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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIV OPEN BIDS FOR NEW POSTOFFICE BUILDING HERE Forty-five Day Period Allowed For Checking Bids and Awarding Contract Successful Contractor Will Given Eight Months Time To Erect Building Bluff were Wed- General contract bids for ton’s new $80,000 post office opened in Washington, D. C., nesday, but it may take as long as six weeks to name the contractor, it was learned here. Under normal procedure the Pub lic Works Administration is allowed 45 days to let the contract, which likely will mean that work cannot be started here until about the mid dle of June, at the earliest. After the successful bidder is an nounced, he will have 240 days to complete the building. This leads to the belief that it probably will be about nine months before the new post office can be used by local patrons. In case of delay in construction of the building, the contractor must pay a penalty of $30 for each day beyond the 240-day limit. It is announced by Postmaster Ed Reichenbach that modern fixtures for the new post office already have been selected. They axe of the latest type and will make the structure up-to the-minute in every respect. Bluffton’s new post office will be a one-story building of colonial de sign. Exterior walls will be faced with brick, and the colonial trim will be of wood and stone. Site fox' the structure is at the northwest corner of Main and Franklin streets. This was pur chased by the pdst office department in the fall of 1938, after an allot ment of $80,000 was made in July of that year for the project. Religious Education Program Is Arranged Classes in religious education in the Bluffton schools taught by Miss Janet Henderson will present a pro gram at the high school auditorium, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Sup plementing this program will be numbers by representatives of the various local churches cooperating the project. Numbers on the program are: Worship service First Grade—100th Psalm and prayer Second grade—Alphabetic rhymes of Bible characters, prayer hymn Third grade—Group of song Bible verses Fourth grade—67th Psalm Selections—Grade school choir Playlet—“No Church There”. Eighth and Grade, Sec. 2 Ceremonial—’‘The Spirit of Liberty”. Eighth Grade, Sec. 1 Cooperating churches: First Mennonite—Song, Girls Gospel Team St John’s Reformed—Orchestra Methodist—Vocal duet Church of Christ—Vocal solo Presbyterian—Vocal duet Ebenezer Mennonite—Girls quartet Defenseless Mennonite—Mixed quartet Morning Ceremony Marks Nuptials In a ceremony at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. P. A. Klie wer, took place the wedding erf N|iss Ella M. Burkholder and Milton E. Bixler, Sunday morning at 6:30 o’clock. The single ring ceremony was used. Attending the couple were Bonnie and George Grismore, niece and nephew of the bride. Following the ceremony the couple left on a motor trip to Winona Lake, Ind., returning in the evening for a three course wedding dinner at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. D. H. Burkholdei' of Bluffton. The couple will reside at the home of the bridegroom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bixler, w’est of this place. In New Locations Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith are oc cupying their newly completed home on Grove street near Riley creek bridge. The Rolland Stratton apartment vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Smith is being occupied by Millen Geiger and family. Jesse Weiss and family are occu pying the Mrs. Brice Main prop erty east of Bluffton, having moved from the Weiss property on West Elm street. Joint Concert At H. S. Sunday Afternoon high school musical or will be heard in a joint the high school gymnas- Bluffton Be ganizations concert at ium, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The orchestras and band will be under direction of Prof. Sidney Hau enstein vocal choruses and glee clubs will be directed by Miss Eliza beth Higley. The public is invited. APPLY FOR NEW BRIDGE ON EAST COLLEGE AVENUE Recommendation for New Span Sent by C'ouncil to County Commissioners High Waters Have Undermined Portion of Sidewalk Ap proach to Bridge new East A proposal to construct a bridge ovex’ Big Riley creek on College avenue is being studiec week by the Allen county board of commissioners. Recommendation for the new bridge was made last week by the Bluffton village council, after an in vestigation showed that high waters have undermined a portion of the sidewalk approach to the bridge from the east. Since East College avenue is a county road, the commissioners are responsible for work on the bridge, and if a new stinxcture is to be erect ed cost of the project must be paid from county road and bridge funds. County Commissioners Coming An early examination of the bridge will be made by the commissioners, to determine if a new one is needed. Should no action be taken by the county, the