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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV MARCH 27 TO BE BLUFFTON’S CLEAN UP DAY Council Designates Next Wed nesday for Annual Spring Cleanup Here Date this Year is Nearly One Month Early to Aid in Mosquito Campaign Marking the opening of an exten sive program aimed at eliminating Bluffton’s summer mosquito infesta tion, the town’s annual municipal spring cleanup will be conducted next Wednesday, March 27. Cleanup Day has been set nearly a month earlier than usual to permit a start on the eradication of mosquito breeding places before the larvae seas on is here. In hopes of making the mosquito control program a success, 100 per cent cooperation in Cleanup Day is urged by Mayor Wilbur A. Howe and members of the town council. Remove Rubbish Free 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 for easy handling. All such rubbish-filled containers should be placed on alleys or streets in spots easily accessible by truck. No ashes will be hauled by the cleanup crew, and residents are urged to make other arrangements for dis posing of them as quickly as possible. In announcing the drive, Mayor Howe urged residents of the town to cooperate to the fullest in cleaning up their properties, so that Bluffton might go into the spring season with a spick-and-span appearance. War On Mosquitoes Removal of tin cans ,rubbish and piles of other debris will go far to ward eliminating possible breeding places for mosquitoes and the cleanup program will mark the first step ne cessary in opening a mosquito control program here. Annual cleanup day activities in the spring are beneficial to the town, and the cost is relatively small, the mayor said. Altho the cleanup crew may not be able to cover the entire town in one day, everyone is requested to have de bris ready for removal on the day set by the council. Nine More Days To Buy 1940 Auto Tags Motorists have only nine more days to obtain their 1940 auto tags if they wish to drive their cars on or after April 1. That was the warning sounded Wednesday by Robert Lewis, Bluff ton district distributor, who reported that sales have been moving slowly thus far and there are indications of a heavy last-minute rush. No extension will be allowed this year, Lewis said. Headquarters for the distribution of auto tags are in the Steiner Chevrolet garage. With The Sick John Swisher, superintendent of the electric light and waterworks plant is attending to his duties with his right arm in a sling. Swisher sustained an injury to his upper right arm when it was hit by a falling timber while putting in the foundation for the new turbine at the municipal plant here. Mrs. Wm. Ryan of Orange town ship is a patient in Findlay hospital, ill with quinsy. Miss Ruth Murray is convalescing at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Murray of South Main street following an operation at Bluffton hospital. Miss Rachel Schaublin who re cently underwent an operation at Bluffton hospital is improving at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin south of Bluffton. Alva Morrison, formerly of Bluff ton, now in Pine Hurst, N. C., is slowly recovering from a slight stroke which he suffered three weeks ago. Henry Wehrly of Pandora, well known here is ill at the home of his sister, Mrs. Regina Lemley of that place following a stroke last week. Edgar Bixel and family residing west of Bluffton will move soon to Richmond, Ind., where he will take treatments at a sanitarium. Angler Catches Five Pound Bass As Season Opens pERHAPS last Sunday’s spring-like weather gave you the urge to go fishing—but did you do anything about it? William T. Phillips, of near Bluffton, an employe of the Cen tral Ohio Light and Power Co., anxious to be the first fisherman to wet a line in the National quarry, tried his luck during the afternoon. The result—a five-pound small mouth bass, caught while he was fishing off the light plant bulkhead. SEEK OPTION FOR SEWAGE PLANT SITE Mayor is Given Power to Ne gotiate with Utility for Five Acre Tract Council Wants Two Year Op tion on Land Near West End of Buckeye Preparing for the possibility that a movement may be revived for a mu nicipal sewage disposal system, the Bluffton village council Monday night authorized preliminary negotiations for an option on a site for a disposal plant. Their action followed announce ment that funds for the federal gov ernment’s share of a proposed disposal system may be approved at Washing ton this spring, despite the fact that the town voted down the WPA pro ject presented at the polls last No vember. At Monday’s meeting, the council authorized Mayor Wilbur A. Howe to contact officials of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. relative to the possibility of taking a two-year op tion on the site which has been rec ommended as a suitable location for a sewage disposal plant. The proposed site is on land owned by the power company at the western end of the Buckeye quarry. It consists of a triangular strip con taining approximately five acres on which the old “dynamite house” is located, bounded by the Bigler road, the A. C. and Y. railroad and the western extremity of the Buckeye. Should WPA approval of the project be granted in Washington, govern ment funds would be available for construction of the sewage disposal system here, providing funds for the municipality s share of the cost would be made raised later. Altho there is no sentiment as yet for revival of the disposal program, a campaign might be launched should WPA funds be