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VOLUME NO. LXX
The total unofficial vote for mayor stood according to complete returns: Aukerman 225 Howe 208. Auker man carried three of Bluffton’s four precincts, leading in A, and D, w’hile How’e was ahead in precinct C. Howe was running on the ticket as a candidate for mayor Democratic opposition and feat was attributed to local lican factional differences sw’ung support to Aukerman in a last-minute write-in campaign, kerman is manager of the food store here and is also as president of the town How’e is an instructor in high school. Sidney Stettler, Bluffton high school instructor, Democrat defeated John A. Thompson, Republican for tow-n treasurer by a vote of 292 to £41. WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN AT POLLS CAUSES UPSET Food Store Manager Boomed for Mayor in Last Minute Political Drive Wins Over Incumbent, Tuesday. In one of the biggest upsets in the history of Bluffton poli tics, Charles Aukerman, Republican, was elected mayor in a write-in campaign over W. A. Howe, Republican running for a fourth term in the municipal election Tuesday. Aukerman was also re-elected for a third term as a member of the town council. without his de Repub- which Au- A & serving council. Bluffton Balloting Light Balloting was light in Tuesday’s election, approximately one-third of the total vote being cast and little interest generally appeared to be manifested which made the upset all the more unexpected as returns w’ere received Tusday night. The total of 619 votes cast in the town’s four precincts Tuesday was 186 more than the 433 votes cast for the mayor, indicating that many electors failed to mark their ballots for that office. Unexpected developments in the mayoralty race overshadowed other contests on the ticket, some of w’hich were decided by narrow’ margins. Democrats in Majority Outside of the mayor’s race which w’as an intra-party affair, Demo crats took title to the majority of contested offices in Tuesday’s elec tion. of the six seats on the town went to Democrats: Arden Don Patterson, C. A. Stauf- Four council Baker, fer and F. L. Todd. Two Republi cans elected were Charles Aukerman and C. A. Triplett. Patterson was high on the council ticket with a vote of 399. On the school board w’ere elected tw’o Democrats: Donavin Conrad and Leland Diller and one Republican Paul Diller. Leland Diller, high man, received 560 votes. Richland Township Results Richland tow’nship electors split their ticket for trustees, electing Fred Badertscher, Democrat and Watson Steiner, Republican. The ticket for constables was also split between the tw’o parties in the election of R. E. Griffith, Republican and Charles Lora, Democrat. Army Releases Three From Area Three Bluffton area men have been granted Army discharges, it was announced Wednesday morning. Pfc. Melvin Nusbaum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Nusbaum who spent three years in the Pacific area ar rived home the first of the week. Cpl. Howard Lugibihl of Pandora has returned after three and one half years of service. Russell Schaublin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin has returned to join his wife and family who re side in Columbus Grove. He was discharged at Camp Beal, Calif., after seven months in training at Ft. McClelland and Camp Rusker in Alabama and Camp Adair in Ore gon. Enters Cosmetology School In Ft. Wayne Miss Janet Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Steiner of North Jackson street left Monday for Ft. Wayne to enroll in the Warner Col lege of Cosmetology. She whs graduated from Bluffton high school last spring. Important Feed Hay, the most important feed in the dairy ration, varies more in feeding value and in palatability than any other feed commonly used in dairy-cattle feeding. AUKERMAN ELECTED MA Elected Tuesday Mayor—Charles Aukerman, Clerk—W. O. Geiger, D. Treasurer—Sidney Stettler, D. Council—Charles Aukerman, A. R. Baker, Don Patterson, C. A. Stauffer, F. L. Todd, C. A. Trip.ett, R. Board Public Affairs—Harry Barnes, A. C. Burcky, Forrest Harmon, D. School Board—Donavin Conrad, Leland Diller, Paul Diller, R. Richland Twp. Trustees—Fred Bad ertscher, Watson Steiner, R. Justice of Peace—Stanley Vertner, R. Constables—R. E. Griffith, C. W. Lora, D. Bible Lectures At College Open Sunday The annual series of Bible lec tures at Bluffton college will open Sunday and continue until the fol lowing Friday, November 16. m. The speaker will be Dr. Wi Beahm of Bethany Biblical semin ary, Chicago, speaking next Sunday