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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010

Sauder Woodworking Company, Archbold, has received an award from the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED) for creating a program for purchasing parts within the area.

The award was presented during NORED’s annual meeting, March 22.

The company had been purchasing plastic and metal parts from suppliers in China, Taiwan and some distant U.S. companies.

About a year and a half ago, Sauder Woodworking put together a Supplier Recruitment Program to purchase parts from area suppliers.

The 2010 Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction brought in more people and more revenue than last year, said Julia Nafziger, Fairlawn Auxiliary president.

Exact figures were not available, but Nafziger said the total raised was more than $37,000, almost $3,200, about 9.6%, more than last year.

In a photo, wreckage from a 36-car coal train derailment lies piled near downtown Waterloo, Ind., where the wreck occurred Friday evening, March 28. The Norfolk Southern twin-track main line from Elkhart, Ind., to Toledo, which bisects Archbold, was closed to traffic for more than 24 hours.

Fulton County is starting to see some benefit from the half percent (.5%) increase in the county sales tax.

Archbold firefighters joined several other departments in battling a fire at a Wauseon factory early Monday evening.

Marv Wheeler, Wauseon fire chief, said WFD firefighters were called to Northwestern Ohio Foam Products, 123 S. Shoop Avenue, about 12:17 am, Monday, March 29.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission plans to build two new “green” service plazas on the Williams County sites where two plazas stood.

The new plazas will have such “green” features as renewable energy, a charging station for electric cars, and ethanol at the pumps.

Deaths-Sally Ann Scales Lauber, 75, formerly of Archbold

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 1995

The German Township Zoning Commission approved a zoning change request by Rodney and Sandra Nofziger to change a parcel of land from agriculture/rural to first and second density residential for housing.

The land, located on the southwest corner of St. Rt. 2 and Co. Rd. 19, is the location of the proposed Old Mill Run subdivision. The Nofzigers are in the early planning stages of a 99-lot housing development.

Rodney said if the subdivision becomes reality, it will be developed in six stages and could take 15 or more years to fully develop.

Among Ohio’s 88 counties, Fulton County ranked fourth in hog and fifth in corn production in 1993, according to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster. The county ranked 19th in soybean production, 20th in poultry and other livestock, 26th in hogs, 35th in wheat, 42nd in dairy, and 53rd in oats and hay.

Jim Alexander has the headline written long before he’s written the story.

As far as he’s concerned, when it comes to economic development, the headline should read, “Ohio Leads Nation; Toledo Leads Ohio.”

He should know. Alexander is manager of economic development for Centerior Energy. Centerior is the parent company of Toledo Edison.

Speaking to the press at a luncheon last week, Alexander said for the second year in a row, Ohio was ranked first by Site Selection magazine in securing new jobs and retaining current ones.

In 1994, Site Selection said 900 companies either moved to the state or expanded their operations within the state. Second was North Carolina, with 550 similar projects. That says a lot about the vitality of Ohio’s economy, Alexander said.

When Alexander zeros in on Northwest Ohio, he says the region beats all. The area was first in the creation of manufacturing jobs in the state, and 10th in the country.

Last year in Northwest Ohio, 83 companies either started or expanded, representing 5,000 new and retained jobs, and $525 million in new investment.

“Think about 20 years ago, when we had out-migration,” Alexander said. Factories were closing, and people were moving out of the state in an effort to find work.

Deaths–John L. Patrick, 73, Napoleon; Frank R. Nafziger, 92, Archbold; John (Tom) Warner, 73, Archbold; Faith Geesey, 85, Archbold; Richard Kelly, 71, Napoleon; Deloris M. Nagel, 73, Ridgeville Corners

Honor Students– Jason David Grieser, Marsha Miller, Lance David Nofziger, Matthew D. Stamm, Trisha M. Wooley, University of Toledo

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, April 1, 1970

Archbold’s new post office will be dedicated at 2 pm, April 5. The program will be held in the large high school gymnasium, according to Richard M. Lauber, postmaster.

“Our patrons will find doing business here much more pleasant. Their mail will be handled more efficiently with the new up-to date equipment. It will enable employees to work under the best of conditions, said Lauber.

“The new facility will be a link with the postal system that today has over 44,000 postal installations. This system serves more than 195 million Americans and handles nearly half the world’s mail. Our nearly-700,000 postal employees handle over 90 billion pieces of mail a year,” said Lauber.

Ten years ago, revenue at the Archbold post office was $62,672, compared to $139,287 last year.”

Today is Census Day for the United States of America. From Aroostock County, Maine, to Niihau, the westernmost island of Hawaii; from Point Barrow, Alaska, on the Arctic Ocean, to Key West, Fla., it is the day for all Americans to be counted.

William Swisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Swisher, returned Feb. 28 from 14 months service with the United States Artillery in Vietnam.

The Elmira Eagles 4-H Club held its first meeting on March 24 at the Daryl Grime residence. The new officers are Philip Smucker, president; Ed. Grime, secretary; Skip Leupp, treasurer, and Jeff Smucker, reporter.

L.J. Rhodeback, pastor of Archbold Methodist Church, confirmed new members Pam Bowman, Debbie De- Groff, Terrie Purdy, Joyce Eicher, Kristie Kroutz, Julie Frank, Patty Watkins, James Lantz, Jeff Boscoe, Bill Hackett, Tom Thatcher, Sue Merillat, Lisa McLaughlin, Kathy Kramer.

