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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXV SEEK WPA AID IN STREET PROJECT HERE THIS SPRING Extensive Program for Roads, Sidewalks and Curbing is In Prospect Undertaking of Work Will be Dependent on Federal Aid, Council Says Bluffton’s town council will seek to have listed as a WPA project a proposed extensive street construc tion program during the coming summer. Preliminary steps in the matter were taken at the council meeting Monday night and formal application for aid is expected to be filed with WPA authorities soon. The project as outlined at the council meeting will include construc tion of roads, sidewalks and curbs, entailing a larger cash outlay than corporation finances will permit, it was stated. In event WPA aid is not forth coming it will be necessary to dras tically revise the program, council men stated. However, Mayor W. A. Howe stated that he was hopeful of obtaining approval of having the work listed as a government project. Proposed Program The entire program as proposed with WPA assistance includes grad ing and surfacing of Huber street and also short stretches at the south ends of Jackson, Geiger and Mound streets. Huber street which joins Jefferson street at the Allen McCluer resi dence will be continued until it reaches Cherry street at the resi dence of Mrs. Wm. Underwood. At present Huber street stops when it joins Mound street at the Fred Hofer residence. Construction of sidewalks is also proposed on Huber street from Jefferson to Mound street. Other street construction will in clude that portion of Jackson street south of the Kibler street intersec tion at the Moses Steiner residence and on Geiger and Mound streets south of the East College avenue intersections. Sidewalk Construction Construction of a sidewalk on Kibler street road from South Lawn avenue to Grove street is also in the program. A number of new resi dences have been built in that area during the past summer. A concrete curb for nearly a mile stretch of the full length of Lawn avenue from Kibler to Riley streets is also tentatively proposed. Besides this a number of minor sidewalk and curb improvements are expected to be included in the final draft of the application for a WPA project. Burglars Obtain $25 Loot At Gas Stations Burglars broke glass from windows to gain entrance to two filling sta tions and broke a lock to steal gaso line at a local saw mill Thursday morning to gain loot valued at ap proximately $25, Marshal Lee Coon reported. The thieves took $10.86 from the cash register at the Shell gas station owned by Elmer Burkholder at Main and Elm streets and obtained several cans of motor oil from the Johnson filling station operated by Ralph Dil ler on South Main street and Bent ley road. A lock was broken on a gasoline pump at the Cal Balmer saw mill on East College avenue enabling the thieves to steal a quantity of gaso line. Assisting in the investigations of the thefts here were Deputy Sheriff John Carder of Lima and Corporal Loveland of the state highway pa trol’s Findlay outpost. Boone County Radio Show Here March 4 Kentucky hill billy music and com edy features will be featured in pre sentation of the Boone County Jam boree, celebrated radio performers, at 8 p. m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Bluffton High gymnasium. Local appearance of the WLW radio entertainers is being sponsored by Bluffton Post American Legion, with tickets for the event going on sale this week. Cast of the radio show will be entirely different from that which ap peared here last year, with the ex ception of the headliner of the cast, Lazy Jim Day, featured comedian. Others who will appear include Merl Travis and the Drifting Pion eers, Natchee the Indian, Fiddling Daisy and her Rangerettes, Bill and Eveline and many others. The farm is owned by Fred Bout well and the house is occupied by Miss Elvira Bishop, sister of Mrs. Boutwell. A call to Bluffton and Jenera brot fire departments from both places. Considerable damage was done to the stairway and one room before the blaze could be brought'under control. The coldest snap of the winter to gether with a high wind materially hampered the firemen’s efforts. Post Office And Bank Wilt Close Saturday Bluffton’s post office and the Citi zens National bank will be closed Saturday in observance of Washing ton’s birthday. With the closing of the post office it is announced that there will be no mail. delivery on Bluffton city or rural routes for that day. Other business will con tinue here as usual. Legion Post is Investigating Possibilities of Proposed Plan Quarters, Now Unused, were Formerly Occupied by Odd Fellow Lodge Possibility of converting the third floor of the town hall into a muni cipal recreation center is being in vestigated by the Bluffton American Legion post, sponsor of the proposal. Discussion of the matter at a Le gion meeting Monday night was based on using the entire upper story for recreational purposes for the boys of Bluffton and the surrounding community. The space proposed for the recrea tion center formerly served as quar ters for the I. O. O. F. lodge prior to disbanding of the organization here several years ago. On the third floor are one large hall and two smaller rooms, now unused. Ample