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THURSDAY, JAN. 10» 1946
BUY VM1TM ITATII VOLUME NO. LXX BIG EXPANSION FOR POWER PLANT HERE BEGUN BY UTILITY Central Ohio Light and Interests Launch $650,000 Project New Circuit to Findlay Completed by Spring dition to Plant Coming Work will be started immediately on lines for the new circuit to Find lay, and installation of the boiler, the fourth at the will be completed local plant, likely during 1946. another turbine plant cannot get Installation of generator at the under way until new equipment is available, and the start of that phase of the expansion project is indefinite. Build Addition To Plant Expansion of generating facilities will require construction of an ad dition to the local plant, work that is expected to start this summer. Building the new addition must precede installation of the boiler and turbine, it was explained. Running a second power circuit to Findlay is a precautionary measure to insure uninterrupted service to the city. Materials are now being delivered for the start of work, ana the line will be completed by spring according to present plans. A similar second circuit was built two years ago from the local plant to St. Marys. Get Bids on Boiler Specifications for the new boiler have been drawn by company engineers, and Sargeant and Lundy, of Chicago, now are receiving bids and letting contracts for the work. Nothing definite can be obtained at present on delivery dates for the turbine generator but those details will be worked out as soon as the present situation is remedied. The Woodcock generating station at Bluffton was built in 1937, and was designed so additional units could be installed as electrical service provided by the company ex panded. John Winkler Dies In Los Angeles Tuesday John Winkler, 81, former Bluffton resiednt, died at his home in Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday night at 11:45 o’clock. Death due to pneu monia followed a three weeks’ ness. ill- at by Funeral services will be held Los Angeles, Saturday followed burial at that place. His son Albert Winkler of Bluffton left Wednesday morning to attend the funeral. A daughter, Miss Lydia Winkler has been in Los Angeles for the past month caring for her father. Mr. Winkler formerly operated a farm west of Bluffton erly identified with a company. and was form local telephone Anna Amstutz seven He was married to to which union* were born children, five of whom survive. Fol lowing her death he Mrs. Nettie Huber February. was married to who died last sons Albert and Surviving are two Harvey of Bluffton and three daugh ters Mrs. Lona Hoffer of Bluffton Misses Ida Winkler of Lima and Lydia of Los Angeles. A brother, Jacob Winkler of Stanley, Wisconsin, also survives together with seven grandchildren and two great grand children. Harmon Heads Board Of Public Affairs In organization of the Bluffton Board of Public Affairs for the next two years, F. J. Harmon, serving his second term, was named president. Harry F. Barnes is vice-president, and A C. Burcky is the other mem ber. Charles Emans is clerk. Reg ular meetings of the board are set for the first Tuesday night of each month Fire Truck Makes Run To Beaverdam Bluffton’s fire department made a run to the farm home of W. E. Bar ber two miles west of Beaverdam, Friday morning at 9:30 o’clock when fire originating from a defective flue caused an estimated $200 damage to the house. Murray Resigns As Night Police Clayton Power police for signed his The be to Ad- A $650,000 expansion program embracing the installation of a new boiler and additional generating equipment at the Central Ohio Light and Power Company’s Bluffton plant, and the construction of a second circuit between Bluffton and Findlay, was announced this week. day. The resignation which he handed to Mayor W. A. Howe, Tues day night, will probably be sub mit ted to the town council for ac ceptance at its next meeting. No announcement was forthcom ing Wednesday morning ray’s successor, however ed that arrangements made later in the day porary appointment, to cancy. For some time Murray has been at odds with the city administration in connection with the duties of his office and his resignation followed action Monday night when he was appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the newly-elected council to con tinue as night police for the month of January. CITIZENS BANK VOTES $25,000 STOCK DIVIDEND Shareholders Take Action at Annual Meeting Held Tues day Night Institution’s Capital and Sur plus Increased to $100,000 Each Shareholders of the Citizens Na tional Bank at their annual meeting Tuesday night authorized by unani mous vote a stock dividend to in crease capital stock of the financial institution form $75,000 to $100,000. Recommended by the board of dir ectors, the new stock dividend is in the ratio of one share for every three shares now outstanding. It is dis tributed pro-rata to stockholders. Action taken at the meeting will result in the increase of 1,200 shares of outstanding stock to a new total of 1,600 shares. To effect