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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999

Did the construction of the Co. Rd. 24-Ohio Turnpike interchange contribute to the flooding in the Darby Corners area last month, and if so, how much?

The newest Archbold Fire Department truck, a combined heavy rescue and pumper, has been delivered and will be ready for service next week, said Andy Brodbeck, fire chief.

It can handle accidents on the Ohio Turnpike like a heavy rescue truck, but still fight fires like a Class A pumper, Brodbeck said.

“I’m an atheist, I don’t believe in God.”

That’s what a woman named Olga told Rebecca Fenner, daughter of Maurice and Judy Fenner, Pettisville, about a year ago.

Fenner spent the entirety of 1998 in the Czech Republic learning and working as a missionary.

The Archbold Buckeye earned second place in feature articles and a third in editorials at the annual Ohio Newspaper Association Hooper Newspaper competition in Columbus.

Jack Graf, Dean Beck, and Chuck Rychener appear in a photo at the Heart Radiothon.

Cornelia Short appears in a photo with her brother and sisters, who honored her at a reception for 50 years in missionary work.

Deaths- Marquis Blosser, 74, Archbold; Clara Spengler, 93, Wauseon; Wahneta M. Vonier, 78, Archbold; Venus Grube, 83, Heath; Arvilla Waidelich, 72, Archbold; Martha Otte, 89, Sandusky.

Easy riders appear in a photo rolling down a sidewalk in a beautiful warm February day: Zachary Dean Short, 4, and Lee Klinger, 3.

Dennis Howell, administrator, told council the streets and sidewalks committee is preparing a list of miscellaneous street repair projects for the coming construction season.

On the list is to repair and repave Dogwood and Rosewood Courts in the Woodland Oaks II subdivision.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1984

Winter canoeing on Lake Ruihley was enjoyed by kids: Wendy Hilkert, Wendy Rupp, Tammy Hilkert, Amy Rupp, Andrea Riley, David Gainsmiller and Vicky Gainsmiller. All of them were in the canoe at one time. It was a canoe-load.

David Skinner, councilman, blocked passage of a setback change in the village zoning ordinance.

The Archbold Buckeye received two awards in the annual Ohio Newspaper Association Hooper Newspaper Show. Sharon Taylor, Archbold Buckeye business manager, was elected vice president of the Buckeye Press Association. Last year she was the treasurer.

Deaths- Nellie May Roan, 81, Bryan; Vyrle Burkholder, 76, Archbold.

Cathy Rupp related her experiences in South America as part of the Athletes in Action volleyball team at the Friday Rotary Club meeting.

Todd Rupp, AHS ’80, plays two roles in the Otterbein Opera Theatre productions of Darlius Milhaud’s “The Pool Sailer” and George Kleinsinger’s “Archy and Mehitabel.”

Andy Durham, in the Navy, is stationed in the Philippine Islands.

Honor Student- Anne Grieser, Adrian College.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- When man stole fire from the gods, was it only to extinguish himself in the end?…According to a sign in the Windbag Saloon in Helena, Mont., “Never ever play leapfrog with a unicorn.”…Many people are hard to please. They can find a cloud behind every silver lining. And you cannot turn them inside out.

Engineers from Fulton, Defi ance, and Williams counties presented two plans for a joint cleaning of the Tiffin River, Monday evening in Wauseon. A second river hearing is set for March 15.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1959

Ten men from this area went to Fremont Tuesday and assisted in the flood-stricken area under the direction of Lewis Britsch. They were Walter Short, Cletus Short, Melvin Short, Melvin Gerig, Earl Nafziger, Walter Stamm, Maynard Grieser, Alvin Holsopple, Edwin Nafziger.

Jacob Burkholder, principal of Archbold High School, will speak to the Business & Professional Women’s Club on the subject of “Career Advancement.”

Lou Klewer, outdoor editor of the Toledo Blade, will present a movie, “The Zoo That Is Africa,” Thursday evening to Lions Club members and guests.

James Owen Rice, junior, on the honor roll at the University of Kansas School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lloyd Leu saw five deer in a field near the Sanford Nofziger farm Monday evening. They disappeared on the Lawrence Smucker farm.

Council discussed building an additional above ground storage reservoir for the municipal water system. It is proposed another reservoir to hold at least 150 million gallons be built.

Ground will be broken today on a five-acre site, which has been purchased just east of the village of Archbold along the New York Central tracks for a new industry to be known as The S&W Mills, Inc. It was incorporated by George Schroeder, Blissfield, Mich., and Roy Weasel, Napoleon, who bought the acreage from Homer Gautsche. They will start construction of a 24×24 two-story concrete block building.