Room Plenty of room would be available for setting up a recreation program with broad facilities if the project can be put into effect, officials of the Legion announced. Shuffle board courts could be in stalled, there would be room for ping pong tables and a small basket ball court. Gymnastic equipment is being considered including a trapeze, swinging bars, and other features. Checkers and other games also would be provided. If the project becomes a reality, competent supervision under a re creational director will be provided at all times. Investigate: Possibilities Investigation of possibilities is be ing made by a Legion committee made up of Clair Fett, Fred Fritchie and Mayor W. A. Howe. Other civic organizations of tne town will be invited to cooperate in putting the recreational plan into effect, and sugestions and donations of equipment will be welcomed. Former Bluffton Man Stationed At African Airport Of American Line $400 Fire Loss In Orange Township Fire damage estimated at $400 occurred when a house on the form er Emanuel Bishop farm eight miles east of Bluffton was partially burned Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock. May Use Town Hall Third Floor For Youths’ Recreation (’enter Red Cross Classes Start Friday Night Classes in first aid under the spon sorship of the Red Cross will start at the Bluffton High school cafeteria Friday night at 7 o’clock. Miss Elizabeth Tiefenthaler, i reg istered nurse and instructor in relig ious education in the Bluffton public schools, will teach the classes. Red Cross certificates will be given to everyone completing the course which will consist of 20 hours of in struction. Certain positions in fields of welfare and safety require these certificates, it was stated. Enrollment will be limited to stu dents 17 years of age and older. Time and frequency of meeting will be determined at the Friday session. NAMED TO SOCIETY Josephine Niswander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Niswander, re siding north of town, has been elected to the Kappa Delta Phi, honorary scholastic society at Heidel berg college in Tiffin. Miss Nisw’ander is a member of the junior class at Heidelberg and was graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1938. Winton Modin is Radio Officer At Bolame, Portugese Guinea Wendel Willkie Stopped at Port Enroute Home from Europe Winton E. Modin, former super visory employe at The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co., is stationed at the new Pan-American Airways port at Bolama, Portugese Guinea, Africa, in a capacity as radio communica tions officer for the airline, according to word received here the first of the week. Flights over the new route between this continent and Europe were in augurated two weeks ago, and the PAA “Dixie Clipper” carrying Wen dell Wilkie home from Europe stop ped at Bolama on the maiden trip. On the same plane, Modin sent a letter to Miss Alice Mayberry, of Columbus Grove, office employe at the Triplett plant, describing the new African station of the airline. (Continuedon page 8) Krautter-Tripplehorn Wedding Held Sunday Wedding of Gerald Trippiehorn, youngest son of Mrs. Ross Tripple horn of Cherry street, and Miss Ruth Krautter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Krautter of near Mt. Cory took place Sunday noon at the home of the officiating minister Rev. H. I). Camp of North Baltimore. Rev. Camp was the former pastor of the bride when he was minister of the Mt. Cory United Brethren chuich. The wedding was held in the presence of the immediate fami lies. The bride wore a street length dress of printed crepe and a corsage of roses and sweet peas. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride for several close friends and relatives. Mr. Trippiehorn graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1936 and is engaged in the trucking business. The bride has been em ployed at the Triplett Electrical In strument Co. The couple is residing in the John Kohler property on West Elm street. Pinafore To Be Given At School Next Week H. M. S. Pinafore, tuneful Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, will be pre sented by the high school A Capella musical organization at the Bluffton high school auditorium next Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8 o’clock. Rehearsals have been proceeding under the direction of Miss Elizabeth Higley, music instructor. Colorful costumes and stage settings have been secured for the production. The operetta is a satire on English customs and traditions whose rigidity is the object of the author’s barbs. The plot centers about the romance of Josephine, daughter of Captain Corcoran of H. M. S. Pinafore and Ralph Rackstraw, a common sailor aboard ship. Sir Joseph Porter, the “ruler of the Queen’s Navee” would like to marry Josephine and the various en tanglements involved in the situa tion lead to many amusing and com plicated incidents. The following is the cast of char acters: Boatswain, Norman Beidler Buttercup, Carol Bame Dick Dead eye, Wilhelm Amstutz, Jr. Ralph Rackstraw, James Gratz Captain Corcoran, Roger Howe Josephine, Alice Oyer, Marcene Stonehill Sir Joseph Porter, Robert Cooney Cous in Hebe, Betty Steinman, Mary Stearns Boatswain’s Mate, Harold Augsburger Sailors, boys’ glee club First Lord’s sisters, cousins and aunts, girls’ glee club. Power Farming Program Feb. 27 Roy Smith and his Tennesseans, popular rado entertainers, will be heard here in person at a power farming entertainment at the high school gymnasium on Thursday night, February 27 at 7:30 o’clock. The entertainment is sponsored by C. F. Niswander, Bluffton McCor mick-Deering dealer and all farmers of this vicinity are invited. Besides the Tennesseans, there will be included in the program motion pictures among which is “Belgian Congo African Expedition”. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE 1NT KIIHHTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, rErilU ARY 20, 1941 NEAR-ZERO COLD WAVE GRIPS AREA NO EARLY RELIEF No Break in Gusty Weather Foreseen in Immediate Future Farmers in Area Concerned Over Winter Wheat Due To Lack of Snow With the weatherman giving little indication of immediate relief, severe winter was in full swing in Bluffton, Wednesday morning with the mercury hovering close to thi zero mark. Near-zero temperatures were not ed in the rural are..s and four de grees above was reported quite con sistently throughout the town to give the area the coldest snap of the year. No break in the gusty weather, ac companied by occasional snow flurries, was foreseen in the immediate future by the United States government me teorological observers. A biting wind accompanying the low temperatures made everyone conscious of the fact that winter is still here groundhog or no groundhog. The weather conditions were par ticularly uncomfortable in view of the fact that about a week ago Bluffton residents were consider:n the possi bility of an early summer. Quite in contrast to the weather of this week, the sun shone warm and the weather was altogether comfortable. The forecast for this immediate area call for continued cold and in creasing cloudiness for Thursday. Farmers in the area have been quite concerned over the wheat crop pros pects due to the absence of snow with the severe drop in temperature. There should be at least an inch or two of snow to protect the wheat in case of near-zero temperatures, armors stated Wednesday morning. Mrs. D. L. Shalley Rites Held Tuesday Bedfast for the la- two years, Mrs. D. L. Shalley, 76, was found dead last Saturday mi ruing at ner home on South J?ck-»m street. Mrs. Shalley and her husband, who survives, formerly operated a res taurant in Pandora. After moving to Bluffton they established the Shal ley Variety store, now operate by a son, Harry. Surviving in addition to the hus band and son are a daughter, Mrs. Opal K. Egly, of Miami, Fla., two grandsons, a great-granddaughter two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Josie Feaser and John Kratner, both of Bluffton, Ind., and Mrs. Emma Harth, of St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs. Shalley was born June 19, 1863, at Ft. Wayne, Ind. She was a member of the St. John’s Evan gelical and Reformed church of this place. Funeral services were held Tues day morning in the Stanley Basing er funeral home, and in the after noon at Berne, Ind., where Mr. and Mrs. Shalley were founders of a Reformed church. Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor of the St. John’s church, officiated at both services. Burial was at Berne. Former Resident Dies In Texas M. B. Sweeney, former Bluffton resident died at his home in Dallas, Texas, last Wednesday, according to word received by relatives here. Death was due to throat infection. His wife, who survives was the former Miss Rose Benroth, sister of Albert Benroth of North Main street. Mr. Sweeney was associated in re sponsible positions with the Sun Oil company and at the time of his death was production manager of the Texas field. He had been connected with the company for more than fifty years and was recently pre sented with a service medal and gold watch in recognition of his long service. Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney visited here last summer enroute to their home in Dallas after Mrs. Sweeney had christened one of the company’s ocean going oil tankers when it was launched at Philadelphia. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, John, Eugene and Jerome and two daughters Ruth and Mar garet, all living in Texas. Observe World Day Of Prayer Peb. 28 Bluffton will observe the World Day of Prayer with a union service in the First Mennonite church, Fri day afternoon, Feb. 28, it was an nounced the first of the week. The service will begin at 2:30 o’clock. Important officials in Lionism of District 13-A assisted in the ladies night program of the seventh annual charter night banquet of the Bluffton Lion club held in the high school caf eteria, Tuesday night. Howard Hendershott, district gov ernor, and Paul Carter, district secre tary, both of Cleveland appeared on the program. The entertainment was featured with music by the Dixie Eight, a colored octette of radio sing ers representing the Ford Motor Co. of Dearborn, Mich. The colored musicians presented an hour’s program of varied music con sisting of spirituals, classical, semi classical and popular numbers. The group was given many encores by the appreciative Bluffton audience. Summary of the year’s activities was presented at the meeting. Club activities included: cooperation with village officials in mosquito elimina tion feting of high school basketball Concert Pianist Playi Over Fate Of Fren Maurice Dumesnil, in Concert Here Monday Night, Has No News from Home Recently Returned from South American Tour Complains Of Poor Bed Facilities Although Maurice Dumesnil, noted French pianist appearing in concert here Monday night, is possessor of all the material advantages accorded one of such outstanding artistic achievement, the current European war has given him concern on a levelwith those of the peasant or other commoners. Lions Hold Seventh Annual Charter Banquet In Ladies Night Celebration When he left France in November 1939, his home remained under tin care of his friend, the mayor of the town. The latter was inducted into the army service and Dumesnil fears that last June, during the German advance, that his home may have been plundered by the enemy. Concerned Over Home Since May of last year he has been without news as to what may have happened to his home near Caon, Normandy, France. All efforts to communicate with friends who have remained over there have been fruit less. During his seven months tour of South America recently he tried to secure information through the diplomatic channels and French em bassies, but without results. Although the artistic standards of South America have been greatly raised, the general conditions of com fort have not been correspondingly improved. According to Mr. Dumes nil, innerspring mattresses are still a rarity, and it is not unusual to see a much advertised luxury hotel offer to customers a beautiful room, an equally lovely bathroom, and a bed which in the United States would be rejected by even a 50 cents a night tourist place along the road. Meals are excellent and incredibly cheap. One can get a good lunch for 20 cents due to exchange conditions. In Montevideo, Uruguay, a big juicy steak with French fries costs about 15 cents, a la carte. In fact, South America would be a paradise for tourists if only the beds improved and the red tape of passports re duced, Dumesnil stated. Although worrying over the fate of his home, the French artist has fresh memories of great successes of his recent South American tour. He can point, for example, to being the only foreign artist who is an honor* ai citizen of Chile, South America. This honor was granted at his farewell recital in the municipal the atre of Santiago, capital of that country. This concert w’as offered to the students and w’orkingmen as a token of the gratitude on the part of the artist for the splendid recep tion given him by the public. Presented Diploma During the intermission the mavor of the city presented to him the diploma which symbolized the appre ciation of the artist’s efforts. Dumesnil possesses a number of original Debussy manuscripts, others from Massenet, Saint Saens, Ravel, many autographed pictures of fa mous musicians, apart from a li brary of piano music, chamber music, orchestral compositions, around two thousand books, among which are many valuable first editions. Real Estate Deal Wm. Amstutz, of Beaverdam, has purchased the Wm. Obenour farm of 58 acres west of Beaverdam on the Lincoln highway. The deal wac made thru H. W. Althaus of Bluff ton. team staging of musical revue Boy Scouts were assisted in vacation fund needy children were provided w’ith glasses sponsoring of the Findlay Lions club. Presentation of magic show as sistance in the campaign for the three mill levy distribution of Christmas baskets to the blind support of the community defense program dona tion of money to Camp Shelby recre ation fund contribution to the stu dent refugee fund at Bluffton college inaugurated a community advertising program club had charge of post of fice dedication. The room was attractively decorat ed by the art classes of the Bluff ton public schools under the direction of Mrs. R. A. Lantz, art instructor. Dinner music was provded by a Bluff ton college instrumental ensemble. P. W. Stauffer, president of the club presided as toastmaster. ng Here Worried ch Home In War Zone BIXEL NAMED TO DISTRIBUTE AUTO LICENSES HERE Appointment Follows Factional Party Dispute for Bluffton Position Tags Will be Sold at Bixel Motor Sales Beginning First of March Controversy over the position of deputy registrar for the distribution of automobile license tags in Bluffton for the next year, was settled last week with the appointment of Clayton Bixel by C. W. Wallace, state regis trar of motor vehicles. Naming of the local distributor fol lowed a factional party dispute which came into the open a month ago when it was learned that both Bixel and Robert Lewis, registrar for the last two years, were seeking the appoint ment. Bixel has been endorsed by the Al len county ways and means commit tee of the Republican party. Tags on Sale March 1 Automobile license plates for 1941 will be placed on sale here Saturday, March 1, with April 1 set as the dead line for purchasing the new tags. Headquarters for the sales will be established in the Bixel Motor Sales rooms on North Main street. No changes in passenger car registra tion costs are anticipated. Color scheme for Ohio’s 1941 li cense plates will be a maroon back ground with white numerals and marking. State cars will have a white background