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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV COUNCIL REBUFFS STATE EXAMINER Recommendation on Street Lighting Accounting Brings Sharp Criticism Cost of Examination, Borne by Municipality is Excessive, Complaint Caustic criticism rang thru the municipal council chamber Monday night following the report of recom mendations of J. E. Gotherman, ex aminer from the State Bureau of Inspection and Supervision of Public Offices who Saturday completed an examination of the town’s records covering the past three years. Rarely has a Bluffton village council been so unanimous in such sharp condemnation of any matter brought before it. Both Mayor W. A. Howe and members of the council declared that Gotherman’s recom mendations were arbitrarily laid down and that to follow them would constitute a direct infringement on the legal prerogatives of the council, the governing body of the munici pality. That at least one of the examin er’s major recommendations would be ignored was apparent as the council session adjourned Monday night. Recommends Pay for Street Lights One of the principal items in the examiner’s report which drew fire from the council was the recom mendation that the municipality pay for its street lighting, taking money from the general fund and trans ferring it into the light fund. Members of the council pointed out that there is no way under the present tax set-up whereby this sum could be obtained to pay for street lighting, unofficially estimated at not less than $2,500 annually. Legal opinions of the attorney general which Corporation Clerk Carold Steiner said Gotherman had submitted in support of his conten tion, were dismissed by the council as not applicable to the local situa tion. May Continue Present System Although no action was taken, sentiment in the council appeared unanimous to ignore the examiner’s recommendation and continue the present practice whereby current for street lighting is furnished by the municipally owned plant for which no service charge is rendered. Going into the matter further, council members pointed out that to follow the examiner’s recommenda tion would mean that one village fund (general) would owe another village fund (light) without any means of effecting a settlement. This would, accordingly, be carried continually on the town’s books as a delinquent account against itself, the council declared. Sharp criticism was also made by council members when it was learned that Gotherman’s examination of the municipal records had required six teen days. Cost of the examination, $10 per day, is borne by the munici pality, it was stated by Corporation Clerk Steiner. Cost Too High, Complaint Council members claimed that this amount of time and the resultant cost, were greatly in excess of that required by previous examiners. Also, they pointed out, the examina tions should be made at more fre quent intervals than once in three years. Other recommendations by Gother man were made in routine bookkeep ing in the municipal, cemetery and board of public affairs departments. To what extent the examiner’s recommendations will be carried out was not clear the first of the week. James Miller To Coach At Pandora James Miller, who was graduated from Bluffton college early this month, has accepted a position at Pandora high school for the coming year as athletic coach and instructor. Miller has been prominent in ath letics throughout his high school and college career, participating in football, basketball and baseball. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Miller of South Main street. Births The following births at the Bluff ton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wilkins, a daughter, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Marshall, a daughter, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Duane Hilty, Colum bus Grove, a son, Monday. Bumper Crop Of Cherries Is Ripe Here f^HERRY pickers are busy in the Bluffton district harvest ing a bumper crop from heavily laden trees. Likewise house wives here are busily engaged this week in canning. Raspberries are also reported plentiful this year and the out look for fruit' is generally good. LIGHT RATE CUT TO BENEFIT 500 Average Domestic User Will Save 30 Cents Monthly, Board Announces New Schedule Effective With June Billing: Initial Rate Is Lower Bluffton’s electric current rate re duction, effective with the June bill ing on July 1, will result in a sav ing of 30 cents a month to the aver age domestic user, it was announced Wednesday by the Board of Public Affairs. A flat reduction of one cent per KWH for the first 30 KWH is pro vided by the new rate schedule. Previously the first 30 KWH have been billed to