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VOLUME NO. LXX
MAYOR DILEMMA POSES HURDLE FOR INCOMING COUNCIL Difficulties In Organizing Next Monday Night May Hamper Body Question of Appointments Looms Large With Mayor's Position Unknown Bluffton went into the New Year this week with its mayoralty dilema still unsolved, and with conjecture pointing to the possibility that reper cussions could result in municipal ap pointments being held up, and failure of the incoming council to organize. Mayor W. A. Howe so far has made no statement as to his intentions, and from his decision as to whether he will remain in office stem complica tions that could prevent organization of the new council and the completion of municicpal appointments at the first meeting next Monday night. No member of the incoming council has indicated a willingness to accept presidency of the body should it be contingent on succeeding to the office of mayor, as provided by law in case the chief executive of the municipality New Council Faces Hurdle Conceivably this could result in fail ure of the new council to organize should Mayor Howe announce a de cision to resign from office. And un less the council organizes it cannot of ficially transact business or its mem bers take office. This could mean that the old coun cil would have to continue serving un til organization was effected, but the question of who would be Bluffton’s mayor would continue unanswered. should Mayor Howe decide not to con tinue in office it is unlikely he would name any appointees. Continue Until Successor Appears. Under state law, Mayor Howe must continue in office until his successor is duly elected and qualified, and if he chooses he may remain in the ex ecutive post until the next election. His resignation would automatically advance the president of the council to the mayoralty. Municipal appointments are requir ed by law to be made at the first meeting of the new municipal govern ment each year. Posts to be filled include those of town clock caretaker, city solicitor, clerk of Maple Grove cemetery board, service supervisor (combined in the past with the post of marshal), assistant street supervisor, (combined in the past with night po lice), municipal firemen and fire chief. Pianist On College Music Course Jan. 7 Franz Bodfors, brilliant young pianist, will appear in Ramseyer chapel at 8 p. m. next Monday as the second number in the Bluffton college concert series. Bodfors has a long series of con cert successes to his credit, crowned recently in an appearance at the Chicago Civic Opera house greeted by thunderous applause and insist ent demands for repeated encores. Bodfors comes from a rich musical background, both of his parents hav ing been prominent musicians. At an early age the concert artist’s re citals aroused enthusiasm, leading to his being billed as the “young wiz ard of the keyboard.” Critics have marvelled at his adaptability to widely varied styles of compositions and his intuition in to the correct and stimulating ap proach to them. His concerts give striking appeal to the masterpieces of piano literature. Oyer Trio To Be On Broadcast Friday The Oyer Trio with Bettye Jeanne Lewis, accompanist will be heard in their weekly broadcast Friday even ing at 6:15 o’clock from Lima sta tion WLOK. Last week’s broadcast was cancelled because of illness. The following program has been arranged: Winter Lullaby, trio Clair de Lune, piano solo by Bettye Lewis Fairest Lord Jesus, trio Romance, Bettye Lewis Auld Lang Syne, trio. Plenty of milk is in prospect for 1946 to satisfy demands for fluid milk and cream. Surplus milk dur ing May and June probably will flood over into condensaries, but cream eries may be short of butterfat the entire year. Estimates on consump tion of dairy products during 1946 have been revised upward due to a more optimistic view for employ ment. comparison The pumpki Local Partnership Buys City Market Miss Rhoda Amstutz and Henry Balmer purchased the City Market grocery here from its Findlay own ers in a deal closed the first of the week. They took possession Wed nesday morning. The business will be operated as a partnership. Miss Amstutz was formerly local manager in charge of the store. Bible Society Man To Speak Sunday Rev. Alvin Beeker of Woodburn, Ind., representing the Northern Bib le society will speak at the Defense less Mennonite church Sunday morn ing at 10- o’clock it is announced by the pastor, Rev. Stanley Rupp. 1946 LOOKS AT BLUFFTON (An Editorial) last 15 years, the ework originally or a farming community. I into th of the enclosing glass—then all growth stops. Today Bluffton is in that self-same position hopeful of continued expansion but with progress throttled by an outmoded framework. Perhaps the most pressing municipal obstacle to progress is the town’s sewer problem, and until it is solved further growth can be expected only on a limited scale. Industrialization and disposal of its waste by-products together with the spectacular growth of the town coming with the trend toward an industrial center now finds Bluffton facing a virtual ultimatum demanding an im mediate solution. Equally as important is the town’s housing shortage. A recent estimate that Bluffton needs 