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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

For the second time in its 11-year history, there is a change in the annual Archbold Parade of Lights. It is decided to route the parade through the north half of Archbold, eliminating the south-of-the-railroad tracks route.

It took nothing less than World War II to bring them together, but once together, nothing, not even Army regulations separated them.

Harold Meyer, a Great Lakes seaman from Florida, and Kathryn Leupp a nurse from Archbold serving in the U.S. Army, found each other in an Army Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

John Martin said he’d known Bob Aschliman for 38 years.

The two were freshmen together at Goshen College. When Aschliman left, “I remember people saying, ‘That guy will never amount to anything,’ “

Today, Aschliman– the guy who would never amount to anything– is the 2009 Archbold Citizen of the Year.

The Pettisville Elementary School kindergarten classroom contains all the things you might expect, and one you would not. In the middle of the room sits a bathtub. Painted with white whimsical flowers on its sides, it has been a fixture in the classroom for more than 21 years. “It was here 21 years ago when I came as the morning kindergarten teacher,” said Lisa Aeschliman.

Mike Sauder and Pam Klopfenstein were married 25 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1984, in Archbold by Jim Bartholomew. They are the parents of Justin, Malinda, and Darin, according to a paid announcement.

Nathan Stoltzfus is beginning a one-year service assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in South Korea as an English and second language teacher.

Deaths­– Fannie E. Gisel, 94, Archbold; Helen Joann Meier, 58, Weston, formerly of Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1994

Collaborative, Inc., a Toledo architecture firm, has been selected to design the new $7.2 million Engineering Technology Center at Northwest State Community College.

Rick Riebesel, Fulton County highway superintendent, said he doesn’t believe ‘Stop Ahead’ signs are the cure-all to preventing failure to-yield accidents at intersections in rural Fulton County.

West Barre Road was opened to traffic Nov. 2, after a summer-long building project that cost $1.3 million.

The street was rebuilt from Lincoln Street to a point east of Co. Rd. 22, soon to be officially known as Clyde’s Way.

Jason Grieser, rural Pettisville, was recently inducted into the University of Toledo chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

A predicted record-breaking soybean harvest and better than-average corn yields are leaving smiling faces on many Fulton County farmers.

“All the storage we had allotted for beans is jammed full,” said Neil Rupp, of Pettisville Grain Co. “And the corn keeps coming in.”

The Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services has broken off negotiations with Kay Raffo, the candidate selected for the new executive director.

50th Wedding Anniversary– Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Hoblet, who live near Archbold, Nov. 19, 1944.

The Municipal income tax topped $2.3 million during October.

Deaths–Mildred Thierry, 90, Toledo; Charles R. Rhodes, 84, Fayette

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1969

Office equipment valued at about $3,000 was stolen from Bil-Jax, Inc, at about 10 am, Sunday, and was hauled away in one of the company trucks. The truck was abandoned on the highway near the Albert Zuercher farm northwest of Archbold. Apparently, the stolen equipment was transferred to another truck.

Gary Lehman, formerly of Archbold, has been promoted and will transfer to the Firelands Area Boy Scout Council, Sandusky. He will become the Scout executive of Lorain, Erie, and Huron counties.

A photograph shows T.L. Parker as he delivers another inspiring program on Veteran’s Day at Archbold High School.

Bob Pfefferle, Toledo University assistant football coach, will be the speaker at the Punt, Pass and Kick awards banquet of the Community Commercial Club.

The Archbold Fire Department was summoned to fight a fire in the Hereford Bar, North Defiance Street, at 3 am, Friday. A 20-foot section of the serving bar had caught fire, apparently from a cigarette in a wastebasket under the bar. The back bar was scorched.

Glenn Gallaway, AHS voag teacher, presented color slides and gave facts and figures of Ohio water and pollution problem at the Monday Noontide Commercial Club meeting.

During October, the Fulton County Sheriff Department investigated 33 accidents in which 21 motorists received personal injuries.

Miss Lynda Cotter, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Lee Cotter, is attending the American Speech and Hearing Association meetings in Chicago this week.

