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vNifn ITATM VOLUME NO. LXX RISING VOLUME OF SALES BRING BOOM IN REAL ESTATE Many Properties Change Hands Demand for Lots Another New Subdivision Tight Housing Situation with No Prospect of Relief Stimulates Boom Upsurge in Bluffton real estate transactions which has been gather ing momentum since early last fall burst this week into a full fledged boom with properties changing hands, building lots being snapped up and another new subdivision announced. Bluffton’s tight housing situation which shows no signs of easing is the key to the boom condition and is con stantly stimulating the rising volume of real estate deals as the search for residence accomodations grows daily more intense. In real estate transactions one with a business angle was the purchase of the Oberly heirs’ property at South Jackson street and College avenue by Stanley Basinger who will transform the place into a modern funeral home. When the work is completed Basinger will move his funeral home from its present location in the G. W. Combs building on South Main street. The Oberly property is now occupied by Supt. of Schools Ralph Lanham and family. Residence Sales In residence transactions, Freder ick Herr sold his South Main street property to Lester Niswander. Herr and his wife have left for Florida where they expect to reside. Niswander expects to occupy the South Main street property soon, moving from his residence on North Lawn avenue which he sold to Harold Younkman, Bluffton Route 2, a teach er in the Lima schools. Younkman will move here as soon as the property is vacated by Niswander. E. C. Romey has purchased the James Davis property at the corner of Grove and South Jackson streets. Davis who was injured in a fall re cently will hold a sale of household goods and make his home with his children. Herbert Devier has purchased the North Lawn avenue property which he occupies from Mrs. C. W. Roethlis berger. The property was formerly occupied by Joe Stage who moved to Tipton, Ind., last fall. Building Lots Maynard Niswander has purchased a lot in the Jefferson street subdivi sion recently opened by Fred Mueller. On South Lawn avenue Harvey Burkhoder has purchased two lots. One at the junction with Kibler street was bought from Ross Irwin and the lot adjoining was purchased from Henry Balmer. The foundation for a house was put in a number of years ago on the Irwin lot but later aband doned. S. E. Berryhill who last year pur chased the W. B. Newlan property on West Elm street together with a tract of land has laid out a subdivision of five lots fronting West Elm street situated between his property and the Lowell Habegger residence. New Residence Going Up Albert Garmatter is building a new house on College road at the north corporation limits for Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Houts, who are making their home with the Garmatters. Mrs. Houts is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garmatter. A sale of farm land was closed when Robert Gerber purchased from Sidney Balmer, a seven acre tract one mile south of town on the Dixie high way. The place formerly known as the John Bettschen farm is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gratz. Ger ber expects to occupy the property moving from the home of his parents, Amos Gerber, southwest of Bluffton. George Kimmel has purchased the former George Nonnamaker farm of 80 acres in Orange township. He will move this spring from the Bert Bowyer farm in Orange township, formerly the A. E. Lugibill place. Conner Stewart who previously oc cupied the Nonnamaker farm is now on the Jesse Stratton farm in Orange township. Show Two Films hi Church Sunday Night Two religious films “The Story of the Prodigal Son” and “Who Is My Neighbor?’’ will be shown at Bluff ton’s monthly union service to be held at the Methodist church Sun day night at 7:30 o’clock. The serv ice is under auspices of the Bluffton Ministerial association and the pub lic is invited. 1 Ten Veterans Enroll At Bluffton College Ten veterans with honorable dis charges from the armed forces have enrolled for second semester work at Bluffton college. Included in the group are Darvin Luginbuhl, Bluffton Paul Soldner, Bluffton Wade Shook, Bluffton Robert Blough, Middlebury, Ind. Robert Simcox, Cincinnati Calvin Workman, Lima Norman Beidler, Bluffton Ralph Althaus, Pandora Jack Clark, Bluffton, and Roger Howe, Bluffton. FEW PUBLIC SALES ON BLUFFTON AREA FARMS THIS YEAR Farm Sales, Normally Flourish ing in Late Winter, Rarity This Y ear Shortage of Farm Equipment, OPA Ceilings, Contributing Factors in Situation Farm sales, normally a flourishing activity in the late winter months, are virtually non-existent in the Bluff ton area this year. Altho the usual number of families will change from one farm to another this winter, the shortage of farm machinery and equipment is so acute that public sales have gone into the discard. With March 1, the beginning of the farm year and traditional moving day of the farmers, less than 30 days away, the time-established late winter rush of public sales has shown no in dication of even beginning to ap proach a customary volume. Changing farm