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VOLUME LXXI BLUFFTON SCHOOLS TO OPEN FOR FALL TERM ON SEPT. 3 Teaching Staff For Grade And High Schools To Have Five New Instructors Four New Teachers Will Be On High School Faculty For The Fall Term Bluffton public schools will open for the fall term on Tuesday, Sept. 3, with a full corps of teachers for grade and high schools, according to an announcement this week by Supt. Ralph Lanham. A vacancy in the grade school faculty created by the resignation of Mrs. Levada Balmer Bixel the last of July was filled this week when Mrs. Dwight Spayth, wife of the high school industrial arts instructor, accepted the teaching position. Mrs. Spayth’s contract will come before the board of education for ■confirmation at its meeting this Wednesday night. The new grade school instructor previously taught for three years at Roundhead. Other Resignations There were four other resignations from the grade and high school faculties during the summer, but no other vacancies are expected inas much as August 1 marks the state deadline for teacher resignations. Three of the resignations affected high school teaching posts. They were submitted by Mrs. Harriet Brate Hoon, public school music Miss Annabelle Weed, home econo mics, and Coach A. C. Burcky, who left his Bluffton college position to head the high school coaching for the duration of the war. In the grade school, Mrs. McBain Koenig resigned in summer with Mrs. tion following two weeks ago. staff Floy early Bixel’s resigna- New instructors, replacing those who left, include Kent Cotterman, athletic coach John Martin, instruct or in public school music and Eliza beth Ann Mohr, of Van Wert, home economics. In the high school Mrs. Paul Cramer, wife of the Methodist pastor, has been employed as a part- taught for three years at Lima South high school. Robert Ewing, ex-serviceman and a grade school teacher here .before he went into the army, will return next fall, making it unnecessary to employ a successor for Mrs. Koenig on the grade faculty. One change also has been made on the janitor-custodian staff, with Wade Bechtel replacing Fenton, who retired at the the last school term. Charles close of TRIP ON WESTERN MOTOR Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bogart of West Kibler street and Mr. and Mrs. Mel Beckwith of Columbus Grove, parents of Mrs. Bogart, left Satur day on a motor trip to visit Oregon, California and other places of inter est. They expect to be gone for one month. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Robnolte, Bluffton, a girl, Constance Kaye, Monday. r. and Lafayette, Monday. Mrs. Gerald Spallinger, a boy, Dennis Eugene, Mrs. Eugene Foltz, Co- Mr. and lumbus Grove, a boy, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson Lima, a girl, Carol Sue, Saturday. K. Burns, Beav- Mr. and Mrs. O. er dam, a girl, Onia Kaye, last Wed nesday. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Yerger of Lima, a boy, Ronald Wayne, born at Lima Memorial hospital, Thursday. Mr. Yerger is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Yerger of Bluff ton. Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Fowler of Angola, Ind., a boy, Samuel Ells worth, Jr., at Cameron hospital, An gola, Aug. 6. Mrs. Fowler is the former Nettie Dodge of Bluffton. LEGION AUXILIARY DELEGATE Mrs. Millen Geiger will represent the Bluffton Legion Auxiliary at the state convention in Cleveland week. next BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat $1.89 oats 68c soys $2.04. Woman Pinioned By Window Sash Smashes Glass To Call For Help TTNABLE to free herself when a heavy window sash ac cidentally fell on her left hand while doing housework alone at her home Tuesday morning, Mrs. Elmer Ludwig of Poplar street seized a nearby suitcase and smashed the glass pane to summon help. Workers at the nearby Page Dairy heard her call and came to her rescue. The two middle fingers of her hand were pain fully bruised. TOWN TO BUY ROAD SCRAPER TO MEET EXPANSION NEEDS Newly Added Subdivisions and Maintenance Work Make Move Necessary Plan Will Supercede Former Arrangement For Use Of Township Equipment Advertising for bids for a road scraper, authorized last week by the Bluffton town council, is an indica tion of the expanding needs for street and alley maintenance here, together with the rapid growth of new subdivisions, it was pointed out this week. Alley and curb grading required in the new additions to the town’s residential districts, plus mainten ance of existing streets virtually demand that a available whenever work council members said. Post-War Pattern Of Past Year Proves Vastly Different Than Was Anticipated and alleys, scraper be is required, In addition, the scraper would per mit Bluffton street maintenance crews to handle initial preparation of streets for re-surfacing, thereby reducing the expense of the town’s street improvements. Twp. Trustee Denies Reports Explanation of the overall picture ek, afterfc Allen Gris of