the increase in capitaliza tion, $25,000 of the bank’s undivided profttsVtrr'be transferred to the capi tal stock structure. At the same time an additional sum of $25,000 will be transferred from undivided profits to the bank’s sur plus, increasing it from $75,000 to $100,000, thereby matching the capi tal stock. All members of the board of dir ectors were re-elected at the meeting, including C. H. Smith, E. C. Romey, Edwin Amstutz, Henry Huber, M. M. Bogart, C. F. Niswander and Adam Steiner. The usual cash dividend of $4 a share was declared on all common stock. Current total resources of the Citi zens Bank are $3,500,000, according to bank officials. Last Rites Held For Sarah Beery Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Paul Diller chapel for Miss Sarah Beery, 70, of 314 S. Jackson street, who died Saturday morning in Bluffton Community hos pital. She had been ill for an ex tended period. Rev. John Esau officiated at the last rites and burial was in Zion Men nonite cemetery. Miss Beery was born in Perry county but had lived in Bluffton vir tually all her life. She was a mem ber of the Ebenezer Mennonite church. Surviving are two brothers. David M., of South Jackson street, and John H., of Pandora, and a sister, Mrs. Susan Good, Bluffton. Car Driver Injured In Bentley Road Mishap Two Chinese In Bluffton To Learn Industrial Methods At Plant Here Murray, Bluffton night the past three years re position effective Wednes as to Mur it was stat would be for a tem fill the va- of Lafayette Bluffton Com a broken col- 60, Robert Kelly, Route 1, is in munity hospital larbone and one in an auto accident near the J. C. Deppler farm on Bentley road at 9:30 o’clock Monday night. the with broken rib suffered which struck farm. Kelly was driver of the car went into the ditch when it a culvert near the Deppler His auto was headed south, toward home, when the mishap occurred. Three other unidentified passeng ers in the car went to Deppler’s house for help, and the mishap vic tim was taken to the hospital in the Deppler auto. Cost Accountant and Electrical Engineer Observe at Triplett Company Two Here are Part of Large Group Sent to U. S. by Chinese Government Thousands of miles from vheir homeland, two young Chinese indus trial observers are working at the Bluffton plant of The Triplett Elec trical Instrument Co. to gain exten sive training in technical fields which they will take back to their own in dustries in the Orient. Here for a one-year period to ob serve American industrial methods are Yu, Pin-Tseng and Wang, Liangs Mei, both in their thirties. They pointed out that in the Chinese listing as given above the surname appears first. Both have wives and .children whom they left behind in China when they left their posts in industry to come to this country under a program spon sored by the Chinese government. They qualified for the opportunity to observe American industrial methods thru competitive examinations. Yu is a cost accountant and in China worked in a plant manufactur ing electrical equipment and radio re ceivers and transmitters. Wang, an electrical engineer, was with a similar concern. Both were familiar with Triplett products before coming to this country. The- two men are part of a group of 16(H) foreign nationalists who are in the United States to observe and learn industrial methods of this coun try. They were chosen because of their abilities and skills. Details of setting up the training program are handled by the Interna tional Training Administration, Inc., a non-profit private enterprize in Washington, D.C., established for that purpose. Both of them left China before the close of the war, and were flown out of the country by airplane over “The Hump” to India. With The Service Men Cpl. Francis Schumacher residing west of Bluffton has received his Army discharge at* Indiantown Gap., Pa after tffr&T and’ 6n§-haTf yeaTs of service, 18 months of which were spent in the European theatre of war with the 9th Armored division. He was awarded three battle stars and the Purple Heart medal for w’ounds received in action. Freeman Basinger, with the Army of occupation in Japan has been ad vanced to the rank of private first class. Sgt. Melvin Long., Jr., has arrived home after receiving his Army dis charge at Camp Atterbury, Ind. He spent 37 months in the service, 19 of which were in the European and Pacific war areas. Raymond Greding, stationed at Compeign, France, has been promot ed from the rank of staff sergeant to technical sergeant. David Tosh of the Coast Guard wras home on leave the first of the w-eek visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Tosh of South Lawn Ave. Ens. Dale Reichenbach, son of Postmaster and Mrs. Ed Reichen bach was here the past week, after having received his the Navy. discharge from son of Mr. rnd of South Main John B. Johnson, Mrs. M. Johnson street with occupation forces in Ko rea, has been promoted from rank of corporal to staff sergeant. Cpl. LaVerne Huber, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Huber living south of Bluffton returned home Thursday