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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXHI TOWN MAY LEASE BUCKEYE QUARRY Utility Would Turn Over to Municipality Operation of Swimming Lake Responsibility for Place WTould Rest on Village and Sub-lessee Possibility of Bluffton municipality leasing Buckeye Lake and the sur rounding park grounds from the Cen tral Ohio Light and Power Co., is be ing considered by village councilmen. The matter has been taken up by the council following announcement that the utility no longer is interested in leasing the local summer recreation center to private individuals. Buckeye Lake long has been a pop ular center thru the warmer months because of its excellent bathing fa cilities and the attractiveness of the small park that lies adjacent to the pool. No Private Lease For the last two summers, since the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. ac quired the premises, the pool and park have been leased to a private operator, but the utility has announced it no longer will continue on that basis. It the town wishes to lease the recreation grounds and the pool, the Central Ohio organization will give it to the municipality on a contract basis of $1 per year, it was pointed out last week. Bluffton in turn may sublet the Buckeye to private operators, but un der terms of the lease no responsibil ity for the operation would rest with the utility. In case of any death or injuries the operator and the town would be re sponsible it is assumed by council members in discussing the matter. Retain Water Rights Water rights would be retained by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. in case the reserve supply of water would be needed for cooling facilities at the large generating plant. The pool was originally bought by the util ity as a safeguard against water shortage, in case water in the larger quarry next to the plant should be come dissipated. Village councilmen pointed out this week that they are interested in see ing a contiuation of operation of the Buckeye, for if the pool is closed it will leave the town without adequate swimming facilities. It is understood the councilmen are discussing the matter further with the Lions club in the hope that the two groups may in some way be able to cooperate in assuring a contiuation of the summer recreation center. If the pool is operated next summer, considerable repairs will be required, it was announced. Improvements and repairs are needed on the pools and new floats are required. Decision in the matter of leasing the Buckeye likely will be reached by the council at an early date, and it may be one of the matters discussed at the meeting next Monday. Auto Skids Near Bridge Into Creek Miss Mae Steinman of West Jef ferson street suffered only minor bruises in an automobile accident four miles west of Spencerville, Monday morning. Miss Steinman, representative of a book publishing concern was driv ing on Route 117 when the car skidded on the ice covered highway near a bridge and plunged down an embankment into a small creek. Assisted by a state highway de partment employe she succeeded in getting the car back on the high way. Damage to the car consisted of a smashed radiator grille, fenders and body of the car were also dam aged and two tires replaced at Bixel Motor sales here. Miss Steinman was able to resume her duties Wed nesday morning. Former Bluffton Mun Loses Chicks In Fire Noah Trippiehorn, Ada poultry raiser, and formerly of near Bluff ton lost 1,600 baby chicks when a defective stove set fire to his brood er house last week. The chicks, ten day old Barred Rocks, were valued at $200. Fire loss to the building was not heavy, although some equipment was damaged. Only 200 of the 1,800 chicks in the building were saved. Raymond Conrad, Clair and Gilbert Fett of the Bluffton Stone company were in Cincinnati the first of the week attending a state meeting of stone interests. Hope For Early Spring Sign On Groundhog Day QWEPT by winter storms, the Bluffton area is pinning its hopes on Groundhog day, Thurs day, for signs of an early spring. According to best accepted tradition, the Groundhog as sumes the role of weather prog nosticator when the first time he pokes his head out of his winter quarters on the second day of February. If the sun is shining he glimp ses his shadow and scurries back to his burrow for six weeks more of winter. If there is no sun, he remains outside to welcome an early spring. STORM PASSES NORTH OF TOWN Bluffton is Missed by Most Severe Gale of Winter Season, Monday Sleet Storm Covers Trees and Utility Lines with Coating Of Ice Sleet that changed into snow in the wake of a heavy gale coated streets and walks with a treacherous coating of ice in this district late Sunday night, with the near blizzard continuing thru Monday. A sudden turn in the weather that resulted in a 12-degree temperature rise on Tuesday, however, brought an end to the latest assault of win ter, and under the bright rays of the sun the treacherous icy coating which also covered trees and utility lines was dissipated. Warmer weather Wednesday is also forecast for Thurdays, with