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’THURSDAY. JUNE 6, 1946
BUY VX1TM •TATM VOLUME LXXI UTILITY’S MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION BEGINS HERE SOON Plant Addition And New Unit At Woodcock Plant Estimat ed At $1,100,000 Central Ohio Light and Power Company Markets Stock To Finance Program A project involving more than one million dollars for enlargement of the Woodcock electric generating plant in Bluffton operated by the Central Ohio Light and Power com pany of Findlay will be financed by an offering of stock the company disclosed in a registration statement filed Tuesday with the securities and exchange commission in Philadelphia. Extension of the building of the Bluffton plant and addition of a fourth generating unit are the ma jor items in the proposed program. Cost of the tw’o projects is esti mated at $1,100,000. The plant, built here ten years ago has been enlarged uince that time and is rated as one of the most efficient of its kind. Its present three units with a generating capac ity of 17,500 kilow’atts are running to capacity more than fifty per cent of the day, it wras stated. Begin Work Next Month Work on addition to the plant here will be started July 1, accord ing to the present plans and the new generating unit is expected to be in operation in from six to nine months. This will increase the plant’s capacity to 27,500 kilowatts. The stock offering proceeds of which will be used to finance im provements here and also for other purposes, according to the company’s statement covers 30,000 shares of $10 par value common stock which will be offered to common stockhold ers on the basis of one new share for each 2.8 shares now held. Un subscribed shares, the company said, may be sold for cash to under writers or to other parties. Crescent Public Service Co., form er Central Ohio parent and holder of 3,000 common shares, waived its right to subscribe to additional com mon. Last Rites Saturday For Belle Augsburger Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon at the residence on College avenue for Mrs. Belle Augsburger, 71, who died Thursday morning in the Bluffton Community hospital, after a two-years’ illness. Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor of the Methodist church, of which she was a member, officiated at the rites. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Daughter of William and Eliza J. Lewis, Mrs. Augsburger was born in Bluffton October 11, 1874. She was married on May 3, 1895, to William C. Augsburger, wrho died November 15, 1940. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Marshall, Rockport, and Mrs. Elnora Augsburger, Ft. Wayne, and a son, Donald L. Augsburger, Williamsport, Pa. Community Band To Play This Summer An organization meeting and first practice of a Bluffton Community band will be held at 8 p. m. next Monday in the Bluffton high school music room. Altho the band is sponsored by returned servicemen, anyone inter ested is invited to play with the group. The band is preparing to play for the Fourth of July rodeo, and plans to present occasional Wednesday night concerts thruout the summer. William Holtkamp will be conductor of the organization. Former Residents Leg Is Amputated E. M. “Mike” Balmer, 65, former Bluffton resident w’ho has lived for many years in Fostoria underwent an operation for amputation of his right leg above the knee at a Fostoria hospital, Sunday afternoon. Balmer received injuries including a fracture of the leg on April 3 when a scaffold on which he was working as a carpenter broke and he fell some 20 feet to the ground. He has been in the hospital since that time. His condition the first of the week was reported satisfactory. He is a brother of Henry Balmer, Mrs. Mel Long, Mrs. John Marquart and Miss Alice Btalmer, all of Bluff ton. Pay Raises Granted For Town Workmen Pay raises for Bluffton village w’orkmen w’ere authorized Monday night at a meeting of the municipal council, with the increases becoming effective as of June 1. Rates for semi-skilled labor em ployed by the town were increased from 63 to 75 cents an hour, and the common labor scale wras boosted from 55 to 65 cents an hour. At the same time the monthly salary of Lee Coon, w’ho holds the combined jobs of chief of police and service supervisor, was increased from $163 to $175. Coon’s pay as police chief was raised from $50 to $75 per month, and his salary as service supervisor was adjusted from $112 to $100 per month by council action. DRIVE FOR HARMON FIELD FUNDS WILL START NEXT WEEK Full-Scale Program Of Recrea tion Must Be Financed Thru House-To-House Canvass Organized Activity Gets Under Way This Week New Equip ment Is On The Way Now Resumption of full-scale recrea tional activity at Harmon field this summer will be tied in with a house-to-house canvass of Bluffton homes starting next week, to raise $2,500 needed to finance a year around program including winter recreation. For the first time in more than a decade Harmon