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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past




Ten Years Ago Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Singing and acting with a broken ankle, “was easier than I thought, but still was no easy task,” Josh Storrer discovered last week.

An AHS sophomore and cast member of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, a spring musical, Storrer broke his ankle while pole vaulting at track practice.

A photograph shows some of the cast members with Josh on crutches: Nick Kammeyer, John Wachtmann, Aaron Stamper.

Work continues at the Lockport covered bridge. A photograph shows workmen hoisting roof trusses into place with a crane. It should be completed by June 30.

If people to fill the jobs can be found, Napoleon Spring Works, in Archbold, will employ 160 persons when it moves to the Archbold Industrial Park, according to Robert Schram, president.

Deaths- Paul Kniess, 93, Archbold; Pauline Riegsecker, 83, Archbold

Tracy Ziegler was in a state of disbelief over having been given the Silver Beaver award, one of the highest honors given by the Boy Scouts of America.

Three Archbold high school athletes were named scholar athletes: Jon Dominique, wrestling; Eric Watson, boys basketball; Kacy Stevens, girls basketball.

Eric Grieser, senior, was named to the all-league basketball first team; Brian Meyer, sophomore, second team. Honorable mention honors went to Chad Nofziger and Eric Watson. Doug Krauss was named coach of the year in NWOAL balloting.

Thirty-five people enjoyed the 40th reunion in Ridgeville Corners, in the former Ridgeville school building. The gathering welcomed the return of Margaret Curtis to Northwest Ohio, where she is now a resident.

The event was planned by Curtis’s sisters, Wanda Whitted, Fayette, and Myma Givin, Holland.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, March 28, 1984

Fern Schrock, director of the Fulton County Health Center volunteers for 25 years, was honored at the annual hospital meeting Monday night. Doris Liechty, auxiliary president, presented the award.

The alley that runs from the Conrail tracks north to Williams Street will be excavated and five inches of blacktop completed prior to Nov. 15. Tuckerman said it will hold up better than the current tar-and-chip pavement.

Proposed academic requirements for participation in extracurricular activities at Archbold Area Schools are tougher than those set forth in a proposal by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, said Gene Rupp, AHS principal.

Monica Kennedy, a fourthyear medical student at Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, is the first medical student to serve at the Fulton County Health Center, said Dean Beck, hospital administrator.

Deaths- Leo J. Dominique, 63, Wauseon; Arminda J. (Jenny) Stuckey, 98, West Unity; Frances E. Root, 86, Archbold

The target opening date for Christy’s Restaurant, on South Defiance Street, in the Lugbill Addition is April 3. The business will occupy the building that was formerly Larry’s Steer-In. Owners are Arkie and Cheryl Christy. They operate a similar restaurant in Toledo.

Patricia LaPlante was recently elected to the office of Fraternity Trainer of the Adrian College chapter of Alpha Phi sorority.

Jay Aeschliman left Sunday to ferry a 1982 Cessna Turbo 207 airplane to Botswana, Africa. He has been a pilot in Botswana 2 1/2 years and intends to stay another six months.

The junior-senior play “Up the Down Staircase” will be presented March 30-31. It is under the direction of Laura Hickman and Kelly Short is the student director.

Former Archbold resident, Tom Winzeler, has made it big in a new TV movie. Winzeler stars in a new VHF movie portraying “Captain Canada,” a character who represents the concept of freedom and free enterprise.

Lange’s Bakery is holding an open house April 5-6-7 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.- adv.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor- The United States has 2,287,100 civilian and military personnel in the defense department in 50 states…. Every generation, probably ever since the first settlements in Massachusetts and Virginia, seems quick to comment that “this nation isn’t what it used to be.”…

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, March 18, 1959

Yoder & Frey, Inc., had another record farm machinery auction Tuesday when 3,012 items were consigned, including 345 tractors. The first sale was held in 1948 when 6,052 items were sold.

Bryan’s new Armory is to be known as the William J. Knight Army Reserve Center, and will be dedicated May 17.

Christy Motor Sales won the AA title in the Toledo Amateur Basketball Federation for the seventh time.

The Ten Commandants will show at Scott Theatre Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

The proposed new fire station was discussed at council meeting Monday evening. German Township Trustees attended.

The new building will be constructed on ground recently donated to the village by Peter Eicher & Son, Inc., on the south side of the NYC Railroad.

Council authorized A.C. Fagley, fire chief, to proceed with plans.

Ralph A. Shinabery, Hudson, Mich., farmer has been nominated for the Congress of Freedom’s Hall of Fame “because of your staunch defense of constitutional government and the rights of free men.” Shinabery is president of the Independent Farmers of Michigan.

