Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 27, 1996
Construction of a covered bridge over the Tiffin River, near Lockport Mennonite Church in Williams County, will probably start next fall, said Walter Schelling, Williams County engineer.
The construction of a timber truss-style bridge on Williams County Road I-25 is being held up by the Ohio Department of Transportation review process.
Ground should be broken for the new Archbold Elementary School this summer, and by fall of 1997, the building should be ready for kindergarten through fourth grade students.
Ken Cline, superintendent of the Archbold Area School District, said meetings were held Monday, starting the ball rolling on the $9.4-million dollar program.
The Archbold state runner up boys basketball team displays its state trophy. In a front page photograph are Alex Rhymer, Shaun Roth, Kyle Brodbeck, Brian Aschliman, Keith Roth, Tony Rhymer, Brad Meyer, Corey Ruffer, Aaron Kauffman, Zebb Schroeder, Joe Delaney, and head coach Doug Krauss.
Dean Beck of the Fulton County Health Center received the Fulton County Friend of Public Health Award presented by Judy Murtiff, president of the Fulton County Board of Health, during the Public Health Day celebration at Sauder Heritage Inn, Monday, March 25.
Bob Sanford, Ed Perry, Jim Ziegler, and David Voll took part in the 51st annual show of the Northwesternaires Chorus in Defiance, March 22-23.
An 80-acre homestead owned by the Orville Spangler estate was sold at public auction, Saturday, March 16. The property is located two miles west of Wauseon on Co. Rd. F. The home with five acres and outbuildings sold for $92,000 to Ed and Renee Flory, Wauseon.
Seventy-five acres of land with four acres of woods sold for $2,500 per acre to Steve and Kathy Schrock and Wayne and Mary Schrock, Wauseon.
Deaths: Eldon E. Rupp, 90, Archbold; Lola A. Rupp, 90, Archbold; Clara E. Short, 100, Archbold; Rena O. Barnes, 94, Fayette; Melvin L. Neifer, 64, Wauseon; Clara M. Nussbaumer, 81, West Unity
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 31, 1971
Archbold and Hicksville Rotary clubs will co-host the district conference in Archbold, April 17-18.
Boy’s State delegates are Roger Zimmerman, Mark Warner, Brent Winzeler, Paul Sigg.
Twenty-two boys from Cub Scout Pack 263 took part in the “Good Turn Day” by house-cleaning Ruihley Park for spring and summer use.
Fire destroyed the 40×60- foot barn on Mrs. Everett Keefer’s farm, formerly the Don Woodward farm, four miles northeast of Fayette at 4 pm, Friday.
Tenants are Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rader. It is believed the fire was started by children playing in the barn.
Ned Rupp’s basement was the scene Saturday night for the fourth weekly meeting of the Northend Social Recreation Club. The popular new club, which tries to develop healthy minds and bodies in today’s juniors, is growing in membership each week. Last Saturday night, regular members Ned Rupp, Andy Short, Paul Sigg, Tom Benecke and Patsy Ebersole welcomed new members Keith Aschliman, Larry Lohse, Denton Yoder, Karen Rich, Eva Randebrock, and Steve Storrer.
Three card tables and a ping-pong table were bustling with activity, while Randebrock and Benecke trounced Storrer and Aschliman in Pepper.
Late in the evening, Elroy Holsopple and a mystery guest arrived, arousing considerable attention. Several games of Pit closed the meeting, and in Karen Rich’s words, “What an experience!”
Prof. David Ruffer, dean of faculty at Defiance College, recently published a book, “Exploring and Understanding Mammals.”
It is part of a series of science reference works for junior high students.
Rex Stanforth, a senior at Bowling Green State University, is doing student teaching this quarter at Bowling Green Junior High School.