the Richland town ship board of trustees, denied re ports emanating from last week’s council meeting that the township scraper no longer was available for town use. He said the scraper can be used in the town, providing it is operated by the township maintenance man, and if the village pays for his time, plus operating costs and its share of upkeep. In previous years the Bluffton street commissioner has operated the scraper for work in the town, with the township and village sharing the cost of repairs. No work has been done on town streets this summer with the town ship scraper, and Mayor W. A. Howe said that following a meeting with township trustees last spring he re ceived no official answer to his re quest for a continuation of use of the equipment as in previous years. Council consideration of the mat ter, stemming from the situation, eventually led to the decision that expanding street and alley mainten ance needs,, plus work in subdivisions, will require much more use of a scraper than in past seasons when it was available as the township could spare it. Orange Twp. Girl To Conservation Camp Twila Henry, Orange township, will be one of the Hancock county delegates to the annual Ohio State Conservation camp in Licking coun ty Aug. 12 thru Aug. 23, it was an nounced this week. Paul Stuckey, Mt. Cory, also will attend. Bluffton High school practice will get under way in weeks, with candidates for squad notified to report for opening meeting Monday at p. m. in the school gymnasium. Practice uniforms will be issued at the session, and Coach Kent Cotter man this week urged all interested candidates to be present at the initial meeting. Workouts will start on the Harmon field gridiron Tuesday night and the Pirate mentor urged prospective players to get in as good Bluffton High Football Practice Will Be Started Monday Night football two the the 6:30 Forecasts Prevalent Year Ago at Wide Variance From Developments Full Employment Prevails But Production Quotas Lag Far Behind of wild ac World War here, post- A year after a tumult claim greeted the end of II in a gay celebration war conditions £O far as they affect the average Bluffton citizen have formed a pattern vastly different from that which was expected. Since the capitulation of Japan in August a year ago, everybody who wanted -work has been able to find it, and the anticipated unemployment and near-depression expected in the wake of record wartime production has failed to materialize. Shortages of virtually everything, luxuries and necessities alike, are continuing and widespread demand, intensified by “good times,” have kept prices at high levels, consider ably above those prevailing when the Atom bomb ended the war. Shortages Continue Rationing has been discontinued on everything except sugar, but short ages in many lines carried by gro cers still persist, including washing powder, toilet tissue, jello, bananas, cured meats, etc. Men’s clothing and shoes are hard er to get than during the war years. Cotton goods and nylon not begin to keep pace mand. Where Are the Cars Used cards still bring higher pric es than they did when new, but one bright spot for motorists is the fact that the supply of tires at last is catching up with the demand. Building materials, plumbing and electrical fixtures expected to speed ily solve the housing situation re main as scarce as ever, and the local shortage of residential buildings ap pears even more critical. Many homeless biPMi resorted to the ex pedient of building and living in garages as one means of beating the shortage conditions, while others are buying houses and moving them to town. Farm machinery has made no headway, and repair parts for imple ments are harder than ever to find. On the other hand, farmers got a break $1.50 $1.90 1945, Livestock prices are way up, and bumper crops this summer assure heavy feeding programs on district farms this winter. in market prices, with wheat, a bushel last year, around now, and oats, 55 cents in bringing 68 cents this year. World-wide food shortages en visioned last fall have not been as serious as anticipated, and better than average crops in Canada and the United States this year will further ease the situation. G. I.’s returning to civilian life generally have not experienced the difficulties of adjustment expected from many sources. Many of them are back at their old jobs and there have been employment opportunities aplenty for those who wanted a change in vocations. Colleges which were largely de nuded of male students year ago now are flooded by returned G. I. en rollment, and the situation probably will continue for three or four years, until the veterans’ benefit program expires. Nationally and internationally the pattern of peace also remains in the making. Victory Day has been offi cially proclaimed for this Wednesday by President Truman, one year after V-J Day, but the international pic ture remains about as clouded as ever as the world enters Year II of the Atom Age. physical