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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said a task force assembled to design a land use policy for the area around the Co. Rd. 24 turnpike entrance. Howell said he is opposed to a truck stop near the entrance because there is no infrastructure in place to support it.

New street signs are being installed in place of the old ones throughout the village.

Jackie Wyse, Archbold Buckeye reporter-photographer, received two awards Saturday at the Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association meeting, in Middletown.

Council approved transferring an enterprise zone agreement to the new owners of Nofzinger Pontiac-GMC.

Sauder Woodworking and Doug Krieger, product designer, received one of 12 American furniture awards Oct. 15 during the International Home Furnishings Market at High Point, N.C.

Vaughn Bentz, councilman, asked about increased enforcement of the no-bicycle rule on downtown sidewalks.

Deaths- Henrietta H. Rupp, 80, Archbold; Edythe A. Lederman, 91, Leo, Ind.; Dale L. Lindley, 80, Archbold; Juanita A. Meyer, 72, Holland;

Amtrak passenger train stopped at the downtown crossing while the rescue squad removed an ill person Oct. 15.

Headline- Archbold Football Wins Five In A Row

50th Wedding Anniversary- Vernon and Phyllis Hesterman, Oct. 31. They have five children, 13 grandchildren.

Leah Lehman appears in a photograph helping children wash their hands prior to making noodles at Sauder Village Fall on the Farm.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1983

Fancy Crown, two-year-old filly trotter owned by Dale and Floyd Miller of Archbold, set a new world’s record of 1:55 fourfi fths in a one-mile time-trial at the Big Red Mile, in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 8. Her 1983 earnings total $105,000.

The centennial celebration of the Fulton County Historical Society was held in the 110-year-old courtroom in Wauseon Sunday.

Rick Stotzer brought estimates for the outfield fencing at the Memorial Park baseball diamond to park board meeting. Jack Spotts, park trustee, said everyone he talked to thought the fence was a good idea for the sake of baseball at Memorial Park. The project will go ahead.

Lynn Weber was re-elected president of the Pettisville United Fund. The fund serves 13 agencies.

Handicapped and senior citizens will have free leaf pickup in Archbold again this fall.

The home of Irene Liechty, 214 E. Holland St., was sold at auction Saturday to Roger Beck for $25,400.

Deaths- Geoffrey S. Short, 27, Archbold; Edna C. Richer, 69, Tedrow; Herbert Huffman, 70, Palmetto, Fla.

Clark Skinner was designated a commended student in the 1984 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Skinner.

The Charles Gautsche family purchased two books at auction believed to have been in Mrs. Gautsche’s family for many generations. “The Martyrs’ Mirror,” 1780 edition, and a Nafziger family Bible printed in 1765, was part of the Laura Rychener auction. Mrs. Rychener and Mrs. Gautsche are descendants of John D. Nafziger.

Eugene LaNeve is in the marching band at the University of Notre Dame. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D. LaNeve, Sr.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- When it comes to giving until it hurts, some people are extremely sensitive to pain…. Maybe you could call it a blessing that short skirts and bustles were not popular at the same time…. Malcom Forbes said, “How we waste our time hurrying not to.”… Henry Ford said, “Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy you don’t need it, if you are sick, you shouldn’t take it.”… John Fetzer, Detroit, has sold his Tiger baseball franchise to Thomas Monahan, who developed a successful pizza enterprise. John Fetzer has owned part of the Tiger franchise since 1958 and the entire property since 1962. He will continue as board chairman for two years. Fetzer was a cousin of the late Mrs. John S. (Almeda Weber) Rupp, who resided at Fairlawn Haven. When the Rupps lived at 401 N. Defiance St., Mr. and Mrs. John Fetzer were guests in their home many times.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday. Oct. 22, 1958

Commercial Club will hold a community Halloween Party in the high school gymnasium. Vera Williams is chairman of the judges; John Couch, program chairman, and David Rupp, chairman of the cider and doughnut committee.

About 60 citizens met with village officials to discuss the sewage and bond issue.

William R. Anderson, commander of the atomic submarine, was a special guest at Defiance College. He laid the cornerstone and gave an address to over 7,000 people.

Anthony Gerken, 69, fireman at Sauder Woodworking Co., was burned on his arms and face from a flash explosion Monday afternoon when dust in a sawdust bin exploded.

Headline- Rich Brothers Honored At Annual Dinner For Tenth Time

Lugbill Bros., Inc., will sell 1,200 feeder cattle at auction Saturday afternoon. Many of the animals are suitable for 4- H and FFA Club projects.

Military address appears for William C. Buehrer, Pfc. at Fort Lee, Va.

Anne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ruffer, sophomore English major will appear in a Wilmington College play, “The Would Be Gentleman.”

Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Buehrer returned from a color trip through West Virginia and Virginia.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1933

The Toledo Edison large transformer at the sub-station here blew out Saturday morning, interrupting service. Otto Vonier, local serviceman, doesn’t know what happened.

When E.P. Clair arrived at the Archbold post office Friday afternoon, Oct. 13, making his last trip as a mail carrier he was surprised when the town band started playing a stirring march.

Game wardens Secrist and Vollmer supervised placing 2,600 small mouth bass into the Tiffin River near Darby’s bridge, northwest of Archbold Wednesday afternoon.

Fulton County relief agencies spent $2,563 in September to help needy families.

Emma Vernier, Archbold, was nominated to the county Red Cross executive committee.

Three tons of government pork was allocated for distribution to Fulton County needy families.

Frozen assets aggregating $24,724,000 are held in the 28 closed banks in Ohio still operating on a restricted basis under the direction of conservators.

Sometime last week thieves entered the Central Amish- Mennonite Church by way of a window. They stole one of the three heating stoves, the pulpit light, some light bulbs, and a few pails. It is not known if it was the same person that recently took the Bible and the pulpit rug; or if it was the same thief that took the church clock. Anyway the Bible was not read or he would not have made the second visit.

President Ramon Grau San Martin of Cuba is a bachelor, so the first lady of the land is his niece, Senorita Leopoldina Grau. She is 16 years old.

There is still a market for heavy, well-broken oxen teams. They are shipped to the islands to be used in hauling sugar cane. Mexico and Central America still use many oxen, where insects and climate prevent the use of horses and mules.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1908

Thursday evening while E.A. Murbach and family were out, some hungry man or men got into the kitchen and cleaned out the larder, a pail of fresh meat, pies, cookies, all the milk, and cream. The fruits and vegetables disappeared. One lonely egg was left, perhaps as a nest egg.

The Archbold football eleven defeated Stryker at the T&I Park, 1-0. It was Archbold’s first game. Clarence Waldvogel was the strong man and enjoyed a partial dislocation of the jaw and a few bruises.

While riding his bicycle down the hill east of Zone Corners Tuesday evening, George Shipman collided with a buggy driven by Charles Shaffner. The darkness was so intense neither saw the other. Mr. Shipman was injured severely around the head rendering him unconscious and putting him under doctor’s care. His bicycle was completely wrecked. George was soon picked up and carried to his home.

Four young men of Fulton Township stopped a man near Swanton, and proceeded to relieve him of his buggy, robe, whip, currycomb, and other things of minor value. The driver telephoned to Wauseon that he had been the victim of a highway robbery. As yet he has not sworn out a complaint against the young men.

A girl who can manage to get three engagement rings must have a circus of her own.

Don’t be ashamed to take the wife’s advice. She knows a great deal more than she pretends, and has reserves of sense that would astonish you if you could see them.

After three weeks at home, George R. Whitehorne is able to be at the store again. His pet knee is some better.


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