field has a full-time summer director, new playground equipment has been ordered, the field tennis courts are being put into shape, and many new phases of recreational activity for young and old alike have been planned. To finance the extensive program, which also will be projected into the fall and winter seasons, $2,500 must be raised in the house-to-house canvass of the town. More than 50 children of grade and high school age participated in activities at the play center Monday and Tuesday of this w'eek, at the start of the' season, and others are invited to participate in the organiz ed activity. Girls Participation Urged Girls particularly are urged to turn out in greater numbers, and they will find many games and other forms of activity are planned for them at the field this summer. New playground equipment al ready ordered includes a set of four swings, a stainless steel slide, a four-board teeter-totter, two sand boxes, two pairs of circus stilts, a trapeze and set of swinging rings, horseshoes, soccer, softball, paddle tennis, and croquet. With the recreational center out of use for so many years, equipment Softball League Softball league piay for adults will be resumed at the Harmon field diamonds next Tuesday night, with teams to be selected this Friday. Anyone interested in participating is urged to give their names to Kent Cotterman, field director. that once was on a par with that in the largest cities has deteriorated to the extent that almost 100 p£r cent replacement is required. Realizing the field cannot be completely re-established in one season, rehabilitation of \ts equip ment is planned over a three-year period, with projected programs in cluding lighted croquet and horse shoe courts, blacktopped tennis courts, a blacktop combination, volleyball, tennis and roller skating court on the grade school grounds, shuffle board courts and picnic tables. Winter Activity Too In the winter it is planned to flood a section of Harmon field for ice skating and hockey, and basket ball and volleyball leagues will be organized for play in the Bluffton college and Bluffton High school gymnasiums, which have been made available to the recreation commit tee. Goal of the committee is to pro vide year-around recreation for people of all ages, and all funds donated to the program stay in the community. Bluffton’s Second English War Bride, Mrs. Charles Hankish, Here This Week In charge of the Harmon field (Continued on page 8) I Abundance Of Food And Cloth ing Are In Contrast To English Shortages Bluffton Man Meets War Bride In New York Couple Ar rives Here Monday Bluffton greetedi ts second British war bride when Mrs. Charles Hank ish, Jr., arrived here Monday with her husband who met her in New York city last Thursday where she debarked from the liner Erickson after a trans-Atlantic voyage from England. She is the former Louise Hart of Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The charming English bride of the Bluffton ex-service man says she already feels at home in America but has not yet become accustomed to the relative abundance of every thing in comparison to Britain’s re stricted post-war economy. In England there still is insuffi cient food and clothing to fill the demand, in marked contrast to condi tions in the United States, she said. Bananas and oranges are available for the first since the outbreak of war, and food generally is short. Strict rationing still prevails, and the English must cut corners to make their ration stamps reach. If you get enough of one item, such as shoes, for example, you have to do without something else, such as dresses, she pointed out. Mrs. Hankish lived in Tetbury, a small town about 100 miles south of London, and altho the village was near the Channel there was no bomb damage. Her husband was stationed with American forces about 30 miles from her home when they met They were married in Tetbury last November 3. Hankish later was stationed in Germany, then returned to this country last January after 30 months service overseas. The young couple will make their home in the Hankish apartment over the Allen County Co-op Farm Bu reau store on South Main street. Bluffton’s first English war bride, Mrs. Harry J. Shrider, arrived here more than a month ago. Frank Swank Rites Held Here Sunday Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Basinger funeral home for Frank J. Swank, former driller and contractor in Orange township during the oil boom days. Swank died at a hospital in Tyler, Texas, Monday morning of last week, and the body was brought here for burial. His wife, the former Zoe Black, died in December, 1933. There are no children. Born in Houcktown, Swank was the son of Jefferson and Nancy Swank. Surviving uncles include Anson Swank, Arlington Scott Swank, Findlay Charles Swank, Mansfield and Loring Swank, of Michigan. Swank was a member of Bluffton Masonic Lodge, and the Masonic ritual was conducted by local lodge officers at Maple Grove cemetery. In addition to his Bluffton lodge affiliation, Swank was a member of the Commandery and the Valley of Peoria Scottish Rite, and the Shrine of Peoria, Illinois. Rev. A. S. Lenhart of the Church of Christ was the officiating pastor at the funeral service. