The office of the former Gotshall Lumber Company was demolished Monday, Aug. 20.
Rob Wyse, owner of F&W Auto Supply, who owns the building, said it was torn down “because it was too far gone.
“There hadn’t been any repairs done since the late 70s or early 80s,” he said.
The building was originally the office of the Gotshall Lumber Co., which operated a sawmill in the area now known as Sawmill Court.
Gotshall Lumber Co. was one of the first businesses in Archbold. It produced staves for its barrel-making and wood pail business.
It was one of the largest employers and manufacturers in Archbold at the time.
The company kept a stable of workhorses, which were used to drag trees and do heavy work in and around the lumberyard.
The company would harvest huge trees on land around the village, haul them to the sawmill, and cut them into boards. The lumber was stacked outside to dry.
Later, when the sawmill business began to dry up, the company built a cabinet shop behind the original office on Depot Street. Today the building is F&W Auto Supply, an automotive machine shop.
After the lumber company went out of business, Jesse “Tubby” Storrer owned the property where he ran a construction and excavation business.
Steve Storrer, Archbold, said Jesse, who was his great-uncle, did work such as installing underground utilities and building roads. Jesse Storrer’s company originally developed Buckeye Street in Archbold.
Also, at one point in time, Wyse said Rich Ford did new car preparation in the cabinet shop building.
In 1964 or 1965, Jim Hood brought a machine shop business from Detroit, Mich., to Archbold. Wyse said his father Ron, bought the business from Hood in 1967, then moved it into the former Gotshall office building.
For a couple of years, it also sold auto parts.
In 1974, Rob Wyse said his father moved the machine shop into the cabinet shop building, and sold the parts business.
Rob began working in the shop when he graduated from high school in 1983. Today, his son, Joshua, works for the company.
“Three generations,” Rob said.
Rob’s grandfather, Warren Wyse, bought the property after Jesse Storrer’s death in 1982 or 1983. Warren owned the property until he died in 1999. Rob Wyse then bought the property.
Shed A Tear
Rob Wyse said he “could have shed a tear,” when the old building came down.
“It had been there a long time. I was used to it,” he said.–David Pugh