on receiving his Army discharge after 38 months of service, 14 of w’hich w’ere spent in Europe He wa: a tank driver with the 11th Armored division and received the bronze star and good conduct medal. Pvt. Harold Amstutz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Amstutz, has com pleted a three weeks’ camouflage course at the Engineer’s school in Ft Belvoir, Virginia. Charles Lora To Leave For Europe Charles Lora, of Grove street, left Monday for New Windsor, Md., to complete arrangements for sailing to Europe as an assistant in handling a shipload of relief cattle being sent to Europe for restocking depleted herds. At New Windsor he will report to headquarters of the Brethren Serv ice Committee, sponsor of the cattle project. He expects to be gone nine weeks, but does not. know where his ship will land in Europe. r$rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT STS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO DAY, JAN. 10, 1946 INUE HOWE TO HOLDING BLUFFTON MAYOR ICE AS Decision Announced When Dilemma Faces New Council Preceding Its (W^d^ition Don Patterson Named President Of Council Municipal Ap pointments Made Solution of Blufftoifj emma came out of ^Monday organization meeting} of the ing municipal council .when W. A. Howe annouiwPthat continue in office for years. Ayoralty dil night’s incom- Corson Fi ML a« conditions of one year for the last five days I unseasonable spring-like Near-record temnerati Mayor he will e coming two Howe’s statement vas made after he was requested to declare his in tention in view’ of the fact that no member of the nevf accept presidency of It it entail serving as mayor in case the present municipal head resigned. council would io body should Under state law, Mayor Howe can continue in office until the next elec tion, since no successor had qualified, and with the unanin oj$( consent of the council he made jS decision to remain as mayor. In announcing that fie would con tinue, Mayor Howe said he hoped his part in the municipal Administration would merit the cooperation of the citizens of the town. Council Organizes With the question of who was to be mayor solved, the incoming council proceded to organize by electing Don Patterson president, and the mayor made the usual municipal appoint ments, with confirmation of the coun cil. Council committee appointments in cluded: Fire and Light, Don Patter son and C. A. Triplett} Streets and Roads, C. A. StauflW and Frank Todd Finance, Charles Aukerman and Arden Baker. Other appointments included: H. L. Coon, service SHpervisor two years, at a salary* of $112 month. This post is combined with that of town marshal for which he receives $50 a month wditional. As service supervisor, CoQriStcta as street commissioner, cemetery- sexton, dir ector of garbage ana Abbish collec tion and dog warden uary were set with the mercury mountir mark of 68 on Sunday. for per of two year term at an $200. Members of the fire department will include H. E. Augsburger, Edwin Badertscher, Donald Dillman, Wilford Gratz, Ross Irwin, Harrj Luginbuhl, Fred Martin, Lester Niswander, Claude Ream, C. V. Stonehiil and Charles Young. Each fireman re ceives $2 per month plus $2 for each fire call. Clayton Murray, present night policeman, assistant service super visor for the month of January, $50 a month. As night policeman he re ceives $81.50 a month. James Benroth, town clock care taker, for one year at an annual sal ary of $50. Diller Cemetery Clerk Elmer Diller, clerk of the board of Trustees, Maple Grove cemetery, $150 a year, appointed for two years. John Thompson, member of the board of trustees, Maple Grove ceme tery, six years. Dan R. Trippiehorn, solicitor, two years, at an annual retainer of $100. Before organization of the new council, councilmen who had served for the preceding two years were call ed to order and resigned sine die. Bluffton Teachers To Get $lf088 More Bluffton High and teachers will get an SI.088 school taken of the Grade school aggregate of the 1945-46 more during term as the result of action Monday night at a meeting board of education. additional fund was made The available when the board voted to pay teachers and administrative per sonnel during this term on a 100 per cent salary schedule, instead of a 97 per cent schedule as adopted last June. Under the salary schedule of full payments, teachers and administra tive officials will receive a total $44,105 for the 1945-46 term. of High School Youth Enlists In Navy Robert Fisher, Bluffton high school junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fisher has enlisted in the Navy and will leave Friday to begin service, it was announced the first of the week. Taking advantage of the break in the weather over the weekend, high ways were filled with joy-riding motorists, and pedestrians strolled about with topcoats open or over their arms. Snow and ice, on the ground con tinuously since the second week in December, had entirely disappeared Discussions Of Community Problems Featured Music And Drama On Program Joint Meetings Set For Opening Day Separate Sessions Also