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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI BLUFFTON’S REAL ESTATE TAX RATE $19.10 NEXT YEAR Levy Slated to go to State Tax Commission this Week for Approval Rate for Coming Year is $1.80 Per Thousand Higher Tax Duplicate Larger Bluffton taxpayers will pay higher real estate levies during the coming year notwithstanding the fact that the total amount of taxable property on the town’s duplicate will show a sizable increase. A real estate rate of $19.10 per thousand dollars of taxable property will be levied in Bluffton if the new schedule worked out by the Allen County Tax commission is approved by the State Tax Commission at Columbus. Formal request for .confirmation of the proposed rate is expected to be made this week when the report will be sent to Columbus by Floyd Breakdown of Bluffton’s pres ent and proposed real estate tax rates, showing amounts levied by the various taxing units inside and outside the ten mill limita tion appears on Page 2 of this issue of the Bluffton News. B. Griffin, Allen county auditor. The new levy represents an ad vance of $1.80 per thousand dollars of taxable property over the present rate of $17.30. Township Rate Up Likewise the rate in that portion of Richland township included in the Bluffton school district will be $15.20 under the proposed schedule, an ad vance of 95 cents per thousand dol lars of taxable property over the present rate of $14.25. In making up Bluffton’s rate of $19.10 for the coming year decreases in county and township levies were more than offset by increases in amounts granted for schools and municipal purposes. County taxes for the coming year under the proposed rate •will be levied at a rate of $3.80 instead of $3.90 and the township tax rate is set at 30 cents as compared to 35 cents as at present. More to Schools and Corporation Bluffton schools, however, will re ceive $11.10 instead of $10, the pres ent rate and the municipality will receive a rate of $3.90 instead of $3.05. The rate as now set up makes no provision for any levy for bonds for new fire apparatus. This question will be decided by voters at the polls next month. A majority vote will be required for a decision. Should the measure receive a favorable majority it would add an average of .56 to the proposed tax rate. Bluffton’s total valuation for tax ing purposes shows an increase of $34,170 for next year over present valuation, it is reported by the county auditor’s office. Total valua tion of Bluffton’s tax duplicate as announced the first of the week was $2,304,623, for the coming year. This total, however, may be subjected to minor adjustments it is pointed out. The valuation in Bluffton corpora tion as set up for the coming year is made up as follows: Land ____ _____ _$ 356,060 Buildings 1,170,990 Public Utilities---- 467,970 Personal 309,603 Total ___________ $2,304,623 Beaverdam Student Music Alternate Robert Marshall, student in Beav erdam high school and son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marshall, was named third alternate for an Oberlin conservatory of music scholarship in the high schol day contest held at Oberlin, Saturday. Some 1,200 guests, including 450 competitors in various scholarship contests of the college and conserva tory attended the high- school day. Marshall, a flutist, competed in the wind instrument class. NO SCHOOL OCT. 24 In order to permit teachers to attend the Northwestern Ohio Teach ers conference to be held in Toledo on Friday, October 24, Bluffton grade and high schools will be dis missed on that day, it was announc ed this week by A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of schools. Beaver Gridders to Clash with Otterbein at Harmon Field Saturday Afternoon Dr. Maurice Troyer of Wash ington, D. C., Vesper Speak er Sunday Afternoon Starting with the crowning of the homecoming queen Saturday morning at 10:00 o’clock a gala round of fes tivities has been scheduled for the annual week end Bluffton college homecoming to be celebrated on the campus Saturday and Sunday. Miss Evelyn Hilty, senior from Pandora, will be crowned queen in special ceremonies to be held in the college gymnasium. Miss Hilty was one of four candidates selected by the football team. She will be at CLASSES TO OPEN HERE OCTOBER 27 Four Courses of Study Offered To Young Men Without Cost to Them Metal and Woodworking, Auto Care and Electricity Classes Suggested Four National Defense classes pro viding eight weeks of training in vo cational pursuits will be offered this fall to Bluffton area young men, it was announced Tuesday by A. J. B. Longsdorf, superintendent of the Bluffton Public School system. Enrollment will be at 7:30 o’clock next Monday night in the Bluffton high school cafeteria, when plans for the defense courses will be outlined. Course of instruction will be from October 27 to Dec. 19. Classes to be