responsibility of replac ing a part of the sidewalk founda tion may fall on the town. In investigating the sidewalk ap proach from the east, Lee Coon, Bluffton street commissioner, found that high w’aters have undermined almost half of the walk at the point of its abutment with the bridge. Pandora Glee Clubs Win Top Ohio Honors Boys and girls glee clubs from Pandora High school w’ere winners in Class competition at the annual Ohio High school music festival in Columbus, last Friday. Miss Elvira Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander, of South Main street, is supervisor of music at Pandora, and directs the two championship clubs. In competition with winners from other districts, both Pandora glee clubs won superior rating, equivalent to first place. As winners in their class in the state, the two Pandora clubs are eligible to compete in national music competition which is planned for later this spring. This is the first time that Pandora clubs have w*on honors in a state choral festival, and this year’s suc cess marks steady progress made since Miss Niswander took'bveF the direction of music. Brother Of Orange Twp. Woman Is Dead Henry C. Redick, 72, lifelong resi dent of Hancock county and well known in this vicinity died at his home in Findlay Tuesday morning. He w’as a brother of Mrs. Philip Marquart of Orange township. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at Trinity Lutheran church in Jenera with the pastor Rev. John Gauss officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Besides his sister, he is survived by his wife, six children and three brothers. Births Mr. and Mrs. Herman Badertscher of Rawson, formerly of this place, are the parents of a daughter born at Bluffton hospital, Thursday. been received here of a daughter, Karen Lou Mrs. Walter Klay of Pa. Mr. Klay, former Word has the birth of to Mr. and Waynesboro, ly of Bluffton, is the son of John J, Klay, of West Elm street. HOG MARKET STAGES SHARP PRICE ADVANCE Bluffton Teacher Sees Sunrise Lnnp ftlinTrn Over Huge Hawaiian Volcano TOPS QUUltu Al jorgeous Color Effects Thrill ing Sight, Writes Miss Evelyn Niswander Peaks 27 Mile Tnp Around Lava LeveIs since Covered rater he largest in the Hawaiian md it takes several days to make a nesday morning, rip thru it. In describing her trip to ano, Miss Niswander writes “Yesterday, we surely had a thrill vhen we saw the sunrise at Halea kala. We got up at 3 o’clock, and Mrs. Ako, who drove us up, came for us “We “up” I “up”. “About half-way up is the begin ning of the national park of Hawaii and from wider and money in “To Loa. .vent to Kula where the road I by shippers here. The principal one arts. It is a 20-mile drive I is belived to be a scarcity of hogs We arrived at the top at I which were heavily sold early this The road to begin with is I year when the corn-hoj price ratio very narrow, only wide enough for I was unfavorable to the livestock fee d one car. I day they have to clear it of rocks, etc. arrived at the volcano house edge of the crater just as it wind was at the was getting light. The blowing hard and it was quite cold Ibat developments of the European because of the altitude. inside the volcano house to w’atch the I set the hog market fireworks, sunrise because it was warmer there. I Whether this wilt remain a potent “The crater at first looked like al factor in a sustained rise, however, big deep black hole. There were lotsl appeared to be open to question. of clouds behind the top rim. As thel Quote Market Expert sun rose higher it became lighter I Local feeders and shippers were and all the clouds looked as though I interested the first of the week in a they were lined with the most beau-1 statement by G. B. Thorne of Chicago, tiful shades of light, from a deepl representing the Institute of Ameri purple to the palest of pink. I can Meat Packers who stated that the “The clouds were very interesting! German invasion of Denmark was not in the formations they made. The expected to result in increased pork wind kept moving them and chang-1 exports from the United States to the ing the shapes. Off to the north thel United Kingdom immediately. ___ ocean could be seen getting bluer! mark( he said had gupplied Great and bluer as there was more light. I Britian with about one-third of its first tip of the sun and in tw’o min-1 utes it was up. where we could see black cinders of a lava flow 250 years old.” rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON. lOHlO, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1910 Distance I cured pork. However, he added when the south we could see thel iarge accumulations in both Great the two highest peaks of the| Britian and Canada were consumed iblity of improv ed demand for perk from the allies. tips of island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea and I there WOuld be po Mauna Loa. “Just before the sun came thru the clouds everything seemed bathed in molten gold. Then we saw the mt $6.30 AT YARDS HERE WEDNESDAY __ I Prices