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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Archbold, Fayette, Ridgeville and Wauseon fire departments have been involved in the search for the three missing brothers from Morenci, Mich.

Rod Cheney, a paramedic with ALS-1, the advanced life support unit based in Archbold, and an AFD firefighter, said Morenci authorities called for the AFD small utility vehicle to assist in the search, which has made national headlines.

John Kasich, Ohio governorelect, selected Steve Buehrer, newly-reelected state senator (R-Delta), to head the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.

Cecily Rohrs, chairman of the Fulton County Christmas Cheer program, said the annual program will probably end up providing toys, food, and other items to about 700 Fulton County families this holiday season.

Marsha Dowdy, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce director, said there were 52 entries including floats, horses and riders and decorated farm equipment in the Archbold Parade of Lights, Nov. 26. That was down two from last year.

The temperature was 22 degrees, and the crowds seemed to be about the same as last year.

Ron Rice, German Township, was reelected as a director of the Fulton County Fair Board, and Jack Graf was reelected board treasurer in an election held by the Fulton County Agriculture Society, Nov. 13.

The 154th annual Fulton County Fair is Sept. 2-5, 2011, at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

The Archbold Park Board spent less to operate the swimming pool in 2010 than it did in 2009, said Jennifer Kidder, Parks and Recreation director.

In a Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting of the Park Board, Kidder said its subsidy to the pool was about $24,000, which was $2,000 less than last year.

Full-time employees of the village of Archbold will receive a 1% raise in pay.

A railcar loaded with shipping containers, pictured, lies practically in the backyard of a home on West Chestnut Court in Wauseon, after it and several others derailed about 8:15 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 23. No one was injured and no houses were damaged.

The Archbold Area School Board voted unanimously to see bids for construction of an electricity-generating wind turbine on school property.

Deaths: William G. Rupp, 75, Archbold; Doris C. Britsch, 85, Archbold; Evelyn Mae (Short) Ellsworth, 88, West Unity.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1995

The expansion of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and a new facility for persons convicted of non-violent felony crimes are being considered for Northwest Ohio.

The proposed expansion is estimated to cost $9.6 million, and will add 272 beds to the facility.

Water and electricity do not mix, said Grant Bernath, Archbold street commissioner. Workers are in charge of keeping the thousands of lights shining at the Festival of Lights. Moisture is a big problem right now, he said.

Richard Erbskorn, fire chief, alerts homeowners not to overload electric cords in decorating their homes.

The Pettisville Blackbirds believe they can be competitive against all the teams they face this season. “Our success will be determined by how quickly we can play together as a unit,” said Charles Nafziger, PHS head coach, “as well as how soon our outside game develops.

Dorin Nafziger, AHS ‘95, recently began a one-year Church of the Brethren volunteer service assignment with Inspiration Cafe, Chicago.

Merrill Nofziger, rural Wauseon, was reelected president of Little Eden Camp Board, Nov. 11. The camp association held its 51st annual meeting in Archbold.

Nofziger, who is active in the West Clinton Mennonite Church, is owner of M&R Redi-Mix.

Kerrin Short began a twoyear Mennonite volunteer service assignment, Aug. 6. She is a teacher at the East Dallas (Texas) Community School.

A meeting to plan an academic organization for the Archbold Area school system is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 pm, in the AHS Media Center, 600 Lafayette St. Cheryl Storrer organized the meeting.

Caroline Haettenschwiler and Miroslava Hostakova, senior exchange students attending Archbold High School, are part of the cast of FAME Players who will present “Juvie” this weekend at the Fayette Opera House.

Nancy Schultz is featured in the fall issue of Sunshine News, the publication of Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1970

At a joint meeting of Wauseon and Archbold village officials Monday evening with Ralph W. Peters, Defiance consultant for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, they agreed to proceed with the proposed Goll Woods Reservoir.

Months of planning have gone into the proposed project to construct a three-billion gallon above-ground water storage reservoir to serve Archbold and Wauseon.

The state of Ohio has made the sum of $4,000,000 available for the project.

The United States Postal Service is preparing for participation by millions of Americans in a new antismut program designed to provide mail customers blanket protection against mailers of sexually-oriented advertisements.

Postmaster General Winton M. Blount said the program, to begin Feb. 1, will be an important weapon in the Nixon Administration’s battle against pornography.

Chief Warrant Officer Benny Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, Stryker, was killed in Vietnam, according to the War Department.

Joseph E. Dominique, 78, former mayor of Archbold, is in Toledo Hospital with a double fracture of his right leg, received when struck by an auto on Stryker St., at 7:10 pm, Thanksgiving Day.

A total of 4,210 youths, men and women camped with a group during the past year at Camp Palmer. In addition, ten groups used camp facilities for less than one day, reports L. Lyle Spiess, executive secretary-treasurer.