David Ruffer, senior, Defi- ance College, has been appointed to a Fellowship in Ecology at BGSU.

Glenn Gallaway will attend the Ohio Vo-Ag Association meeting in Columbus Friday and Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Rettig celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 15.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, March 21, 1934

The Cincinnati & Northern railroad passing through Williams County and serving Bryan and West Unity asks the utility commission to abandon all passenger service.

The volume of freight carload lots shipped out of Archbold over the New York Central Saturday reached a new high when 15 car loads of livestock, poultry, factory products, grain and seed left the local station.

Archbold ships more freight and carload lots than any other New York Central station between Elkhart and Toledo.

Henry Ford has raised the pay of his 45,000 employees to $5 a day. The increase costs him $6,000,000 a year. This is his contribution to prosperity.

R.V. Glazer, residing west of Wauseon, has been named liquor store supervisor of Fulton County’s state-owned liquor store. Glaze’s salary will be $1,500 yearly.

Within the past five years the Lauber Mercantile Company of Archbold has paid nearly $8,000 in taxes. Taxing prosperous firms out of business seems to be the policy of the politicians. Slapping taxes on business establishments is forcing them out of business.

There were two dogs killed here a few weeks ago by poison. It makes one believe someone has started a dog-poisoning campaign.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hesterman, Ridgeville Corners, moved into the Schweinhagen property formerly occupied by the Ervin Plassman family.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, March 30, 1909 The dairy meeting at the Opera House Saturday afternoon was conducive of good results inasmuch as it got the farmers together and gave them a chance to express their minds on the milk proposition and stimulated an interest in the milk business.

The meeting did not produce satisfactory results. There are those who think the Van Camp Company ought to continue to pay the transportation of milk from Archbold to Wauseon.

Jacob House, 62, Wauseon, was found hanged in the woodshed at his home Saturday by his daughter, Lola, who happened to step into the building in search of her father who had been absent for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Rupp who were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Roth, on Thursday, March 25, will begin housekeeping at once on the groom’s farm across the creek from the Johnson Cemetery.

Burglars entered the post offi ce at Kunkle Saturday night, the second time within a few weeks.

It will take an awful lot of circus posters and pictured literature for Uncle Sam to convince the young American that being a soldier is a snap at $13 a month.

If you find something in the Archbold Buckeye you don’t like just skip it and go on. Take what you want and leave the rest alone, just as you do in the retail store.

There will be entertainment Friday evening, April 16, in School District No. 5, known as the Claire School. Three dramas will be given. Admission 10¢.- adv.

Plant plenty of flowers this spring. They will make you happier in the good old summertime.

Friday, April 2, 1909

Nineteen head of the finest work horses as were ever shipped from Archbold were gathered yesterday for shipment to Buffalo, N.Y.

They were bought through Lindau & Son by Sam Smart, of Galion, Ohio. Together they made a fine horse show.

The lot comprised some of the heaviest animals. They were a credit to the community of German Township farmers who raised them. People who are willing to pay the price can get fine horses here, although the demand seems beyond the supply.

Lindau & Son are a valuable agency. The service they provide is valuable to farmers throughout the area.

A Lake Shore train made a high speed record run between New York City and Chicago on Sunday, March 28. Four cars were used for better balance. It set a world record in train travel.

The cars carried one passenger, Frank L. Vanderlip, president of the City National Bank of New York. The special train took him at high speeds to Englewood, Ill., near Chicago, where his mother was dying.

The train covered the 960 miles in a record time of 15 hours 58 seconds. It left midnight Saturday and hit the Archbold North Defiance Street crossing at about 12 noon Sunday. His mother died 18 minutes before he arrived.

Henry Stamm, a farmer, living one mile north of town, has gathered $250 of the necessary $450 to stone a 14 foot wide road one mile north of the corporation limit to the intersection of the Stamm farm. The balance of nearly $5,000 will be furnished by the state.

Individual Archbold businessmen have donated as much as $40 to the project.

Saturday was the last day of the milk car on the T&I. Farmers must continue paying to haul milk. Haulers are making 25-mile trips to carry milk to the Wauseon condensory over mostly sand roads.

Otto Leininger is in the milk hauling business. He charges 15¢ to haul milk to Wauseon.- adv.

Farmers who need work horses and cannot get them here are buying pavement sore and partly worn out city animals. Some such horses do well on the farm.

The State Highway Department will macadamize four or five miles of the West Unity- Montpelier road this summer.


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