on Bluffton Market e?U,redJ'° Iake balked up to Highest Shipments of Hogs Show Response in Volume to Rapid Rise in Prices A journey to see the gigantic vol canic crater at Haleakala, Maui, one of the scenic attractions of the Haw aiian Islands, is described in a letter written to Mr. and Mrs. Noah Neu enschwander, of South Lawn avenue, by their daughter Miss Evelyn Nis-lpast three months, did a surprising wander, now a teacher at Maunaolu I about-face the first of the week en seminary, Paia, Maui, Hawaii. I couraged by war developments and The crater at Haleakala is one of I staged a spectacular rise to a top of the largest in the Hawaiian islands,! $6.30 on the Bluffton market Wed- *1 I Father-Soil BailOUet 4 n no Hog prices, in the doldrums for The price rise, the highest since the vol-1 January, however has not resulted in any increase of shipments here, it was said by local livestock buyers. In fact .shipments now are running somewhat lighter than those of a month ago. Two reasons for this were ascribed ers. there on the road was better because federal is allotted for its upkeep. The re is a small CCC camp there and the boys keep the road in repair, Every falling Expect Higher Prices The other reason for curtailing of offering is believed to be due to an ticipation of higher prices by farm ers who still hold marketable hogs. Wednesday morning’s top of $6.30 represented a gain of $1.10 per hun I dred pounds over the price one w’eek ago. It was likewise an advance of 50 cents over Monday’s top and 30 cents above Tuesday’s best price. Generally conceded was the claim We stayed Iwar provided the spark-plug which Den I At Reformed church “With the sun there was much| more light and we could see down I Youths of the congregations will into the crater thousands of feet be-|be the guests at a Father-Son ban low us. There are 13 large coneslfluet to be held by the Brotherhood on the crater floor, some as much I the Emanuels and St. John’s Re as 300 to 400 feet high. I “There is a trail around the topi day evening in the St. John’s church and down into the crater. You can I banquet room. go by horseback or walk. It is 271 Motion pictures of Europe and miles and would take several days I Mexico will be shown at the ban and you have to carry your foodJfluet by Dr. A. C. Schultz, of Bluff blankets and w’ater on the journey. ton college. “Then we climbed around looked at the scenery in the directions. Here we saw’ the Mauri mountains, looking like iature peaks in the distance. “We could see the islands of I directed Malokai, Laoni, Koolawe, MalokinaI Amstutz will be toastmaster and very, very faintly, Aahu. In the I banquet program. afternoon we took anothei’ drive, as| far as the other side of the island I Levi Welty's Herd I Wins High Batind £°lu,mbus, las,‘ Fr __ I .________________ I many years at the Bluffton Agricul-I i formed churches at 7 p. m. Thurs- Dr. Schultz took the and| pictures during trips to those places, otherl Other features will include selec West|tions by a Father-Son orchestra and min-1 a boys’ quartet. At the opening of the meeting a song session by Leonard Gratz. will W. for B. H. S. Girls Glee 4. IA LIKE THE NAVY tural fair, ranked fourth thel I ners March butterfat report for the Wood-1 T, .. Bluffton girls sang in the state con Hancock-Lucas county cow testing!. .., ... test this spring for the second suc association. Two Bluffton young men, Ray mond Duff man and Burdette Clark who enlisted in the navy some time I sing ago are pleased with their experi-|15th ences in the service according to I tary word received by friends here the I noon first of the week. Duffman, on the" U. S. S. Vincennes, writes that helwill direct the singing organization will leave for Boston, May 9 fori in its appearance before the club dry dock. men. be A. the SeCOlld Singing in state competiton at ,lay’won the Rlu?"n High gxrls glee club a rating of excellent plus. A registered Guernsey herd owned ,| This is equivalent to tying for sec by Levi Welty, a competitor fori 7 .. ,. t,. a. |ond place the Class BB divison. superior rating is given to win- I 1 Welty’s herd had an average of|cessi'e ^ear 38.7 pounds of butterfat. I College Choir Will Sing For Clubmen Bluffton college’s vesper choir will at one of the sessions of the Ohio District conference of Ro- International clubs, Thursday in Lima. Prof. Russell A. Lantz, conductor, Fair weather the first of the week permitted Bluffton area farmers to get started on long-delayed spring work, and on Monday and Tuesday they were busy in their fields from sun-up until long after sun-down. Little was done on farms last week as inclement weather contin ued its hold on the district. Near wintry conditions prevailed on Fri day and Saturday, to bring to a close a week in which farmers had been able to accomplish so badly Contract will Involve More Re sponsibility Than Original ly Anticipated Bids Must be Accompanied by Certified Check Require Bond from Contractor Must Have Options Farmers Busy In