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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory WATER MAINS TO BE CLEANED Work on Three-Mile Network Of Pipes Will Cost Town About S2,000 Shut Off Fmm City Water Thursday 9:00 P. M. Until Midnight of Bluffton’s three-mile water mains will be ef spring at an estimated Cleaning network of fected this cost of $2,000, according to a report made at council meeting Monday night by Mayor Wilbur A. Howe. It will be the first time mains have been cleaned since the lines were laid 40 years ago. Preliminary to cleaning out the system of four, six and eight-inch cast iron pipes, it will be necessary to repair rusted valves so sections of the city mains can be shut off whi'e cleaning is being done. Repairing of the valves will be started immediately, John W. Swish er. superintendent of the municipal water works, said Tuesday. No Water Thursday Night City water will be shut off this Thursday from 9 p. m. until mid night to permit the repair of valves on South Main street near High street and another near South Main. Supt. eight or replaced shut off to effect Contract city water ed by the with the on Grove street said there are to be repaired or Swisher ten valves and that it is necessary to the water supply the work, to clean out the mains has been in order the large negotiat- Board of Public Affairs National Water Main Cleaning Co., of New York City. Members of the council authorized the work at Monday night’s meeting. Cost 10 Cents Foot Cost of the work will be 10 cents per foot of pipe, and total expendi ture for cleaning and other services is expected to be about $2,000, Mayor Howe said. Mains are cleaned by forcing a steel cable with stiff springs on it through the mains, which are cut in sections of about 1000 feet each. Cleanup of the lines is part of a program planned by the Board of Public Affairs to make sure Bluff ton’s water supply is the best ob tainable. A screen soon is to be erected over the aerating deck at the water works to prevent any possibility of midges laying eggs in the water with the result worms, the larvae of the find their why into the supply. Future Homemakers of Bluffton High school received the Award of Merit at the State Convention of Home Economics clubs held in Co lumbus Friday and Saturday, award is given to home clubs in Ohio which have standing club work during It was presented to Alice stutz, president of the local club. The convention was attended by approximately four hundred high school home economics students from all parts of the state. Bluffton delegates attending were: Alice Mae Amstutz, president Dor othy Long, president-elect Ellen Same, Ruthella Krouse, Garmatter and June Ream, cene Garmatter of Bluffton, gional delegate, appeared on the program in a three-minute talk. The outstanding club achievements were presented in poster form by Mary Ellen Bame. The group was ac companied by their advisor, Miss Edythe Cupp. ........ ..<p></p>THE .. Dancing May be Included Program of Junior-Sen’.or Banquet May 19 Measure Carries by Three Two Vote in Special Ses sion Monday Night Dancing under certain restrictions may be included in the program of the Bluffton high school junior senior banquet on May 19, it was de cided by majority of the board of education at a special meeting Mon day night. The board was sharply divided on the issue which carried by a vote Members ance were: panee, Ind. Ind. J. R. that blood midge, will city water Future Homemakers Class Wins Award The economics done out the year. Mae Am- Mary Doris Mar a re Turley Rupright New Belmore Postmaster Turley A. Rupright, former Bluff ton grocer, last week was appointed postmaster at Belmore, where he is the proprietor of a general store. Rupright assumed his new duties last week after his appointment had been announced by Postmaster Gen eral James Farley. Mrs. Jemima Besheim, whom he succeeds, resigned as postmistress re cently because of a stroke of paraly sis. After taking over his new post, Rupright moved the post office from its former location to his store. general has op for sev- The former Bluffton man erated the store in Belmore eral years. He was a grocer here for nearly a decade and is well known in this vicinity. Board Decides In Majority Vote Favoring Dance At High School in to of three to two. of the board came near of a three hour session given over almost entirely Decision the close which was to a consideration of the question which was held over from the regu lar meeting a week previous. the and and in Before making its decision, board heard from school patrons also members of the junior senior classes divergent views favor connection with school functions. and opposed to dancing in Many Attend Meeting To accommodate the group of more than fifty attending the meeting, the board sat in the high school cafe teria and held an hour and a retired to the where sessions to continue its an open hearing for half, after which it smaller board are ordinarily deliberations. Looming large in the board’si decision was the influence room held, final of a questionnaire sent last week to par ents of 115 members of the senior and junior