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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIII CLEANUP DAY TO BE ON APRIL IB Date is Set by Town Council: Mayor Howe Urges Co operaton of Public Rubbish and Tin Cans will be Removed by Municipality Free of Charge Bluffton’s annual spring municipal cleanup will be held this year on Tuesday, April 18, according to an announcement made this week by Mayor W. A. Howe. During the cleanup drive, the truck owned by the town will remove debris, tin cans and rubbish free of charge if the items are placed in containers suitable for easy handling. All such rubbish-filled containers, however, should be placed on alleys or streets in spots easily accessible by No ashes will be hauled by th clean up crew, members of the town council decided last week in drafting plans for the cleanup campaign. Urges Cooperation Tn announcing thb drive, Mayor Howe urged residents of the town to cooperate in cleaning up their proper ties in order that Bluffton might go into the spring season with the mu nicipality presenting the best possible appearance. City officials also have pointed out that the removal of rubbish and piles of other debris will go far toward eliminating possible breeding places for mosquitoes, which every summer are a problem in Bluffton. Annual cleanup activities in the spring are benficial to the town and cost is relatively small, the mayor re ported. Altho the cleanup crew may not be able to cover the entire town in one day, every one is requested to have debris ready for removal on the day set by the council. Return From South American Trip Soon Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett of Campus Drive are expected to return the middle of next week from an extended trip to South America. They are due to land at New York city the first of the week. They left here the latter part of January, sailing down the east coast of South America and up the west coast with stops at principal cities including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Buenos Aires, Ar gentine, and Santiago, Chile. From the Pacific coast they will sail thru the Panama canal and back to New York ctiy. While abroad, Mr. Triplett, presi dent of The Triplett Electrical In strument company of this place, vis ited the film’s South American agen cies and representatives from which comes a sizeable amount of the company’s volume of business. Firemen Extinguish Blaze In Automobile Fire Monday night damaged the interior of an automobile owned by John Gibbs, who lives in an apart ment at the Mrs. Orpha Harris resi dence on South Main street. The upholstering of the car was discovered ablaze about 10 p. m. by neighbors, and Marshal Lee Coon was notified, who in turn turned in a call for firemen. A few of the fire fighters made the run on the truck and quickly extinguished the blaze with chemicals. When the fire was discovered the car was parked at the rear of the residence. Upholstery was badly burned, but other than that there was little damage, it was reported. Real Estate Deals Adam Amstutz and sister, Miss Barbara Amstutz, who recently sold their farm west of Bluffton, have purchased the Levi Frankhouser res idence on Spring street and expect to occupy it soon. Eugene Basinger has purchased the W. P. Agin property on North Main street. Mr. and Mrs. Basinger who have been living in Mt. Cory with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bowersox, will occupy the property shortly. Two College Girls In Radio Broadcast Misses Janet Bigler and Esther Ramseyer of Bluffton college will be heard Sunday afternoon on a radio program over Lima station WLOK from 12:30 to 12:45 o’clock. Caterpillar Weather Forecast Fulfilled By Past Winter Here /'HIARLES Burns, Bluffton weather prophet, this week was happy over the fact that his predictions for the winter, based on a study of the cater piller’s furry covering, again have, been accurate. Last fall Burns predicted that the early part of the winter would be the coldest, and he pointed out that since Feb. 2, which marks the halfway mark of the winter season, there has been very little cold weather. Based on his study of the catterpiller, Burns also said in the fall that most of the oats would he sowed by April 1, an other forecast that appears to be materially accurate. REGULATE SALE OF FIREWORKS Restrictions on Fourth of July Observance to be Continued This Year No Sale of Fireworks Until July 3: Ban Shooting in Business District Bluffton’s Fourth of July celebra tion this year will again be of the “safe and sane” variety, a repetition of the 1938 observance when rigid regulations were placed on the use of fireworks. In announcing a continuation of safety measures, municipal restric tions regulating the sale and shooting of fireworks wdTe released this week by Mayor W. A .Howe, with