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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

Archbold will soon have a 24-hour witness watching over the bollards at the North Defiance and Stryker streets. Village officials have installed a surveillance camera on the Rupp Furniture Building, the former Vernier McLaughlin Probeck Hardware building.

Prices for participation in Archbold Parks & Recreation programs will increase beginning Jan. 1, said Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director.

Redoing the batting cages in Memorial Park will be the one big project for 2010.

The Dec. 8 meeting was the last one for Steve Schnitkey, who served on park board 16 years, and Jan Schroeder, who served 12 years.

The Pettisville School Board discussed placing a permanent tax levy on the ballot at the Monday, Dec. 14 meeting.

The levy is needed since the current permanent improvement levy will expire at the end of 2010. The current levy has been collected since 1990 and brings in $120,000 annually.

Michelle Collins, toy coordinator for the Fulton County Christmas Cheer program, and Jessica Short, a volunteer, of Archbold, appear in a photograph sorting some $20,000 worth of toys. County FFA students raised money for the toys, foodstuffs, and other items being distributed today, Wednesday.

Northwest Sate Community College is the only college in Ohio to offer reduced tuition rates.

Employees of the Archbold Community Library will get a $100 bonus check, but no pay raises for the coming year.

Deaths–Vernon Frey, 97, Archbold; Dale E. Hayward, 61, Delta

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1994

McLaughlin Memorial Library Board has finalized plans for the first phase of its fund-raising to furnish the new Archbold Community Library. Approximate cost is $229,169. Sauder Woodworking Company offered to pay for construction.

A Toledo consulting firm has been selected to study and make recommendations for the underpass or overpass at Clyde’s Way. “It was a group decision,” said Lowell Rupp, Fulton County Commissioner. Nine firms submitted proposals.

Electronic video games, life-size dolls, and action figures might top the wish lists this holiday season, according to Dennis Stacy, a local merchant.

In a photograph, Doug Rufenacht and Chris Grime display a 48-pound male coyote Grime shot and killed Dec. 8, north of Archbold.

Degrees–Kelli A. (Ehrman) Short, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ehrman; Kent Stamm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stamm; Chad Rex, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rex, Bowling Green State University.

It’s nothing to worry about at this point, but in the latest budget report by the Archbold Area School Board, personal tangible property tax revenue so far this year is about 7% behind estimates.

Ken Cline, AHS superintendent, told board members the locker rooms at the middle elementary school were flooded over the Thanksgiving holiday.

60th Wedding Anniversary

– Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sauder, Dec. 25, 1934

25th Wedding Anniversary– Denny and Elaine (Uhler) Schaffner, Dec. 12, 1969

Deaths–Marvin Schaffner, 70, Fayette; Lyle B. Graf, 73, Puyallup, Wash.; Thomas Walker, 73, Grand Rapids; Mildred Cline, 82, Mark Center; Ralph H. Slagle, 89, Wauseon; Pauline H. Schumacher, 92, formerly of Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1969

Archbold Community Commercial Club is sponsoring a home outdoor Christmas decorating and lighting contest for all residences within the Archbold area, farms, village, and additions.

Eight members of Archbold American Legion Post 311 graduated from the Ohio State Highway Auxiliary Patrol School in Findlay, Tuesday, Dec. 2. Graduates were Roger Ziegler, Terry Schroeder, William Lovejoy, Paul Lovejoy, Ronald Layman, George Hartshorn, Marce Gayton, Lewis Boynton.

The Breathalizer, which the Fulton County Sheriff Department installed one year ago, has aided officials in apprehending motorists who are charged with DWI.

In a little over one year, fines totaling $20,000 have been collected with the equipment that cost $963, according to Mel Stickley, deputy sheriff. A total of 170 tests have been made.

The Mrs. Anna Johnson home at the corner of Vine and East Williams streets was sold at public auction, Saturday afternoon, to Lowell Roth for $6,925.

New Commercial Club officers are Robert L. Frey, president; Richard Harris, vice president; Steve Wyse, secretary, and Eldon Yoder, treasurer. Board of Control members are Glenn Gallaway, Herbert Nofziger, Dale Weldy.

Ted H. Short has recently accepted the position of Research Agricultural Engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center at Wooster. With the position, he will be an assistant professor of agricultural engineering at Ohio State University.

