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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

10 Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

The Archbold Area School District has not, and might not, spend $80,000 for consultant fees for the proposed wind turbine project.

Speaking to school board, Monday Feb. 15, David Deskins, superintendent, said in a previous meeting the board had simply authorized the expenditure. The money has not been spent.

“This gives us the opportunity to invest some dollars to continue to pursue this option,” he said.

The 2010 Fulton County Heart Radiothon exceeded its goal, raising $35,869.47.

The event, held Thursday, Feb.11, was the 36th year for the fundraiser, which has provided training and equipment for the care of persons with heart conditions.

Pettisville School Board took the final step to place a permanent improvement levy renewal on the May 4 primary election ballot.

The vote came during the Monday, Feb. 8 meeting.

Voters will be asked to renew the 3.5-mill levy that is due to expire at the end of this year.

The new levy is for the same millage. It will not increase taxes.

The only change is voters are being asked to renew the levy on a continuing basis so it will not expire.

The Archbold Buckeye received third place in in-depth reporting at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Thursday, Feb.11, in Columbus.

The Hooper Show is part of the annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention, which celebrated its 77th year, Feb.10-11.

The AHS Class of 1974 held its 35th class reunion, Aug. 29, 2009, at the Sauder Heritage Inn.

The village of Archbold will pay 3.782% interest on $3.7 million in bonds that were sold Tuesday, Feb 9.

Fifth-Third Securities, Inc., purchased the bonds in an online Internet auction.

Gina Saaf, executive director of the Fulton County United Way, said the organization collected $243,000 during its 2009 fund drive.

That was $22,000, or about 8.3%, short of the goal of $265,000.

Village officials will attempt to get some state grant money to remove and replace ash trees in the village.

Ash trees across much of the state have been infected with an insect known as the emerald ash borer.

The insect bores into the ash trees, eventually killing the trees. It is suspected the insect made its way to this country in wooden shipping crates from China.

Deaths- James E. Lantz, 59, Pettisville.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1995

Checking out books in the new Pettisville School Library/Media Center is pretty much the only thing students and staff do the old-fashioned library way.

With computer and CDROM technology on hand, the facility’s potential continues to grow.

On Monday, Lorrie Miller, librarian, told school board the move into the new library is complete, and students are beginning to take advantage of its computer opportunities.

Fulton County Commissioners acted Monday to officially transfer the “bed rights” of the county-operated Detwiler Manor Nursing Home to Fulton County Health Center.

The action was taken Monday, after an area newspaper revealed at least one private firm offered to purchase the nursing home business and the Detwiler Manor building.

Archbold father and son duo Cal and Terry Short took time out Tuesday afternoon to help man the airwaves during the 21st annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon. With a goal of $22,000, the event helps fund hearthealthy programs throughout the county.

Steve O. Miller of Quality Graphics recently took part in a workshop of graphic arts as related to vocational education in Columbus. It was held at Ohio State University.

Council approved a new fire protection agreement with Franklin Township that included the first price increase in 18 years.

Between April 1, 1990, and July 1, 1994, the US Census Bureau estimates that Fulton County increased in population by 4.2%, from 38,498 to 40,097.

During the Ohio Newspaper Association Convention in Columbus, the Archbold Buckeye received three weekly newspaper awards.

Bare land consisting of 74.75 acres, located north of Archbold at the corner of Co. Rd. F and 21, sold at public auction Saturday to Dan Nafziger for $119,600. The land was owned by the Edwin Nafziger estate.

Honor Students–Kim R. Bostelman, University of Akron; Kathy Higbea Valparaiso University

Deaths– Donna L. Ruihley, 67, West Unity; Donald L. Sommers, 73, Tedrow; John W. Stuckey, 77, Laurelville, Ohio

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1970

The second annual Archbold Area Business Professional and Industrial Show will be sponsored by Community Commercial Club and held in the high school gymnasium, Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24.

Mayor Lawrence E. Short and council learned the proposed storm drainage for Lutz Road improvement will cost an estimated $270,400. The total was a shocker to village officials, who tabled the project until another approach to the problem can be developed.

Council was informed by the street committee that it purchased a new saw to be used for cutting pavements. It was proposed that in the future, when installation of sewers and utilities is contracted, the street department should be authorized to do the work.

Rev. Martin J. Neeb, Jr., executive secretary of the Lutheran Television Productions, St. Louis, Mo., will speak at a seminar in the Ridgeville School gymnasium, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 pm.

A Future Nurses Club was organized at the Archbold Area Schools, Monday night. The club is an outgrowth of national statistics that show that there is a shortage of trained and qualified medical nurses.

The advisors will attempt to expose girls to the many phases of the profession, as well as teach some practical experiences in nursing.

About 30 girls met with the faculty advisor, Mrs. Helen Ide, and the nurse advisors, Mrs. Martha Lapp and Mrs. Doris Ebersole. They elected Anita Johnson as president; Joann Fielitz, presidentelect; and Patsy Ebersole, secretary-treasurer.

