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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998

Div. III state volleyball champions appear in a front page color photograph: Alyssa Beck, Kristin Rupp, Jamie Selgo, Kylie Ruffer, Katie Cline, Jill Evans, Emily Schroeder, Lana Nofziger, Tina Aschliman, Gina Dominique, Angie Gomez, Karah Weldy, Kacy Stevens.

About 100 people, including elected officials, dignitaries, newsmen, and the public, were on hand when the Ohio Turnpike Commission officially opened the Archbold-Fayette turnpike interchange to traffic Friday morning.

50th Wedding Anniversary- E. Dean and Phyllis Short, Nov. 25. They have four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Nine women who were schoolteachers live at Fairlawn Haven. They are Juanita De- Groff, Esther Henschen, Zela Nofziger, Lucille Rupp, Mary Schnetzler, Lucille Schroeder, Alta Spiess, and Opal Watkins.

40th Wedding Anniversary- Don and Barb Sullivan, Dec. 14. They have four children, 12 grandchildren.

Tyra Smith was a winner in the Four County car rodeo.

Jeffrey A. Kruse, PHS ’86, assumed command of the 314th Training Squadron, Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Ariz. He is a captain in the Air Force.

A special section of eight pages commemmorates the state volleyball championship.

Megan Arend and her cousin, Kristen Benschoter, dive into leaves at the leaf drop-off area on East Holland St., according to a photograph.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1983

Respondents in a seven-county labor survey indicate that over 1,000 jobs are to be filled by the end of 1983. The study was made by a study commissioned by Northwest Technical College.

Planning Commission heard a request from John Clair, owner of Fraas Plumbing & Heating, Inc., to change the zoning of his business property from R-3 to B-1.

At least 200 students, parents, and friends dropped by the high school Sunday after the traditional parade through town to welcome and congratulate the Archbold girls volleyball team becoming state runners up.

German Township Trustees decided to purchase two chain saws.

Ground was broken Nov. 7 to start construction of a 3,300 sq. ft. addition to Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home. The new area will house laundry and maintenance rooms and a storage garage.

An estimated $60,000 will be spent to remodel the Sterling Dairy store. It will include two gas pumps and a canopy.

Dale Pape was named director of manufacturing for the newly-organized Ethnic Foods Division of Beatrice Foods Co. Larry Holland was promoted to operations manager of La Choy.

Form Tool & Manufacturing is adding 12,000 sq. ft. of floor space to its Archbold facility.

Deaths- Arthur H. Gericke, 71, Defiance; Mary K. Johnson, 86, Wauseon; Joseph X. Perney, 85, Archbold; Susan M. Prasek, 94, Archbold.

Angie Avers was elected president of the Northwest Technical College chapter of the Office Education Association for 1983-84.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- It takes 14,395 gallons of water to grow a bushel of wheat, 60,000 gallons to produce a ton of steel, and 120 gallons to put a single egg on the breakfast table…. Chicago boasts of having the first skyscraper in the world, the 10-story Home Insurance building. It opened May 1, 1884.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1958

C.F. Murbach left Sunday for Washington, D.C., to attend medical meetings. He will return Friday.

Military addresses appear for Roger Keith Vonier and Gene Graf.

Evelyn Rupp will show color slides and tell of her recent trip to the Holy Land at the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Opening date for the newly constructed U.S. Route 6, six miles south of Archbold, over the former state route 384 is Nov. 30.

Work is in progress on the most hazardous railroad grade crossing in Fulton County, 1/4 mile south of the old Schantz Schoolhouse on East Lutz Road.

Michael Walker has a squad of a dozen or more hopeful grapplers who are training for an eight-match schedule, which will start in December.

Bryan’s new Army Reserve Center, or Armory, located in Recreation Park, is about completed and will be ready to use Nov. 22.

Rex Theatre, Morenci, Mich., has been re-opened under new management.

