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rhe Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIH PfiklQincD I ARPPR uunoiucn LHIWLIl as the new post ottice site. POSTOFFICE SITEI-^^ Federal Man Expected Here to Close Real Estate Deal Within Week Will Investigate Suggestion that Additional Iot be Pur chased Here likely will be considered within th Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach isl exneftine- a federal man here within! consult With the Lions club and the estate be purchased. Suggest Another Lot restaurant occupies the lot. In telegrams and letters Washington the Lions and Men have pointed out that ing the Geiser lot, frontage A. D. Gratz, who occupies the brick house on his lot, has made no ar rangements as yet relative ing. to mov-i Births Many Diverse Faiths Have New Year Baby Awaited Here YVITH no births reported thus far in 1939, the Bluffton dis trict Wednesday morning was awaiting the birth of the first New Year baby. Three births at the Community hospital during the past week were all in the closing days of the old year. Several other births here were reported shortly before 1938 bowed off the stage. mt- uiu jrai oeveraj vmcj Mums Sentiment voiced by Bluffton civic I hereTererepZrteTshZrtly before the ^Ventennial Series'^ dealing organizations that the site selected! 1Q3g bowed off tbf gtage I with early Bluffton history and at the northwest corner of Main and I I published in commemoration of Franklin streets is not large enough I 1 1 “I hundredth anniversary for Bluffton’s new $80,000 post office I f" 111 A I I u|l| f* ill ^hA|N |N nUrllll 111 18’ 19’ 20 I I cultural Show Hiram Kohli New President of m„ sent to Business by add on Main of all three lots is 165 feet. I A site considerably thanL that selected had been expected here, I since the post office department! w specified considerably larger require-l include Koh!i Klingler, Marshall, Joel ments in asking for bids last spring. powell Rarold Ben Amstutz, pieces of farm machinery. Solemnize Nuptials I I PARENT-TEACHER ASS’N. The following births at Bluffton| double ring service was used. hospital: Following the ceremony a wedding Mr. and Mrs. Byron Gamble of| dinner was served at the home of Rawson, daughter, Thursday. I Variety Of Weather Past Week Wide swings of temperature from five degrees above zero to a maxi-! mum of fifty-five degrees on Wed nesday morning have been exper ienced here within the past week. The spring-like temperature Wed nesday appeared to be the reaction of the weatherman from the coldest snap of the season which swept this district a week ago. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bell of Colum-| couple left for Bowling Green where! bus Grove daughter, Friday. both will enroll at the state uni-l ous urove, uaugniw, Flourished In Orange Twp ZXdLnp“ I inriu IM monl con,roitT”f0,6“UMil Tenta‘iye Dates Ngurally the-first ch(lrch on the cornedwhich hTb£n named For 24th Annual Agri- were held in the log rabin homes !f servers have pointed out. as the new Dost office site 1 t^\^thTfIiXe’Xrtm"i One of the ieading men of the Or- P^man Marshal Lee Coon as Business Men’s association regarding! Board Preliminary Show |th€ meetin& and probably would takel ments are made by the mayor their suggestion that additional reai Plans with ‘n dehVe"ng ‘**e Tnd ToXed by le couti! The two organizstions have sug- BIuffton.s twenty.fourth ag- for“h^ldine the Sabbath meet- They are Francis Durbin, city soli gested the purchase of the Mrs. Claral ricuiturai fajr will be conducted as a|?* J* ni°t,thou£rhWhether the central I citor’ an^ ^uy Corson, fire chief. Geiser property which adjoins on the w| show the fouHh consecutive «1“ho^h wh0thcr the «ntral| north that owned by Gratz. The Hub|time iq 10 smmI street would be 110 feet, instead of 86 feet made possible by the pur chase of real estate from Edgar! tbe organjzatiori) with Clyde KUnglerl a barn owned by Clarence Benner,I the council which ele ted Chamberlain and A. D. Gratz. Depth! servjng. vice-president. Other offi-l west of Rawson, Monday night! Romey in December. I oers include Harry F. Barnes, secre-l about 9 o’clock. I ^^ltarylarger and Ilay MarshaI1 treasurer. The blaze was plainly visible from! Fair Directohs I Bluffton and many spectators were! Cost Is $9,850 Oarl McCafferty Clyde Warren, Al structure was blazing thruout the Purchase price of the Chamberlain-Lrt Winkkr and Edgar Herr I interior before the fire was Gratz property was announced as I election of directors last No-| coverek $9,850. The Geiser property can be vember Althaus was named to| bought for $4,000, which would in-1 board but he tendered his resigna crease the total cost to $13,850. |tdOn and has been replaced by Herr,L I The Chamberlain residence now isl ho was elKW at Jast weeka meet I Benner owner of the farm hves on| empty. Carold Steiner, who occupied!.