and maroon numer als. It is estimated that approximately 2,200,000 auto tags will be sold in Ohio this year. State And Federal Tax Men To Be Here Federal and state tax representa tives will be in Bluffton during the next few weeks. On Friday of this week a deputy colector from the internal revenue office will be at the Bluffton post office to assist in making out federal income tax returns. He will also be at the post office here on Tuesday, March 4. Representatives from the county auditor’s office will be at the Citi zens bank on Wednesday and Thurs day, March 5 and 6 to assist in the making out of personal tax returns and collection of personal taxes. With The Sick Condition of Prof. E. J. Hirschler, Bluffton college mathematics in structor, remains unchanged. Prof. Hirschler was taken ill two weeks ago and has been confined to his bed at his home on Elm street. Marjorie Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove street, continues to be in a very serious condition. Marjorie, a student in the eighth grade class at Bluffton High school, is ill with rheumatic fever and heart complications. Miss Arlene Caris who underwent an operation for appendicitis at Bluffton hospital recently is conval escing at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Caris in Orange township. A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 43 COUNCIL MAY BUY LAND FOR SEWAGE DISPOSAL PLANT Sentiment at Meeting Monday Night is Favorable to This Move Town Has Option on Five Acre Tract from Utility Company Preparing for the likelihood that a municipal sewage disposal system eventually will be constructed here, strong sentiment for the purchase of a site for the location of the plant developed at the meeting of the town council Monday night. An option on a five acre tract of land at the north edge of town was granted to the town last April by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. for the cost of $1. The option secured covers a two year period and should the munici pality buy the land the cost is stipu lated at $2,000. Site on which the option is held is at the western end of the Buckeye lake, bounded by the Bigler road, the A. C. & Y. railroad and the western extremity of the quarry. It is the triangular strip on which the old “dynamite house” is located. Depends on Funds Purchase of the site by the coun cil is dependent on the availability of funds, the councilmen expressing sentiment that action now is advis able due to the limited number of sites available. Further reason for taking action while sufficient time remains before the expiration of the option date, is seen in the legal difficulties that may be encountered in releasing the land which is included in collateral for bonds issued by the power com pany. The land on which the Central Ohio Power Co. plant is located has been used as a lien against the 'out standing issue of the company’s derlying issue of the company’s bonds. Due to the fact that this real estate is part of the property pledged to secure these bonds, it would be necessary to undergo certain legal processes to make the site available to the town. Time Required Had the power company known of this possible development in time, considerable difficulties could have been saved by simply not including the proposed site in the collateral, it was stated at the meeting. Due to the fact that considerable time will be required before the land could come into the town’s possession, it was felt at the council meeting that action be taken on the matter in the near future. Further in line with the probabil ity of the revival of the sewage dis posal issue, was the action of the council recently when they approved a plan to keep the opportunity open for federal assistance. Much preliminary engineering work has been done in previous years pre paratory to the presentation of the sewer issue at the polls. A letter received recently by Mayor W. A. Howe from W. B. Schmuhl, district manager of the Works Progress Ad ministration at Toledo asked what disposition the council wished to make of the plans, drawings and spe cifications. Federal Funds The letter also pointed out that federal assistance would be available should the council decide to bring the matter again to a vote. Members of the council indicated that it would not now be feasable to present the issue to the voters again but that it would be wise to keep the situa tion open for a more opportune time. Bluffton voters have turned down proposals to construct sewer systems five different time during a 13 year period. The most recent instance was in November 1939 when a pro posed $80,000 bond issue for the con struction of a municipal sewer sys tem w’as defeated by a margin of three per cent of the required 65 per cent minimum prescribed by law. The district W. P. A. office indi cated a willingness to give an ad vance approval to a plan for con struction of a sew’er system here. With this pre-approval the council indicated that they would be less re luctant to place the issue at some future date before the voters. Births The following birth at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Burkholder, a boy, Saturday. Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Berry at their home on North Mound street, a daughter, Saturday morn ing.