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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXI ROOMS SCARCE AS NEW DEVELOPMENT IN HOUSING CRISIS New Developments Calling For More Rooms Point Up Grow ing Shortage Accommodations Sought For Construction Crews and Col lege Students Growing scarcity of single furnish ed rooms is the latest development in Bluffton’s housing shortage which has become more serious now than during the crisis of the war period. Now virtually unobtainable, rooms are expected to get even scarcer as fall approaches, and there is no prospect of an easing in the situa tion before next summer. Room shortage developments are the result of demands for single rooms from two new sources. Rooming accommodations now are being sought for workmen to be en gaged in the construction of a new addition to the generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., as the first factor complicating the shortage picture. College Makes Survey In addition, Bluffton college au thorities are making a survey this week, in an attempt to line up rooms for women students who will be enrolled in the institution next fall. Altho college officials said the first of this week that they are not sure what next fall’s rooming require ments will be, the survey is being made so information will be avail able and tabulated when school opens. As the situation now stands, Ropp hall, women’s dormitory is reported filled to capacity, as well as addi tional dormitory facilities which will be provided by the H. W. Berky res idence, Spring street and College avenue, which the college bought last spring. Accommodations will be available there for 15 sophomore girls. Some Trailers Available Also available for married college couples are 10 trailers near Lincoln hall, two steel and aluminum tem porary housing project buildings ac commodating a total of four couples, and two apartments in the former brick projects building on the cam pus. Several trailers are said to be still available. Lincoln hall will be large enough for the housing of single men, ac cording to present prospects. Rooming requirements for con struction workmen engaged in the Central Ohio building project will vary as different crews come here for specific purposes. No average ■estimate of the total number of men requiring rooms was available the first of the week. However, the largest number likely will be represented by the steel and concrete crews, with a demand for rooms picking up decidedly in Aug ust after the excavation is complet ed. Social Nets $142 For Band Uniforms The sum of $142.39 was added to the fund to provide uniforms for the high school band, as a result of the ice cream social held Saturday night, it was announced by the Band Mothers club this week. The club has undertaken a project to provide new uniforms for the band this fall. The club expressed thanks to the following donors: Chas. Hankish for ice cream R. E. Griffith for aid in moving Paul Diller and Stanley Basinger for chairs the Reformed church for use of tables and the Presbyterian church for use of lawn and lights. Night Police Gets Raise In Salary Raise in the salary of R. E. Grif fith, ‘Bluffton’s night police, to $95 per month has been approved by the town council. Previous monthly sal ary was $81. In addition to his position, official ly designated as deputy marshal, Griffith also receives a monthly sal ary of $50 as assistant street super visor. Building New House Excavating for a new residence ^as been begun by Harry Turner of the Page Dairy plant here at his recently purchased lot in the Mrs. Caroline Matter addition on Harmon road. Byers Resigns As Head Of Hospital Dean N. E. Byers, chairman of the Bluffton Community hospital board of trustees for the past 15 years has resigned his position on the board, it was announced the first of the week. Vacancy on the board was filled when that body elected D. W. Bixler as a member to serve Byers’ unex pired term until the end of this year. Bixler was also named to fill the vacancy as chairman of the board. In connection with his resignation Byers stated that he expects to travel this summer and fall and will spend the winter in Florida. UTILITY’S MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION UNDER WAY HERE Excavation Started for New Addition to Central Ohio Power Plant Plant Addition and New Unit At Generating Plant to Cost $1,100,000 Excavation is being started this week for a new addition to the Woodcock generating plant of the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., the first move in an expansion pro gram that will involve the expendi ture of more than a million dollars. Enlargement of the present plant building and the addition of a fourth generating unit are the major items in the proposed program, total cost of which is estimated at $1,100,000. Conrad Brothers, of Bluffton, who have the contract for the excavation, will be finished with their phase of the work within the next two weeks, following which the Maxon Construc