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Mike Childs Buys Ex-Bank Building



Mike Childs, of Childs Investment Group, Archbold, is the new owner of the former Huntington Bank building in historic downtown Archbold.

Information from the Fulton County Auditor office website indicates ownership of the building at 219 North Defiance Street changed from First National Bank of Northwest Ohio to Childs on Friday, June 1.

The sale price, as stated on the web page, was $192,500. The county auditor states the market value for the building is about $731,400; its taxable value is $256,000.

Childs was unable to be reached for comment.

People’s State

The building has been a major part of downtown Archbold for more than 100 years.

A 1976 history of Fulton County published by the county historical society states The People’s State Bank was organized in 1907 in the building now occupied by Bill’s Locker Room.

Bank officials decided to build a new, two-story building.

It was completed in 1908.

The building always had been home to a bank.

The name of the bank changed from People’s State to First National Bank of Archbold, then Tiffin Valley National Bank, First National Bank of Northwest Ohio, MidAm Bank, Sky Bank, and finally, Huntington Bank.

The upstairs of the large building housed an apartment, Archbold’s first public basketball court, a roller skating rink, and a dance hall.

Later it was converted to the State Dining Room, and was open to the public for private functions. Rotary Club used it as its main headquarters.

The town band had a practice room, and other small rooms were rented for professional businesses.

At one time, the streetlevel floor was divided for a restaurant, barbershop, dry goods store, and a poolroom.

Parking Lot

councilman and chairman of the streets and sidewalks committee, said village offi cials and Childs had held discussions about the building’s parking lot facing Ditto Street.

Eicher said Childs was planning to remove the concrete island that was originally installed to delineate a lane for drive-up banking.

Eicher said talks between the village and Childs included the possibility of the village taking over the lot.

Nothing definite has been decided, Eicher said.–David Pugh



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