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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug.7, 1996

One small village in Laos is safer now because of the giving of Archbold residents.

Just before Easter, the Archbold Ministerial Association committed to raise at least $4,500 to clear the village of Viengkhouan in Northern Laos of bombies. Bombies are the individual explosive devices that are deployed by cluster bombs dropped from airplanes. Hundreds of thousands of the unexploded bombies litter the Laotian countryside, still remaining from the Vietnam War.

After six years, the Fulton County Enhanced 911 emergency telephone system has proven to be a powerful, useful and reliable tool. “We’ve had very few problems, very few complaints, and lots of good comments,” said Herb Gurwell, 911 coordinator for the Fulton County Sheriff Department.

“It’s been trouble-free. The telephone company has been very reliable. The equipment from our vendor has been excellent,” he said.

A culvert replacement will close St. Rt. 2 near Pettisville tomorrow. Weather permitting, the culvert located east of Co. Rd. 19 can be replaced in one day.

Monies from the Orville Spangler Trust donation will help build a new show arena and sewer project at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

At the July meeting of the Fulton County Commissioners, it was determined that $175,000 of the trust will be donated to the fair board for the show arena. The remainder of the funds, approximately $58,483, will go for a sanitary sewer project at the fairgrounds.

Because of the size of the Spangler Trust donation, the new arena will be named “The Orville Spengler Show Arena.” Spengler, who farmed all his life in Fulton County, was a great supporter of the fair, and willed his farm and home to the county. It was his wish that proceeds from the sale go to the county fair.

Ten zoning permits were issued in Archbold during July.

A petition signed by 48 residents of Vine Street was presented to Archbold Village Council, Monday evening. Mrs. Tracy Zuver, who resides on Vine Street with her husband, said the petition represented 33 homes. Zuver explained the petition asks to have the street widened, straightened and repaved.

Deaths: Stanley W. Beck, 73, Stryker

A free Summer Bash is planned for Northwest Ohio seventh, eighth, and ninth graders and their parents, Friday, Aug. 16, at Northwest State Community College.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1971

Three Norfolk & Western freight cars derailed north of Pettisville near Co. Rd. 19, Wednesday afternoon. The train was traveling about 30 miles per hour when the cars derailed just east of the crossing.

Michael Taylor, 20, who recently moved to Wauseon from Wapakoneta, fell about 90 feet at 3:20, Tuesday afternoon, while working on the new Health Center building on Route 108. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Bernath Super Market is constructing a 30×122 foot addition to the market on Lugbill Road and hopes to have it completed by mid- September. The addition is east of the present building and will provide 3,600 extra feet of floor space.

Rev. Dale Wyse, a native of Fulton County, will be the guest speaker at the Fulton County Laymen’s Association religious service at the 114th annual Fulton County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 5. He was ordained a minister in 1962 and serves Inlet Mennonite Church in Chesterfield Township.

Nine Boy Scouts of Troop 63 left the Scout Cabin in Ruihley Park on a 60-mile bike hike to Jimmerson Lake, Angola, Ind. Purpose of the hike is to earn the cycling merit badge. Appearing in a photograph are Bob Apger, Tracy Ziegler, Bill Hackett, Dan Bettison, Ralph Krueger, Mike Bernath, Mike Penrod, Jerry Sharps, and Scot Penrod. They are accompanied by Scoutmaster Don Penrod.

Armon L. Kauffman, AHS ‘70, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Kauffman, will fly to Costa Rica, Sept. 11, in the Goshen College study-service trimester abroad program.

Tom Nafziger caught a 226-lb. Jewfish on a 100-lb. line, July 8, in the Gulf of Mexico off Sarasota, Fla., in 100 feet of water 22 miles off shore. It took him 45 minutes to land the giant.

The Miss Myrtle Claire residence at 406 North Defiance Street sold at public auction, Saturday afternoon, for $8,375 to David Rupp Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lovejoy and Ted returned from a 6,740-mile trip through the western states.

Judy Reiser, Archbold, has been named food service supervisor at Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1946

Archbold’s 1946 Homecoming Celebration, sponsored by the American Legion Post 311, attracted the largest crowd in the town’s history. Every parking space in the village was occupied, even in Ruihley Park.

St. James Lutheran Congregation, Burlington, observes the Centennial of Lutheranism in this section of Ohio with special services Sunday evening.

The three farms belonging to the estate of the late Adam Moll brought a total of $38,740 at the auction sale Wednesday afternoon in Henry County, southeast of Archbold.

Many real estate buyers and farmers were interested in the prices paid for this choice land in a rich farming area.

Leroy Mockler, Archbold, and Norbert Pilliod of Swanton attended the 20th annual convention of the Michigan Association of the Deaf in Detroit, last week. Over 1,000 persons attended.

Fred Harmon, Camden, Mich., was high bidder, paying $1,000 for the New York Central Stock yards in Archbold, when they were offered at public auction, Thursday afternoon.

Archbold firemen were called to the Glen Rupp farm, 2 1/2 miles south of Archbold, Monday. A tractor burned and the gas tank exploded before the blaze was extinguished.

Richard E. Schantz of Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 leaves Aug. 15 with 21 other scouts from various troops in the Shawnee Council for three weeks at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M.

St. Johns Evangelical Reformed Church held its annual picnic in Ruihley Park, Thursday evening. A concert was given by the church’s volunteer band.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen returned home Friday evening from Milwaukee, where they attended the national convention of Spanish War Veterans. About 11,000 attended the first convention held since 1941.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1921

Citizens of Archbold who take pride in the development of hometown institutions will be pleased to learn of the great improvement soon to be added to the already efficient equipment of the Archbold Telephone Company.

The sum of $2,500 is soon to be expended in laying 4,200 feet of new cable underground as well as placing 2,000 feet of the old cable underneath instead of overhead, making 6,200 feet of cable to be placed underground.

When completed, this improvement will eliminate all aerial cables crossing the New York Central Railroad. This, from a service standpoint, will, in case of fire, insure no interruption of service, because cables will be underground.

The improvement will also, in case of a sleet storm, prevent interruption of service and guard against the usual heavy losses. The Archbold Telephone Co. is a local enterprise, most of the stock as well as the control being in the hands of Archbold people. The company was organized in 1899 with a capital stock of $25,000, which was increased to $35,000 in 1912.

A modern cooling machine is being placed in the Corner Market. Mr. F. Wonser & Son will use the machine in winter and summer to eliminate the use of ice entirely.

The apparatus is capable of holding a temperature of 20 below zero.

Forty-four gallons of milk are used by every person in the United States annually, according to estimates by the US Agricultural Department.

The amount is about twice as much used in 1890, when the per capita consumption was approximately 22 gallons.

Word has just been received from Columbus that no wheat should be sown in Fulton County before Sept. 20 this fall, to avoid the Hessian Fly.

The local post of the American Legion has received a caisson, with lumber at tached, to be used in military funerals. It has been placed near the Town & Township Hall.

Only two Fulton County boys who were members of the U.S. Navy died in the service. They were Clifton Curtis of Swanton, killed Aug. 29, 1918, and Frank Albert Wright, who died Sept. 29, 1918. One member of the U.S. Marines from Fulton County was killed in action– Fred Albert Siefert of Swanton, Nov. 10, 1918.

Sheriff Perkins of Bryan is in Texas looking for a wife deserter. While there, he helped federal officers raid a big saloon and gambling house located in a woods. They captured all kinds of old-style liquor with three men and a lot of gambling fixtures.