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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXVI COUNCIL REACHES DECISION ON TYPE OF SEWERS HERE Intercepting Trunk Lines and Primary Treatment Plant Are Proposed Cost is Estimated at $225,000 Ask Government for $113,000 Grant Decision as to the type of Bluffton’s proposed sewer system was reached at a meeting of the town council Mon day night in a conference with C. S. Kinkbeiner of the firm of Champe, Finkbeiner and Associates, Toledo en gineering firm which has been in charge of the preparation of prelim inary plans and estimates for the project. The mayor and clerk were author ized by the council to sign an appli cation for aid from the federal gov ernment in the construction of a sys tem of intercepting sewers and pri mary treatment plant, the total cost of which is estimated at $225,000. Application for federal aid will be in the sum of $113,000, leaving a bal ance of $112,000 to be financed by the municipality by means of bonds. These figures, while approximately correct, may me modified somewhat when final estimates are completed, Finkbeiner stated. Costs Higher In drafting plans for a proposed sewer system, the council faced a rad ically changed situation from that of two years ago. Not only higher material costs but increased limita tions in provisions for federal aid have placed a complete sewer system beyond reach of the present financial resources. The town’s portion of a complete sewer system which in 1939 would have cost $100,000 would now cost $151, 454, Finkbeiner told the council. “It appears that the handful of voters we failed to get to support the sewer issue two years ago has cost us $51, 000,” was the comment of Mayor W. A. Howe, following Finkbeiner’s statement. With construction of a complete sewer system out of the question be (Continued on page 8) Funeral In Church He Helped To Build In Emmanuel’s Reformed church south of Bluffton which he helped to build nearly forty years ago were held funeral services for Adolph Badertscher, 74, Sunday afternoon. Mr. Badertscher was head carpenter and construction foreman when the church was erected in 1902, and of which congregation he was a mem ber for many years. Reared on a Richland township farm, he learned the carpenter trade which he followed for fifty years and was working on the construction of a house there the day before his death. He was found dead in bed Thursday morning at 6 o’clock. Death was due to a heart ailment. Officiating at the funeral services were Rev. Emil Burrichter pastor of the church and Rev. W. H. Lahr, a former pastor. Interment was made in the church cemetery. He was born in Richland town ship, March 25, 1867, the son of Mathias and Lydia (Augsburger) Badertscher. On May 8, 1888 he was married to Lydia Kohler, the couple celebrating their Golden Wed ding anniversary three years ago last May. Surviving are his wife four sons Milton at home, Albert and Elmer of Bluffton and Herman of Arling ton and six daughters Mrs. Cora Balmer, Mrs. Mary Coon, Mrs. Mildred Stauffer, Mrs. Dorothy Gei ger, Mrs. Florence Everitt of Bluff ton and Mrs. Edith Stauffer of Find lay. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Peter Matter of Bluffton and four brothers, John of Bluffton Gideon of Ft. Wayne Peter of Lafayette and Dr. Jacob Badertscher of Bloom ington, Ind. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and one great grand child. Lions Ask Council To Clean Rest Rooms Rennovation and cleaning of the rest rooms in the town hall was asked by members of the Lions club at the business meeting of the or ganization Tuesday night. Resolution was proposed by A. E. Lichtenwalter and approved by the club. Formal request will be pre sented by the club to the town council. No Shaves Until We Win Beaver Gridders Vow O. K. With Coeds II’HISKERS leaped into popu larity at Bluffton college this week as members of the football squad vowed there would be no shaves until the team chalked up a victory. 'The stand of the football war riors was staunchly supported by pretty coeds of the school who also banded together into an agreement that they would have no dates with youths who did not grow a luxuriant growth of whiskers, “just like the foot ball fellows”. Whether the present whisker growing movement wwill be shortlived or not will depend on the outcome of the Bluffton-Ash land college football game to be played at Ashland. Saturday afternoon. MID WINTER FAIR TO BE HELD HERE DECEMBER 3 TO 5 Twenty-sixth Annual Showing Of Exhibits Planned by Fair Board Same General Program as Pre viously Will be Used Again This Year Twenty-sixth annual fair of the Bluffton Agricultural Society will be held in a three day showing from De cember 3 to 5, it was announced the first of the week by Harry Barnes, secretary of the fair board. Preliminary plans of the fair board are concerned at the present time with finding- buildings for housing the exhibits. Some of the buildings used previously