offered here if the minimum enrollment of 10 or more students can be obtained for each course of study will be as follows: Class No. 1—Operation, care and repair of tractors, trucks and auto mobiles. Class No. 2—Metal Work. Class No. 3—Woodwork. Class No. 4—Elemenary electricty. Enrollment in the classes is without cost to the student. Instructors will be paid by the federal government and equipment and shops for the work will be made available by Bluff ton High school. Registration for the classes is open to, any young man between 17 and 25 years of age. Each class must meet a minimum of 15 hours per week for an eight week period. Instructors named for the program by the state board of vocational edu cation are A. L. Daymen, industrial arts instructor and Harvey Beidler vocational electrical instructor, in Bluffton High school. Chas. Green, Former Bluffton Man Dead Charles Green, 80, former Bluffton resident, died at his home in Bothell, Washington, according to word re ceived by friends here the first of the week. Death followed a two years’ illness. Mr. Green was formerly employed as janitor at the Grade School build ing and later as an engineer at the municipal electric light and water works plant. He moved with his family to Lima about thirty-five years ago and later moved to the state of Washington where he has since resided. Surviving are his wife, one son Burl of Tacoma, Wash., and a daughter Mrs. Fern McCullough of Arlington, Wash., and six grand children. Sent For Military Service To Hawaii Donald Crawfis of Bluffton who has been in military training at Camp Callan, San Diego, Calif., is now stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Crawfis the first of the week. His present address is: Batry A, 97th C. A., Fort Kamehameha, Hon olulu, Hawaii. Homecoming Will Be Celebrated By Bluffton College Saturday And Sunday Mutual Interests More Important Than Sex For Happy Marriage, Speaker Says DEFENSE tended by Miss Frances Ramseyer of Smithville and Miss Margaret Berky of Bluffton. George Swank, of Bluffton and president of the men’s Varsity “B” organization will escort the queen to her throne and place the crown upon her head. Following lunch in the Ropp hall dining room at 12:00 o’clock the tra ditional tug of war between the freshmen and sophomores will take place across the Little Riley creek near the dormitory. A victory by the freshmen will mean the discarding of the little green caps but a sophomore victory will mean the continued use of the caps until Thanksgiving day. Instead of playing the homecoming football game at night as has been the custom in past years, the Bluff ton College Beavers will meet Otter bein college from Westerville at Har (Continued on page 8) Dr. Roy Burkhart, Columbus, Addresses Bluffton College Marriage Course Says Divorce Can be Avoided if Common Concerns are Numerous Marriages may be made in heaven but it takes a lot of earthly plan ning and human adjustment to make the relationship a success, said Dr. Roy Burkhard, pastor of the Com munity church at Columbus, in an address to the student body of Bluff ton college at the chapel Tuesday mornig. Dr. Burkhard, one of the popular young ministers of Columbus who built a small parish into a large in fluential institution, has specialized in problems of courtship and mar riage adjustment. He has instituted marriage courses for young people and has written widely in the field. Fun on Dates The speaker deplored the tendency of some young people in being too exclusive in dating. Dating should be a time of fun and companionship in which some preliminary exploring for a life mate can be made. If one has had a wider range of compan ionship he is much better enabled to choose a mate because he knows what qualities he wants. With so much emphasis on sex in the movies, literature and in the re lationships of young people, the more enduring qualities are sometimes neglected. A marriage based exclus ively on the physical aspect can nev er endure because there is no mu tuality to hold the couple together. Mutual Interests Married couples today do not get close enough psychically and spiri tually. Mutuality of interest is a very important factor in the matter of harmonious relations. Only aS young people have numerous traits and experiences in common can mar ried happiness continue to grow, the speaker stated. The speaker gave five tests of a happy marriage. These are: 1. The building of a happy com panionship. 2. The extent to which the couple can keep growing in rich experiences and mutual concerns. 3. Development of a right attitude towards money. 