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A Good Place to Live
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.
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
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.
close of
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
The following births at Bluffton
Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Robnolte,
Bluffton, a girl, Constance Kaye,
r. and
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
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
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.
Mrs. Millen Geiger will represent
the Bluffton Legion Auxiliary at the
state convention in Cleveland
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.
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
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
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
Forecasts Prevalent Year Ago
at Wide Variance From
Full Employment Prevails But
Production Quotas Lag Far
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
Where Are
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
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
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
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
hand for
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
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-
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.
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
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
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-
ship, is
which is
cock county fair at Findlay from
Sept, thru 7, it was announced this
Other trustees from this area in
clude Levi Walter, Route 1, Mt. Cory
and E. E. Hartman, Rawson rural
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
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
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
Special Music
First Church, Bluffton
Feral Althaus
Phyllis Marquart
Special music
“Why Are We Here?”
3 from
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
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
Special Music Allen Tschiegg
Special Music .. .. St. John, Pandora
“Truth Revealed to Daniel”
Rev. Krehbiel
Sunday Evening, 7:30
Leader, Doris Garmatter
Song Sendee Freeman Burkhalter
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
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
The Busy Bees 4-H club will
judged Thursday morning at
o’dock in the high school.
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.
A Good Place to Trade
Mrs. Bertha Woods, 82, of West
College Avenue Accident
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
in front of the City Market grocery
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.
The program follows:
Thursday Evening 8:00
Leader—Mrs. Herbert Kindle
Song Service .. Sara Jane Schutz
Special Music ..... Grace, Pandora
Special Music Treva Althaus,
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
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
To qualify
must have an
or better for
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.
The Peter and Elizabeth
schwander) Hilty reunion
held Sunday, Sept. 1 on
college campus.
will be
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.

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