^ of board I another part of the house moved Monday into! pire^ors decided to send represen-l C°ry what is known as the P. B. AmstutzLtives to the annual meetings of thel property on Spring street. Thisl department of agriculture and| house was vacated Sunday by E. O-l the Ohio Fair Manager’s association inf u e Earl, who moved to Chicago The Columbus on Wednesday and Thurs other occupants of the Chamberlain! JanuaTy n and 42. Hiram Kohli| residence, Robert Craig, moved to|and Aibert Winkler will attend. Lima recently. Members of the board of directors! attracted to the scene of the fire. I ,| Also lost in the fire were several! Thel Liberty Chapelt fc** of the week- of the immediate families. Thel survives. the bride’s parents after which thel Mr. and Mrs. i ney err o e^“ graduate of Bluff-|durin£ the rar from extensive Inmhuq Grove, daughter, Saturday. I the bnae s a giaouaie 01 own Rumbus 1 ton high school and has many friends municipal improvement projects, and here. Mr. Edinger is a graduate ofl the program is such that it will be Heads of the two departments, South Mam street have le for of Mrs. R. A. Lantz and A. L. Daymonl Miami, Florida, where thej »‘n Franklin str(iels on |ots fonnerl will address the meeting. spend the winter. I Edgar chamber|ain and A -Bir iVltirKS I In Bluffton District of the week. I I Bis. Bentley was the widow ofl Farm prospects for Wedding of Miss Meredith Mont-I the late O. K. Bentley whose death I year will be discussed gomery, youngest daughter of Mr.l occurred ten years ago. He was a| meeting of the annual made ofl and Mrs. John Announcement has been the birth of a daughter to Mrs. Kenneth Newland of Olivet,! er, son Mich., Friday. Mrs. Newland, the! Orange township was solemnized at former Virginia Trippiehorn, is the! Liberty Chapel church Sunday morn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. R.l ing at eight o’clock. Trippiehorn, of South Main ®treet-| The wedding another daughter cussed. Meetings will be held weekly First Church, Frame Structure! Was Built by Baptists Town Council to Effect Reor In 1850-55 I ganization for Coming Year, Denominations Represented ini Early Days of Township n0 Changes are Expected Now Extinct Present Municipal Ap- twenty-second installment of of Bluffton's founding.—Editor. IM391aC,Uired "“ghbore’they began to a‘S° I VUUIorganize the next few davs to make out thel (attempts were simple and crude, but|t0 1)6 the same as thos rvmg. the next few days to make out the straight-forward No changes are likely in naming TthTchamStoG±nLl estateP*’ fall show for the fourth consecutivel o\ I Membership of the council, how this year, October 18, 19 and 2o| Continued on page I ever, djffers with one exception having been set as the tentative dates.| I from that which was oraginzed a onl Continued on page 2) Preliminary arrangements for this! fitriko Arp RllYflpd year a8°- W. A. Howe, elected year’s fair and the election of officers| 1? 17 president of the council at the start were completed at a meeting of the| I fl UTm tittm rlF^lof 1938, now is mayor, having suc board of directors last week in ithe| I ceeded J. Norman King, who re town hall. I Eighteen head--- of lambs were! signed late last fall. The vacant Hiram Kohli was named president of| burned to death when fire destroyed I place on the council was filled by I Elmer dis place northwest Of Former Resident Is Besides her daughter at A daughter was born Saturday to by Rev. A. E. McVey ot Mt. UWJM Davton tn Mr. and Mrs. T. Bechtel of Grovel pastor of the church in the presence! Mrs. Helen Face also ot Dayton cfreet Mt. Cory high school and will pre-l continued on into 1939. i .xo.-., rninictrv in the Unitedl Although construction has not been Work of the art and manual tram-| pare for the ministry in tne uniieui 6 a rtmentS of the Bluffton I Brethren church. started as yet, preliminary plans have mg departments or tne Biutrioni _________ I been completed for Bluffton’s new ?80, schools wil e e opic or el WiKtfr IN FI ORYDA 1000 posrt office, which was approved by meeting of the Parent-Teacher as- MINTER IN FLORIDA ment last sum. sociation at the high school cafeteria! I next Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock Mr and Mrs. Andrew Gratz of to WINTER IN FLORIDA The barn was a large structure! compete with representatives and used for feeding livestock. The! frorn five other counties in the dis house on the farm was unoccupied.