locations is confined almost entirely to farmers who have been engaged in agricultural pursuits thruout the war years, and so far there have been only a few instances of persons coming back to farms from city industrial plants. War veterans also have been slow in going back into farming pursuits. Farm Equipment Scarce The farm machinery supply is so acute farmers returning from the city or war veterans hoping to go into farming are unable to obtain equipment. Theoretically returned servicemen have priority to buy farm machinery but none is available to permit them to set up for operations during the coming year. With only operating farmers in volved in this spring’s moving picture, public sales have been eliminated in asmuch the tools they have been us ing will be needed by the farmers in their new location. Very few families are leaving farms, the only factor that w’ould encourage public sales un der present conditions. Altho the war has ended, there has been no increase in the amount of new farm machinery available. Some farmers say that if anything less new equipment is available. Another negative factor discourag ing farm sales is the OPA price ceil ing on used farm machinery, so pro fits that can be made by selling at auction are sharply limited. There is no selling in the hope that replace ment equipment may be obtained later, and when farmers change to new locations this year they take along with them the machinery they have been using. With The Sick Mrs. Eva Patterson is a patient in Bluffton hospital ill with a heart ailment. O. O. Alspach, retired tailor, is ill at his home at North Jackson and Y’ine streets. Arthur Phillips who lost his right arm in a corn shredder accident two weeks ago has been removed from Bluffton hospital to his home south of Bluffton where he is im proving. Mrs. C. A. Stauffer is ill at her home on South Main street. Births The following births at Bluffton Community hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mericle, Bluffton, a girl, Karen Sue, Thurs day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dukes, Pan dora, a girl, Lou Ellen, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kooglcr, Lafayette, a girl, Linda Louise, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. Roland Burkhart, Pandora, a boy, David Brent, Mon day. Mrs. Burkhart is the former Miss Frieda Furrer of Bluffton. Bluffton-Pandora Area Ships Second Carload Of Bred Heifers To Europe Leading Dairy Breeds Repre sented in Shipment of 25 Animals Thursday First Carload Shipped to Europe in December Another Shipment Soon A second carload of bred heifers donated for European relief by area residents was shipped from Bluffton last Thursday to Union Bridge, Mary land, where shipments are sent pre paratory to going overseas. In the shipment of 25 animals were Holstein, Guernsey, Jersey and other leading dairy breeds, which will be on a farm near Union Bridge until a ship is available to take them to Europe. Bred cattle comprising the two shipments made since last fall have been made available for war-torn European countries by a committee representing the Mennonite chlurches of the Bluffton and Pandora area. Co operating in the project are the First and Ebenezer* churches of Bluffton, and the St. John and Grace churches of Pandora and other denominations in the area. Shipment of the first carload of cat tle from here was made early in De cember. The 23 head comprising that shipment were taken by ship to Bremerhaven, Germany, then trans ported inland 600 miles to Czecho slovakia. Arthur Schumacher, of Pandora, w’ho accompanied the ship ment overseas is expected home early in February. Dwight Sutter, of Pandora, left here with the second carload and ex pects to go overseas with the boat carrying the cattle. Their destination is determined by the Brethren Service committee which is sponsoring cattle re-stocking. The first man from this area to ac company a shipment of cattle to Europe was Nelson Schumacher, of Pandora, a brother of Arthur. He still is abroad, presumably in Poland. When the cattle arrive in Europe they are turned over to the relief committe of the nation to which they are sent. The relief committee pays the transportation charges. Payment for the man who goes with the ship ment, $150 and expenses, is made thru UNRA. Representatives of the local Men nonite committee in charge of solici tation for the cattle donations to Europe report they have sufficient funds to purchase another carload. The cattle sent overseas are bought by experienced cattlemen of the Men nonite churches who donate their ser vices. Appreciation Again the committee in charge of the bred heifer project for European relief of this area wish to express their gratitude to all who have in any way contributed toward the shipment of the second car load of heifers which left Bluffton last Thursday for Union Bridge, Mary land, where they are to be cared for prior to the ocean voyage. Especially do we appreciate the heifer which was donated by the Bluffton St. John’s Reformed con gregation and the two by the Men’s Brotherhood of the two Reformed churches, one by the Men’s Class of the Berne Mennonite Sunday school, one by the Riley Creek Sunday