morning, afternoon and evening. He will also speak every morning and evening thereafter during the serv ices. All evening and Sunday morning services will be held in the First Mennonite will be in College. church. Other services Ramseyer chapel at the Family Honors Returned Members A family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Diller of Spring street, Sunday after noon and evening when 26 relatives met to welcome Mrs. Lavina Diller Geiger who spent in California and the past 38 years Oregon. was Cpl. Edgar has received his after 20 months Also honored Schumacher who Army discharge service in the Far Eastern theatre of war. Others present were: Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Diller, Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Dil ler and son I pan of Orrville Miss Jennie Diller of Lima Mr. and Mrs. Edison Diller and children, Miss Bertha Diller, Nelson Schumacher, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schumacher ot Pandora. Mr. and Mrs. Noah Diller, Mrs. Sara Bame, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gerber and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lamont Diller and son Michael and Mr► and Mrs. Elmer Diller. Hold Last Rites For Oldest Resident Here Funeral services for Mrs. Euphemia ^lumma, 92, were held Saturday afternoon in the Church of Christ of which she was a member. Mrs. Mumma, Bluffton’s oldest resident, died Wednesday night at her home on North Jackson street where she had lived for the past fifty years. She was the widow of Joe Mumma, pioneer Bluffton fire chief, who died in 1932. A daughter of John and Elizabeth Hamilton, she was born January 23, 1853 in Orange township on what Is now the Elmer Anderson farm. She came to Bluffton shortly after her marriage in 1882 and has since resided in the neighborhood where she died. Notwithstanding her advanced age, Mrs. Mumma lived alone until recent months and enjoyed ‘good health until the time of her last illness. Surviving are four sons: Forest and Gail Mumma of Bluffton and Jay and Harry Mumma of Toledo. E. J. Penhorwood of Lima Side Church of Christ, a pastor here, officiated at the services and interment was Rev. South former funeral in Maple Grove cemetery. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO BLUFFTON THREE MILL LEVY CARRIES AT POLLS BY BIG MAJORITY Support for Measure Runs Over 93 Per Cent at Election Tuesday. Total Vote Stands 689 for and 49 Against the School Levy Proposal. Bluffton school district electors Tuesday approved a renewal of the 3-mill levy for the schools by one of the largest majorities ever given to a tax measure. Complete unofficial returns showed a vote of 689 for and 49 against the proposal. The measure carried by a 93.3% majority as compared with an 81.3% majority five years ago. Tuesday’s vote will authorize a renewal of the levy for a term of five years which will add approxi mately $15,000 annually to revenue of the schools, all of which is to be used for operating expenses. 'Not only did the proposed levy re newal carry by wide margins in Bluffton and Richland township but 14 votes cast in Orange township and one portions Bluffton favor of vote in Monroe township, of which are school district, the measure. Open Missionary Convention Here Returned missionaries from foreign lands will be heard in a convention at the Bluffton Missionary churcn beginning this Wednesday night and continuing over Sunday. Speakers will include Rev. Kenneth Rupp of Sierra Leone, Africa Rev. Silvan Hausser, Venezuela Miss Minnie Hilty, China and Rev. Chris Gerig of Ft. Wayne, district super intendent of the Missionary church. Pictures will be shown at meet ings every night except Thursday depicting work in these fields, public is invited. ncreased ,1a Hospi The Bluffton Youth Weds In England Cpl. Charles Hankish, Jr., Bluffton youth in Army overseas service and Miss Louise Hart of Tetbury, Glos. England, were married Saturday morning in the Catholic church at Tetbury, according to an announce ment made the first of the week. Cpl. Hankish, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hankish, Sr., of South Main street was stationed in Eng land for two years with an Army medical unit before being transfer red last spring to his present tion at Karlsruhe, Germany, was graduated from Bluffton school in the class of 1938. loca He high The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart of Tetbury. Announce Prince Of Peace Contests Between 35 and 40 Bluffton high school students will participate in six Prince of Peace Declamation contests