More than 2,500 musicians from 60 high schools in Northwestern Ohio will be at Bowling Green State University, Saturday, for the annual district solo and ensemble competitions.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean A. Thatcher have received word that their son, Edward, has been promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

The Twigs, Junior Hospital Auxiliary of Archbold, presented a check of $1,235 to DeEtte Harrison Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Saturday, to purchase a newborn care system.

Military addresses appear for AB Michael L. Zuver, S-P4 Roger L. Fruchey, SR Randall L. Volkman, Amn. Roy Hartshorn, Lynn Nofziger, Pvt. Randy J. Buehrer, SP4 Donald J. Dohm

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1945

Serg McDonald, 43, was injured when his auto struck a freight train at the Wabash Railroad crossing on Route 109, south of Delta.

Earl Salsbury, 55, a farmer northeast of Delta, suffered a fractured skull when he fell to the concrete floor while loading hay at the Alpha Sprague farm. He was rushed to a Toledo Hospital.

Members of Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 gathered a total of 6,240 pounds of scrap paper in their pickups, Saturday, Feb. 17.

The scouts plan additional wastepaper pick-ups in March and April.

Laverne Fankhauser, scoutmaster, urges all farmers to save wastepaper, and later a location will be designed where it may be left for the Boy Scout Troop 63 Pickup Paper Drive.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Krieger received a telegram from the War Department, Feb. 17, reporting their son, T/Sgt. Wilbur Krieger, was seriously wounded Feb. 1 in the European War Zone. Their other son, Pvt. Elmer Kreiger, is home on a ten-day furlough from a Texas camp, and will report for duty in California.

Miss Betty Rupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Rupp, was one of 27 student nurses of Robinwood Hospital to receive a cap at a service Sunday evening in Toledo at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

Mutterings by Orrin R. Taylor–Now that Archbold has a motion picture theatre, it is interesting to know that 96,000,000 Americans attend the movies every week…. The Men’s Bible Class of the St. John’s Reformed Church held its father and son banquet Thursday evening with 150 present….. Many soldiers are wondering when they get home if their wife will give back the position of head of the house.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1920

Most impressive memorial services for the men from Archbold and German Township who lost their lives in the great war will be held at the Town Hall in Archbold on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, at 2:30 pm.

Chaplain Harry F. McLane will be here to deliver the address of the day. He is known as the Fighting Parson of the 37th, and has been decorated for bravery. He is a fluent speaker and a most convincing orator. His subject will be “Making America Safe for Americans.”

Another strike of railroad employees has been ordered to take effect this morning at 7 o’clock. It applies to storehouse employees, stationary firemen, stationary engineers, steel bridge workers, cinder pitmen and oilers.

Mrs. Henry Dominique happened to look out the window at about 1:30 yesterday and saw the straw stack on the Harry Nofziger place west of the Dominique farm was on fire. The telephone came in mighty handy and the neighbors were soon on the way to the fire.

As the wind was in favor of the barn and other buildings, the bucket brigade soon had the fire where they felt that the buildings were saved. The large straw stack however is a total loss. It is believed the fire started from the tank heater. The Nofzigers knew nothing of the fire until notified by telephone.

Mr. R.C. Luxan inserted a small classified advertisement in the Buckeye twice and it brought him five buyers for the small safe he wanted to sell.

D.M. Buehrer sold his implement store in Stryker to Kellermier Brothers, who are to take possession Feb. 23.

A most unusual suicide occurred at Wauseon, when Mrs. Ralph Clark, 26, shot herself to death with a revolver at her home in that village early Monday morning.

Friday, Feb. 20, 1920

Archbold High School has taken steps to purchase a motion picture machine that operates a non-inflammable film. This is a new invention.

It makes the machine absolutely safe to use in any building. Besides, there is a fine selection of films, educational and entertaining, which can be secured at a reasonable rate.

A course consisting of some very well-known productions is being arranged. The income is to pay for the machine.

I have received word from the company that no more sugar beet contracts are to be issued for the territory around Archbold. Enough acreage has been contracted and under no circumstances will more contracts be written for the season.–C.C. Graber–Adv.

While walking in front of the J.S. Buehrer residence Wednesday evening, Mrs. Henry Mahler fell and broke her limb just above the ankle.

The sum of the milk checks banked in Archbold in January totals $20,823.88. This sum of money represents the January business done in the vicinity of the village and equals the payroll of a factory employing about 500 men.

The farm home of William Bruns, 4 1/2 miles southwest of Archbold, was destroyed by fire Wednesday noon. Fire started from a stove in the summer kitchen.

Frank Weber, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, Wauseon, has been elected cashier to succeed Wayne B. Harris, who died two weeks go.

The play for the benefit of the Archbold public library was well attended, Tuesday evening, in the Town Hall. Door receipts were $79.