school near Ottawa, and two by the Stony Creek congregation of the Church of the Brethren near De graff, Ohio. Any further donations toward this project will be grate fully received at any time. Miss Agnes Amstutz Resigns At College Miss Agnes Amstutz has resignec her position as instructor and li brarian in Bluffton college to accept a place as librarian in the Veterans’ hospital at Sunmount, New York. Her resignation will become effect ive Saturday and she will leave next Tuesday for Sunmount in .the Adir ondack region of northern New York state where she was employed as librarian in the veterans’ hospital last summer. Miss Amstutz has been a member of the Bluffton college faculty for for twenty-three years serving as in structor in Latin and also librarian. For the remainder of the year her work will be taken over by Mrs. James West of South Main street. Mrs. West is a Bluffton college alumna who majored in music and Latin and has had several years high school teaching experience. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.70 corn $1.12 oats 75c soys $2.04. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, JAN 31, 1946 BUTTERFAT PRICES UP SHARPLY EGGS GO INTO TAILSPIN Cream Market at 55 Cents Plus 11 Cent Government Subsidy. Producers Get Top of 28 Cents Dozen in Weak Market For Eggs. Price for eggs and butterfat found themselves at opposite poles of the farm prices scale Wednesday when one registered the lowest and the other the highest levels recorded here for many months. Further slump in egg prices which have displayed consistent weakness for the past two weeks has upset the local retail market for eggs, a survey disclosed Wednes day. Farmers Wednesday were receiv ing a top price of 28 cents a dozen for large white eggs with brown eggs quoted two cents lower at 26 cents. The top price represents a drop of four cents a dozen under the market a week ago. Sharp drop in eggs resulted in a demoralized retail price structure here with no stabilized quotations available as dealers were confronted with sizable losses on eggs in stock. Butterfat 55 Cents While the egg market was in a tailspin, butterfat on the other hand took a sharp rise the first of the week to a top of 55 cents, a rise of four cents over the 51 cent level which has prevailed in recent months. This figure to which is added a federal subsidy of 11 cents a pound makes a price of 66 cents to farm ers selling cream. This increase in price was attributed to current short age of butter. The butterfat market which stab ilized at 55 cents was described as strong Wednesday morning. How ever, dealers said there was com paratively little increase in cream receipts. This is believed to reflect smaller dairy herds on farms. Many farmers, faced with help shortage during the war period de creased the size of their dairy herds and the rise in buthrffat prices is not expected to beYVlTowed with any marked increase in the volume of cream marketed. Bluffton Trio In Radio Broadcast The “Three O’s and Jeanne” will be heard in their weekly broadcast from Lima station WLOK, Friday night at 6:15 o’clock. The trio opens the program by singing “Out of the Dusk To You” by Lee. “Symphony,” a current popular number will then be sung by Ethelyn. The trio continues with the Irish Lullaby, “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra Loo-Ral.” Betty Jeanne will then play a piano solo, “Pickaninny Dance” written by Guion, one of our American composers. The trio ends the program with the hymn, “Fair est Lord Jesus.” Members of the trio, Alice Oyer and Ethelyn Oyer Rice are the daughters of Mrs. Adella Oyer. Mrs. Rice is a graduate of Bluffton col lege and previous to this year was music supervisor at Salem Township school in Wyandot county for four years. Lois Oyer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Oyer. Both Alice and Lois are studying music. The accompanist, Betty Jeanne Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis, is also a gradual 3 of Bluffton college and is at the pres ent supervisor of music at Ra.son school. Farmers Grain Co. Re-elects Directors Sidney Huber and Melvin Zimmcr ly were re-eleted for three years terms to the board of directors of the Farmrs Grain company at the annual meeting held at the Walnut Grill, Tuesday night. A dinner attended by 100 share holders and invited guests preceded the business meeting. Volume of business for the past year was $240,000, it was stated, this being an increase of $50,000 over the previous year’s total. A film showing scenic spots of Ohio was presented together with a program wherein speakers discussed farm mrketing problems. Directors of the company serving farm marketing problems. holder, W. H. Huber, Clyde Klingler, Walter Montgomery and Fred Muel- Legendary properties of the Groundhog as a weather prophet will be tested again Saturday in the generations-old tradition that wether or not he sees his shadow will de termine how long we. may expect winter weather to continue. Legend has it that if the Ground hog sees his shadow when he emerg es from his hole on February 2, he will go back into hibernation again for six weeks more of winter weath er. Should there be no sun to cast a