to be held this month in five churches here. Schedule of contests follows: Thursday, Nov. 8—First Mennon ite church, 8:15 p. m. Sunday, Nov. 11—Church of Christ 10:30 a. m. Methodist church, 7 p. m. Sunday, Nov. 18—St. John’s Re formed, First Mennonite and Pres byterian churches. Winners in the six contests will be awarded be eligible contests for bronze medals and will to compete in county a silver medal. Returns By Army Plane From Europe of of in Sgt. Walter G. Williamson, son Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Williamson, Bluffton Route 1, has arrived this country in the Army’s redeploy ment program, ami, Florida, European war He returned to Mi via plane from the theatre. Relief from present rates charged by the town for L.'-ht and water service provided foi he Community hospital was request* Monday night by the Hospital Bo-jxI of Trustees at a joint meeting w|th the Muni cipal Council and tl Board of Pub lic Affairs. Increased cost of operation of the hospital resulting tion of a new this year when the works plant line to the institutio spokesmen of the the basis for the In the past, heat has been provid* by the town, but lately applied to service at the in included in were all in Likewise that portion North precinct included townhsip school district proposed $80,000 addition Pandora schools. All of votes cast here Tuesday support of the measure. of Richland in the Riley favored to the were To help balance iti get, the hospital council for some charges for water which are app month. the the six in the the for for Ithout charge rates have and water on. Operation Hospital operati moved sharply up cause of the di service. Ins plant cost $8, that its operation additional annual More costs have however, be uance of heat of a heating it is estimated ill require an lay of $3,000. operating bud petitioned the from present light service, tely $100 per In taking under consideration the request for relief from present rates, the council faces two possible ave nues of solution should action on the matter be favorable. Difficulty Seen A suggestion that present rates be reduced was countered by the Board of Public Affairs which pointed out that such a method would entail carrying a separate entry departing from the established rate schedule, justifying the departure from the schedule to state examiners and complicating bookkeeping and billing. Further complications were seen in the fact that operating costs of the municipal water and light plant would not reflect a true picture of the expense in serving the town. (Continued from page 1) Physician Out Of Army Will Study Dr. John Blackburn, former cap tain in the Army medical corps who has received his Army discharge will pursue graduate medical study in Columbus for the coming year, it was announced on his return here the first of the week. His wife, the former Corrin King, and children who have been living here while he was in service, will go with him to Columbus. They expect to move there next month. OFFERING MEET THANK the Lutheran Missionary hold a thank offering Women of society will service at the church, Sunday night, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p. in. Bluffton’s first Armistice Day ob servance since the close of World War II will be marked by a com munity meeting sponsored by the American Legion at 11 a. m. next Monday in the high school audi torium. Present Light And ter Rates Sought By Hospital Operating Basis for Council is Askckl to Provide Relief in Some Form at Meet- the installa- fplant required lunicipal water ed its heat was cited by ital board as est. the hospital tition, it was municipality hospital, and the hospital No charge is water service council room and street As a basis for the pointed out that holds leases board made for the mayor’i and fire depa______5, __ ____ lighting also is provided without charge W the out by N. E. the hospital. title to institutio $1 a year. light and towi','*1T 'wa8 pointed Byers, spokesman for Bluffton Business Places To Suspend Activity Two Hours On Armistice Day Cessation of all business and in dustrial activity in the town over the noon hour, from 11 a. m. until 1 p. m., has been requested by the Legion as a mark of respect to American forces which fought to vic tory in World War IL ON NEWS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY AY, NOV. 8, 1945 Bulletin Riley township school district vot ers Tuesday approved the $80,000 bond issue for improvement and ad dition to the Pandora schools it was announced Wednesday. Complete Returns Complete unofficial returns