the possibility of rain in the offing. The Bluffton area was missed by the more severe assault of the gale that struck northern Ohio, Sunday night, blocking traffic and paralyzing utility service. In Toledo street cars were de railed, autos and buses were stalled and traffic was virtually at a stand still by Tuesday morning. Thousands of dollars of damage was done to utility lines. Similar conditions pre vailed as far south as Van Buren, but the brunt of the storm appears to have passed north of this area. Bluffton’s weather for the last week has been unusually changeable in character, a repetition of condi tions that have prevailed so far this winter. Sleet and snow last Thursday and Friday made travel by highways dangerous. Warmer weather on Saturday ended wintry conditions and Sunday’s weather also was was gen erally mild. Late Sunday night the outriders of the storm that swept northern Ohio reached Bluffton, and snow and sleet, together with an icy gale, continued thruout Monday. Temperatures were about twelve degrees above zero Tuesday morning, but the weather grew warmer rapidly thruout the day. Residence Is Badly Damaged By Flames Fire caused by a defective flue badly damaged the residence of Mrs. Ada Miller on Bentley road, last Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Roof and upper part of the house, a one and one-half story structure, was completely destroyed. Damage was estimated by Fire Chief Guy Corson at $1,500. The loss is cov ered by insurance. The property was occupied by Mrs. Miller, her two daughters, her aged mother Mrs. C. B. Ludwig and her brother Jack Ludwig. They were unaware of the fire until in formed by a passerby. Most of the furniture was saved. While the house is being repaired, Mrs. Miller and family are occupy ing the property of the late Bertha Matter on North Lawn avenue. Mrs. Ludwig has been taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Ludwig in Lima. Negro Soprano On Music Course Here Catherine Van Buren, negro lyric soprano, will appear in a concert on the Bluffton College Music course, Friday night, February 10, it was announced the first of the week. The program will be presented in, the college chapel at 8:45 o’clock following the evening address of the College Bible lecture series. FARM INSTITUTE HERE THIS WEEK Two-day Meet will be Held Friday and Saturday Many Features Joint Meetings to be Held by Men’s and Women’s Units On Opening Day Featuring a two-day discussion of modern agricultural problems and farming methods, Bluffton’s annual farm institute will be held here Fri day and Saturday. Speakers well qualified in the fields they represent will appear on pro grams during the two-day session of the institute. Complete details of the meetings may be found on Pages 4 and 5 of this issue of The Bluffton News. Heading an impressive array of speakers are Mrs. C. I. I^au, of Swan ton Rev. R. Wobus, pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical church of Sidney H. C. Potthast, general manager of the Farmers Equity Union Creamery of Lima and Forest Hall, of Findlay, Hancock county farm agent. Mrs. Lau Popular Mrs. Lau, who has appeared here before ,is widely popular and her re turn as a speaker is being looked for ward to by those who enjoy her pre vious addresses. Rev. Wobus and the others on the program also have gain ed wide recognition as instructive, popular speakers. In addition to the farm matters that will comprise the greater part of the institute program special features varied in nature also will be present ed. These include dramatic presen tations, readings and music. Opening at 10 a. m. Friday morning in the Bluffton High school auditor ium, meetings of the first day will consist of joint gatherings of the men’s and woman’s institute organi zations. Featuring the day's events will be the evening session including address es, instrumental and vocal music and the presentation of a one-act comedy. Separate Meetings On the second day of the institute, separate meetings will be held by men’s and women’s units. The men will meet in the high school audi torium, and the women’s sessions will be held in the Church of Christ. Officers of .the men’s organization are: Harvey Gratz, president, Clyde Warren, vice-president Jesse E. An derson, secretary-treasurer executive committee, Harry F. Barnes, Melvin Zimmerly, Edgar Herr, Quinten Burk holder, Chris Gratz and W. M. Carr. Heading the women’s institute are: Mrs. C. W. Klingler, president Mrs. Lloyd Van Meter, vice-president Mrs. Albert Augsburger, secretary-treas treasurer executive committee, Mrs. Earl Matter, Mrs. Walter Sommers, Mrs. Homer Gratz and Mrs. Ray Marshall. Bluffton High In Debate Tournament Bluffton High debaters will com pete with teams from four other schools in a forensic tournament at Findlay high school this Saturday. Participating teams will include Bluffton, Kenton, Ada, Findlay, and Lima South. Bluffton’s teams are made up of Paul Soldner and Herb Oyer, affir mative, and Darwin Luginbuhl and Jeanne Baumgartner, negative. The British Alliance subject will be de bated. Coach Paul Stauffer, who directs both the high school and college