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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

10 Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010

Since Archbold’s current economic downturn began about three years ago, Archbold has lost an estimated 2,000 jobs.

Over three years, paychecks to workers employed in Archbold and corporate profits have been reduced by $80 million.

Rick Schantz, superintendent of the Archbold Water Treatment Plant, said the village municipal water supply was barely over an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standard.

As a result, the plant officials were required to place a notice in this newspaper.

The problem was the level of turbidity in treated water.

Turbidity is defined as cloudiness or haziness in the water caused by tiny pieces of solid material invisible to the naked eye.

Casa Vieja, a family-style Mexican restaurant, is still coming to Archbold, but the opening has been delayed.

Ramon Macias, owner of Casa Vieja in Defiance, said construction is behind schedule.

For Joe Short, Fulton County commissioner, a two-year struggle to remove trees near the Fulton County Airport may be coming to an end.

Prevailing westerly winds blowing through a stand of trees located south of the main east-west runway become turbulent and cause problems for pilots trying to land.

The trees were implicated as a factor in a May 11, 2003, plane crash that killed three persons.

The title of Archbold Buckeye First Baby of the Year is still waiting to be claimed.

Academic News, Defiance College– Angeline Short and Tandy Szabo, Archbold, and Oralia Bradford, Stryker, honors list. Treasure Bacon, Jamie Hamilton, Bradley Hurst, Krystal Nafziger, Seth Nofziger, Austin Short, Archbold; Amanda Bird, Fayette; Sean Coressel, Damaris Morales and Blake Ruffer, Stryker; Alex Thiel, Pettisville, deans list.

Deaths – Mina M. Alexander, 87, Archbold; Alice M. Miller, 84, Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1995

Council learned that an all-time record for processed water was set by the village in 1994.

Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said 700 million gallons of water were treated. The record was attributed to increased use by La Choy Food Products, new residential customers at Pettisville, and the cogeneration plant at Sauder Woodworking Co.

The Archbold Buckeye First Baby of the Year in the Archbold Pettisville school districts is Mary Jane Bernath, daughter of Dave and Judy Bernath, rural Wauseon, born at Fulton County Health Center on Jan. 7. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long. Mary Jane joins siblings Jacob, 12, Hannah, 9, Caleb, 7, and Rachel, 3.

John K. Lauber, former member of the National Transportation Safety Board and an Archbold native, has been named vice president of corporate safety for Delta Airlines.

Richard Hodges, Metamora, state representative, was recently named vice chairman of the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee for the next legislative session.

Honor Student–Erin Short, University of Akron

It is estimated 30,000 vehicles toured Ruihley Park during the Festival of Lights. Weekends draw the most visitors. The addition of a horse-drawn wagon ride, operated by Arlan Beck, helps attract visitors.

Three area residents are serving on the United Methodist Pre-Saturation Rally Committee. They are James Nurfer, pastor of Archbold Methodist Church; Fannie Nofziger, Archbold; and Richard Watkins, Ridgeville.

According to Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, construction of the new library building on Stryker Street, east of the McLaughlin

Memorial Library, is proceeding on schedule in spite of cold weather. Roof construction began last week.

Deaths–Sylvia I. Beck, 94, Archbold; Henry P. Stamm, 85, formerly of West Unity and Montpelier; Harvey E. Roth, 84, Archbold

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1970

Archbold faces the necessity of improving its present sewage treatment plant built in 1959, at a cost in excess of one million dollars, to meet the requirements of the State of Ohio Board of Health.

Dale Nafziger was elected president and Dale Pape, vice president, of the Archbold School Board.

Mr. and Mrs. George Emmons, Myra, Martha, and George Jr., returned from Germany where they spent two weeks with their oldest son, Mike, who is stationed near Stuttgart with the 84th Engineer Battalion.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hettesheimer in Pettisville sold at public auction Saturday afternoon to William Fricke for $7,000. It is located on Walnut Street.

Winners of the home decorating Christmas lighting contest, sponsored by the Community Commercial Club, were Mrs. Irene Hahn, 214 DeGroff Ave, first place, and Robert H. Garmire, 403 Stamm Street, second.

Pettisville Homecoming queen and court will be honored Saturday evening at the Ottawa Hills basketball game. Joyce Liechty, queen; Jane Fricke, Mary Lou Fricke, Marlene Gruenhagen, Deanna First.

A voice tape made in Vietnam by William Swisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Swisher, was heard Friday by members of the Archbold Rotary Club. He is serving in an artillery unit.

The Archbold Fire Department answered 25 fire alarms and 34 emergency calls last year. Estimated loss in fires was $60,115.

