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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998

Brodie Nofziger, 3, and dad, Phil, get acquainted with the fire department mascot, Arial, according to a photograph.

Gary Beck, chairman of The Parade of Lights, said they have held their first meeting and it will be another great event for this community.

Dean Genter is serving as a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation policy development committee. He represents members in Fulton, Williams, Henry, and Defiance counties.

Farmers & Merchants State Bank was the winning bidder for half of the Breniser property on South Defiance Street.

Sherri S. Hall, daughter of Theron and the late Mary Short, is a featured writer in “Why Workshop? Changing Course in 7-12 English.”

School board purchased an 88-passenger bus for $60,498.

Mike Lecklider and three friends were in the Big Apple for the American League playoff games between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

Eric D. Short was promoted to sergeant by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Columbus.

Jodi Stuckey was one of the speakers at the Northwest Ohio Student Leadership Conference at Defiance College Oct. 7.

Vaughn Bentz, park board member, suggested that an end of a season party be planned for all of the soccer teams next fall.

The new Ohio Turnpike entrance on Co. Rd. 24 should be opened next month.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1983

Nearly 1,200 persons, employees of ITT and immediate members of their families attended the 25th anniversary open house at the Fulton Division plant Lugbill Road Sunday afternoon.

Pettisville school board hired Mike Kennedy to serve as Severe Handicap tutor pending presentation of teacher certifi- cation.

Hence forward the Archbold football field will be known as Spengler Field in honor of J.H. Spengler, long-time school administrator who recently died.

Cleaning the Tiffin River is one step closer. Petitions signed by German and Franklin Township Trustees requesting the drainage work in Fulton, Williams, Defiance, and Henry counties were filed yesterday.

Jo Ann Echler, shop committee chairman at ITT Higbie, gave out hundreds of canes made from copper tubing at the open house.

John F. Baumgartner began a new business, Financial Management Consultants, last week.

Roger W. Short, Stryker agribusinessman, was elected vicepresident of the Salem Children’s Home of Flanagan, Ill., Oct. 1. Mary Oyer, Wauseon, was elected secretary of the board of directors.

Elden Badenhop, Lions Club president, presented Harley Nofziger a birthday cake in honor of his 88th birthday.

Deaths- Anthony M. Wyse, 32, Pettisville; Rex Jay Harvey, 32, Phoenix; Simon P. Liechty, 62, Fort Wayne

Millie Boucher celebrated her 100th birthday at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home Thursday.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- Hunting and hunters are big business in the nation. Government collects $285.6 million in license fees…. There was a man who believed he was overloaded with trouble until he found this memo on his desk: “Be thankful for the troubles, for if they were less difficult, someone with less ability would have your job.”… Ten years ago the Concorde was predicted to be something that could not succeed. Today it sweeps over the Atlantic Ocean to New York in 3 1/2 hours, twice the speed of sound. The Concorde is faster than the sun.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1958

A public meeting in the Town & Township Hall Monday evening to discuss the $290,000 sewage bond issue.

Tonight, the newly organized Lions Club will receive its charter and 23 charter members will be honored.

Stryker’s main street New York Central crossing is now protected by automatic gates, which went into service Monday morning.

Robert E., son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Roth, appeared on the OSU honor roll summer quarter.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. M. Wyse are residing in Cleveland for the next two months while Mr. Wyse supervised the building of a community church sponsored by the Mennonite churches in this area.

The fire department was called to the Bert Grime home, Lutz Road. Soap caught fire in the basement while the Grimes were making it.

Charles, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lantz, received cuts and bruises and a possible broken arm when struck by a car driven by W.G. Theobald. Charles was riding his motor scooter.

The Ohio Art Company, 620 East High Street, Bryan, which was founded in Archbold 50 years ago, is one of the largest companies of its kind in the U.S., manufacturing principally metal toys.

Charles L. Rupp, Midland, Mich., will direct a program of youth fellowship at the Evangelical Mennonite Church Oct. 24-25. He will be helped by Walter Tredway.

Officers elected to the Brownie #2 are Nancy Hootman, president; Beth Weber, vice president; Rita Reynolds, treasurer; Mary Couch, secretary, Peggy Grime, reporter.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1933

Edwin A. Lantz, 32, nationally known chemist, and graduate of AHS, died in his home at Pompton Plains, N.J.