de bate teams, will take three Bluffton college Varsity debaters to the meet to assist in the adjudication. Those selected are James Miller, Andrew Shelly and Harleigh Rosenberger. Bluffton Tax Rate For Present Bluffton village tax rate for the year of 1938, the first half collec tion of which has just opened, will be $19.60 per thousand, according to a breakdown announced last week by Byron H. Dershem, Allen county treasurer. In the total village rate, divisions are as follows: County, $4.30 town ship, .35 local school, $10.20 and corporation, $4.75. Richland township’s rate, outside of Bluffton but in the Bluffton school district, will be $15.80 per thousand. The township breakdown follows: County, $4.30 township, $1.30 local school, $10.20. In Beaverdam village the tax rate is $13.65, and the rate for Rich land township rural area in the Beaverdam school district is $13.20. II IE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1939 Exterior brick used in construct ing Bluffton’s new post office build ing this summer will be of the same shade as that of the high school building, if recommendations of the Bluffton Lions club and the Business Men’s association are followed. Committees of the two organiza tions were engaged the first of the week In drafting a communication on the matter to be sent to Wash ington shortly. Prepare for Gathering of 100 at Dinner in Ropp Hall Dining Room. Bowling Green Educator to be Speaker See Bluffton-Findlay Basketball Game. One hundred covers w 1 be laid for the first Bluffton College Booster ban quet to be held in Ropp Hall, Friday night at 6:15 o’clock wht n friends of the institution will en joy a three course dinner and conti bute toward the current operating exp college. Following the dinner, tickets will be distributed for the basketball game scheduled for the high school gymnas ium at 8:15 o’clock. Bible Lecturer Will Address Lions Club Ask Exterior Of Post Office Be Of Brick Like High School Bluffton College To Hold First Booster Banquet Friday Night enses of the Tickets for the dinner are three dol lars a plate or two for five dollars, it is anounced by Coach A C. Burcky, chairman of the reser mittee. nations com- The banquet is plann as a good will gesture toward the ik■w president, Dr. L. L. Ramseyer as w 11 as afford ing an opportunity for bringing to gether those interested in the institu tion. Bowling Green Man Speaker A short after-dinner program will be concluded in time for the diners to attend the Findlay-Bluffton college basketball game. Dr. Walter A. Zaugg, professor of education of Bowling Green State uni versity w’ill be the principal speaker. He will be introduced by Forrest Steinman, Bluffton lumber dealer and district governor of Lions clubs who will preside as toastmaster. Presi dent Ramseyer will also give a short talk. Dr. Rollin H. Walker of Ohio Wesleyn university, Delaware, will address the Lions club at their din ner-meeting at the Walnut grill next Tuesday night at 6:15 o’clock. Dr. Walker will be here during the week deliverin the annual Bible lectures at Blufft a college. He is professor-emeritus of English Bible at Ohio Wesleyan. MUSIC RECITAL The Bluffton College department of music will present the grade school pupils of Pearl Bogart Mann and Prof. Sidney Hauenstein in re cital in the College chapel this Thursday afternoon at 4:15 o’clock. The public is invited to attend. LIGHTS OUT Bluffton’s electric current service was momentarily interrupted several times, Sunday, when one of the transmission lines became grounded. The trouble was located Sunday nigh and necessary repairs made, it was stated by John Swisher, plant superintendent. Collection $19.60 Per Thousand Lafayette village has a tax rate of $16.80, and the Jackson town ship rate is $13.60. Allen county’s levy of $4.30 per thousand, included in all tax totals, represents $2.84 for the general fund $ .02 for Westwood paving $ .87, Westw-ood and Lost Creek sewers and $ .57, Westwood and Lost Creek refunding. Beaverdam’s tax rate is the low est of any municipality in the coun ty. The Lima city rate is the high est with' those of Elida, Delphos and Bluffton following next in order. In payment of taxes, property owners are asked to bring with them their last tax receipts, as it assists in locating property and avoids er ror, Treasurer Dershem announced. With the post office located at the corner of South Main and Franklin streets, less than 200 feet from the high school building on the next corner at South Main street and West College avenue, the two Bluff ton organizations are pointing out that harmony in the color scheme and general appearance of the two buildings is a feature not to be overlooked. Don Smucker Weds In Newton, Kansas Miss Barbara Jane Claasen was united in marriage Saturday even ing, Jan. 21, to Don E. Smucker, formerly of Bluffton, in an impres sive double ring ceremony at the Claasen home in Newton, Kansas. Rev. A. E. Kreider, of Bethel college, also formerly of Bluffton, a cousin of the groom, was the offi ciating minister. Robei Kreider was th e best man. Smucker is the sc n of Mrs. Mr. Mary Smucker, of Blufftori, who was in