4. A happy and normal physical union with enjoyment of this aspect increasing as the years go on. 5. The extent to which two people can find faith in God and themselves. Divorce Increase One of the reasons for the tre mendous increase in divorce in re cent years is that so many young people are almost totally unconcerned about the seriousness of the choice of mate. Physical attraction, while tremendously important, is too often the only consideration. Research has found that people who are much alike in traits and interests have the best chance for success in marriage. The more interests a couple has in common, the greater the mutuality of education, religion, vocation and interest in children, the greater is the chance for success in this re lationship, the speaker pointed out in conclusion. A forum period followed the ad dress and the speaker remained on the campus for the afternoon to meet students in conference periods for the discussion of personal prob lems. THE BLUFFTON NEWS _____ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCll 16, 1941 Queen V gVELYN Hilty, senior, from Pandora, who will be crown ed queen at Bluffton college homecoming festivities in the gymnasium Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. In the afternoon she will preside at the Bluffton Otterbein football game at Har mon field. WIDEN BERM OF DIXIE HIGHWAY SOUTH OF TOWN Earth from Abandoned Interur ban Line Used to Provide 42 Foot Roadway Project Believed Part of Plan to Improve Road as Key Mili tary Route Increasing concentration of work on Ohio’s strategic network of military highways is reflected in an improve ment program now under way on the Dixie highway, U. S. Route 25, be tween Bluffton and Beaverdam. A ten foot widening of the present berm, five feet on. each side of the road is being provided by leveling the old right-of-way of the abandoned Western Ohio interburban line which parallels the highway south of Bluff ton. Much of the work between Bluff ton and Gratz crossing, two miles south of town, already has been com pleted by the state hihgway depart ment. Although there is no official con confirmation, it is believed that work on the route is a part of the state highway department’s program to improve the Dixie as one of the main north-south military roadways in the state. Leveling is Started Leveling the old interurban right of way to provide a berm 42 feet in width on the west side of the present pavement will prepare the way to build a four-lane divided highway over the route, it was pointed out by observers. Divided highways has been recom mended for the entire route of the Dixie from Detroit to Cincinnati in line with the military road improve ment program. Present width of the Dixie pave ment south of town is 22 feet, with a five foct berm on each side. Priorities Affect Work Work of the state highway depart ment for the next year is expected to be almost entirely concentrated on the 1,300-mile net work of military roadways in Ohio, it was learned this week. This is made necessary by a recent order of the supply priorities and al locations board, halting all highway construction except that essential for national defense or to public health and safety. Route 25 is the only highway in this section included in the military’ road network. Shortage of Steel The highway department has been affected principally by priorities on iron and steel. There are no priori ties on asphalt, tar and other bitum inous materials, stone, sand, cement or tile. Consequently, the highway depart ment is free to operate on widening and resurfacing programs, subject only to shortages of materials, and it can prepare specifications for non priority roads by eliminating steel re inforcing for concrete roads and com pensating for the elimination of heav ier bases. However, every time such a project includes the construction or remodel ing of a bridge, the department is stuck. Even concrete bridges require heavy metal reinforcement. Unless the bridge is on a road which war rants a low priority rating, no metal can be obtained. Miss Harriette Criblez, Bluffton High School Instructor, Talks at P.T.A. Describes Trip to Europe in Summer of 1939 to Study And Visit Relatives Activities ranging all the way from meeting American celebrities on the French liner Normandie to being jail ed in Paris, France for photographing an object deemed important by the French gendarmes, were described by Miss Harriet Criblez, Bluffton High school language instructor, at the first meeting of the Parent-Teacher asso ciation held in the auditorium, Tues day night. Miss Criblez, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Criblez, residing east of Bluffton, toured Europe and stud ied at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland during the summer of 1939. Sailed on Nomandie When Miss Criblez crossed the ocean on the Normandie the vessel had the smallest number of passen gers in the history of its Atlantic crossing. War scare had consider ably lessened the amount of oceanic passenger transportation. Entirely accidental was the prize won by Miss Criblez for being the first to sight land as the vessel ap proached French shores. Her watch having stopped, Miss Criblez