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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999

A United States Department of Agriculture official told hog farmers they can expect a tough year in 1999.

Six officials from the USDA and Marcy Kaptur, US representative, visited Archbold Wednesday, Feb. 17, to talk about the crisis in the hog markets.

Construction workers are making progress on the covered bridge at Lockport. Workmen are assembling a second portion on the bridge deck. The $1.6 million covered bridge should be completed by the end of June.

Residents of the Pettisville school district are working together to reach out to people living in a similar-sized community in hurricane devastated Nicaragua.

The 84-year-old Schmucker Bridge over the Tiffin River at Williams County Rd. 21/N, will come down some time this year. Walter Schelling, Williams County engineer, said he wanted to leave the old bridge in place until the covered bridge at Lockport is completed, “but I might back off that.”

Deaths- Kenneth Nofziger, 76, Pettisville; Walter E. Ebright, 91, Fayette

Bethany Fisher, Amy Williams, and Summer Beck cheer their Pettisville Blackbird team to a homecoming victory against Hilltop, according to a photograph.

Kelly Ducey was among a group of high school athletic officials recognized recently for officiating at state and regional tournaments in 1998.

The Four County Juvenile Detention Center Board approved bids for the construction of an enlarged facility adjacent to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio at a meeting yesterday.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 1984

The Ohio attorney general’s office has notified Richard Harris, retired superintendent of Archbold Area Schools, that the State of Ohio will take no action against him or the school board for alleged violations found in the 1982 audit of Archbold school budget expenditures from Jan. 1, 1979, through Dec. 31, 1981.

“Some people interpret my age as 8, some 31,” said Luther Gautsche, who was born Feb. 29, 1952. “But if anything it’s made me conscious that I’m only as old as I feel, I’ve always related 32 to 8.”

Luther said he was lucky. “My grandma, Viola Sauder, had a Feb. 26 birthday and we celebrated our birthdays together on the off years. What bothered me most was going to a calendar and having that date (Feb. 29) just not there.”

Donald Jantzi, who has been the administrator of Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home since September, 1968, has announced his plan to retire from the position, according to Merle Wyse, president of the Fairlawn board.

The Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beck farm of 81.75 acres sold at auction Saturday to Dale Leu, who paid $2,200 per acre.

Jerry Short has been promoted to controller of Mennonite Mutual Aid, effective Feb. 1.

Deaths- Floyd B. Penrod, 68, Montpelier; Nathaniel J. Short, 79, Stryker; Wendy Barnes, 25, Bryan; Melvin Johnson, 69, Wauseon

Benét Lauber was named one of the five outstanding young citizens of Ohio by the Ohio Jaycees at the state meeting Feb. 17-19 in Springfield, Ohio.

Todd Rychener, Pettisville High School junior, appears in a photograph heaving a bale of straw in the bale throw Friday as part of FFA week activities. Doug Gerig, junior, took men’s division honors, while Jodi Nofziger, freshman, won the women’s title.

Sharon Lantz, who with her husband Marvin, operates one of Archbold’s newest retail stores, The Unique Little Gift Shop. She described the enterprise at the Monday noon meeting of Commercial Club.

A five column advertisement introduces Richard Harris as the new car and truck salesman at Christy Motors.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1959

Under the leadership of Dencil Miller, Pettisville Blackbirds recorded an 18-4 season. Teammates are John Goertz, mgr.; Bill Smith, Larry Thrasher, Tom Rychener, Jim Rychener, Jack Rychener, Jerry Weber, Ronnie Leupp, Allen Rupp, Lynn Weber, Jim Haskell, Bob Robson, George Taylor.

Rhoda Nafziger, Pettisville senior, ranked first in Fulton County in the senior scholarship tests. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl A. Nafziger.

Don and Wayne Grime are opening a body, fender, and paint service in the Lowell Thomas gas station, north of Archbold. They are starting construction of a new building to house the new business.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Nafziger Ice Cream and Babcock Dairy distribution plant early Friday morning. The fire department was called at 7:30 am to fight the blaze in zero temperature. Estimated loss, $40,000, partially insured. Harry Nafziger, owner, is undecided about rebuilding.

Carl Schroeder farm, southeast of Wauseon, sold at auction Saturday for $460 an acre to Marshall Corwe, Fayette. A choice Holstein cow sold for $507.50.