classes, asking their views on their children attending a school (Continued on page 8) College Trustees Meet Here Tuesday Members of the Bluffton college board of trustees held their semi annual meeting in the Musselman li brary on the campus Tuesday. Rou tine business occupied the board’s sessions in noon. the morning and after of the board in attend J. S. Slabaugh, Nap Jerry Sauder, Grabill, Wm. B. Weaver, Danvers, Ill. Fretz, Lansdale, Pa. Earl Salzman, Topeka, Ind. B. F. Thutt, Elida I. R. Detweiler, Bloomington, Ill. E. Ind. H. T. Unruh, Bluffton, together with Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the college and J. H. Loganbill, business manager, who are ex-offico members of the board. W. Baumgartner, Berne, Fire To Be Started Under New Boiler A slow fire will be started this week in the recently completed new boiler at the municipal water w’orks and light plant, Supt. J. W. Swish er announced Tuesday. drying out said, and made until The first will be for purposes only, Swisher test runs will not be later. Brick work around the boiler has been completed and it is believed the new addition to the plant will ready for use soon. be Real Estate Deals em Harry Bogart, Bluffton postal ploye, has purchased a building lot in the Schumacher addition on Col lege road between Grove street and Law’n avenue and expect to start building a residence next month. Emil Garau has sold his forty acre farm south of Bluffton to Chris Gratz. The tract farm. ad joins Gratz’s has purchased Fox Farm com on Riley street Herman Stager from the Bluffton pany its residence which has previously been occupied by the caretaker of the fox farm. The residence was vacated some time ago by Louis Burkholder. Stager recently sold his residence on West Jefferson street to his brother, Howard into his on Riley Stager, and will move soon newly purchased property street. College Vacation Ends On Tuesday Classes were resumed at Bluffton college Tuesday morning following an 11-day Easter recess. Members of the A Capella choir which made an Eastern concert tour during the vacation period arrived home from their trip Monday night. One of the features of the tour was a broadcast over the National Broadcasting Co. from studios in New York City. Bluffton Woman Heads Family Of Five Generations Mrs. Elizabeth Parrish, one of Bluffton’s oldest residents, celebrated her 91st birthday last week in her home on North Lawn avenue. She moved into her residence Sat urday after spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Ella Long on Cherry street. Mr. and Mrs. John Garlinger, who returned last week after spending a year in Cali fornia, will live with Mrs. Parrish, the mother of Mrs. Garlinger. Mrs. Parrish heads a line of five generations in her family. She re cently became a great-great-grand mother with the birth of Karol Lynn Kell, two and one-half months-old daughter of Mrs. Bernadine Kell, of Los Angeles. Mrs. Kell is the daughter of Mrs. Gladys Kaltenbach. of Inglewood, Los Angeles, Calif. Mrs. Kaltern bach is the daughter of Mrs. Gar linger and the grand-daughter of Mrs. Parrish. NO SHORTAGE OF COAL FELT HERE Large Local Consumers Have Sufficient Supplies for All Immediate Needs Retail Dealers’ Stocks Expected To Last Until Warm Weather Arrives Bluffton has not yet been affected by the growing nation-wide shortage of coal caused by suspension of op erations in many soft coal fields on account of differences between union miners and operators. Retail dealers report they have coal on t^pnd, although the supply in some instances is small. Current shipments are coming from non-union fields, it is reported. Local consumers of coal in quan tities are facing no immediate short age, it was revealed by a survey the first of the week. 7,000 Tons at Utility The largest consumer, the generat ing plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power company mately 7,000 tons is estimated, will one-half months. reported approxi on hand, last This it for two and light plant bunkers has Bluffton’s municipal with 300 tons in its enough coal for one month’s opera tion. Bluffton college is expecting a carload of coal this Wednesday, which with the present supply on hand will be sufficient to operate its heating plant for the next three weeks. Schools Have Enough Bluffton’s high and grade schools reported that they expected to have a sufficient supply of bins for the remainder ing season. coal in the of the heat- not expected Demands for fuel are to be heavy insofar as home owners are concerned, with the normal pros pects for warm weather in the near future, and little concern has been evidenced in the possibility of any coal shortage. Redeem Sales Stamps For Swimming Pool Used sales tax stamps left in Bluffton retail stores will be col lected and redeemed for benefit of Buckeye swimming pool, it was an nounced by the Bluffton Business as sociation officers following a meet ing Tuesday night. Recepticles for the stamps will be placed in stores here and proceeds will be used for necessary improve ments at the swimming pool. Re demption of the stamps after May 1 is permitted under the new Ohio law. Retail stores here will close every Thursday afternoon during the sum mer beginning May 4, it was decided. Photographs In Permanent Exhibit E. H. Neuenschwander, Bluffton photographer has been invited by the American School of Portraiture of Chicago to send a number of por traits for hanging in their perman ent exhibit, it was announced the first of the week. Invitation to be represented in the exhibit is considered an outstanding mark of merit in photographic cir cles. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY DYT’rtvmv /Alim TlH’RQn iV nmr on SPORTSMEN MAY LEASE QUARRY Central Ohio Utility Offers Sub-Let National Quarry For Fishing Sportsmen’s Club May Accept Three-year Lease Granting Angling Rights Fishing privileges in the large Na tional quarry now owned by the Cen tral Ohio Light and Power Co., were offered to the Blufftoz Sportsmen’s club at a meeting in fl e town hall Tuesday night. A three-year lease conveying fish ing rights to the quarn was present ed to the club by Don Conrad, repre senting the utility. Members of the club w’ill meet this Friday to consider the proposal. Under terms of the lease fishing would be permitted fr n three sides of the quarry, but the ank adjacent to the power house vvl re are located the outlet and intake water tunnels for the generating plant is closed to anglers. Entrance to the quarry premises for fishing will be permitted ony thru the gate on the power house side of the reservoir. It was pointed out that the quarry is an ideal fishing spot, with 30 acres of water, 40 feet deep in places, and which is well stocked with fish. Initial negotiations relative to the lease were discussed last Saturday when A. W. Conover, general mana ger, Francis Godwin, district mana ger, and Don Conrad, representing the utility, met with Mayor W. A. Howe and officers ot the Sportsmen’s club. Membership of the club numbers about 30 at present. Fire Department To Get Additional Hose Contract was let at the session for 300 feet of I’-.- inch fire hose to suppement present equipment. The new line can be used by attaching it to a “Y” in series with the 1,500 feet of 2% inch hose the department now has. Purchase of a “fog nozzel” also was authorized. This attachment spreads the stream of water thrown from the hose, making it more ef fective in fighting fires. Illustrated Talk At u. Radio Club Meeting An illustrated talk on his trip thru Mexico was given in an address be fore the Bluffton Radio club by Nor man Triplett of the Triplett Elec trical Instrument company, Monday night. Also shown in connection with the address was a two reel moving pic ture feature showing the different phases of instrument construction at the Triplett plant here. Sponsor Far East Student Aid Fund Bluffton College Y. W. and Y. M. C. A. are taking over the direction locally of the nation-wide Far East ern Student Service fund which is being carried on in colleges and uni versities throughout the country this week. Proceeds of the fund is to be used for aid of Chinese students who have suffered because of war conditions in China. Contributions should be mailed or left at Ropp hall in charge of the Far Eastern Student Service fund. BLUFFTON NEWS to be to Club Responsible to be be of No boating or swipiming is permitted and the grounds are kept clean and in order. Policing the grounds and enforcement of pro visions of the lease would be the re sponsibility of the Sportmen’s organ ization. Leasing of the quarry is not to be o na rental basis, the lease being for a three-year period at a total cost of $1. Privilege to renew the contract also is provided. Sportsmen’s club members would be given full right to fish from the three specified banks, and also have the privilege of stocking the waters. They will be required to ahide by all state and federal fishing laws. The club assumes all liability for any accidents. Open to Members To fish in the quarry, anglers must be a member of the suortsmn’s group. Membership is open any resident of the community will agree to terms of the lease, it was announced. Results of the contest were an nounced this week from the state. Certificates of recognition will be awarded to those who ranked high est. Richard E. Wenger, Bluffton, with a mark of 219, of a possible 300 points, placed first in the general Eight Bluffton High Compete In Group to Enter Ensemble and Solo Contest at Oberlin, April 28 Glee Clubs and Orchestra will Be in Contest at Columbus This Week Eight of Bluffton High school’s 10 entries in the Northwest district solo and ensemble contest at Bowling Green last Saturday won the right to participate in the state contest at Oberlin on Friday, April 28. In the woodwind quartet competi tion the Bluffton group qualifying for the state contest was made up of William Holtkamp, Joel Kimmel, Junior Augsburger, Genevieve Fett and Herbert Oyer. Bluffton’s mixed ensemble also won. Its membership consists of Mary Alice Howe, Jeanne Baum gartner, Phyllis Steiner, Bonita Clark, Ralph Short, Herbert Oyer, Paul Soldner and Kenneth Gable. In fighting facilities 1 by purchases au night at a meeting Bluffton’s fire were strengthene thorized Monday of the town cou Bluffton Is First And Second In