William G. Rupp, navy ensign, writes the Buckeye from Rio de Janeiro, “The city is beautiful day and night, especially the Copacabana strip with its excellent beaches and hotels.” Rupp is on the USS Essex attack aircraft carrier. It was used as an instrument of peace in the Mediterranean and Far Eastern waters.

Two more deer were killed Sunday evening on the Ohio Turnpike near the Bryan-Montpelier interchange. That makes 12 deer killed in the area by motorists since the road was opened.

Hilltop High School, West Unity, has organized a science club to meet the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1933

The fall convention of teachers of Fulton County will be held in the school auditorium in Archbold Friday. All 200 teachers in the county are expected to attend.

Salary of the Pemberville mayor was increased from $100 to $200 a year.

The Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago was so popular throughout the summer, it has been decided to continue the fair in summer 1934.

While Southern California has been having over 90-degree heat, Northwest Ohio is getting the first touches of winter weather with snow flurries.

Bryan is on the list for getting a new post office. It will cost $59,400. The government has set aside $16,678,000 for such buildings throughout the United States.

E.A. Clingaman will run a barbershop and also have a lunchroom at Elmira.

During the past year, quite a number of centralized country or township schools have been opened in Ohio. With good roads and an autobus, the children get to school and get home a little earlier to help with the chores. The autobus is heated so the children ride in comfort.

The fellow that knocks the merchant usually owes the merchant money.

Back-to-the-farm enthusiasts should take the trampingdown hay treatment for about 14 hours some summer day.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1908

The drama, The World Against Him, presented Friday and Saturday evening at the opera house under the direction of W.H. Wilkins, for the benefit of the Archbold Band, was a grand success.

Blanche Grime, who played the part of the persecuted maiden, looked the part and excited the sympathy of all. Ed. Grime played the deep doubledyed villian who pursued her.

Foot and mouth disease is raging in the East. It has been discovered among livestock in Pennsylvania and New York states. As a result, Secretary Wilson has issued an order to quarantine both states.

James Baker will get $9,975 from the Lake Shore Railroad for the loss of a leg. He was a brakeman.

While a dance was in progress at the Metamora Hall, the alarm of fire was sounded. The Bleyer Hotel burned to the ground and several adjoining buildings were damaged.

Today settles the wet or dry proposition. The agitation has done much harm in Archbold, having created much ill feeling and contention.

Today it will be over and now let us all be good Americans, forget our prejudices, and pull together to boost Archbold.

The skating rink opened Saturday evening. All the skates were out and the managers were obliged to telephone the young folks along the T&I Railroad not to come, as they could not accommodate them. The Rink Hall floor of the Peoples State Bank could not oblige them. It is the largest and finest skating rink in Northwestern Ohio, outside of Toledo.

Now that beef is shut out of New York and Pennsylvania, it is probable poultry and eggs will go higher in price. Peter Eicher is in the city with five cars of feathered stock.

Honest people have nothing to fear from the press.

Friday, Nov. 27, 1908

Fulton County went dry by 947 votes. At no time was there such an interest taken in an election in Archbold as in the wet and dry contest of Tuesday.

It was the largest vote ever polled in Archbold: 59 dry, 232 wets, for a total of 291. The largest previous vote was 257. In German Township there were 90 dry and 207 wet, a total of 297. One man voted twice in Archbold.

Yesterday was the last day of the saloons in Williams County. Archbold may now expect visitors from that county.

Now you know just how the wet and dry people think about prohibition.

Election day passed quietly in Archbold. All were on their good behavior.

As a matter of record, let it be recorded that there was a heavy rain on the day of the wet or dry election. It broke the longest dry spell in the history of Northwestern Ohio.

One firm has sold ten carloads of cows to Fulton County farmers within the past seven months.

After the local option election, saloon men have 30 days to close their business, which will make the last day just before Christmas.

Somehow or other we have a good deal of respect for the homeowner who keeps the sidewalks clear of snow and ice, whatever reason they might have.

The best way to sell your corn is through the gristmill of the hog.


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