Larry Baus hit a 10-point buck on US 6 near Bowling Green, Thursday evening. The game warden gave him the deer, which he is having dressed.

The Archbold Fire Department was called to the Howard Rupp farm north of Archbold, where a hole was burned in the roof of a small machinery storage shed.

W. Dean Rupp, assistant professor at Yale University, was one of three biological scientists invited to present lectures about their research at a symposium on Biology Repair Mechanisms at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Nov. 19.

Jack Miller, AHS basketball coach, spoke to Rotary Club members, Friday.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– The fun starts when you stop trying to balance the budget and start trying to budget the balance…… Talk about impossibilities. How can a person be born with a silver spoon in his mouth?….. More people speak Chinese than any other language in the world…… Even if Methusaleh lived 600 years, he did not have as much history to learn as today’s youth.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1945

A Wauseon school bus driven by Rev. Robert T. Campbell, a Baptist minister, was hit and demolished by a westbound New York Central passenger train at the east crossing near the condensory milk plant in Wauseon, Monday morning.

The accident with the empty bus happened at about 8 o’clock when Mr. Campbell was starting on his route to pick up children.

He drove on the crossing, the engine stalled, and he had time to flee.

Willard Short, 27, lost his left arm in a corn picker Wednesday afternoon at about 1 pm last week, while working for Walter Stamm, who rents the Enoch Rupp farm just north of Archbold.

Willard was working alone, picking a field, when the accident happened.

Mr. Kenneth Graf’s car was stolen Monday evening in Wauseon. The Fulton County Sheriff notified Graf, Wednesday, that his car and the boy who stole it were apprehended in Ligonier, Ind.

The car was brought to Angola, Ind., Friday, where Graf and the sheriff picked it up. The boy had been paroled from the Industrial Training School in April.

Official opening of the Elmira Elevator Co., under new ownership, is Monday, Dec. 3. It was purchased from Calvin Amstutz. Officers and directors are Karl Helberg, president; Jim Zehr, vice president; Gerald Young, secretary treasurer and general manager, and Alfred Rabe, director.

Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wesche, Ridgeville Corners, received broken legs when the pickup driven by Mr. Wesche crashed into an oak tree along St. Rt. 6, four miles east of Bryan, Friday afternoon.

After deliberating 50 minutes, a jury of eight men and four women returned a verdict in favor of the defendant, Arthur Ottgen, who was sued by Frank Brodbeck, Amboy Township, for $10,000 for alleged alienation of his wife’s affection.

The annual Harvest Festival of the Defenseless Mennonite Church of Archbold was held Sunday, Nov. 25. Cash offerings of the day totaled

$7,023.23. This is used for the various departments of the denomination and is beyond regular offerings and contributions to the church.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Stamm are expected to return from their Florida trip, Saturday. They planned to visit Miami and Key West. One postal card said, “We hate to think of coming back to the cold weather at home.”

100 Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1920

Some brainless hunter shot a hole in the cable of The Archbold Telephone Company, cutting 23 of the 25 wires in the cable and putting a large number of party phones out of order.

In addition to the bothersome interruption of service, the company had to hire extra help to fix the problem. It was a big day’s work to reconnect the customers. The person who shot a 32 into the cable has not come forward to help pay the damages.

Children of the fifth and eighth grades of the Archbold schools will render a Thanksgiving program at the Town Hall, Wednesday evening. There will be pageants, plays, music, and special costumes.–Adv.

Ohio’s greatest feast of the year, the rabbit season, opened Monday. From now until one hour after sunset on New Year’s Day, sportsmen will be in the fields with dogs and guns in pursuit of the elusive cottontail.

Fire destroyed the two-story building of the Edgerton State Bank early Thursday morning. Loss is estimated at $50,000.

What is to be done when quantities of Ohio-grown apples this year have rotted on the trees, while apples no better from the Pacific Coast are now retailing in Ohio at $18 a barrel.

This situation will be grappled with at the annual meeting of the American Pomological Society in Columbus, Dec. 1-3.

Two bandits held up and robbed Sam and John Wyse at their home north of Archbold, Sunday evening at about 7:15, securing $3,500 in war savings stamps and two mortgages. The bandits left by auto and headed toward Toledo.

Sam and John Wyse are two bachelors who live with their mother, 92, and a sister on the old farm. They are quite well-to-do and loan some money to neighbors. As is always the case, their wealth has been overestimated, and there have been rumors of vast sums hidden abound their house.

Before the bandits left, they compelled them to show where the telephone wire enters the house, and the wires were torn loose.

Experts of the United States Department of Agriculture have developed a machine that gathers the heads from clover as it is driven over a field so the seed can be gleaned for marketing reasons.

Since 1899, the United States has produced more than 7,700,000 automobiles.

A man has left $850,000 in his will to a girl who refused to marry him. Little acts of kindness most always bring their reward.

A brown spot on corn is present throughout a large part of the corn-growing section east of the Rocky Mountains.