Twenty-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, April 3, 1996
Members of the 1995-96 Archbold High School state runner-up basketball team not only gave the community a great season, they helped the Fairlawn Auxiliary set a new auction record.
A basketball autographed by the team members sold for $1,550. It helped boost the auction to another record high of $34,384.37.
Appearing in a photograph gathered around a three-month-old Labrador puppy that was sold at the Fairlawn Auction are Cal Short, auctioneer, and members of the Wanemacher family, who donated the dog. They are Amy, Joel, Carrie, and Mindy.
Wind was a factor in knocking a semi truck owned by Sauder Manufacturing onto its side, March 25.
Driven by Jerry L. Short, Fayette, with passenger Richard Pedroza, also of Fayette, they were traveling north of Co. Rd. 22 at about 4:50 pm, when high winds caught the trailer and pushed it off the right side of the road, two-tenths of a mile south of Co. Rd. F.
Short tried to bring the truck back onto the roadway when it rolled over onto its right side.
Putting the final touches on the Pettisville Friendship Days Quilt, a photograph shows Eloise Miller, Barb Rufenacht, Sue Link, Linda Rufenacht, and Char Roth. It is a star design that features navy and burgundy. Approximately 875-900 yards of thread were used. It was designed by Linda Rufenacht, marked by Cara Grieser, and appliqued by Velma Frey Kamp, Suzie Schrock, Marilouise Waidelich, Karen Nafziger, and Mary Ann Gautsche. Seventy seven ladies from Pettisville quilted the piece.
There was only one bidder for a contract to rebuild Christine, Bankey, and De- Groff streets, and it was 7.2% over the engineer’s estimate. Council awarded the contract to Miller Bros. Const., at its Monday night meeting.
Groundwork for girls summer softball was laid out March 27 when the Archbold Park Board held a special meeting. Attending were Barb Short, AHS girls softball coach, and Cindy Henson, former director of the girls summer program. Henson will set up the schedule and assign players to the teams.
Keith Roth, an AHS senior, was named the Crescent News Player of the Year last week. Doug Krauss, AHS head coach, was Coach of the Year.
Crews working on the Co. Rd. 26 covered bridge over the Tiffin River near the Goll Woods Nature Preserve unload the last beam for the center span, according to a photograph.
Fifty Years Ago
Wednesday, April 7, 1971
Five trustees were elected to a three-year term at Fairlawn Haven: Wilbur Wyse, Elias Frey, Merlin Fluckinger, Hal Hackett, Orville Rupp. There are 15 trustees. Other members are Olen King, Olley V. Lauber, Richard Ringenberg, Leon Lugbill, John Stuckey, Myrl Sauder, Orval Sauder, Donald Stamm, Lowell Rupp, Dean Short.
The trustees will move ahead with an addition to Fairlawn.
H. James Nafziger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nafziger, exhibited his project, “A Comparative Analysis of Pratt Truss Bridge and Plate Girder Bridge,” and received a Superior rating April 3 on State Science Day at Columbus.
The American Cancer Society, Fulton County Unit, announces Junior Grieser, Pettisville, is the Branch Crusade Chairman of Archbold, Franklin, German, and Gorham Townships.
He is traffic manager at Sauder Woodworking Co. He and his wife have two daughters and four foster children.
Mayor Lawrence E. Short appointed Kenneth D. Short to fill the unexpired term of Leon H. Nies as a member of the Board of Public Affairs.
Military addresses appear for Sgt. Leonard C. Miller Jr., Archbold, and Pfc. Carl J. Henry, Napoleon.
The Ohio Department of Highways, Columbus, opened bids Tuesday morning for the three-mile improvement of Lutz Road, known as Fulton County D.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent W. Taylor returned April 1 from a three-week visit with their daughter, Tamara Edwards, and family at Hochheim, near the Wiesbaden Air Force Base, Germany.
Groundbreaking for the new Pettisville Missionary Church took place Sunday, March 28, at the close of the morning service. Charles H. Kauffman, pastor, was in charge.