| elimination next Sunday at the of Mt. Deadi died lastl Mrs. O. K. Bentley, 63, Thursday at the home of her daugh-l iter, Mrs. Eileen Taft in Dayton,| according to word received here thel Montgomery ofl native of Bluffton and for many! course which opens next Mr and! Orange township and Harry Eding-| years was engaged in the hotel busi-l night at 7:30 o clock in the high of Scott Edinger, also of| ness at French Lick, Indiana. I —a—» whoseI Mimicinal Bluffton has benefited materially Id. Gratz, according to an announce- I Moderation of the cold wave the|and work likely will be under wav latter part of last week found roadslsoon- Under requirements of the ap covered with ice and automobile ac-l propnation, construction of the build cidents were frequent, although none| mg is to be completed by next June, serious. ment from Washington, early in De- Hx* »f the site ^d to mi- A, heavy .. ___ ___ Bluffton on Tuesday night” made| electric light plant wiU be jmproved as motoring forecasts for colder weather the lat-| K"ram launched in early winter, ter part cate an early start on the structure, I Light Plant Improvement fog which hung oveij Service provided by the municipal hazardous and brought) result of a $34,512 expansion pro- (Continued on page 5) 11 IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1939 PROPOSED ROUTE WOULD DIVERT DIXIE TRAFFIC FILL APPOINTIVE BERTHS MONDAY The Bluffton News presents church societies. The first) reoigamzation, but th? lected m6eting8 municipal appointees. poHt.eal eb |the settlers, without any of the frills| Re-appointments that aft- expected modern w-orshin (include Albert Reichenbach as night ange settlement would take charge C"r'cSk" w’-ndc, AU ap- PTTsaid that the cabin owned by Two other appointive officers were in in No changes are anticipated Bluffton's official family when council meets next Monday night reorganization and confirmation the mayor’s appointment of night police, street con and the for of the "h't'tt t"i named last year for two-year terms. Oyer In District Declamation Mee1 Herbert Oyer, representing the First Mennonite church of Bluffton, one of Allen county’s two Prince of Peace Declamation contest winners, Ada Winners from Allen, Shelby, Au glaize, Union, Logan and Marion counties will enter the competition at Ada. A gold medal will be awarded to the victor, who also is Methodist church. eligible to enter the state contest at I Columbus. Annua[ Winter Farm Course Opens Monday twelve meetings of the course practical farm problems will be on Monday night and are open to anyone interested. YEAR OF 1938 PASSES IN REVIEW Building A new high level was reached in Bluffton’s building program during the last year with the construction here of eight modem houses. Resulting from an acute housing shortage that has prevailed here for the last two years the eight new resi dences representing an investment of nearly $38,000.00. Houses have been erected in all sec tions of the town, with the building program made up principally of small structures that are completely modern in every detail. Excellence of con struction, rather than size, is the rule that has been followed in most instan ces. New homes are those of Jesse Yoak am and Lowell Habegger on West Elm street, William Edwards on Spring street, Mrs. A. M. Myers on College road Mrs. Edna Badertscher on Grove street, Oliver Zimmerman on Main street, Donavin Steiner on Harmon road and Peter Nussbaum on North Lawn avenue. With the building program showing evidence of continuing, the boundaries of the town also are expanding. (Continued on page 5) Following the daring escape of five armed maniacs from the Lima State Hospital for the Criminal Insane early last Sunday morning, Bluffton authorities have had one suspicious case on which they checked with the thought that perhaps one of the crazed killers was in town. Monday Night Details of the escape had been broadcast over the State Highway Patrol radio station, a receiver for which is located in the mayor’s pointive Offices Gene Zuber, Recreational Direc tor, is Champion After Week’s Play defeats Three-time Title Holder To Win State Honors in Tilt Monday Gene Zuber, 29-year-old Bluffton recreational director, and a student at Bluffton college, captured the Ohio checker championship in a gruelling seven-day tournament that closed Monday in Findlay Zuber won the honor of defeating in the final round J. L. Wilson, of Sabina, three-times champion and the defending title-holder. The Bluffton checker wizard lost only three games thruout the entire