50 additional resi dential properties does not appear overdrawn. And expansion ot housing means new sub-divisions and concerted action in getting a full-fledged building program under way here at the earliest opportunity. A development of this nature, however, again ties in with the sewer problem, for without adequate sewage disposal stream con tamination would only be intensified. Sewage disposal also is linked inseparably with furth er industrial expansion. If Bluffton is to attract new in dustries it must offer satisfactory evidence that it can take care of industrial wastes—a provision sadly lacking at present. In short, Bluffton today is suffering from a bad case of municipal indigestion which resolves itself to the con clusion that there is little hope to grow in population or attract new industrial enterprises until we can take care of what we already have on our hands. Expansion of the business section also has failed to keep pace with the town’s growth in the last 15 years. Today, establishment of additional business ventures would be contingent only upon new building construction, and present facilities are so cramped that no space could be found for holding of the Mid-Winter fair this season. More parking areas conveniently located io the business section also are needed. As the town has grown, more automobile traffic has resulted, while at the same time parking areas are growing fewer. What formerly were parking lots are being transformed into building sites, and the lack of suitable parking space each year becomes more critical here. Neither have recreational facilities kept pace with the growth of the town, and Bluffton, in common with the rest of the country, has come in for its share of juvenile delinquency. Proposals for recreational centers for youth—which incidentally never seem to progress beyond the stage of proposals—to an extent have not represented an adequate answer to the problem. Funds in a sizable amount probably could be raised here for establishment of the required play center, but larger problems would follow unless the question of organ ized supervision, types of entertainment, etc., are settled in advance. Diverse opinions as to suitable forms of entertainment could foredoom any venture, and unless a united commun ity stands back of a workable program that the younger generation would accept it is futile to attempt to start. Rejuvenation of Harmon field’s summer recreation pro gram also is needed, and more funds must be made avail able for that purpose if a well-rounded activities schedule is to be set up. These are the challenges Bluffton must face in 1946, and in the following years, if the town is to complete the metamorphosis that industrialization and municipal growth have started. It is not too difficult a task but sound plan ning. and, above all else, early and intelligent action are re quired. op. present situation would :o grow a pumpkin in a ntil it feels Holiday Brings $5,000 Gift To College Here Christmas cheer in a substantial form to Bluffton college came in the form of a gift of $5,000 from Mrs. S. M. Musselman of Biglerville, Pa., one of the large benefactors of the institution. Announcement of the gift was made Monday by Dr. L. L. Ramsey er, president of the college. This is the second $5,000 gift from Mrs. Musselman recently, the first having been given in November. Mrs. Musselman and her late husband, founder and head of a large fruit canning and processing establishment were donors of the college’s Musselman library. The building together with endowment, represented a gift of more than $100,000. Besides this they have contributed substantial sums for other projects of the college here. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THU JSDAY, JAN. 3, 1946 COLLEGE SEEKING HOUSING HR WAR VETERAN ST IDENTS Application Made or Govern ment-Provided Ei ergency Dwelling- Tight Housing Situation Here Leaves No Place For Married Veterans Emergency government housing may be made available at Bluffton college for married war veterans un able to find living acc 1 mnodations for their families while attending school. Application was mane this week bv college authorities to participate in the Lanhan Act authorized by Cong ress to permit the establishment by the government of temporary housing facilities on college campuses for the benefit of veteran-students. Under the Lanham Act, sites for the emergency housing project must be provided by the college, which also is made responsible for the construc tion of walks, installs 1on of utilities, etc. i Houses Provided l-overnment Temporary fainily-uu mses would be constructed or mcid here by the government to fill thS need of addi tional living accommodations if Bluff ton college’s applicat n for partici pation in the plan is pproved. In event governme it approval is forthcoming the house would be lo cated on the campus the junction of College avenue ar College roacL south of the present otball field Houses provided ui ^er the 4‘^Tral program are similar (o those con structed adjacent to a ly camps and war industries during ie war, it was explained. In some ca es houses now abandoned in these loc- ‘.ions would be moved to college camri ses. Housing Situation Critical Housing for married veterans hop ing to live with their •"amilies while attending college is presenting a critical problem local Pres. L. L. Ramseyer, of the colit ge, announced in commenting on the e nergency pro gram. One example has ?n that of a New York veteran v,m had to estab lish temporary living „quarters in a part of the America. erior halL af ter being unable to find any other ac commodations locally. Plenty of rooms are available in the men’s dormitory at the college for single students, but Bluffton’s acute housing shortage prevents out of-town married veterans from hop ing to establish living quarters here. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gratz, Ot tawa, a boy, Larry Hall, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Burkholder, Bluffton, a girl, Karen Sue, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. James Althaus of Lewisburg, a boy at a Canton hos pital, December 25. Mr. Althaus, in Naval service at Great Lakes, Ill., is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Althaus, formerly of Bluffton. Cpl. and Mrs. Leland Badertscher, a boy Roger Keith at Egland Field, Florida, Sunday. Mrs. Badertscher is the former Imogene Montgomery of this place. For Bluffton folks who have a ood memory, 1945 will be recalled as a year of unusual occurrences u wen as highlights into the warp and woof of this community’s patiarn of everyday life. During the 12 months oddities in cluded such freakish examples as a fire breaking out in a gasoline truck parked at a filling station while here to deliver motor fuel right in the midst of the worst gas shortage in history. Altho no new automobiles have been marketed in four years and old cars are rapidly wearing out, the number of automobile licenses sold here increased over the preceding year for the third successive year. Leland Diller made the headlines by twice resigning as clerk of the board of education within six weeks, He resigned once, then when his successor gave up the office, ne served again for one week until an other clerk could be found. Robert Luginbuhl came up with the prize hunting story. On tne first day of the season he flushed two cocks and two hens who went up together. Luginbuhl shot once and the two cock birds fell. The Town May Get Financial Help I rom Proposed Program To Combat Pollution Bluffton's Problem Of S age Disposal Is Common One In Country men of 1 ties with Possibi in that I Toledo engineering firm of Fink beiner, Pettis and Strout, which draft ed the engineering details of Bluff ton’s proposed sewerage system. Situation Is General In a recent conference with local administrative officials, Finkbeiner said the sewage disposal problems that plague Bluffton are common thruout the country. As the nation has become increas ingly industrialized, stream pollution (Continued on page 8) Fundal of Steiner ¥\rtdger Wednesday Apparently the victim of a hear' attack while he slept, Steiner Geiger, 47, Bluffton native and principal of the Gi ven Springs schools was found dead in bed by his wife, Sunday morning. His death was unexpected as he had not complained of illness. Funeral services were held Wed nesday morning at the Green Springs Methodist chinch and in the afternoon at the Bluffton Luth eran church with Rev. W. H. Nor man of Green Springs and Rev. W. L. Harmony of Findlay, pastor of the Bluffton church officiating. In terment was made in Maple Groxe cemetery here. He was' born* ar?tf 3, 1898 the son of the late Calvin Geiger and Mrs. Sarah Geiger now of North Newton, Kansas. He at tended Bluffton schools and Bluffton college and was prominently identi fied with sports, particularly swim ming and tennis. His wife is the former Doris Stultz of Bluffton whom he married September 4, 1923. For the lasv six ye irs he had been conne ools. Previcus Stream Pollution Elimination May Replace PA In Federal Sewer Aid Ult vi I lull to that he taught at Rawson. He was a World War I veteran and a member of the A merican Le gion, Lions flub, the Sandusky coun ty schoolmasters club and the Bluff ton Luthera i church. Besides s wife and mother he is survived by two sjns Steiner Geiger, Jr., and James Geiger and two daughters Jane Am and Mary Sue Geiger, all at home. Sisters are Mrs. Eva Harshbarger and Mrs. Winfield Fretz of North Newton, Kansas, and Mrs. Carl Nordstrom of Boston. Lieut. Com. Ivan Geiger of New London, Conn., is a brother. It All Happened in Bluffton During Year 1945 other two, protected by game laws and providence, went on their way. Twenty-six Mexicans in straw hats and summer clothing created a stir of excitement by walking down Main street in near-zero weather last February. They were new arrivals from Mexico, here to work as rail road section hands, and they came unprepared for cold weather. The weather provided its usual freakish attributes. An early start of spring found householders mow ing the grass on their lawns in early March then it rained so hard ann so often farmers got to their com planting at the latest date in years. Most unusual coincidence of the year was when two Detroit auto mobiles, traveling in the same direc tion crashed within 15 minutes in identical accidents and only half a mile apart at the edge* of town. Bluffton schools