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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

The Archbold ConAgra factory will benefit from the closing of a company facility in Fort Worth, Texas, according to Dave Jackson, company spokesman. The Archbold plant and a plant in Newport, Tenn., will share the production currently being done in Fort Worth.

The Archbold and Pettisville school districts learned Monday, they will each receive $750,000 in grant money to install electricity generating wind turbines, according to Ted Strickland, Ohio governor.

Deb Volkman, a village employee for five years, has been transferred to administrative assistant of the income tax department.

The Parade of Lights attracted a large crowd with its new route through the village. “We didn’t have as much trouble getting traffic shut down, which was always a problem,” said Martin Schmidt, police chief.

Chris Holland and Myrl Sauder appear in a photograph sorting carrots on the Dennis Potato Farm conveyor belt. The company allowed Farm Bureau volunteers to use its production equipment to bag about 200,000 pounds of carrots for distribution to Ohio food banks.

County commissioners did not increase the general fund budget for 2010. When the decrease in payroll resulting from employee furloughs is factored in, expenditures are down about $300,000 for the year.

Lenny Miller said people will look back on these hard times and laugh. Why wait?

Deaths–Kenneth E. Stamm, 89, Archbold; Marjorie M. Nafziger, 89, Archbold; Dorothy I. “Chub” Rychener, 90, Archbold; Cletus R. Miller 94, Wauseon

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1994

In spite of what some persons may think, renaming a portion of Co. Rd. 22 to Clyde’s Way, in honor of the late Clyde Williams, was done to honor him rather than as a measure of mocking spite. And that’s just fine with his widow, Vera Williams. Council agreed the action was to honor Clyde.

Ed Wyrick, Fulton County engineer, predicts it will be four years before an overpass or underpass is ready for Clyde’s Way. Steady progress is being made. The federal funding allocation of nearly $6 million has been approved by the county engineer’s association.

What do Miss America, Yogi Baer, Santa Claus and the Archbold High School Marching Band have in common? They were four of Saturday’s 85 acts who entertained thousands of people lining North Michigan Avenue to view the 1994 Chicago Holiday Parade. The weather was chilly and windy, but sunny.

Rudy Basselman, AHS band parent and official band photographer, said he heard wonderful comments from the crowd as he moved along the parade route taking pictures.

Max Stuckey is the 1995 president of the Northwestern Ohio Board of Realtors. The Northwestern Ohio Board is composed of 435 realtors in Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, and Williams counties.

Council approved starting plans for the third addition to the North Pointe Estates subdivision at its Nov. 21 meeting. The plans won’t be ready until mid-summer or fall of next year.

Deaths–Herbert W. Spiess, 85, Archbold; Harry D. Hull, 80, Wauseon; Ellen L. Miller, 68, Archbold; Mackenzie Renee Aughney, 18-month-old daughter of Jill (Buehrer) and Christopher Aughney, Napoleon; Virgil V. Short, 86, Stryker

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1969

William Borton, president of the Fulton County Fair Board, reported Saturday on the success of the 112th annual fair. An estimated record-breaking attendance of 97,139 fairgoers attended the six day night fair.

The resignation of fire chief A.C. Fagley was read by Lawrence Short, mayor, at the Monday evening council meeting.

A.C. Fagley has served the Archbold Fire Department 40 years, and has been fire chief 31 years. He served during the years when all the equipment was housed in the fire room of the Town & Township Hall building, and also has served since the new and modern building on West Mechanic Street was erected.

Council appointed Willard L. DeGroff as chief to succeed Mr. Fagley. DeGroff has been a member of the department 26 years, and has been assistant chief 15 years.

George Kramer, police chief, has released figures that prove how busy the intersection is at North Defiance and Stryker streets.

The State Highway Department reports 22,334 motor vehicles pass through in 24 hours, an average of 930 per hour. Another survey three years ago showed 10,000 passed through. Kramer said the survey was made on a Tuesday when no auctions were in progress at Lugbill Bros. or Yoder & Frey.

Richard Harris, superintendent of Archbold Area Schools, has assembled a history of the local school system for the last 130 years, from 1839-1969.

It is not certain when the first school was established. In 1839, Samuel B. Darby taught school one-half mile west of Burlington. It was the first school in German Township. One-room rural schools were built for $175- $200. They had log rafters, sides, and frames. Oiled paper covered the windows.

