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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998

Teresa Richer, rural Pettisville, spent most of August alone in Vietnam.

Lance Nofziger was promoted to branch manager of the F&M State Bank, Montpelier.

Curt Spotts, president of Lions Club, and Jim Selgo appear before the marquee the club donated to the elementary school.

Members of the Archbold Police Department load up in preparation of their move from the Municipal Building to the Municipal Annex on East Lutz Road, according to a photograph. Appearing are Thom Ross, Terry Mull, and Tony Perez.

50th Wedding Anniversary- Maurice and Donna Nafziger, Nov. 14. They have four children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

Melissa A. Grime completed Marine Corps basic training in San Diego, Calif.

John Winzeler says the Co. Rd. 24-Ohio Turnpike Exit is misnamed. It should be the Archbold-Fayette Interchange, he says. Or it should be named after the twin cities of Burlington Elmira.

Clark Forward has committed to the University of Michigan wrestling program.

Katie Cordes fueled the Pettisville Blackbirds to a share of the Buckeye Border Conference trophy and a district finals appearance with a stand out junior season.

John Downey concludes his 20th year as head coach of the AHS football team.

Deaths- Cecelia O. Trout, 88, Archbold; Robert W. Young, 91, Stryker; Bessie W. Nofziger, 95, Archbold; Lucille M. Wood, 82, Wauseon; Elizabeth J. Dudley, 73, Perrysburg; Carol L. Hyatt, 69, Bluffton; Merrill E. Merillat, 71, Fayette

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1983

The volleyball team wrapped up its eighth regional title in Lima Saturday. A photo shows Jody Blose, Micki Laub, Becky Blose, Benet Lauber, Jill Schnitkey, Heidi Hatfield, Carol Thieroff, Kelly Short, Shawn Kopke, Susan Horst, Dawn Faler, Kelli Childs.

David Alan Pugh, Warrensburg, Ill., joined the Archbold Buckeye staff Monday as a general reporter. He was selected from 23 applicants.

Deaths- James J. Rataiczak, 89, Stryker; Dwight L. Mignin, 83, Green Valley, Ariz.

Melanie Fricke was a member of the Bluffton College homecoming court.

Police officers Richard Purdy, Allen Carter, and Mike Erbskorn fingerprinted 127 children last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Grime will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 14.

Ruth and Charles Shank will speak at Central Mennonite Church Sunday.

Living Word Fellowship Church, south of Stryker, completed a 60×110 foot addition.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The nice thing about a drivein movie is that you know where your wife’s shoes are when it’s time to go home, according to Robert Green…. Increased use of tractors is the principal cause of the decline in the number of American farms.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1958

Cast members of the junior class play, “Tumblin Creek,” are Allen Stuckey, Valetta Aschliman, Betty Schultz, Sally Huffman, Beverly Scott, Maureen Sullivan, Linda Spengler, David Schmucker, Marvin Merillat, Sharon Mekus, Rex Hornish, Junior Bechtel, Tom Gallaway, James Fiser, Larry Barger, Linda Collamore.

Brenda Pursel has the lead in the romantic drama “Joan of Lorraine” at Lakeland College. She plays the role of Mary Gray.

Edward M. Muldoon, general manager of La Choy Food Products said, “There never has been a greater opportunity for careers in the food business than today.”

Alfred Rupp, 77, who lives 4 1/2 miles southwest of Archbold is in Bryan Hospital with a broken back and fractured rib he received when he fell in the corn crib on his farm Saturday morning.

Bernadine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olan Beck, was elected secretary of the freshman class at Goshen College.

Harold Zimmer, Warsaw, Ind., has purchased the Home Restaurant from Lois Penrod. He took possession Monday, Nov. 10.

Janet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Myers, is a member of the Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club.

Peter Rupp spoke and showed color slides of his recent air tour of the Holy Land and Eastern countries to the Methodist Men’s dinner.

Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Holian, is a member of the 38-voice Collegiate Chorale at BGSU.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday Nov. 8, 1933

F.C. Benien has been appointed rural mail carrier from Archbold post office to succeed F.P. Clair, who retired, on Route No. 1. Earl Lovejoy, substitute carrier, is on duty on Route 1 until the transfer is made Dec. 1.

Theodore W. Dimke was reelected mayor for another two years at the Tuesday election.

Of the eight candidates for council three former members were re-elected: Wilmer J. Eicher, John S. Schlatter, and Orrin R. Taylor. Victor Ruffer, H. D. Slagle, and Owen Nofzinger are the successful new candidates, who succeed H.T. Brown, Peter Lugbill, and A.J. Stamm.

Three new German Township trustees: Dale Shaffer, Willard G. Miller, and Wm. H. Miller. A.T. Desboeufs re-elected clerk.

In ancient times it was the custom to capture a wild goat once a year as a scape-goat. People would write all their sins and blames on ribbons and tie them to the goat; then the goat was turned loose to return to the mountains carrying all the sins, sorrows, regrets, and blames of the people.

Many new shacks are being constructed in the openings west of Toledo. Poor people crowded out of the city by high rents and no earnings, find shelter on the sand lots amidst the beauty of the scrub oaks and the sumacs. If they should learn the lessons the times are trying to teach they will remain in their openings homes long after conditions become easier.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1908

W.H. Wilkins, the actor who is presenting the play at the Opera House for the Archbold Band dressed up as a farmer with rubber boots, overalls, well-worn coat, Scotch cap and a fine bunch of chin whiskers.

With this outfit and the local dialect he had a great sport with Archbold businessmen. Pretending that he had a load of wood to sell he got several men in the audience to walk the length of main street to look at it, while those who had already been fooled lined the street and enjoyed the joke.

He talked for twenty minutes with one businessman about borrowing some money. The man will not know the farmer was an actor until he reads this.

An Archbold woman came in and stopped her Buckeye. She said her husband would grumble all the while he was reading it. He found many things he did not like. She did not want to hear him complain at what was in the Buckeye, so wanted it discontinued.

In a few weeks the woman came back and reordered it again and explained that since the paper had stopped her husband took to grumbling at her, and she believed she would rather hear him grumble at the newspaper.

Be temperate in all things. Be temperate even about temperance.

There will be a temperance lecture at the Missionary Church Friday night the 20th.- Anti Saloon League, adv.

Both sides of the wet and dry proposition are using the Bible to prove they are right. The wets point to the “Take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake” quotation, while the drys declare “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging,” etc. Strange how men try to blame the Almighty for their prejudices.

D.F. Wyse, of Wauseon, was in town Sunday. Danny will never be really happy until he gets back to Archbold.

The young people hope to open the skating rink in the Peoples State Bank Hall around Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 20, 1908

Chris. Yoder with a party of other gentlemen were riving to Elmira to attend a lecture. They were traveling at a rapid speed. Out of the darkness dashed a runaway team directly toward them. The auto was quickly turned to give up half the road. The team rushed straight ahead and there was a deafening crash. The auto was a wreck. Lynn Replogle was badly cut around the face by flying glass, and seriously bruised. Chris. Yoder and the others got bumps and scratches. The team escaped from Henry Dominique.

Horse buyers say German Township horses are too high in price, but farmers have plenty of feed and can afford to wait until spring.

Thoughts for Thanksgiving. Twenty years ago the man who could afford an overcoat was considered a dude. Underwear was just being introduced. People went to church in the lumber wagon and horses waded in mud to their knees.

It is only a few years ago since the man who was going on a journey to Toledo kissed his family good-by, and friends followed him to the railroad depot to have a last look at his tear-streaked face.

Twelve years ago eggs were 12¢ in Archbold, wheat 41¢, corn 45¢, and the best horses sold for $70. Men were working for 75¢ a day. Keep this in mind Thanksgiving Day.

Archbold has many good points over neighboring towns. For one thing Archbold has no young men loafers. All the Archbold young men perform a useful labor and have money to spend.

An Archbold boy got shot in an Archbold hardware store yesterday. He said he wanted the shot for rabbits.


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