patrons at six cents per KWH, but the future rate is to be reduced to five cents. This will provide a saving of 30 cents monthly to all users whose bills have been $1.80 or more for each billing period. It is estimated that approximately 500 patrons will benefit from the re duction, and that aggregate savings will be more than $50 monthly. Only One Change Domestic rates will be unchanged othei than for the one-eent reduction in the initial classification range. Several minor changes other than for the starting bracket are to be made in commercial rates. The electric current rates now be ing discontinued have been in effect here since February, 1936, when a 20 per cent reduction was made from the previous schedule. New rates for domestic users, effective with the billing on July 1, are as follows: First 30 KWH, five cents per KWH next 30 KWH, four cents per KWH next 40 KWH, three cents per KWH next 100 KWH, two and one-half cents per KWH and next 200 KWH, two cents per KWH. New rate schedule cards will be available for patrons at the time of the July 1 billing, it was announced. In announcing the cut in electric current rates, the board at the same time said municipal heating rates are to be boosted from 15 cents per square foot of radiation to 20 cents per square foot, this fall. Real Estate Deals Clarence Steiner has purchased the Dorsey Amstutz farm of 80 acres one mile west of Bluffton from the heirs, Mrs. John Dunbar residing on the farm and Mrs. Martha Leichty Artus of Texas. Possession will be given October 1. Mr. and Mrs. John Dunbar, resid ing on the Dorsey Amstutz farm have purchased the M. L. Perkins farm of 40 acres in Orange town ship on the county line. Posses sion will be given Oct. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins will return to their former home in Leipsic. Foregoing deals were made by the H. W. Althaus agency. Haymaking, Corn Cultivation And Wheat Harvest Crowd Farm Hands Forrest L. Steinman of Bluffton, Governor of Lions International Dis trict 13-A, comprising the north half of Ohio, will complete his year of activity by presenting a charter to a new Lions club at Bucyrus, Ohio, this Wednesday evening. Dr. Rarrel D. Bibler, president of this new club, will accept the charter. M. A. Deere is secretary. Bluffton Man Completes Term As Lions District Governor During Steinman’s term of office, which will expire at the close of the Internatipnal convention in Pitts burgh, next month, he has presented charters to nine new clubs, namely: Green Springs, Sunbury, Tallmadge, Stowe, Marion, Cortland, Mt. Ver- Farmers Working Early and l^ate to Keep Pace with Growing rops Corn Prospects Particularly Bright Outlook for Po tatoes Good Farmers are busy from dawn un til dark these days attempting to keep pace with the rapid develop ment of thriving crops. Last week’s rains, referred to gen erally in agricultural districts as a “million-dollar” downpour, led to much of the present congestion by keeping farmers from their fields in the days immediately preceding the start of the wheat harvest. Hot weather further aggravated the situation by ripening the wheat crop rapidly, with the result that cutting was under way in earnest early this week. Many Jobs Urgent With wheat ready for harvesting farmers also found themselves faced by the necessity of cultivating the booming corn crop and making hay, in addition to the hundred and one other farm jobs that are always there. Hay is much better than had been anticipated, rains of the past few weeks having done a world of good, after initial prospects had been none too bright. The greatest difficulty experienced at present is in attempt ink to get hay making completed without at the same time neglecting the wheat harvest or corn cultiva tion. While some hay was damaged by frequent rains of the past week, the benefits to other crops more than offset any losses sustained by hay, farmers stated. Corn Crop Booms Corn prospects are unusually good, and excellent growing weather will give a crop “hip-high” by the Fourth of July instead of the “knee-high” type usually expected. Potato prospects also are good, and all farm crops »re reflecting the benefit of timely rains received dur ing the past few weeks. Vacation For Meter Works Next Week Plants of The Triplett Electrical Instrument Co. and the Readrite Meter Works will be closed next week for the annual summer vaca tion for employes. With the exception of a small force in the office the two concerns will completely discontinue opera tions. This is the third successive summer in which employes have re ceived a vacation in July. Pre-School Child Clinic On July 6 A pre-school child health clinic will be held in the Grade school building on Thursday morning, July 6 from 9 