After turning in a fine performance in his first season of college varsity football last fall, Steve Schnitkey hopes to do as well with The University of Toledo track and field team this spring.

Schnitkey holds the AHS record in high jump, and won the event at the state meet his senior year. He also placed fifth in the long jump at state that spring.

Rebecca and David Zimmerman are members of the 35-member Sterling College Concert Choir, touring six states until April 12.

Dean’s List– James C. Fagley, Wilmington College; Sharon S. Garman, Bowling Green State University, who also was initiated into the English Honor Society; Robert Kramer, Bowling Green State University

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 4, 1945

Willard DeGroff, whose home is on Stryker Street and who has been employed at Miller Auto Supply, left last week for military service. He was inducted from Williams County. It is the sixth son of Rev. and Mrs. F.F. DeGroff to serve in the military.

Sgt. David E. Springer, husband of Mrs. Helen Rychener Springer, Pettisville, recently received a citation and Bronze Star medal for meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States from July 4, 1944 to Jan. 23, 1945. He also was promoted from sergeant to second lieutenant. He served with a mortar unit.

Fulton County will have a test oil well drilling started May 15, according to Norman L. Stevens, Wauseon, who was given the contract to drill the new well.

The test well will be sunk into the Trenton formation, which is 2,260 feet deep in Clinton Township, where Mr. Stevens has developed an extensive gas field in Sections 16 and 19, and also Section 13 of German Township and Section 5 of Dover Township.

Ora E. Lauber is in Toledo this week serving on the Federal Grand Jury.

C.F. (Tex) Grime resigned as village marshal after serving 12 years. He has taken a position at La Choy Food Products.

Council has instructed Jay Ziegler, street commissioner, to repaint the parking lines on main street in the business district.

Archbold firemen were summoned Wednesday morning to Ridgeville Corners to help fight a blaze that destroyed a garage on the Charles Smith property, which spread to the roof of the Walter Schnitkey home.

B&O passenger trains were rerouted over New York Central tracks through Archbold after an automobile derailed 46 cars near Defiance.

Archbold, German and Franklin Townships have nearly reached their goal of $3,500 quota in the Red Cross Drive, according to Ora E. Lauber, chairman.

John G. Miller, deputy registrar of motor vehicles for Archbold, has registered 824 automobile licenses up to Tuesday, April 3. He also has issued 325 small trailers.

Mr. Ellis Wyse of the Wyse Grain & Coal Co., on East Mechanic Street, has installed new equipment to the business he purchased from the Aungst Brothers. It includes a 90-horsepower hammer mill, two 2-ton mixers, and a new corn cleaner, all operated by electricity.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 30, 1920

President Frank R. Coates, of the Toledo & Western Railroad, which runs from Pioneer to Adrian, Mich., told the Morenci Chamber of Commerce the trolley road is likely to abandon the service unless more patronage is forthcoming.

The terrific windstorm that swept from north of Defiance through Napoleon and Swanton to Genoa, Sunday evening, left a path of death, injury, and tremendous property loss in its wake.

At Brunersburg near Defiance, about all the buildings are reported down. Damage is great throughout the entire path of the storm and the damage is beyond estimation.

The windstorm blew down 40 poles of the T&I between Wauseon and Delta, delaying service east of Wauseon since Sunday.

Vivian Zedeck, 18, who disappeared from her home last week, was found in Tiffin, Saturday. She left home because of being mistreated. She showed authorities black and blue marks upon her body, which had been inflicted by her parents.

She was found by a hotel clerk at Tiffin, who notified the police. Authorities are trying to find her a new home.

The Fulton County Jail is empty, and there is nothing for the grand jury to do. This saves taxpayers a large sum of money. It is the first time in history Fulton County has no grand jury.

A child of Albert Egly, Grabill, Ind., took iodine for cough syrup, and for a time it was thought the child would die, but at last report he was on his way to recovery.

Ridgeville Corners merchants have signed for a band to entertain on main street this summer. Several Archbold musicians will assist.

Friday, April 2, 1920

The Ohio Gas Light & Coke Company at Bryan has threatened to abandon the plant unless council agrees to grant it a rate of $2 per thousand cubic feet. It will appeal to the Public Utilities Commission of the state for permission to junk the plant.

In a speech at Toledo, Friday afternoon, Alfred Vivian, dean of the State Agricultural College, said, “Every citizen must have enough intelligence to understand we cannot afford to have hungry folks in America, and for that reason every girl and boy should be trained to have the ability to earn their own living.

“I think it is the high cost of loafing and not of living that is the greatest menace. It is only that man who gives an honest day’s work with hand or brain who has the right to benefits of democracy.”

The Knights of Columbus of Defiance are to build a $200,000 five-story building this summer to be used as a home for the organization. The building is to include business rooms, and bachelor apartments are to be on the top two floors.

The Pennsylvania Railroad Company now owns the DT&I Railway, which runs through this county, and is making plans to improve the system add branch lines, according to C.E. Thomas, a railroad man of Detroit.

People in all parts of the country are interesting themselves in spiritualism. Many are taking up the fad.

In most cases they confine their efforts to the use of the Ouija Board. Fifty years ago, the Ouija Board was so popular that a number of people went insane over it, and a religious sect adopted it as a divine thing.