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Montgomery, Jr., of Orange township, a girl, Jean Ann, Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Vandemark, Ada, a girl Jo Ann, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stanley, Pan dora, a boy, Ben Hall, Tuesday. With Service Men Fred Fritchie, Jr., of the Navy stationed at Norfolk, Va., is home for a short leave. Pvt. Morris Hartman of Ft. Mon mouth, N. J., spent the week end with his parents, Mr and Mrs. Archie Hartman of Orange town ship. Films At Methodist Brotherhood Meeting “Now the Peace”, a film feature will be shown at a meeting of the Men’s Brotherhood of the Methodist church, Thursday night at 8 o’clock. The discussion following will be led by A. J. B. Longsdorf. Refreshments will be served. BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON. OHIO rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, JUNE 6. 1946 THREE VACANCIES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHING STAFFS Annabelle Weed, Paul Stauffer, Resign At High School One In Grades Robert Ewing Returning To Grade School Revamp Music Setup Planned Consideration of steps to be taken in filling three vacancies resulting from resignations in the public school teaching staff will be made Wednesday night of next week at a meeting of the Bluffton Board of Education. Three instructors have submitted resignations two from the high school staff and one at the grade school, it was announced this week. Miss Annabelle Weed has resigned as home economics instructor Paul W. Stauffer will not return next fall as speech and dramatics instructor, and Mrs. Robert Koenig, the former Floy McBain, has resigned from the grade school teaching force. Accompany Parents Miss Weed will accompany her parents, Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Weed, to their new location at Mechanics burg, where Rev. Weed has been as signed to the pastorate of the First Methodist Episcopal church. It is understood a number of ap plications for the home economics post have been received, and will be considered by the board. Whether a successor will be sought for Stauffer’s post is uncer tain, inasmuch as the speech and dramatics department has been men tioned as one that might be dropped in the board’s economy program. It is believed unlikely, however, that there will be a replacement as a speech and dramatics instructor ex clusively. Possibilities that no successor may be required for Mrs. Knoenig in the grade school is seen in the fact that Robert Ewing, former grade teacher in the Army for the past three years, will return to the teaching staff next fall. In addition, Mrs. Clayton Murray, who has been teaching in the grade school and who resigned effective for the coining year, has been re-employed and will remain in the schools. One Music Teacher A new policy of consolidating pub lic school music classes under one instructor will be put into effect during the coming year, it was learned this week. During the past year instrumental music was directed by Carl Twining, of Findlay, and vocal music by Mrs. Wilbur Hoon, the former Harriet Brate. The music position has been offered to Mrs. Hoon, but so far there has been no indication as to whether she will accept. Teachers, whether hired for the coming school year or carried over under provisions of the teacher ten ure act, have until July 31 to re sign. After that date they must ob tain a release from the board of education before accepting any Ohio teaching position.’ Orange Twp. Farmer Injured By Cattle D. D. Williamson, 73, Orange towmship farmer received several fractured ribs when he was trampled by cattle Monday morning. He was standing at a door of his barn when a number of young cattle rushed out, knocking him to the ground and trampling him. He is at his home where his condition is reported satis factory. R. E. Griffith New Night Policeman Temporary appointment of R. E. Griffith, S. Lawn avenue, as night watchman, was announced Monday night by Mayor W. A. Howe at a meeting of the municipal council. Griffith’s appointment came after resignations had been submitted by two college students who temporarily had filled the post during the regu lar college term. Noon Closing Will Start On Thursday Majority of retail stores in Bluff ton will start this week closing every Thursday afternoon during the summer season, it is announced by the Bluffton Business Men’s as sociation. Most stores here have closed on Thursday afternoons dur ing the summer season for several years past. A house of native stone will be built this summer by H. W. Berky, Bluffton college instructor, it was learned the first of the week as ex cavation for the structure was be gun. Stone, plentiful in the Bluffton area, will be used