tion Co., of Dayton, general con tractors, will begin erection of the building. Second Addition Milk Prices Stabilized At 17 Cents Per Quart On Bluffton Markets to Building Joined to the present structure on the north side, the new building will be 110 feet by 33 feet. Provision for incorporating an addition was made when the building was con structed nine years ago, and work on the structure to connect it with the addition involves only the removal of a temporary wall. This is the second addition to building, another having been made in 1941. Construction of the addition will be under way thruout the coming winter months, with completion scheduled for early spring. Three generating units now are in operation at the plant, each con sisting of a boiler, generator and turbine. The first was installed when the plant started operation here in 1938, the second in 1939, and the third in 1941. New 10,000 K. W. Unit Three presentun its have a gen erating capacity of 17,500 kilowatts and are running to capacity more than 50 per cent of daytime hours. The new unit to be installed will consist of a boiler capable of gen erating 120,000 pounds of steam per hour and a 10,000 kilowatt turbine and generator. Demands on power have increased and are continuing to increase in both industrial and residential con sumption and in order for Central Ohio to maintain efficiency and serv ice these additions are necessary, it was stated by E. W. Erwin, of Findlay, vice president and general manager of the Central Ohio com pany. The new boiler will be equipped to be fired with either coal or oil, in case of coal shortages, and one of the present boilers will be con verted in .the same manner. To Build New Stack To take care of the new boiler a 165-foot smoke stack will be built, the same height as the present stack. The building contract has been led to the Maxon Construction company, Dayton. The company expects to have the boiler completed before Dec. 15, but the new turbine will not be put into operation until September 1947, Mr. Mullikin said. Construction of a second circuit from the Woodcock station to the Findlay power plant is completed and in operation, it was announced yesterday. Completion of this new circuit makes two separate circuits available between the two plants. BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices) Wheat $1.89 oats 70c soys $2.04. One-Cent Differential Between Dairy Prices Of Last Week Is Eliminated Price Of Butter Breaks To 73 Cents Here Wednesday Morning Milk prices have stabilized on the Bluffton market at 17 cents per quart for all brands, eliminating a one-cent differential that existed last w'eek when one dairy was selling the product at 16 cents and the other at 17 cents. The boost to 17 cents, plus an ad ditional penny for bottle deposit, represents the third price increase for milk since June 8, when it sold for 14 cents a quart. Meanwhile, there are indications that butter prices may be driven downward by lack of consumer de mand. Prices Wednesday in local food stores ranged from 73 to 80 cents a pound. Butter Prices Breaking The result is that 80-cent butter has been piling up on retailers’ shelves, with price-conscious shoppers avoiding it in view of the fact that indications generally are to the ef fect that butter prices will probably stabilize around the 73c level. A part of the three-cent increase in milk prices since last June 8 are represented by higher prices paid to farm producers by dairies, as a re sult of elimination of federal subsi dies to the producers. The subsidy had paid farmers 65 cents for each 100 pounds of milk they sold, in addition to the average price of $3.62 a hundredweight re ceived in June. Dairies paid farm producers $4.25 per hundred pounds during the first half of July, plus an additional in centive price of 10 cents for each 100 pounds over 200, it was an nounced. World's Fair Romance Now Golden Wedding Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Carder quietly observed their Golden wed ding anniversary at their home on South Main street, Monday—and thereupon hangs a tale of romance which dates back to the Chicago World’s fair in 1893. It had its beginning when William Warfield Carder and his mother, Mrs. John W. Carder of Oldtown, Maryland, and Green Spring, West Virginia, and Mrs. E. S. Riegle and twin daughters Ettie and Nettie and Mrs. Ellen Dorney Lease and son Sumner of Arlington, visiting the fair happened to register at the same hotel and saw much of the fair together. The following summer Mr. Carder came to Ohio to visit relatives in Columbus and Hancock county. He returned the next summer on an other visit also to make more defi nite plans for his next annual trip. In 1896 he came to Arlington to claim as his bride one of the Riegle twins, Nettie Viola—the one who wore the glasses. During the customary extended wedding trip of fifty years ago they visited places of interest in the east and south after w’hich they located in the Carder ancestral home in beautiful Green Spring