Vincent S. Beck was appointed district manager of Provident Securities, Inc., Cincinnati.

Degree–Ronald D., son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen Leupp, University of Illinois

Deaths–Myles W. Schlatter, 56, Archbold; Clara Rupp, 83, Archbold; Alden G. Borton, 88, West Unity; Joseph T. Miller, 70, Wauseon; Ell King, 86, Stryker; Maria C. Howell, 88, Ridgeville Corners; Alfred Sonnenberg, 61, Wauseon; Anna Gericke, 89, Ridgeville Township; Helen Quillet, 62, lifelong resident of Fulton County.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1945

Wilmer J. Eicher was elected president of The Peoples State Bank Co., at the annual business meeting of the board of directors.

J.M. Hudson, 65, near Montpelier, was honored by Ohio governor Frank J. Lausche by being named state Director of Agriculture. He is the first Williams County citizen to be named a member of the Ohio Cabinet.

Memorial services for Pfc. Edward Ziegler, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ziegler, who was killed in action in the European Theatre, will be held at Pettisville High School auditorium, Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21, at 2:30.

Pfc. Ziegler was with the 399th Infantry in Southern France. His unit replaced a veteran regiment that had served in Sicily. He graduated from PHS in 1942.

Cpl. Robert Stotzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Stotzer, writes his Buckeyes come through lots faster when sent first class.

“All the fellows read them to see what Stotzer Hardware is offering. They accuse me of sending U.S. Army gas cans home so Dad can sell them at the store,” he wrote.

Conservation officers at Camden, Mich., report a colony of beavers has built a dam on the St. Joseph River near Montgomery, raising the water level three feet.

1st Sgt. Carl E. Winzeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Winzeler, has been awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for meritorious service with the U.S. Army in France.

Mr. Clarence J. Grime was elected Fulton County chairman of the Agriculture Adjustment Agency.

Mutterings– by Orrin R. Taylor– Wisconsin is an unusual state in many ways and is attracting extra attention this year because its governor, Walter S. Goodland, who is 82, will again be sworn in as head of the state government and will have the unusual honor of being the oldest governor, ever, in American history.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1920

Two million Americans who are making plans to visit Europe next summer to see the battlefields are warned that no preparations have been made for their accommodations after they reach Europe.

England is already crowded with American visitors, and lodgings are scarce and at high prices.

The first concrete road in Fulton County is to be built next summer.

It is to be six miles long, extending from the corporation line of Wauseon west to two miles west of Pettisville.

The concrete is to be 16 feet wide, and the road is to cost $31,000 a mile. Of this $186,000, the state pays $83,000; the county, $10,000; and the townships of Clinton and German are to pay $46,500. The $46,500 is to be paid by the landowners owning real estate bordering the road.

Land along the road is assessed $9.41 per acre. Land farther than 80 rods from the road will be assessed at less. And land still farther away in the sections adjoining will be assessed for still less.

When finished, the road is to be maintained at the expense of the state.

A person must now have a permit from the sheriff to buy a revolver in the state of Michigan.

Arthur Kaltenbach, 21, was found dead by the roadside near Montpelier, Sunday morning, by the Bryan milk hauler. The body was frozen stiff. The young man was well known in Archbold.

Friday, Jan. 9, 1920

A string of towns, some 50 miles distant, are being served with electric power generated at the Auglaize Dam above Defiance.

Five more towns are now to be served by that company. They are McClure, Haskins, Weston, Grand Rapids, and Waterville. Some patrons in Toledo also get service from this dam.

It is predicted that in time to come, the rivers will drive the machinery and light the farms of the countryside.

This will save building dams and overcome the objections of the farmers in having dams built.

F.B. Pearson, state superintendent of schools, is alarmed at the shortage of teachers. He recently sent out questionnaires to high school pupils to learn how many intend to teach. They give many reasons for not wanting to teach. Most say teaching is for old maids. Others say the wages are too low.

Others say the men do not need schoolteachers to keep their homes. Some said teaching makes women too bossy to make good wives.

Pearson says something must be done or the next generation of children may go unschooled. The state itself is blamed. They say the schools are over-supervised, and that the teacher is robbed of independence.

Larry B. John of Montevideo, Minn., helped make it easier on Uncle Sam’s mail carriers. He has invented a parachute with which eggs have been delivered from 800 feet in the air while the airplane is in motion, and without scrambling them.

The parachute was first used during the war as safety for airmen. The parachute automatically leaves its case and opens when released.

Prohibition has reduced the number of automobile accidents by two-thirds.

The booze-cure sanitariums are closing for lack of business. Men no longer go to the sanitariums to have the booze boiled out of them because there is little booze to boil.