by pre cincts of the vote cast in Bluffton, Richland township and Beaverdam appears on Page 8. ORANGE TOWNSHIP BARN DESTROYED IN $5,000 FIRE Structure on Ray Crawford Farm Burns to Ground Mon day Afternoon. Discovered in Haymow Fire Loss is Partly Covered by Insurance. Fanned by a stiff southwest breeze, fire of undetermined origin last Monday afternoon razed a 40 by 60 foot barn on the Ray Craw ford farm one mile east of Orange Center in Orange township. When discovered by Crawford shortly after the noon hour, flames in the hay mow had gained such headway that the control. fire was beyond ground floor of driven into the Livestock on the the structure were open, but the fire destroyed a large quantity of hay, farm implements and new lumber. $5,000 was surance. Loss estimated at partially covered by in razed in the blaze was older structures on the The barn one of the. farm. It was built of hewn timbers. Bluffton’s fire department was called to the farm when a south west wind which had flames away from other changed direction and threatened to spread, their efforts no other buildings sus tained damage. blown the structures the blaze Through Sgt. R. A. Burkholder Gets Army Discharge Staff Sergeant Richard A. Burk holder, son of Mrs. Lida L. Burk holder and husband of Mrs. Josephine Klay Burkholder, of the Fett apart ments, was honorably discharged this week from the Army Air Forces at the ration Patterson Field Army Sepa Center, Ohio. Burkholder entered the serv August 27, 1942, and served Sgt. ice on overseas for 21 months, the European Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct medal. He wears Prior to his discharge, Burkholder was assigned to the 1378th AAF Base Unit Wing, Air LaGuardia of the North Atlantic Transport Command, at Field, New York. AID EUROPEAN RELIEF The first six grades in the public schools contributed the sum of $21.25 in a special offering for post-war European relief, it was announced Tuesday. Student Recital Students of* the Bluffton college department of music will be present ed in a yecital program in Ramseyer chapel, this Wednesday ni^ht. The public is invited. Rev. V. C. Oppermann, pastor of the Reformed churches, will be the speaker at the community service and special music will be included on the program. Ralph Henry, commander of the Legion, will serve as chairman. Altho Armistice Day falls on Sun day, the observance will be on Mon day, and there will be no mail de liveries in the town from Saturday morning Windows closed all until Tuesday morning, at the post office will be day Monday. WITHHOLDS ACCEPTANCE The food position of being elected to two offi ces. Besides the write-in campaign which placed him winner in the mayor’s race he won as a candidate on the Republican ticket for re-elec tion on the town council. The law forbids the holding of two elective positions. STUNNED BY RESULTS OF TUESDAY’S ELECTION Possible Courses Political observers Wednesday pointed out some of the possibilities. In event Aukerman should accept the office of mayor, one of two courses would be open to him. Eith er he could assume the duties of the office next-January 1 and serve the two year term, or: When assuming the office January 1 he could resign at that time in which event the president of the council would automatically’ assume the office of mayor and serve the full unexpired term of two years. The council at its first meeting or ganizes by electing one of its num ber as president. While any coun cilman is eligible for the office, the candidate polling the highest num ber of votes is usually selected. In such an event the choice would be Don Patterson, Democrat, operator of a South Main street barbershop, who received high vote in the coun cil race in Tuesday’s balloting. If Aukerman Declines On the other hand if Aukerman declines to accept the office and re fuses to qualify, W. A. Howe, pres ent mayor will continue in office, the law’ providing that the incum bent shall continue “until his successor qualified.” 