Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 13, 1996
The campaign to pass a $9,391,000 bond issue to build a new K-4 elementary school, plus renovate the existing elementary-middle school building, is still underway, according to Ken Cline, superintendent.
Cindy Heckel, an elementary school teacher, and Lynn Aschliman, school board president, have been speaking to community groups about the project.
If approved by voters, a 4.12-mill tax will be placed on property for 25 years to pay for the construction cost and interest.
Next Tuesday, voters throughout Fulton County will be asked to renew two tax levies, one for public health and a second for emergency medical services.
Both levies are renewals; they do not impose new taxes on county property owners.
Bea Briggs, of rural Archbold, has already finished work on one of her donations to the Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction. It’s a wooden rocking horse. She made it herself.
Briggs has made 54 rocking horses during the last five years. Each one is numbered and dated. And though she does sell one occasionally, she doesn’t make them for the money.
After 40 years in the floor covering and drapery business, Paul and Evelyn Grieser announce they have sold Grieser Interiors to their sons, Gary and John, who live in Archbold.
Transfer of ownership of both stores in Archbold and Delta was completed Jan. 1, 1996.
James Rivello, Archbold, was elected to the Toledo Ronald McDonald House Board of Trustees. Rivello, who served on the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities board, will serve a three-year term on the board of trustees.
AHS will send 90 students to a mock Republican national convention Thursday, at Wauseon High School.
The senior government classes will join a group of about 500 students from all schools in the county for the experience in the political process. Mark Stamm and Nick Tule are scheduled to be floor leaders for the Archbold delegation.
Deaths: Thelma C. Short, 86, Archbold; Edwin N. Roth, 72, Archbold; Arvin E. Holland 67, Angola; Gordon McJilton, 62, Wauseon.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 17, 1971
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Fulton County Health Center went according to plans Tuesday, March 16. The Pep Band of Wauseon High School, a group of about 20 directed by Jim George, opened the festivities in spite of a biting March wind, and played seven numbers.
Stanley Frey struck a strong vein of natural gas while drilling for water on the Ed. Detter lots west of Ridgeville Corners at the intersection of US Rt. 6 and Rt. 34.
Mr. Frey struck gas at about 105 feet at 11 am, Friday, and worked until 3 pm before it was capped. He said the pressure was between 40-50 pounds.
Mayor Lawrence E. Short and council accepted the resignation of Leon H. Neis as a member of the Board of Public Affairs.
Council confirmed appointment of Mr. Neis to serve the unexpired term of James Ziegler as councilman.
Richard Riegsecker, who has been general manager of Fore-Craft, Inc., is now president and general manager. Roger Klopfenstein, who has been controller and business manager, was appointed secretary and treasurer.
Under the direction of coach Ken Lause, eighth grade basketball stars who compiled a record of 9-3 are Mark Beck, Wayne Henry, Lynn Beck, Mark Wanemacher, Rick Rufenacht, Dan Arend, Kevin Miller, Mike Kauzlick, Gary Beck, Dave Bernath, Bruce Rosebrock, Tim Yoder, Mike Stuckey, Jon Stotzer.
Archbold’s only trophywinning basketball team this season was the seventh grade squad of the Ridgeville building. Pictured with their trophy are John Meier, Paul Wlasiuk, Denny Berry, Mark Grime, Jim Lantz, Len Purje, Gary Grieser, Bill Hackett, Jan Bernath, Tom Uribes; Tom Vershum, coach; Max Walter, Dan Rychener, Jim Henson, Terry Hill, Phil Rupp, Dan Burk, Tim Higgins, Tracy Ziegler.
100-Bushel Corn Club FFA winners who were honored at a banquet Tuesday evening are Ron Stuckey, Steve Riegsecker, Keith Gnagey, Mark Quillet, Jay Aeschliman, Randy Stuckey, Scott Miller, Larry Rupp, Dean Kinsman.
Michele Stamm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Stamm, plays clarinet with the Wheaton College Band. She is currently on tour.
Col. William R. Ruffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ruffer, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.
