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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV COAL PRICE UP SHIPMENTS OFF Large Consumers of Coal Have Sufficient Supply for Present Needs Retail Dealers with Limited Supplies Report Little* Demand for Fuel Coal shipments for domestic con sumption in Bluffton are approach ing the vanishing point, a survey of the local situation revealed the first of the week. With mines generally closed thru out Ohio, Kentucky and West Vir ginia, due to differences between op erators and union miners, supplies of eoal available have been sharply curtailed. No shipment to local retail dealers have been reported for more than .a week. Large industrial consumers here have been obtaining a few shipments at a sharply increased price. Little Retail Demand Retail dealers here generally re port limited supplies of fuel avail able. For this, they say, there is very little demand as householders are apparently hopeful that the com ing of warm weather will make addi tional purchases unnecessary. Local plants and other consumers who use coal in quantities are facing no acute shortage at present. Largest of this group, the gener ating plant of the Central Ohio Light & Power company reported 8,000 tons of coal in its bins which will be ample for from two to three months operation. Plan attaches re ported that no shipments had been received recently. Price Skyrockets Bluffton’s municipal light plant re ported a three weeks’ supply. Coal has been obtained recently, but offi cials of the Board of Public Affairs pointed out that the price is unus ually high. In normal periods, the municipal plant buys coal from West Virginia at 65 cents a ton at the mine. At present the price for coal of the same kind is $3 a ton. In view of the shift in price Ohio coal now is being bought at a price of $2 a ton at the mine. Bluffton college’s heating plant has a supply sufficient for two more weeks, and by that time operators feel there will be little additional need for fuel. Bluffton’s high and grade" schools have supplies in their bins sufficient for the rest of the heating season, it was reported. Brotherhood Hears Address By Jurist Problems of the juvenile court were described by Judge Raymond P. Smith, Allen county probate jurist, at a Father-Son banquet sponsored by the Reformed Church Brotherhood, last Thursday night at the St. John’s Reformed church. Special music was presented by Bud Luginbuhl, accordionist, and by the Brotherhood vocal quartet. C. A. Stauffer, president of the Brother hood, wras toastmaster. More than 100 attended. A membership contest is under way, to be closed in May, and at last week’s banquet meeting the two teams were tied. New Industries Are Sought By Beaverdam Mr. and Mrs. V. F. Foltz, former residents of Bluffton, this week pur chased the large brick building in Beaverdam that up until five years ago served as a repeater station for the A. T. & T. Foltz, Nickel Plate agent in Beaverdam, i-esided in Bluffton and was an operator at the tower north east of town, before being assigned to the Beaverdaih post. The transaction was closed thru C. H. Tesky, of Cleveland, attorney for the A. T. & T. Foltz said ef forts would be made to induce a small industry to locate in the build ing. Consideration wld not dis closed. Births Mr. and Mrs. Cal Garmatter are the parents of a son born at Bluff ton hospital, Friday. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sutter of Pandora at Bluff ton hospital, Thursday. Word has been received of the birth of a daughter, Lauretta Louise to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rupright of Ney, Ohio. Two From Here Win In State Contest Two Bluffton High musicians won “superior” ratings in the state music contest held last Saturday at Ober lin. These ratings, the highest awarded, make the local students eligible to compete in the national meets. Herbert Oyer, winner in the tenor solo competition will enter the na tional vocal contest at Anderson, Ind., May 12-13. Richard Mumma, winner in the susaphone solo division will enter the national instrumental contest at Indianapolis, the week of May 15-20. 6:30 p. m. Junior and Senior C. E. TOWN LEASES BUCKEYE LAKE Floats Will be Taken From Quarry this Week Repairs Start at Once Maynard Coon Named Manager Of New Municipal Swim ing Center Buckeye Lake was leased this week by the Bluffton town council from the Central Ohio Light and Power com pany and work will be started at once in reconditioning facilities of the swimming center for the coming seas on. The two floating beaches will be re moved from the quarry the latter part of this week, and following ex amination they will either be repaired or replaced. Contract for removal of the floats was given to Albert Garmatter at a cost not to exceed $6. Weight of the two has been estimated at 30 tons, and Garmatter said it likely will take a crew of 12 about two days to re move them from the quarry, using heavy block and tackle. In