went on deck to see what time it was and found that it was very early in the morning. Sighted Land Not wishing to go back to bed she decided to stay on deck and watch the sunrise. Just as the sun was ris ing Miss Criblez sighted land and en thusiastically announced the fact. Not even knowing there was a prize offered for being the first one to do this she was summoned to the cap tain’s cabin the next day and told that she would be privileged to go on the first class deck and meet the celebri ties. Here she met Norma Shearer and Mary Pickford, American movie act resses and late Ignace Paderewski, the great Polish pianist and states (Continued on page 8) Hartman-Basinger Wedding Sunday In a quiet ceremony at the home of the officiating minister occurred the wedding of Miss Sylvia Hartman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Purl Hart man of Orange township, and Free man Basinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Basinger of Pandora, at Mt. Cory, Sunday morning at 9:30 o’clock. The wedding vows were received by Rev. Irvin Kaufman, pastor of the bride, in a single ring ceremony. For the wedding the bride wore a street length dress of wine transpar ent velvet with blue accessories. She wore a corsage of red roses and white chrysanthemums. Her only adorn ment was a gold bracelet which her mother wore on her wedding day. Attending the couple at the wedd ing ceremony were Miss Glada Wilk ins of Bluffton and Robert Basinger of Pandora, friends of the contract ing parties. The bride is a graduate of Bluff ton High school in the class of 1936 and the groom graduated from Pan dora High school also in the class of 1936. Since that time he has been engaged in farming. Phyllis Trippiehorn To Teach In Florida Miss Phyllis Trippiehorn, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Tripple horn of South Main street, has been appointed vocal and orchestral in structor of the ML Verde School near Orlando, Florida, and will leave this Wednesday night for Florida to begin her new duties. The school is a private co-educa tional institution for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18 years. Most of the instruction given is col lege preparatory. Army To Get Test Sets Made Here Bluffton-made test sets will be used by the army to check its radio communication apparatus it was an nounced the first of the week when a contract was awarded for this equip ment to the Triplett Electrical In strument company. Contract for the test sets was let by the signal corps division of the army. Production of radio testing equipment for the army is expected to take precedence over the plant’s output for civilian needs. High School Teacher Jailed In Paris For Photographing Forbidden Objects Man Hit By Bicycle Ridden On Sidewalk Harry Shrider, Jr., filling station attendant, received painful injuries when he was struck by a bicycle rid den by Neil Schmidt, Bluffton high school junior, Tuesday night. Schmidt, riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in front of the Hankish con fectionary struck Shrider who was thrown to the sidewalk by the impact of the collision and received a bad cut on his head. Shrider was removed to a physi can’s office for medical aid and late? taken to his home where he was re ported recovering Wednesday morn ing. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Davis, Ada, boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Faze, a girl Tuesday. 27 TEACHERS GIVEN NEW CONTRACTS IN BLUFFTON SCHOOLS No Longer to be Hired Annual ly as Under Previous Arrangement Continuing Contracts for 23 Teachers Four Get Limit ed Contracts Abolition of the arrangement whereby Bluffton public school teachers are hired annually by the board of education was effected when 23 teachers were given continuing contracts at a meeting of the board Monday night. The continuing contracts, required by the recently enacted teacher tenure law, were awarded to in structors who have completed five years as faculty members in the Bluffton schools last June and who hold either professional, permanent or life certificates. Contracts Continue The arrangement in the past has been to hire the teaching corps at the end of every school year. The law now provides that the contracts will continue in force until retire ment or reason for dismissal as pro vided in the tenure law. Teachers who have taught in the system for less than five years will be given limited or provisional con tracts and after five years of service may be given continuing contracts at the discretion of the board. Four teachers will receive this type of contract. The administrators are also in cluded in the continuing contract arrangement. The new contracts were granted subject to all employ ment regulations set up by the local board and in effect at the time the state law was passed. Not Life Terms No lifetime tenure, however, will exist according to a recent