County Senior Scholarship Test students took Allen county seniors, con 1 under aus- Two Bluffton High top honors in the scholarship tests for ducted at Lima, April pices of the state department of edu cation. Five Bluffton contestants were entered. boys and girls school’s orchestra state competition. go to Columbus In other district contests, held earlier, Bluffton’s glee clubs and the also qualified for Glee clubs will this Friday to compete against other district winners, and the orchestra will play in the state finals on Sat urday. Fourteen Bluffton High students made up the group winning the right to compete in the state contest when the solo and ensemble meet was held last week. Another Bluff ton entrant w’ill be an alternate. in the district meet in following: Bonita Clark, Barbara Jean Triplett, solo Richard Mumma, solo William Holtkamp, Winners eluded the alto solo xylophone sousaphone flute solo Herbert Oyer, tenor solo and Junior Augsburger, bassoon solo. competition, Schultz was named alternate. Give Peace Drama Here Sunday Night “Let My People Go” drama will be preset school auditorium Sum 7:30 o’clock by a cast of Bluffton college students. The group returned Monday from spring tour thru Indiana, Illinois and Iowa where they presented the play which portrays courage and suffering of the Mennonite people who for four centuries have held to the doctrine of non-resistance as against the method of war. a The play is presented by the Bluff ton College Peace Fellowship under auspices of the Mennqnite Peace so ciety and a number of churches in the community are uniting for the evening. The cast includes Wm. Ramseyer, Betty Keeney, Leonard Metzker, Anne Schumacher, Melvin Yoder, Richard Weaver, Karl Schultz, Carl Landes, Rollin Moser and Bertram Smucker. Margaret Berky1 will read poems. Bluffton Residents Back From South Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Murray of Cherry street returned Monday from St. Petersburg, Florida, where they spent the past winter. Corn is in tassel and roasting ears will come on the market shortly in the far south, Murray said. During their stay in Florida they made a sight seeing trip to Cuba. Enroute north, the Bluffton couple stopped in Birmingham, Alabama, to visit Earl Mohler, former Bluffton resident, who operates an extensive greenhouse and seed business. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Deppler, last of a number of Bluffton people who spent the past winter in St. Peters burg, are expected to return home next week. scholarship test, with Adelaide Mc Ginnis, Bluffton, finishing second, scoring 214. E. Mumma, Bluffton, was Rich Mumma ranked twenty-second Wade fifth, with a rating of 108. a rd and Edward Schultz thirty-sixth. In the first 10, Bluffton had three places, Lima Central five Lima South one and Auglaize rural one. Seventy-five seniors from all Al len county high schools of Class A, and ratings, participated in the contest. Subjects included English, social science, mathematics, science, reading and language. Winners To State Music Contest With The Sick Dr. J. S. Steiner has been il at his home on South Main street for the past week with infection in his left arm following an attack of influenza. He is improving and ex pects to be in his office the la part of this week. Mrs. three act in high night at Mrs. Zoe tter home in Beaverdam with injuries received when he was kicked by a horse at the John Zimmerly farm west of Bluffton, Friday. His con dition is not serious. Abr. Sommer is confined to his Cliff West who is convalescing from an operation for herina was on the street the first of the week. Mrs. Henry Badertscher, Bluffton nurse, is in Berne, Indiana, caring for her mother, Mrs. Anna Sprunger who is gradually becoming weaker. H. B. Adams continues critically ill at his home on South Lawn avenue. David G. Neiswander, residing northwest of Bluffton who has been seriously ill at Bluffton hospital with infection in his right hand was re ported somewhat improved Wednes day morning. Esther Niswander, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. M. Niswander is tak ing treatment at Bluffton hospital i for injury received above the right 1 ankle received flight of steps, at Fairfield, Pa., tour with the choir. in a fall down a The injury occurred while on the spring College a capella Her condition is not serioiis. Mrs. A. E. Lugibill ill with heart trouble, continues in a critical con dition at Bluffton hospital. Raymond Roth, transient from Jersey City, N. J. who was injured in an automobile accident near Bluffton three months ago is still a patient in the hospital here with little change in condition. Mrs. Goldie West Garner, former Bluffton resident, is improving after an illnesis at her home in Toledo. J. C. Welty, formerly of who suffered a paralytic in Phoenix, Arizona, last and has jeen seriously ill s sufficiently re Phoenix for her jolis this week, while she on an ex the south- home in Minneapolis Mrs. Welty became ill and her husband were tended motor trip thru west. Mr. and Mrs. make stages from Welty will the trip in their car by easy Phoenix to Minneapolis. St. John Williams, for resident, now