for the first time in nine years showed an upward trend of enrollment, with the mark of 491 the highest since 1936. Biggest news of the year was the end of two major wars—with V-E day falling on May 8, and V-J Day on August 15. The war’s end by the close of the year was followed Hoid Union Prayer Services Next Week With The Service Men Sgt. Norman and Mrs. Harv Jackson street eeived his Army overseas in the war Robe ant been tain, ippir He Japayc serg? V having re ge. He was n theatre of formerly lieuten medical corps hat ■ank of cap in the Phil- ischai^ted Hood, with his QI v :s luffton a whe Mr. Mt. the I discharge Pvt. Richard Davies who sen the Pacific war theatre receive Army discharge at Camp Attei Ind., and returned Monday to his wife and family who have making ”heir home with her pa ’"Mr. ana rfSrtV LI r» South Main street. Master Sgt. Aldine Wiess, Jr of Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Wie Riley street ret day after charge at ig his Army dis tterbury, Ind. II months in the s sre in the Soutl Fire Department Makes Bun To Farm An overheated flue resulted in turning in of a fire alarm from the farm of Louis Criblez southwest of Bluffton, Thursday morning at 11 o’clock. The department here ans wered the call but their services were not needed. No damage was done. by termination of all rationing ex cept that of sugar, and the town gradually was returning to a pre war way of living. Politics took a turn for the worst, and voters elected a write-in candi date for mayor In n surprise cam paign that ended with no one willing to accept the office. Postmaster Ed R. Reichenbach provided the best Good Samaritan act by staying up all night Christ mas Eve to help motorists make the ice-covered grade of a hill in front of his house, but the American Legion also qualified for the select list by turning over part of its quarters as living accommodations for a World War II veteran who had no place to live while attending col lege. The year 1945 also will go down in history as the one in which juven ile vandalism over a September weekend so completely wrecked the interior of the grade school building that classes had to be suspended for one day. For the first time in many years Bluffton had no traffic fatalities or accidental deaths during the 12 months period, for a particularly bright spot in the town’s record. The visit of their number SNOW YEAR’S INA Snow fall New Year’s lowed by Crisp, Eve Ft Old Weather Bright Sun New Year Mbrni is Followed by Snow Flurries ice and colder weather re-? to Bluffton Monday night to he arrival of the New Year that started on gave the late Mon town and a fresh white mantle in welcome of,- A bright sun shining Tuesday morning was followed by intermix tent flurries of snow in the after-j noon and altho temperatures were lower, near the 20 degree mark, there was no return to the zero as-t sault of two weeks ago. Continued Cold Forecast Continued cold weather is in store® for the remainder of the week, the thermometer mercury dropping to# ten Wednesday morning, according® to the weatherman. made treacherous* •’s Eve snowfall, y were the usual w serious accidents k Highways were by the New Yea and altho there minor mishaps no were reported. New Year’s crisp, cold weather® with a white setting was in marked contrast to the miserable weather j| that prevailed on Christmas Eve Christmas Day when the gamut ruri and was ice, tmas Da n sporadic bursts of rain, & lid Farmers In Income Tax Filing i she post office assist farmers of *estimated this the deputy here next Tuesday is fo farmers and officials have asked that only farmers who are required by law. to file a declaration or their, final tax return for 1945 on or be fore January 15 report at that time, viduals who already have filed declarations and whose decla will be with actual and determined e their reg until March e not re until on 3 will be ivenience nt declaration nt of their may pay nt or final in March Real Estate Deals Paul Emmert who recent! y moved hei-e with his family from Goshen, Inc1., las purchased the Emerson Lugibil 1 property on North Jackson street. The Emmert family are now occupying the residence. Emerson Lugibihl purchased the Dr. John Blackburn property on East Elm street and moved in dur ing the holidays. The deal was handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. Dr. and Mrs Blackburn recently moved to Columbus Howard Edinger of Union town ship has purchased the Mrs. Anna Koontz place of 14 acres in Orange township. He will move in the spring. The place was formerly oc cupied by Arthur Nonnamaker who “is now on the John Nonnamaker farm in Orange township. Dwight Deeds of Beaverdam has purchased the Wayne Lugibihl prop erty on North Main street Mr. and Mrs. Don Patterson have purchased two vacant lots at the corner of South Lawn avenue and Kibler street from Dr. Rosella Bied mann. Harold Kindle has purchased a residence property in Mt. Cory and will occupy the property this month. Sidney Garau has purchased a garage building from Mrs. Noah Basinger of South Lawn avenue and moved the structure Wednesday to his lot on Cherry street which he purchased from the T. A. Kitchen estate. Garau expects to remodel the building into a dwelling.