tournament. He won 14 and earned draws in 20. In the first heat of the final round Zuber defeated Wilson in one game and drew three. Wilson held the edge Sunday when Zuber lost a game, and five others ended in draws. In closing play Monday, Zuber de feated Wilson in two games and earned four draws. The championship award of $45 went to Zuber, with second place money amounting to $30 taken by Wilson. Mayor Homer O. Dorsey of Findlay, was third, and drew $21. Twenty-eight stellar players were entered in the tournament, five of whom were from Bluffton. The dele gation came away from the tourna ment with an enviable record. In the major round, for the championship, Lester' Niswander fin ished eighth. In the minor tourna ment, a consolation tourney for those eliminated in the first three rounds, John A. Diller finished third. He received a prize Oscar Lora and were the other two in the tournament. the current at the first winter farm school agriculture room. Funeral services for Mrs. Bentleyl Harry Barnes, agriculture were held Sunday followed by in-l structor will be in charge of terment near French Lick. ,Monday in the and dis- One Suspect Questioned Here After .Tll u ....... Escape Of Five Armed Maniacs At Lima| IALK Bluffton Man Wins State Title In Checker Tourney At Findlay of $4.50. Carl Burkhart Bluffton players Dr. Weldon A. Diller, son of the third place minor prize winner, cap tured minor tournament honors in state championship play at Washing ton Court House last year. He unable to compete again this son. was sea- SALES TAX MAN HERE A sales tax examiner will be at the Mayor’s office all day on Thursday, Jan. 12 to assist in making out the semi-annual sales tax reports. Industrial Continued activity and expansion in Bluffton’s industrial and business pro grams during the last 12 months pro vides a bright outlook for 1939 insofar as the towns even tenor of progress is concerned. Industrial and business conditions in the village during 1938 showed indis putable indications of a continuation in the uptrend, with the town and sur rounding community reaping the greater portion of the benefits. Employment in private industry, al tho a little slack during the first part of the year, showed a sustained re covery in the last five or six months. Power Plant Completed Of major importance in the year was completion of the new $1,200,000 steam generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., built on real estate near the quarry purchased from the National Lime and Stone Co. The new plant is located within the town limits, adding approximately one third to the village tax dupicate. Construction of the large brick building, housing the modem plant, was completed in April, and operation (Continued on page 5) Shows Increase During Past Year office. One of the transients who applied for over-night lodging here on Sun day was quite suspicious in his ac tions, and before he was released Monday morning he was closely questioned and his description was checked against those of the escaped inmates. He w’as released after it had been determined that he had no connection with the Lima maniacs. Observe Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. David P. Diller, re siding four miles west of Bluffton will observe their Golden wedding anniversary next Tuesday at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Ed ward Lugibihl, one Pandora where open held from afternoon, call. mile south of house will be o’clock in the are invited to 2 to 5 Friends Mrs. Diller have spent lives in the same com- Mr. and their entire munity in which they were born. They were married January 10, 1889 at the Peter D. and Barbara homestead now Diller. Diller Albert occupied by Mrs. Diller is late Gotthardt haus. the daughter and Elizabeth Alt- They have six children: Mrs. Ed ward Lugibihl of Pandora Mrs. Aldine Amstutz, Waldo holder, Findlay and David, Jr., Columbus Grove Mrs. Alvin Burk Paul of Bluffton of Belmont, Mass. of Cairo There are also seventeen grand children and one great grandson. Guy Brown Dies Wednesday Morning Guy Brown, 51, died early Wed nesday morning at the Allen County Home near Lima. Death due to complications followed an illness of several months. He made his home in Bluffton for many years, being employed at times in implement stores and garages. He was bom the son of the Joseph Brown, ried. in Union township late Mr. and Mrs. He was never mar- two brothers Robert Angeles and Alvin Surviving are Brown of Los Brown of Port Alma, Ontario. Also surviving are a step-mother and step-sister, both of Columbus. The body is at the Diller funeral home pending