Neu ton for the ceremony. Par ents of the bride are Mr and Mrs. C. W. Claasen, of Newto Mrs. Smucker was graduated from Newton High school an1 attended Bethel college for one year. She finished her college training at Kan sas State college, Manhattan. Fol lowing her graduation she taught English at Harper, Kansas, High school, and later was employed as society reporter on the Evening Kansan Republican, of Newton. Mr. Smucker, a graduate of Bluff ton High school and Bluffton col lege, also attended Yale university. In the summer of 11KJ8 he was the secretary of Jerome Davis, formerly of the Yale faculty, on an extensive European tour. He is now serving his second year as executive secretary of the Kansas Institute of International Relations which meets annually on the Bethel college campus during the latter part of June. Mr. and Mrs. Smucker will es tablish their residence in Newton. Instantly Killed In Minnesota Auto Crash Lester Basinger, 37, formerly of near Bluffton who for the past ten years has resided at Mountain Lake, Minn., was instantly killed in an automobile accident near the latter place Saturday night at 8 o’clock, according to word received by rela tives here. No details of the accident were given in a telephone message early Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at Mountain Lake, Wed nesday afternoon followed by inter ment at that place. Basinger was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Basinger who formerly lived four miles north of Bluffton on College road and later moved to Mountain Lake. At the time of his death he was employed as clerk in the Hotel Basinger, ow'ned by his brothei- Dr. Harvey Basinger who also operates a medical clinic at that place. Besides his parents he is survived by his former wife, Emma John Basinger and eleven-year-old daugh ter Marilyn Jane Basinger, both of Elida. Mrs. Basinger, accompanied by her daughter and her mother, Mrs. J. John also of Elida left Sun day for Mountain Lake to attend the funeral services. Also surviving are three brothers Dr. Harvey Basinger of Mountain Lake Homer of Windom, Minn., and Lloyd of Bluffton and two sis- ters, Mrs. Elmer Schutz and Mrs. Quentin Lehman, both of Mountain Lake, Minn. Leaving Monday for Mountain Lake to attend the funeral services were: Lloyd Basinger and Harvey Burkholder of this place Clyde Ba singer and Vincent Bucher of Pan dora and Noah J. Basinger of Co lumbus Grove. They expect to re turn Sunday. Name Local Man On Red Cross Committee Armin Hauenstein, Bluffton phar macist, has been named a member of the guidance commitee in the new disaster preparedness and relief or ganization set up by the Allen’ county chapter of the American Red Cross. Twelve committees have been ap pointed to set up plans for pre disaster preparedness, when disaster threatens and when it strikes. Time Stands Still Sleet Storm Hits Town Clock Here rLl FFTON’S town dock is suffering from a severe case of rheumatics this week—such is the verdict of Albert Benroth, caretaker of the municipal time piece. It all happened Monday when the sleet storm struck the clock tower and the driving rain which froze almost instantly stopped its operation. Since Monday the clock has ceased functioning. Nothing serious, says Caretaker Benroth, A little sunshine and warmer weather will effect a complete cure, he stated. BIBLE LECTURES TO OPEN SUNDAY Dr. Rollin H. Walker, Former Ohio Wesleyan Professor, W’ill Lecture Here Daily Meetings Scheduled Over Six-day Period Special Vesper Program Bluffton college’s annual Bible Lec ture week will open Sunday, with Dr. Rollin H. Walker, author and profes-1 sor-emeritus of English Bible at Ohio I Wesleyan university, in charge of the six-day series of meetings. Services will be inaugurated at 10 I a. m. Sunday morning in the Menno nite church auditorium, with Dr. Walker speaking on “Syndicate for Service.” Service.” He will also speak at the church in the evening at 7:30 p. m. In the afternoon, an oustanding Mennonite educator, Dr. C. M. Leh man, will speak at vesper services in the college chapel at 3 p. m. Dr. Lehman, who has Ph. D. from Yale, is now associated with Goshen college in the departments of philosophy and psychology. In addition to outstanding work as an educator, Dr. Lehman has served as a missionary in India, where he won the recognition of the British government. Dr. Walker will resume the Bible lecture series on Monday with morn ing and evening presentations sched uled daily through Friday. Two Services Daily Morning services will be held each day at 10 a. m. in the chapel, and the evening meetings will be at 7:30 p. m. in the First Mennonite church. On Monday and Tuesday mornings. Dr. Walker’s lecture subject will be “The Teachings of Jesus Concerning Prayer.” Morning subjects on Wed nesday, Thursday and Friday are, in order, “The Rich Young Man,” “Come After Me and 1 Will Make You," and “The Sword of the Spirit." For the five evening meetings, Mon day through Friday, the lecturer will use the same subject, “An Old Letter With a Modern Message.” Dr. Walker was professor of Eng lish Bible at Ohio Wesleyan for 36 years. He retired two years ago. He