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How Archbold Got Its Unusual Name

(Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the July 10, 1991 Quasquicentennial edition of The Archbold Buckeye)

How Archbold got its name has been a source of much discussion.

In the Archbold Buckeye on Nov. 28, 1923, W. O. Taylor wrote:

R.W. Archbald, attorney, Scranton Pa., wrote R.V. Chase, local postmaster that the present spelling of the name of our village is not according to his liking.

He says that his father was president of the Air Line Division of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad in 1853 and that our village was named in honor of his father, whose name is spelled with an “a”–– Archbald.

In looking up the village records it is found that the town was incorporated in 1866 under the name of Archbold, but that various clerks n different parts of the records spelled it Archbald, Archibald, Archibold, etc.

In the record of April 1868, it was spelled Archibold; in October 1868, the records have it again, Archbald; and in the records of April 3, 1871, it was spelled Archbald.

In 1886 when we started the first local newspaper in Archbold we spelled it Archbald at the head of the page because the sign on the depot was Archbald, but the mayor at that time objected and told us to spell it Archbold, which we did for the past 38 years.

As it has been spelled Archbold much longer than it has been spelled any other way, we are of the opinion that general usage has established the spelling and that it will be continued as Archbold.

The origin of the name has been ascribed to various circumstances.

An old-time Frenchman told us that the name was intended to be “au-cheval,” meaning on horseback.

He said it came from the time of deep mud when people needed a horse to get to town, and so they spoke of the place that could be reached on horseback.

Another old citizen used to claim that the name originally belonged to an Indian who used to come here from Maumee to make maple sugar in the big woods, and that the Yankeefied name of the Indian was “Archer-bold.”

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