approval of the town council. Thru a proclamation, the mayor will rule that firecrackers, torpedoes, fireworks, or explosives of any kind cannot be exploded in the business district at any time during the Fourth of July celebration. Boundaries of the business area are fixed as from College avenue to Washington street, and from Jackson street to Big Riley creek. In the residential district, the dis charge of fireworks will be restricted to one day only—the Fourth, Mayor Howe declared. All measures are to be rigidly enforced. Mayor Howe’s ruling also specifies that fireworks cannot be sold or ex posed for sale in tow’n before Mon day, July 3. Bluffton Finalist In Play Contest Bluffton High actors will compete with representatives from two other schools for the Northwest Ohio dis trict championship in a one-act play contest sponsored under the WPA recreational program at Toledo this Friday night. The Bluffton group was one of the winners in an elimination tourna ment last week. Convoy, of Van Wert county, and a Toledo group are the other competitors. Bluffton players, representing the Thespians organization, presented “The Happy Journey”. In the cast were Zitella Getties, Mark Niswan der, Bettye Lewis, James Landis, Paul Soldner and Lora Schultz. Ebenezer Choir Will Give Cantata Sunday “The First Easter”, a cantata will be presented by the choir of the Ebenezer church Sunday at the hour of the regular morning service. The choir of fifty voices directed by Miss Mabel Amstutz will be aug mented by the following soloists: Miss Geraldine Grismore and Mrs. Mabel Steiner, altos Gordon and Marvin Hilty, tenors and Francis Niswander, bass. Hold Last Rites For Local Man's Father Funeral services were held at Pan dora, Tuesday afternoon for William Risser, 68, former resident of that place and father of David Risser, Bluffton restaurateur. Mr. Risser died of a heart at tack Saturday evening at the home of his daughter Mrs. Jesse Lehman of New London. The remains were brought to Pandora for the funeral services at the home of another daughter, Mrs. Aaron Hilty. Rev. C. O. Good, pastor of the Pandora Methodist church officiated. Surviving are his wife, four daughters and one son. FRIDAY DEADLINE FDR AUTO TAGS One-third of Bluffton Motorists Have Not Bought New' Licenses County Auditor Warns No Ex tension of Time for Fil ing Tax Returns Friday of this week will be an unlucky day for the motorists who neglects to get new auto tags or the taxpayer who fails to file his per sonal tax return. Two state agencies called atten tion the first of the week to the fact that Friday is an important day. As the last of March this year, it represents the final day on which the 1938 automobile tags can be used. Also County Auditor Floyd B. Griffin reminded taxpayers that there will be no extension of time for the filing of personal tax returns, due on that day. About one-third of Bluffton motor ists have failed to get new license tags, it was stated by Robert Lewis, deputy registrar, in charge of sales here. Sales Wednesday noon showed a total of 811, Lewis said. This is about two-thirds of the 1,300 tags usually sold here during the year. Summer And Winter Weather Past Week Extreme changes in the weather have been Bluffton’s lot for the last week, real summer conditions that prevailed last Friday and Saturday being succeeded by a spring rain and a drop in temperature that brought winter back for a belated assault. On Friday, the weatherman really provided the unexpected when the thermometer reached a mark of 81 in a heat wave that had all the ear marks of midsummer weather. Mild conditions prevailed through Saturday, but rain on Sunday brought a close to the short three day tenure of spring. The mercury dropped rapidly Mon day, and Bluffton residents were still shivering on Tuesday. At its lowest point the thermometer was near the 32-degree mark, a difference of near ly 50 degrees from the weather that had prevailed only a few days earlier. Warmer weather is expected to ward the close of the week, but local residents are hoping the weather changes for the remainder of the spring season will not be so extreme in nature as those experienced in the last several days. HOLY WEEK SERVICES Special services in observance of Holy Week will be held at the Methodist church, beginning Sunday and continuing through Thursday evening. Services each evening at 7:30 o’clock. Sermon topics for the series are as follows: Sunday—Morning, “Marks of the Lord Jesus” evening, “Who is King?”