statement of Walton B. Bliss, executive secre tary of the Ohio Education associa tion, the organization which sponsor ed the bill. There are definite grounds for terminating such contracts as set vp by law. Bliss stated that teachers as a body are just as anxious to weed out incompetents in the pro fession as is the public. The right of a board of education to dismiss incompetent teachers is contained in provisions of the law. The grounds for dismissal as specified in the act are inefficiency or immorality, and violations of reasonable rules of the board of education. The procedure set up for such dismissals includes written notice of the reasons, the right of a hearing with witnesses before the board and the right of court appeal if desired. Former Bluffton Dentist Succumbs Dr. Delbert Rhoades, 70, former Bluffton dentist died in Columbus, Monday, according to word received by friends here. Dr. Rhoades prac ticed dentistry here about forty years ago. He has lived in Colum bus for a number of years. The remains were taken to his former home at Plymouth, Ohio, where funeral services were held Wednesday followed by interment at that place. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 25 DAIRYMEN BENEFIT AS PRICE OF MILK IS INCREASED HERE Retail Price of Milk Advanced One Cent Per Quart in Bluffton Farmers Receiving $2.40 Per Hundred for Four Per Cent Butterfat Milk Increased prices being paid to Bluffton dairy farmers for raw milk were reflected in a one-cent raise in milk prices paid by Bluffton consum ers effective the first of the week. With raw milk commanding a price of $2.40 per hundred at the local plant of the Page Dairy Co. representing an increases of 12 cents within a month, price to the con sumer has been raised to 11 cents a quart. The greatly increased demand for milk is reflected in the large amount of dairy exports being made at the present time to foreign countries. Volume of raw milk handled at the Page plant is nearly 20,000 pounds daily greater than under normal conditions, it was stated this week. Increase Between 65,000 and 70,000 pounds of milk are being processed daily at the plant in comparison with a normal average of 50,000 pounds. This year’s production exceeds that of last year by 12,000 pounds per day. Bluffton district farmers are paid on the 1st and 16th of every month. Every pay period has witnessed an increase in the amount for raw milk and the new period starting this week may witness another increase. It is not unlikely that the figure will reach the total of $2.50 per hundred pounds or five cents a quart for raw milk, observers have point ed out. The figure of $2.40 represents an increase of 65 cents over the base price of $1.75 quoted at this time last year. With wholesale prices of daily products at the highest levels in years, farmers who sell cream also are reaping additional income. Butterfat was commanding a price of 36 cents a pound on Bluffton markets Wednesday morning. This quotation is two cents under the peak price of 38c for the present market movement, which prevailed last week. May Save Sight Of Eye Hurt In Crash Melvin Long, Jr., 21, Orange town ship youth, who received a serious injury to his right eye in an auto mobile crash was removed from Findlay hospital to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Long east of Bluffton, Tuesday afternoon. Long’s eyeball was pierced by a fragment of glass but attending phy sicians expressed the belief that it would be possible to save the sight as he was released from the hospital. The accident in which Long was injured involved three cars and oc curred on the Dixie highway south west of Rawson on Wednesday night of last week. Also injured and in the Findlay hospital were Mr. and Mrs. Semiah Neiswander, an aged couple of Find lay, who received cuts and bruises. State highway patrolmen said the accident occurred when Long, headed toward Bluffton, attempted to pass a vehicle operated by A. M. Gilliland of Findlay which was going in the same direction and then tried to get back into his own line of traffic when he saw Neiswander’s car approach ing from the opposite direction. Longs* car struck the two other machines and then went into the left ditch, hit a utility pole and upset. The other two machines were knocked off the road to the right. Former Resident Dies In California Mattie Steiner, 82, former Bluff ton resident, died Tuesday at her home in Upland, Calif., according to word received by relatives here. She was the youngest daughter of the late John and Katherine Steiner, born on what is known as the Adam Steiner farm three miles northwest of Bluffton. About twenty years ago she left for Califomia and has since resided at Upland. She was never married. Funeral services will be held at Upland followed by burial at Pasa dena, Calif. She was the last of her family and a number of nieces and. nephews are the only survivors.