He is a reconnaissance pilot and chief of the standardization section at Otis AFB, Mass., and assigned to a unit of the Aerospace Defense Command.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 20, 1946
Fulton County Commissioners face the necessity of replacing an old steel bridge, built 33 years ago, over Bean Creek on the Eckley-Powers Road, one mile south of Power’s Station, at an estimated cost of between $40,000 and $50,000.
The bridge, 120 feet long, toppled into the creek last Wednesday afternoon about 3:30 when John R. Rittle, driving his brother Jack’s truck laden with nine tons of corn, attempted to cross the bridge.
He was about one-fourth the distance across the bridge when it collapsed and fell into the creek, the large steel girders collapsing and falling against the truck.
Fortunately, the driver was uninjured, crawled out of the wreckage, and summoned help.
The Boy Scouts of Archbold Troop 63 are having a scrap paper drive, Saturday, March 23. The south side will be covered in the morning and the north side in the afternoon. Have scrap paper tied in bundles or in sturdy cartons.
The money received from the sale of paper will be used for the annual camping trip at Shawnee Camp near Defiance.
The annual report of the Village Clerk, A.O. Fagley, gives receipts and expenditures for the year 1945 in today’s Buckeye.
Spare stamp number 9 in Ration Book Four was made good for five pounds of canning sugar. The stamp is issued in this new easy method for helping canning of the southern strawberries, which are arriving. The warning is given: Don’t cash your home canning sugar stamp until you need it. This advice from the OPA is given to housewives because we are said to be critically short of that commodity, and there is no expectation the supply will improve much this year. No sugar is expected from the Philippines or Java this year. There is also an uncertainty in the sugar supply outlook from Cuba. The amount that will be available and its relationship to the war stricken area make it unlikely the home canning allowance will be more than 10 pounds per person.
Sgt. Glenn Rychener telephoned his wife in Pettisville from Seattle, Wash., last Tuesday, reporting he arrived in the States after a year overseas in the Philippines and Yokohama.
Mr. Walter Heer purchased the Coulter farm, consisting of 40 acres near Evansport.
The seventh and eighth grade boys and girls, accompanied by several faculty members, enjoyed a roller skating party at Ridgeville Corners, Monday evening.
100 Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 1921
Ful ton Count y Commissioners were in Columbus, Monday, to straighten out the Fulton County road improvement tangles.
The commissioners hope to get the state to go 50-50 on the improvement of the main market road past the Amish-Mennonite Church from Wauseon to the Fulton County line west.
They had plans nearly arranged last year when they discovered nobody wanted the bonds and no contractor wanted the job. If they get the state to stand half the expense, there still will be $80,000 to raise to get the road built.
Members of the Amish- Mennonite Church are thinking of placing a guard outside to watch autos and horse rigs.
At the recent Bible Conference, men drove into the shadows of the sheds and stole tires from the back of the machines. They threw one tire on the round because it was damaged. Blankets and robes also were missing from the horse and buggy rigs.
Because the iceman could not harvest ice here this winter, the local meat markets bought four carloads of ice in Northern Michigan and had them shipped here.
The ice is the finest ever brought to Archbold. It measures 18 inches thick and is nice and clear.
The house on the David Stoltz place, three-quarter mile east of Zone, burned to the ground Friday afternoon. Mr. Nelson Stoltz lived in the house and lost household items.
At the Defiance basketball tournament last week, John Claire was the third highest scorer with 66 points. A lad from Ney was first with 84 points, and a boy from Pandora had 81.
Yesterday was the last day to file income tax returns. The number filed did not equal last year. Mayor Ruihley believes there still will be fewer paying income taxes next year if farm prices do not increase.
The largest income filed in Archbold was that of a farmer who paid $111.
Lytle Steensen is erecting two buildings in Elmira to replace the structures that burned. One of the rooms is to be occupied by Mr. Steensen as a barbershop, and the other is to be used as a blacksmith shop.
According to a British scientist, enough energy would be discovered to furnish all the motor power of the world by boring a hole 12 miles deep in the earth.
Considering the few chickens farmers are raising, the price of poultry will be higher before long.