Wallace Nelson, Rt. 2, was elected president of the Ohio Cattle Feeders & Breeders Assn., at the annual meeting in Columbus.

Harold Jackson is in the Mc- Cray Hospital at Kendallville, Ind., with injuries received when he fell on the ice.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1934

On the coldest day of the winter, the firemen were called to the Harry Bernath farm in East Franklin Township. They arrived too late because the brick house burned to the ground.

Lugbill Bros., have sold their milk business to E.G. Shellenberger and will be out of the retail milk business in the future.

Martha Rice will host the Woman’s Reading Club Monday evening.

About 150 teachers attended the Williams County Institute Saturday. H.H. David of Ohio State University said in a speech that rural schools have the greatest opportunity for doing good work. Teachers have personal contact with the pupils, which is the best way to teach.

State Highway Patrol made 57 arrests in January. Twentysix percent of them were driving while intoxicated.

Married- Olen Rufenacht and Viola Short, Feb. 15; Wilbur Kleck and Fern Leitner, Feb. 11; Otto Nofziger and Alta Stuckey, Feb. 15.

The Toledo & Western Railroad is being dismantled between Morenci and Pioneer by a crew of wreckers.

Important gold strikes in the Kalgoorile region of west Australia have brought thousands of foreigners. They are not liked or wanted.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2909

While coasting on a sled at Garrett, Ind., Sunday, Arno Manager was impaled upon a broken limb of a tree.

Two sleighloads of young people gathered at the home of Mr. and Ms. Jacob Mendley Saturday evening last. Dancing and games were indulged until a late hour. At 1:30, a bountiful supper was served by the ladies.

Burglars broke into a rear window in the Schnetzler store and took about $50 worth of jewelry, consisting of rings, bracelets, watches, etc.

The movements of night watchman Kraemer were probably carefully watched and the work done while he was in another part of the village.

Strange, that not more was taken when there was plenty of other jewelry in the same display case.

Kansas’ new law prohibits the sale and use of alcoholic liquors for medicinal purposes, and makes it a penalty for physicians to prescribe liquors.

Washington’s birthday was celebrated at the Archbold schools and the local post offi ce.

What a pity the sleighing did not last. Wednesday and Thursday teams were busy hauling logs and building material in every direction. Some came from Jewel on the Maumee and within three miles of Morenci for lumber. In the depot yard Tuesday, 16 teams were loading lumber at one time. This may seem strange to outsiders, but Archbold is doing the business in spite of the knockers who are always sending everything to the dogs.

Thirty-five years ago, William Shumaker, who had a general store where Whitehorne Bros., now holds forth, said that he was going out of business because the timber was all cut around Archbold. They have been hauling logs to Archbold summer and winter ever since, and one log is now worth more than five logs were worth then.

Friday, Feb. 26, 1909

The Methodist Episcopal Church will be rededicated Sunday. J.H. Harshbarger, D.D., will conduct the service.

Peter Siegel, Lockport, entertained a houseful of guests Wednesday evening. They were entertained with music, phonograph, and games. The first sleigh load was filled to capacity. There was another later.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Grime entertained a houseful at an oyster dinner. They celebrated William’s 21st birthday. The evening was pleasantly spent with music and games until a late hour.

Forty thousand dollars in Fulton County bonds are offered for sale March 22. The bonds run from two to six years and bear four and one-half percent interest. Four county roads will be improved with the proceeds.

The last and farewell reception of president Roosevelt was given Thursday night when the Army and Navy were guests of honor.

Only one bid was received to build the Evansport stone road. It was the third failure. It will be advertised again.

The township school bonds of Farmer Township were bid at the Hicksville National Bank. The bonds are for $7,000 to construct a new schoolhouse at Farmer Center.

The 14 miles of Bean Creek at Evansport will not be widened and straightened at a cost of $60,000, say the Williams County commissioners.

Now is the time to have your dental work done before the busy spring season. Call on Dr. Baker over at the Murbach & Fauster building and get first class work at living prices.- adv.

Someone from Fayette is studying the possibility of opening a grocery store in Archbold.

The Ohio Art Co. is becoming a flourishing industry. Goods manufactured in Archbold are being shipped to all parts of the nation. Mr. Winzeler has invented a picture hanger that seems to meet the approval of those who buy such products. One order is for 25,000. It was booked this week.


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