Honor Students: Jerry Lee Lugbill and Nancy Ruth Graber, Taylor University
Degree: Dwayne E. Leininger, Ohio State University
Lowell Rupp, of the Northwest Ohio Silo Co., Pettisville, is elected president of the National Oxygen Controlled Bottom Unloading Silo Association.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, April 3, 1946
Sauder Manufacturing Company, a business recently organized to build church furniture, has a new 62×172 ft. factory building under construction. Mr. Erie J. Sauder, president of the Sauder factories, hopes to be in production of church furniture in two months. The company has had about $30,000 worth of orders accumulate in the last few months. They hope to be in full production within three months.
They will manufacture church altars, lecterns, pulpits, communion tables, communion chairs, pulpit chairs, chancel railing, altar rails, and pews.
When school was called Thursday morning, a majority of the high school students remained outside the building. The situation was called to the attention of Mr. R.L. Lorton, superintendent, who was informed the student body was protesting the presence of Mr. T.L. Parker, principal, for his violent punishment of a student the day before.
The students wanted Mr. Parker out of the school and out of the faculty.
Mr. and Mrs. William Leininger, ages 84 and 81, will observe their 63rd wedding anniversary, Friday, April 5. Both are in usual health and in wheelchairs, living on their farm south of Archbold.
The lives of the venerable couple were saddened this week by the death of their eldest son, Edward A., 58, whose funeral will be held this afternoon in St. James Lutheran Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor G. Ruffer returned Saturday from a three-week trip to California to visit their son, M/Sgt. Jack Ruffer, his wife and two children, Jackie and Jimmie at Fairfield, Calif., near San Francisco.
Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Stotzer are expecting their son, Pvt. Donald Stotzer, to arrive Saturday on furlough from Washington, D.C.
Fifty-miles-per-hour speed limit signs will be back on all Ohio highways this week, according to Perry T. Ford, director.
Ora. E. Lauber and Frank Tanner, co-chairmen of the Red Cross Drive for German and Franklin Townships, have extended the deadline until Saturday, April 13.
A Money-Making Milking Meeting will be held in the high school auditorium tonight.
100 Years Ago
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 1921
Rev. Bandenbacher, 50, of Berne, Ind., has suffered a long time with heart trouble, and supposedly fell dead. He was officially pronounced dead Saturday.
His remains were prepared for burial and amidst all the many followers, he awoke 14 hours after he died. His first words in a weak voice were, “My time has not come.”
The funeral was never held. His doctor now says the man may live many more years.
Through the action of the New York Central Railway in making Stryker the layover point for east- and west-bound local freight, Stryker now becomes the division freight point.
The present arrangement is only a tryout, and if it is a success, Stryker will become the home of the 14 men in the two crews.
The Knights of Pythias Lodge of Bryan is considering the erection of a new threestory building to become the home of their order.
The lodge rooms will be on the third floor with a dining and reception room on the second. The remainder of the building will become office rooms. It probably will cost $55,000.
Mr. R.C. Luxan has sold the variety store in Archbold to Mr. Lawrence Barger of Findlay. The new owner takes possession Monday. Mr. Barger and his wife and three children will move to Archbold. The store will be known as the Barber Variety Store. It is one of the neatest stores of its kind in this part of the state, and helps to make Archbold a more attractive trading location.
The lifeless body of Henry F. Gerkin, 56, Napoleon, was found beside the freshly covered grave of Miss Marie Miller in the Lutheran Church Cemetery.
The sexton had just finished filling the grave when he was stricken with a heart attack. William Badenhop, a neighbor, discovered the body on his way home.
Business having picked up on the DT&I Railroad, 20 men or more have been assigned to work.
After a depth of 1,890 feet had been reached, the Liberty Center Oil & Gas Co. struck oil on the John Miller farm north of Liberty Center, last Tuesday. Drillers were at a depth of 52 feet into Trenton rock. It was said that 120 feet of oil were in the casing Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Jesse Rupp met with a serious accident at her home in West Unity, Friday evening. While boiling eggs in a covered syrup pail, an explosion occurred. Mrs. Rupp was burned around the face, and for a time it was feared her eyes were injured, but later reports are more favorable.