condition as possible before the start of the practice season. Football manager candidates also are requested to report for the Mon day night meeting. Competition Bluffton encounters in the Western Buckeye league, in which it is the only Class school, means that plenty of practice -is necessary before the opening of the season to assure the locals of hold ing their own against the larger schools, it was pointed out ing the fact that all candidates should be on the start of workouts. in stress interested hand for THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO rHE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, AUG 15, 1946 EXPEDIENTS MARK NEW DEVELOPMENT IN HOME BUILDING More Garages Are Going Up As Temporary Living Quarters Another House Moved Woodsheds Being Converted In to A Home Two More Ex cavations Are Under Way Garages as temporary living quar ters, moving already-built houses in to town from other locations, and other expedients including building homes from woodsheds are being con tinued by Bluffton families in their efforts to circumvent a critical local housing crisis and the continued shortage of materials for new build ings. With fall ^virtually at hand, the question of where to live this win ter has forced intensification of Bluffton’s emergency building pro gram over the last two weeks, the principal emphasis of which is on temporary housing expedients. The idea of building a garage and living in it until a permanent resi dence can be erected is continuing to grow in favor, and two more con struction programs of that type have been added to the long list during the last week. Build Garages hosiery can wdth the de- refrigerators Automobiles, electric and other electrical appliances ex pected to flood the market in short order still are as hard to find as the proverbial needle in the haystack, altho radios, one year later, are now beginning to come on the market in sizable quantities. for Dwellings Both are in the new Matter addi tion on Harmon road, with E. A. Sutermeister and Richard Mericle starting garages that will serve as living quarters thru the winter. A total of four building projects now is under way in the addition, Harry Turner and Clair Leiber having started construction of houses ear lier. A second house was moved into town last week and will be located on a South Mound street lot pur chased by Mr. and Mrs. Don Ream from his father, Clyde Ream. The house is now on the lot and the foundation is virtually completed for the structure. Formerly known as the Benham house on the Lincoln highway near the Route 69 intersection, the house was bought by Ream because of building material shortages. Ream now is in Germany with JJ. S. armed forces, but is expected to be dis charged this fall. New Building Venture On the Lee Wingate lot on North Mound Street another new building venture is under way, with Wingate converting several woodsheds into a house which will be available for rental. In the meantime, excavations have been started for foundations two more new homes. Bert Smucker Sails Friday For Austria Bertran Smucker, son of Mrs. B. D. Smucker of South Lawn avenue will sail Friday on the Queen Mary from New York for Europe where he will be engaged in relief work under auspices of the Mennonite Central committee. He will be over seas for two years. Clyde Warren On Hancock Fair Board Warren, of Orange town one of the trustees of the county agricultural society, sponsoring the annual Han- Clyde ship, is Hancock which is cock county fair at Findlay from Sept, thru 7, it was announced this week. Other trustees from this area in clude Levi Walter, Route 1, Mt. Cory and E. E. Hartman, Rawson rural route. Membership tickets may be obtain ed in Bluffton either from Warren or at the Citizens National bank. Bluffton's coolest August weather in 57 years had residents of the com munity shivering on Monday morn ing, with the mercury dipping to a low of 52 degrees at 6 a. m. Weather bureau records show that on August 12, 1889, a mark of 52 also was recorded, but since that time there has been nothing similar until this week’s cool wave hit the district. Unseasonably cool nights continued Monday and Tuesday, altho during daytime hours on Tuesday the town had considerably warmer weather. Blankets for night use, however, likely will be in order for the re mainder of the week, according to weather forecasts. The mid-August cold wave appear ed last week over British Columbia and moved southeast to strike this community on Saturday night. Stand In Tassel and Shooting Ears Gets Moisture When Most Needed Improved Corn Prospects Will Encourage Livestock Feed ing Programs Last week’s rainfall, altho not heavy, assured the Bluton district of a better than average com crop, according to farm observers, with the moisture coming at the critical stage when a heavy stand was going into tassel and shooting ears. In some quarters the opinion has been advanced that the crop “is made”, as far as moisture is con cerned, even tho