On Program Bluffton’s annual two-day commun ity institute, one of the highspots of each winter season, will be held this year on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 23 and 24. Offering a varied program of in structive talks, discussion sessions and entertaining features, the insti tute will follow the usual pattern of joint sessions on the opening day followed by individual meetings of men’s and women’s a capacity audience from the commun ity and likely will be the headline at traction of the two-day meeting. Officers of the institute organiza tions, who are completing plans for the meeting include: Men’s institute: Raymond Stratton, president Earl Matter, vice-presi dent Harry F. Barnes, secretary treasurer executive committee, Ray Marshall, Silas Diller and Levi Al thaus, plus the officers. Women’s institute: Mrs. Carl Der ringer, president Mrs. Elvira Suter, vice-president Mrs. Raymond Strat ton, secretary executive committee, Mrs. Calvin Smith, Mrs. officers. Mr and Bluffton, Bluffton Marquart Isham. Spring-like January Weather In Marked (’ontrast To One Year Ago the near now-bound marked contrast to temperatures and i Steiner, Mrs. Henry C. Russel Elzay and the Births Mrs. Francis Marquart of a girl, Barbara Rae at hospital, Monday. Mrs. is the former Madeline Rev. and Mrs. Landolene Amstutz of Tiskilwa, Ill., a girl, Adela Ruth born at the Princeton, Ill., hospital, Saturday. Mrs. Amstutz is the former Lenna Augsburger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Menno Augsburger. Pfc. and Mrs. Delbert Luginbuhl, a girl at Cottage hospital, San Ra fael, Calif Hofstetter Named School Board Head Organization of the Bluffton Board of Education was completed at the first 1946 meeting Monday night with Waldo Hofstetter named to serve as president of the man board. by Sunday, and the gro ported to have complei Coal piles which had dw ly during the cold wave month’s duration receive asked in then for Jan period, to a ommunity Farm Institute Will Be Held Here January 23 And 24 organizations. of North Canton, state speakers at is a naturalized Mrs. C. E. Duff, will be one of the the institute. She British native who has been an in fluential community leader since she came to this country. She was a re presentative at the International Con ference on World Economic Coopera tion in 1938. C. C. Terrel, of New’ Vienna, Clin ton county, is the other state repre sentative on the program. He is an Ohio Master Farmer and an extensive writer on farm topics. He also is a producer and writer of historical plays and pageants, in addition to serving as a community leader. five- vice the Levi Althaus was elected president. New members of board who took office at the meeting include Leland Diller, Donavin Con rad and Paul Diller. Members of the board voted to change their regulai' meeting night to the second Wednesday of each month, and named Stanley Stauffer, a Bluffton college student, to suc ceed David Rosenberger, also of the college, as a school bus driver. enberSer completes his college at midterm. Ros work BLUFFTON MARKETS Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat, $1.70 corn, $1.12 oats, 70c soys, $2.04. the change ected for but as Colder weather is ex remainder of this wee for/*castrs have given of a return to the nea in which Bluffton shivered for eral weeks. the zero wea Bluffton’s warmest January on record came in 1906 when to 74, but weather is record came in day the this mercury mounted year’s spring-like pleasantest in the memory of most residents of the town. LAND PRICES RISE 48 PER CENT IN LAST TEN YEARS nosing Battle Is Waged Against Inflation’s Effect On Farm Land Prices Tigher Cost Of Farms Repre sent Snag In Farming Plans Of War Veterans Farm land prices in Ohio includ ing the Bluffton area have risen 48 per cent above the average values prevailing in the 1935-39 period and prices now- being paid are only 25 per cent below’ the 1920 peak. Specific information regarding the losing battle against farm price in flation was in a report on the situ ation by the Ohio State University Agriculture Extension service coop erating with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. With farm economists forecasting a recession in farm income in 1946, state authorities are advising Ohio farmers not to assume land mort gages that cannot be paid off at lower crop prices, in the hope that their warning may buyers to t^e inflated value of farm- awaken land (Corttinued on page 8) Pfc. Robert Criblez Dies Of War Wounds Bfc. Robert M. Criblez, 24, hos pitalized since he was wounded in the opening days of the assault of Okinawa last May, died at 2:15 p. m. Monday in Percy Jones General hos pital, Battle Creek, Michigan. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Criblez, three miles south of Bluffton, and prior to his induction into the army Sept. 11, 1944, has been a farmer. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Thursday in the St.John’s Reformed church, with Rev. V C. Oppermann, pastor, officiating. Bur ial will be in the Thompson ceme tery. body was brought from the Jones hospital to the Paul funeral home Tuesday, and on The Percy Diller Wednesday afternoon was taken to the home of his parents. Going into action on Okinawa last May 9 with the 77th Division of the Tenth Army, Pfc. Criblez served as an advance infantry patrol scout. He was hit by a Japanese mortar shell May 16. He was evacuated to Saipan and then to Nichols General hospital, Louisville, Ky., on June 27. Suffer ing from spinal paralysis he was flown to Percy Jones hospital, Oct. 30. After recovering from malaria, he underwent a major operation for the removal of shrapnel spinal column on Nov. 28. fection set in resulting in from the Later in his death, his basic Pfc. Criblez received training at Camp Fannin, Texas, and his last visit home was in Jan uary of last year He wore the Good Conduct, Pacific Theatre and V ictory ribbons, the Combat Infantry medal, and the Purple Heart. Survivors include the parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Blanche Wilkins, Bluffton Mis. Pauline Bosse, Ada Mrs. Lucille Taylor, Toronto, Ohio Mrs. Frieda Neiswander, Adrian, Mich. Miss El vena Mrs. ton rs. Louis and Maurice Criblez, both of Bluffton Charles Criblez, strong, Ill., and Theodore Mansfield. Miss Ida May of Mt. Cory, is his fiancee. Criblez, Mrs. Frances Scoles, Harriet Luginbuhl, all of Bluff Mrs. Rachel Crow, Pandora Ellen Griffith, Van Buren Arm- Criblez, Arnold BUY UNHHM •VATS* NUMBER 38 COLLEGE TO BUILD APARTMENTS FOR MARRIED STUDENTS Apartment Construction In Ad dition to Requested Tempor ary Housing Units .ong-Range Program Also In eludes Construction Of Apart ment Building on Campus family-housing units for students may be erected this on the Bluffton college two apartments are now Eight married winter campus, under construction in college build ings and others will be completed next summer as the institution’s answer to the effect Bluffton’s hous ing shortage has on its operations. Application has been made to the government for family housing units under a federal act providing for temporary housing on college camp uses where married war veterans are unable to obtain living quarters while attending school. If approved, eight family units would be set up on the Bluffton campus, but college authorities have taken steps to further expand the housing program by the construction of apartments in present college buildings. Under construction at present are two-room apartments on the second floor of the “Beaver Hut”, a brick building built several years ago at the rear of the gymnasium. This building originally served as a work project center, then later was used for student recreation. Two additional two-room apart ments will be fitted this summer in Lincoln hall, men’s dormitory. They will be ready for occupancy next fall. Tentative plans also have been an nounced for construction of an apart ment building on the vacant lot own ed by the college at College avenue and Spring street, east of Musk hall. This project has mushroomed with out planned sponsorship, President L. L. Ramseyer said, and to date some $5,000 has been pledged to ward a building fund. Under present plans the apartment building would be erected by private capital, with the college paying interest on the investment, and with arrangements made for the school ownership of the building. When the need for housing for married war veteran students has passed, presumably in about three to four years, the apartment house could be used as a women’s dorm itory, expanding present inadequate facilities. The proposed brick veneer build ing would be two floors in height, with a basement, and would consist of eight two-room apartments. Estimated cost is $20,000. District Declamation Contest Here Sunday Contestants from seven counties will compete in a district Prince of Peace declamation contest at 7:30 p. m. next Sunday in the First Methodist church here. Winner of the meet will receive a gold medal and be eligible to com pete in the state semi-finals. Coun ties to be represented by contestants include Darke, Lucas, Seneca, Mer cer, Auglaize, Hardin and Logan. In New Locations Clyde Ream who recently purchas ed the Fay Isham property on W. Mound street is occupying the place, having moved recently from Orange townshin The Orange township property vacated by Ream is being occupied by Rev. W. H. Turner and family of Rhinelander, Wis. Rev. Turner recently accepted a call to the Riley Creek Baptist church in Orange township. Mr. and Mrs. Fay Isham, accom panied by her mother, Mrs. W. C. Boothby have moved to Lima. The Boothby property on South Jackson street is occupied by Harold Raimer and family. Chas. A. Montgomery and family are occupying the South Jackson street residence recently purchased from Paul Detwiler. The Orange township farm vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery is occupied by their son Chas. W. Montgomery who recently returned from overseas Army service. The Paul Detwiler family are ipaking their horpe for the present -with Mrs. tletwiler’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gratz near Bluff ton.