funeral arrangements. Wooster Professor Is Vesper Speaker Dr. J. Milton Vance, instructor in Bibl? at Wooster college will deliver! the vesper address at Bluffton col lege Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. He will speak on the subject “Life— Changing New Lives for Old.” Special music will be provided by the vesper choir directed by Prof. R. A. Lantz. TO OPERATE HATCHERY Hiram Welty and family of Jack son and Elm street* moved Tuesday to Cecil, west of Defiance, where he will operate a hatchery on the farm of his cousin, Elam Sprunger of Ft. Wayne. Sprunger owns a string of seven hatcheries. Robert Lewis and family will occ/j»y the Welty property, moving from the Mrs. Will Herr property across the street. Bluffton’s Fire Loss] Of $3,160 Bluffton’s fire loss of $3,160 for 1938 is slightly heavier than for the last few years, according to records of Clarence Stonehill, clerk of the fire department. Most of the loss came during the early part of the year. Four fires previous to October resulted in an aggregate loss of $3,035. two fires since that time has ed to only $125. Loss in amount- The most disastrous fire was a blaze late last winter that practically gutted the Star theatre and resulted in damage estimated at $2,500. Thus, in Bluffton’s five other fires the total loss has been only of 1938 T'fcT TT n wn xx w* DLurnwi A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 36 NEW LIMA..... TOLEDO HIGHWAY Agitation for Super-Highway Following Abandoned Elec tric Line New Col. Route Would Touch Grove, Leipsic, Ottawa And Belmore the Possibility that much of heavy traffic thru Bluffton U. S. Route 25, the Dixie highway, may be shunted over a new route that would miss this city is seen in the proposal to create a new super highway between Lima and Toledo following the abandoned right-of-way of the defunct Cincinnati and Lake Erie electric railway. over highways, inadequate suitability i that fol- One of Ohio’s busiest the Dixie at present is i as to vridth and general for the volume of traffic lows the route. Backed of the has been improve- For several years there considerable agitation for ment of the stretch of the Dixie between Toledo and Lima. Some work in widening has been completed north of Bowling Green, but on the whole most of the route remains too narrow tery. for a heavily traveled ar- by Cities on the route of the aban- Cities doned traction line have seized the opportunity to suggest an entirely new and can thru route be chosen between Lima Toledo in the hope that they bring the new their environs. super-roadway of the move to are Among supporters change the routing Grove, Leipsic, Ottawa, Waterville and sections and Lucas county. Columbus Belmore, of Toledo has been the state Columbus, has been The proposal already presented to officials of highway department at and further consideration promised for the early part of Jan uary. Follow Traction Line Under the proposal, the new route would be constructed from Toledo (Continued on page 8) Couple Has Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary Dr. and Mrs. C. H. Smith of Campus Drive are receiving congrat ulations on their thirtieth wedding anniversary which occurred the holidays. There was no observance of the event. during formal resided Dr. and Mrs. Smith have in Bluffton for the past twenty-five years. They came here from Gosh position as instructor in Bluffton college in 1913. Quiet Observance Of The New Year Here Bluffton’s observance of New Year’s over the past week-end was a quiet one, and with the resumption of normal business and industrial activities on Tuesday another holi day season had passed into history. Monday was observed thruout the town as a legal holiday, giving most residents of the village a two-and one-half-day vacation period. Business and industrial activity was resumed on Tuesday morning, however, marking an official end to the holiday season that was in augurated with the advent of Christ mas. Bluffton public school pupils and students at Bluffton college also returned to their classes Tuesday. $660. In addition to service rendered to the town during the last year, the Bluffton department also has an swered six calls in the country. Loss in these fires outside the village limits amounted to $11,025, repre senting damage to houses and barns. Three runs were made outside the town to combat truck fires, with an aggregate loss of $360 reported. Members of the Bluffton depart ment include: Chief Guy Corson, Clarence Stonehill, Harold Stonehill, Charles Young, Ed Badertscher, Fred Martin, Isaac Brobeck, Lester Niswander and Harley Augsburger.