there should be no further rainfall of consequence. Fodder will not be as heavy as in some recent years of an abundance of rainfall, but farmers say the yi-ald will equal that of last fall, which was decidedly better than average in this district. Last week’s timely rains, breaking a six-weeks midsummer drought, found farmers finally abandoning an attitude of pessimism toward com prospects which had its inception when the crop got a particularly late start last spring, had to weath er flooded fields in June, and then went thru a drought-ridden July. With prospects crop, long-range foresee a definite feeding programs for ex the Walter King has completed an cavation on Jefferson street in Fred Mueller addition, and Rolland Guider is excavating for a house on Riley street. Guider is employed by The Triplett Electrical Instrument company and married the former Vivian Patterson. East of Bluffton on State Route 103 Mr. and Mrs. Don Richey of Ada have resorted to building addi tional space to a prefabricated poul try house, as another means of get ting around the material shortage, with the family occupying the struc ture while the work is in process. Attempting to keep up with the rapid expansion of the town’s sub divisions, the municipal water works this week will start laying a water line on Jefferson street from Huber street to the Allen-Hancock county line road. Coolest Weather In 57 Years Brings Out The Blankets In Bluffton Homes Rain Coming At Critical Time “Makes” Bumper Corn Crop In Bluffton Area of a bumper corn planners already effect on livestock here next winter. First evidence of a broader scope of farm feeding has been the cur tailment of the marketing of un finished cattle and hogs, which was under way in considerable volume because of the handicap to farm feeding programs represented by scarcity of com and prevailing high market prices for the grain. Com and hogs long have been the backbone of farm operations in this vicinity, and with a good corn crop in progpect there is every indication of accelerated livestock feeding programs thru the winter. Little corn raised locally is sold, and most farmers ultimately market the crop in the form of livestock. High cost of feed since last spring already has been reflected here in diminished flocks of poultry, with resultant scarcity thereby forcing higher prices for chickens and eggs. Sails From Syria To Marry In Scotland Miss Barbara Hauenstein, daught er of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hauen stein of Campus Drive who taught the past year in a mission school at Aleppo, Syria, the past year is en route to Edinburg, Scotland, where she will be married to W. M. C. Tod of that city. The former Bluffton woman sailed on a Greek steamer August Beirut, Syria, to Marseilles, From there she will cross and sail from a northern port for England. Bluffton Masons To Be In Motorcade Bluffton Masons and their families are planning to participate in a dis trict motorcade next Sunday to Ohio Masonic Home at Springfield. The motorcade will form in the morning at 8 o’clock Sunday at the Susie-Q hamburger stand on Belle fontaine avenue at the east edge of Lima, and proceed to Springfield un der a state highway patrol escort. Each family making the trip has been asked to take a basket dinner for themselves and one other person as residents of the home will be guests at. the noon meal. An afternoon program will* include music by the Lima Grotto chorus and by the Delphos American Legion Auxiliary kitchen band. Young People's Rally At Ebenezer Church The tenth annual young people’s rally will open at the Ebenezer Mennonite church west of Bluffton on Thursday night continuing with sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings and closing with three meetings Sunday. Principal speaker will be Rev. Olin Krehbiel, pastor of the First nonite church of Berne, Ind. Darlyn Garmatter Offering Lois Marquart Special Music .... Grace, Pandora “An Invitation” Rev. Olin A. Krehbiel Friday Evening, 8:00 Leader, Dw-ayne Amstutz Song Service Lawrence Burkhalter Special Music Devotions Special Music First Church, Bluffton Feral Althaus Phyllis Marquart Offering Special music “Why Are We Here?” 3 from France. France French Oats Join Bumper Crop Parade With 101 Bushels To Acre In Orange Twp Oats has joined the parade of bumper crops in the Bluffton district this summer. Top yield reported for this section is 101 bushels to the acre by Orvie Frantz, tenant on the Will Gillan farm in Orange township. The oats, Vickland variety, were grown on a 9 acre tract and threshed by Brice Main, Monday. First Church Bluffton Saturday Evening At Park the Pandora Community Pot Luck Supper, 6:15 Sunset Galilean Service Leader, Clayton Bucher Song Service Freeman Burkhalter Devotions Special music Quartette “Lovest Thou Me” Rev. Krehbiel Sunday Morning Worship Service, 10:30 “Blind Spots” Rev. Krehbiel Sunday Afternoon, 2:30 Leader, Joe Thompson Song Sendee Freeman Burkhalter Special Music ... St. John, Pandora