home on a 21- day furlough.

Two new industries have been started in Hicksville making cigars. One is operated by Allan H. Wright, and the other by Blaine Stewart. One employs several women; the other is just starting.

100 Years Ago

Friday, Aug. 8, 1919

Joseph Schmucker was in the potato patch the other morning after the rain. He heard a rumbling sound, and holding his ear close to the ground he discovered it was the potatoes. They were growing so fast they were telling each other to “roll over.”

Thousands of working men in all parts of the country are on strike for more money and lower food prices.

There is much idle land, but they do not want to endure the long hours and hard work that is necessary to produce the food.

Henry S. Winzeler has purchased real estate and is rumored he intends to erect a modern theatre at Bryan.

Twenty-three thousand people saw the Ringling Bros. Circus in Toledo, Monday. It was the first time they saw 22 elephants dance together at one time.

Illinois men are offering high prices for Fulton County farmland. They want the best with the finest improvements and the largest fields in which to use a tractor. Tractor land brings top prices with the fellows from Illinois.

Farmers are busy plowing since the rain. Frank Rupp is plowing with his new tractor.

Otto Praeger, head of the air mail service, predicts mail will be carried from New York to San Francisco in 36 hours. There will be air mail service to all the larger cities of the United States, and railroads will be used only for short hauls of mail.

The Electric Light Company finds much difficulty in pleasing everyone. Citizens object to placing poles in front of their buildings.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1919

Louis Leininger was injured in a run-away and died shortly thereafter, Saturday afternoon. He was plowing with the team for Ed. A. Leininger at Darby’s Corner place, when at about 11 am, he was seen stopped under a shade tree to let his team rest.

Soon after, he was found unconscious about 30 yards from the tree, near the barn, with the left side of his skull crushed. Nobody saw how it happened.

It is assumed the team ran away and dragged him to the spot near the barn. He lived about an hour. It is believed one of the frantic horses stepped on him. Nobody knows.

The Ohio legislature has passed a law against hypnotic exhibitions. It is believed the hypnotism sets people off in their head.

About 300 men at Montpelier are affected by the present strike of Wabash railroad men. Officials are trying to keep passenger trains moving while freight service is at a standstill.

The Rice family reunion was held in Rufenacht’s Grove, near Archbold, Thursday. One hundred one people attended. It was decided to have the reunion at the Ottokee Fairgrounds next year, on Aug. 1.

No one can blame the farmer for high food prices. The farmers are not allowed to have anything to say about the prices they receive for their products. All a farmer can do is quit farming and get a job in the city.

It makes little difference whether there are laws against cider. There will not be enough cider to worry about.

When grandfather’s folks got sick, the Indian doctor came and made smoke in the cabin to kill the evil spirits. It was called pow-wowing.