completing plans for the sum mer, the council named Maynard Coon manager of the swimming center, pending acceptance of terms. Under the proposed setup income from the sale of swimming tickets will be shar ed by the town and manager on a 50-50 basis. Proceeds from concessions and the lental of suits and baskets will go to the manager, but he will be respon sible for the stocking of these items. Cost of tickets will be determined later, and will depend largely on the expense entailed in repairing equip ment. Proceeds of a community auc tion sponsored by the Lions club ag gregating about $400, will be turned over to the town to defray a portion of repair expenses. Lease for the swimming center was signed by the council following re ceipt of a liability insurance policy protecting the town against mishaps. The policy covers $5,000 liability for one person and $10,000 for one accident. It cost the town $100. In surance as required under terms of the lease has been taken out on the bathhouse in the amount of $1,000 at a cost of $24.20. String Quartet Here On Friday Closing offering of the year on the Bluffton College Music Course will be presented Friday night at 8 o’clock in the college chapel with the appearance here of the cele brated Rink String Quartet. Carl Rink, first violinist of the quartet, is one of the first violinists in the Chicago Symphony orchestra. Other members of the touring group include Carl Racine, second violin Guido St. Rizzo, viola, and Vera Rehberg, cello. Rendition of chamber music by the string quartet has been widely ac claimed. Rare old Italian instru ments are used by the artists. Solt Will Head Radio Club Here Harold Solt, Bluffton college stu dent and part time employe of the Triplett Electrical Instrument com pany, was elected president of the Bluffton Amateur Radio club for the coming year at the annual elec tion of officers Monday night. Solt is owner and operator of am ateur radio station W’80LE. Other officers elected were: vice president, Nelson Herr secretary treasurer, Don Corson activity man ager, James Benroth. Wheat Market Here Is Highest Wednesday Since Last Summer Price is Quoted at 73 Cents Per Bushel: Crop Prospect Here is Good Corn Planting in Bluffton Dis trict Awaits Coming of Warm Weather In a sudden upsurge of activity, wheat prices on the Bluffton market registered 73 cents a bushel, Wed nesday morning, the highest since last summer, dealers stated. The market, which has held al most dormant in the low and mid dle sixties since the holidays took an upturn on reports of unfavorable outlook in the southwest, according to reports here. Outlook for the crop thruout this section is said to be generally good, according to farmers, although early spring freezing and thawing has done damage in spots. Spring Planting Late Spring planting, generally will be unusually late this year with sche dules disrupted by long continued wet and cold season. Much of the oats acreage which could not be sowed due to unfavorable conditions is being switched to soy beans. With hard frosts Monday and Tuesday nights, farmers pointed out that there must be a sharp reversal of weather conditions before corn planting. Thus far there has been no com planting in the Bluffton district this season. Last year a sizeable part of the crop went in the ground the last week in April. The major portion of the corn crop is generally planted here dur ing the ten-day period May 10 to 20. Little, if any planting is expected to be done before that time this year. H. B. Adams Dies Funeral Thursday Prof. Harold B. Adams, 81, retired piano instructor, died at his home on South Lawn avenue, Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock. His death followed a year of ill health, the last six weeks of which he had been confined to his bed.' Funeral services will be held at his residence Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with Rev. J. A. Weed of the Methodist church officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn cem etery, Lima. Mr. Adams, former piano instruct or in Bluffton college resided in Bluffton for the past twenty-five years. During the past few years he taught privately and conducted a sheet music store in Lima. He was born in Whitley county, Indiana, September 20, 1858. Edu cated in a country school he later attended Valparaiso university and studied music in Chicago. During his teaching career he taught at Holton, Kansas Baldwin university, Berea Heidelberg uni versity, Tiffin Lima college and Bluffton college. In 1881 he married Ida Griffith of Plymouth who died in 1894. Four children born to this marriage all of whom survive are Ray Adams, Seattle, Wash. Mrs. Walter Lauf fer, Columbus Mrs. Dwight Bair, Champaign, Ill. Mrs. G. E. List, Jr., New Kensington, Pa. In 1896 he married Julia Acker man of Lima who survives together with their son Rev. Paul A. Adams of Youngstown. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Olie Terman of Larwill, Ind., ten grandchildren and one great-grand child. Wed At Home Of Minister Here Wedding of Miss Evelyn Kohler and Chas. Fridley both of Bluffton, took place in a quiet ceremony at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Chas. Armentrout of the Pres byterian church, Saturday night at 8 o’clock. The vows were received by Rev. Armentrout, the single ring service being used. The couple was unat tended. Following the ceremony the couple left for Toledo where they spent Sunday with relatives. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kohler residing south of Bluffton is employed at the Triplett plant here. Mr. Fridley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Frid ley, north of town. The couple will reside at the home of the bride where Mr. Fridley will take charge of the Kohler farm. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1939 START CLEANINS OF WATER MAINS Nearly Two Truck Loads of Deposits Taken From One-Block Sector Hard Deposits of Sulphur and Lime Found by Cleaning Crew Nearly two triick loads of sulphur and lime deposits v -re taken Monday and Tuesday nights from the one block stretch of the water main on Poplar street between the municipal plant and Main str. vt. In the eight-inch mains the clean ing crews found a xery hard deposit ranging in thickm s from one-half to inch. A truck load of sulphur and lime was removed Monday night and work on the same sector was contin ued Tuesday in order to clean out the remainder. Water lines on Main street between Popular and Cherry streets will be the next section to be ceaned, it was announced. Water Shut Off To permit the work, city water will be shut off Thursday and Friday nights this week and Monday and Tuesday nights next week. Service is discontinued from 9 p. ni. until midnight, and patrons are requested to make preparatu accordingly. It is estimated that approximately six weeks will be required to complete cleaning of the mains. Practically all the work will be done late at night due to the fact that water service must be discontinued on the section of the mains which is being worked. Bluffton’s three-mile network of water line has not been cleaned since the municipal plant began operations here 40 years ago. Religious Education Program Sunday Eve Religious education classes in the Bluffton schools will present their annual spring program at the high school gymnasium, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. The program will be under direc tion of Miss Janet Henderson, in structor in religious education in the schools here. The following program has been arranged: Quiet music Devotions—5th and 6th Grades Song—First Grade Memory Work—f’ourth Grade Music—Choir Dramatization ‘‘The Unjust Ser vant”—Fourth Grade Song—Second Grade Memory Work—Third Grade Dramatization—‘‘Abraham Stops a Quarrel”—Fifth Grade Offering Congregational hymn Members of the Seventh and Eighth Grades will have on display projects illustrating the book of Acts. Return From Motor Trip To California C. G. Coburn of this place accom panied by his sister Mrs. May Hay ward and her daughter Mrs. Walter Pearson of New York city returned Saturday from a five weeks’ motor trip to the Pacific coast. The party visited twenty states and Old Mexico and coVered a dis tance of 8,000 miles. Mrs. Hayward and her daughter left the first of the week for their home in New York city. Miss Vera Ross Coburn of New York city, daughter of Mr. Coburn, who accompanied the party west re mained at Hollywood, Calif. One of the highlights of the trip was encountered at Omaha, Ne braska, where they party witnessed the celebration in observance of the building of the Union Pacific rail road thru Omaha seventy years ago. Residents of the city were garbed in costumes of that period, grew beards and hoop skirts were all the vogue. False fronts were placed thruout the business section, simi lar to those seen in the city in 1869. PEACE SPEAKER “Christ or Chaos” will be the sub ject of a sermon to be given in the First Mennonite church Sunday morning at 10 o’ckxjk by Dr. Elmer Cutshall. Dr. Cutshall, prominent in the Methodist church was formerly president of Iliff School of Theology in Denver and also Wesleyan Uni versity of Nebraska. He is widely known for his work in the interest of world peace. Officers of the Bluffton Business association announced the following places will be closed on Thursday afternoon beginning this week and continuing until September 1: Meat markets—Basinger’s, Bigler Bros. Dry cleaners—Alspach & Son, Suties. Siefield bakery, Mumma Electric shop, Helen’s Hat shoppe, S. F. Nonnamaker shoe repair, Basinger’s Furniture store, Neu-Art studio. Citizens National Bank, Drs. D. C. and Gordon Bixel optometrists. Dry goods—Peter Gratz, Lape Co. Game Came Into Existence in 1839 First Curve Ball Thrown in 1867 Sound Picture Shown at Lions Club Meeting and at Public Gathering Produced in celebration of the game’s centennial, “100 Years of Baseball,” an official American league