shadow, however, he remains outside and an early spring can be expected. Even folks who put no stock in the legendary tradition are looking forward to Groundhog Day this year with hopes that it may forecast a break in winter weather that has been more or less consistently cold since mid-December. Reorganization of Business Men Brings New Factor Into Post-War Program Here What Business Men Can Con tribute to Town’s Better ment Goal of Organization Reorganization of the Bluffton Business Men’s association as an ac tive factor in community progress was effected at a meeting in the Bluffton High school study room, last Wednesday night. Officers named to head the organ ization are Silas Dinner, president Dick Troy, vice-president Millen Geiger, secretary and Ed Waitermire, treasurer. Plans for this winter’s activity of the association will be drafted by the executive committee, made up of offi cers of the organization, and present ed at the next regular meeting in the high school building, Wednesday, Feb. 27. In discussion of the need for a busi ness men’s association at the organ ization meeting last week, it was pointed out that projects sponsored by the group will be similar to those handled by Chamber of Commerce groups in larger cities. What can be done to improve Bluff ton as a trading and industrial center and as a better place to live will be the principal factors governing the selection of association projects, it was pointed out by the officers. Business men participation in the newly organized Community Progress association was pledged with the elec tion of Armin Hauenstein as the busi ness representative on the executive committee of that group. Ed Lape will serve as alternate. With The Service Men Wm. Alan Neuenschwander, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Neuensch wander of Huntington Park, Calif., former Bluffton residents, has been discharged from the Army at Camp Atterbury. Howard Spallinger, who enlisted for 18 months service has left for camp. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Spallinger southwest of Bluffton. Cpl. Clarence Burkholder, son of Mrs. Sarah Burkholder of near Bluffton returned home Tuesday after receiving his Army discharge at Camp Atterbury. John O. Nonnamaker GM 2/c has received his discharge after 20 months service in the Navy and is at home with his wife and son near Bluffton. He served as petty officer on a Liberty ship in the north, south and central Pacific areas. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Nonna maker of near Jenera. Nonnamaker was discharged at the naval center at Great Lakes, Illinois. Robert Runser received his Army discharge at Camp Atterbury, Fri day and has returned to his home in Ada to join his wife, the former Maxine Patterson of Bluffton, and two children. He will resume his former employment with the O. K. Manufacturing company in Ada. Runser entered the service last March and after special traniing at Granite City, Ill., was stationed at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. To Collect Clothing For War Relief Friday Winter-Weary Bluffton Hopes Groundhog Doesn’t See Shadow Bluffton Business Men’s Association Maps Plans For Aiding Tow n's Progress Clothing donations for European war relief will be received at the Presbyterian church until Friday of this week, and anyone with gar ments they would like to contribute are aaked to leave them there at that time. Mail To Soldiers Overseas insurable Mail to soldiers overseas can be registered and insured starting Feb ruary 1, but a ban still applies on all parcels for which there is no written request from the servicemen. Improved mail service for overseas destinations results from the fact that combat losses of mail have ceased and feA’er letters now are being sent to foreign addresses. Overseas mail has decreased in di rect ratio to the return of soldiers to this country, it was pointed out. Approximately 96,473,250 letters were handled for soldiers overseas in September, with only 60,866,245 mailed in December. PLAN TO RESUME WAR INTERRUPTED BUILDING OF HOMES Continuation of Pre-War Resi dence Construction Expected Here Contractors Booking Building Jobs to be Started Next Spring Removal of federal wartime build ing restrictions last fall opens the way for a resumption of Bluffton’s rapidly expanding residential con struction program which had assum ed boom proportions before it was interrupted by the outbreak of war. Altho 36 new homes were built in Bluffton from 1938 to 1941 an acute housing shortage still was continuing here when the war halted further construction, and there is every indication that the building boom will be continued with the lifting of government rationing of materials. Commitments already made by prospective builders indicate that home construction this spring will be resumed where it left off in 1941. As an indication of the prevailing situation one local contractor has an (Continued on Page 4) Eli Deppler Resigns Telephone Co. Post Eli Deppler, manager of The Bluffton Telephone Co., will resign April 1 from the post he has held here for the last 37 years, it was announced this week. Deppler served as manager of the local system during its period of