will again serve as exhibi tion centers but several additional places will have to be located. No radical innovations in fair poli cies or exhibition arrangements are anticipated at the present time. The same general program will be follow ed as previously used and there will be very few changes in the premium lists. People in Bluffton and surrounding community look forward to the mid winter fair which is becoming an in stitution of increasing importance. The unusual quality of the exhibits has attracted showings of the high est quality and competition has be come keener in past years. Officers of the fair are: President, Hiram Kohli ice-President, Clyde Klingler. Secretary, Harry Barnes Treasurer, Ray Marshall. Other members of the board of di rectors are:Joe Powell, Clyde War ren, Dwight Frantz, Harold Carr Ben Amstutz, Edgar Herr, Albert W’inkler and Carl McCafferty. Dr. Garry Myers To Talk At Auditorium Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers, well known author, lecturer and expert in the field of children’s problems, will address a public meeting at the Bluffton High school auditorium next Wednesday night, October 29 at 8 o'cldck. Mr. Myers is editor-in-chief of Children’s Activities, a magazine for children published in Chicago and conducts a syndicated newspaper col umn entitled the Parent Problem. War Maneuvers Are Relief To Routine Army Camp Life, Bluffton Boy States He has had years of experience as a psychological consultant on child ren’s problems, university teaching and in conducting public forums sponsored by the United States office of education. Dr. Myers will lecture to the Bluffton audience and will conduct a forum in which he will answer ques tions concerning child problems. His appearance here is being sponsored by the Bluffton Women’s Federation of clubs. The public is invited. Two Are Named To Honorary Society Morris and Ropp Triplett, stu dents in electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, were elect ed to membership in Eta Kappa Nu, national honorary engineering fra ternity, it was announced the first of the weeek. Membership in the fraternity is based on excellence in scholarship and general ability. Corporal Robert West, Camp Forest, Tenn., Home for 10 Day Furlough Participated in 55 Day Period Of Simulation of War Com bat Conditions Although the United States army war maneuvers are of a most rigor ous nature, the selectees usually wel come the war games as a relief from the drill and routine of camp life, acording to Corporal Robert West, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff West of South Lawn avenue, who is home on furlough from Camp Forest, Ten nessee. West, who is in Bluffton on a 10 day stay, will return to the camp on Sunday. After his basic training at Ft. Bragg, N. C., for a 13 weeks’ period he was transferred to the Tennessee camp where he has been located since July 15, and is work ing at the camp as a battery clerk. Field Artillery Camp Forest specializes in field artillery of the 155 mm. howitzers. Most of the soldiers in the camp are (Continued on page 3) Concert Series At Bluffton College A series of music presentations by concert artists, sponsored by the Bluffton college music department, will be presented at the college chapel with the first number, “The Guardsmen Quartet” scheduled for November 7, it was announced by Prof. R. .A. Lantz, head of the col lege music department. The Guardsmen Quartet has ap peared in numerous motion pictures, radio engagements and personal ap pearances. Their voices have been recorded in more than 800 motion pictures, including Walt Disney’s “Snow White” in which they were four of the dwarfs. Other numbers on the series are: Robert Eliot, violinist, Jan. 8 Ralph Dobbs, pianist, March 11 The Rink String Quartet, April 27. All of the numbers will be presented in the college chapel at 8:00 o’clock. Funeral Friday For Mrs. Chris Santschi Funeral services for Mrs. Chris tian Santschi, 83, of Kibler street, will be held at St. John’s Reformed church, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with her pastor Rev. Emil Burrichter and Rev. W. H. Lahr of Ada, a former pastor, officiating. Mrs. Santschi died in the Bluffton Community hospital Tuesday after noon following a three weeks’ illness of uremic poisoning. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery. A native of Switzerland, she was born in Canton Bern on June 8, 1858, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Boss and came to Bluffton from Switzerland in the spring of 1888. On November 15 of that year she was married in Wooster to Christian Santschi who survives. The couple settled on a farm southwest of Bluffton and later moved to the present location on Kibler street. For fifty-three years she was a member of the St. John’s Reformed church. Besides her husband, she is sur vived by two sons, Louis of Bluffton and Arthur Santschi of Lawrence burg, Ind., and one daughter, Mrs. Alice Parker of Washington, D. C. A brother, Alfred Boss and a sister Ann live in Switzerland. Also surviving are five grandchildren. The body was taken to the Stanley Basinger funeral home where it will remain until time for the funeral. Buckeye Lake Shows Profit For Town Buckeye Lake, Bluffton’s munici pally operated swimming pool showed a net profit for the past summer of $170.49 according to a report at the town council meeting, Monday night. Gross receipts for the season were $700, the report disclosed. One-half of the gross receipts, $350 was paid to Evan Soash, manager in charge. Other expenses were $21.51 for taxes and fees and $158 for insurance. The net profit of $170.49 will be turned into the municipal treasury. NO SCHOOL FRIDAY Bluffton grade and high schools will be dismissed all day Friday in order to permit teachers to attend the Northwestern Ohio Teachers con ference to be held in Toledo on that day. rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCT !3, 1941 BLUFFTON VOTERS TO RECEIVE FOUR BALLOTS NOV. 4 Three Bluffton Precincts to Have New Places for Bal loting All Electors to Sign Name in “Jury List” Under New Election Law Bluffton voters will receive four ballots when they vote at the regular November election at four polling places on Tuesday, November 4. Separate ballots will be given the voters for the town, township and school board tickets and the proposal to issue $8,00 in bonds for purchase of fire fighting equipment. Voters will mark their ballots for the first time since 1928 at four vot ing places in precincts which were established from territory formerly served by three precincts. The re (Continued on page 4) HOG PRICES HOLD FIRM IN FACE OF HEAVY MARKETING Top of $9.90 Quoted Here Wed nesday as Fall Offerings Reach Peak Heavy Run of Hogs is Reported At Yards Dairy Products Are Steady That hog prices are holding up well under a barrage of heavy fall marketings was the view of the market situation here Wednesday morning when a top of $9.90 was quoted at Brady Bros, yards. Recession of the market from its high mark of $11.70 a month ago was to have been expected, accord ing to livestock men, when the fall run of hogs attained volume pro portions. In this connection it is pointed out that the market retrenched in order ly fashion without any wide open break in the price structure. Low point in the downswing of the pres ent market was reached when prices stabilized at $9.40. Receding prices have had little ef fect on livestock marketings here and hogs are being marketed in average to heavy volume this week, dealers stated. Prices for dairy products which have been consistently advancing since late summer remained un changed since a week ago with but terfat quoted at 36 cents and raw milk commanding a price of $2.40 per hundred pounds. Chicago Woman, Auto Accident Victim, Dies Mrs. Vera Houser, 48, of Kenil worth, Ill., wife of a Chicago mail order house executive who was in jured in an automobile accident near Bluffton in September died in a Chi cago hospital last week, according to word received here. The woman received a fractured skull when a rear ti/e of the auto mobile in which she was riding blew out and she was thrown from the car to the pavement. The accident occurred on the Lin coln highway south of Bluffton and she was removed to the Bluffton hospital in an unconscious state. She was removed two weeks ago in an ambulance to a Chicago hospital where she died without regaining consciousness. Her husband, Theodore Houser, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, is vice president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., of Chicago. Defense Classes To Start First Of Year National Defense classes to pro vide training in vocational pursuits will commence after the Christmas holidays rather than at the present time, it was announced Wednesday morning by A. J. B. Longsdorf, sup erintendent of Bluffton schools. Need of the young men on the farms and the present demand for men in industry have caused the enrollment to be less than the mini mum of 10 students and it was de cided to offer the instruction at a later date. Changing schools as often as four times a year and living in 14 differ ent states does not seem to weigh heavily on the shoulders of 10-year old Johnny Lee Holdman, new stu dent in the fourth grade of the public school here. Johnny, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Gouker, is living in a trailer located behind the Sinclair Filing station on South Main street. His father is a steam fitter for an eastern concern which sends him to various parts of the country. At the present time he is engaged in the construction of the new turbine being installed at the Woodstock power generating station of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. at the northeast edge of town. The family arrived in town Mon day and will likely stay until Gouker U. S. Army Inspector at Trip lett Plant was Head Radio Man on Manhattan Operating Expense on