Bones and teeth of a prehistoric animal were found Friday near highway 27, two miles south of Garrett, Ind. The beast was between 25 to 40 feet long. Two teeth measured 4×8 inches.

George White, Ohio governor, will dedicate the new Fort Defiance Bridge Thursday afternoon, Oct. 19.

Wm. Stadlemann, 70, died from a fall from a ladder, while painting his barn roof near Ottokee.

Thursday, a crowd estimated at 15,000 was entertained at the annual Swanton Corn Festival.

John W. Davis, of Clinton County, celebrated his 108th birthday in May. He walks to his favorite fishing holes three miles from his home. He is the father of 13 children, 12 living.

Clean-up day in Archbold is Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to Theodore W. Dimke, mayor.

Martha Jane Bourquin will host the Queen Esther Circle of the M.E. Church Thursday evening.

Sarah Short returned to her work at the Mennonite Orphanage at Flanagan, Ill., Monday, after visiting in the home of her parents for a week.

Someone stole Lowell Rychener’s bicycle from Pettisville Monday night. It had a new rear wheel and tire and is painted light green.

Go ahead, turn old John Barleycorn loose to do as he wishes and convince the rising generation that he is the worst public enemy.

Remember when they put men out of church for not paying their debts promptly?

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1908

Fire broke out at the edge of Hubbard’s woods and swept everything slick and clean for nearly a half mile. It was all the thirty men could do, who turned out to fight the blaze. They battled it with shovels buckets and water, team and plow. Everything imaginable was used to keep it from spreading.

The old condemned bridge across Brush Creek on the line of Fulton, Williams, and Henry counties has been replaced with a new one.

In several families in the western part of German Township there are several cases of a mild form of scarlet fever, or rash. It started in the family of Joseph S. Short and being a mild form nothing much was thought of it. It has now spread to several other families.

Scarlet fever is principally a disease of children and may start in a mild form and with a little cold may cause death.

Dan Rice made a speech at Archbold Opera House Thursday evening that made a big hit with the audience.

While an orator was telling how his party wants to save the county Dan walked up the aisle and interrupted by saying, “I want to know what you Democrats are going to do about these gas wells. I am a Republican, but if you fellows will stop these here gas wells I’ll vote your ticket now and then.

And Dan amid a round of applause left the hall. He was followed by a number of others, and the laughter was so prolonged it took five minutes to restore order.

Up to Wednesday evening, 25 cars of beets, averaging 30 tons each, have been shipped out of Stryker.

The biggest load of beets ever hauled to the station by one team was brought by Will Rotsell on an 18-foot hay rack with 15-inch sideboards. The load was so heavy it exceeded the capacity of the scales, which is 9,500 pounds.

Squire Ruihley has been doing duty as quarantine officer and hopes he has the scarlet fever under control.

The dingus with danglebobs that the Archbold girls are wearing around their necks is to keep off freckles, so they say.

Friday, Oct. 23, 1908

Rev. Henry Rychener is in the Wauseon Hospital suffering from internal injuries received while stooping over in his potato patch. He was operated on Sunday morning and is not progressing too well.

Some Wauseon parties, without permission, smeared advertising and yellow paint around the sheds at the Amish-Mennonite Church. During the funeral Wednesday, many clothes were soiled.

Fulton County voters will soon have the opportunity to vote wet or dry on the liquor proposition.

While hunting in Michigan Rufas H. Gerhart, of Montpelier, accidentally shot himself. The body lay in the woods 24 hours before it was discovered.

Peter D. Nofzinger had an old-fashioned threshing Wednesday. Among his helpers were Charles Lindau, Jacob Valiton, Chris. Nofzinger, and Eugene Grime. They threshed 66 bushels of barley.

There were 53 Sundays in the year 1908. You must wait 110 years to again see so many Sundays in one year.

A stranger made a long and loud prayer at the table in the Archbold Hotel, thanking the Lord for all the good things before him and calling down the blessings of heaven upon the house. Then, so inspired the landlord with confidence that the man would pay, slipped away without paying for his dinner. This is what some call practical religion.

Following are the officers of the Archbold football eleven: Ed. A. Buehrer, president; A.H. Short, manager.

Fresh fish every Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.- Robert Gigax, adv.


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