o’clock to 11:30. The clinic is being held under auspices of the Parent-Teacher association. Parents who have children entering school in the first grade next fall are urged to bring them to the clinic for free examination. Ask Cleaning Of Big Riley Creek A petition bearing thirty-three signatures was presented to the town council Monday night request ing the cleaning of the channel of Big Riley creek. Although no action was taken on the petition, the council discussed plans for a general cleanup of in dustrial and domestic sewage now being emptied into the stream. non, Danville, and Bucyrus. There has been a net increase of 372 new members, which now brings the total membership of 13-A Dis trict up to 1,973. Restoring the eyesight to four children was the outstanding activ ity of the year, together with the fact some of the Lions members act as “Dads” for boys who are paroled in their custody, instead of being sent to a state penal institution. Over 300 pairs of eye-glasses were supplied to children, one club alone having furnished 57 pairs. Dozens of white canes were presented to (Continued on page 8) THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, RAILROAD WILL IMPROVE TRACK A. C. & Y. Pusht Program for Reba I: Right of Way summer sting Improve 26 Mile St ret i of Line Between Bluffton and Delphos Improvement of 26 miles of the A. C. and Y. railroad is under way with a crew of more than 40 men engaged in reballasting the track from Delphos to one mil e west of Bluffton. Work likely will exmlmle for the rest of the summer and the program will include the laying of new stone ballast and replacement of ties. Three years ago the rail road made initial improvements to the same section when new rails were laid from Carey to Delphos, a listance of 55 miles. When the Willis A. Steiner, 51, Lima indus trialist, and a native of the Swiss Settlement died at his home in Lima, Monday morning following a heaid attack. He was a member of the firm of Steiner Brothers Machine company widely known as makers of machine tools and dies and was well known in industrial circles. He was born on what is now the Andrew Balmer farm four miles northwest of Bluffton, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Steiner. Surviving are his wife Katherine and two sons Phares and Donald at home four brothers Amos of Waynesboro, Pa. Peter, Noah and John, all of Lima, and four sisters Mrs. David Nusbaum and Mrs. An drew Balmer of Bluffton Mrs. J. L. McCleary, Waynesboro, Pa., and Miss Rhoda Steiner, Lima. Funeral services were held W ed nesday afternoon in Lima conducted by Rev. Paul Graeser, pastor of the First Reformed church of that city. Interment was in Lima Woodlawn cemetery. Young People At Lakeside For Week A group of young people from the Bluffton Church of Christ are spend ing the week in Lakeside attending a young people’s conference of that denomination. They will return Sun day. Those from here in attendance in clude: Misses Mary Lou Carr, Gertrude Ewing, Luella Luginbuhl, Mary Jane Manges, Marcene Stonehill and Vera Welty. Fred Fritchie and Robert Luginbuhl. No Mail Delivery Here Next Tuesday There will be no Bluffton city or Tuesday,, Fourth o at the post office i the day but mail and dispatched as Wl Cara! Tripl 'Ballasting program is completed the right of way between Bluffton and Delphos will be the equal of any section on the line. A crew of 40 has been hired for the work, in addition to le regular section crew, it was annomiced. Five of the employes are fron Bluffton. Reballasting of the road was started about six weeks aj?o at Del phos, and it likely wi!i be the close of summer before the woi’k is coni pl eted. News Correspondence Notice QINCE the Bluffton News office will be closed all day on Tuesday, Fourth of July, letters from correspondents and other news matter for publication in the next issue should reach the office not later than next Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Former Settlement Resident uccumbs tions mail delivery on ural routes next July. Windows vill be closed for will be received usual. ly, will be sus- Business, genera pended for the daj Relative Of Families' Huber Succumbs Word has been the death of Mrs. of Goshen, Ind., 1 home in that city ceived here of i.t'ona Cripe, 50, iho died at her a st week. the daughter of of Goshen, and er families here, re held in Goshen mt at that place. Mrs. Cripe was Calvin Huber, alsc related to the Hui Funeral services w followed by interm Parades wound a tortuous path through packed streets and in the procession were gaily decorated pony carts, bands, and at the head Uncle Sam figures in red, white and blue costumes. Pink lemonade stands banked the streets, always surrounded by a crowd. Spread-eagle