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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996

For 139 continuous years, the Fulton County Fair has been an annual late-summer event. The county’s big show begins Friday at the fairgrounds north of Wauseon, and continues through Thursday, Sept. 5.

For decades, the fair has offered fun-filled days with numerous events that appeal to most everyone. In the early days of the fair, horse events were a large part of the program. This year the junior fair program offers a variety of horse events, and on Sunday there is a mule race at approximately 4 pm.

Archbold has five new staff members in the school system this year. Laura Galvan, Andrea Brady, Dawn Ramirez, Shelly Fent, and Dina Hawkins join the staff in teaching positions.

Pettisville is adding four new teachers for the 1996- 97 school year. Tricia Moser, Glen Bowen, John Horning, and Brian Leppelmeier have joined the staff.

You may not have noticed it, but if you watched any of the gymnastics competitions at this year’s Olympics in Atlanta, Ga., you saw an Archbold product.

Bil-Jax multi-stage portable staging products were on hand at several Olympic events. Men’s and women’s gymnastics were performed on the local firm’s multistage flooring.

Multi-stage products are manufactured in Archbold.

Other events held on the company’s flooring were judo, fencing, weight lifting, and wrestling. Additionally, multi-stage flooring was used for the synchronized swimming warm-up area.

Deaths: Fern M. Beck, 56, Archbold; Asa E.B. Contreras, 70, Archbold; Marian Zimmerman, 78, Defiance.

Jane Antonacci, a 1971 graduate of Archbold High School, has a new kidney.

Antonacci received a kidney from her sister, Rosemary Nafziger, after medical tests showed she was suffering from kidney failure. Rosemary Nafziger is a 1965 AHS graduate.

Jane Antonacci, now married to Fred Antonacci, and Rosemary Nafziger are daughters of Ora and Dorothy Nafziger, deceased.

“Of course, when she needed a kidney, all her brothers and sisters volunteered,” said Donna Nafziger of rural Archbold, a sister-in-law to Antonacci. “Rosemary was chosen because of the numbers.”

A pothole on Co. Rd. 24, about four-tenths of a mile north of Co. Rd. A, damaged a car about 11:22 pm, Aug. 12.

Northwest State Community College has received $166,584 for a new program aimed at students who aren’t headed for college and aren’t in vocational education programs. The new program is called Tech Prep, and is designed to serve the 65% of Ohio high school students who are not involved in college prep or vocational education.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1971

Fulton County‘s gala 114th fair, one of Ohio’s prize-winning fairs, opens Saturday, Sept. 4, and closes Sept. 9.

This annual event, a top feature of the year, is managed by the Board of Agriculture and an intensely interested group of citizens and the secretary, Fred Hinderer. They have spent many months planning the event.

The Fulton County Historical Society, Inc., has arranged a tour of historic and new homes in Wauseon, Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 am to 5 pm.

A water ball fight was staged by the Ridgeville Corners and Archbold fire departments on West Holland Street, near Ruihley Park, Sunday afternoon.

Archbold Area Schools enrolled 1,755 students on the first day of school, Tuesday, Aug. 31, according to Richard Harris, superintendent.

Paul’s Friendly Service on South Defiance Street will observe its 25th anniversary, Sept 1-4, according to a full page advertisement.

Jane Fricke, Fulton County and district Pork Queen, appears in a photo crowning the new queen, Pat Burkholder.

Royce Short, a student at Bob Jones University, N.C., told Noontide Luncheon members about discipline policies at the school.

A two-day bicycle clinic was held on the parking lot at Pettisville School. First day activities included a safety talk and a practiceriding session.

Seven new teachers join the school staff at Archbold: Shelly Morris, English; Raymond Falor, psychology and social studies; Verle Short, mathematics; Carolyn Scott, elementary art; Deborah Buss, speech-hearing; Sandra Robinson, elementary music; Carol Marchal, vocational economics.