for exterior walls and wherever possible as a substi tute for building lumber which is difficult to obtain. The stone will include limestone from the local quarry and other stone from the surrounding area. The new structure consisting of two stories will face South Spring street and is at the rear of the residence now occupied by the Berky family which they sold to Bluffton college. The college will convert the residence into a dormitory for girls at the opening of school next fall. Hay May Equal Last Year’s Record Yield Feed Crops Will Be Good Prospects For Wheat, Oats and Potatoes Are Good As Rain Aids Crops Alfalfa harvest was started this week in the Bluffton district with a good yield in prospect, the first tangible return in a summer which finds the early-June crop outlook fully as favorable as that of last year when bumper harvests were the rule. Leading off with alfalfa cutting, hay prospects generally are as good as in 1945 when one of the largest crops in years was harvested. Red clover and mixed hay also give every indication of a bumper yield later in June, and timothy cutting, which comes in July, should be equally as good. Wheat, Oats, Potatoes Promising Pastures which virtually dried up during the April drought have re vived, and prospects are good for milk production continuing on a high level. Virtually all vestiges of the un seasonably dry weather of early spring have been erased by May’s cool wet weather, and the month was unusually favorabe for wheat, oats, potatoes and grass. Soy Bean Acreage Late corn planting was delayed somewhat by May’s almost contin ual rainfall, but most farmers got much of it done before the rains set in and others finished seeding of the crop during the last week. Any acreage remaining unplanted likely will be diverted to soy beans, which can be planted as late as the middle of June. From present prospects it is fairly evident that feed for livestock will be plentiful in the Bluffton district for the coming year, even though it is too early to determine what the corn outlook may be. Barbers Raise Price Of Haircuts, Shaves Bluffton barbers announced Wed nesday a raise in the price of hair cuts from 50 cents to 65 cents. Shaves advanced from 25 cents to 35 cents. Enrollment of 160 students in Bluffton’s vacation Bible school, which opened Monday morning for a two weeks’ term, is one of the most successful in the history of the summer activity here. Classes are arranged for beginners thru the eighth grade, and children enrolled are from 12 churches in the Bluffton community. On the closing day, Friday of next week, parents are invited to attend a program in the grade school, fol lowed by a picnic at Harmon field. Rev. E. N. Bigelow is dean of the school which is sponsored by the Bluffton Ministerial association. Will Build House Here Of Native Stone As Lumber Shortage Pinches Wheat, already well headed and betokening an early harvest, is grow ing rank in lowlands, and a portion of the crop is down because of the heavy straw. Oats likewise looks promising, and potatoes are expected to be materially better than last year. Summer Harvest Season Opens With First Cutting Of Alfalfa The staff of instructors includes: Beginners—Mrs. Nelson Steiner, as sisted by Miss Ada May Oyer and Mrs. Harold Younkman. 160 From H2 Churches Enroll In Bluffton Vacation Bible School In New Locations Rev. E. G. Steiner and family have moved to Lafayette, Ind., where he has accepted the pastorate of a Defenseless Mennonite church. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Sheridan who pur chased the Steiner property on South Jackson street are moving from apartments which they occupied in the Ross Bogart property on Cherry street. Rev. J. A. Weed, former pastor of the Methodist church here who has been assigned to the First Meth odist church at Mechanicsburg will move with his family to that place Friday. Rev. Paul Cramer who has been assigned to the pastorate of the Bluffton church will move here Fri day. NICKEL PLATE RESTORES THRU TRAIN SERVICE Cleveland-St. Louis Trains Resume Former Schedules On Monday Bluffton’s Mail Service Disrupt ed During Strike, Back To Normal Nickel Plate fliers operating thru Bluffton twice daily resumed opera tions on Monday of this week, bring ing a restoration of normal mail service to the town after a month of curtailment. Both trains resumed their runs Monday evening, leaving the termin al cities of Cleveland and St. Louis. Trains ran in both directions thru Bluffton on Tuesday, arriving here at 6:02 a. m. bound for Cleveland, and 9:16 p. m. enroute to St. Bluffton’s mail delivery service was generally disrupted during the three w-eeks’ period the two trains were discontinued because of ODT restrictions on rail traffic as a re sult of the coal strike. With the resumption of normal rail service, the two local trains that ran between Fostoria and Pe oria, Ill., will be discontinued so far as Bluffton and other points to Fostoria are concerned. These trains in the