oratory was ex pected and always was available, fol lowing which the big baseball game of the season was played. In those days there were no auto mobiles, so everyone stayed home, and since the celebration was one worth going miles to see everyone in the entire area came to Bluffton. Sometimes the railroad ran an ex cursion to Cedar Point over the Fourth. These tours were so popu lar that there were seldom enough coaches for the crowds buying tick ets and the aisles were jammed with those standing. The moving finger of time, how ever, has wrought changes in all of this, and the hectic celebrations of another era now live only in the memory of a few of the older folk who recall when “anything went” on the Fourth and safe and sane cele brations would have been hooted into the background. Filling Station Changes Hands Ralph Diller has purchased from L. H. Foltz the latter’s gasoline fill ing station at South Main street and Bentley road. Diller took possession the first of the week and will con tinue to handle products of the Johnson Oil Refining company which were marketed here at that station for many years. Foltz has made no announcement of his future plans. Exiled In Bluffton By Spanish War, Manuel Caragol Leaves For Home ?hooling was completed a position with the any awaiting th stilities in Spain job also gave him the opportunity to become fully acquainted with pro ducts of the firm, which is represent ed in Spain and Portugal by Cara gol’s father. After his return to Barcelona young Caragol will take an active Old-Fashioned Fourth In Contrast Holiday was Paradise of Bedlam For Youngsters Back in Those Days Parades, Pink Lemonade, Ora tory, Baseball All Included On Day’s Program isnione i the Fourth cannon thundcjring at daybreak and giant fire cra:kers go mg off at sun down remain only a memory as Blufftoi tor the second consecutive year pl ans to follow a safe and sane observance of the Fourth next Tues day. Celebrations of today are decidedly marked in contrast to those our fathers knew when the holiday was a paradise of bedlam for the young sters and a day of uproarious en joyment for the grownups. Cannon roared a salute at the crack of dawn in those days, fire crackers popped all day long, and in the evening there was a gigantic fireworks display. Fireworks will go on sale in Bluffton next Monday, but their dis charge within the city limits will be limited to one day only—the Fourth —in the town’s “safe and sane” ob servance of the holiday. The Caragol family, all American citizens, took no part in the Spanish war, but business was almost com pletely disrupted by the conflict. During the siege of Barcelona, where the Caragols have their home, most of the family left Spain. Word received from his father prior to Caragol’s departure indi cated that altho certain sections of Bercelona were in ruins most of the city escaped unscathed and chances are there will be few remaining evi dences of the war when he reaches home. To Today’s Safe-Sane Celebration open celebra of July with WHEAT HARVEST IS UNDER WAY Cutting of Crop Expected to be Completed by the End Of The Week Average Yield Anticipated by Farmers Threshing With in Next Two Weeks ting of wheat is under way in earnest week, unless rains interfere. In a few areas the grain was cut as early as last Saturday and by the middle of the week most farmers had managed to get to at least part of their crop. General forecasts are optimistic, in dicating the yield will be about 20 bushels to the acre, an average crop. Most of the stalks are said to have headed nicely. Quality is expected to be better than that of last year. No Rain Damage Recent heavy rains have brought no report of damage since grain heads have been too light to be beaten to the ground. Straw, altho somewhat shorter than average, is of pretty good growth on the whole. Those planting early have reported that destruction caused by Hessian fly infestation will be heavier than usual this year. Evidence is seen of the damage by the “straw-broken” stand in quite a few fields. Wheat rust has been noticed by a few others. The crop this year is early, altho not as much as last season when cut ting was under way by the third week in June. Harvesting generally is not started until the first week in July. Unless weather interferes threshing will be well underway within the next week or ten days. In some sections farmers are harvesting and threshing their crops at the same time by means of combines. No Fireworks Sale Before Monday, Discharge Restricted To One Day Fne crackers, torpedoes or other explosives may not be discharged in the business district at any time. Boundaries of the restricted area are from College avenue to Washing ton street and from Jackson street to Big Riley