valley where they resided for the first quarter century. Here their son John was born and grew to manhood. Soon after the close of the First World war Mr. Carder retired from active business and with his wife and son moved to Ohio where they have since resided. John who is now in Dayton was here Monday to spend the day with his parents. All in all, they have enjoyed a well rounded life, sav the couple. Mr. Carder is the last survivor of his generation. Mrs. Carder has a brother and' sister living. They are Atty. Charles Riegle of Findlay and Mrs. Wm. P. Turner of Greensboro, North Caro lina. Lions Club Will Hear Rev. Cramer Rev. Paul H. Cramer, pastor of the Bluffton Methodist church, will speak on his service as a chaplain with U. S. forces overseas, at a meeting of the Bluffton Lions club, 6:15 p. m. next Tuesday in the Wal nut Grill. Rev. Cramer served as a chap lain for four years, one year of which was abroad in the European theatre. Most of his overseas serv ice was in France, but he also visit ed Belgium, Luxemborg, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 1946 PROPOSE SALE OF MILLING COMPANY TO FARMERS GRAIN Milling Company Stockholders Meeting Called for Next Tuesday Night Proposal, if Approved, Would Give Farmers Grain Pos session October 1 Two Bluffton grain elevators now operating independently will be merged under one management if the proposal of the Farmers Grain Co. to purchase the Bluffton Milling Co. is consumated. Decision in the matter likely will be made Tuesday night of next week at a meeting of stockholders of the Milling Co., to consider the purchase proposal made by the Farmers Grain interests. Sale of the plant is said to be recommended by the management and holders of the major portion of the Bluffton Milling Co. stock. Stockholders Get Terms As outlined in notices of the spe cial meeting, mailed to Milling Com pany stockholders, the proposal pro vides for payment of $35,000 by the Farmers Grain Co. for all assets of the Milling company, except the bank balance, outstanding book ac counts and invoice aggregating some $11,000. From the latter amount, the Milling company would pay out standing accounts and costs of wind ing up its affairs. Proposed date of possession is set for October 1, under the terms. The Bluffton Milling Co. was in corporated in 1910 for $60,000, and has outstanding stock in the amount of $37,300, consisting of 3J3 shares. Operates As Elevator Previously engaged in flour milling and the elevator business, the com pany sold its flour milling equipment last fall to the F. W. Mann Co., of East St. Louis, Ill. Since then it has been operating as a grain ele vator. Officers include Noal Diller, presi dent Adam Steine/, ■tice-president E. L. Diller, secretary-manager H. P. Mann, treasurer. Six men are employed by the concern. In the event of approval of the sale, it is understood the Farmers Elevator Co. will operate both eleva tors. With the Service Men The naval personnel center at Great Lakes, Ill., announces the dis charge from service of Maurice Umphress, 132 N. Mound street and Richard D. Newlan, 361 W. Elm street. James Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Butler of Church street has re ceived his discharge from the Navy after 28 months of service. He is now in Cleveland. Samuel Trippiehorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Trippiehorn was re leased Monday from the U. S. S. South Dakota and is expected to be discharged from the service at Great Lakes, Ill., Wednesday, when he will join his wife, the former Virginia Patrick and little son now living at Leipsic. Trippiehorn served four and one-half years in the Navy, three years of which were overseas. Cpl. Lloyd Arnold of the Marine corps arrived home Sunday after re ceiving his discharge from the serv ice at Great Lakes, Ill. Cpl. Arnold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Arnold living east of Bluffton, spent 31 months in the Marine corps. Budget Indicates Twp. Cash Balance A cash balance somewhat in ex cess of $5,000 is indicated for Rich land township in the coming year, according to figures submitted at the annual budget hearing held Saturday night at the office of the township trustees. The budget was read by N. W. Basinger, township clerk. According to the budget, estimated receipts in the various funds are: Roads, $10,000 gasoline tax, $3,000 general, $3,665. Total, $16, 665. Estimated expenditures are $11, 000. Remodels Residence For Funeral Home Stanley Basinger has begun re modeling the former Oberly residence at College avenue and Jackson street into a funeral home. Basinger pur chased the property last winter from heirs of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Oberly and this spring erected a garage on the lot. Bluffton’s heaviest rain of the month, an early evening shower on Tuesday, hardly did more than lay the dust, and the parched condition of lawns, gardens and farms locally was well into its fifth week. Since the last w’eek in June when there w’ere two