Sam E. Grime received a discharge at Fort Devons, Mass., Friday.

Lions Club members entertained their daughters at the annual Father-Daughter Banquet in the State Dining Room, Thursday evening.

John J. McRobbie, Jr., was promoted to general manager of La Choy Food Products.

Deaths–Arthur C. Eicher, 71, Archbold; Hazel G. Perkins, 78, Archbold; Karl W. Arnos, 72, Ridgeville Township; James H. Pifer, 98, Metamora

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Alexander received a telegram from the War Department, Monday, informing them their son Pfc. Herbert W. Alexander, was wounded in France on Nov. 18.

“Regret to inform you your son was seriously wounded in action in France.

The Alexanders live about five miles south of Archbold. They have five sons in military service.

Commercial Club will sponsor an Old Fashioned Box Social at its annual Christmas party in the Legion Hall, Thursday evening, Dec. 14.

Christmas music will be presented by Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63. Proceeds from the box social will be used by the scout troop to help their share of the budget for the Shawnee Boy Scout Council.

Clair E. Jones, county agricultural agent, and eight county men attended a school on income tax last Wednesday. They learned that a farmer will not need to file a Declaration of Income if the final 1944 income tax return is in the mail on Jan. 15, 1945.

The bronze star for meritorious military service in combat was awarded to 1st lieutenant Herbert Nofziger. He was honored for his work in keeping the battalion well posted on everything with Combat Command, many times making trips from higher headquarters at night not knowing what he might encounter while under heavy artillery or mortar fire. Several times he made personal visits to front-line companies.

Ten more men from Ful- ton County are now in Uncle Sam’s military service.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1919

Citizens and gas users of Archbold should not fail to attend the gas meeting called by the mayor and council tonight in the Town & Township Hall.

Toledo has streetcar trouble and Archbold and Stryker, gas trouble.

A public utility should have fair rates, but on the other hand, the public utility should not dictate what is not fair. The councils of the village of Archbold, Stryker, and Wauseon have offered the gas company a fair rate, so it seems. The gas company, however, wanted to dictate its own terms and no other; hence, the fight before the Public Utility Commission.

Stephen Boyce, 71, Pike Township, had his left hand blown off at the wrist with dynamite, while blowing stumps.

He thought the fuse had gone out, and reached into the hole to investigate when the explosion took place.

Henry Ford is going to make a gasoline streetcar that will run much cheaper and be more useful than the electric car. He will also make streetcars to run on the ordinary roads and streets.

Everyone is invited to attend the dance at the Rink Hall in Archbold on Saturday evening. Music is by the Spoerli Orchestra. Dance given by the Ridgeville Corners Dancing Club. Gents 50¢, ladies free.–Adv.

Carl Hill, 18, of Swancreek Township, had his left arm taken off above the elbow at the Wauseon Hospital. While hunting rabbits, the shotgun discharged and shattered his arm.

Friday, Nov. 28, 1919

Newsprint paper has advanced in price at such a rapid rate that many large city newspapers are compelled to refuse advertising. The price of white paper has been boosted from 5 1/2 to 13 cents the pound, with the mills refusing large orders.

Manufacturers give warning that too much paper is being used, more than the mills can supply.

With all kinds of paper coming through the mills and everybody starting fires with paper, the wastage is enormous.

The different kinds of propaganda being laundered is taking many tons of paper that could be saved.

The October milk checklist is completed, and the total amount of checks banked in Archbold is $15,561.03. New names are shown on the list and the amounts show a good increase.

Remember when Archbold people would go to Wauseon to walk around on the stone pavements?…. Remember when businessmen climbed to the rooftop to see an airplane pass overhead?

Mayor Ruihley volunteered to act as attorney for Archbold corporations at Columbus. Four others were chosen to accompany him, and as many more citizens as can be mustered are urged to attend the gas hearing.

Albert Wanner of Clinton Township gave Lewis Pfund the use of a house on his place, rent-free, providing Pfund would work for Wanner when needed, at usual wages. He was also allowed free use of the barn, garden, and pasture.

Wanner charges Pfund was so well-pleased with the arrangement that he refused to work for Wanner at all, and in addition used boards from Wanner’s barn as well as rails.

Wanner tired of the free doings, and served notice on Pfund to vacate. But Pfund had other ideas. He refused to move from such a good thing, even after his six days notice had expired.