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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1946
BUY vwr VOLUME LXXI SCHOOLS MAY ASK VOTERS FOR ADDED TAXES THIS FALL I Face Choice Between More Revenue or Cut in Courses, Board Member Says Extra Levy, if Requested, Prob ably Would Be For Two Mills Next November With Bluffton schools operating on an ever narrowing margin between receipts and expenditures, the board of education must ask for a larger tax levy or eliminate some courses in the present curriculum, it was stated by Donavon Conrad, member of the board, in an address before the high school alumni association, Friday night. Conrad is a member of the board’s finance committee and a graduate of the high school. Shrinking revenue and increasing 'expenditures have posed a major problem which the school board must solve before the opening of the 1946 47 fall term, the speaker pointed out, in amplifying a similar statement made the preceding night at com mencement exercises by Waldo Hof stetter, the board president. In his talk to the alumni, Conrad pointed out that the annual income for Bluffton public schools is approx imately $60,000, of which $54,000 is •earmarked for salaries of teachers, administrators, janitors, school bus drivers and other employes. $6,000 For Maintenance and i Operation This leaves only $6,000 for mainte nance and operation of two school buildings, including fuel, lights, wat er, telephone, insurance, operation of four buses, textbooks, school supplies, band instruments, Harmon field main tenance and repairs, plus any in 'crease granted for teachers’ salaries. A sizeable item represented in ad ditional expense this year will be the installation of a new boiler for the heating system of the grade school building. It is believed the board of educa tion will decide this summer whether to reduce the curriculum or ask for an increased tax levy at next fall’s election, May Ask Two Mills More Altho no figure has been determin ed, it is assumed at least a two-mill levy, yielding $10,000, will be needed to assurd operation of the schools on their present basis. This levy would be in addition to a three-mill levy in effect here for a number of years, and which was renewed last fall for five more years. On the other hand a curriculum ad justment to permit operating within the present school budget would mean cut in music, art, speech and other departments, it is estimated, all of which should be offered to students. Music Counsellor In Y. W. Summer Camp Miss Barbara Jean Triplett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett of Campus drive who last week completed her junior year as a student in the Eastman School of Music at Rochester, N. Y., has ac cepted an appointment as music counsellor in a Y. W. C. A. summer camp at Port Clinton. She will leave the middle of June to take up her duties at the camp. Miss Triplett arrived home Mon day night from Rochester, accompan ied by a classmate Miss Bernice Flanagan of Chicago who will be her house guest for the coming week. Two Bluffton G. I.’s Graduate At O. N. U. Two Bluffton ex-service men will be graduated at commencement exer cises of Ohio Northern university at Ada, Sunday afternoon. They are Evan Soash, son of Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Soash and Wade Huber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Huber. Soash will receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and Huber will receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Graduates From Ft. Wayne Bible School Miss Drusilla Lugibihl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Lugibihl, liv ing west of Bluffton was graduated from Ft. Wayne Bible school at commencement the past week. Her brother Emerson Lugibihl and wife and an aunt, Mrs. Mary Lugibihl attended the graduation exercises in Ft. Wayne. £^THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW HOMES IS STARTED HERE Begin Foundations for Two Dwellings to be Erected on Cherry Street. Trailer Units Being Fitted up at College Garage Structure Under Way. ______ Bluffton’s residential building boom which is well under way despite post-war restrictions was further stimulated this week when work was started to provide two more dwell ings, both on Cherry street. J. A. Leatherman is assembling materials for a foundation for a new house at his lot near the Geiger street junction and Clayton Bucher is starting the foundation between the Slusser and Mrs. George Schmidt residences on which he will move a barn to be remodeled for residential use. Since early last fall Mr. and Mrs. Leatherman have occupied a house trailer on the lot where they will erect their new home. Bucher who purchased from Miss Theresa Slusser a bam facing Vance street will move the structure to the new location nearby on Cherry street. Starts Garage In addition to this construction has been started on the garage of the Stanley Basinger funeral home to be located at West College avenue and South Jackson street, the form er Oberly property which Basinger has purchased. Meanwhile ten trailers are being fitted up on the Bluffton college cam pus as a temporary housing project for residence accommodations for married ex-service men who will at tend school here this fall. A power shovel has completed excavation for sewer and water lines. The houses, together with two prefabricated units are located south of the foot ball fied. Farm Youth's Finger Mangled In Accident David Jones, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jones residing one and one-fourth miles north of Bluff ton on Route 25 suffered the loss of part of the index finger of the right hand when it was accidentally caught in a grain drill, early Friday after noon. The