Mutterings column by Orrin R. Taylor: Nothing makes people go in debt like trying to keep up with those who already are….. I’d rather go though life wanting something I didn’t have than have something I didn’t want…..

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1946

Archbold schools will begin Sept. 9, 9 am, as well as most schools in Fulton County.

Jacob Burkholder, Alger, Ohio, instructor, becomes the principal of the expanding elementary in Archbold for the coming school year.

Hazel Burkholder, wife of the new elementary principal, will teach fifth grade. She is a teacher of experience, having taught several years in the Pike Township schools.

Fifth grade has been taught by Mrs. J.H. Spengler for several years. She accepted a position in the Elmira schools.

The high school band is on the march again. Mr. Donald Parlette returned from the military to his former job in March.

Donald C. Ballin, 32, Fayette, was killed instantly at about 3:30 pm, Monday, when he drove head-on into a Greyhound bus 1 1/2 miles east of Fayette. Several passengers on the Chicagobound bus were shaken-up by the impact.

Wayne Stoner, 26, is in Wauseon Hospital in serious condition from burns received when a kerosene can exploded and his clothing caught fire. The accident occurred in the basement of his Fayette home, Monday noon.

Roger Schantz, of Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 and son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Schantz, is with a group of 32 boys from Shawnee Council camping at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M.

“We are having a big time. It is super-duper up here with mountains on all sides, and the food is swell,” he said.

Paul Liechty has purchased the Southside Service Gas Station, south of the NYC railroad tracks. He will continue selling Sonoco vacuum products and is adding new equipment to give patrons more service. He has named the business “Paul’s Friendly Service.”

Mr. French Dominique is suffering from an injured right eye when a bottle exploded while placing it in the cooler. A small piece struck him directly in the eyeball.

Lugbill Livestock Auction Sales set the date for its annual Club Calf and Fat Cattle Sale for Friday, Sept. 20. All 4-H and FFA boys and girls may enter their club calves in this sale.

The event attracts great crowds from throughout Northwest Ohio, and this year expects to be recordbreaking.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1921

The body of Clayton Buehrer, killed in action in the Argonne Forest, has arrived in Hoboken, N.J. from overseas, and will be shipped to Archbold.

A burial service will be conducted by the local lodge of the American Legion. If the body arrives in time, the ceremony will be held on Monday, Labor Day. Otherwise, burial services will be held on the following Sunday.

High school students throughout Ohio received a whoop of joy and a sigh of relief upon news that algebra will no longer be a required study.

High schools will be required to offer it, but pupils will not be required to take it. Algebra is declared by the state department to be the rock on which more high school careers have been wrecked than for any other cause.

The Investor’s Oil & Gas Company, formed by Henry County men to test territory in Henry and Fulton counties, has the material on the ground and a derrick under construction for its first oil well, located three miles north and two miles west of Liberty Center. Drilling will commence in about ten days.

The oil company has several blocks of leases in Henry and Fulton counties, and will drill at least five locations in order to thoroughly test this territory.

Every day, the New York Central Railroad sets off 60 to 120 freight cars on the DT&I tracks at Wauseon. The freight cars are pulled to Detroit and loaded with Fords and tractors, then brought back to Wauseon, where they are sent over the NYC to various points.

Harvey B. and Emery E. Cone of near Tedrow have 12 acres of soybeans that are attracting attention from three counties. Monday there were 200 people there to see the crop and hear a speaker from Williams County, who made an interesting speech about the soybeans that opened the eyes of many farmers who have not been interested in the crop.

The Cones are enthusiastic about the profits to be derived from the soybeans.

The great America for which we long is unattainable unless the individuality of communities becomes more strongly developed.– Louis Brandies

John Gardner, a Ney farmer, died of injuries received when his team ran away with the spreader. He lived only two hours. He was a bachelor of 65.

Oil estimated to be at a 25-barrel daily flow has been struck on the Moser farm north of Defiance by the Adams Township Oil & Gas Co. The well was shot at about 1,920 feet. The hole contained over 400 feet of oil.