drafted. It is to pre pare »r that contingency that the town council decided to take steps to obtain an option on the site near the Buckeye. Announce Census Enumerators Here Homer Bracy of North Main street has been appointed to take the census in Bluffton, beginning early next month, it was announced the first of the week. Census enumerators in the rural districts of Richland township will be Leonard Gratz and Willard Jen nings. Births Mf. and Mrs. Paul Stauffer of West College avenue are the par ents of a daughter Pauline Ann born at Bluffton hospital, Tuesday. It’s here—spring the season of flowers, romance—and housecleaning. Although the weather gave no indi cation of the fact, spring officially arrived at 1:24 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, according to those who figure such things down to the fine point. FARM HOME TAKES FIRE FROM FLUE Bluffton Fire Truck Makes Run To Home of Omer Augs burger, Wednesday Blaze Fanned by Strong March Wind Controlled by Use of Chemical Outfit Fanned by a strong March wind, a fire which threatened to destroy the farm dwelling occupied by Omer Augsburger and family in Orange township was checked when the Bluffton fire department made a hurried run to the scene of the blaze shortly before noon, Wednesday. Augsburger occupies the Mrs. John Ewing farm two miles east of Bluffton on Route 103. The blaze, believed to have origi nated from a defective chimney was discovered by Mrs. Augsburger while preparing dinner. Responding to a telephone call for aid, the Bluffton fire department arrived on the scene in time to save the dwelling with use of the chem ical apparatus. Damage estimated at $200 was confined principally to the kitchen interior and part of the exterior siding. Yes, It’s True—Spring Arrived In Bluffton Wednesday Afternoon MANY CENSUS QUESTIONS FOR FARMERS HERE Enuerators to Have Over Two Hundred Questions for Rural Residents Census Queries Cover Many Phases of Farm Operation And Properties Farmers of this area will have 232 questions to answer when census enumerators come calling on them within the next two weeks it was learned last week. In order that occupants of farms may be somewhat prepared when the census is started the first week in April, sample farm schedule blanks are being mailed to rural boxholders. Other samples are available at county offices. In the farm census will be questions on practically every phase of farm operations. Information will be sought on farm tenure, acreages, values, mortgages, taxes, other sources of income, farm expenditures, number of automobiles, trucks, tractors, kind and number of livestock, crops harvested last year, including fruits and vegetables, etc. Census enumerators also will ask farmers if they have had any dealings w’ith cooperatives, the amount of honey produced, how many fur pelts were taken fypm the farms and many other questions. Program Takes Shape For Lions Club Revue Seventeen amateurs specializing in novelty and musical acts have been signed to appear in the Bluffton Lions club revue which will be pre sented Tuesday night, April 2, in the Bluffton High gymnasium. Other entries are being received, and anyone interested in competing for the $25 offered in prizes are urged to contact either P. W. Stauf fer or Dr. Gordon Bixel. Arrival of spring one day ahead of the usual date is due to the fact that this is leap year, which has put one extra day into the calendar. Next year spring should put in her appearance also on March 20, but six hours later in the day. The fol lowing year spring will arrive on the traditional March 21. FHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1940 g.UESTLONIiAIRE JO EVERYo BLUFFTON HOUSEHOLDER Easter—one of the outstanding events on the church calendar, a har binger of spring and marking an im portant milestone in mercantile circles will be observed in Bluffton over the week end. Preparations for the occasion are seen in pre-Easter activities which are absorbing the interest of the town this week. Special programs in churches, new Easter wardrobes and the perennial interest in home gard ening-all are apparent. Union Good Friday sendees will be held at the Presbyterian church from 1 to 3 p. m. with pastors from the various Bluffton churches speaking during the two hours. The annual Easter bazaar sponsor ed by the Woman’s Auxiliary for ben- Wealth And Poverty Contrasts In farmers sign FOR TRIPLE A CROP PROGRAM Twenty Percent of Richland Township’s 375 Farmers Accept Contracts Committee in Charge Plans a House to House Canvass During April Approximately 20 percent of Rich land township’s 375 farmers already have signed comnltf nre contracts for the 1940 Federal Jt^A farm program, it was announced this week. Signing was started two weeks ago, with 75 contracts being drafted in two Thursday meetings in the Richland grange hall. Additional signatures will be obtain ed in a house to house canvass of the rural area, it was announced by Amos Moser, chairman of the Richland township committee in charge of the drive. It is expected that this year’s con tracts will be about the same in num ber as those obtained in 1939 when 80 percent of the township’s 375 farmers signed compliance agreements. Clos ing date for the campaign is May 1. Require Full Compliance In signing contracts this year, farmers must agree to both corn and wheat restrictions to obtain parity payments, it was pointed out by Mos er. This differs from the program of preceding years when a farm operator could comply with one phase of the AAA program and disregard the oth er. Under the 