creek. Discharge of fireworks in the resi Free Magic Show Next Wednesday A free magic show for evening shoppers in Bluffton will be an at traction here on Wednesday night of next week, it is announced by the Bluffton Merchants association. The show will be staged by a traveling magician on the vacant parking lot on South Main street ad joining the Risser Sandwich shop at 9 o’clock. A number of rabbits which will be magically produced during the program will be given to children in the audience, it is announced. dential section is limited to one day only—the Fourth. The residential district includes all parts of the town not in the business area. Under the town's safe and sane regulations, dealers will not be per mitted to display or sell their stocks befon next Monday, the day before the Fourth. Future permission for the use of fireworks in Bluffton’s Fourth of July celebration will depend largely on the cooperation of the public in the observance of this year’s re stricted program, it was announced. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 9 WOMAN KILLED IN AUTO CRASH ndiana Woman Is Instantly Killed in Accident on Dixie Highway Tuesday Two (ars Meet at Intersection of Main Highway and ounty Road road intersection eight miles north of Bluffton on the Dixie highway claimed the life of Mrs. Emma I hompson, 60, of Knightstown, Ind., Tuesday night at 7 o’clock. 1 he accident occurred near Rawson as Mrs. Thompson and her daughter, Mrs. Loraine Ramsey, 39, also of Knightstown were driving north to Port Clinton to visit friends when their car crashed into another ma- chine driven by Carl W. Dukes, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ura Dukes of Blanchard township. Dukes was driv ing on Hancock county road 37 which runs east from the Rawson school. Mrs. Thompson died almost in stantly from a skull fracture and the body was taken to the Otto fun eral home in Rawson. Her daughter, Mrs. Ramsey is in the Findlay hos pital with a fractured lower right arm, fractured ribs lacerated scalp Dukes Uninjured s, driver of the other injured. The accider curred as Dukes, enroute east on the country road, attempted to cross the Dixie. Dukes told State Highway Patrol man R. I. Governor that he was headed straight across the highway for Jenera where an open-air motion picture show was held Tuesday night. He stopped at the intersection to allow a truck to pass from the northeast, he told the patrolman. Dukes said he noticed an automobile coming from the southwest when he approached the crossing but think I ing it was some distance away he started across after the truck had passed. The Indiana machine struck Dukes’s car on the right front side and sent it into the ditch on the south side of the state highway and to the east of the intersection. The car with the women in it then ap parently hit the ditch, bounced into the air, struck a tree and piled up on the right front fender and motor of the other car, Patrolman Gover nor said. Top Hits Tree Bark was scraped from the tree and the top of the Indiana car was caved in which led the patrolman, and Dukes to believe that it might have half turned in the air and struck the tree top first. Dukes and Donald Folk, Findlay barber who was enroute to his home in Mt. Cory, pulled the two women from their auto. The door on the right side had come open and Mrs. Thompson was partly thrown out while the driver, Mrs. Ramsey, was pinned under the crushed top. Mrs. Thompson died as she was being re moved from the wreckage. Dr. H. O. Crosby, Hancock county coroner, withheld a verdit and said he would conduct an inquest as soon as Mrs. Ramsey’s condition is such that she may be questioned. Dukes said he had driven from his home near Moffit Station to Raw son where he expected to pick up a friend. The friend was not home, however, and Dukes was alone. Bn joy Outing At Michigan Lake Bluffton high school girls, com prising the Future Home Makers of America are enjoying a week’s out ing at Devil's lake, near Jackson, Mich. The girls, together with their advisers, Misses Edythe Cupp and Florence Duffield of the high school faculty left last Saturday morning. Members of the group are: Alice Kohler, A lice Mae Amstutz, Rosann Hilty, Dorothy Garmatter, Mary El len Burkholder, Veldean Moser, Dor- othy Burkholder, Jeanett Burkhold er, Doris Garmatter, Ruth Ryan, Dorothy Long. Mae Huber, Edna Huber, Marceille Reichenbach, Treva Harris, Lois Schaublin, Wava Fisher and Gladys and Dorothy Klingler. Regal Lily Plant Has Many Blooms A regal lily plant bearing twenty blossoms is attracting much attention on the lawn of the Diller funeral home on South Main street. Flori culturists state that rarely are seen this number of blooms on one plant at the same time.