Large Ocean Liners About $10,000 Per Day Ocean going vessels have personal ities every bit as much as human be ings, according to A. J. Croner, United States army inspector from the signal corps at Wright field in Dayton, who addressed members of the Lions club at the Walnut Grill Tuesday night. Croner has been engaged in in spection work at the Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. and has been living at the Cleon Triplett residence on South,Main street, while in Bluff ton. Croner has sailed in many types of vessels between 1921 and 1935 and was head radio operator on the turbine liner Manhattan, Le viathan and other vessels. React Differently Even though two vessels may have been constructed from the same blue prints and are to all appearances identical, they often behave very dif ferently and react in a manner so unique that a distinct personality develops, Croner said. Marine designers have never been able to calculate by mathematical processes the exact reactions of the boat in the ocean. An unexplainable intangible combination of circum stances make every boat respond differently to roll and pressure of salt water, the audience was told. Some boats are known as killers. The Vittoria Emanuel III, an Ital ian vessel, was known to have killed a man on every trip. Even in dry dock during construction operations a man was killed on the ship. Top Heavy Boats A sailor can always pick out a dangerous top heavy ship. Ore carrying ships are especially dan gerous. Several years ago, the Cy clops, an ore carrying ship, disap peared with a crew of 550 on board. No one to the present day has ever (Continued on page 4) New Bluffton Grade Student Often Changes Schools Four Times A Year Ocean Liners Have Personalities As Pople Do, Lions Speaker Says County Methodist Meet Here Friday The Allen county Men’s Brother hood of the Methodist church will hold its October meeting at the Bluffton Methodist church Friday night at 6:30 o’clock. Supper will be served by the ladies of the church in the basement. Rev. J. L. White, pastor of the Lima Epworth Methodist church will be the speaker. Special music will be provided by the church here. STUDENT RECITAL Students in the Bluffton college department of music will appear in recital in the college chapel next Tuesday night at 8:45 o’clock. The public is invited. Births The following births at the Bluff ton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Don Eddy, a girl, last Wednesday. Dr. and Mrs. Vance Taylor, Ottawa, a boy, Tuesday. SERIOUSLY ILL Condition of Albert Niswander, of South Jackson street, who is suffer ing with a heart ailment, continues to be serious. He has been con fined to his bed at his home since the first of last week. completes the construction work at the power plant sometime in Janu ary. Although there are numerous prob lems occasioned by frequent transfers from one school to another, Johnny seems to be receiving an education on a par with many of his class mates who have had more perman ent locations. He has found that states differ tremendously on the matter of text books. Some states, as in Ohio, have free textbooks, other states rent them to the students and still other states, notably in the south, ask the stu dents to buy all instructional ma terials. Johnny says that he enjoys the constant traveling although he al ways hates to leave a community be (Continued on page 8) NO RESURFACING IN SIGHT FOR STREET PAVEMENT Street Will go Thru Another Winter Without Repairs Urged Two Years Ago Some Hope for Federal Aid Under Military Highway Program for Dixie Bluffton’s Main street, resurfacing of which was urged two years ago by the town council will go thru another winter without attention from the state highway department, it was indicated in a statement from O. C. Kohli, state resident division highway engineer of Lima. The street is part of the Dixie highway, U. Si Route 25 and as one of the principal north and south thorofares is called upon to bear a large volume of heavy truck traffic. Much of the asphalt binder holding bricks in place has eroded since the pavement was constructed fourteen years ago resulting in loose and broken bricks in the pavement which allows water to seep thru to the underlying concrete base. Council Urges Action In urging action to prevent fur ther deterioration of the street the town council two years ago asked immediate application of new asphalt binder as a temporary measure and later resurfacing with asphalt to seal the pavement against water and resultant damage by winter freezing and thawing. Some repair work may be done this fall on the extreme south por tion of the street, between Bentley road and the corporation line, Kohli stated. However the state highway department has no further plans for work on the street this year, he said. With Route 25 being the only road in this section designated as a military highway, there is some hope that aid in resurfacing the street may eventually come from the