Fields As Long Awaited Break In Weather Arrives Municipal Garbage Collection Will Be Big Job, Officials Say dis rub- Handling the collection and posal of Bluffton’s garbage and bish under the proposed new muni cipal system will be a big job, offi cials pointed out this week. of the town administration who have been considering for the contracts are Those placing bids finding the magnitude of the under taking is considerably greater than they originally had anticipated, and much serious thought is being given to the matter by prospective bidders who w’ant the contract rights. Successful bidders must be placed under $200 bond, which eliminates the possibility of someone taking the job and giving it up within a few weeks if he finds the work greater than anticipated. Certified Check Required All bids for the contracts on year’s basis must be accompanied by a certified check in the sum of $10, as an evidence of good faith and willingness to enter into a contract. In addition to these requirements set up by the town, those placing bids must make arrangements for suitably disposing of garbage collect ?d twice weekly and also for large amount of ashes, tin cans I other rubbish which must lected. by the the Options must be arranged I bidders on land to be used for disposal of garbage and rubbish, in rder to protect themselves should contracts be awarded to them. Separate bids are received for the collection of garbage and rubbish, and it may be that separate con tracts will be awarded, depending on I bids submitted. Bids may be submitted on one or both propositions until Saturday noon. Bids will be opened by the council next Monday night. Consider New Heating Plant For Town Hall Proposed installation of a new central heating system in the Bluff ton town hall is being investigated by occupants of the building, who will share the cost of the project should it be approved. Stoves in each room have been used in heating the structure since its erection in 1887, ajnd a central heating plant would be of distinct advantage, it was pointed out this week. Action on the matter will depend on final decision of the present ten ants, upon whom the cost of installa tion and operation would fall. Quarters in the structure are util ized at present by the Bluffton vil lage administration, the Richland township trustees and the American Legion. Whether the proposed new system would be of steam, hot water or hot air type would depend on require ments, and a survey likely will needed to determine w’hich would most suitable. be be be Should a central heating plant approved it will be installed during the summer and will be ready for use next fall. As a result, an early decision on the matter is expected. HOME FROM FLORIDA Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Murray of Cherry street Albert Deppler have returned Florida, where winter. and Mr. and Mrs. of South Main street from St. Petersburg, they spent the past needed work in their fields. Bright sunlight Sunday brought a long-awaited break in the weather, and as fair skies continued thru Monday and Tuesday farmers re sumed plowing and other operations. Number of Signers of ance Contracts About outdoor the the dis cus- are Spring work on farms of trict already is far behind tomary schedule, and farmers hoping that there will not be a re sumption of unfavorable weather in the near future. 65 PER CENT OF TOWNSHIP FARMS SIGN UP FOR AAA All of Richland Township's ,357 Farmers have been Visited By Committee Compli Samc Richland bxxty-nve per township’s 357 farmers have signed AAA compliance contracts for the coming season, it was announced Wednesday by Amos Moser, chair man of the township committee. Canvass of the township has been completed, and with 65 per cent of the farmers cooperating, this participation will be about the as that of last season. Any tract of three or more is recognized as a farm by the committee. a the and col- be of work regular but the Not only will quite a bit be involved in making the collections about the town, successful biddex- will have an equal ly large job in disposing waste matter. of the same acres AAA Deadline May 1 Farmers have until May 1 to ex press their intentions of participat ing in the 1940 program, ply, a “farm plan” must out and signed. com made To be Wheat Allotment ing 55 per his 2—A payment of 19 cents bushel on the normal yield of wheat allotment. This into a conservation payment of cents a bushel, and a parity ment of 10 cents per bushel. 3—Approximately $1.10 per on the acreage available for general crops including oats, rye and barley. 4— Special payments for carrying out soil-building practices, such as spreading limestone, planting trees and seeding alfalfa. 