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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 1996

Those backing and those fighting an Ohio Turnpike Interchange at Co. Rd. 24 agree, the way is almost clear for the Ohio Turnpike Commission to construct a new interchange near Archbold.

The only roadblock to construction is the wetland mitigation agreement between the OTC and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And the document is expected any day. Once that paper is in, the commission can begin the construction process, starting with advertising the bids.

An unlatched window in a third-floor sick room at the Archbold Middle School resulted in a one-day vacation for students, Monday, March 4.

Apparently a west-facing window was shut but not latched, said Ken Cline, superintendent. He said the type of latch on that window can appear securely shut, but actually be unlatched. Stiff winds Sunday night, March 3, probably blew the window open, allowing cold outside air into the room. The temperature that night was 8 degrees. That particular room has a sink that was added after the building was built.

Council will wait a little longer before it takes a step toward improving cable television in the village.

Harold Plassman, Archbold, who accepted reappointment to the Fulton County Board of Elections, was sworn in by Bob Taft, Ohio Secretary of State, on Feb. 21. The swearing-in took place in Bellefontaine.

Council opted to finance construction of improvements in the Archbold Industrial Park by selling oneyear notes of $2.4 million. Joe Duff, administrator, said a vote of the people is not required.

Deaths: Jocelyn A. Arthur, 68 Archbold; William J. Stanforth, 77, Archbold; Mabel Wyse, 90, Archbold; Merl F. Seiler, 76, Fayette.

A photograph shows a lineup of six ice skaters in Ruihley Park: Mo Dominique, Lindsay Cowell, Kelsy Wyse, Brittany Short, Megan Kauffman, and Tess Ziegler.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 1971

Student council presented recommendations for a student dress code. Slacks for girls are appropriate, but clothing usually worn for athletic activities, such as shorts, is unacceptable.

For health conditions, hair and clothing should be kept neat and clean and some type of footwear should be worn. In all cases, extreme clothing should be avoided. School board gave its endorsement and backing.

Transfer of Fayette to Archbold was discussed. The board believes Archbold should not promote or discourage the matter, but allow residents of Fayette to make their own decision, free from outside pressure or influence.

Resignation of Mrs. Carolyn Palmer was accepted. She has been a teacher for 18 years.

James E. Miller, 30, Ridgeville Corners, was killed and his father, Glenn M. Miller, 54, was injured when their auto collided with a truck-tractor at about 4 pm, Monday afternoon, on Ohio Route 66, 1 1/2 miles south of the Fulton-Henry County line and 200 feet north of Co. Rd. U. The Millers were en route home from Miller Bros., Inc., Archbold, and were southbound.

Annual Father-Son Night for members of the Community Commercial Club will feature Lou Klewer, Toledo Blade outdoor editor for 47 years.

Winners of an original kite contest among Mr. Allen’s, Mrs. Beck’s, and Mrs. Polasek’s rooms appear in a photograph: Gus Padron, first; Denise Miller, second; John Grieser, third; Robert Riker, fourth.

Residents of Archbold wit- nessed a fantastic electrical display at about 2:10 am, Sunday, when a snow and sleet storm with strong wind broke Toledo Edison electric service lines on Middle and North streets near Fulton Tubing Co., on Lugbill Road.

An auto owned by Gerald Dominique was left parked near the Carriage House, Stryker Street, at about 2:30 am, Sunday, with the motor running while the driver went in the building, according to George Kramer, police chief.

The car took off, struck Glen Ruffer’s auto, which was parked on the lot, went across Stryker Street and crashed into Richard Rufenacht’s Dairy Freeze before it stopped.

Two Archbold High School students, Patsy Ebersole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ebersole, and Beth Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Nelson, are among 65 seniors and juniors from 30 high schools participating in the 14th annual BGSU chemistry program.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 1946

An Archbold forum in which members of Community Commercial Club will discuss needs of the community, will be featured Thursday evening.

The community has so many needs, they will discuss which should have priority. A year ago the club held a similar meeting but discussed world affairs. This year the troubles of a greatly perplexed world will be ignored and the discussion will center on vital subjects here at home.

Several Archbold businessmen have purchased new automatic concrete block and tile equipment and plan to erect a new building in the next several months. The deal was closed Saturday. Entirely new equipment was bought to turn out 2,000 concrete blocks daily, and four men will be employed.

The owners will buy steamcuring equipment that will cure the blocks in 12 hours, compared to the old system of air-drying that required 20 days.

The local owners request their names be withheld from publication until they have definitely located a factory site and begun building.

Mr. Charles J. Dominique, Archbold, has joined the Toledo agency of The Mutual Life insurance Co., New York, as representative for Fulton and Williams counties and surrounding territory. Mr. Dominique was recently discharged from the Army after six years of service.

Shawnee Council, Boys Scouts of America, which embraces Fulton and other northwestern Ohio counties, announce $50,000 plans to improve the facilities of the summer Boy Scout Camp along the Auglaize River, south of Defiance.

The Harve Meller farm home, located five miles southeast of Pettisville, burned to the ground Thursday afternoon at 3:30. The Ridgeville Corners and Wauseon fire departments were unsuccessful in containing the flames. Some of the furnishings on the first floor were saved.

Lack of sufficient personnel at the Detwiler Hospital, Wauseon, has created a situation so critical that the institution has been forced to temporarily close down part of the first floor until more help can be secured, said superintendent Mary C. Schabinger.

Rosella and Jeanette Nafziger, accompanied by their mother Mrs. Waldo Nafziger, accordianist, sang and played saxaphone and guitar in the Sohio Hayride program by radio stars of WLW at West Unity, Thursday evening, March 7. The crowd was so large, they had to play in two auditoriums.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 1921

The roads are in such bad condition that rural mail carriers have difficulty reaching the patrons.

In some instances, carriers have used the telephone to inform patrons they could get their mail at some nearby neighbors, and thus save the mail carrier wading in the mud.

A few farmers told the postmaster to keep their mail in town and they would be after it. With such cooperation, the mail carriers feel encouraged to carefully serve the patrons when they can get over the roads instead of through them.

The heavy rains of Monday night helped somewhat in packing the clay roads.

Playing hooky from school and cutting classes may seem like a joke to the person doing it, but it’s no joke when the state of Ohio comes to pay its yearly school bill.

This and other factors, which result in poor attendance, cost Ohio more than five million dollars a year, according to the State Department of Public Instruction.

The average length of the school year in Ohio is 263 days. Statistics show the average each boy and girl attends is 145.5 days.

The highest average crop yield for a two-year period in the history of Ohio was reached in 1920, according to W.H. Callender, chief statistician of the Ohio Bureau of Crops.

Tracing the history of Ohio crop yields from 1865 to the present shows that the soils of Ohio are not losing their fertility, as some people imagine. On the contrary, crop yields per acre are increasing yearly.

The annual report of the state superintendent of public instruction for the year 1919 shows there are 245 district superintendents employed and they receive nearly one-half million dollars in salaries.

It is said that dispensing with the men would save enough to pay the entire cost of conducting the schools in Fulton, Henry, and Williams counties for one year.

Many farmers and citizens believe the office of superintendent could be abolished without hindering the work of the rural schools to any great degree.

Since March 4, Warren G. Harding, editor of the Marion Star, is now president of the United States. He was elected by the highest-ever number of votes.

Considering what the public expects of the government, the Harding administration has a mountain-high task ahead.