1940 program, the parity allotment for com is five cents a bushel, and that for wheat is ten cents a bushel. With the parity pay ment and adjustment, the total com payment will be 15 cents a bushel, and that for wheat 19 cents a bushel. In making com and wheat acreage allotments, the 1936-1937 season is used as the base year. Moser said that in 1939, a farmer with an 80 acre farm received approximately $200 under the AAA program for full corn and wheat compliance. Members of the township AAA com mittee include Moser, the chairman, Willard Jennings and Sol Steiner. Fred Mueller and D. E. Daily are the alternates. In New Locations Lloyd McCarty has moved from the Basinger property on Thurman street to the Chidester farm south of town which he recently pur chased. Carl Binkley who occupied the Chidestei* farm has moved to Beaverdam. Rev. A. F. Albro who occupied the Todd property in Cherry street has moved to the Lloyd Basinger prop erty on Jefferson street. Burl Moyer has moved from the Mrs. Edith Mann apartments on North Main street to the Tudd prop erty. Mrs. Ella Long is moving this week from the Chas. Patterson prop erty on Cherry street to the Mrs. Mann apartments. The Patterson property is expected to be remodeled this spring. Myriad oi Pre-Easter Activities Occupy Center of Interest in Bluffton This Week efit of Bluffton hospital will be held at the C. F. Niswander implement store all day Saturday. The Easter-egg hunt on Harmon field, one of the high spots of the year for Bluffton kiddies will be held Sat urday afternoon. All children are in vited to the frolic which is under di rection of the Woman’s Auxiliary of Bluffton Legion post. A one day vacation will be observed by the public schools when classes will be dismissed all day Friday. Classes at Bluffton college will continue as usual. With the weather clearing and brisk the first of the week local re tail stores were anticipating the first rush of spring trade the last of this week and outfitters are looking for Are Striking Cuba, Speaker Says Relief or Social Agencies are Unknown, Bluffton Man Tells Lions Bluffton High School Basket ball Team are Guests of Club, Tuesday In Cuba people are either very rich or very poor, Edgar Chamber lain told members of the Lions club Tuesday in describing a winter vaca tion trip to Havana. Chamberlain’s talk was given at a dinner meeting of the club in the Walnut Grill, at which 11 members of the championship Bluffton High basketball team and their coach, Dwight Diller, were guests. A middle class such as we have in the United States is unknown in Cuba, Chamberlain explained at the session. At one extreme is the very rich class, which controls the business, economic and political life of the country. They have no concern or sympathy for the poorer majority of the populace who must scrape a liv ing together as beat they can. There is no such a thing as relief or social service work on the island for the unfortunate. In Havana the Spanish custom of an afternoon siesta results in the cessation of all business activity dur ing the hotter hours of the day. During the winter all business closes from noon until two o’clock, and in the summer they do not re-open un til four o’clock. Cuban women are never seen on the streets of Havana during the day, which is quite a departure from the everyday life of the typical American city. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain spent several days in Cuba during the win ter. They flew by airplane from Florida to Havana, a distance of 90 miles. While there they visited all the places of historic interest in the Cu ban capital, including a trip to see the wreckage of the United States Battleship Maine which was sunk in the Havana harbor just before the outbreak of the Spanish-American war. Easter Bazaar The annual Easter bazaar for benefit of the Bluffton Community hospital will be held at the C. F. Niswander implement store all day Saturday. All foodstuffs donated for the bazaar should be sent by 9:30 a. m. if possible. The bazaar is under direction of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the hospital. Bluffton youngsters will look for the treasure left by the Easter rab bit at Harmon field Saturday after noon when they participate in the annual Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the Bluffton American Legion post and the Auxiliary. Should weather prove unfavorable the egg hunt and contests will be held in Legion hall instead of at the recreation center. Starting time for the event will be 2:30 p. m. Those in charge of the program estimate that 100 dozen gaily colored Easter eggs will be used in setting the stage for the annual egg hunt. considerable belated trade on Satur day. Easter services will be ushered in with a sunrise service under auspices of the Young People’s Federation at the Methodist church at 6:30 o’clock. Rev. H. D. Camp of Rawson will be the guest speaker. Special services will be held in churches thruout the town on Sunday morning. A cast from the Young People’s Federation will present a three act drama “A Crown of Thorns” at St. John’s Reformed church, Sunday ev ening at 8:15. The play is also sched uled for presentation at Rockport Presbyterian church on Good Friday night at 7:30. 