55 Per Cent in 1939 5—Corn and wheat loans as authorized by the AAA. 6—Eligibility for full advantages of the gram. is divided nine pay- federal crop insurance pro year 1,671 farmers operat per cent of Allen county’s Last croplands cooperated in the program. AAA 19 From Here In State Music Meet Nineteen Bluffton High students semble music competition at Oberlin will participate in state Solo and en college next Saturday. Bluffton’s entries will be in clari net quartet, xylophone solo, cello solo, flute solo, vocal ensemble and string quartet divisions. The 19 students qualified for the state meet in a district contest at Bowling Green two weeks ago. Representing Bluffton in the state music festival will be Donna Hager man, Josephine Augsburger, James Stratton, Robert Stratton, Barbara Jean Triplett, Betty Steinman, Ray mond Schumacher, Ralph Short, Dale Grismore, Jeanne Baumgartner, Mary Alice Howe, Margaret Basinger, Phyllis Steiner, Roger Howe, Wil helm Amstutz II, Marie Zuercher, Helen Soldner, Arthur Thiessen and Neil Neuenschwander. Stage Grade School Operetta On May 7 An operetta “Peter Rabbit”, will be presented by the first six grades of the public schools at the high school auditorium on Tuesday night, May 7. The performance w’ill be directed by Miss Elizabeth Higley. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 52 DRAIN QUARRY AT MUNICIPAL WATER PLANT Water in Large Quarry Being Pumped Out as First Step In Cleanup Plan to Use Water in Operation Of New Turbo-Generator At Plant Drainage of the quarry at the municipal water works is under way this week, as the first step in a cleanup program required before new’ turbo-generating equipment can be placed in operation. Water from the quarry w’ill be used for cooling purioses in opera tion of the new’ turbine, and it must be comparatively free of sediment and foreign deposits for best re the quar- Pumping was started at •y last week, and after the water employes of the plant will thoroly clean the section in which the new intake line will be constructed. clean intake re will Following the completion of ing, a heavy mesh-covered chamber about three feet squa be constructed. i ltered the in Complete participation AAA program will make it possible for a farmer to earn: 1—A payment of 15 cents per bushel on the normal yield of his crop acreage allotment. This pay ment is divided into a conservation payment of 10 cents per bushel and a parity payment of five cents bushel. per Water intake Foundation for the screened will be on the bottom of the quarry in order to obtain the coldest water and all the supply pumped into the plant engine room after completion of the project will be thoroly fil tered. Intake pipes will open into the screened enclosure, and foreign sub stances will be effectively removed. It will be late spring or early summer before the new turbo-gener ating equipment will be ready for use, according to pi'esent indications. Foundation for the generator has been poured, but it must set for about 20 more days before erection of the turbine can be started. Mrs. Orpha Harris Dies Funeral Friday Mrs. Orpha Harris, 70, died at her home on South Main street Wednes day morning at 8:25 o’clock. Death due to complications, followed a twro months’ illness. She was taken to Bluffton hospital two weeks ago, but last Wednesday was removed to her home here. Funeral services will be held Fri day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at Pleasant View U. B. church Bluffton of which she was ber. pastor Burial tery. acre Mrs. north of a mem Rawson, officiate. Rev. Hillard Camp, of of the will be church will in the Clymer ceme- a lifelong resident of Harris, this vicinity was born September 20, 1870, the daughter of Hiram and Susanna Hewrs, pioneer residents of Hancock county, living north of Bluffton. married in 1896 to Edgar preceded her in death, was married to Wm. E. She w’as West who Later she Harris whose death also occurred a number of years ago. Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Burl Moyer of Bluffton, Miss Naomi West at home and Mrs. Clar ence Fridley of Pandora. Also sur viving are one sister, Mrs. Halla Carr of Mt. Cory, five grandchildren and foui' step children. The body will remain at the Diller funeral home until time for the services, Friday afternoon. Little Likelihood Of WPA Work Here Bluffton has ing in grams Mayor week. little chance of shar sponsored work pro the coming summer, Howe announced this WPA during W. A. His comments followed notification that WPA district offices are con sidering projects which entail extend ed periods of work, providing em ployment for large numbers of men. Most prominent of several sug gested WPA projects for Bluffton is the Lawn avenue improvement pro gram calling for widening of the street and construction of new curbs. Altho this may be recommended to district WPA headquarters by the municipal council, it is unlikely that the project will be approved, the mayor said. TJhder the present sys tem of operation small work pro posals in the same classification are being rejected. During the last 18 months the trend in WPA circles has been to ward larger projects entailing the employment of many men over a con siderable length of time, and Bluff ton at present has no such activities in prospect.