From $50 a person in 1913, the US national debt rose to $1,970 per capita by the end of World War II.

Tom Fankhauser, US Air Force, was among five others to receive the good conduct medal. Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Hollingshead, West Unity, grandparents, visited Tom and his wife in Jacksonville, Fla., several days last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Short were among the 3,000 missionaries, pastors, and guests attending the 53rd annual Founder’s Week conference in Chicago.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1934

Residents were treated Tuesday morning to the lowest temperature of the winter. Archbold airport recorded 20 1/2 below zero.

C.F. Hartman, health commissioner, said fifty-six births were recorded in the county in January. It’s a new high.

Farmers in Henry County have received $65,000 in cash for the sugar beet crop.

A chicken pie supper sponsored by the Ridgeville High School Athletic Assn. was held Saturday night. There were 675 meals served.

Henry Flory was a victim of pickpockets one day last week. Four gypsies stopped at his house and talked. When they left Mr. Flory discovered his pocketbook was gone, containing $5.

Residents of country towns will remember that one of the pastimes of the gay nineties on Sunday afternoon was to go to the depot and watch the passenger train come in. It was a common sight for a hundred or more people to gather to see the event.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 2, 1909

Pupils at East Franklin school held their third annual George Washington celebration. A sumptuous three-course dinner was served. A short talk on patriotism was given. The afternoon was spent eating taffy and popcorn. There was music, singing, playing games, and contests.

Kerosene is the best standard remedy for mites in the poultry yard.

The Methodist Evangelical Church had a large attendance at the rededication services Sunday morning. Eleven persons joined the church, and four were baptised. There was a big attendance by out-of-towners. Donations were $347, which paid for improvements to the church.

A bill to increase the salary of county recorders to $1,500 a year and to take the matter out of the hands of the officials and place it with the county commissioners is being urged in Columbus.

State representatives have the new-fangled telephone that will ring up when the receiver is taken down. Representative Canfield of this county had all Columbus fellows laughing at him when he took down the receiver and went fingering around the box for the crank. He has a telephone bill to introduce to the legislature so their laugh may be from a selfish motive.

The new stone road northwest of town is holding up under trying conditions of changing weather. It is doubtful if any more gravel roads will be made in this vicinity. Stone does it all and does it much better. A stone road is lasting. It adds $2 to the value of the land for each dollar spent.

Friday, March 5, 1909

The safe of Jacob Krause, grocery man, justice of the peace, and postmaster at Pettisville was trundled into the backyard where it fell open Wednesday morning.

The safe was not locked, but the burglars evidently did not discover it until they had it in the yard.

About $10 in small coin and some rare coins was taken. Papers and policies of no value to anyone but Krause also were taken.

Archbold council accepted the plans for a sewer-to-Brush Creek down the center of North Defiance Street, to the south corporation line, thence along the public road to near the creek, where the line angles to the West.

There are many difficulties in the way of the sewer. The one that stands in the way now is the filtration plant which must be built at the creek and must have the attention of a man at least once a day. It is possible the State Board of Health will require a more expensive filtration plant than was first planned.

Plans of the council are only preliminary as the whole thing must be passed upon and approved by the state before there can be proceedings. Such a sewer will help to increase the attractiveness, health, and population of the town; even if it does cost money.

Our grandchildren will be able to pay it easily with the increase in property values by the time the bonds are due.

John Burkholder entertained a lively lot of people last Saturday night. All agreed spring is coming.

Judd Potts, Edgerton, a barber, drank bay rum and died. He was on a big spree, and was put to bed to sleep off the jag. Later a doctor was called but the wood alcohol had done its work and he died in terrible agony.

One of the easiest swindles now-a-days is the whiskey scheme. Circulars are sent into dry territories, enclosing an order blank. The letter talks about whiskey but the order blank does not contain the word whiskey.

Fill out one of the blanks and they have your money. You get some kind of dope but it is not whiskey.

The Thompson bill passed the Senate. It provides a fine of from $10 to $1,000 for listening to the conversations of others on a party telephone line.

When it becomes law it will be a crime to rubber on the telephone.

Dr. Lee Warren was fined $500 on each of five counts or $2,500 for writing prescriptions for liquor as a beverage. The case came before mayor McKinley of Marietta.


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