. Monday—“Authority in Religion.” Tuesday—“Religious Controversy.” Wednesday—“Behold the Lamb of God.” Thursday—“And it was Night.” This service will conclude with the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Everyone most cordially invited. Laundering Old And New Shown In Exhibit Progress in laundering in the past three-quarters of a century is graph ically depicted in a window exhibit at the Basinger furniture store. Beside a glistening array of mod ern laundry equipment was a seventy-five year old “washer” con sisting of three wooden rolls, some what similar to a wringer and oper ated by a crank. A sidewise motion of the upper roll against the two lower provided the rubbing for soiled clothes fed thru the machine. Several old residents of the town recalled the first of the week of operating similar washing equipment many years ago. OPEN WEDNESDAY NIGHT Bluffton retail stores will be open every Wednesday night during the coming summer season, beginning next week. GIVE CONCERT HERE The choir of Freeman Junior col lege of Freeman, South Dakota, will give a sacred concert in the First Mennonite church here on the even ing of Easter Sunday. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1939 Bluffton college finally 1 Beaver trophy for its athlel ment—a Beaver tail that to Coach A. C. Burcky from the wilds of northe gan. rn Michi- .ke of the decided by Just what use he will nu TIEPORTS that a I sighted in Riley Pandora during the i water, were current first of the week. hasn’t yet be Burcky. More Coach in length and about five the tail is a little large to a good-luck charm, the mentor believes. with end. inches wide, The tail is dark brown and the outer skin is with scaly' a surface tha in nature. It is flat on both and slightly paddle shaped, the smaller part toward the Low Grain Prices Of Record Complia Richland Township Contract Signing Far Greater Than In Previous Years Trend Appears to be Similar Throughout the Nation, Observers Report Low grain prices resulting from relatively high agricultural produc tion in 1937 and 1938 are believed to be the underlying cause of the widespread interest evidenced this year by Richland township farmers in the AAA conservation program. A survey the first of the week in dicated low' prices of the last year have caused many farmers to sign full compliance contracts. Reports from all parts of the country indi cate there is a similar trend on a national scale. In Richland township a new record will be set for compliance, and it is believed the percentage of local sign ers will be greater than for other township in Allen county. about aver the farmers throughout The trend is general Ohio, with the result that state agri cultural observers report they expect Ohio’s 1939 corn acreage will be re duced approximately four per cent from last year. Planting of one per cent less oats is expected. Meanwhile drastic increases in soil building crops is anticipated. Barley acreage is expected to jump approxi mately 75 per cent, and soybeans 45 per cent. Little change is antici pated in spring wheat sowing, how ever. Virgil Bowers Dies Monday In Hospital Virgil Bowers, 45, farm resident of near Beaverdam, died early Mon day morning in Lima Memorial pital, following an illness of past two months. hos the son, Ellis Sufvivors include the widow, a Clarence a daughter, Mrs. King, of Pandora his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bowers, of Beaver dam four brothers, Earl, of Bluff ton George, of Columbus Grove Russell, of Payne, and Harry, of Lima and two sisters, Mrs. Walter Barber, and Mrs. Stanley Vertner, both of Beaverdam. Funeral services were held Wed nesday afternoon at the Beaverdam Church of Christ, with Rev. Davis, pastor, officiating. L. C. Church Of Christ Services Continue Evangelistic services at the Church of Christ will continue thruout the week with meetings opening at 7:45 o’clock. Rev. Lee B. Remaley, pas tor, is in charge of the meetings and the public is invited. an The following themes are nounced for the week: “Life and Death”, “The Anti-Christ”, “The Image of Daniel”, “The Last Judg ment”, “The Coming of Christ for His Church”. ATTEND SEMINARY MEET ig of Witmarsum of trustees held in was attended by Ramseyer of Bluff Rev. H. T. Unruh, Annual meetii Seminary board Chicago, Tuesdaj President L. L. ton college and pastor of the church. Rev, Pandora and Re Wadsworth also attended. First Mennonite Paul Whitmer of v. W. S. Shelly of Dr. Ramseyer is Chicago for several a meeting of the College association. COLLEGE “BEAVERS” HAVE REAL BEAVER TAIL FOR MASCOT SENT FROM WILDS OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN Report Beaver Seen In Flood Of Riley Creek Bluffton seen in color y and hard somewhat The animal, it is said, swimming in the creek had a broad flat tail, similar of a beaver and bore no lance to muskrats which quently encountered. Mrs. A. E for her recovery. The children have been summoned and her eldest son Waldo Lugibill of Hope, North Da kota, will arrive here this Wednes- H. B. home or tireatment. Oliver Locher who has been af flicted with kidney stones has been brought to his home after two weeks at Huron