31uffton Political Situation in State of Flux Pending Aukerman’s Decision on Mayor’s Post. Whether Charles Aukerman, local A & food store manager would accept elected via a nesday noon. the office of mayor of Bluffton to which he was write-in campaign, Tuesday, was undecided, Wed- store manager Wednesday was tn the anomalous of Aukerman, stunned by results the election which he said tally unanticipated, said would withhold decision on ter until he took further consider the matter, indication as to when he would an nounce his decision. to he were that the mat time to There was no Never Consented, Claim Aukerman said Wednesday that he had never consented to the use of his name for a write-in campaign for mayor and never agreed to serve in event he should be elected. Auk erman, who was out of town the past week because of the death and burial of his father, said he was un aware of developments in the politi cal situation here. In a statement issued Wednesday morning Aukerman said that the in creasing demands upon his time in connection with his position as food store manager have left him un decided as to what to do in the pres ent situation for which he was en tirely unprepared. Pending his decision in the matter, the future of the mayor’s office was in a state of flux with no way of determining who the incumbent might be when the term of W. A. Howe, present mayor expires Decem ber 31. to hold office is elected and Howe would be In such an event eligible to continue in office as may or until the next general municipal election in 1947. However, in case of his resignation the president of the council would fill the vacancy. This would leave a vacancy on the council which would be filled by that body for the unexpired term. Births following births at Bluffton The hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Thos. J. Crawford, a boy, Larry Allen, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz Von Stein Rawson, a girl, Dorothy Thursday. Louise, Rupp, Rev. and Mrs. Stanley Bluffton, a girl, Joy Elise, Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Baumgard ner, Jenera, a girl, Mary Ann, Fri day. Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bixler, Pan dora, a girl, Gloria June, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Greenawalt, Lafayette, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. George Bame, Je nera, a boy, Dennis George, Mon day. BUY vnrra» •TaTU NUMBER 29 THIS WEEK ENDS HOUSE -TO HOUSE BOND SOLICITATION Canvassing of Residential Dis trict Will Be Completed Within Next Week leavier Individual Purchasing Urged To Enable Meeting Eighth Loan Goal House-to-house canvassing of Bluff ton for subscriptions in the Victory Loan drive will be concluded within the next week, but heavier individual buying is urged by those in charge of the campaign if the town’s record of meeting its quota in each drive is to be maintained. Altho the war has ended, the ne cessity of purchasing bonds is urged to provide medical care for the wounded and to insure bringing our men home from overseas at an earlier date, it was pointed out. Nearly 100 solicitors are canvass ing the town in the eighth and final bond drive of the war, and zone cap tains are directing the solicitation in 110 residential districts. All bonds purchased by Bluffton residents thru the first month in De cember will count toward the Victory Loan drive aggregate, but house-to house canvassing is to be completed by the end of this week, it was re ported by Norman A. Triplett and M. M. Bogart, co-chairmen of the cam paign. Should anyone be missed in the house-to-house solicitation, either of the chairmen may be notified and ar rangements will be made for a can vasser to call at the convenience of the householder, it was announced. Clayton Harkness Is Released By Navy Clayton Harkness in Navy radio service stationed at Washington has received his discharge, it was an nounced the first of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Harkness arrived in Bluff ton, Tuesday and wijl occupy their former location in the Rohrbach property at South Jackson and Kib ler streets. Mexican Authority To Speak Here On Friday Racial characteristics and prob lems of the two million Spanish speaking people in the American Southwest will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the First Presby terian church by Dr. Paul L. Warn shuis, of the Presbyterian Board of National Missions. Dr. Warnshuis will devote particu lar attention in his talk to the question of inter-racial relationship in our country and its bearing the Good Neighbor policy. on an of Dr. Warnshuis is recognized as authority on Mexican inhabitants this country, and has worked with many governmental agencies on their problems. Pfc. Clyde Fisher Gets Army Release Pfc. Clyde Fisher, son of Mrs. George Swank, Sr., was discharged Jasi week from the United States Army at the Fort Knox, Ky., separ ation center. Pfc. Fisher had served overseas in the South Pacific for more than two years. Preshrunk If you buy wool yard goods that isn’t preshrunk, it’s wise to have it steam-pressed to shrink it, before cutting out a garment.