Harold Stotzer was reelected to a one-year term on the board of trustees of the Ohio State Council of Retail Merchants at its 47th annual meeting in Columbus.

The junior class of Archbold High School will present the play “Up the Down Staircase.” Barb Kleck has the lead of an English schoolteacher faced with a classroom of teens hardly older than herself. Jim Stevens plays the other English teacher.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1944

Members of the Community Commercial Club voted to hold an old-fashioned box social at their December meeting as a means of raising the necessary funds to meet the Boy Scout quota for Archbold Troop 63. C.W. Waldvogel proposed the venture, which the club accepted upon presentation by Owen Rice, president of the club.

Charles H. Harrison, vice president of Toledo Edison Co., told Commercial Club members how the company met the war emergency without rationing, or restricting the use of service, with very little new equipment, in the face of the unusual war demands.

He related that electricity cannot be stored in offpeak hours to be sold later as can other materials and supplies. Electricity must be generated as needed, and fortunately TE could meet the demand.

The hunting season for all game, including pheasant, rabbit, coon, possum, and skunk, opens Friday, Nov. 17, at 11 am.

Attracting much attention in the Buckeye front display window is part of a German parachute brought in by Mrs. Dan. P Short and sent by her son Pvt. Ronald Short. Ronald is overseas in Belgium and is doing office work in a hospital unit.

Lt. Carl D. Schlatter, 26, son of John S. Schlatter, is among the men at Ellington Field, Texas, to graduate and receive his flying wings. Carl is skilled in all types of navigation and will sit in the navigator’s chair of bomber airplanes bound for Berlin and Tokyo.

Mrs. Joseph Litwiler has been employed as the fourth and fifth grade teacher at Elmira Special School. She replaces Frances Ziegler, who resigned.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday Nov. 4, 1919

The Holland tar party case, which is now being tried in Toledo, is attracting considerable attention

It will be remembered that Beatty, together with Hall and Warner, were taken to Toledo after being tarred and feathered and used as an example in front of a crowd before the federal building. The members of the tarring party claimed these men had been bucking the Liberty Loan. Beatty, at least, is a socialist. It is seldom that in such cases the performers suffer very seriously.

Mike Murphy, 63, was burned and died in Liberty Township, Henry County, Friday. He lived alone in his little house on the William Snyder farm.

The neighbors heard his cries and attempted to save the house. He was so badly burned he lived only a short time.

Internal Revenue Collector Frank B. Niles, of Toledo, warns citizens to beware of fake revenue collectors. Each authorized collector has an official credential card. It must shown on request.

Halloween passed with about the usual number of pranks. None of them were serious, and the boys and girls had a grand time parading in costumes.

Clayton and Nelson Heer have purchased the garage of James Spengler at Elmira.

Friday, Nov. 7, 1919

Mayor August Ruihley’s Baer hunt has at last ended successfully. When Israel Baer died, he left quite a sum of money to his heirs. Among them was Isaac Baer. The mayor has been following a Baer trail 40 years old, and at last has met with success. The many letters he has written and the advertising he has done would make a readable story.

Isaac Baer left Archbold 40 years ago. He had a faculty for getting into trouble. He has not been heard from for 30 years, so the trail was a difficult one. He has been tracked to Cleveland, where he died in July 1912. His wife and five children have been located in Cleveland, and they will receive a considerable sum of money from the estate of Israel Baer.

Frank Baker also has been traced. He was sent from Archbold to the Toledo State Hospital, from which he es- caped while cutting corn on the hospital grounds. He was found in Cuyahoga County and was committed to the hospital at Cleveland. He died five days after being admitted to the hospital. Baer and Baker, both Archbold boys, died the same year only a few months apart and in the same city.

Although Adam Miller is busy putting up a new garage building, he is still doing business at the old place and is ready to serve customers with anything in his line.

Tuesday is the first anniversary day of the signing of the Armistice of the World War.

The inhabitants of the village of Archbold are requested to display the National Emblem from their homes and business places.