i has written many books on the Bible, tinong them, “Jesus and Our Pressing Problems,” “A Study of Genesis,” “A Study of John’s Gospel,” and “Men Unafraid.” Seven of his publications have been translated into foreign lan guages. At one time Dr. Walker was a fel low student with Dr. S. K. Mosiman, president emeritus of Bluffton college, at the University of Halle in Germany. More Interest In Hybrid Corn Shown With the farm institute season in the offing, increased interest is be ing shown in hybrid corn, it was stated the first of the week by Herr Bros., local producers. Hybrid varieties raised in this locality by the Herr Bros., are now being processed at their drying es tablishment, the former Huber school house south of town on Bentley road. Prospects are good for in creased sales this spring, they say. Births Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schiffke in Detroit. Mrs. Schiffke was formerly Miss Mary King, of Bluffton, daughter of Rev. J. Norman Ki^g. IN NEW HOME Mrs. Edna Badertscher and daught »r moved Saturday into their newl\ built property in the Schumacher ad lition at Grove and Kibler streets "hey formerly resided in the Mrs. V. Pratt property at North Lawn avenue and Washington streets. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade "I NUMBER 40 SCHOOLS FACING FUND SHORTAGE Half Million Dollar Shrinkage in Tax Duplicate Raises Prob lems Here. Situation to Come Before Board Of Education at Next Meet ing, Feb. 13. Bluffton schools will face an acute financial situation this year due to an unexpected shrinkage of nearly one half million dollars in the tax dupli cate together with a lowered tax rate. Just how far-reaching will be the implications of the situation Bluffton school authorities were unwilling to state the first of the week. However, it is regarded as certain that the matter will be taken up by the board of education at its next meeting on Monday night, February 13, when first steps are expected to be taken in the formulation of a fiscal policy for the current year. Bond Fund Short hile advance estimates of receipts cannot be made with accuracy, since this money is derived from real estate tax payments, which in turn depend on tax collections, it is predicted that the school’s bond retirement fund will be $l,!*3- short of meeting $12,800 in bond maturities this year. Likewise funds for current opera tion which were short some $5,000 last year are expected to show a larger deficit this year. Total in the oper ating fund last year was $62,484. The schools’ financial stringency was precipitated some ten days ago when it became known that the new mil lion dollar electric generating plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power company built here last spring would not be on the tax duplicate until next year. Not in Operation The plant, it was stated, was not in operation until after taxlisting date last April which would defer its in clusion until next year for the pur pose of tax levies. The plant had been included in the tax duplicate of the municipality and school district at a tenative figure of $450,000 by attaches of the county auditor’s office in making up the tax structure for the coming year. Assuming the plant would be includ ed in the duplicate, the tax rate on real estate in town was reduced from 21.20 to $19.60. Not until after the rate had been set was it discovered that the plant could not be included in the tax duplicate for the current col lections. Mrs. Chas. Marquart Funeral Tuesday Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Marquart, aged 63 years, of Orange township were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran church near Jenera, Tues day afternoon. Rev. A. Bauman officiated at the funeral after which interment was made in the church cemetery. Mrs. Marquart died at her home five miles east of Bluffton Saturday night at 7:40 o’clock. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage follow ing a short illness. Mrs. Marquart, formerly Bertha Eschbaugh, was a lifelong resident of this vicinity. Surviving are her husband of Orange township two daughters, Mrs. Florence Smith of Arlington and Mrs. Maude von Stein of Jenera. Three sisters surviving are: Mrs. Catherine Bryan of Findlay Mrs. Florence McCullough and Mrs. Grace Hamlin both of Garretsville, Ohio. Clymer-Steiner Wedding Saturday Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Betty Clymer, only daughter of Mrs. Eva J. Cly mer of Rawson and Woodrow Stein er, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon P. Steiner of Mt. Cory. The ceremony was performed in the United Brethren church at Ply mouth, Ind., last Saturday evening at 7:30 o’clock with Rev. C. A. Sickafoose officiating. The couple was unattended. The bride wore for the occasion a wine-colored transparent velvet dress with black accessories and corsage of talisman roses. The bride’s lace handkerchief was the same one which was carried by the bride’s mother at her wedding. Her only ornament was a sweetheart locket, a gift of the groom. Both Mr. and Mrs. Steiner at tended Mt. Cory high school. The couple will make their home on a farm near Mt. Cory.