living at is in a critical con hospital in that city reports received here mer Bluffton Sedalia, Mo., dition at a according to the first of the week, suffered a paralytic stroke last week with Bright’s disease complications. Mrs. Williams Kirby Page Will Be Here Monday Dr. Kirby Page, leading lecturer on social and religious problems, will conduct a series of meetings in Bluff ton next Monday under auspices of the Bluffton College Y. M. C. A. Tentative plans for the day in clude three lecture appearances, with a community lecture and forum in the evening in the high school audi torium. Subject of the evening address at 8 o’clock will be: “What Kind of World can be Built of the Raw Stuff of Human Nature’’. Dr. Page has had a brilliant ca reer as an author, social evangelist, lecturer and world traveler. He has spoken in more than 500 colleges and universities, in hundreds of churches from coast to coast, and before an equally large number of commercial and forum clubs. Dr. Page also is a prolific writer, author ing 19 books on international, social, economic and religious questions. On his present tour, Dr. Page will make only three appearances in Ohio. After spending Monday here, he will go to Ohio State university on the next day and will appear at Derfison university on Wednesday. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 51 TOWN TO LEASE BUCKEYE LAKE on tract Will be Signed as Soon as Liability Insurance Policy is Delivered Action of Council Assures Municipal Swimming Place This Summer Blufiton was assured of a swimming place for this summer when the own council Monday night decided to sign the lease for Buckeye Lake offered to the municipality by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., owner of the promises. Negotiations will be completed as soon as a liability insuance policy contracted for the town is delivered. Arrival of the policy is expected soon. At Monday night’s meeting, the council authorized the mayor and the clerk to sign the lease, assuring con tinuation of the waterfilled quarry as Bluffton’s bathing center. Vote on signing of the lease was unanimous. One of the first steps in preparing the pool for this summer will be to remove the floats and inspect them, municipal authorities announced. practical present floats will be repair ed. If not. new ones will be built, according to present plans. May Sub-Lease Pool Sentiment of the council now ap pears to be in favor of sub-leasing the lake, but no definite action has been aken as yet. A community auction to raise funds for the improvement of bathing fa cilities at Buckeye Lake will be held Friday of next week, under auspices of the Bluffton Lions club. Plans for the auction are nearing completion and those in charge of the program hope to net approximately $1000 thru the sale of items donated by residents of the town and commun ity. Leasing of the Buckeye by the town is the result of an announcement made several weeks ago by officials of the Central Ohio utility that they would not sub-let the swimming cen ter to an independent operator this summer, but that the lake was avail able to the town at nominal cost of one dollar for a five year ease. Cleanup Drive Opens Tuesday Despite Rain Bluffton’s municipal cleanup drive got under way Tuesday, and despite the rain that fell thruout most of the day more than one-third of the town was covered. Work was continued Wednesday, and if necessary the cleanup crew also will he on the job Thursday. Those in charge of the program re ported more tin cans are being hauled than is usual, but that there has been less general rubbish. truck In the cleanup drive, the owned by the town is removing de bris, tin cans and rubbish without charge to property owners. No being hauled. cleanup activities are ben the town and the cost is small, Mayor Wilbur A. ashes are Annual eficial to relatively Howe declared in commenting favor ably on the cooperation evidenced by property owners. Goats, Bucksaws On Lions Auction Bucksaws, goats, bird cages, crushed stone, pigs, wheat and hundreds of other items, both com monplace and unusual, will make the “White Elephant” sale of the Lions club Friday, April 28, an event long to be remembered. Members of the club are sponsor the auction to raise funds for improvement of bathing facili at Buckeye Lake. All be turned over to the ing the ties will expenditure on equipment swimming center. proceeds town for for the the town Response of residents of and community to requests for do nations has been enthusiastic thus far, but many more items are needed if the goal of $1,000 is tained, those in charge of announced this week. to be ob the event have in far varied in na is expected to Contributions thus eluded articles widely ture, and the auction have plenty of color from the view point of the spectator. Anyone desiring to donate items is requested to contact M. M. Bogart or other members of the Lions club. Trucks will collect articles the day before the sale. Three auctioneers have donated their services for the sale, Clyde Warren, Isaac Neuenschwander and William Amstutz. Location of the auction and oth^r details will be announced next week.