Dennis Roth, collector of antiques, mostly of primitive nature, has sold his entire collection over the past 12 months to Erie J. Sauder for the Sauder Museum at Archbold.

Purpose of selling was to devote more time to his syndicated column, entitled “Tranquilizing Gems,” which is now a weekly release.

The choice item in the antique collection was a barber chair, dating back to 1800. Most of his collection relates to primitive agriculture of Northwest Ohio, a subject in which Mr. Sauder is interested.

Neighbors picked and shelled field corn for Mrs. William Lineau and children on Monday, Dec. 1.

Deaths–Mr. Fred Albright, 84; Lawrence C. Grieser, 57, Archbold

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1944

Following on the heels of the Germans, Cpl. Robert Stotzer writes, “Have been eating captured German rations. We had chicken for dinner and turkey for supper along with sauerkraut.”

Three local Boy Scouts of Troop 63 were made first class scouts at a Court of Honor in Fayette: William Walters, David Bednar and Roger Taylor; Lavern Fankhauser, scoutmaster.

A.C. Fagley of Fagley Seed Co., received a 35¢ seed order and the air mail postage cost $89.60. The letterhead was from Government of Nepal Board of Agriculture, and signed by the secretary. “We request 2 pounds of soybeans and 2 pounds of hybrid seed corn and request your last catalog and price list.”

Christmas mailing at the Archbold post office hit new highs this year, according to H.J. Walter, postmaster.

Archbold business places will be open three nights this week for Christmas shoppers: Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

When Mr. and Mrs. George Lockman returned to their farm home near Naomi, Saturday evening, they discovered thieves stole a case of eggs, two shotguns, all the silverware, linen table cloth, Mrs. Lockman’s good clothes. Local talent is suspected.

Rev. John G. Connor, West Barre, U.B. minister in Fulton County, was killed instantly at the Wauseon Shoop Ave, New York Central railroad crossing. His car exploded on impact and hurtled into the grade school yard nearby. Conner was dead when people arrived.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1919

During the big windstorm the roof was blown off the old Catholic church at Caraghar, Fulton County, and the sheds were blown down. The Toledo & Western had so many poles blown down that Metamora and other towns were put out of electric service for several days.

One barn near Metamora was lifted from the foundation and torn to pieces, leaving the livestock and machinery standing uninjured.

The past season has been the most prosperous one for sugar beet-raising. The crop is now in and the net earnings to the farmer are estimated at $85 to $200 an acre.

Although raising of sugar beets means much hard work, the earnings to the farmer have been greater this season than for any other crop.

The Continental Sugar Co., operating in this territory, will offer the same contracts for next year, with the exception that contracts will not be made for patches of less than five acres.

The company has so much expense getting the laborers to small patches that much time is lost in handling. Laborers complain of the loss in time going from one patch to another. The past season averaged 15 tons to the acre, bringing the farmer about $12 the ton.

Charles L. Calkins fell from a painter’s ladder in The Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Archbold, Friday, and was injured in such a manner that he died in his home in West Unity, Saturday morning. None but the workmen were in the room at the time. A doctor was called, who discovered the skull was cracked and the collarbone broken.

Friday, Dec. 12, 1919

The Bible Conference of the Amish-Mennonite Churches will be held Dec. 15-19. A large number of visitors from throughout the state are expected.

Members of the local congregations are making preparations to uphold their well-known reputation for generous hospitality and welcoming good will.

Archbold merchants are making preparations to meet the greatest Christmas trade in the history of the village.

Stores are being decorated as never before attempted, and the display of goods is well worth the drive for all to see.

The Christmas spirit is not enjoyed unless one gives. It is the giving that makes it a Merry Christmas time, and those who give usually have as much pleasure as those who receive.

Garfield’s new coal regulations are most sweeping. They reduce factories to the use of coal three days a week, shut off all street electric lights, reduce the hours to which electric lights may be turned on, discontinue a large number of trains on various roads, and perhaps will reduce service of the public utilities.

Just at present, the order will not affect Archbold much. The electric service comes from the T&I, which has special privileges as a public utility, and the amount of electricity consumed here is not great.

The Acme Level & Manufacturing Co., received its power attachments and turned on the electricity Saturday. There is still much to do before the shop is in full running order, and for that reason visitors will not be admitted until later.