heavy downpours, the immediate Bluffton area has re ceived no rainfall of consequence. Lawns are yellow, gardens are parched, and farmers say that con siderable moisture must come soon to prevent damage to late potato and corn prospects. Bluffton w’as on the fringe of a heavy rain Tuesday evening, for although precipitation here was only a show’er, a downpour fell in the Beaverdam area. Continued dry weather the latter part of July bears out the predic tion of St. Swithin’s Day, on July 15, when clear skies were said to herald 40 days of clear weather. Portion of College Avenue, Kibler and Cherry Streets In Summer Program Stone Chip Surface Will Be Applied: Local Mainten ance Crew to Assist Resurfacing portions of three Bluffton streets will be started next week in this summer’s municipal street improvement program, it was announced Wednesday by Mayor Wilbur A. Howe. Included in the project will be work on parts of College avenue, Kibler and Cherry streets. Resurfacing of College avenue will be from Jackson street to College road Cherry street is to be im proved from the Nickel Plate rail road crossing to the County Line road and work on Kibler street will start at Jackson street and continue west to the Grove street road. In the resurfacing program a hot tar surface with stone chips rolled in will be applied over the existing hard surfaced streets. Tuesday Evening Shower Fails To Break Drought Now In Fifth Week Members of the town’s street maintenance department will assist in preparation of the streets for the repair program, and application of the stone chip surface will be hand led by the contractor under a day rate arrangement. The street work will be done here by the Cossett Construction Co., of Findlay. Kajtenbach Funeral Services Saturday Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Garlinger Kaltenbach, 51, were held at the Stanley Basinger funeral home, Saturday afternoon. Officiat ing at the services was Rev. E. J. Penhorwood, pastor of the Lima South Side Church of Christ, form erly of Bluffton. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery. Mrs. Kaltenbach, who came here from Downey, Calif., on a visit, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Garlinger of Geiger street last Wednesday morning. Snug Firescreens Firescreens should fit snugly at the top as well as sides. Resurfacing Parts Of Three Streets Will Get Under Way Here Next Week Early potatoes raised in home gardens, a practice generally re garded as more or less of a hobby, is credited this year as one factor that may help relieve a serious po tato shortage the government en visages for next winter. Scores of back yard plots, each one small but large in the aggregate, will make a particularly valuable contribution to the overall supply w-hich is expected to be critically short by the end of the winter. Home grown early potatoes now are being dug in gardens thruout the district, but many persons locally also are raising late potatoes for their own use thruout the winter. A good yield of early potatoes is assured for the district, despite gen erally poor conditions on a national scale, and with rainfall at the prop er time, the late crop will be aver age or better. According to government reports, the overall picture is not encourag ing, for a combination of reduced acreage, plus widespread damage from floods, has generally cut sharp Nickel Plate Trains On New Schedule Schedule changes were announced this week for the two fast fliers op erating thru Bluffton on the Cleve land-St. Louis division of the Nickel Plate railroad. The east-bound morning train, which formerly stopped here at 6:02 a. m., on Sunday began arriving at 5:25 a. m., or 37 minutes earlier. On the same day, the west-bound evening train started on a schedule which brings it to Bluffton at 9:25 p. m. It formerly stopped here at 9:16 p. m. The east-bound train will arrive in Cleveland at 8:40 a. m., 55 minutes earlier than on the previous sched ule. Departure of the evening west bound train from Cleveland is set for 6 p. m., 15 minutes later than previously. TWO COUNTIES APPROVE MARSH RUN CLEANOUT Four Miles Of Stream Thru Hancock and Allen Counties Will Be Improved Stream Flows Thru Union And Orange Twps., Emptying Into Riley Creek Home Gardens Now Supplying Potatoes Helping To Relieve Current Short Crop A four-mile stretch of Marsh Run, a small stream emptying into Big Riley creek near Buckeye lake, will be cleaned this summer in a two county project approved at a joint meeting of the commissioners of Allen and Hancock counties. Marsh Run enters Bluffton cor poration from the northeast and crosses the Dixie highway near the A. C. and Y intersection on North Main street. Cleaning of the stream is to begin at State Route 69, near Mt. Cory, and continue downstream thru Union and Orange townships and into Bluffton where it empties into the Big Riley. Hancock County in Charge Most of the stream lies in Han cock county, and the Hancock engineer has been authorized to proceed with engineering