Devotions Special Music Allen Tschiegg Offering Special Music .. .. St. John, Pandora “Truth Revealed to Daniel” Rev. Krehbiel Sunday Evening, 7:30 Leader, Doris Garmatter Song Sendee Freeman Burkhalter Devotions Concert by Berne Men’s Chorus “Vision and Sendee” Rev. Krehbiel With Service Men Freeman Basinger who was in the Army of occupation in Japan has re ceived his discharge from Ft. Sheri dan, Ill., and returned to his home here. Sgt. Wilhelm Amstutz, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Amstutz north of Bluffton who served for 33 months in the Marines has received his dis charge from the service. He will enroll this fall for study in the American Television laboratories Chicago. BUSY BEE 4-H CLUB The Busy Bees 4-H club will judged Thursday morning at o’dock in the high school. IN NEW LOCATIONS Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Danner residing on the former Amstutz farm two miles west of town are moving this week to Lima. They recently sodd the place to U. S. Amstutz of Grove street. The farm will be occupied by John Schmutz, now on the Amos Thut farm. PAGE TH A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 17 AGED WOMAN HIT BY TRUCK IS IN HOSPITAL HERE Mrs. Bertha Woods, 82, of West College Avenue Accident Victim Mishap Occurs as Pedestrian is Crossing Street in Down town Section Mrs. Bertha Woods, 82, of West College Avenue and Spring street, is in the Bluffton Community hospital with the right leg broken in two places, a deep cut on her head and bruises suffered Saturday morning at by in front of the City Market grocery on 9:30 o’clock when she was struck the rear of a northbound truck South Main street. One of Bluffton’s most active older residents, Mrs. Woods was in the business district on a shopping trip when the mishap occurred. Hospital sources Tuesday reported her condi tion as fair. Police said the truck was owned by a Lima dairy concern and was driven by William Offenbacher, 22, of 321 S. Woodlawn Ave., Lima. Seen Men- The program follows: Thursday Evening 8:00 Leader—Mrs. Herbert Kindle Song Service .. Sara Jane Schutz Special Music ..... Grace, Pandora Devotions Special Music Treva Althaus, by Driver Offenbacher told police authorities Mrs. Woods apparently did not no tice the oncoming truck, and when she did not wait-for him to pass he swung the avoid her. missed the was struck and was thrown to the pavement. vehicle to the right to The front of the truck Bluffton woman but she by the rear of the truck She was removed to the hospital in the Basinger ambulance. Unusually active for a woman of her age, Mrs. Woods walked with the agility of a person many years younger. For some time, however, she has suffered from defective hear ing. During the past week her sons, Harold Woods, of Detroit, and Mr. and Mrs. George Woods, of New York City, visited at her home here. The latter couple were still here when the accident occurred, and an other son, Louis Woods and wife, of Indianapolis, Ind., enroute to spend the week end here arrived Saturday about an hour after the accident. Schumacher Reunion Is Largely Attended Rev. Krehbiel The eleventh triannual Schumach er reunion was held at Bluffton col lege campus Sunday. At an early noon hour families be longing to this large relationship be gan to assemble bringing with them well filled baskets. Approximately four hundred attended. Descendants of this large family from the following states were pres ent: Oregon, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Michi gan, Indiana, New Jersey and Illi nois and from many distant places of our own state. After a sumptuous dinner and friendly fellowship, they assembled in the College Chapel where a most enjoyable program followed. Offi cers elected for the next reunion to be held in 1949 are: A. E. Kohli, president Arthur Schumacher, vice president Edison Diller, secretary, and Clayton Bixel, treasurer. On Spring Honor Roll At Ohio State Elias R. Augsburger, son of Elias Augsburger, of Jackson street, qualified for the spring honor list of the Ohio State University college of education, it week. To qualify must have an or better for in was announced this for the list, students average grade of “B* the term. Rebecca I. Marshall, of Columbus Grove, also was on the honor roll. Reunions The Peter and Elizabeth schwander) Hilty reunion held Sunday, Sept. 1 on college campus. be 9 (Neuen will be Bluffton The Christian Hilty reunion will be held at the Hilty roadside park on Route 30-N near New Stark, Sunday, August 18. Pres., Joe Hilty sec., Mrs. Evelyn Gratz. The 22nd Augsburger reunion will be held at Bluffton college campus, Sunday, Aug. 18. Pres., Homer Gratz sec., Mrs. Paul Spallinger. The twentieth annual Augsburger reunion will be held at Riverside park shelter house No. 3, in Findlay, Sunday, August 18. Pres., Charles Augsburger, Sec., Mrs. M. L. Wahl. The 34th Sutter-Welty reunion will be held at Pandora school building Sunday, Aug. 25. Pres., Ralph Basinger Sec., Clyde Welty.