Velma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen King, began a one-year term of voluntary service as a ward clerk at Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colo.
Fulton County’s ancient jail in Wauseon, built over 100 years ago in 1865, is inadequate for today’s needs, according to Lester Trigg, county sheriff.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Wednesday, April 10, 1946
Mrs. Amelia Miller, 49, Ridgeville Corners, was instantly killed at about 4 am, Monday morning, when the car driven by her husband, Paul E. Miller, 55, left the highway on Route 6 about 1/2 mile east of Napoleon near the Crahan farm, crashing into a maple tree.
The Wauseon Board of Public Affairs was authorized to purchase two new diesel engines to be used for power purposes at the water plant south of Wauseon, to replace the old steam system.
Fulton County Commissioners will soon pay a bounty for 30 foxes killed by citizens, who are helping eliminate the pesky barnyard thief that has caused many depredations in Northwestern Ohio.
The work of A.G. Siegel, superintendent of the Archbold Methodist Sunday School for 34 years, was honored in the weekly magazine Christian Advocate.
Archbold firemen were called to the William A. Leininger, Jr., farm home three miles south of Archbold, Thursday afternoon, where fire started on the south side of the roof. In spite of a strong south wind, they were able to extinguish the blaze.
A sacred cantata, “Olivet to Calvary,” recalling some incidents of the Sario’s life and sacrifice, will be presented by the choral society of the Defenseless Mennonite Church, Sunday evening, April 14. H.A. Driver is director, and Miss Shirley Rupp is pianist.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rychener and Velma, and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sauder returned from Florida, Thursday, after spending three months there.
Tuesday morning, two Archbold doctors, E.R. Murbach and William J. Neal, left the Archbold Airport via airplanes to attend a medical meeting at South Bend, Ind.
Transportation was provided by aviators Edmund Huffman and Dale Gigax. It took one hour, 20 minutes to cover the distance of 110 miles.
The Archbold housing problem is being met in small measure by the construction of several new homes and moving unused farmhouses, summer kitchens, and other small structures into town. They are put together with the aid of what materials are available, and thus, blossom new residences.
100 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 6, 1921
Archbold businessmen are making an unusual effort to enlarge the circle of trade served by downtown merchants. To this end, the Archbold Advertising Club has been organized with 15 business places cooperating to push retail business for the hometown.
With 15 retailers cooperating, Archbold can present all the various attractions of large department stores and catalogue businesses.
What does it cost to feed a team of workhorses a year? At the Paulding Experiment Farm, the cost for the past year was $243.21. The horses were four-year olds, each weighing about 1,400.
They also consumed a ton and a half of corn, estimated at $6.17; pasture for the year was $9.65. Sixty-one cents of straw and oil meal also were fed.
A woman clothed only in a nightgown and a man’s overcoat was found 2 1/2 miles east of Swanton early Sunday morning. The automobile turned over and the woman was pinned under the machine, with her head under water.
M.E. Mattern, superintendent of local schools, was a judge at the literary contest at Edgerton, Thursday evening.
County surveyor Bernath estimates the cost of building bridges and repairing roads will cost taxpayers $35,000 in 1922. The law requires that improved roads shall be maintained and kept in good repair, and that dirt roads shall be dragged and leveled.
Misses Sarah Levy and Emma Vernier appeared before council to request financial assistance for the Town and Township Library. The ladies were told council will do its best to give help to such a worthy cause.
John N. and Samuel Buehrer of Ridgeville Township sold their Belgian stallion known as Major to Charles Fay of Morenci, Mich. They also raised and sold three Belgian mares that were first place prize winners at the Henry County Fair.
Because of so many complaints of dogs running free in the county without proper license tags, the commissioners have appointed W.S. Stevens of Tedrow as official dog catcher.
Cheer up, dandelions will soon bloom. They are good to eat and look at. Woe unto those who try to drink them.
Rev. D.C. Rupp and family, misses Nola and Evelyn Mockler and Marian Nofzinger had supper with Mr. Clint DeGroff and family, Friday evening.