Road hospital, Cleveland. After six weeks here he is expected to return to the hospital in Cleve land for further treatment. Verne Dardio is ill with scarlet fever at his home south of Bluffton. Mrs. throat town. Harry Ewing is ill with a infection at her home near Mary Ludwig, a former Bluff- Mrs. ton resident, has been ill at her home in Toledo for the past five weeks, being confined to her bed by an at tack of bronchial asthma. Mrs. J. C. Welty of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Bluffton is im proving at Phoenix, Arizona, where she has been seriously ill for the past two months. Mr. and Mrs. Welty were making a winter trip through the southwest when she re ceived a paralytic stroke. After seven weeks in a Phoenix hospital she was removed last week to a hotel in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Welty expect to remain in Phoenix for another month after which will return to Minneapolis. The beaver creek recent I here to that resemb are fre- Beavers have not been report ed in this locality for many 937,1938 Bring ice In AAA Program With The Sick te ill at his avenue. utz, formerly i been ill at the home of her daughter at Bloom ville, near Tiffin, was removed to Jma Memorial hospital Friday for 1 Miss Virginia Price, freshman in Beaverdam high school and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Price of Rockport underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Bluffton hos pital, Tuesday. Her condition is re- Mrs. any Little Interest Before Until this yeai Richland township farmers have not idenced unusual interest in the AAA program, last year’s compliance being age, with 40 per cent of holding contracts. Arthur Miller is convalescing home south of Bluffton fol a major operation which she lowing underwent in the hospital here. Ray Kern, residing in the Bertsche property on the County line under went an operation for stomach ulcers last Friday at Findlay hospital. they Former Bluffton Boy To Preach Here Rev. Geo. Agin, formerly of Bluff ton will preach at the Missionary church Sunday morning, it was an nounced by the pastor, Rev. Clifford Grabill. Rev, Agin, son of W. P. Agin of this place is pastor of a Missionary church at Midland, Mich., where he has a growing pastorate. Members Of High Ranking Orchestra Joan and Jean Huber, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Huber of Wooster, former Bluffton residents are members of the Woos ter high school orchestra awarded first place in the district contest at Kent State university last Saturday. The twins, Joan and Jean, in the eighth grade of the Wooster schools, play violin and cello respectively. Announce Services For Easter Week Bluffton district young people’s so cieties will hold a union service at the Church of Christ on Good Fri day evening, directed by Miss Janet Henderson, education in Cross” will instructor in religious the public schools. play “The Symbol of a be presented by the A one act remaining in days attending North Central young people in a sunrise service at St. John’s Reformed church Easter morning at 6:30 o’clock. he fie Bes high the ter, Jean Kolb, is a sophomore at Bluffton college, and when the father learned Bluffton sports teams went by the name “Beavers” he promised For The Blufft ASK DURIAL PLOT FDR EX-SOLDIERS Council Gets Proposal Aside Sixteen Lots Maple Grove Maple Gr erans of funds for considered council. in Would Appropriate Monument Be Provided by Bluffton Legionnaires who lack sufficieni expenses is being Bluffton municipa burial by the of the ton American Ee presented the pro cil and pledged its According to tl n the cemetery for and of in the Bluffton have no funds for funeral expei It was proposed that the sit large enough to accommodate a 16 graves. Under tjie suggested gram, the town would hold the to the plot. about I pro title the Should the plan be approved Legion will erect a suitable monu ment to mark the site and com memorate its purpose. No indication has been given as to what action the town council may take with regard to the proposal, and an immediate decision may not be made in the matter. Last Rites For Mrs. Wm. Wallace Funeral services for Mrs. Wm. Wallace, 68, were held in the Pres byterian church, Sunday afternoon with her pastor, Rev. Chas. Armen trout officiating. Interment was made in Rockport cemetery. Wallace died at her home on street, Friday morning fol an extended illness. in Columbus Grove, she re- Mrs. Cherry lowing Born sided in Bluffton for the past twenty years and was active in church and club work. She was a member of the Presbyterian church women’s organizations and Travel class. and also its the she was At the time of her death president of the Bluffton Federation of Women’s clubs. Surviving are her husband to whom she was married in 1908 and one daughter, Mrs. Richard Bixel