accident occurred as the youth was riding on the grain drill in the field with his father while the latter was engaged in sowing soy beans. The boy was rushed to the office of a Bluffton physician where ampu tation of part of the finger was found necessary. Enters Music School At Baldwin Wallace Miss Jean Ann Steinman, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Stein man of South Lawn avenue has en tered the conservatory of music of Baldwin Wallace college at Berea for the summer term and expects to continue her studies at that place for the coming year. Lynn Byers In U. S. Post In Germany Cpl. Lynn R. Byers, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Floyd Byers, of Goshen, Ind., former Bluffton residents, was discharged in February from the United States Army in Germany, to accept a United States Civil Service position in that country under di rection of the war department. Byers is entitled to wear the Pur ple Heart and one Oak Leaf clus ter, two battle stars and the Com bat Infantryman's badge. He was formerly an engineering student at Purdue university. He is a grandson of N. E. Byers, of this place. Crops In Bluffton District Stage Recovery From Dry Weather Setback Electric Current Off Thursday Morning Electric current will be off for about three hours on Thursday morning beginning at 8 o’clock while mechanical repairs are being made to equipment at the municipal elec tric light and waterworks plant, it is announced by the Board of Public Affairs. Heavy Rainfall of Last Two Weeks Revives Crops Affect ed by April Drought Wheat Heading 10 Days Early Points to Harvest Season Last of June This Year Revived by rainfall of the last two weeks, crops in the Bluffton area rapidly are recovering from setbacks suffered during April’s near-record dry weather. Grasslands are green and heavy with lush growth, wheat and clover are heading early, and almost con tinuous daily rainfall over a period of more than two weeks have helped all crops that got a slow start dur ing the prolonged early-spring dry spell. A good stand of wheat is heading about 10 days earlier than usual, and present indications point to an early harvest. Prospects at present are for a better crop than last year. As wheat normally comes to a head about one month prior to cut ting, harvesting of the crop this year likely will start around the last of June instead of July 4, the tra ditional date for the Bluffton area. Corn Cultivating Starts Corn planting is widely varied this year on district farms. Some of the early corn planted the last of April and the early part of May is ready for cultivation, and in other fields seed is not yet in the ground. Most farmers who delayed plant ing corn until May, to escape corn borer infestation, have been delayed in getting the crop into the ground by heavy mid-month rainfall. Planting largely will be completed this week, however, barring a con tinuation of rains, and farmers are not overly worried over the late seeding, inasmuch as May 24 is set by agricultural experts as the ideal time for planting corn in this sec tion. Soy Bean Seeding Under Way Soybean seeding also is well un der way in the district, with plenty of moisture in the ground to pro vide good germination conditions. Farmers, while reluctant to admit there has been too much rain, gen erally admit there has been enough until the crops are in the ground. So far tn May rainfall in Ohio has generally been more than an inch in excess of normal, but April’s prolonged dry weather has made the precipitation welcome so far as farmers are concerned. With Service Men Sgt. Raymond Schumacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Schumacher of College road has received his dis charge from the Army. He served 18 months in the European theatre of war. Harvey Niswander S 2/c of the Navy has received his discharge from the service at Great Lakes, Ill., it was announced the first of the week. Arrives In Germany To Join Her Husband Mrs. Wayne Yoakam who sailed last month for Germany to join her husband in Germany has landed in Bremerhaven, according to word re ceived here the first of the week. From there she went by train to Wursburg where she was met by her husband, Lt. Yoakam. The couple will live in a five-room duplex apartment in Kitzingen, Ger many, where Lt. Yoakam is station ed in the electrical laboratory of the army air forces occupation troops. Mrs. Yoakam is the former Luella Mae Smith of Arlington. She ex pects to remain in Germany with her husband who has signed for a two year period of overseas duty. With The Sick Rolland Flythe who has been ill with heart trouble the past six months has returned from Kollmeier convalescent home in Findlay much improved. He makes his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wenger of Spring street. Charles Gazette continues quite ill at his home on North Main street. Mrs. Grace Wilson who was re cently brought to her home on North Jackson street after taking treat ment in Lima has been removed to Bluffton hospital. Mrs. George Swank, Sr., who is seriously ill, has been taken to a Columbus hospital for treatment. Mrs. Ed Scheele who recently un derwent a major operation at Lima Memorial hospital is convalescing at her home on South Main street. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY Mayor W. A. Howe will introduce the speaker, and William Holtkamp will conduct the band in its appear ance on the program. Business generally will be suspend ed in the town thruout the day there will be no mail delivery, and windows at the post office will be colsed. Buckeye Lake To Open Memorial Day Buckeye Lake, Bluffton’s munici pal swimming spot will open for the season on Memorial day, it was an nounced the first of the week. The place is operated by the town under lease arrangement with the Central Ohio Light & Power company, own ers. Evan Soash has been appointed manager in charge for the summer season. Ex-College Youth Dies In Army Camp Pvt. Henry Blosser, 21, former Bluffton college freshman, died at Buckley Field, Colorado, Saturday, according to word received here the first of the week. He was in serv ice in the army air corps. Details of Blosser’s death were not known here. However, the body was reported enroute to his home in Goshen, Ind., where funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Eighth Street Mennonite church fol lowed by burial there. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. C. B. Blosser of Goshen, a brother Ralph of Dayton, former Bluffton college field secretary and a sister, Mrs. Christine Hartzler of Ashland. Pres. L. L. Ramseyer, Dr. J. S. Schultz and Rev. Paul Shelley of the college will attend funeral services. Real Estate Deal Mrs. W. F. lutzi of Grove street has purchased from Edgar Chamber lain the Cheery street residence formerly known as the Clymer prop erty. She expects to occupy part of the property. BLUFFTON NEWS BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1946 TO HOLD MEMORIAL DAY EXERCISES ON THURS. MORNING Legion In Charge Of Services at Cemetery And High School Auditorium Business Will Be Closed For Day No Mail Delivery In Town Or Country Honoring Bluffton’s soldier-dead of four wars, Memorial Day exercises here Thursday will include the tradi tional parade, services at the ceme tery and a public meeting at the high school auditorium. Opening event of the morning will be the parade which will form at the town hall at 9:30 a. m. From there the parade will move to Maple Grove cemetery’ where Memorial Day ritual istic ceremonies will be conducted at 10 a. m. The parade will he led by the Bluffton High school band. Invited to participate in the parade and the service at the cemetery are Spanish-American War veterans, all ex-servicemen of World War I and World War II, Boy Scouts, American Legion and servicemen home on fur lough. Services at Cemetery Services at the cemetery will be held over the grave of Andrew Hau enstein, Civil War veteran. Ralph Henry’, commander of the Legion post, will be in charge of the exer cises. The Memorial Day program will be continued in the Bluffton High school auditorium at 11 a. m. with Rev. Kenneth Leary, Methodist minister of Van Wert, delivering the principal ad dress. Rev. Leary is a Legionnaire, and a Candidate for State Chaplain of the Legion. Special music will be provded by a veteran’s quartet consisting of Her bert Oyer, Norman Beidier, Roger Howe and Raymond Greding, Ralph Balmer, pianist and a high school quartet, Jean Ann Burcky, Imogene Wenger, Ray Follas, James Howe, and Mary Kathryn Bauman, accom panist. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. C. Stephen Schay, Cleveland, a girl, Brigette, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Kibele, Bluffton, a boy, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rodabaugh, Ada, a boy, Charles Robert, Tues day. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Smith, Con tinental, a girl, Wednesday. Concluding the busy events of Bluffton High school commencement week, graduating exercises for a class of 42 seniors were held last Thursday night in the high school gymnasium. In the class address by Grove Patterson, editor of The Toledo Blade, who recently returned from an extensive trip thru the Far East, the audience was told that we are facing a new way of life, based on internationalism, whether we like it or not. Patterson told the graduating class that we followed a path of isolation and were dragged into the first World War. Then we turned down the League of Nations, only to find two decades later that we were embroiled in World War II. Memorial Day Lest We Forget jTlcrt Iiavc JieJ that Democracj live. Gass Address by Grove Patter son Points Out Fallacy Of American Isolationism Graduates Receive Diplomas At Conclusion Of Program In Gymnasium Now, he said, America must realize we cannot shirk our respon sibility of living and cooperating with other nations. The class speaker declared that Russia is overly suspicious of all the outside world, because everyone (Continued on page 8) Assign New Pastor To M. E. Church Here Class Of 42 Seniors Is Graduated At High School Commencement Exercises Rev. Paul E. Cramer, ex-army chaplain has been assigned to the pastorate of the Bluffton Methodist church by the Ohio Methodist con ference which closed its annual meet ing in Toledo, Tuesday. He succeeds Rev. J. A. Weed, for eight years pastor of the church here who has been assigned to the charge at Mechanicsburg. Rev. Weed will assume the duties of his new pastorate on Sunday and move to Mechanicsburg next week. Rev. Cramer will fill the pulpit here on Sunday morning for his first sermon and move next week from Lima where he has been assistant pastor at Grace Methodist church for several months. His army service included several years in Europe and while stationed in the Paris area he became ac quainted with Rev. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Presbyterian church here, who also served as an army chaplain. Other assignments of Methodist pastors are: L. F. Fauver, West Mansfield to Beaverdam Rev. Edwin Lineberger from Rawson to Ansonia near Green ville with Rawson, Cygnet and Hoyt ville charges to be supplied E. L. Winans from Columbui Grove to Payne L. R. Foltz from Curtice to Gilboa M. F. Ringenburg, Pandora. A f. A A Z’L A Ate 1 u*. K .1^ ■. A u- i* & b- ■i Ok i BLUFFTON STILL FEELS EFFECTS OF RAILROAD STRIKE No Passenger or Mail Trains From Thursday Night Until Monday Morning Mail Is Brought Here From Lima and Findlay by Auto mobile Star Route Bluffton’s jumbled mail, express and freight contacts with the outside world this week still are showing the effects of the paralyzing two-day railroad strike which completely tied up the nation’s transportation system from last Thursday evening until late Saturday night. No passenger or mail trains passed thru Bluffton from Thursday night until Monday morning. Mail, express and freight ship ments piled up at intermediate points during the strike was straggling in to the town the first of the week, but it will take days and perhaps weeks before transportation service returns to normal, it was pointed out. In Bluffton .shipments of local in dustries still were in shipping rooms Monday night because of inadequate facilities to move them promptly once the strike had ended. No Train Thursday Night With the strike effective in late af ternoon. the Nickel Plate local, east bound to Fostoria, failed to run far ther than Lima, and it did not arrive here Thursday evening as scheduled. This meant there was no outgoing express after the Thursday morning train until Monday morning. Bluffton’s only incoming mail dur ing the strike tieup came via automo bile star routes, which goes thru here td Findlay at 2:35 p. m. and back to Lima at 5:35 p. m. Mail carried during the strike per iod was restricted to first class mail ings, and no ^her classifications were accepted at the post office until Mon day. Star Route Connections The Star route going into Findlay connected with other automobile routes to Toledo and Kenton, and that sent to Lima made connections with trucks and busses carrying mail to Dayton and Cincinati. Poultrymen were unable to ship chicks, but fortunately the hatchery season is about over and there were not too many complications from that source. Daily newspapers were trucked in, or came by star route, but their re ceipt was uncertain, and size of most papers was reduced during the strike period because of the newsprint I shortage. BUY vans •tatm NUMBER 6 REVIVED HARMON FIELD ACTIVITIES TO START MONDAY Full-Scale Recreation Center Program to be Headed by New H. S. Coach. Organized Activity Planned at Field Monday Thru Fri day Each W eek. Resumption of a full-scale recrea tion program at Harmon field during the summer months, on a basis com parative with that in effect here more than a decade ago, was decided Tuesday night at a meeting of the recreation committee representing the Bluffton Business Men’s associa tion in sponsoring activity at the field. Kent Cotterman, new’ Bluffton High school coach, has been em ployed by the committee as a full time recreation director at the field for the three summer months, and activities at the play center will get under way next Monday. The field recreation program will include organized activity every day, Monday thru Friday, from 1 p. m. until 8 p. m., it was decided at the recreation committee meeting, with major emphasis during the opening w’eek to be in work with boys and girls of grade school and high school a?e- Fit Up Tennis Courts .( In addition to re-inaugurating a full-time program at the field, the long-neglected Harmon field tennis courts w’ill be put into shape for play again this summer. New activities planned include a croquet court, lighted for night play by adults. Lighted horse shoe courts also are in prospect, softball league will be organized, and recreation center activity generally will be on a par with that Bluffton enjoyed a decade ago. New playground equipment for kiddies will be purchased, and the playground will be set up in an area adjacent to College avenue, rather than in the isolated rear section of the field where it now is located. Opening of Harmon field next Monday will follow by three days the start of a summer program at Buckeye lake, directed by Evan Soash, manager, and James Gratz, assistant. To Hold Vacation Bible School Here Daily vacation Bible school for children 4 to 14 years of age w’ill open next Monday in the Grade school building for a tw’O weeks’ term, it is announced by the Bluffton Ministerial association w’hich spons ors the project. Classes will be held in the morn ings from 9 to 11:30 o’clock from Monday thru Friday. The teaching staff w’ill be recruited from local churches and all children w’ithin the age group are invited. WiU Graduate At Heidelberg College Miss Mary Elizabeth Steams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stearns of Spring street a senior in the conservatory of Heidelberg col lege, Tiffin, appeared in her gradu ating recital at that place, Monday night. Among those from this place at tending the program w’ere Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stearns and son David, Rev. and Mrs. V. C. Oppermann, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Geiger, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Niswander, Mrs. Ed win Niswander, Miss Kathleen Nis wander and Mrs Richard Basinger. Miss Steams will be graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Mu sic at commencement exercises to be held next Monday morning. The class address will be delivered by Clarence Menser, vice president in charge of programs of the National Broadcasting company and a Heidel berg alumnus of 1915. Wins Scholarship To DePauw University Daniel Bash, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bash of Lorain and grandson of Mrs. M. M. Kibler of Bluffton has been awarded a $1,200 scholar ship to DePauw university at Green castle, Ind., it w’as announced the first of the w’eek. The Lorain youth is being gradu ated this spring from Lorain high school and was one of a group of 75 seniors who were awarded De Pauw scholarships on the basis of scholastic excellence.