future will run on their normal schedule be tween Lima and Peoria. Their runs were extended north to Fostoria only during the period of emergency be cause of discontinuance of the thru trains. With The Sick Miss Ocie Anderson, in charge of Bluffton’s public library is a sur gical patient in Bluffton hospital where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. Mrs. Wilson Hawk of South Jack son street is a patient in Bluffton hospital. Mrs. Albert Deppler of South Main street, a patient in Bluffton hospital with a fractured hip re ceived in a fall last winter, is con valescing. C. D. Amstutz of South Jackson street is a patient in Lima Memorial hospital. Pre-school—Mrs. W. A. Howe, as sisted by Misses Marilyn Fett and Louise Soldner First Grade—Miss Louella Lugin buhl, assisted by Miss Dora Jean Luginbuhl. Second grade—Mrs. Carl Derring er, assisted by Miss Margaret Gro man. Third grade—Mrs. W. O. Geiger, assisted by Miss Eleanor Linden. Fourth grade—Mrs. Charles Lau by, assisted by Mrs. Lee Clauss. Fifth grade- Mrs. N. A. Triplett, assisted by Misses Pegg} Ecken wiler and Phyllis Marquart Sixth thru Eighth—Rev. V. C. Oppermann. The various ministers of the com munity are alternating in appearing on assembly programs at the school. BUY^ UNITS* 4 •TAT*» NUMBER 7 AWAIT WORD ON COAL DELIVERIES AND NEW PRICES Slight Prospect of Filling Bins Of Householders Until Late Summer Advance Of About 35 Cents Per Ton Expected Enough Coal At Light Plant When Bluffton householders will get their winter’s coal supply and what the price of the product will be comprise two major questions that are going unanswered this week, despite the end of the coal strike. Dealers here the first of this week professed to known neither answer, and about the only certainty in the matter is the accepted fact that coal will be higher in price, altho no one yet can tell how much of an increase will be applied. There are virtually no prospects for an early resumption of coal de liveries for domestic heating next winter, and many householders who/ normally fill their bins in April and May may have to wait until late summer at the earliest before they get even partial delivery. No Coal Now No coal is available yet in deal ers’ yards, and if past custom is fol lowed shipments from the mines after they resume production this week will be diverted by government directives to the upper lake regions. If that practice is in effect this year, little coal for domestic heating will be available here until late sum mer, with the exception of that trucked in from “wagon” mines in Ohio and West Virginia. Coal pricing now that the strike has ended is uncertain, and altho dealers assume there will be an in crease in price there has been no an nouncement so far. In many quart ers there is the belief that coal will advance in price about 35 cents per ton, but there has been nothing offi cial to date. Enough Coal at Light Plant Coal is coming into the municipal light plant and waterworks in suffi cient quantities tr fissure operation ,ou a wmal ba^tf Jfcgther fkrwM received last Satu£|#» the second in ivoR^F****” Altho shipments are coming thru to the light plant, billing is on an open account basis, with the price to be set later. Deliveries to utilities are not being held up because of the uncertainty of prices, but invoicing will be on the basis of new prices, once they are set. Whether the boost in coal prices may be great enough to cause an in crease in light and power rates will have to be determined when the Board of Public Affairs gets the new coal prices. Mrs. Ed Scheele Dies Funerdl On Thursday Mrs. Lydia Scheele, 58, died at her home on South Main street Tuesday afternoon. Death followed an operation which she underwent several weeks ago. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Lutheran church with Rev. W. L. Harmony, the pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the McComb ceme tery. The body is at the Paul Diller funeral home where it will remain until the services on Thursday. Born March 25, 1888 in Pleasant township, Hancock county, she was a daughter of Samuel and Sarah McConnel Stateler. She was married October 20, 1920 to Edward Scheele who survived. The couple moved from McComb to Bluffton four years ago, living since that time at their present home. Mrs. Scheele was a member of the Shawtown Methodist church. Besides her husband she is sur vived by a step-son Arven Scheele of North Spring street, a sister'Miss Mabel Stateler and brother, Mack Stateler, both of McComb. Past-Master's Dinner At Masonic Lodge A pot-luck dinner at 6:30 p. m. and work in the Master Mason’s de gree will be features of the annual past master’s night of the Bluffton Masonic lodge, next Monday. Among past masters who will ap pear on the program are Stanley Basinger, D. B. Conrad, Ross Bo gart, Charles Aukerman, Dr. B. R. Herring, Harold Beals and George Rauenbuhler. All members of the lodge are urged to attend the pot-luck dinner and the meeting following.