both of Bluffton and two brothers, A. W. Bushey of Lexington, Ky., and L. V. Bushey of Canton. Missionary Church Workers Conference Attendance of some fifty pastors is expected at a two-day workers conference to be held at the Mis sionary church here from Monday to Wednesday noon of next week, it was stated by Rev. Clifford Grabill, pastor of the Bluffton church. The visiting pastors will come from churches of that denomination in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Ill inois, which comprises the central district of the Missionary church. Monday and Tuesday evening ses sions of the conference are open the public. Peoria, Ill., among the heard Tuesday night. to of Rev. Walter Lugibill formerly of Bluffton speakers who will Births Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hannawald of Williamstown are the parents of a son born at Bluffton hospital, Sunday. Howard Bluffton was born to Mr. and Mrs. Devore of Ottawa, at the hospital, Tuesday. A son BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 48 BUILD DIKE FOR FLOOD CONTROL Work Undertaken to Protect Utility Generating Station From High Water Dike to Prevent Overflow Into Quarry and Subsequent Damage to Plant Construction of a dike 200 feet long paralleling the Jefferson street bank of the Central Ohio Light and Power quarry was started Tuesday as a flood control measure. Flood danger was apparent to of ficials of the utility two weeks ago when Bluffton’s most disastrous in undation since 1913 raised the level of Big Riley cre*k to the extent that water flow’ed ac •oss Jefferson street and into the larg e quarry. Designed to |irevent a repetition of the occurrence, the dike is being constructed froin the creek bank toward the Nick el Plate railroad for a distance of so ne 200 feet parallel to Jenerson stre Two I eet High It will stand a bout two feet above sidew’alk level and will be sturdily constructed to turn the force of the current in case of iny future floods. Employes of Thj Bluffton Stone Co. are building the dike using earth obtained in stripping opera** tions at their quarry. Utility officials pointed out that a flood hazard exists at their gener ating plant, across the quarry from Jefferson street, due to the fact that the first floor of the plant is level with the sidewalk on Jefferson street. As a consequence, if the level of the large quarry should be even with Jefferson street, water would back up through the intake tunnel and flood the ground floor of the gener ating plant. By constructing the dike, it is believed any danger of this sort will be averted. No Damage Last Time When the water ran into the quarry during the recent flood there was not enough to raise the water level materially. Because of the size of the quarry it would require a large amount of water to make any noticeable differ ence in the level, and the flood two weeks ago rose and fell so suddenly that there was little effect. Officials of the utility said the level of the quarry varies very little otherwise. Pressure of the water has much the same action as a thermostat and when the level reaches a certain point the pressure is sufficient to prevent the under ground springs flowing again until the water level has dropped. Former College Student Is Dead Leslie Sprunger, 38, former Bluff ton college student, died Thursday morning at Millard Fillmore hos pital in Buffalo from pneumonia complications. Sprunger, a native of Berne, Ind., will be remembered as a student in Bluffton college during the year 1921-22. He was a member of the Men’s Glee club which made the coast-to-coast tour in the summer of 1922 under direction of Prof. G. A. Lehman. After one year of college here he attended the Chicago Art institute after which he was employed as a type designer by the Ludlow’ Typo graph company w’hich calling he fol lowed until the time of his death. He had resided in Buffalo for the past five years. The remains were taken to his former home in Berne, Ind., where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon followed by interment at that place. Surviving are an eight-year-old daughter, Patricia Joan of Buffalo his mother Mrs. D. C. Sprunger of Berne four brothers and four sis ters. His wife preceded him in death three years ago. Dies At Daughter's Home Near Bluffton Harry A. Clouser, 70, of North Baltimore, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dw’ight Dailey south of Bluffton, Saturday evening. Death was due to a heart attack. Mr. Clouser, born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, has lived in the vi cinity of North Baltimore for the past forty-five years. He w’as form erly employed as a pumper in the oil field. Funeral services were held in North Baltimore, Monday, followed by interment at that place. Surviving are his wife, three daughters, one son and three bro thers.