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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

.Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 1996

Motorists in Archbold will need to deal with another few weeks of traffic tie-ups, as Archbold continues to grow.

This time, the addition of two new streets in the Archbold Industrial Park and improvements to the storm sewer system along South Defiance Street are the causes of the bottleneck.

Council has been informed by the contractors they will need to shut down South Defiance Street for two days. That will occur over the weekend to minimize the inconvenience to the industries and the community.

Voters in the Archbold Area School District reversed their November 1995 decision and said yes to a scaled-back school building and renovation program last night.

The program approved by voters includes a new kindergarten through fourth grade building and renovations at the middle and elementary school.

About 100 employees of ITT Automotive in Archbold have been laid off their jobs as a result of the strike in Dayton.

Another company may call Archbold home in the near future.

Jerry Case of Case Leasing, Celina, said there is a good possibility the company may come to the community. Case Leasing leases heavy trucks to firms. Case then handles the maintenance and repair of the vehicles.

The company does have a relationship with Sauder Woodworking, Case said.

Three vehicles on display at a recent Toledo Auto Show were fundamentally different from all the others.

Rather than relying on burning fossil fuels for power, they burn electricity.

Erich Christman joined St. John’s United Church of Christ as the student associate pastor, March 10.

Marilyn (DeWitt) Graham, a Pettisville High School graduate, was sworn in a member of the Fulton County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services, March 14.

Archbold Park Board approved a $1,000 salary for the swimming pool maintenance supervisor, Dennis Howell, at its March 13 meeting. Howell recently became Archbold Water Treatment supervisor. He replaces Larry Short, who retired from the water plant job and the swimming pool maintenance position.

Deaths: Velma N. Leupp 78, Archbold; Maurice E. Short, 73, Edgerton.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 24, 1971

The Four County Technical Institute Board of Trustees went on record as inviting the Bowling Green Academic Center to move its location to the Four County Technical Institute beginning in September 1971.

Some 440 junior and senior high school students will display projects in the 29th annual Northwest Ohio District Science Day, March 27, at Bowling Green State University.

The board of directors of Peter Eckrich & Sons, Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., processor of specialty meat products and other types of convenience type items, has agreed to merge into Beatrice Foods Co., Chicago.

The production of dry edible beans on Northwestern Ohio farms is being studied by the College of Agriculture at Ohio State University, the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service, and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

The interest is in mung beans used by La Choy Food Products in products sold internationally.

David J. Browning Jr., 4,was fatally injured in an accident at 12:05 pm, Monday, March 22, on Co Rd. C, one-half mile east of Co Rd. 19.

The boy was running from his lane toward the mailbox when an eastbound truck swerved to avoid hitting him. The child was pronounced dead at Detwiler Memorial Hospital, suffering multiple injuries. The driver of the truck, David L. Miller, Wauseon, was not held accountable.

The AHS Symphonic Band, directed by Thomas Ehrman, played three contest numbers Saturday at Maumee High School, and was rated I (Superior) in the competition.

When the band finished playing the last number, there was a long and loud standing ovation.

After playing the prepared numbers, the band went to another room to sight read before a fourth judge, who said, “Your performance showed training and experience. The bridges were played so well and the expression seemed so natural. I was particularly impressed with your expressive skills.”

Recent winners in the national Go Kart races at Barnesville, Ga., appear in a photograph with their karts: John Huffman, Dean Sauder, Kenny Opdycke, and Lowell Sauder.

Tim Grieser has decided to attend Colorado State University. The star Blue Streak halfback had inquires from more than 100 colleges and universities, including the Big Ten.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 1946

Owners of real estate on the east and west sides of the Archbold business district are urged to attend the next meeting of the village council, Monday evening, to discuss the proposed narrowing of the sidewalks and curbs and installation of new boulevard lighting.

Structural additions to the west and east sides of La Choy Food Products were started last week, according to French Jenkins, general manager. Approximately 8,000 square feet of floor space will be added to the receiving department on the east side for storing and sorting raw materials. About 6,000 square feet will be erected at the west side of the present building to double the production of bean sprouts.

Henry Ziegler was awarded the masonry contract and the tile work began Tuesday. Both buildings should be completed before Aug. 15.

Mr. Harmon R. Rupp of Alvordton, formerly of Archbold, recently returned from a trip to Czechoslovakia with UNRRA and the Brethren Church. A group of men delivered cattle to the war torn region.

They spent 12 days under much restriction in travel and conversation with Germans.

Effective next Tuesday, Archbold merchants will be closed Tuesday afternoons during the summer season.

Nearby towns will follow the same schedule to give employees an afternoon holiday for summer pleasures.

Two business changes take place in Archbold, April 1. Kenneth Aschliman and Ivan Werder take over the Wyse Grain & Coal Co., from Ellis Wyse. Mr. and Mrs. Val Beck take ownership of the Home Restaurant from Mr. and Mrs. Garold Spoerle.

A brooder house containing 500 ten-day-old chicks burned on the N.J. Wyse farm rented by Elmer Grieser, Thursday. Shingles from the burning building flew over a wide area, but fortunately started no other blaze.

Loss was estimated at $200 for the building and $100 for the contents.

Mr. Carl Winzeler, a World War II hero who lost both legs and arms during combat in Europe, has been released from Percy Jones Hospital at Battle Creek, Mich. With his wife and daughter, he spent the weekend in the Charles Winzeler home.

An accident at the Burlington Corners, Monday evening, resulted in a painfully injured back to Mr. Dale Fielitz, 20, who is recuperating in his home in the Lugbill Addition.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 1921

It is settled. The new concrete road from the west line of the Wauseon corporation limits, past the Amish-Mennonite Church, and from Archbold to the Williams County line, is a sure thing. The government of the United States and the Ohio Highway Department has decided to build one of the best concrete roads in the United States.

The road is to have perfect under-drainage and the best material known to the authorities. It is 16 feet, 8 inches wide of concrete reinforced with 3/8-inch steel bars 15 inches apart for the entire length.

The carelessness of American letter writers yields an annual income to Uncle Sam between $70,000 and $80,000. This approximates the amount of cash found in letters sent to the dead letter office in Washington, D.C., every year, which contain no information sufficient to locate the senders or the persons to whom the letters were addressed.

Archbold alumni membership met at the Town & Township Hall, Monday evening, to organize for the year. Harold Stotzer was elected president; Bertha Bourquin, secretary; and Dorothy Hallett, treasurer. There will be another meeting in a few days to prepare plans for the annual reunion.

A bill passed the House and Senate and was signed by the governor of Michigan to borrow $30 million for the purpose of compensating all Michigan men who served in the Great War.

The farmers of the United States are requested to donate corn to the starving children of Europe. The state of Ohio is expected to give 500,000 bushels. Archbold German Township farmers want to give a carload of shelled corn.

Two weeks ago, while a group of men were engaged in a festive game of poker at Wapakoneta, they were held up and robbed of $7,000 in money and diamonds. The ten men were held up by two youths who escaped with the loot.

The Charles Graber family left Saturday for a few days visit with Defiance relatives.

Eggs are fresh air fiends. To successfully hatch eggs in an incubator, it is necessary an abundance of fresh air be supplied at all times.

While many of the school boards in nearby towns are trying to meet their obligations with insufficient funds, the Archbold board is able to meet all its obligations.

The per-capita wealth of each citizen in the U.S. has increased from $1,165 to $4,700 in the last 20 years.