sound film, was shown here twice Tuesday night. Coach A. C. Burcky, thru whom the film was brought to Bluffton, pre sented it at a dinner meeting of the Lions club, and later showed it at a public meeting in the high school aud torium. In the film was traced the develop ment of baseball from its rudimen tary form to the present highly scientific play of the major leagues. Evolution of the game was pictured from the creation of the first set of rules by Abner Doubleday in 1939. It was 1845 before the first baseball dub was organized, after Alexander J. Cartwright had suggested improve ments including limiting the game to nine innings and extending the dis tance between bases to the present 90 feet. In 1867 the curve ball was devel oped by William A. Cummings, and nine years later bats were imited to the present length, 42 inches, after they had grown to absurd proportions is a defense measure against the curve. Gloves and masks did not appear i until some 40 years after the inaug uration of the game, or about 1880 The first recorded slide was that made in 1866 by Robert Addy. Numerous comparisons were made I in the film between new and old styles of play, and big league stars appeared in exhibitions of pitching, fielding and batting. In closing views of the 1938 world series were shown. In connection with showing of the picture, Coach Burcky conducted a 15-minute normal session of his base ball theory class, which is composed of Bluffton college students studying the finer points of the game. Soldner Resigns At College Here G. T. Soldner, Bluffton college field secretary for the past two years has resigned his position it was announced the first of the week. The resignation will become ef fective after the close of the present school year. There are no plans at this time for filling the place, it was stated by Dr. L. L. Ramseyer, president of the college. With Soldner’s resignation came the announcement that he has been appointed to the sales staff of In vestors Syndicate of Minneapolis. The family, now living in the Mrs. Sarah Geiger pioperty on Cherry street, will continue to reside here. To Graduate From Engineering School Lysle Cahill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cahill of Jefferson street, will be graduated from Fenn college, Cleveland, May 19. He will com plete the course in electrical engin eering. Cahill was home, Sunday, visiting his parents here. It’s Leap Week at Bluffton col lege—that annual open season for man-hunting coeds—during which time the girls of the institution may with perfect propriety ask the men students for dates. Stores To Close Thursday Afternoon During Summer Barbers—Lewis, Patterson, Swank. Variety stores—Ruff’s 5c to $1 Shalley & Son. Groceries—A. & P., Badertscher’s, Baines, City Market, Community Market, Steinvi's Honicstore, Todd’s. Hardwares—L. T. Greding, John Fett & Sons. Dentists—Dr. F. & E. W. Basinger. Physicians—Dr. Bixel, Dr. Steiner, Dr. Soash, Dr. Travis. Clothing and shoe stores which will close on Thursday afternoon after June I are: Economy store, Fred Gratz, Walter Gratz, Steiner Huser. Evolution Of Baseball Traced In Film Shown Here Bv Coach Burcky With The Sick A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintend ent of the Bluffton schools has been confined to his home on South Lawn avenue on account of influenza com plications since last week. He is expected to resume his duties this Thursday. Mrs. Ruth Krohn is critically’ ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orlo Marshall of Rockport. Improvement is reported in the condition of G. A. Lehman, of Ro chester, N. Y., who is seriously’ ill with heart trouble in a hospital in that city. He was a former music instructor in Bluffton college. Mr. and Mrs. John Garlinger have received word from !s Angeles that their great granddaughter, Karol Lynn Kell, is ill with bronchial pneu monia. Mrs. Lillian McConnaughey, form erly of Bluffton who was a surgical patient in Lima Memorial hospital is improving in a convalescent home in that city. Mrs. Oscar Lora of South Main street who underwent a major opera tion at the Findlay hospital two weeks ago is convalescing nicely. Mrs. Mayne Milk, who has been ill with heart trouble since last win ter is improving at her home in Orange township. Mrs. A. E. Lugibill who has been critically ill at Bluffton hospital with heart trouble and complications for the past month was slightly im proved, Wednesday morning. No change is reported in the con dition of David G. Niswander who is seriously ill at the Bluffton hos pital with infection in his right hand. Oliver Locher, who has been ill with a kidney ailment, returned Wednesday to Cleveland for treat ment at Huron Road hospital. Husband Of Former Resident Succumbs James C. Callahan, Findlay resi dent and husband of the former Miss Mary Wilson of Bluffton, died at his home in that city. Death was due to cariconoma. Interment was made at his former home in Mans field. It’s Leap Week At Bluffton