greatest growth. When he first took the position the company was locally owned. Deppler has announced no plans for the future beyond the fact that he intends to take a vacation thru the spring months. No successor has been appointed, but officials of the Telephone Serv ice Co. of Ohio, ow’ners of the local system, said that an experienced man would replace Deppler when he leaves. Managership of the Bluffton Tele phone Co. is considered one of the better positions in the Telephone Service Co. organization, it was an nounced by George B. Quatman, gen eral manager, of Lima. In addition to managing the local telephone system, Deppler has been an active leader in community af fairs. He served for six years on the municipal council, six years on the Board of Education and six years on the Board of Public Affairs. During the war, Deppler handled all service w’ork of the telephone company, although previous to that time he had an assistant. Deppler succeeded the late Jack Armentrout as manager of the Bluffton system 37 years ago. Film At Meeting Of M. E. Brotherhood The Methodist Brotherhood will sponsor a church family night on Thursday starting with a covered dish supper at 6:30 o’clock. Every family of the church is invited to bring a covered dish and their own table service. Men of the brother hood will serve rolls and coffee. Fol lowing the dinner will be a showing of the sound film “Abraham Lin coln.” BUT uwrro NUMBER 41 FARM INSTITUTE HITS COMPULSORY MILITARY TRAINING Copy Of Resolution To Be Sent To All Ohio Congress men Community and Farm Problems Discussed At Two-Day Meeting Reflecting opposition to compulsory military training, a resolution adopt ed at the closing session of the two day Bluffton Community Institute, last Thursday, provided that a draft of the Institute's stand in the matter be sent to all Ohio Congressmen. In action taken by the Institute, the group went on record as opposed to compulsory military training in peacetime. The Institute also went on record with a resolution urging that in fu ture years the resolutions committee be dissolved, and matters that former ly were handled by it are to be pre sented at the business session by the executive committee. Complete text of the resolutions appears on page 2 of this week’s issue of The Bluffton News. Talk Community Problems The tw’o-day session of the Insti tute embraced comprehensive discus sions of a variety of entertaining features. Heading an impressive list of speakers were Mrs. C. E. Duff and C. C. Terrel, of the state spaeking staff. New’ officers of the Men’s Institute include Rev. Paul E. Whitmer, presi dent Albert Augsburger, vice-presi dent Harvey Gratz, secretary-trea surer Homer Gratz, Harry Anderson, Ezra Moser, Willard Jennings and Harry’ F. Barnes, executive committee. Officers of the Women’s Institute are Mrs. Chris Gratz, president Miss Margaret Guider, vice-president Mrs. Howard Stager, secretary Mrs. Har vey Gratz, Mrs. Evan Basinger and Mrs. Wilford Geiger, executive com mittee. To Give Course In Air Conditioning Robert Byers of Cleveland, form erly of 'Bluffton Yltti son of Prof, and Mrs. N. E. Byers of West Kib ler street will give a course in air conditioning at Fenn college in Cleveland, it was announced the first of the week. The former Bluffton man, a spe cialist in air conditioning, is chief engineer of the Cleveland firm of John Paul Jones, heating engineers. He is also secretary of the Cleve land Heating and Ventilating society and recently represented that body as a delegatet o the organization’s national convention in New York city. In New Locations Kenneth Henry w’ho was recently discharged from the Army will move into the Henry property at Mound street and College avenue where he formerly resided. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kindle who have been living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Huber, have moved to Mt. Cory where they pur chased a property. Kindle is em ployed at the Triplett plant here. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hochstettler w’ill move from the Fred Bader tscher farm west of Bluffton to the farm of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Gerber, southwest of towm. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gerber, who formerly lived on the farm of his parents, the Amos Gerbers will move to the farm he purchased from Sid ney Balmer south of Bluffton on the Dixie, now’ occuoied by Leonard Gratz. Bert Bowyer will move from near Lima to the 120 acre farm in Orange tow’nship which he purchased from Plate Bros, of Lima. It wras formerly the A. E. Lugibill farm. Bowyer sold his place near Lima to the city for the site of a reservoir for the municipal water supply. Dan Myers will move from the Clarence Steiner farm southeast of Pandora to the Fred Badertscher farm to be vacated by Marion Hoch stettler. John Everett will move from the Isaac Amstutz farm near the Phil lips school to the former Abe Balm er farm now owned by the interests of Lima. The place has been occu pied by Paul Rusmeisel W’ho will move this spring to a farm which he purchased near Columbus Grove. When a man is no longer anxious to do better than well, he is done for. —Haydon.