65 COUNTY CANDIDATES ENTER RACE Large Number of Aspirants in Field for Primary to be Held May 14 County Commissioner and Sheriff Nominations are Most Sought After Hold Kiddies Easter Egg Hunt At Hannon Field Saturday Afternoon With a field of 65 candidates filing petitions for major offices, Allen county and the district will have one of the liveliest primary election cam paigns in years, it was indicated last Friday night when the filing deadline was reached. Two county offices are especially popular with candidates—those for nominations for two seats on the county commission and for sheriff’s. Eleven candidates, seven Democrats and four Republicans ,have entered the race for the commissioner nomi nation. Seeking the sheriff’s office are five Republicans and two Demo crats. 12 Contests On Ticket In the May 14 primaries Democrats will have contests for seven offices, and Republicans will compete for nominations on five tickets. Fourteen candidates .eight Republi cans and six Democrats ,will be un opposed. Republicans who have a clear field include Congressman Robert F. Jones, State Senator Fred R. Seibert, State Representative L. H. Myers, John H. Davison, candidate for probate judge Prosecutor Paul T. Landis, Hobart M. Mummaugh, candidate for county en (Continued on page 8) Union Good Friday Service In Afternoon Union Good Friday services will be held in the Bluffton Presbyterian church from 1 to 3 p. m. this Fri day, with the program consisting of seven 15-minute sessions. Theme of the service will be on Christ’s “Seven Last Words on the Cross”. Pastors leading the seven services will be Revs. L. Harmony, E. G. Steiner, A. F. Albro, A. Kliewer, H. T. Unruh, Emil Burrichter and M. Armentrout, speaking in order named. Special music will be presented at each session by Bluffton college stu dents. Those attending may enter or leave as they desire since each session will be presented as a sep arate service. Participation in the afternoon’s festivities will be limited to child ren up to and including the sixth grade. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the special contests. Legion and Auxiliary members will provide most of the eggs, but cooperation of others will be wel comed. Colored eggs may be left at Fett’s hardware until 1 p. m. Satur day. Each Legion and Auxiliary member is to provide two dozen eggs. Bluffton Boy Scouts will assist in conducting the event again this year, it was announced. Good NUMBER 47 DISPOSAL OF GARBAGE BY CITY TALKED Council Orders Card Mailed to Every Family in Town First of Next Week Returns will Provide Basis for Action by Council on Garbage Collection Every Bluffton householder within the next week will have an oppor tunity to express his sentiment on a proposal to inaugurate a municipal system of collecting and disposing of garbage. Projected plans for the town-wide collection and disposal of garbage, tin cans, rubbish and ashes were discussed Monday night at a meet ing of the town council. Cost to each family for the service is estimated at $2 for a year-around system, payable 50 cents quarterly at the mayor’s office. To Mail Cards To determine local sentiment toward such a service, a canvass of all Bluffton residents will be made the first of next week by a mailing of reply post cards. Explanation of the proposal will be made on the card and postage paid reply post cards will be at tached on which local householders will be asked to mark whether they are in favor of the plan and mail same. No signature is required on the return card, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe pointed out. Purpose of the mailing is to determine the sentiment of residents, and does not obligate any one in any way. Cards fob All Should anyone fail to receive a card in the mailing he can obtain one by calling at the mayor’s office. Answers must be in the hands of the town administration by March 29. Any action taken in the matter by the town council will be guided by the sentiment expressed in the re turn post cards, it was pointed out Wednesday. The matter will be dis cussed further at the first council meeting in April. Full Time Job Should the system of collecting and disposing of garbage and rub bish be inaugurated, bids would be received and a contract let for the work. With more than 500 resi dences in the town, besides apart ments and business houses it is pointed out that the garbage col lection contract would mean a full time job The $2 per year rate for private homes would not apply to business places having large quantities of garbage. For these a higher rate would be fixed. Should the total re ceipts for the collection service fall short of the amount due the garbage collector, it is proposed that the town make up the deficit. Collections Twice Weekly Under the proposal, collections would be made at each house at least twice weekly, and the entire project would be under the direc tion of the Allen County Board of Health. Compulsory participation in the program would not be required, but any householder who did not partici pate would be held responsible for a satisfactory disposal of his gar bage and rubbish. Systematic collection and disposal of garbage, tin cans, etc., thruout the spring and summer will be neces sary to make Bluffton’s new mosquito control program a success, it was pointed out at Monday’s meeting of the town council. Camera Club Is Organized Here Organization of the Bluffton Cam era club was effected at a meeting of sixteen amateur photographers at the Neu-Art studio, Monday night. Officers chosen were: President, Carnld Steiner vice president, Ralph Blosser, sec’y.-treas., Paul Soldner. Meetings of the club will be held on the third Friday of each month at the studio. Programs will include talks by professional photographers, displays of pictures taken by club members and a discussion of photo graphic materials and methods.