College— Coeds Paying For Movies And Soda Leap week, a Bluffton college tradition, is a week end set aside every year by the Student Senate Mr. Callahan was formerly con nected with the sales department of a lithographing concern but retired two years ago on account of failing health. His wife who survives, was a member of a pioneer Bluffton fam ily. She left here nearly thirty years ago. Three children by a further marriage also, survive. Old Barrel Scraper In News Window A relic of pioneer days, recognized by only a few’ in these modern times, is on display this U-eek in the win dow of The Bluffton News. It is a barrel scraper used by Isaac Habegger, pioneer farmer of the County line road, on the farm now occupied by Clem Suter. The scraper was brought in for display by Joseph Habegger, son of the ow’ner, w’ho also lives north of town. The implement has a wood handle about one foot in length at one end of which is a round blade with a knife edge. It was used to scrape the inside of charred barrels. of the institution when the girls do the dating and also pay the bills for movies and sodas. Leap week officially opens Friday night and continues until Monday night. It is reported that some of the coeds are getting off to a flying start and are now busy arranging a full week end program. A Good Place to Live and, Good Place to Trade NUMBER 1 NEW AERATOR IS COMPLETED oke-Typc System Placed in Use at Municipal Water Works Monday Use of New System Eventually Will Result in Better Tasting Water Likelihood that use of a new aer ating system at the municipal water works eventually will result in bet ter tasting water was predicted this week by Superintendent John W. Swisher. Construction of the new coke type aerator was completed at the re servoir Monday afternoon to the ex tent that water could be run thru the new system. It is likely that a few minor adjustments may be made, after which the entire aerator will be enclosed with a fine mesh screen. In the new’ aerating procedure the water is sprayed into the air and in falling runs thru three coke filled trays. Much of the sulphur and lime content of the water is expect ed to adhere to the coke, thereby resulting in an improved supply for the tow’n, Swisher pointed out. New Aerator More Compact Bluffton’s new aerator is much more compact than that formerly used, which will simplify enclosing it with a fine mesh screen to keep out filies and dirt. It is felt, however, that protection from wrigglers, such as found this spring, will be eliminated by the new system, without the need of the screen, because the w’ater is contin uously in motion and flies w?ould be prevented from laying eggs. Construction of the new aerator was started last week immediately after it had been recommended by the state board of health. Sugges tions of the board will be entirely complied with as soon as reservoirs are cleaned and the elevated tank is screened. Iii New Locations L. II. Foltz and family are occupy ing their property on South Main street, having moved from apart ments in the Chas. Patterson resi dence, adjoining. E. L. Krouse and family who oc cupied the Foltz property have moved to Lima. Glen Ramer and family have moved from the Mrs. Wm. Amstutz property on Mound street to the South Main street property vocated last month by A. D. Gratz and family. The property has been pur chased by the federal government as the site for Bluffton's new post office. Work on the site, however, is not expected to begin for several months. Wm. Amstutz and family who have occupied the property of the late Mrs. Jacob Amstutz on Mound street will move into the residence vacated by Ramer. Harry Shrider and family expect to move soon from the Biederman property on South Main street to Arlington w’here he operates a fill ing station. Wayne Harris and family will move early this month from the Mrs. Fred Hahn property, the form er Rudolph Althaus property, at North Law’n avenue and Elm streets, into their property on Riley street purchased recently from Mrs. Gladys Rainey of Findlay. Adam Amstutz and his sister, Miss Barbara Amstutz who sold their farm west of town, are occupying the property on Spring street which they recently purchased. Levi Frankhauser and family who form erly occupied the property have moved to Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Bixel expect to move soon from their home on South Main street into apartments now’ being fitted up on the second floor of the Bixel Motor Sales build ing at North Main and Elm streets. Real Estate Deals Wayne Harris has purchased the Mrs. Gladys Rainey property on Riley street recently vacated by Ken neth Jackson. Harris expects to oc cupy the property shortly moving from his present location at North Lawn avenue and Elm street The deal was made by Althaus & Collins. Norman Triplett purchased three building lots in the Schumacher ad dition on Grove street between the S. V. Heckathorn and Mrs. Edna Badertscher properties the first of the week.