federal government. Planned Last Year Resurfacing of the street was planned a year ago in a conference between town officials and represen tatives of the state highway de partment. Following the conference Mayor W. A. Howe announced that an agreement had been reached to do the work this summer. Later, however, it was stated from highway sources that shortage of funds had hampered street work in municipalities. During consideration of the matter last year it was indicated that cost of the proposed improvement would be approximately $35,000. Of this sum the town was to pay $5,000 to be supplied from the street high way maintenance fund. Paved in 1927 Main street’s present brick pave ment was built in 1827 at a cost of upwards of $100,000. It consists of a six-inch concrete foundation, one inch sand cushion and three inch brick top held in place with asphalt binder. Resurfacing of the street would eliminate a traffic hazard represent ed by steel rails of the abandoned Western Ohio interurbafi line in the middle of the street thru the town. Altho asphalt was placed in groov es beside the rails after the line was abandoned, enough of the rail pro jects above street levels to make driving treacherous when the surface is wet. A jiood Place to Live— Try Bluffton First NUMBER 26 BUILDING HERE NOT AFFECTED BY NEW PRIORITIES ORDER. Applies Only to Critical Ma terials Such as Steel, Cop per and Brass No Shortage in Basic Building Materials, Reported by Local Dealers Building construction in the Bluff to narea in not affected by the recent order of the federal supply priorities and allocation board (SPAB), it was stated the first of the week by local building material dealers. Loans under the Federal Housing Authority are still being granted and construction has not been impeded be cause of difficulties experienced in ob taining loans. The order of the priorities board merely confirms a condition that ex isted prior to its release as a result of the priority procedure applying to metal products essential to building, it was pointed out by the Ohio as sociation of retail lumber dealers. Critical Materials Under the interpretation which has been made, the order applies only to public and private construction which utilizes an appreciable quantity of critical materials. Much building does not involve such materials in a quantity that would be regarded as sizable and hence does not come un der the restrictions, it was emphasiz ed. Another factor operating to facili tate construction here* is that Bluffton is in a non-defense area and govern mental regulations will not be as re stricted in regard to materials were this area strictly a defense district. Farm Building The order does not apply to farm building nor does it apply to construc tion actually under way. according to an interpretation made by the lum ber association. There is no ban whatever on reha bilitation and repair activities and programs unless the use of critical materials gets in to the “appreciable” classification. The real purpose of the drder, it is understood, was primarily to divert the use of large quantities of steel from many public purposes such as post offices, harbor improvements, flood control projects and the like dur ing the defense emergency. There is no authority for banning any type of private construction for which materials arc already available, it is pointed out. Basic Materials Structures which do not involve critical materials such as steel, cop per and brass can be erected as free ly as at any time during ‘he pa-i several years. Basic building mater ials such as lumber, brick, stone, ce ment are not particularly scarce, are not under priority control and may be obtained for building jobs. In Bluffton there are several new houses likely to be erected in the near future, some under private loans and others going through on F. H. A. ar rangements. The whole situation may be sum med up by saying that one contem plating building “must anticipate his wants further in advance than was the case previously,” said one dealer here Wednesday morning. Clair B. Fett Named County Legion Head Clair B. Fett, Bluffton manufac turer residing on Campus Drive, was elected commander of the American Legion posts of Allen county at a recent meeting of county command ers There are now six posts in the county consisting of units in Lima, Delphos, Spencerville, Cairo, Harrod and Bluffton. Fett was commander of the Bluff ton Post No. 382 on two previous occasions, once in 1926 and again in 1939. At the present time he is finance officer of the Bluffton post. Bible Lectures At Reformed Church Rev. C. A. Schmid, pastor of the Cross Evangelical and Reformed church of Berne, Ind., will be the speaker at the annual Bible lecture series to be held at the St. John’s Reformed church beginning Sunday night, November 2. Five lectures will be presented by the speaker, it was announced by Rev. Emil Burrichter, pastor of the Bluffton Reformed churches. Ttaw public is invited.