plans and supervise the work. An experiment to determine the value of various kinds of grasses in preventing bank erosion was conduct ed along Marsh Run nine years ago by the CCC federal agency. Eleven different kinds of grasses were planted and the banks were excavated at different slopes to determine which combination was best. It is said the banks easily show the benefit of the seeding ex periment thruout the entire length of the test area. However, the stream has a very slow fall and the bottom has silted, resulting in a petition for cleaning from adjoining land holders. The petitioners include Roy Rogers, Melvin Williamson and other residents. ly into crop possibilities thruout the country. Former Residents Are Here From California Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Neuensch wander of Huntington Park, Calif., former Bluffton residents, visited relatives and friends here the first of the week. They were returning to their home after driving east to at tend the wedding of their youngest son Neil to Miss Catherine Severance of Saginaw, Mich., which took place in the First Baptist church of Sagin aw, Saturday night. The Neuensch wander family lived in Bluffton a number of years ago during which time he operated the Neu-Art photo graph studio here. A cocktail party is a group of people in a room too small to hold them as they blow smoke in each others’ faces and hold empty glasses in their hands. —Brigadere. BLUFFTON A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 15 LIGHT PLANT BOND ISSUE IS UP FOR COUNCIL APPROVAL Board of Public Affairs Re quests Council Okay Of $125,000 Issue Sale of Bonds Would Provide Funds For New Boiler And Stack At Light Plant Bluffton’s municipal council at its meeting next Monday night will be asked to approve the sale of $125,000 in revenue bonds to finance improve ments to electrical generating facilities at the town’s light plant. Request for approval, together with a recommendation for action, will come from the board of public affairs, which at a special meeting last week approved the bid of Stranahan, Harris and Co., Toledo bond buyers. Referring the matter to the coun cil for approval is necessary before the sale can become final. 20-Year-Issue Bid of the Toledo firm provides for an issue extending over a 20 year period and bearing interest at the rate of two per cent, together with payment of a premium of $2.24 on each thousand dollar bond, thereby reducing the interest rate to 1.98 per cent. This was the lowest interest rate of four proposals sub mitted to the board. The Toledo proposal also provides that additional bonds may be issued after a three-year period, providing average earnings of the plant over the period are sufficient to cover by 1.4 times the amount required to service the entire issue. Dated August 1, 1946, the propos ed bond issue will have as its security the electric generating and distribution equipment of the plant, not including waterworks assets. Bonds may be redeemed after a five year period in inverse order in which they are issued, the bond running for the longest time being the first to be called. New Boiler, Stack Funds provided by the bond issue would be expended to cover the cost of adding a new- boiler to the plant, constructing a new' smoke stack, and making changes to the building necessary to accommodate the new equipment. Discussion last week in connection with issuance of the bond issue dis closed the board also is considering the addition of a new turbine, to provide for expanding electrical cur rent demands of the town, at a cost unofficially estimated at $50,000. Sidewalk Grade For Matter Addition Sidewalk grade markers w’ill be established for the new’ Matter sub division bordering Harmon road, op posite the Community hospital, it was announced this week by muni cipal authorities. The grade will be established by a surveyor hired by the tow-n. On Motor Trip To Texas And California Mr. and Mrs. Albert Augsburger of near Bluffton are on a motor trip to visit their daughter, Mrs. Ray mond Reynolds and family in Lubbock, Texas from where they w’ill go on to California. They expect to be gone for a month. i Births The following births at Bluffton hospital Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SchaubHn, Bluffton, a boy, Kenneth Eugene II, Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Briggs, Bluff ton, a boy, Thomas Allan, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benroth, Bluffton, a boy, Thomas Robert, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Garlinger, Bluffton, a girl, Janice Lee, Satur day. Rev. and Mrs. Richard Reilly, Pandora, a boy, Timothy Lee, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Smith, Jenera, a girl, Sharon Kae, last Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, Bel levue, a boy, Tedd Jay at Bellevue City hospital, Sunday. Mrs. Wil liams is the former Letha Nisw’ander of Bluffton. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world re mains and is immortal. —Albert Pine.